Meeting Minutes

July 9, 2015 City Council Meeting Minutes

MINUTES_ICON

CALL TO ORDER

The regular meeting of the Hickory Hills City Council was called to order by Mayor Mike Howley on Thursday, July 9, 2015, at 7:32 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Clerk Catizone led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Clerk Catizone stated Mayor Howley will be absent this evening. Alderman Ferrero moved to appoint Alderman Zimmerman as Mayor Pro Tem. Alderman Waight second. Roll call: Aldermen Ferrero, Fonte, McHugh, Szeszycki, Waight, Zimmerman aye. So approved.

ROLL CALL

Upon roll call, the following were present:

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

Alderman McHugh 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 Waight second. Roll call: Aldermen Ferrero, Fonte, McAvoy, McHugh, Stachnik, Szeszycki, Waight, Zimmerman aye. So approved.

Dolores Conoboy
8907 S. 83rd Court

Mrs. Conoboy was present to hear any updates on the 85th Court drainage improvement project. Mike Spolar, City Engineer stated the contract will be awarded this evening on the beginning of this project and her section will be out to bid shortly.

David Adam
Practice Development
MidAmerica Orthopaedics
10330 S. Roberts Road
Palos Hills

Mr. Adam reviewed the MidAmerica Orthopaedics facilities and what they can offer to the City. A packet was distributed to the Council outlining this practice.

CLOSE TO PUBLIC

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

JOURNAL OF PROCEEDINGS

Alderman Szeszycki moved to approve the minutes of the regularly scheduled meeting of June 25, 2015 as printed subject to deletions or corrections. Alderman Ferrero second. Roll call: Aldermen Ferrero, Fonte, Szeszycki, Waight, Zimmerman aye. Aldermen McAvoy and Stachnik pass. So approved.

REPORTS OF CITY OFFICIALS

MAYOR

Mayor Howley presented the Finding of Fact for DriveTime Car Sales located at 7717 W. 95th Street. Currently this site is the Lexington House. A public hearing was held by the Zoning Board of Appeals on June 29, 2015. The petitioner, DriveTime Car Sales is seeking a special use. The Zoning Board of Appeals approved this with a vote of 6 ayes, 0 nays and 1 absent.

At this time, Mr. David Sosin, Attorney for DriveTime, reviewed their plan and noted this property is a perfect fit for their needs and easily visible to their potential customers.

Alderman Zimmerman moved to accept the Finding of Fact and approve the request for a special use for DriveTime. And the petitioner will comply with the requests of all the reviewers. Alderman Fonte second. Roll call: Aldermen Ferrero, Fonte, McAvoy, Stachnik, Szeszycki, Waight, Zimmerman aye. So approved.

Mayor Howley noted the owner of the Lexington House, Mrs. Barb Vuletic was present this evening. He extended his thanks to the family who started this family business in 1968. It has been a very important part of Hickory Hills.

City website – Mayor Howley noted he has received an update on our website from Mr. Walter Lis. He is pleased that the website traffic has significantly improved with over 4,000 visits in the month of June.

CITY CLERK

Clerk Catizone announced again the Secretary of State Mobile Driver Services Facility will be at City Hall on Tuesday, August 4th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The following services will be provided: Driver’s License Renewal, State ID Cards, Duplicate Licenses, Corrected Licenses, Vehicle renewal sticker for license plates.

CITY TREASURER

No report submitted.

CITY ATTORNEY

No report submitted.

CITY ENGINEER

Mr. Spolar presented the bids submitted at the letting of Wednesday, June 30, 2015 for the 2015 Drainage Improvement Project. The list of bidders with their bids are as follows:

Hasse Construction Company, Inc. $1,816,328.95
John Neri Construction Company, Inc. $2,449,269.50
Riccio Construction Company, Inc. $2,535,933.00

Mr. Spolar is recommending award of the contract to Hasse Construction Company, Inc. for the bid amount of $1,816,328.95. Alderman Stachnik moved to approve this contract award to Hasse Construction Company, Inc. in the amount of $1,816,328.95. Alderman Zimmerman second. Roll call: Aldermen Ferrero, Fonte, McAvoy, Stachnik, Szeszycki, Waight, Zimmerman aye. So approved.

93rd Street Lighting – Mr. Spolar presented Invoice #1953 from Utility Dynamics Corporation from work done on 93rd Street Lighting (pay estimate #1, partial) in the amount of $22,374.00. Alderman Szeszycki moved to approve the payment to Utility Dynamics Corporation in the amount of $22,374.00. Alderman Waight second. Roll call: Aldermen Ferrero, Fonte, McAvoy, Stachnik, Szeszycki, Waight, Zimmerman aye. So approved.

COMMUNICATIONS

BILLS PAYABLE

Alderman Szeszycki moved to approve the bills payable for the first half of July 2015 in the amount of $334,807,56. Alderman Waight second. Roll call: Aldermen Ferrero, Fonte, McAvoy, Stachnik, Szeszycki, Waight, Zimmerman aye. So approved.

STANDING COMMITTEES

Szeszycki/Finance

Alderman Szeszycki reported that he has met with the Casualty Insurance Company and the renewal is October 1, 2015. More information will follow at a later date.

Stachnik/Public Safety

No report submitted.

Zimmerman/Public Works

Mr. Boettcher reported there is a grant opportunity through the Department of Homeland Security for the Fiscal Year 2015. This is a pre-disaster mitigation program that would make the proposed detention pond at Pump House #2 eligible for funding. The cutoff date is the end of August for this application. He noted this may be an opportunity to fund other needed storm related concerns. Public Works is recommending Robinson Engineering be authorized to prepare for the needed application. No objections were noted.

McHugh/Bldg./Facilities

Alderman McHugh was absent. No report submitted.

Waight/Laws & Ordinances

Alderman Waight is in receipt of one business certificate request. He would like the City Attorney to review the application at this time.

Fonte/Health & Environmental Control

No report submitted.

Ferrero/Community Affairs/Youth Advisory

Alderman Ferrero thanked the following for their work with the Street Fair: Police Department, Public Works Department, Community Affairs Committee, Aldermen McHugh, McAvoy and Fonte, City Clerk Dee Catizone and her family which worked the raffle for the discretionary fund. Mayor Howley thanked Alderman Ferrero for another excellent Street Fair.

McAvoy/Chamber Business Development

Alderman McAvoy wished to thank all the volunteers who made the Bingo Tent such a record success at the Street Fair.

Alderman McAvoy announced Marquette Bank will be holding an 70th Anniversary celebration on Wednesday, July 15th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Flyers were distributed.

Mayor Howley expressed his appreciation to Alderman McAvoy for his fine efforts in the Bingo Tent.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

None.

NEW BUSINESS

None.

ADJOURNMENT

Alderman Ferrero moved to adjourn the meeting until the next regularly scheduled or specially called meeting. Alderman Waight second. Roll call: Aldermen Ferrero, Fonte, McAvoy, Stachnik, Szeszycki, Waight, Zimmerman aye. So approved.

Meeting adjourned at 8:28 p.m.