April 22, 2010 City Council Meeting Minutes


The regular meeting of the Hickory Hills City Council was called to order by City Clerk Joann Jackson on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 6:33 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers.

Alderman Stachnik moved to appoint Alderman Scott Zimmerman, Chairman Pro Tem. Alderman Ferrero second. Aldermen DeRose, Ferrero, McAvoy, Moirano, Stachnik, Zimmerman aye. So approved.


Alderman Zimmerman led the Pledge of Allegiance.


Upon roll call, the following were present:

  • Aldermen:
    L. DeRose
    D. Ferrero
    T. McAvoy
    J. Moirano
    J. Stachnik
    S. Zimmerman
  • City Treasurer, D. Schramm
  • City Clerk, J. Jackson
  • Police Chief, A. Vodicka
  • Public Works Director, L. Boettcher
  • Building Commissioner, G. Betcher

Aldermen McHugh and Szeszycki were absent. There being a quorum present, the meeting was called to order.


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

No one spoke during this portion of the meeting.


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


Alderman Moirano moved to approve the minutes of the regularly scheduled meeting of April 8, 2010 as printed subject to deletions or corrections. Alderman Stachnik second. Aldermen DeRose, Ferrero, Moirano, Stachnik, Zimmerman aye. Alderman McAvoy pass. So approved.



    Mayor Howley was absent. Clerk Jackson read the following report as follows. Mayor Howley attended the Senior Task Force health fair on April 15th. Nearly 70 seniors received free blood pressure and other minor health tests free of charge.

    Mayor Howley noted on May 15th the Senior Task Force will hold a Walk Around Prairie Pond Park.

    Mayor Howley spoke at the League of Women Voters event at the Green Hills Library on Saturday, April 10, 2010. Mayor Sexton and Mayor Howley spoke about happenings in town and fielded questions.

    The Blood Drive and Baby Joe held a breakfast and over 90 people attended to donate blood. Huge thanks again to Alicia Vodicka for all of her efforts on another successful blood drive.

    Mayor Howley attended the HH Youth Baseball opening day. Mayor Howley and son Cal judged the floats to the parade and then thankfully he was able to throw a decent pitch that made it to home plate without bouncing. It was a fun morning. Thanks to Aldermen Moirano and McHugh for attending as well.

    Following opening day, Mayor Howley helped Alderman Ferrero and the youth group with cleanup along Kean Avenue. Thanks to Debbie’s son Michael and his friend Steve for also helping out.


    Clerk Jackson extended sympathy to the Cainkar family on the death of Louis Cainkar.

    Clerk Jackson reported that $80,202.00 has been collected for business licensing with less than one-half yet not returned.

    Clerk Jackson is in receipt of a request from St. Patricia School to post signs for registration over the summer.

    They would like to post 4 foot by 4 foot signs at the following locations:
    95th and Roberts Road
    95th and 88th Avenue
    87th and Roberts Road
    87th and 88th Avenue
    95th and Kean Avenue
    87th and Kean Avenue

    The dates would be May 1st to May 22nd, June 12th to July 4th and July 25th to August 13th. No objections were noted and permission will be granted.

    Clerk Jackson presented a Proclamation for Motorcycle Awareness Month which will be the month of May 2010.

    Clerk Jackson mentioned two articles in the IML magazine that are worth reading with regards to Red Light Cameras and Video Poker Machines.

    Regarding the census, Clerk Jackson reported that Hickory Hills has a return rate of 68 percent as of this week according to the Reporter. Census workers will be going door to door beginning in May.


    No report submitted.


    No report submitted.


    Mr. Lang reported that the road program is in full swing.
    They have completed most of the concrete work and they have started grinding. The rest will go quickly.

    Mr. Lang noted a pre-construction meeting will be held on the 94th Street storm sewer next week.

    It was also noted that Roberts Road and 87th Street is scheduled for closing on May 3rd.

    Mr. Lang reported a goal of May 22nd for the letting on the 91st Place reconstruction.



Alderman Moirano moved to approve bills payable for the second half of April in the amount of $339,966.10. Alderman McAvoy second. Aldermen DeRose, Ferrero, McAvoy, Moirano, Stachnik, Zimmerman aye. So approved.



    No report submitted.

    Zimmerman/Public Safety

    No report submitted.

    Moirano/Public Works

    No report submitted.


    No report submitted.

    DeRose/Laws & Ordinances

    No report submitted.

    Stachnik/Health & Environmental Control/Recycling

    Alderman Stachnik reported that he had asked the Clerk’s Office about a second electronics recycling event. He noted that he hoped a second one could be scheduled for this year since he has had inquiries from a few residents.

    Ferrero/Community Services/Youth Advisory Board

    Alderman Ferrero reported they cleaned Kean Avenue on this past Saturday and most of the youth group took part.

    She also noted that 4 bands have been scheduled for Saturday and Sunday in June for the Street Fair. One of these bands is from Stagg and they recently won “The Battle of the Bands”. They should probably be scheduled early in the day.

    Alderman Moirano noted the details have been worked out for the beverage vendor and they are set up for Saturday night.


    Alderman McAvoy reported the Chamber will hold a networking night on Wednesday, May 12 at 5:30 p.m. at the Sabre Room.


Treasurer Schramm noted he had some unfinished business which he would bring up at the Committee Meeting to follow.




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

Meeting adjourned at 7:00 p.m.