February 28, 2013 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, February 28, 2013, at 7:41 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:
- Aldermen , T. McAvoy
- 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
Alderman Ferrero was absent. There being a quorum present, the meeting was called to order.
OPEN TO PUBLIC
Alderman McHugh moved to open the meeting to the public. Alderman McAvoy second. Roll call: Aldermen McAvoy, McHugh, Stachnik, Szeszycki, Waight, Zimmerman 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 Stachnik second. Roll call: Aldermen 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 February 14, 2013 as printed subject to deletions or corrections. Alderman Szeszycki second. Roll call: Aldermen McHugh, Stachnik, Szeszycki, Waight, Zimmerman aye. Alderman McAvoy pass. So approved.
REPORTS OF CITY OFFICIALS
Mayor Howley announced the Liquor License for Stella’s at Hickory Palos Square has been approved and will be issued. This is a Class E license. Mayor Howley noted there are five licenses pending and the Ordinance will need to be amended. No objections were noted.
Mayor Howley presented Res. 13-3, a resolution requesting permission for temporary closure of a State Highway for the purpose of the Hickory Hills Youth Baseball Parade. This will be held on Saturday, April 20, 2013. Alderman McAvoy moved to approve Res. 13-3. Alderman Stachnik second. Roll call: Aldermen McAvoy, McHugh, Stachnik, Szeszycki, Waight, Zimmerman aye. So approved.
Mayor Howley proclaimed the month of April, 2013 as “National Fair Housing Month” in the City of Hickory Hills. This establishes Hickory Hills as an open and inclusive community committed to fair housing and to promote appropriate activities by private and public entities intended to provide or advocate for integration and equal housing opportunities for all residents and prospective residents of Hickory Hills.
Clerk Catizone reported the City has received the first deposit of funds from the Video Gaming Tax.
Clerk Catizone noted Vintage Tech has again emptied the E-recycling trailer collecting a total of 2294 pounds.
Clerk Catizone reported the City newsletter will be mailed this week.
Treasurer Schramm distributed the City’s financial update and he has highlighted the positives and negatives. Everything is looking positive this year. He noted next year’s budget process will begin in early April.
Attorney Vince Cainkar presented Resolution 13-2, a resolution approving a grant application for the 2013 Cook County Community Development Block Grant Program. This is a request made to Cook County for CDBG funds in the amount of $100, 000.00 for sanitary sewer rehabilitation as identified in the City’s CDBG 2013 Program application. Alderman Stachnik moved to approve Res. 13-2. Alderman McHugh second. Roll call: Aldermen McAvoy, McHugh, Stachnik, Szeszycki, Waight, Zimmerman aye. So approved.
Mr. Lang reported a bid opening will occur on March 12th for the street resurfacing and we will award that contract at the March 14, 2013 Council Meeting. Also, on March 26th there will be a bid opening for sewer work and that contract will be awarded at the March 28th Council meeting.
Alderman Szeszycki moved to approve the bills payable for the second half of February, 2013 in the amount of $260, 263.44. Alderman McHugh second. Roll call: Aldermen McAvoy, McHugh, Stachnik, Szeszycki, Waight, Zimmerman aye. So approved.
No report submitted.
Chief Vodicka distributed the Police Annual Report to the Council. He also passed out a memo highlighting the individuals who participated in putting the report together.
Chief Vodicka reported a trip was sponsored by the Police Dept. to the Wolves Hockey game. Thirty students from St. Patricia School attended this game.
Mr. Boettcher reported Public Works has submitted a list of 6, 200 linear feet of various sanitary pipe sizes with deficiencies that allows clear water infiltration and should
be lined. The City could be eligible to receive up to $100, 000.00 but it would also have to match on a 50-50 basis. Robinson Engineering estimates the cost of $248, 000.00. Public Works is prepared to reduce our lining recommendation as needed to meet the match funds awarded. The City’s source of match funding has been discussed with the City Treasurer and is available.
Mr. Boettcher reported home meters with limited access to read will receive new plastic iPERL meters with radio reads which will be installed by Public Works. Public Works will test for accuracy and a dozen selected will be tested by the manufacturer.
Mayor Howley noted the streets were well maintained after the last snowfall.
Alderman McHugh reported one vacancy at Parkview Apartments.
Waight/Law & Ordinances
Alderman Waight is in receipt of two business applications: 1) Clover’s Garden located at Gas Depot 8800 W. 87th Street. This is a temporary garden center to run from April 1st thru July 31st. 2) Supreme Tax Service located at 8859 S. Roberts Road. They are providing tax services. 3) The Flame Restaurant located at 7825 W. 95th Street. The restaurant is approved and the liquor license is pending. No objections were noted. Lastly, Alderman Waight has an application for Goal Training Educational Center located at 7667 W. 95th Street. This is pending until more information can be obtained.
Health & Safety
No report submitted.
Ferrero/Community Affairs/Youth Advisory
Alderman Ferrero was absent. No report submitted.
Alderman McAvoy announced that he is officially retired as of today from IDOT and is extremely happy.
Alderman Waight moved to adjourn the meeting until the next regularly scheduled or specially called meeting. Alderman McHugh second. Roll call: Aldermen McAvoy, McHugh, Stachnik, Szeszycki, Waight, Zimmerman aye. So approved.
Meeting adjourned at 8:35 p.m.