Meeting Minutes

April 14, 2022 City Council Meeting Minutes

MINUTES_ICON

CALL TO ORDER

The regular meeting of the Hickory Hills City Council was called to order by Clerk D’Lorah Catizone on Thursday, April 14, 2022, at 7:32 p.m.

Clerk Catizone announced the Mayor will be absent this evening.

Alderman Ferrero moved to appoint Alderman Stachnik as Mayor Pro Tem. Alderman Waight second. Roll call: Aldermen Ferrero, Fonte, Kman, McHugh, Purtill, Stachnik, Waight aye. So approved.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Mayor Pro Tem Stachnik lead the Pledge of Allegiance.

ROLL CALL

Upon roll call, the following were present:

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

Mayor Howley and Alderman Zimmerman were absent. 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 McHugh second. Roll call: Aldermen Ferrero, Fonte, Kman, McHugh, Purtill, Stachnik, Waight aye. So approved.

No one spoke during this portion of the meeting.

CLOSE TO THE PUBLIC

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

JOURNAL OF PROCEEDINGS

Alderman Purtill moved to approve the minutes of the regularly scheduled meeting of March 24, 2022 as printed subject to deletions or corrections. Alderman Ferrero second. Roll call: Aldermen Fonte, McHugh, Purtill, Stachnik, Waight aye. Aldermen Ferrero and Kman pass. So approved.

REPORTS OF CITY OFFICIALS

MAYOR

Mayor Pro Tem Stachnik presented the Finding of Fact for the property located at 8560, 8562, 8564 S. 83rd Avenue. A public hearing was held on March 28, 2022. Mr. Kenneth DeVries is requesting a subdivision of 2 lots into 4 equal lots. The Zoning Board of Appeals approved this recommendation with a vote of 6 ayes and 0 nays. Mr. DeVries is present for any questions the Council may have. There are no variances needed. Alderman Waight moved to approve this Finding of Fact for the above addresses. Alderman Ferrero second. Roll call: Aldermen Ferrero, Fonte, Kman, McHugh, Purtill, Stachnik, Waight aye. So approved.

Mayor Pro Tem Stachnik presented a liquor license for the Street Fair this year on August 27th and August 28th. Alderman Ferrero moved to approve this temporary liquor license for the Street Fair. Alderman Fonte second. Roll call: Aldermen Ferrero, Fonte, Kman, McHugh, Purtill, Stachnik, Waight aye. So approved.

Mayor Pro Tem Stachnik read the Arbor Day Proclamation.

Mayor Pro Tem Stachnik is in receipt of a request from a resident who would like to use city property to have a beehive. After some discussion, the Council noted there is no vacant land to support a beehive and the resident should contact the Forest Preserve.

CITY CLERK

Clerk Catizone presented a request from USA Liquidators to erect a tent from May 1, 2022 until May 31, 2022.
No objections were noted.

Clerk Catizone is in receipt of a request from Aladdin’s Palace to erect a tent for the purpose of a bazar. After some discussion, the Council agreed to one date, May 8th from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. With no food allowed outside.

Clerk Catizone announced the City, along with CMAP and the Lakota Group will be holding a community workshop for the comprehensive planning process on April 19th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at City Hall. The workshop will include a series of information engagement stations to give the community an opportunity to learn more about the planning process and share thoughts and ideas for the future of Hickory Hills. It will be an open house type event, so please plan on joining if you can.

CITY TREASURER

Treasurer Vodicka presented the Treasurer’s Report dated February 28, 2022 for approval. Alderman Kman moved to approve the Treasurer’s Report dated February 28, 2022. Alderman Waight second. Roll call: Alderman Ferrero, Fonte, Kman, McHugh, Purtill, Stachnik, Waight aye. So approved.

Treasurer Vodicka distributed a memo to the Council regarding the upcoming refuse rate increase as of June 1, 2022 in the amount of $0.80. It is the recommendation of the finance committee to pass this increase onto the residents. After some discussion, Alderman Fonte moved to increase the refuse rate by $0.80. Alderman Waight second. Roll call: Aldermen Ferrero, Fonte, Kman, McHugh, Purtill, Stachnik, Waight aye. So approved.

Treasurer Vodicka reported the budget process is moving forward and he would like to present this 2022/2023 budget at the next Committee Meeting of April 28th. He would like this meeting to begin at 5:30 p.m. No objections were noted.

CITY ATTORNEY

Attorney Cainkar presented three (3) written policies that the City will need to adopt. He noted the City has been following these polices but had not had written policies.

Alderman Waight moved to approve the Asset Management, Capital Improvement Planning, and Budgeting of Capital Policy, Funding Balance Policy, and lastly the Debt Management Policy. Alderman McHugh second. Roll call: Aldermen Ferrero, Fonte, Kman, McHugh, Purtill, Stachnik, Waight aye. So approved.

CITY ENGINEER

Mr. Spolar presented the bids submitted at the letting on April 8, 2022, for the Sanitary Sere Manhole Rehabilitation (CDBG). The list of bidders with their respective bids are as follows:

Archon Construction $147,582.00
Duke’s Root Control, Inc. $147,945.00
Kim Construction $177,984.00

Mr. Spolar is recommending awarding the contract to Archon Construction in the amount of $147,582.00. Alderman McHugh moved to award this contract to Archon Construction in the amount of $147,582.00. Alderman Purtill second. Roll call: Aldermen Ferrero, Fonte, Kman, McHugh, Purtill, Stachnik, Waight aye. So approved.

COMMUNICATIONS

BILLS PAYABLE

Alderman Kman moved to approve the bills payable for the first half of April 2022 in the amount of $787,673.67. Alderman Purtill second. Roll call: Aldermen Ferrero, Fonte, Kman, McHugh, Purtill, Stachnik, Waight aye. So approved.

STANDING COMMITTEES

Kman/Finance

Alderman Kman reported after meeting with Treasurer Vodicka they are proposing a 5% increase will be for all non-union employees for next year. The CPI is 7.5% as published by the Department of Labor.

Stachnik/Public Safety

No report submitted.

Zimmerman/Public Works

No report submitted.

McHugh/Bldg./Facilities

Alderman McHugh reported all is running smoothly at Parkview Apartments.

Purtill/Laws & Ordinances

Alderman Purtill presented one business license application for Accurate Carpentry, Inc. located at 9831 S. 78th Avenue, Unit C. No objections were noted.

Fonte/Health & Environmental Control

No report submitted.

Ferrero/Community Affairs/Youth Advisory

Alderman Ferrero distributed the Car Show flyer and application to the Council. She also updated the Council on the Street Fair plans. She noted they are having some difficulties obtaining food truck vendors. Alderman Purtill mentioned a resident is willing to rent the City his generator for power. More discussion on the Street Fair followed.

Waight/Chamber Business Development

No report submitted.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

None.

NEW BUSINESS

Mayor Howley announced the Hickory Baseball Parade will be held on Saturday, April 23rd.

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 aye. So approved.

Meeting adjourned at 8:23 p.m.