Meeting Minutes

November 12, 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, November 12, 2020 at 7:30 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
    H. Kman
    P. Purtill
    (via telephone) J. Stachnik
    B. Waight
    S. Zimmerman
  • Acting City Clerk, S. Marciano
  • City Attorney, M. Cainkar
  • City Engineer, M. Spolar
  • Police Chief, C. Hobart
  • Public Works Director, S. Lehr
  • Building Commissioner, J. Moirano

Clerk Catizone, Treasurer Vodicka, Aldermen Fonte and McHugh were absent.  There being a quorum, the meeting was called to order.

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

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

No one spoke during this portion of the meeting. 

CLOSE TO THE PUBLIC

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

JOURNAL OF PROCEEDINGS

Alderman Waight moved to approve the minutes of the regularly scheduled meeting of October 22, 2020 as printed subject to deletions or corrections.  Alderman Ferrero secondRoll call:  Aldermen Ferrero, Kman, Stachnik, Waight, Zimmerman aye. Alderman Purtill pass.  So approved.

REPORTS OF CITY OFFICIALS

MAYOR

Mayor Howley reported that ten-dollar Les Bros./Prime Time gift cards were sent to senior club members and Parkview residents since the city is unable to host its annual Thanksgiving dinner due to the pandemic.  He thanked Alderman McHugh and Clerk Catizone for handling this. 

CITY CLERK

Clerk Catizone was absent.  Acting Clerk Marciano reported the blood drive on November 1st had thirty-four (34) people donate and three (3) people were deferred.

CITY TREASURER

Treasurer Vodicka was absent.  Alderman Kman reported that earlier in the week Treasurer Vodicka distributed GBC reports to department heads.  If anyone has any questions, they should contact Mary McDonald.

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

CITY ATTORNEY

Attorney Cainkar asked for authorization to negotiate on behalf of the City regarding the renewal of a lease. 

Alderman Zimmerman moved to approve authorizing the City Attorney to negotiate a lease renewal on behalf of the City.  Roll call:  Aldermen Ferrero, Kman, Purtill, Stachnik, Waight, Zimmerman aye.  So approved. 

CITY ENGINEER

Mr. Spolar presented Resolution #20-05, a resolution to accept planning technical assistance services delivered by the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning.  Alderman Ferrero moved to approve Resolution #20-05.  Alderman Purtill second.  Roll call:  Aldermen Ferrero, Kman, Purtill, Stachnik, Waight, Zimmerman aye.  So approved.  

Mr. Spolar presented Invoice #31914 from Lindahl Bros., in the amount of $46,287.59 for work done on the 2020 MFT Resurfacing (final).  Alderman Waight moved to approve Invoice #31914 to Lindahl Bros., in the amount of $46,287.59.  Alderman Purtill second.  Roll call:  Aldermen Ferrero, Kman, Purtill, Stachnik, Waight, Zimmerman aye.  So approved. 

COMMUNICATIONS

BILLS PAYABLE

Alderman Kman moved to approve the bills payable for the first half of November 2020 in the amount of $649,946.10. Alderman Waight second.  Roll call: Aldermen Ferrero,   Kman, Purtill, Stachnik, Waight, Zimmerman aye.  So approved.

Alderman Kman moved to approve the customary and ordinary bills payable for the second half of November 2020.  Alderman Waight second.  Roll call:  Aldermen Ferrero,  Kman, Purtill, Stachnik, Waight, Zimmerman aye.  So approved.

STANDING COMMITTEES

Kman/Finance

No report submitted.

Stachnik/Public Safety

Chief Hobart sought the appointment of Mr. John Hovey as Auxiliary Police Officer.  Mr. Hovey is a former law enforcement officer from Texas.  Alderman Stachnik moved to approve the appointment of Mr. John Hovey as an Auxiliary Police Officer.  Alderman Zimmerman second.  Roll call:  Aldermen Ferrero, Kman, Purtill, Stachnik, Waight, Zimmerman aye.  So approved.

Zimmerman/Public Works

Director Lehr reported her department has started cleaning the streets of leaves that fall naturally into the streets.  Residents can put their yard waste out through the end of November for pick-up by Waste Management.

McHugh/Bldg./Facilities

Alderman McHugh was absent.  No report submitted.

Purtill/Laws & Ordinances

Alderman Purtill presented two businesses for approval. 1) Tax Avenue Services located at 9630 S. Roberts Road, #6B.  2) Bledsoe Handyman Service located at 9525 S. 79th Avenue.  He stated the parking issue at 9525 S. 79th Avenue has been resolved.  No objections were noted.

Fonte/Health & Environmental Control

Alderman Fonte was absent.  No report submitted.

Ferrero/Community Affairs/Youth Advisory

Alderman Ferrero reported they are all ready for this year’s socially distanced Tree Lighting to be held on December 1, 2020.

Waight/Chamber Business Development

Alderman Waight announced that there would be a Secretary of State Mobile Unit on November 20th at Palos Township. (As of 11/16/20 this event has been cancelled).

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

None.

NEW BUSINESS

None.

ADJOURNMENT

Alderman Ferrero moved to adjourn the meeting into Executive Session for the purpose of discussing the Police Officers Contract.  Alderman Waight second. Roll call: Aldermen Ferrero, Kman, Purtill,  Stachnik, Waight, Zimmerman aye.  So approved.

Meeting adjourned at 7:47 p.m.