May 25, 2017 City Council Meeting Minutes

May 25, 2017 City Council Meeting Minutes


The regular meeting of the Hickory Hills City Council was called to order by Mayor Mike Howley on Thursday,
May 25, 2017, at 7:33 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers.


Mayor Mike Howley led the Pledge of Allegiance.


Upon roll call, the following were present:

  • Mayor, M. Howley
    Aldermen, D. Ferrero
    B. Fonte
    M. McHugh
    J. Stachnik
    J. Szeszycki
  • City Clerk, D. Catizone
  • City Treasurer, D. Schramm
  • City Attorney, V. Cainkar
  • City Engineer, M. Spolar
  • Police Lt, A. Vodicka
  • Public Works Director, L. Boettcher
  • Building Commissioner, J. Moirano

Aldermen McAvoy, Waight and Zimmerman were absent. There being a quorum present, the meeting was called to order.


Mayor Howley stated seeing no one in the audience, no open to the public portion was needed.


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


Alderman McHugh moved to approve the minutes of the regularly scheduled meeting of May 11, 2017 as printed subject to deletions or corrections. Alderman Ferrero second. Roll call: Aldermen Ferrero, Fonte, McHugh, Stachnik, Szeszycki aye. So approved.



Mayor Howley announced the summer meeting schedule will need to be approved. Alderman McHugh moved to cancel the June, July, August, and September Committee of the Whole meetings. Alderman Ferrero second. Roll call: Aldermen Ferrero, Fonte, McHugh, Stachnik, Szeszycki aye. So approved.

Kiwanis Memorial Day Ceremony – Mayor Howley announced the Hickory Hills Kiwanis Club will hold a Memorial Day Ceremony at the Community Center on Monday, May 29th at 10:00 a.m.


Clerk Catizone reported the City Newsletter will be mailed to residents next week.


Treasurer Schramm presented the Treasurer’s Report dated April 30, 2017 for approval. Alderman Stachnik moved to approve the Treasurer’s Report dated April 30, 2017. Alderman Szeszycki second. No questions were noted. Roll call: Aldermen Ferrero, Fonte, McHugh, Stachnik, Szeszycki aye. So approved.


No report.


No report.



Alderman Szeszycki moved to approve the bills payable for the second half of May 2017 in the amount of $141,169.64. Alderman Ferrero second. Roll Call: Aldermen Ferrero, Fonte, McHugh, Stachnik, Szeszycki aye. So approved.



Alderman Szeszycki distributed the Hickory Hills Video Gaming Revenue report to the Council.

Stachnik/Public Safety

Chief Vodicka reported the Hickory Hills Police Department recently raised $3,100.00 for Special Olympics by participating in the “Cop on the Top” at the Dunkin Donuts on May 19th.

Chief Vodicka announced the Police Department will hold a retirement reception for Ingrid McNeff on Wednesday, May 31st at 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Zimmerman/Public Works

Alderman Zimmerman was absent.

Mr. Boettcher reported the spring session of street sweeping has started this week. Public Works is 80% through the City.
The state and county streets will also be swept to keep up the appearance throughout the City.

Mr. Boettcher noted the retaining wall at 91st Street and 84th Court was damaged by a driver. Public Works has received three (3) quotes from contractors for repairs. Public Works will award the job to Bernardin Landscaping for $1,845.00. He noted the motorist will be invoiced accordingly.

Mr. Boettcher reported M.E. Simpson Company completed the annual leak detection survey in April. The contractor detected a service leak on the resident’s side of the line on 84th Avenue. Public Works worked with the resident to obtain a contractor for repair. The repair was complete on May 18th. The leak detection company estimated the non-revenue water loss at 4,000 gallons per day. It’s PW’s policy to invoice the owner once a leak is detected until repair is completed at no charge or some charge for the estimated water loss. This policy was discussed and Mayor Howley stated a proposal of this nature will need to be presented to the Council for approval.


Alderman McHugh noted Parkview Apartments has no openings at this time.

Alderman McHugh noted the Street Fair is all set to go.

Waight/Laws & Ordinances

Alderman Waight was absent.

Fonte/Health & Environmental Control

No report.

Ferrero/Community Affairs/Youth Advisory

Alderman Ferrero reported as of today the Street Fair has 31 crafters, 5 food vendors and 6 businesses.

McAvoy/Chamber Business Development

Alderman McAvoy was absent


Mayor Howley acknowledged the warning from our City Attorney of an electricity solicitation scam that took place in Burbank. He noted the City of Burbank received over forty (40) complaints and noted this company had been very aggressive and our residents should be aware.


Building Commissioner John Moirano credited Sue Lehr from Public Works for assisting a resident with a retaining wall. He thanked her for working with him on two projects.

Mr. Moirano reported Vito & Nick’s will be opening tomorrow and they have passed all inspections. Mayor Howley thanked Clerk Catizone and Mr. Moirano for doing such a thorough job with this new business.


Executive Session – Alderman McHugh moved to adjourn into Executive Session for the purpose of discussing pending litigation. Alderman Stachnik second. Roll Call: Aldermen Ferrero, Fonte, McHugh, Stachnik, Szeszycki aye. So approved.

Meeting adjourned at 7:55 p.m.