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Hickory Hills Council reviews request for second liquor license

  • Written by By Sharon L. Filkins

The Hickory Hills City Council debated the merits of a second liquor license request and opted not to take any action during last Thursday’s meeting.

A business license had been approved for Sonny Slots and Café, 8841 W. 87th St., on Jan. 14, followed by approval of an ordinance on Jan. 28 allowing the addition of a Class E Liquor License. The approved ordinance increased the number of Class E licenses in the city from nine to 10 and would have allowed Sonny’s to serve beer and wine.

However, at the March 10 council meeting, an ordinance was approved to reduce the number of Class E Licenses, bringing the total number again to nine, because the café had notified the city that the business was no longer planning to open.

Consequently, faced with a second request for the license, Mayor Mike Howley suggested the council delay taking action on the request.

“We have a number of code issues at the 87th Street shopping center, which need to be resolved. I see no problem with delaying this request until the Center completes the work required,” he said.

In other matters, Howley proclaimed May 1- 7 as Municipal Clerks Week and recognized City Clerk D’Lorah (Dee) Catizone for her 17 years of outstanding work with the city.

“In 2014, she was designated a Master Municipal Clerk and is one of only 43 clerks in Illinois to achieve the designation. The requirements include many hours of seminars, classes and meetings. She certainly meets all the standards and much more,” he said.

Catizone, who has been a resident of Hickory Hills for 54 years, became a Registered Clerk as a Deputy in 2008, was elected city clerk in 2011, became a Certified Clerk in 2013, and reached the level of Master Municipal Clerk in October 2014.

She also holds office in the Municipal Clerks of Illinois as a district director and is vice president of the Southwest Municipal Clerks Association.

Also honored at the April 28 meeting was John Ruffolo, who retired as a public works employee after serving the city for 35years. Howley presented him with a proclamation highlighting his years of dedicated service. The council honored Ruffolo and his family members with a cake and coffee reception.

The council adjourned into an executive session to discuss a police contract update, a public works contract update and non-union employees increase. No action was announced.

Ald. Tom McAvoy (3rd Ward) was absent from the meeting due to illness.