August 27, 2009 City Council Meeting Minutes


The regular meeting of the Hickory Hills City Council was called to order by Mayor Mike Howley on Thursday, August 27, 2009 at 7:38 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
    D. Ferrero
    T. McAvoy
    M. McHugh
    J. Moirano
    J. Stachnik
    J. Szeszycki
    S. Zimmerman
  • City Treasurer, D. Schramm
  • City Clerk, J. Jackson
  • City Attorney, V. Cainkar
  • Police Chief, A. Vodicka
  • City Engineer, T. Lang
  • Building Commissioner, G. Betcher
  • Public Works Director, L. Boettcher
  • Deputy Clerk, D. Catizone

Alderman DeRose was absent. There being a quorum present, the meeting was called to order.

Recycling Presentation

Mrs. Chris Carr, President of the Illinois Recycling Association, presented Mayor Howley with an award for outstanding commitment to recycling. At a conference in Bloomington, Illinois, the City of Hickory Hills was nominated for the 2009 Outstanding Community Recycling Program. She then read from the nominating application. Also present was Mary Margaret Cowhey from Land and Lakes.

Mayor Howley noted recycled waste surcharge is currently at $2.50 a ton. This is what Land and Lakes has been paying since October of last year.

Electronics Recycling

Mayor Howley reported on Saturday, August 15th the City held its first electronics recycling event. He thanked and recognized Sharon Marciano from the Clerk’s Office for spearheading this event.

He also thanked the following volunteers for all their efforts; Aldermen Ferrero, McAvoy and Zimmerman, Alex Beebe, Erin Crouse, Marilyn Gabrysiak, Kevin Giera, Pam Giera, Donald Kirk, Jr., Sharon Marciano, Dee Catizone, Monika Wojturska, Debbie Zimmerman and Kyle Zimmerman. Mayor Howley distributed the certificates that were made by Alderman McAvoy to those volunteers present.

Mayor Howley thanked the volunteers from the Senior Club for packaging boxes for the Adopt a Platoon program last night at the Community Center.


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


Alderman Stachnik moved to approve the minutes of the regularly scheduled meeting of August 13, 2009 as printed subject to deletions or corrections. Alderman Szeszycki second. Aldermen McAvoy, McHugh, Moirano, Stachnik, Szeszycki, Zimmerman aye. Alderman Ferrero pass. So approved.



    Mayor Howley presented two proclamations – National Payroll Week September 7th through September 11th and Constitution Week September 17th through September 23rd.

    Mayor Howley reported an article on the 95th Street streetscape will appear in an architectural magazine.

    Mayor Howley noted he will meet with IDOT and Comar Properties in Schaumburg on Friday.
    They will be discussing the driveways on the McDonald’s site.


    Clerk Jackson reported the Clerk’s Office evening hours will begin on September 10th. The hours will be 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

    Clerk Jackson noted in the past Comcast has provided Internet Services to the City Hall for free. This will no longer be the case and the City will be paying $80.00 per month.

    Clerk Jackson reported Argonne Lab will be hosting an Open House on Saturday, August 29th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

    Clerk Jackson is in receipt of a request from St. Patricia to place signs for their 50th Anniversary Fest this weekend at the following locations: 95th and 88th Avenue, 95th and Roberts Road and 95th and 76th Avenue. No objections were noted.

    Clerk Jackson is also in receipt of a request for a Block Party on Saturday, August 29th in the 9300 block of 82nd Avenue. No objections were noted.


    Treasurer Schramm thanked everyone who had sent him get well wishes after his recent surgery.

    Treasurer Schramm acknowledged the special efforts of Mary McDonald and Beth Wetzig for their outstanding job in completing the retro pay for Public Works employees. He also thanked Dee Catizone for her help gathering the information.


    No report submitted.


    No report submitted.



Alderman Moirano moved to approve bills payable for the second half of August in the amount of $396,667.51. Alderman McHugh second. Aldermen Ferrero, McAvoy, McHugh, Moirano, Stachnik, Szeszycki, Zimmerman aye. So approved.



    Alderman Szeszycki noted the City’s casualty and property insurance will come up for renewal on September 23, 2009. He will be meeting with the insurance broker on September 9th and will present this to the Council at the September 10th meeting.

    Alderman Szeszycki reported the finance committee will be reviewing and recommending changes, if necessary, to the employee handbook and policy manual in September.

    Alderman Szeszycki questioned with regards to the meeting of the whole and budget meetings if they had to be published. Attorney Cainkar reviewed the posting procedures. Some discussion was held on this matter and it was determined that they may start committee of the whole meetings earlier.

    Zimmerman/Public Safety

    No report submitted.

    Moirano/Public Works

    No report submitted.


    No report submitted.

    DeRose/Laws & Ordinances Ordinances

    Alderman DeRose was absent. No report submitted.

    Stachnik/Health & Environmental Control/Recycling

    Alderman Stachnik congratulated the Council on the Illinois Recycling Association. award. He also noted Land and Lakes is now refunding us for recycling materials.

    Ferrero/Community Services/Youth Advisory

    Alderman Ferrero reported she now has 8 candidates for the Youth Advisory Board.

    Alderman Ferrero asked the Mayor if he won the challenge for the Blood Drive. Chief Vodicka reported there were 101 donors winning over Willow Springs.

    McAvoy/Chamber/Business Development

    Alderman McAvoy reported the Chamber Breakfast meeting was held on August 26th. He was unable to attend.

    Alderman McAvoy noted the Hickory Hills Park District will hold a car show on Friday, August 28th at Kasey Meadow Park.


Alderman Moirano reported the Comar property on 95th Street has removed some fencing and the alley was graded. This area is starting to look a lot better.




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

Meeting adjourned at 8:24 p.m.