October 22, 2009 City Council Meeting Minutes


The regular meeting of the Hickory Hills City Council was called to order by Mayor Mike Howley on Thursday, October 22, 2009 at 7:45 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
  • 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 Zimmerman was absent. There being a quorum present, the meeting was called to order.

At this time Mayor Howley introduced the Beautification Committee who presented the winners of this year’s Beautification Contest. Certificates were distributed to the following winners:

  • 1st Ward — 1st Place — 7730 W. 92nd Street
  • 1st Ward — 2nd Place — 9024 78th Avenue
  • 2nd Ward — 1st Place — 9224 S. 82nd Avenue
  • 2nd Ward — 2nd Place — 8240 93rd Street
  • 3rd Ward — 1st Place (tie) — 9041 Meadowview
  • 3rd Ward — 1st Place (tie) — 9100 Barberry
  • 4th Ward — 1st Place — 8801 82nd Avenue
  • 4th Ward — 2nd Place — 8380 84th Court


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

Mayor Howley introduced Mr. Robert Silva of Hickory Hills who has set a Guinness Book of World Records for the longest time underwater. A picture was taken of Mr. Silva with the Mayor.

Mrs. Lorie Szeszycki

Mrs. Szeszycki, Curriculum Director of School District 218 introduced Ms. Adriana Cerino from Argentina. They are participating in an exchange program where Ms. Cerino is visiting Hickory Hills and the school system and in June Mrs. Szeszycki will visit Argentina. The Council welcomed Ms. Cerino to Hickory Hills.


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


Alderman Moirano moved to approve the minutes of the regularly scheduled meeting of October 8, 2009 as printed subject to deletions or corrections. Alderman McHugh second. Aldermen DeRose, Ferrero, McAvoy, McHugh, Moirano, Stachnik, Szeszycki aye. So approved.



Mayor Howley reported the zoning fee ordinance memo from the City Attorney was distributed to the Council and his correct interpretation will be followed. The application fee of $500.00 or $1,000.00 is above any routine costs. No objections were noted.

Mayor Howley noted McDonald’s is scheduled to open this Wednesday with a grand opening in November. He also noted the Les Brothers Restaurant will open at the end of November.

Mayor Howley reported the City will hold a Veterans Memorial Service on November 11th at 7:00 p.m. at City Hall. This year the City reached out and invited the school children to participate.

Mayor Howley thanked Sharon Marciano of the Clerk’s office for putting together the flyer for this event.


Clerk Jackson reported the Blood Drive will be held on Sunday, November 1st.

Clerk Jackson noted the newsletter was delivered today and she also included a notice to let residents know the City Hall is now open until 8:00 p.m. on Thursdays.

Clerk Jackson reported she is in receipt of the new agreement from the Cook County Health Department for our health inspections. There is no change this year but subject to change next year.


Treasurer Schramm presented the Treasurer’s Reports dated July 31, 2009 and August 31, 2009 for approval. Alderman Stachnik moved to approve the Treasurer’s Reports dated July 31st and August 31st of 2009. Alderman Ferrero second. Aldermen DeRose, Ferrero, McAvoy, McHugh, Moirano, Stachnik, Szeszycki aye. So approved.

After some discussion the Committee Meeting will be held at 6:00 p.m. on November 12th. The Police Supervisor Manual will be on the agenda.


    Res. 09-11

    Attorney Joseph Cainkar presented Resolution 09-11, a resolution approving and adopting an identity theft prevention program for the City of Hickory Hills. Alderman McHugh moved to approve Res. 09-11. Alderman Moirano second. Aldermen DeRose, Ferrero, McAvoy, McHugh, Moirano, Stachnik, Szeszycki aye. So approved.


Mr. Lang noted the first week in November will be the opening of the bids for 76th Avenue project in Springfield. This will give the City an indication as to what the City’s portion of this project will be.



Alderman Moirano moved to approve bills payable for the second half of October in the amount of $593,507.78. Alderman Ferrero second. Aldermen DeRose, Ferrero, McAvoy, McHugh, Moirano, Stachnik, Szeszycki aye. So approved.



    No report submitted.

    Zimmerman/Public Safety

    Alderman Zimmerman was absent. No report submitted.

    Moirano/Public Works

    Alderman Moirano reported Public Works is preparing a quarterly report to the MWRD with regards to the Clear Water Program.

    Alderman Moirano presented a memo with the grant street renovation program for 2010. The following is a list of streets that have received grant funds to be renovated next year.

    • 91st Place from 82nd Avenue to Roberts Road
    • ½ of 82nd Avenue from 89th Street to 90th Street
    • 94th Street from 81st Court to 81st Avenue
    • 83rd Avenue from 87th Street to 89th Street
    • 90th Street from 83rd Avenue to 82nd Avenue
    • 90th Place from 83rd Avenue to end
    • 87th Court from 91st Street to 92nd Place
    • Oakwood Drive from 87th Street to 89th Street
    • 92nd Place from 90th Avenue to Kean Avenue
    • 81st Avenue from 87th Street to 88th Street
    • 81st Court from 87th Street to 88th Street
    • 85th Avenue from 87th Street to 81st Avenue

    Grant funds included neighborhood lighting for 91st Street from Roberts Road to 88th Avenue.


    Alderman McHugh reported there will be a community dinner on November 19th from 3:30 till 6:30 p.m.

    DeRose/Laws & Ordinances

    Alderman DeRose presented a business license application for Alm Supplies, Inc. located at 8845 W. 87th Street. This is an office for medical supplies. 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 is set for October 24th from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and she has ordered the cover for the horse drawn carriage ride.

    Alderman Ferrero noted Community Affairs is currently working on the Tree Lighting ceremony.

    Alderman Ferrero also noted the Youth Board is working with Mr. Jim Kruse and the adoptaplatoon program by collecting Christmas cards for the troops.

    McAvoy/Chamber/Business Development

    Alderman McAvoy reported the Chamber held its luncheon meeting on Wednesday, October 21st at the Sabre Room. The event was very well attended and the Mayors from Hickory Hills and Palos Hills were the guest speakers.

    Alderman McAvoy noted the 3rd Ward newsletter went out to over 1200 homes.




Alderman McAvoy reported Mr. Sam Castro, of Fairplay Grocery Store was named Business Man of the Year from the Hills Chamber of Commerce. Mayor Howley stated Fairplay is requesting the flag they received at a previous Council meeting be framed. There were no objections.


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

Meeting adjourned at 8:50 p.m.