September 24, 2009 City Council Meeting Minutes


The regular meeting of the Hickory Hills City Council was called to order by Mayor Mike Howley on Thursday, September 24, 2009 at 7:35 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 (7:40 p.m.)
    J. Szeszycki
    S. Zimmerman
  • City Treasurer, D. Schramm
  • City Clerk, J. Jackson
  • City Attorney, M. Cainkar
  • Police Chief, A. Vodicka
  • City Engineer, T. Lang
  • Building Commissioner, G. Betcher
  • Public Works Director, L. Boettcher
  • Deputy Clerk, D. Catizone

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

Mayor Howley recognized an outstanding accomplishment for Mr. Don Lenza’s Amateur Boxing Fight Night at the Sabre Room. On September 30th, Mr. Lenza will host the 50th Fight Night. A proclamation was read by the Mayor.


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.

Mr. Joseph Cantele
8950 S. 84th Avenue

Mr. Cantele explained his concerns for the need for a crossing guard at 95th and Roberts Road. He informed the Council he attended the school board meeting to request a crossing guard.

Mr. Cantele stated he does not believe the proposed compromise of a crossing monitor is a practical solution.

Mr. Ken Fonte
Police Commissioner

Mr. Fonte distributed a memo requesting procedures on sending their new commissioner to seminars. This will be discussed at the next Committee Meeting in October. Mayor Howley suggested the Committee Meeting will be held on October 15, 2009 at 7:30 p.m. It was the consensus of the Council that on some occasions the Committee Meeting will be held on a separate evening.


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 Szeszycki moved to approve the minutes of the regularly scheduled meeting of September 10, 2009 as printed subject to deletions or corrections. Alderman McHugh second. Aldermen DeRose, Ferrero, McAvoy, McHugh, Moirano, Stachnik, Szeszycki, Zimmerman aye. So approved.



    Mayor Howley reported the City has received a Community Block Grant in the amount of $100,000.00.

    Mayor Howley noted Mr. Chris Knights our ESDA Director will be attending the October 8th meeting to discuss the ESDA program.


    Clerk Jackson reported Halloween is on a Saturday this year. After some discussion, the treating hours will be 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 31st.

    Clerk Jackson noted she is in receipt of two requests for temporary liquor licenses from St. Patricia Church – their homecoming on September25th and the Holy Name Society Spaghetti Dinner on October 17th. No objections were noted and fees will be waived.

    Clerk Jackson reported Stagg will hold a marching band jamboree on Saturday, October 3rd from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

    Clerk Jackson noted she has received information from Cook County with some revisions of precincts.

    Clerk Jackson informed the Council the deadline for the newsletter is October 2nd.


    Treasurer Schramm requested an audit update on October 15th be added to the Committee Agenda. A short presentation from the auditors will be given to the City Council.

    Treasurer Schramm reported he handed out a financial update at the last meeting and asked if anyone had any questions. This report will also be reviewed at the Committee Meeting in October.


    Attorney Mike Cainkar presented Ordinance 09-20, an ordinance prohibiting tobacco stores in Hickory Hills. This prohibits the location of tobacco retail stores. After some discussion there was no vote on this ordinance. Some changes will be made and this ordinance will be presented at the next meeting.


    No report submitted.



Alderman Moirano moved to approve bills payable for the second half of September in the amount of $315,222.45. Alderman McHugh second. Aldermen DeRose, Ferrero, McAvoy, McHugh, Moirano, Stachnik, Szeszycki, Zimmerman aye. So approved.



    Alderman Szeszycki noted some items on the City’s casualty and property insurance were changed. The City will keep the $500.00 deductible and not the $1,000.00 deductible. The City has also added some of the street poles to this policy.

    Zimmerman/Public Safety

    No report submitted.

    Moirano/Public Works

    Alderman Moirano reported the existing 10” sanitary main adjacent to the new McDonald’s has a lot of infiltration and should be lined prior to opening. Public Works has prepared a request for proposal to have this 10” line completed before McDonald’s opening. They have received a contract from Insituform Inc. in the amount of $42,500.00. No objections were noted.

    Alderman Moirano reported the Tollway inquired about receiving the City’s permission to close the intersection of 87th Street and Roberts Road for two weeks to complete the 87th Street bridgework, resetting of rocker arms and painting of steel girders which have a temperature and humidity requirement. The alternative is postponing the work on 87th Street until next year. After some discussion, it is the consensus of the Council to let the Tollway know that they would prefer to reschedule this work until next year.

    Alderman Moirano reported Public Works will not perform leaf collection this fall. He noted there will be periodic sweeping with one sweeper for leaves over storm structures. This information will be posted on our website and in our newsletter.


    No report submitted. Mayor Howley noted an October date will be set for the community meal.

    DeRose/Laws & Ordinances

    Alderman DeRose reported he is in receipt of one business application for Accurate Translation located at 9525 S. 78th Avenue, Suite 12. This business has been in existence since 2007. The business fee will include 2007, 2008 and 2009. No objections were noted.

    Stachnik/Health & Environmental Control/Recycling

    No report submitted.

    Ferrero/Community Services/Youth Advisory

    Alderman Ferrero reported the Children’s Halloween Party will be held at City Hall on October 24th from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. All arrangements have been completed.

    Alderman Ferrero noted the Youth Advisory Board met on Tuesday, September 15th at 7:00 p.m. at the Community Center and there are currently 7 new members. Their first project will be cleaning up Kean Avenue on October 3rd.

    McAvoy/Chamber/Business Development

    Alderman McAvoy reported the Chamber held its Golf Outing on September 23rd and thanked everyone who participated in this outing.




Mayor Howley has received a request from Spirit’s
located at 8703 W. 95th Street. They are requesting a pool table in their establishment. The consensus of the Council was to grant this request.

Alderman McAvoy noted the City will have to evaluate the amount of vending machines in our current ordinance.

Alderman McAvoy reported Craven’s located at 8833 W. 87th Street is requesting an outdoor October Fest on October 17, 2009. No objections were noted and permission will be granted.

Clerk Jackson congratulated Mr. Kevin Skinner on winning America’s Got Talent. He is from her hometown and she is now a member of the Kentucky Chicken Catching Club with a T-shirt to prove it.


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 9:08 p.m.