Meeting Minutes

December 10, 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, December 10, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. by telephone conference and Clerk Catizone 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

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, Fonte, Kman, McHugh, Stachnik, Purtill, Waight, Zimmerman aye. So approved.

No one had any comments 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, 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 November 12, 2020 as printed subject to deletions or corrections. Alderman Ferrero second. Roll call: Aldermen Ferrero, Kman, Purtill, Waight, Zimmerman aye. Alderman Fonte, McHugh, Stachnik pass. So approved.

REPORTS OF CITY OFFICIALS

MAYOR

Mayor Howley wished everyone a very Happy Holiday season along with get well wishes to Treasurer Vodicka.

CITY CLERK

Clerk Catizone is in receipt of a request from the Hickory Hills Baseball/Softball Association to place signs around the City to announce their upcoming registration dates. This registration will be online.

Clerk Catizone reported on Monday, December 14th the filing period of the April 6, 2021 election will begin. Doors will open at 8:30 am. The filing period ends December 21st at 5:00 p.m.

CITY TREASURER

Treasurer Vodicka thanked everyone for their well wishes and he is on the road to recovery.

Treasurer Vodicka reported revenues after 7 months into the fiscal year and we are down 10%. He noted in February the City will receive the property taxes and also business license renewals will come in March.

CITY ATTORNEY

Attorney Cainkar presented the Police Patrolmen’s Collective Bargaining Contract for approval. Alderman McHugh moved to approve the Police Patrolmen’s Contract dated May 1, 2020 to April 30, 2024. Alderman Purtill second. Roll call: Aldermen Ferrero, Fonte, Kman, McHugh, Purtill, Stachnik, Waight, Zimmerman aye. So approved.

CITY ENGINEER

Mr. Spolar presented Resolution #20-06, a resolution appropriating the sum of three hundred forty-six thousand dollars ($346,000.00) of Motor Fuel Tax Funds for the purpose of maintaining streets and highways under the applicable provisions of Illinois Highway Code from January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021. Alderman Fonte moved to approve Resolution #20-06 for MFT Funds in the amount of $346,000.00. Alderman Ferrero second. Roll call: Aldermen Ferrero, Fonte, Kman, McHugh, Purtill, Stachnik, Waight, Zimmerman aye. So approved.

Mr. Spolar presented Resolution #20-07, a resolution appropriating the sum of two hundred fourteen thousand dollars ($214,000.00) for the improvement of Local Public Motor Fuel Tax Funds for design engineering services for HMA pavement resurfacing of West 91st Street from 84th Avenue to South Roberts Road. Alderman Waight moved to approve Resolution #20-07 in the amount of $214,000.00. Alderman Ferrero second. Roll call: Aldermen Ferrero, Fonte, Kman, Purtill, Stachnik, Waight, Zimmerman aye. Alderman McHugh nay. So approved.

COMMUNICATIONS

BILLS PAYABLE

Alderman Kman moved to approve the bills payable for the first half of December 2020 in the amount of $687,987.18. Alderman Fonte second.
Roll call: Aldermen Ferrero, Fonte, Kman, McHugh, Purtill, Stachnik, Waight, Zimmerman aye. So approved.

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

For the record, the amount of the bills payable for the second half of November 2020 was $280,250.85

STANDING COMMITTEES

Kman/Finance

No report submitted.

Stachnik/Public Safety

No report submitted.

Zimmerman/Public Works

Director Lehr wished everyone a wonderful holiday season.

McHugh/Bldg./Facilities

No report submitted.

Purtill/Laws & Ordinances

Alderman Purtill presented three businesses for approval. 1) USA Narine located at 7720 W. 99th Street. This is a warehouse. 2) DBat Hickory Hills located at 9903-9905 S. 78th Avenue. This is a Baseball/Softball Academy. No objections were noted on these two applications. The third, To Be Announced located at 7707 W. 96th Place. This is a retail car dealership with no name as of today. After a lengthy discussion this application was denied. The Alderman will reach out to owner. The Council was concerned with parking and a zoning issue.

Fonte/Health & Environmental Control

No report submitted.

Ferrero/Community Affairs/Youth Advisory

Alderman Ferrero reported the Lights of Hickory Hills Contest will take place on Tuesday, December 15th at 6:30 p.m. She will need one Alderman from each Ward to judge.

Waight/Chamber Business Development

No report submitted.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

None.

NEW BUSINESS

None.

ADJOURNMENT

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

Meeting adjourned at 8:17 p.m.