CALL TO ORDER
The regular meeting of the Hickory Hills City Council was called to order by Mayor Mike Howley on Thursday, May 24th, at 7:31 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers.
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Mayor Howley led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Upon roll call, the following were present:
- Mayor, M. Howley
- City Clerk, D. Catizone
- City Treasurer, D. Schramm
- City Attorney, V. Cainkar
- Police Chief, A. Vodicka
- City Engineer, T. Lang
- Public Works Director, L. Boettcher
- Building Commissioner, J. Moirano
Alderman DeRose was absent. There being a quorum present, the meeting was called to order.
OPEN TO PUBLIC
Alderman Stachnik moved to open the meeting to the public. Alderman McAvoy second. Roll call: Aldermen Ferrero, McAvoy, McHugh, Stachnik, Szeszycki, Waight, Zimmerman aye. So approved.
Obsession Tattoo Inc.
Mr. Harris and Mr. Martin were present to express an interest in opening an upscale tattoo and piercing parlor at 7831 W. 78th Court. Mayor Howley noted this would require a hearing before the Zoning Board for a special use.
Mr. Joseph Alsahoury
9514 S. Roberts Road
Mr. Alsahoury is the owner of Hickory Tobacco. He is seeking permission to smoke cigars and cigarettes inside his tobacco shop, which currently was never. He noted business is down and this may attract more customers. He would also be doing some remodeling. The City Attorney will review our ordinance and investigate this matter.
CLOSE TO PUBLIC
Alderman Zimmerman moved to close the meeting to the public. Alderman Waight second. Roll call: Aldermen Ferrero, McAvoy, McHugh, Stachnik, Szeszycki, Waight, Zimmerman aye. So approved.
JOURNAL OF PROCEEDINGS
Alderman McHugh moved to approve the minutes of the regularly scheduled meeting of May 10, 2012 as printed subject to deletions or corrections. Alderman Ferrero second. Roll call: Aldermen Ferrero, McAvoy, McHugh, Stachnik, Szeszycki, Waight, Zimmerman aye. So approved.
REPORTS OF CITY OFFICIALS
2012 – 2013 Appointments
Mayor Howley presented the following 2012 -2013 Appointments.
|City Attorney & City Prosecutor||Vincent Cainkar|
|City Engineer||Tom Lang
(Robinson Engineering, Ltd.)
|Chief of Police||Al Vodicka|
|Building Commissioner||John Moirano|
|Director of Public Works||Larry Boettcher|
|City Collector||D’Lorah Catizone|
|ESDA Director||Christopher Knights|
|Elevator Inspector||Bernie Flynn
|Community Resource Officer||Ingrid McNeff|
|Plumbing Inspector||David Tavares|
|Electrical Inspector||Rick Stiegal|
|Fire Inspector Battalion Chief||Don Huenecke|
|Building Inspector||Ed Mack|
|Sprinkler Inspector||James Groark|
Zoning Board of Appeals (7 Year Term)
|Syed Imam||01/28/98 – 4/30/19|
Auxiliary Police Officers (1 Year Term)
|Betty Soprych||Tomislav Radoicic||Valentine Zilinskas|
|Anthony Luna||Carol Lynch||Steve Makropoulos|
|Sandra Wood||Nichola Janeteas||Brian Trapp|
|Alberto Sanchez||Raymond Cicenas||Matthew Michaels|
|Mark Sanchez||Arthur Ventura||Edvinas Gaidomavicius|
Police Pension Board (2 year Term)
|James Kardelis||03/18/04 – 04/30/14|
Board of Fire & Police (3 Year Term)
|Ken Fonte||06/12/03 – 04/30/15|
Emergency Telephone Board (3 Year Term)
|Michael Murphy (retired Dep. Chief)||07/23/92 – 04/30/15|
|Chief Jeffrey Ketchen||– 04/30/15|
|Joseph Stachnik||04/30/12 – 04/30/15|
|Rocco Marciano||04/30/12 – 04/30/15|
Hearing Officer (1 Year Term)
|David E. Eppenstein, Jr.||6/01/06 – 04/30/13|
Human Rights Commission (3 Year Term)
|D’Lorah Catizone||05/1/12 – 04/30/15|
Community Affairs Commission (3 Year Term)
|Joann Jerantowski||04/28/94 – 04/30/15|
|Mary Boettcher||03/27/97 – 04/30/15|
Alderman McHugh moved to approve the presented appointments for 2012. Alderman Ferrero second. Alderman Szeszycki questioned the City paying the Fire Department $10,000.00 and not receiving any reports. Alderman Szeszycki also questioned if the City has received any reports from the ESDA Director. Mayor Howley agreed the City should be getting some information from these departments. Aldermen Ferrero, McAvoy, McHugh, Stachnik, Szeszycki, Waight, Zimmerman aye. So approved.
