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July 23, 2009 City Council Meeting Minutes

CALL TO ORDER

The regular meeting of the Hickory Hills City Council was called to order by Mayor Mike Howley on Thursday, July 23, 2009 at 7:34 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Mayor Howley led the Pledge of Allegiance.

ROLL CALL

Upon roll call, the following were present:

  • Mayor, M. Howley
  • Aldermen
    L. DeRose
    D. Ferrero
    T. McAvoy
    M. McHugh
    J. Moirano
    J. Stachnik
    S. Zimmerman
  • City Clerk J. Jackson
  • City Treasurer, D. Schramm
  • City Attorney, V. Cainkar (7:40 p.m.)
  • Deputy Police Chief, M. Murphy
  • City Engineer, T. Lang
  • Building Commissioner, G. Betcher
  • Public Works Director, L. Boettcher
  • Deputy Clerk, D. Catizone

Alderman John Szeszycki and Police Chief Vodicka were absent. There being a quorum present, the meeting was called to order.

JOURNAL OF PROCEEDINGS

Alderman Moirano moved to approve the minutes of the regularly scheduled meeting of July 9, 2009 as printed subject to deletions or corrections. Alderman McAvoy second. Aldermen DeRose, Ferrero, McAvoy, McHugh, Moirano, Stachnik, Zimmerman aye. So approved.

Police Presentation

Officer Scott Sodaro presented the “Save By The Belt Award” to Mr. Marius Korizna. Mr. Korizna’s seatbelt saved him from sustaining any injuries during a traffic accident of June 24th.

Sabre Room Presentation

Mayor Howley presented a proclamation to the Muzzarelli Family owners of the Sabre Room celebrating the 60th Year Anniversary of their banquet facility. Mayor Howley extended best wishes.

There was no participation from the public.

REPORTS OF CITY OFFICIALS

    MAYOR

    Mayor Howley made an appointment recommendation of Mr. Henry Kman for the Fire/Police Commission. Alderman Moirano moved to approve the appointment of Mr. Henry Kman to the Board of Fire/Police Commission.

    His term will expire April 30, 2012. Alderman Stachnik second. Aldermen DeRose, Ferrero, McAvoy, McHugh, Stachnik, Zimmerman aye. So approved.

    Mayor Howley reported the landscape architect, Planning Resources, will make a presentation at the August 13th Council meeting to highlight Phase II of our 95th Street Enhancement Project.

    Mayor Howley noted on August 27th the Recycling Association will make a presentation to the Council.

    Mayor Howley acknowledged the Senior Task Force for all their accomplishments. He also noted the Aging Well Agency recognized all their hard work. Some programs they offer are, File for Life, a Senior discount program, 911 phone distributation, a telephone hotline, Walk Around the Pond annual event, and health fair just to name a few.

    Mayor Howley discussed the Stone Fence along the Les Brothers Restaurant. He noted 7-11 does not want to participate but would allow the City to place a fence on the north side of the alley. The idea is that the City will make the payment on the fence for Comar Properties and they will reimburse the City. The amount is still to be determined. He also noted the fence will have stepped off heights from PrimeTime to the Comar Properties.

    Mayor Howley reported he has met with Mr. Danos regarding the landscaping from Comar Properties. He will keep the Council informed.

    Lastly, Mayor Howley read a proclamation for the perfect game pitched by Mark Buehrle on this 23rd day of July.

    CITY CLERK

    Clerk Jackson congratulated Monika Wojturska for being named on the “Part-time Student Scholastic Achievement List” at Moraine Valley Community College Mrs. Jackson noted she was also very proud of her.

    Clerk Jackson reported she has received numerous emails reminding everyone there is a collection box at St. Patricia Church for the Hard Candy and Freeze Pop Drive. Mayor Howley noted Fairplay will still be matching donations.

    Clerk Jackson noted the Illinois State Fair will be in Springfield Saturday August 15th. This will be local official’s day.

    CITY TREASURER

    Treasurer Schramm presented the Treasurer’s Report dated June 30, 2009 for approval. Alderman McHugh moved to approve the Treasurer’s Report dated June 30, 2009. Alderman Stachnik second. Aldermen DeRose, Ferrero, McAvoy, McHugh, Moirano, Stachnik, Zimmerman aye. So approved.

