June 22, 2017 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,
June 22, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers.
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Mayor Mike Howley led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Upon roll call, the following were present:
- Mayor, M. Howley
Aldermen, D. Ferrero
- 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
Aldermen McAvoy and Stachnik were absent. Building Commissioner John Moirano was absent. There being a quorum present, the meeting was called to order.
Police Promotion – At this time, Chief Vodicka introduced Detective Adam Gulczynski who will be sworn in as a Sergeant this evening.
Chief Vodicka read a list of accomplishments of Detective Gulczynski and praised him for his fine work ethic.
At this time, Board of Police/Fire Commissioner Ken Fonte administered the Oath of Office to Det. Adam Gulczynski.
Father Joseph Mol gave a blessing to Adam and his family.
Chief Vodicka thanked the Council for allowing this promotion to take place during their meeting and for all of their support. A short break was taken at this time for refreshments.
OPEN TO PUBLIC
Alderman Szeszycki moved to open the meeting to the public. Alderman Ferrero second. Roll call: Aldermen Ferrero, Fonte, McHugh, Szeszycki, Waight, Zimmerman aye. So approved.
Ms. Brook Young
7819 W. 89th Street #3W
Ms. Young is present to ask the Council to review the decision of Parkview Apartments on not giving her a lease. She was offered a lease at the end of May, but the offer was rescinded due to her health issues. She was under the impression that the City Council voted on this matter. Mayor Howley explained the City Council does not vote on rental issues. Alderman McHugh, Parkview Director Bill Spatz and our City Attorney comprise the committee for Parkview Apartments and they review these matters. Ms. Young expressed her concerns with the building and would like to rent an apartment.
CLOSE TO PUBLIC
Alderman Waight moved to close the meeting to the public. Alderman Fonte second. So approved.
JOURNAL OF PROCEEDINGS
Alderman McHugh moved to approve the minutes of the regularly scheduled meeting of June 8, 2017 as printed subject to deletions or corrections. Alderman Waight second. Roll call: Aldermen Ferrero, Fonte, McHugh, Szeszycki, Waight, Zimmerman aye. So approved.
REPORTS OF CITY OFFICIALS
Mayor Howley stated there will be an Executive Session to discuss pending litigation at the end of this meeting.
Street Fair – Mayor Howley asked the Council to sign up for a shift at the bingo tent at Sunday’s Street Fair.
Clerk Catizone presented correspondence from the Illinois Department of Transportation. This contained a copy of the Motor Fuel Tax Documentation Review #36 which covers the receipts and disbursements of the MFT Funds by the City for the period beginning January 1, 2016 and ending December 31, 2016. This report is presented to the City Council and filed as a permanent record.
Treasurer Schramm presented the Treasurer’s Report dated May 31, 2017 for approval. Alderman Szeszycki moved to approve the May 31, 2017 Treasurer’s Report dated May 31, 2017. Alderman Waight second. Roll call: Aldermen Ferrero, Fonte, McHugh, Szeszycki, Waight, Zimmerman aye. So approved.
Ord. 17-07 – Attorney Cainkar presented Ordinance #17-07, an ordinance amending Section 6.10, water rates, of Chapter 6, water service, of the Hickory Hills Municipal Code by changing water rates. Attorney Cainkar noted this water rate increase was discussed at the last Council meeting. Alderman Szeszycki moved to approve Ordinance 17-07. Alderman Ferrero second. Roll call: Aldermen Ferrero, Fonte, McHugh, Szeszycki, Waight, Zimmerman aye. So approved.
Mr. Spolar reported as the State of Illinois is going through budget issues, they have announced as of July 1, 2017, all State projects will be halted and MFT Funds may be delayed.
Alderman Szeszycki moved to approve the bills payable for the second half of June 2017 in the amount of $225,089.98. Alderman Ferrero second. Roll call: Aldermen Fonte, Ferrero, McHugh, Szeszycki, Waight, Zimmerman aye. So approved.
Alderman Szeszycki distributed a report on video gaming revenues for the month. He noted revenues are down for the month of May by approximately $2,000.00.
Alderman Stachnik was absent. No report submitted.
Mr. Boettcher reported bids will be received on July 10th for storm sewer lining of the existing 36” CMP (corrugated metal pipe) or insert a 24” diameter pipe for the area east of 85th Avenue in the rear yards.
Mr. Boettcher noted IDOT has informed the Public Works Department that they will stop maintenance of IDOT controlled streets and is asking the City to maintain the street.
Alderman McHugh reported the Street Fair Beer Tent plans are moving forward and if anyone would like to volunteer for a shift, please contact him.
Waight/Laws & Ordinances
No report submitted.
Fonte/Health & Environmental Control
No report submitted.
Ferrero/Community Affairs/Youth Advisory
Alderman Ferrero reported as of today the Street Fair has 57 crafters, 20 food vendors and 10 businesses. Alderman Ferrero noted the crafters are down this year but she is hoping crafters will register Sunday morning.
McAvoy/Chamber Business Development
Alderman McAvoy was absent. No report submitted.
Executive Session – Alderman Ferrero moved to adjourn into Executive Session for the purpose of discussing pending litigation. Alderman Waight second. Roll Call: Aldermen Ferrero, Fonte, McHugh, Szeszycki, Waight, Zimmerman aye. So approved.
Meeting adjourned at 8:22 p.m.