Meeting Minutes

July 12, 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, July 12, at 7:37 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, M. Cainkar
  • City Engineer, T. Lang
  • Police Chief, A. Vodicka
  • Public Works Director, L. Boettcher
  • Building Commissioner, J. Moirano

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

Police Swearing In Ceremony

At this time Chief Vodicka swore in Probationary Police Officer Brian Nelligan.

OPEN TO PUBLIC

Alderman Szeszycki moved to open the meeting to the public. Alderman McAvoy second. Roll call: Aldermen DeRose, Ferrero, McAvoy, McHugh, Szeszycki, Waight aye. So approved.

No one spoke during this portion of the meeting.

CLOSE TO PUBLIC

Alderman Waight moved to close the meeting to the public. Alderman McHugh 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 July 12, 2012 as printed subject to deletions or corrections. Alderman Szeszycki second. Roll call: Aldermen DeRose, Ferrero, McAvoy, McHugh, Szeszycki, Waight aye. Aldermen Stachnik and Zimmerman pass. So approved.

REPORTS OF CITY OFFICIALS

MAYOR

New Artist

Mayor Howley introduced Mrs. Barbara Connelly, the new featured artist at City Hall.

Grand Opening

Mayor Howley reminded everyone that the Shell at 95th and Roberts Road will be holding their grand opening on Saturday, July 14 at 10:00 a.m. There will be a flag raising ceremony, gift certificates for free gas and food. The owner is happy that the American Flag and a City of Hickory Hills flag will be flying at his station.

Danos Property

Mayor Howley stated that he is pleased to see development of the property off the tollway on 95th Street near McDonald’s. The construction should be completed in a few months and will transform the entrance to our City. The development of this area is due to the hard work of former Alderman Moirano, now Building Commissioner, and Alderman McHugh.

CITY CLERK

Clerk Catizone thanked the Senior Club for inviting her to their cowboy themed luncheon on Wednesday, July 11th. It was a very nice lunch.

Clerk Catizone stated that the Clerk’s Office is still answering questions regarding the electrical aggregation. The final list has been sent to ComEd which includes the 247 residents that have opted out of the program. We look forward to seeing the savings begin in August.

CITY TREASURER

No report submitted.

CITY ATTORNEY

Police Collective Bargaining Agreement

Attorney Cainkar stated that a letter outlining the highlights of the Collective Bargaining Agreement has been sent to Council members. This was agreed upon during past discussions. It is the recommendation of Alderman Szeszycki and Attorney Cainkar that the City Council accept this agreement.

Alderman McAvoy moved to accept the Police Collective Bargaining Agreement. Alderman McHugh second. Roll call: Aldermen DeRose, Ferrero, McAvoy, McHugh, Szeszycki, Waight aye. So approved.

Proposed Appropriation Ordinance for fiscal year 2012-2013 Public Hearing

Mayor Howley opened the public hearing of the Proposed Appropriation Ordinance for fiscal year 2012-2013. No one spoke at this time. Mayor Howley closed the public hearing.

Ord. 12-12

Attorney Cainkar presented Ordinance 12-12, an ordinance providing for a budget and appropriation for corporate and other purposes for the fiscal year beginning May 1, 2012 and ending April 30, 2013. Alderman McHugh moved to approve Ordinance 12-12. Alderman Szeszycki second. Roll call: Aldermen DeRose, Ferrero, McAvoy, McHugh, Szeszycki, Waight aye. So approved.

Attorney Cainkar requested an Executive Session at the end of this meeting to discuss the Department of Public Works Contract.

CITY ENGINEER

Mr. Lang presented Invoice #50176 from Crowley Sheppard Asphalt Co. for work done on 2012 miscellaneous resurfacing (MFT 12-00000-01-GM pay estimate #1 partial) in the amount of $302, 899.72. Alderman McHugh moved to approve the expenditure of $302, 899.72 to Crowley Sheppard Asphalt. Alderman Waight second. Roll Call: Aldermen DeRose, Ferrero, McAvoy, McHugh, Szeszycki, Waight aye. So approved.

COMMUNICATIONS

BILLS PAYABLE

Alderman Ferrero moved to approve the bills payable for the first half of July 2012 in the amount of $431, 510.12. Alderman McHugh second. Roll Call: Aldermen DeRose, Ferrero, McAvoy, McHugh, Szeszycki, Waight, aye. So approved.

