Meeting Minutes

September 24, 2020 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, September 24, 2020 at 7:34 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Mayor Howley lead the pledge of allegiance.

ROLL CALL

Upon roll call, the following were present:

  • Mayor, M. Howley
    Aldermen, D. Ferrero
    B. Fonte
    H. Kman
    M. McHugh
    P. Purtill
    J. Stachnik
    B. Waight
    S. Zimmerman
  • City Clerk, D. Catizone
  • City Attorney, V. Cainkar
  • City Engineer, M. Spolar
  • City Treasurer, A. Vodicka
  • Police Chief, C. Hobart
  • Public Works Director, S. Lehr
  • Building Commissioner, J. Moirano

Aldermen Fonte and Kman were absent. There being a quorum, the meeting was called to order.

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

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

Mr. Suhaib Khalil
7760 S. 78th Court
Bridgeview, IL

Mr. Khalil was present to inquire if a license is available for a mini mart and tobacco to be located at 8037 W. 87th Street. Mayor Howley explained at the present time there are no tobacco licenses available. Currently, they are limited to 5 establishments. Mayor Howley noted the City Attorney will review this matter. Also, Mr. Khalil must complete a business license application.

CLOSE TO THE PUBLIC

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

JOURNAL OF PROCEEDINGS

Alderman Waight moved to approve the minutes of the regularly scheduled meeting of September 10, 2020 as printed subject to deletions or corrections. Alderman Purtill second. Roll call: Aldermen Ferrero, McHugh, Purtill, Stachnik, Waight, Zimmerman aye. Aldermen Fonte and Kman pass. So approved.

REPORTS OF CITY OFFICIALS

MAYOR

Mayor Howley presented the Finding of Fact for the Hajnos resubdivision located at 8750 S. 80th Court. A public hearing was held on September 14, 2020. There is a current structure on this property that has been demolished. They are requesting to divide the property into two (2) equal lots. The ZBA approved this request unanimously. The owner was present to answer any questions. No questions at this time. Alderman Stachnik moved to approve the Finding of Fact for a resubdivision at 8750 S. 80th Court. Alderman Zimmerman second. Roll call: Aldermen Ferrero, Fonte, Kman, McHugh, Purtill, Stachnik, Waight, Zimmerman aye. So approved. The City Attorney will prepare an ordinance for the next meeting.

Mayor Howley reported he would entertain a motion to appoint Mrs. Theresa Klimek to the Hickory Hills Zoning Board of Appeals to fill a vacancy.

Alderman McHugh moved to approve the appointment of Mrs. Theresa Klimek to the ZBA Board. Alderman Stachnik second. Roll call: Aldermen Ferrero, Fonte, Kman, McHugh, Purtill, Stachnik, Waight, Zimmerman aye. So approved.

Mayor Howley stated he is waiting for direction from the Governor’s office for trick/treating guidelines.

CITY CLERK

Clerk Catizone reported the newsletter will be sent out the first week of October.

Clerk Catizone distributed to the Council a copy of the survey tabulations on the “At Your Door Collection”. Over all, this service has received high ratings by all.

Clerk Catizone reported she has tax appeal forms available in her office.

CITY TREASURER

Treasurer Vodicka presented the Treasurer’s Report dated August 31, 2020 for approval. Alderman Kman moved to approve the Treasurer’s Report dated August 31, 2020. Alderman Fonte second. Roll call: Aldermen Ferrero, Fonte, Kman, McHugh, Purtill, Stachnik, Waight, Zimmerman aye. So approved.

Treasurer Vodicka distributed a memo regarding the Waste Management contract increase. He noted back in April the City Council agreed to absorb the refuse increase of $0.82 per quarter for the months of July, July and August. This was due to the financial impact of the Covid-19 virus upon our residents. Treasurer Vodicka also noted the “At Your Door” service is scheduled to increase by $0.04 per month in January. This would be a minimal increase for the City to absorb. After some discussion, the Council agreed to absorb these increases rather than passing it on to residents. This matter will be revisited in December. Alderman McHugh moved to absorb the WM contractual increase of $0.76 and the $0.04 “At Your Door” services increase. Alderman Kman second. Roll call: Aldermen Ferrero, Fonte, Kman, McHugh, Purtill, Stachnik, Waight, Zimmerman aye. So approved.

CITY ATTORNEY

No report submitted.

CITY ENGINEER

Mr. Spolar reported the City has received notice that they have been awarded a CMAP Comprehensive Plan Project. More information, along with the intergovernmental agreement, will be discussed in the next few months. This is a two -year project.

COMMUNICATIONS

BILLS PAYABLE

Alderman Kman moved to approve the bills payable for the second half of September 2020 in the amount of $493,133.38. Alderman Ferrero second. Roll call: Aldermen Ferrero, Fonte, Kman, McHugh, Purtill, Stachnik, Waight, Zimmerman aye. So approved.

STANDING COMMITTEES

Kman/Finance

Alderman Kman distributed and reviewed the most recent video gaming revenues with the City Council.

Stachnik/Public Safety

Alderman Stachnik thanked the Council for all their expressions of sympathy on the passing of his mother.

Zimmerman/Public Works

Director Lehr reported the patching continues south of 95th Street. They are pushing the concrete contractor to finish the concrete patch work. Late next week, they plan on milling the remaining interior lanes and asphalting the week of October 5th. She noted on Friday you should see more progress on curb work and sidewalks.

Director Lehr noted on a different project at 87th Street and Roberts Road, utility work is coming along for ComEd and the intersection is planned to be open by the end of next week.

McHugh/Bldg./Facilities

Alderman McHugh reported all is going well at Parkview Apartments. After some discussion, the Community Dinner in November has been cancelled.

Purtill/Laws & Ordinances

No report submitted.

Fonte/Health & Environmental Control

Alderman Fonte reported for the month of August, “At Your Door” collected 3100 pounds of recycling with 39 stops.

Ferrero/Community Affairs/Youth Advisory

No report submitted.

Waight/Chamber Business Development

No report submitted.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

None.

NEW BUSINESS

None.

ADJOURNMENT

Alderman Ferrero moved to adjourn the meeting until the next regular or specially called meeting. Alderman Waight second. Roll call: Aldermen Ferrero, Fonte, Kman, McHugh, Purtill, Stachnik, Waight, Zimmerman aye. So approved.

Meeting adjourned at 8:06 p.m.