Meeting Minutes

June 28, 2012 City Council Meeting Minutes

CALL TO ORDER

The regular meeting of the Hickory Hills City Council was called to order by Mayor Mike Howley on Thursday, June 28, at 7:36 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Mayor Howley led the Pledge of Allegiance.

ROLL CALL

Upon roll call, the following were present:

  • Mayor , M. Howley
  • Aldermen, L. DeRose
    D. Ferrero
    T. McAvoy
    M. McHugh
    J. Stachnik
    J. Szeszycki
    B. Waight
    S. Zimmerman
  • City Clerk, D. Catizone
  • City Treasurer, D. Schramm
  • City Attorney, V. Cainkar
  • City Engineer, T. Lang
  • Chief of Police, A. Vodicka
  • Public Works Director, L. Boettcher
  • Building Commissioner, J. Moirano

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 DeRose, Ferrero, McAvoy, McHugh, Stachnik, Szeszycki, Waight, Zimmerman aye. So approved.

Mr. Frank Halper
9341 S. 84th Court

Mr. Halper expressed his concern for safety issues in the City. He feels a flashing light at 95th Street for residents crossing is needed. He would also like the City to put a stop sign at 93rd Street at 84th Court. Lastly, he is in favor of speed bumps.

CLOSE TO PUBLIC

Alderman Szeszycki moved to close the meeting to the public. Alderman Ferrero second. Roll call: Aldermen DeRose, 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 June 14, 2012 as printed subject to deletions or corrections. CORRECTION: CHANGE STACHNIK FIRST INITIAL TO J. Alderman Ferrero second. Roll call: Aldermen DeRose, Ferrero, McHugh, Stachnik, Szeszycki, Zimmerman aye. Aldermen McAvoy and Waight pass. So approved.

REPORTS OF CITY OFFICIALS

MAYOR

Mayor Howley thanked the Public Works Department for all their hard work at the Street Fair.

Grand Opening

Mayor Howley reported the Shell at 95th and Roberts Road will be holding a grand opening on Saturday, July 14th at 10:00 a.m. They will also have a City flag flying along with the American Flag.

Green Bags

Mayor Howley stated Public Works will be placing 50 water bags around the new trees on 95th Street. Hopefully, this will help during this long period without rain.

Web Site Job Board

Mayor Howley noted he is working with Marc Mattson (City’s website coordinator) and Clerk Catizone to post job openings on our City’s website. Look for this feature soon.

CITY CLERK

No report submitted.

CITY TREASURER

No report submitted.

CITY ATTORNEY

Ord. 12-10

Attorney Cainkar presented Ordinance 12-10, an ordinance amending Chapter 24, Building Code, of the Hickory Hills Municipal Code by changing Section 24.05, Bond required. This was discussed at the last meeting and would make the bond required for Single-Family buildings $3, 000.00, Multi-Family $5, 000.00 and Commercial and Industrial buildings $5, 000.00.
Alderman McHugh moved to approve Ord. 12-10. Alderman Szeszycki second. Roll Call: Aldermen DeRose, Ferrero, McAvoy, McHugh, Stachnik, Szeszycki, Waight, Zimmerman aye. So approved.

Attorney Cainkar presented Ordinance 12-11, an ordinance
Amending Chapter 31, licenses, of the Hickory Hills Municipal Code by changing Section 31.09, garage sales. Attorney Cainkar explained this would change the allowed garage sales to two per year and failure to obtain a garage sale permit shall be punishable by a fine of $50.00. Alderman Szeszycki moved to approve Ord. 12-11. Alderman Waight second. Roll Call: Aldermen DeRose, Ferrero, McAvoy, McHugh, Stachnik, Szeszycki, Waight, Zimmerman aye. So approved. This Ordinance will become effective in 10 days from passage.

Res. 12-05

Attorney Cainkar presented Resolution 12-05, a resolution approving a bond record-keeping and compliance policy. Attorney Cainkar noted this is necessary to maintain sufficient records to demonstrate compliance with regards to all bonds. Alderman McHugh moved to approve Res. 12-05. Alderman Szeszycki second. Roll Call: Aldermen DeRose, Ferrero, McAvoy, McHugh, Stachnik, Szeszycki, Waight, Zimmerman aye. So approved.