STANDING COMMITTEES

    Szeszycki/Finance

    No report submitted.

    Stachnik/Public Safety

    Alderman Stachnik was absent.

    PRISm Agreement
    Attorney Cainkar presented the Intergovernmental Agreement for PRISim which allows the borrowing of police equipment.

    Alderman Szeszecki moved to accept the Intergovernmental Agreement for Professional Range Instruction Simulator (PRISim). Alderman McHugh second. Roll Call: Aldermen DeRose, Ferrero, McAvoy, McHugh, Szeszycki, Waight, aye. So approved.

    Mayor Howley distributed a memo from Chief Vodicka requesting employees covered by the Police Supervisors Policy and civilians covered by the Employee Handbook be extended the proposed economic issues described in the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Treasurer Schramm stated only two changes will be affected for the Supervisors – the uniform allowance increase and degree incentive increase. The wages issue is separate.

    Zimmerman/Public Works

    Alderman Zimmerman was absent.

    88th Ave. Reconstruction
    Mr. Boettcher stated that the Contractor has made significant progress with the underground installation. Nicor and AT&T are now handling conflicts at a higher priority scale. AT&T must address a concrete duct that runs down the middle of 88th at 93rd Street for several hundred feet. Also, the County is holding the Contractor to specifications for the concrete temperatures even with the weather forcing the cancellation of concrete pours.

    Rehab Sanitary Sewer Lining
    Mr. Boettcher stated that the City has a two year maintenance agreement with Insituform for CIPP lining. Public Works proposes to line 6, 258 LF of clay pipe for $196, 000 which is within the budget for Sanitary Rehab. The Council had no concerns.

    Pipe Rehab
    Mr. Boettcher stated that the City has several thousand feet of CMP (Corregated Metal Pipe) in rear yards, right of ways and some street crossings. Replacement of rusted out pipes is necessary. Public Works has been waiting over two months for two lining proposals. One is a concrete sprayed lining and the second is a cured in place lining. Mr. Boettcher recommends the cured in place lining from Insituform Inc. for $128, 000. In the future, we could try the concrete sprayed liner to see how it will hold up. These particular expenditures are coming out of the Utility Tax Fund. Alderman Szeszecki moved to approve the expenditure of $128, 000 to Insituform Inc. to line 700 linear feet of galvanized metal pipe. Alderman Ferrero second. Roll Call: Aldermen DeRose, Ferrero, McAvoy, McHugh, Szeszycki, Waight, aye. So approved.

    McHugh/Bldg./Facilities

    Alderman McHugh reported that everything at Parkview/Community Center is under control regarding the weather. Auxiliary Police are set to open up if the need arises.

    Waight/Law & Ordinances

    No report submitted.

    DeRose/Health & Environmental Control/Recycling Recycling

    Alderman DeRose reported that our share of recycling for the months of April, May and June of 2012 is $4, 086.35.

    Ferrero/Community Affairs/Youth Advisory

    No report submitted.

    McAvoy/Chamber/Business Development

    Alderman McAvoy reported he attended the Chamber Board meeting on Tuesday, July 10th.

    Congressman Lipinski’s office has set a tentative job fair on Friday, August 24th at the Sabre Room. Details will be forthcoming.

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    Alderman McHugh expressed his thanks to Alderman McAvoy for all his work in running the Bingo Tent and to Alderman Ferrero for her work with the Street Fair.

    Alderman McAvoy stated that a profit of $36.00 more was made with the Bingo Tent over last year.

    NEW BUSINESS

    Clerk Catizone noted that Representative Kelly Burke will attend the next Council meeting on July 26th.

    Mayor Howley stated that there has been a rash of burglaries in Hickory Hills and throughout the Southwestern suburbs. People need to be aware. These are occurring during the day between approximately 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in afternoon. Police efforts have been stepped up but it will take the help of neighbors.

    Lt. Stevens stated that the Police Department had made a presentation at the Senior luncheon regarding the recent break-ins which seemed to target seniors. Fliers have been distributed with information. Neighboring towns are experiencing similar problems. It seems front doors are the point of entry with these robberies.

    ADJOURNMENT

    Alderman Ferrero moved to adjourn the meeting until the next regular or specially called meeting. Alderman Waight second. Roll Call: Aldermen DeRose, Ferrero, McAvoy, McHugh, Stachnik, Szeszycki, Waight, Zimmerman aye. So approved.

    Meeting adjourned at 8:54 p.m.