The Hickory Hills City Council provided a positive update on the condition of the Parkview Apartments during a brief meeting last Thursday night.
Mayor Mike Howley was absent from the council session because he was attending the confirmation of his son. Ald. Scott Zimmerman served as the mayor pro-tem.
Ald. Michael McHugh said that new pipes are being installed in the buildings at the complex, 7800 W. 89th Place. The buildings, which now houses seniors since the city bought the property over 20 years ago, has undergone a number of repairs to modernize the facility.
The Parkview Apartments had sustained some damages over the years. Water damage from leaking pipes deemed it necessary that repairs were needed after this winter. McHugh said that problem is being addressed. New wiring was needed in some of the apartments, said McHugh.
“It has been pretty much overdue (for repairs),” said McHugh. “We are going to do it the right way. I think this is going to be a good investment.”
Upgrades at the Parkview Apartments have occurred over the years, including a new roof for one complex and a balcony for another.
“It really looks nice now,” said Dee Catizone, the city clerk. “The buildings are right next to the Community Center where the seniors don’t have to go far to take part in activities.”
Mike Spolar, the city engineer, discussed the weekly refuse and recycling for the city with Waste Management. The current recycle offset rate was $22.40 with the senior rate at $21.40. That was slightly above the rates for the contract year of June 1, 2014 through May 31, 2015, in which the unit rate was $21.75 and $20.75 for seniors.
The new rate, which was approved by the board, will be at $23.07 and $22.07 for seniors from June 1, 2016 through May 31, 2017, said Spolar.
Waste Management will provide residents with 96- or 64-gallon refuse carts. Weekly collection of refuse will be placed in carts, bags or 32-gallon containers. Residents have the option of renting or purchasing additional refuse carts from Waste Management.
A check for the amount of $7,500 will be given to Hickory Hills annually in support of community programs each contract year.
The city also approved two business licenses during the meeting. G & K Baking Butercrumb Bakery will open a wholesale bakery at 7731 W. 98th St. in the city’s industrial section. The warehouse will supply bakery for other businesses. The business is owned by Kathleen Meyer and Gina Errico.
Chill and Grill, 9348 S. Roberts Road, will also be open for business. Owners Nada Abed and Ghandi Dini will be serving ice cream and fast food.