CALUMET CITY | A City Council gathering that was missing several members Thursday approved payments for a series of sewer repairs and a sewer cleaning at various sites around the south suburbs.
By a 6-0 vote, with 1st Ward Alderman Eric Schneider absent, the council approved sewer repairs on State Street, Mackinaw Avenue, 152nd Place and Pulaski Road. Calumet City Plumbing Co. was awarded contracts for all the cleanings that totaled just over $27,600.
Aldermen also gave their approval during a brief City Council session to a contract to Tierra Environmental for a sewer cleaning at 164th Place and State Street. The East Chicago-based company will be paid up to $5,700 for their work.
Among other purchases approved by the council was a $20,719.15 payment to HD Supply Waterworks to purchase three hand-held devices for the reading of meters.
Approval for all the items came despite the absence of Mayor Michelle Markiewicz Qualkinbush and city Clerk Nyota Figgs, along with Schneider and late appearances by 4th Ward Alderman Ramonde Williams and 7th Ward Alderman Antoine Collins.
Second Ward Alderman Magdalena “Leni” Wosczynski presided over the meeting in Qualkinbush’s absence.
In other business, Williams asked about his request to adopt a city ordinance calling for fines on parents of kids who wear their pants sagging below their waistlines with their underwear exposed.
Odelson said he would look into the issue, while assistant City Clerk Roseann Bonano said copies of a draft ordinance had been sent Thursday to all aldermen.