July 9, 2009 City Council Meeting Minutes


The regular meeting of the Hickory Hills City Council was called to order by Mayor Mike Howley on Thursday, July 9, 2009 at 7:43 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers.


Mayor Howley led the Pledge of Allegiance.


Upon roll call, the following were present:

  • Mayor, M. Howley
  • Aldermen
    L. DeRose
    D. Ferrero
    T. McAvoy
    M. McHugh
    J. Moirano
    J. Stachnik
    J. Szeszycki
    S. Zimmerman

  • City Clerk J. Jackson
  • City Treasurer, D. Schramm
  • City Attorney, V. Cainkar
  • Deputy Police Chief, M. Murphy
  • City Engineer, T. Lang
  • Building Commissioner, G. Betcher
  • Public Works Director, L. Boettcher
  • Deputy Clerk, D. Catizone

Chief Vodicka was absent. There being a quorum present, the meeting was called to order.


Alderman Moirano moved to open the meeting to the public. Alderman Ferrero second. Aldermen DeRose, Ferrero, McAvoy, McHugh, Moirano, Stachnik, Szeszycki, Zimmerman aye. So approved.

No one spoke during this portion of the meeting.


Alderman McAvoy moved to close the meeting to the public. Alderman Stachnik second. Aldermen DeRose, Ferrero, McAvoy, McHugh, Moirano, Stachnik, Szeszycki, Zimmerman aye. So approved.


Alderman Zimmerman moved to approve the minutes of the regularly scheduled meeting of June 25, 2009 as printed subject to deletions or corrections. Alderman Szeszycki second. Aldermen DeRose, Ferrero, McAvoy, McHugh, Moirano, Stachnik, Szeszycki, Zimmerman aye. So approved.



    Mayor Howley acknowledged Mr. Jim Kruse for all his efforts for “adopt a troop program”. Also present were Mike Kozlowski and Mike Corcoran from Fairplay. They are donating 50 packages of flavored ice and 240 boxes of hard candy. This is in response to a plea for the Freeze Pop and Hard Candy Drive. Fairplay is planning to make additional donations and will also be matching resident’s purchases. Mayor Howley thanked them for their support of our troops.

    Mayor Howley introduced Mrs. Donna Vojensky of Com2 Recycling Company. She reviewed some of the items that can be recycled at the electronic recycling event on August 15th. This event will be held at City Hall from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Mayor Howley thanked Sharon Marciano from the Clerk’s office for all her assistance in bringing this event to our City. Mrs. Vojensky was available to answer any questions the Council may have.

    Mayor Howley reported Mr. Les has picked out the decorative fence that will go around the parking lot of PrimeTime. Aldermen Moirano and McHugh thought it would be best if the same fence could go along all the way to the Danos property on 95th Street. Mayor Howley has reached out to the 7-11 if they would be interested in this fence. The TIF monies ($62,500.00) that were allocated for the street widening of 76th Avenue and 95th Street and the relocation of the traffic lights at 76th Avenue and 95th Street which now McDonald’s has chosen not undertake can be used for the cost sharing fence project. Mayor Howley asked if there is a consensus of the Council to move forward on this cost sharing fence project along 95th Street from PrimeTime Restaurant to the McDonald’s property. The Council had no objections but the amount of the City’s participation has not been determined.

    Mayor Howley noted he has contacted the advertising company that handles all the bus shelters in the City and PACE schedules will be posted.

    Mayor Howley reported the ESDA Director will be attending the August or September Council meeting for a presentation.


    Clerk Jackson thanked the Street Fair Committee for wonderful Street Fair.

    Clerk Jackson is in receipt of a block party request for 79th Avenue and 90th Place on July 18th. No objections were noted.

    Clerk Jackson reported she and Mary McDonald have met with the gentleman from MSI collections and the Clerk’s office will be using this service for collections.


    No report submitted.


    Ord. 09-13

    Attorney Cainkar presented Ordinance 09-13, an ordinance approving a ground site lease agreement between the City of Hickory Hills and Clearwire for the property located at 8800 W. 87th Street. They will be required to pay $1,000.00 per month which will increase by 3% annually after the first year on every anniversary date thereafter. Alderman McHugh moved to approve Ord. 09-13. Alderman Szeszycki second. Aldermen DeRose, Ferrero, McAvoy, McHugh, Moirano, Stachnik, Szeszycki, Zimmerman aye. So approved.

    Attorney Cainkar suggested a meeting be held with three aldermen and the department head to discuss the DPW negotiations. Aldermen Ferrero, Moirano and Szeszcyki volunteered for this committee. They will meet on Thursday, July 16th at 4:00 p.m.


    Tom Lang reported IDOT approval has been given for the illuminated signs on 95th Street.



Alderman Moirano moved to approve bills payable for the first half of July in the amount of $260,379.59. Alderman McAvoy second. Aldermen DeRose, Ferrero, McAvoy, McHugh, Moirano, Stachnik, Szeszycki, Zimmerman aye. So approved.



    No report submitted.

    Zimmerman/Public Safety

    No report submitted.

    Moirano/Public Works

    Alderman Moirano reported with regards to the roadwork on 87th and Roberts Road the tollway will now split the project over a 4 week period.

    Alderman Moirano noted Public Works has removed some large trees from the alley along the 95th Street east of 76th Avenue. These costs will be tracked to be added to the total cost of 95th Street.


    Alderman McHugh reported he has received an estimate of $700.00 to replace each balcony at Parkview. One is already completed, if the Council would like to look at it. He noted further details will follow.

    DeRose/Laws & Ordinances Ordinances

    Alderman DeRose is in receipt of one business license request for Nabels Doughnuts located at 7750 W. 99th Street. This is a distribution center for this company. They will have two employees. No objections were noted.

    Stachnik/Health & Environmental Control/Recycling

    Alderman Stachnik reported recycling total for May was 75 tons and 110 tons in June.

    Ferrero/Community Services/Youth Advisory

    Alderman Ferrero thanked everyone who worked at the Street Fair and the day went very well.

    Alderman Ferrero reported she is in the process of recruiting more teens for the Youth Advisory Board.

    McAvoy/Chamber/Business Development

    Alderman McAvoy reported the bingo tent did very well. He noted total revenue was $3658.00. The organizations participating will receive approximately $500.00


Alderman DeRose inquired on the status of the Burger residence. Mr. Boettcher noted nothing was done this week with regards to the water situation.

Alderman DeRose also inquired if a late fee has been established for business license. Alderman McAvoy noted he would like to have a policy in place. This matter will be discussed at the September committee meeting.

Mayor Howley noted everyone should have received a copy of the plans for the sign on the tollway bridge. Public Works has the concrete molds for the oak leaves. The City is looking at a colored concrete for the molds. More information will follow.


Alderman McHugh reported he has received a request from Andy’s Roadhouse for temporary outdoor liquor license for the following dates; July 25th 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., August 8th from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., September 5th rib cook off and September 6th from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Consensus of the Council was to grant this request and they would be required to have 2 auxiliary police officers for each event..


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

Meeting adjourned at 8:30 p.m.