CITY ENGINEER

Mr. Lang reported the road program is nearing its completion. He also noted the 89th Street lighting is on schedule. With regards to smoke testing, this project is near completion and a report will be given to the City with recommendations.

COMMUNICATIONS

BILLS PAYABLE

Alderman Szeszycki moved to approve the bills payable for the second half of June 2012 in the amount of $207, 651.38. Alderman Waight second. Roll Call: Aldermen DeRose, Ferrero, McAvoy, McHugh, Stachnik, Szeszycki, Waight, Zimmerman aye. So approved.

STANDING COMMITTEES

Szeszycki/Finance

Alderman Szeszycki reported the new health insurance benefits were approved at the last meeting and noted brochures were given to all employees.

Stachnik/Public Safety

No report submitted.

Chief Vodicka distributed a memo with the costs of the Street Fair for Police Services. Total Police Expenditures were $3, 437.91 for Saturday and Sunday of the Street Fair.

Zimmerman/Public Works

No report submitted.

Mr. Boettcher reported with the extreme warm weather the water restrictions should be enforced. Public Works will be stopping by homes if residents are sprinkling.

Mr. Boettcher noted the contractor is working on our City with two underground crews installing main drains on the 88th Avenue reconstruction. In addition, at pump house #2 the outlet pipe to the existing rear retention pond and a portion of the pipe between 95th Street to 93rd Street is completed. He noted Kitty Lane and Kells have been without water because of construction. Mr. Boettcher stated the utilities are taking a day or more to mobilize a crew for each discovered underground conflict, and continue to delay main drain installation. He noted a phone cable was damaged because it was not marked which left residents without phone services.

Mr. Boettcher reported the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB is in our City. The City has 300 Ash Trees. The City recently received a letter from the Dept. of Agriculture confirming that the bug specimens taken from trees in the City are indeed the Emerald Ash pest. Once a tree is infected it takes about 3-5 years before the tree dies and is a liability. This will be discussed at further meetings to determine what action will be taken.

McHugh/Bldg./Facilities

Alderman McHugh noted that the Community Center can be a cooling center until 5:00 p.m.

Alderman McHugh thanked everyone who volunteered at the Street Fair Beer Tent. It was a great event and he thanked Mr. John Moirano. The beer tent did very well raising approximately $9, 000.00 and the raffle for the discretionary fund raised $876.00.

Waight/Law & Ordinances Ordinances

No report submitted.

DeRose/Health & Environmental Control/Recycling

No report submitted.

Ferrero/Community Affairs/Youth Advisory Affairs/Youth Advisory

Alderman Ferrero reported the Street Fair went very well. She thanked Chief Vodicka, Larry and Mary Boettcher, John & Sue Moirano, Brian Waight, Lou & Karen DeRose, Dan Schramm, Dee & Pete Catizone, John & Arleen Szeszycki, Mike McHugh and his wife and lastly, Tom McAvoy and Erin. She also thanked her Community Affairs Committee. She appreciated all the volunteers.

Mayor Howley also noted we have very special people to make this event so special.

McAvoy/Chamber/Business Development/Business Development

Alderman McAvoy thanked Alderman Ferrero for all her hard work on the Street Fair. He also thanked his 65 volunteers who all got involved. The bingo tent gave away $10, 000.00 in prizes. He also thanked Erin and his nephew, Jason, for all their assistance.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

None.

NEW BUSINESS

None.

EXECUTIVE SESSION/ ADJOURNMENT

Alderman Stachnik moved to adjourn into Executive Session for the purpose of discussing the Public Works and Police Contracts. Alderman Waight second. Roll Call: Aldermen DeRose, Ferrero, McHugh, Stachnik, Szeszycki, Waight, Zimmerman aye. So approved.

Meeting adjourned at 9:34 p.m.