March 9, 2023 City Council Meeting Minutes
CALL TO ORDER
The regular meeting of the Hickory Hills City Council was called to order by Mayor Howley on Thursday, March 9, 2023, at 7:30 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers.
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Mayor Howley led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Upon roll call, the following were present:
- Mayor, M. Howley
Aldermen, D. Ferrero
M. McHugh (7:39 p.m.)
- City Treasurer, A. Vodicka
- City Clerk, D. Catizone
- City Attorney, V. Cainkar
- City Engineer, M. Spolar
- Public Works Director, S. Lehr
- Police Chief, J. Bray
Alderman Fonte was absent. There being a quorum present, the meeting was called to order.
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Alderman Stachnik moved to open the meeting to the public. Alderman Waight second. Roll call: Aldermen Ferrero, Kman, Purtill, Stachnik, Waight, Zimmerman aye. So approved.
HHPD Auxiliary Officer
Mr. Makropoulos attended the funeral of fallen Chicago Police Officer Andres Mauricio Vasquez Lasso, He thanked Chief Bray for the opportunity to show the City’s support.
CLOSE TO THE PUBLIC
Alderman Waight moved to close the meeting to the public. Alderman Purtill second. Roll call: Aldermen Ferrero, Kman, McHugh, Purtill, Stachnik, Waight, Zimmerman aye. So approved.
JOURNAL OF PROCEEDINGS
Alderman Purtill moved to approve the minutes of the regularly scheduled meeting of February 23, 2023, as printed subject to deletions or corrections. Alderman Waight second. Roll call: Aldermen Ferrero, Kman, McHugh, Purtill, Stachnik, Waight, Zimmerman aye. So approved.
REPORTS OF CITY OFFICIALS
Mayor Howley thanked Alderman McHugh and Building Commissioner Moirano for their work completing the railing repairs at the Community Center.
Clerk Catizone reported the next Blood Drive will be held on Sunday, March 26, 2023 at the Community Center.
Clerk Catizone noted the Clerk’s office is working on the business license renewals that will be mailed out in April.
Treasurer Vodicka reported the budget sheets for the 2023-2024 budget will be distributed at the end of next week.
Attorney Cainkar presented Ordinance #23-03, an ordinance approving a Special Use to permit construction of new school
buildings, including a classroom addition, conversion of existing school buildings, and construction of two parking lots, at Conrady Jr. High School. Alderman McHugh moved to approve Ordinance #23-03. Alderman Purtill second. Roll call: Aldermen Ferrero, Kman, McHugh, Purtill, Stachnik, Waight, Zimmerman aye. So approved.
Mayor Howley opened the Public Hearing for the purpose of discussion on the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit Program.
City Engineer Mike Spolar gave a background overview:
Water pollution degrades surface waters making them unsafe for drinking, fishing, swimming, and other activities. As authorized by the Clean Water Act, the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program controls water pollution by regulating sewers and ditches and the areas tributary into these sewers and ditches that discharge pollutants into waters of the United States and detention basins
In 2003, the Illinois EPA (IEPA) required all Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4’s) to file a Notice of Intent (NOI) to describe how they were going to comply with the statewide general permit conditions. Each MS4 community was required to obtain an NOI and have a fully implemented program, addressing each of the six minimum controls (as identified by the EPA).
In the past years, Mr. Spolar has described how the City met the six minimum control measures, but that information is now available on the City’s website.
Instead, he just highlighted some key items that occurred in this past reporting period.
1) Information is available on City’s website related to Flood Risks, Clean Water beginning at your home, Auto Maintenance, Hazardous Leaks and Spills, and the Refuse, Recycling and Yard Waste program.
2) Additionally, the NPDES Annual Report and the Current NOI are also available under the Public Works City’s page.
3) The Waste Management “At Your Door” Program that provides a responsible method to dispose of numerous unwanted items, including paint, motor oil, electronics, batteries and unused garden chemicals.
Examples of the City’s 6 Minimum Control Measures from the NOI are as follows:
1) Public Education and Outreach is done with newsletter articles and information on City Website.
2) Public Participation/Involvement is performed at the annual Public Hearing for NPDES.
3) Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination is accomplished with the updates to the City’s storm sewer atlases.
4) Construction Site Runoff Control is performed by having standards for silt fences and erosion control devices for construction projects.
5) Post-Construction Runoff Control is handled thru City Ordinances.
6) Pollution Prevention / Good Housekeeping is completed with training of City staff, street sweeping, and recycling of used materials.
There was no public comment at this time. Mayor Howley closed the Public Hearing.
Mr. Spolar presented Resolution #23-06, a resolution approving the 2023 CDBG Project application in the amount of $400,000.00 for improvements of Veteran’s Park. Alderman Waight moved to approve Resolution #23-06, approving the CDBG Grant application. Alderman Stachnik second. Roll call: Aldermen Ferrero, Kman, McHugh, Purtill, Stachnik, Waight, Zimmerman aye. So approved.
Alderman Kman moved to approve the bills payable for the first half of March 2023 in the amount of $401,413.06. Alderman Waight second. Roll call: Aldermen Ferrero, Kman, McHugh, Purtill, Stachnik, Waight, Zimmerman aye. So approved.
No report submitted.
No report submitted.
Ms. Lehr reported Public Works has submitted the City’s Annual Water Audit information to the IDNR for the reporting period 10/2021 through 9/2022. Non-revenue water by volume for the City was under the IDNR’s 10% threshold. She noted Public Works diligently tries to keep this number down as it can be highly varying, Our annual leak survey completed by a contractor will start in the next few weeks.
No report submitted.
Purtill/Laws & Ordinances
Alderman Purtill presented one business license application for a temporary greenhouse to be located at 8801 W. 87th Street. This will open on April 15th. No objections were noted.
Fonte/Health & Environmental Control
Alderman Fonte was absent. No report submitted.
Ferrero/Community Affairs/Youth Advisory
Alderman Ferrero reported she is working on the Arbor Day Trees Sale Event and Street Fair.
Waight/Chamber Business Development
Alderman Waight reported the Chamber will hold its Business Expo on Saturday, March 25th at Conrady Jr. High.
Commissioner Moirano reported the new windows for City Hall will be installed at the end of March.
Alderman Ferrero moved to adjourn the meeting until the next scheduled or specially called meeting. Alderman Waight second. Roll call: Aldermen Ferrero, Kman, McHugh, Purtill, Stachnik, Waight, Zimmerman aye. So approved.
Meeting adjourned at 7:45 p.m.