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Hickory Hills loses one proposed business, gains another

  • Written by By Sharon L. Filkins

Action taken at the Hickory Hills Council meeting last Thursday resulted in a “win one, lose one” business situation in the city, with one business opting out and a new one opening up.

Sonny’s Slots & Café was scheduled to open at 8841 W. 87th St., and had submitted a request for a Class E Liquor License, which was approved unanimously at the Jan. 14 council meeting. However, Ald. Joe Stachnik (3rd Ward) was not present at the meeting.

At the Jan. 28 council meeting, an ordinance amendment was approved, increasing the number of liquor licenses from nine to 10, which included the license for Sonny’s Slots & Café. The motion passed with a vote of 7 to 1. Casting the “no” vote was Stachnik.

Later in the Jan. 28 meeting, Stachnik expressed a need for the council to consider that a requirement be included in future business requests requiring that a new business select a name that reflects a more residential atmosphere.

At the March 10 meeting, Mayor Mike Howley cited the reason the ordinance was amended to reduce the number of licenses was because Sonny’s Slots & Café was no longer planning to open the business.

“We don’t want an open liquor license on the records. If we have another business requesting one, we will simply amend the ordinance to add an additional license,” Howley said.

Ald. Brian Waight (2nd Ward), who chairs the Laws and Ordinances committee, stated that Sonny’s owner had not given a reason for withdrawing the planned business.

However, a new business, MNM Signs, will be opening at 8719 W. 95th St., in the Hill Creek Shopping Center. Owned by Martin Orozco, the shop will specialize in signs, decals and promotional items such as pens, mugs and hats.

In other action, the council approved a $200 donation to the Hickory Hills Baseball team and a $100 donation to the Eagles Wing Walk, Run and Roll 5K Walk for Autism, scheduled for Saturday, May 7 at the Elim Christian School.

Also approved was a final payment to Len Cox & Sons Excavating in the amount of $21,630 for their storm sewer improvements at the 83rd Court and 89th Street Intersection.

Village Engineer Mike Spolar said total costs for the project had come in at $349,000, which was less than what the original bid had been.

On other matters, Village Treasurer Daniel Schramm announced that three draft budget meetings have been scheduled for Wednesday, April 27, May 4 and May 11. The meetings will be held at the City Hall at 6:30 p.m.

The council adjourned and went into executive session to discuss police personnel and a police collective bargaining update. No action was announced following the meeting.

Aldermen Brian Fonte and Tom McAvoy were absent from the meeting.