    CITY ATTORNEY

    Ord. 09-18

    Attorney Cainkar presented Ordinance 09-18, an ordinance approving an intergovernmental cooperation agreement between the Village of Bridgeview and the City of Hickory Hills for the 76th Avenue local agency pavement preservation project. Alderman McAvoy moved to approve Ord. 09-18. Alderman Moirano second. Aldermen DeRose, Ferrero, McAvoy, McHugh, Moirano, Stachnik, Zimmerman aye. So approved.

    CITY ENGINEER

    Mr. Lang presented Invoice #90036 from Central Blacktop Co. Inc. in the amount of $145,219.36 for street resurfacing (MFT 09-00000-01-GM, CDBG 08-21, pay estimate #2, partial). Alderman McHugh moved to approve Central Blacktop Co. Inc. Invoice #90036 in the amount of $145,219.36. Alderman McHugh second. Aldermen DeRose, Ferrero, McAvoy, McHugh, Moirano, Stachnik, Zimmerman aye. So approved.

COMMUNICATIONS

BILLS PAYABLE

Alderman Ferrero moved to approve bills payable for the second half of July in the amount of $456,441.63. Alderman Zimmerman second. Aldermen DeRose, Ferrero, McAvoy, McHugh, Moirano, Stachnik, Zimmerman aye. So approved.

STANDING COMMITTEES

    Szeszycki/Finance

    Alderman Szeszycki was absent. No report submitted.

    Zimmerman/Public Safety

    No report submitted.

    Moirano/Public Works

    Alderman Moirano reported Public Works has reviewed flow monitoring of the northwest portion of town. It will be necessary to commence smoke testing in areas that have demonstrated high infiltration. Smoke testing will start in the northern portion of the Blue Ridge area and in the area between 89th Street and 87th Street.

    Mayor Howley commented on contractors leaving asphalt on streets after repaving a driveway. Mr. Boettcher will look at location on Forest Drive and give the Mayor his opinion.

    McHugh/Bldg./Facilities

    No report submitted.

    DeRose/Laws & Ordinances Ordinances

    No report submitted.

    Stachnik/Health & Environmental Control/Recycling

    No report submitted. /Recycling

    Ferrero/Community Services/Youth Advisory

    No report submitted.

    McAvoy/Chamber/Business Development

    Alderman McAvoy reported the Chamber will host National Night Out on Tuesday, August 4th at 5:30 p.m.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Alderman McHugh questioned who would pay the engineering fees for work done on Comar properties. Alderman Moirano noted the City has paid these fees.

Alderman McHugh is also concerned regarding the cracks in the streets in Ward 1. Mayor Howley talked to Public Works and the streets need to be sealed. Mr. Boettcher noted he expects to do this project in the next two weeks.

NEW BUSINESS

Alderman McAvoy reported he has a request from Cravens located on 87th Street to hold Tuesday night car shows. It is not for outside liquor consumption. No objections were noted.

Alderman Moirano reported trees were cut down on the Comar property and some of the stumps were not removed. He will update the Council with the progress of the project.

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Alderman Ferrero moved to convene into executive session for the purpose of discussing a collective bargaining agreement for the Public Works Department. Alderman Ferrero second. Aldermen DeRose, Ferrero, McAvoy, McHugh, Moirano, Stachnik, Zimmerman aye. So approved.

Alderman Moirano moved to reconvene into the regular meeting. Alderman Ferrero second. Aldermen DeRose, Ferrero, McAvoy, McHugh, Moirano, Stachnik, Zimmerman aye. So approved.

Alderman Moirano moved to approve the Department of Public Works Contract dated May 1, 2008 –August 30, 2012. Alderman Ferrero second. Aldermen DeRose, Ferrero, McAvoy, McHugh, Moirano, Stachnik, Zimmerman aye. So approved.

ADJOURNMENT

Alderman Ferrero moved to adjourn until the next scheduled or specially called meeting. Alderman Moirano second. Aldermen DeRose, Ferrero, McAvoy, McHugh, Moirano, Stachnik, Zimmerman aye. So approved

Meeting adjourned at 8:50 p.m.