May 25, 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, May 25, 2023, at 7:34 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
- City Treasurer, A. Vodicka
- City Clerk, J. Stachnik
- City Attorney, V. Cainkar
- City Engineer, M. Spolar
- Public Works Director, S. Lehr
- Police Chief, J. Bray
- Building Commissioner, J. Moirano
Alderman Zimmerman was absent. There being a quorum present, the meeting was called to order.
At this time the following promotions were made.
Officer Dave Eenigenburg was given the oath of Sergeant by Police Commissioner Mark Cavalieri. Sylvia Kozielski was given the oath of Probationary Patrol Officer by Commissioner Cavalieri. Emmanuel Brambila was given the oath of Probationary Patrol Officer by Commissioner Cavalieri. Father Mol gave a blessing for the new positions.
Police Chief Jason Bray presented Father Mol with a 20-year Police Service Pin. A small reception followed.
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Alderman McHugh moved to open the meeting to the public. Alderman Fonte second. Roll call: Aldermen Ferrero, Fonte, Kman, Makropoulos, McHugh, Purtill, Waight aye. So approved.
CLOSE TO THE PUBLIC
Alderman Waight moved to close the meeting to the public. Alderman Fonte second. Roll call: Aldermen Ferrero, Fonte, Kman, Makropoulos, McHugh, Purtill, Waight aye. So approved.
JOURNAL OF PROCEEDINGS
Alderman Purtill moved to approve the minutes of the regularly scheduled meeting of May 11, 2023, as printed subject to deletions or corrections. Alderman Waight second. Roll call: Aldermen Ferrero, Kman, Makropoulos, McHugh, Purtill, Waight aye. Alderman Fonte pass. So approved.
REPORTS OF CITY OFFICIALS
Mayor Howley presented a National Safe Boating Week Proclamation. The Proclamation proclaims May 20th – May 26th, 2023 as National Safe Boating Week in the City of Hickory Hills.
Mayor Howley stated as in the past, we will cancel the Committee Meetings for June through September. Alderman Ferrero moved to cancel Committee Meetings for the months of June, July, August, and September. Alderman Waight second. Roll call: Aldermen Ferrero, Fonte, Kman, Makropoulos, McHugh, Purtill, Waight aye. So approved.
Mayor Howley presented the 2023 Appointment list as follows:
City Attorney Vincent Cainkar
City Engineer Mike Spolar (Robinson Eng.)
Chief of Police Jason Bray
Building Commissioner John Moirano
Director of Public Works Sue Lehr
City Collector Joseph Stachnik
PT Ordinance Officer Jim Lizzio
ESDA Director Christopher Knights
Elevator Inspector Dave Rotermund (Thompson)
Plumbing Inspector David Tavares
Electrical Inspector William Fritz
Fire Inspector Lt. Cindy Byrd (Roberts Park)
Building Inspector Leo Miller
Sprinkler Inspector James Groark
HVAC Inspector James Manuzak
Zoning Board of Appeals (7 Year Term)
Tom Blunk 11/14/02 – 04/30/30
Board of Fire & Police (3 Year Term)
William Turner 10/12/17 – 04/30/26
Auxiliary Police Officers (1 Year Term)
John Bracha Bogdan Landowski
Brian Mendygral Brian Trapp
Hearing Officer (1 Year Term)
Arthur Wrobel 05/01/14 – 04/30/24
Police Pension Board (2 year Term)
Alan Vodicka 01/12/23 – 04/30/25
Alonzo Martinez 04/13/23 – 04/30/25
Human Rights Commission (3 Year Term)
Seema Imam 05/01/14 – 04/30/27
Community Affairs Commission (3 Year Term)
Sandy Wcislo 02/25/99 – 04/30/26
Alderman Waight moved to approve the above 2023 Appointments. Alderman Purtill second. Roll call: Aldermen Ferrero, Fonte, Kman, Makropoulos, McHugh, Purtill, Waight aye. So approved.
Clerk Stachnik reported that Council members have received a sample City-wide pamphlet from The Recycling Partnership promoting proper recycling of refuse. The pamphlet will be mailed next week at no cost to the City.
Treasurer Al Vodicka noted that the budget will be on the City Council Agenda for approval on June 22, 2023.
Attorney Cainkar presented Ordinance #23-06, an ordinance amending Section 34.07 by increasing Class I Liquor Licenses by one. Alderman Purtill moved to approve Ordinance #23-06. Alderman Ferrero second. Roll call: Aldermen Ferrero, Fonte, Kman, Makropoulos, McHugh, Purtill, Waight aye. So approved.
Mr. Spolar reported that the 89th Street & Maple Lane Water Main Replacement Project will be completed within two months and that the CDBG and MFT resurfacing projects will be substantially completed within two weeks.
Alderman Kman moved to approve the bills payable for the second half of May 2023 in the amount of $164,497.36. Alderman Ferrero second. Roll call: Aldermen Ferrero, Fonte, Kman, Makropoulos, McHugh, Purtill, Waight aye. So approved.
No report submitted.
No report submitted.
Public Works Director Sue Lehr stated the Open House on May 24th provided feedback for the City’s Comprehensive Plan. She noted that residents can still provide feedback on the City’s website. Director Lehr noted that traffic patterns will shift in mid-June at 87th Street and Roberts Road and that sound walls will be installed on the Tollway starting in June.
No report submitted.
Purtill/Laws & Ordinances
Alderman Purtill presented two business license applications. 1) Al’s Gym Pro-Athletic Shop, LLC located at 7732 W. 96th Pl. 2) Studio 100 LLC located at 8824 S. Roberts Rd, Suite A. This is an art supplies business that will include some art instruction for children. No objections were noted.
Fonte/Health & Environmental Control
Refuse toters have been delivered to the Public Works yard. This past Monday the company started delivering them to residents.
Ferrero/Community Affairs/Youth Advisory
Alderman Ferrero reported there are currently 28 vendors, 8 food vendors, and 8 entries for the car show that are registered for the Street Fair.
Waight/Chamber Business Development
Mayor Howley congratulated all City residents and their families during this graduation season.
The Street Fair will be held on June 25, 2023 from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM and there is a free concert the evening of June 24, 2023 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM.
Alderman Ferrero moved to adjourn the meeting until the next scheduled or specially called meeting. Alderman Purtill second. Roll call: Aldermen Ferrero, Fonte, Kman, Makropoulos, McHugh, Purtill, Waight aye. So approved.
Meeting adjourned at 8:25 p.m.