Committee Meeting Schedule
Mayor Howley noted that it is customary to cancel the Summer Committee Meetings. Alderman Zimmerman moved to cancel the June, July, August, and September Committee Meetings unless an emergency meeting becomes necessary. Alderman McAvoy second. Aldermen Ferrero, McAvoy, McHugh, Stachnik, Szeszycki, Waight, Zimmerman aye. So approved.
Mayor Howley invited the Council to attend his charity golf outing at Water’s Edge Golf Course on Saturday, June 2, 2012.
Mayor Howley wished everyone a Happy Memorial Day and asked that we keep our military in our prayers.
Clerk Catizone is in receipt of a Block Party request for 9025 Hawthorn Drive on Sunday, June 3rd from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. No objections were noted.
Clerk Catizone reported the Korean War Veterans South Suburban Chapter will be conducting its 15th Annual Daisy Day Fundraiser on Friday and Saturday, June 15th and 16th. They will be collecting at store fronts in our community.
Treasurer Schramm presented the Treasurer’s Report dated April 30, 2012 for approval. Alderman McHugh moved to approve the Treasurer’s Report dated April 30, 2012. Alderman Szeszycki second. Roll Call: Aldermen Ferrero, McAvoy, McHugh, Stachnik, Szeszycki, Waight, Zimmerman aye. So approved.
Attorney Joe Cainkar presented Ordinance 12-9, an ordinance amending Building Code, of the Hickory Hills Municipal Code by changing Section 24.02, building permit fees. Mayor Howley noted considerable discussion had taken place at the last Council Meeting. Alderman McHugh moved to approve Ord. 12-9. Alderman McAvoy second. Change on Page three to add correct City Clerk name. Roll Call: Aldermen Ferrero, McAvoy, McHugh, Stachnik, Szeszycki, Waight, Zimmerman aye. So approved.
Attorney Joe Cainkar presented Resolution 12-4, a resolution designating the Taxman Corporation as a developer for the City of Hickory Hills 94th Street Redevelopment Project area and authorizing negotiations for a redevelopment agreement. Alderman McHugh moved to approve Res. 12-4. Alderman Szeszycki second.
Mayor Howley noted this would not cost the City and they would need approval of the City for any redevelopment. Roll Call: Aldermen Ferrero, McAvoy, McHugh, Stachnik, Szeszycki, Waight, Zimmerman aye. So approved.
Mr. Lang reported the 2012 Road Program has started and smoke testing has begun in the Woodland Subdivision.
Alderman Szeszycki moved to approve the bills payable for the second half of May 2012 in the amount of $220,682.19. Alderman Waight second. Roll Call: Aldermen Ferrero, McAvoy, McHugh, Stachnik, Szeszycki, Waight, Zimmerman aye. So approved.
Alderman Szeszycki reported that a meeting was held this afternoon with the City’s Insurance Committee and he presented insurance premiums options. He is waiting for their recommendation by next Friday. Treasurer Schramm stated it was an excellent meeting with the City’s Health Insurance Committee.
No report submitted.
Mr. Boettcher reported Public Works met with the Forest Preserve District regarding dead branches and trees at Great Oaks and Arrowhead Condos that could fall against their building. The Forest Preserve District will cut down the dead trees, dead branches and all Ash trees that could die from the EAB over the next several years. He noted this project should be completed this year.
Mr. Boettcher noted two manhole lids are missing and a fire hydrant cap and chains were cut and removed at the Dorn School parking lot. He noted that this should be put in the newspaper so residents are aware and can report this to the police.
Alderman McHugh reported the Community Center will be closed this weekend and will reopen on Tuesday.
Waight/Laws & Ordinances
No report submitted.
DeRose/Health & Environmental Control/Recycling
Alderman DeRose was absent. No report submitted.
Ferrero/Community Services/Youth Advisory Board
Alderman Ferrero reported the Street Fair has 66 crafters and 8 food vendors as of today.
Alderman Ferrero is seeking someone to sell food at the Street Fair Concert on Saturday.
Alderman McAvoy reported the Chamber Business After Hours was held on May 23rd and was very well attended.
Alderman McAvoy thanked the Police Department and City Attorney Cainkar for their assistance with a parking matter.
Alderman McHugh noted if anyone is interested in working the Street Fair Beer Tent, he has the sign-up sheet.
Alderman McAvoy moved to convene into Executive Session for the purpose of discussing threatened litigation. Alderman McHugh second. Roll Call: Aldermen Ferrero, McAvoy, McHugh, Stachnik, Szeszycki, Waight, Zimmerman aye. So approved.
Alderman Ferrero moved to reconvene into regular session and adjourn until the next regularly scheduled or specially
called meeting. Alderman McHugh second. Roll call: Aldermen Ferrero, McHugh, McAvoy, Stachnik, Szeszycki, Waight, Zimmerman aye. So approved.
Meeting adjourned at 8:27 p.m.