Meeting Minutes

March 27, 2014 City Council Meeting Minutes

MINUTES_ICON

CALL TO ORDER

The regular meeting of the Hickory Hills City Council was called to order by Clerk Catizone on Thursday, March 27, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers.

MAYOR PRO TEM

Clerk Catizone noted that Mayor Howley is absent. Alderman Stachnik moved to appoint Alderman Scott Zimmerman as Mayor Pro Tem. Alderman Ferrero second. Roll call: Aldermen Ferrero, Fonte, McAvoy, McHugh, Stachnik, Szeszycki, Waight, Zimmerman aye. So approved.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Mayor Pro Tem Zimmerman led the Pledge of Allegiance.

ROLL CALL

Upon roll call, the following were present:

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

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

POLICE RECOGNITIONS

Chief Vodicka presented Department Commendations to Telecommunicator Rocco Marciano, Sergeant Charles Hobart, Officer Mark Benaitis and Officer Scott Sodaro for their life saving efforts on a recent case involving a young child. The mother and child were present to thank the Officers in person.

Chief Vodicka announced the promotions of Sgt. Charles Hobart to Lieutenant; Officer Joseph Roscetti to Sergeant and the swearing in of new Police Officer Michael Franks. The swearing in was conducted by the Fire/Police Commissioners. Father Mol gave a blessing to all of the Officers.

OPEN TO PUBLIC

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

Ms. Laura Roberts
8122 W. 91st Street

Ms. Roberts voiced her concerns regarding the installation of Smart Meters by Com Ed. Alderman McAvoy noted this is governed by the Illinois Commerce Commission and the City has no authority. Alderman McAvoy will contact Com Ed and inquire as to when they plan to install these in Hickory Hills, if at all.

CLOSE TO PUBLIC

Alderman Ferrero moved to close the meeting to the public. Alderman Waight second. Roll call: Aldermen Ferrero, Fonte, McAvoy, McHugh, Stachnik, Szeszycki, Waight, Zimmerman aye. So approved.

JOURNAL OF PROCEEDINGS

Alderman Stachnik moved to approve the minutes of the regularly scheduled meeting of March 13, 2014 as printed subject to deletions or corrections. Correction: Under Alderman McHugh’s report should read 6 vacancies not 2. Alderman McHugh second. Roll call: Aldermen Ferrero, Fonte, McAvoy, McHugh, Stachnik, Szeszycki, Waight, Zimmerman aye. So approved.

REPORTS OF CITY OFFICIALS

MAYOR

Mayor Pro Tem Zimmerman presented a request from St. Patricia for a temporary liquor license on April 4, 2014 to hold a Fish Fry. Alderman Stachnik moved to approve this liquor license with fees waived for the St. Patricia Fish Fry on April 4, 2014. Alderman McHugh second. Roll call: Aldermen Ferrero, Fonte, McAvoy, McHugh, Stachnik, Szeszycki, Waight, Zimmerman aye. So approved.

CITY CLERK

No report submitted.

CITY TREASURER

No report submitted.

CITY ATTORNEY

No report submitted.

CITY ENGINEER

No report submitted.

COMMUNICATIONS

BILLS PAYABLE

Alderman McHugh moved to approve the bills payable for the second half of March, 2014 in the amount of $205,774.69. Alderman Stachnik second. Roll call: Aldermen Ferrero, Fonte, McAvoy, McHugh, Stachnik, Szeszycki, Waight, Zimmerman aye. So approved.

STANDING COMMITTEES

Szeszycki/Finance

No report submitted.

Stachnik/Public Safety

Alderman Stachnik reported the Chief has distributed the 2013 Annual Report to the Council. Any questions can be directed to Chief Vodicka.

Chief Vodicka wanted to let the Council know that it was a surprise to the Officers who were recognized this evening that the mother of the child would be present. He felt that it really made an impact on the Officers involved.

Zimmerman/Public Works

Mr. Boettcher reported Public Works has conducted numerous interviews for the new position. Public Works is recommending Mr. Ray Baldovin be approved for the probationary period Grade E the lowest CBA level. Alderman Szeszycki moved to approve the hiring of Mr. Ray Baldovin in the Public Works Department. Alderman McAvoy second. Roll call: Aldermen Ferrero, Fonte, McAvoy, McHugh, Stachnik, Szeszycki, Waight, Zimmerman aye. So approved.

McHugh/Bldg./Facilities

Alderman McHugh reported Parkview should be at full capacity by June 1st. Also, the mold situation at Parkview is under control.

Waight/Laws & Ordinances

Alderman Waight reported he is in receipt of one business
certificate application for Smart Choice Mobile located at 7667 W. 95th Street. No objections were noted.

Fonte/ Health & Environmental Control

Alderman Fonte reported he has received a check from
Waste Management in the amount of $462.23 for the month of February 2014 recycling.

Alderman Fonte also distributed information on the Waste Management negotiations.

Ferrero/Community Affairs/Youth Advisory

Alderman Ferrero reported the Street Fair has 19
crafters and 3 food vendors as of today.

She also noted she will be listening to a new country band this Saturday for the Saturday evening kick- off event.

Alderman Ferrero reported she has spoken to Golden Gate regarding our Arbor Day Tree Sale.

McAvoy/Chamber Business Development

Alderman McAvoy reminded everyone of Camelot’s
Grand Re-opening on Saturday at 9:00 a.m.

Alderman McAvoy addressed the issue of residents seeing a spike in their Nicor bills. After further research, a resident had signed up for another supplier. He noted he would contact the Attorney General regarding this matter.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Building Commissioner Moirano stated he has given
Camelot permission to work late this week to finish construction by Saturday.

NEW BUSINESS

Alderman Ferrero stated she has been approached by TCF Bank regarding the Street Fair and sponsorship. After some discussion, she was given some direction and will come back to the Council at a later date.

ADJOURNMENT

Alderman Ferrero moved to adjourn into Executive Session
for the purpose of discussing a personnel issue. Alderman Waight second. Roll call: Aldermen Ferrero, Fonte, McAvoy, McHugh, Stachnik, Szeszycki, Waight, Zimmerman aye. So approved.

Meeting adjourned at 8:45 p.m.