CALUMET CITY | The City Council met privately for several hours Thursday to discuss development of a possible sports complex and garbage pickup in winter.
Aldermen gathered at City Hall in late afternoon for a special City Council meeting, with Mayor Michelle Markiewicz Qualkinbush immediately sending the group into closed session to address issues of land acquisition.
The entire meeting was then held in Qualkinbush’s office at City Hall, with city Attorneys Burt Odelson and Cary Horvath, city Treasurer Gerald Tarka, city Finance Director John Kasperek, economic development coordinator Bryan Swanson and city personnel Director George Vallis also participating. Alderman Thaddeus Jones, 3rd, was absent.
The agenda for the Thursday meeting indicated two items of business – development of a regional entertainment and recreational venue for Calumet City and a report regarding refuse pickup by Waste Management.
Odelson and 6th Ward Alderman Nick Manousopoulos both said during a break the City Council had no intention of acting on anything Thursday following their private meeting. Several aldermen said they were unable to reach a consensus on any of the issues.
Under Illinois law, the private meeting was legal because municipal officials posted notice of it at least 48 hours in advance, and because they did not try to approve anything. Any action or voting has to take place during an open meeting.