Meeting Minutes

December 9, 2021 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 9, 2021 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
    B. Fonte
    H. Kman
    M. McHugh
    P. Purtill
    J. Stachnik
    B. Waight
    S. Zimmerman
  • City Clerk, D. Catizone
  • City Treasurer, A. Vodicka
  • City Attorney, V. Cainkar
  • Public Works Director, S. Lehr
  • Police Chief, C. Hobart
  • City Engineer, M. Spolar
  • Building Commissioner, J. Moirano

There being a quorum present the meeting was called to order.

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Alderman Waight 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.

No one spoke during this portion of the meeting.

CLOSE TO THE PUBLIC

Alderman Stachnik moved to close the meeting to the public. Alderman Waight 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 11, 2021 as printed subject to deletions or corrections. Alderman Purtill second. Roll call: Aldermen Fonte, Kman, McHugh, Purtill, Stachnik, Waight aye. Aldermen Ferrero and Zimmerman pass. So approved.

REPORTS OF CITY OFFICIALS

MAYOR

Mayor Howley noted he gave his updates at the Committee Meeting this evening.

CITY CLERK

Clerk Catizone thanked Mrs. Mary Boettcher for doing such a beautiful job on the holiday decorating.

Clerk Catizone is seeking approval this evening to sign an agreement with the Community and Economic Development Assoc. of Cook County (CEDA) to provide grants up to $1,500.00 per household to cover utility bills for residents who may be struggling financially. She noted this was discussed at the Committee Meeting this evening. Alderman Ferrero moved to approve the CEDA Agreement. Alderman Waight second. Roll call: Aldermen Ferrero, Fonte, Kman, McHugh, Purtill, Stachnik, Waight, Zimmerman aye. So approved.

Clerk Catizone reported for the last 9 years the City has been using a program called DocMall to store Ordinance, Resolutions and Minutes in the cloud. We have been notified that Ricoh (current company) has stopped supporting this program. The City has met with the Ricoh representative at which time they presented a new program named “DocWare”. This program has many newer features which will be beneficial to the City now and into the future. Total cost of this new program is $6,105.00 for installation and a monthly fee of $265.00. This is not a budgeted item. Clerk Catizone noted a discussion was held on this matter at the Committee Meeting this evening. Alderman Waight moved to approve the DocWare Cloud Base Program. Alderman Kman second.
Roll call: Aldermen Ferrero, Fonte, Kman, McHugh, Purtill, Stachnik, Waight, Zimmerman aye.
So approved.

CITY TREASURER

No report submitted.

CITY ATTORNEY

No report submitted.

CITY ENGINEER

Invoice #21217GE 01 – Mr. Spolar presented Invoice #21217GE 01 from Gallagher Construction for work done on the 2020 CDBG Resurfacing Program, 2006-066 in the amount of $244,961.68. Alderman Stachnik moved to approve Invoice #21217GE01 to Gallagher Construction in the amount of $244,961.68 (pay estimate #1, partial). Alderman Ferrero second. Roll call: Aldermen Ferrero, Fonte, Kman, McHugh, Purtill, Stachnik, Waight, Zimmerman aye. So approved.

Invoice #39697 – Mr. Spolar presented Invoice #39697 from Lindahl Brothers for work done on the 2021 MFT & RBI Resurfacing Program in the amount of $42,116.93. Alderman Waight moved to approve Invoice #39697 in the amount of $42,116.93 to Lindahl Brothers (pay estimate #2, final). Alderman Ferrero second. Roll call: Aldermen Ferrero, Fonte, Kman, McHugh, Purtill, Stachnik, Waight, Zimmerman aye. So approved.

COMMUNICATIONS

BILLS PAYABLE

Alderman Kman moved to approve the bills payable for the first half of December 2021 in the amount of $501,798.75. 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 for the second half of December 2021. Alderman Ferrero second. Roll call: Aldermen Ferrero, Fonte, Kman, McHugh, Purtill, Stachnik, Waight, Zimmerman aye. So approved.

Alderman Kman reported the bills payable for the second half of November, 2021 was $242,297.35.

STANDING COMMITTEES

Kman/Finance

No report submitted.

Stachnik/Public Safety

Chief Hobart requested approval to hire a full time Radio Operator to bring the number of full time to 10. This was discussed at the Committee Meeting this evening. Alderman Stachnik moved to approve the hiring of one full time Radio Dispatcher to the Police Department. Alderman Waight second. Roll call: Aldermen Ferrero, Fonte, Kman, McHugh, Purtill, Stachnik, Waight, Zimmerman aye. So approved.

Zimmerman/Public Works

No report submitted.

McHugh/Bldg./Facilities

Alderman McHugh reported at the end of this month Parkview Apartments will have vacancies.

Purtill/Laws & Ordinances

Alderman Purtill reported he is in receipt of two business license applications. 1) Simple Financial Solutions, Inc. (Tax preparation) 7667 W. 95th Street and L & A Solutions, LLC located at 9909 S. 78th Avenue. No objections were noted.

Fonte/Health & Environmental Control

Alderman Fonte reported the “At Your Door” Special Collection for November collected 4,278 pounds of e-recycling with 52 stops.

Ferrero/Community Affairs/Youth Advisory

Alderman Ferrero reported the Children’s Christmas Party will be held on Saturday, December 11th at Krueger Park.

Alderman Ferrero noted the Lights of Hickory Hills Contest will be on Tuesday, December 14th at 6:30 p.m. One Alderman from each Ward will be judging.

Waight/Chamber Business Development

Alderman Waight wished everyone Happy Holidays.

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 7:56 p.m.