March 28, 2019 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, March 28, 2019 at 7:30 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:
- Mayor, M. Howley
Aldermen, B. Fonte
- City Clerk, D. Catizone
- City Attorney, M. Cainkar
- City Treasurer, D. Schramm
- City Engineer, M. Spolar
- Police Chief, C. Hobart
- Public Works Director, S. Lehr
- Building Commissioner, J. Moirano
Alderman Ferrero was absent. There being a quorum present, the meeting was called to order.
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Alderman Stachnik moved to open the meeting to the public. Alderman Waight second. Roll call: Aldermen Fonte, Kman, McHugh, Stachnik, Szeszycki, Waight, Zimmerman aye. So approved.
Mr. Mike Mitchell
8027 W. 93rd Street
Mr. Mitchell voiced his concerns on the rodent problem near his home. He noted he lives behind the Sock Bar and Grill and the rodents seem to be coming from the open dumpster. He has also noted rodents around the Walgreens at 95th Street and Roberts Road.
Building Commissioner Moirano stated he has called Walgreen’s management and notified them of this problem. Mr. Mitchell would like to see all the local businesses notified to keep the lids on the garbage dumpsters closed at all times. Mayor Howley thanked Mr. Mitchell for bringing this matter to the Council’s attention.
CLOSE TO THE PUBLIC
Alderman Kman moved to close the meeting to the public. Alderman Waight second. Roll call: Aldermen Fonte, Kman, McHugh, Stachnik, Szeszycki, Waight, Zimmerman aye. So approved.
JOURNAL OF PROCEEDINGS
Alderman Szeszycki moved to approve the minutes of the regularly scheduled meeting of March 14, 2019 as printed subject to deletions or corrections. Alderman McHugh second. Roll call: Aldermen Kman, McHugh, Stachnik, Szeszycki, Waight, Zimmerman aye. Alderman Fonte pass. So approved.
REPORTS OF CITY OFFICIALS
Mayor Howley apologized for not attending the Committee Meeting this evening due to a previous family commitment.
Res. 19-05 – Mayor Howley presented Resolution #19-05, a resolution requesting permission for temporary closure of a State Highway to conduct an Opening Day Parade in the City of Hickory Hills for the Hickory Hills Youth Baseball/Softball Association on Saturday, April 27th at 8:00 a.m. Alderman McHugh moved to approve Res. #19-05. Alderman Waight second. Roll call: Aldermen Fonte, Kman, McHugh, Stachnik, Szeszycki, Waight, Zimmerman aye. So approved.
St. Patricia Request – Mayor Howley presented a request from St. Patricia Parish for a temporary liquor license. This is for their Ladies Night Out Bunco Party on Friday, May 10th. Alderman Kman moved to approve the temporary liquor license with fees waived for the St. Patricia Parish Ladies Bunco Party. Alderman Waight second.
Roll call: Aldermen Fonte, Kman, McHugh, Stachnik, Szeszycki, Waight, Zimmerman aye. So approved.
Mayor Howley announced Brookfield Zoo will be holding a hazardous waste drop off on April 13th from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Alderman Waight also announced a shredding event at Green Hills Library this weekend.
Mayor Howley stated after talking with the owners of the Car Wash on 87th Street, they have asked for an extension on the sale of the City’s property until some utility line issues can be resolved.
Mayor Howley thanked Chief Hobart for his recent efforts in boarding up a garage after a fire.
Clerk Catizone reported she is in receipt of a request from Ms. Cecillia Connelly, a Hickory Hills resident. She is seeking donations for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life. The relay will be held on June 22, 2019. Alderman McHugh moved to approve a $100.00 donation to the American Cancer Society. Alderman Waight second. Roll call: Aldermen Fonte, Kman, McHugh, Stachnik, Szeszycki, Waight, Zimmerman aye. So approved.
Clerk Catizone presented a donation request from the Oak Lawn Children’s Museum’s Annual Casino Night Benefit. This benefit will be held on Saturday, May 4th at Bourbon Street in Merrionette Park. Alderman Waight moved to approve a $100.00 donation to the Oak Lawn Children’s Museum fundraiser. Alderman Kman second. Roll call: Aldermen Fonte, Kman, McHugh, Stachnik, Szeszycki, Waight, Zimmerman aye. So approved.
Clerk Catizone announced Jewel/Osco will be installing a temporary greenhouse on March 25th through June 22nd. No objections were noted.
Clerk Catizone reported the Clerk’s office will have Police applications available from April 1st through April 12th.
Clerk Catizone reminded everyone to Vote on April 2nd.
Clerk Catizone invited the Council to a Grand Opening of Elite Laser on Saturday, April 27th at 1:00 p.m.
They are located at 8063 W. 95th Street.
Clerk Catizone announced the next Hickory Hills Blood Drive will be held on Sunday, March 31st at the Community Center from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
Lastly, Clerk Catizone informed the Council the City newsletters should be delivered to residents on Friday, March 29th.
Treasurer Schramm presented the MFT Documentation Review No. 38 covering the receipt and disbursements of Motor Fuel Tax (MFT) Funds by the City for the period beginning January 1, 2018 and ending December 31, 2018. This report is presented to the Mayor and City Council at the first regular meeting after receipt. No questions were noted at this time.
No report was submitted.
No report was submitted.
Alderman Szeszycki moved to approve the bills payable for the second half of March 2019 in the amount of $828,361.97. Alderman Stachnik second. Roll call: Aldermen Fonte, Kman, McHugh, Stachnik, Szeszycki, Waight, Zimmerman aye. So approved.
Alderman Szeszycki distributed the video gaming report for February, 2019.
No report submitted.
Ms. Lehr reported in the last two weeks, Public Works has been installing the LED street light fixtures in conjunction with Com Ed’s energy efficient incentive program. The installation should be complete within the next week, weather permitting. The new light heads were installed on Kean Avenue, 88th Avenue, 87th Street and 95th Street West of 88th Avenue. She noted these fixtures are expected to reduce watts used by two-thirds turning into cost savings for the City.
Ms. Lehr noted the tree planting contractor will be in the City next week to plant 120 trees. The planting is for the tree canopy program and the removal/replacement program. This will be the fifth year for this program which has allowed 500 trees to be planted. This added property value diversifying the urban forestry with over 45 different varieties of trees planted and also improved quality of life.
Alderman McHugh thanked Public Works for assisting with the installation of Parkview Apartments LED Parking Lights.
Waight/Laws & Ordinances
No report submitted.
Fonte/Health & Environmental Control
Alderman Fonte distributed a report to the Council from Waste Management with the total e-recycling for 2018. For the month of February 2019 over 1,650 pounds were collected.
Ferrero/Community Affairs/Youth Advisory
Alderman Fonte was absent. No report submitted.
Kman/Chamber Business Development
Alderman Kman reported he attended the Chamber business expo on Saturday, March 23rd at Conrady Jr. High. Mayor Howley noted he attended along with Clerk Catizone and this was a very nice event.
Alderman Waight moved to adjourn until the next regularly scheduled or specially called meeting. Alderman Kman second. Roll call: Aldermen Fonte, Kman, McHugh, Stachnik, Szeszycki, Waight, Zimmerman aye. So approved.
Meeting Adjourned at 7:51 p.m.