School District 117 joins Hickory Hills Council in sponsoring Howl Through Hills Run/Walk

  • Written by Sharon L. Filkins

The Hickory Hills City Council approved an Intergovernmental agreement with North Palos School District 117 at their meeting last Thursday, affirming the school district will join the city as a co-sponsor for the third annual Howl Through the Hills 5K Run/Walk scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 22.

The event will begin at 9 a.m. at the Hickory Hills City Hall, 8652 W. 95th St. Registration will open at 7:30 a.m. Information packets for the 5K can be picked up at the City Hall beginning Saturday, Oct. 1. More information is available on the organization website,

Mayor Mike Howley said proceeds from the run/walk will benefit the Hickory Hills Lions Club.

“We urge everyone to come out and join us for this day of fun. It is something all ages can enjoy,” he said.

Other approvals included an annual Intergovernmental agreement with the Cook County Health Inspectional Services. Fees will remain at $100 per inspection.

Two invoices in the total amount of $108,754 were approved as the final payments to Hasse Construction for drainage improvements in 2015. Village Engineer Mike Spolar said the total project had been budgeted for $2 million, but the final numbers came in at a total of $1,898, 667.

Also, a final invoice in the amount of $39,033 for Motor Fuel Tax Servicing projects was approved for D Construction.

On other matters, Public Works Director Larry Boettcher announced that city was starting its fall tree planting program.

“We will be planting 100 trees across the city. The trees will be diversified for a variety in the various areas of barren parkways,” he said. He added that any homeowners interested in having trees replaced in their parkways for the spring planting in 2017 should contact the Public Works Department.

He also informed the council that he had met with representatives of the Cook County Forest Preserve District and the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District to discuss water issues at the intersection of 91st Place and Keane Avenue where water drains from the west side of the road to the center of the road after a heavy rain fall, causing traffic backups with the road reduced to a single lane.

“I am afraid it is going to be an uphill battle because the Forest Preserve District thinks the city should submit a request to the Army Corp of Engineers for assistance with the problem,” added Boettcher.

“That is not the case,” Boettcher informed Howley. “This was just our first meeting, so it will be a long haul.”

Howley thanked him for his efforts and for keeping the council informed.