Council approves consultant for Alderman Jones

2013-05-09T21:37:00Z 2013-05-09T22:40:03Z Council approves consultant for Alderman JonesGregory Tejeda Times Correspondent
May 09, 2013 9:37 pm  • 

CALUMET CITY | The City Council gave its approval Thursday to a $6,500 payment for a consulting firm that will advise 3rd Ward Alderman Thaddeus Jones on the special events he sponsors throughout the year.

By a vote of 7-0 with no public discussion, aldermen approved the payment to D Consulting, a Chicago-based firm.

Jones was not available to comment on what exactly the consultant would be doing to assist him with the various events he organizes within his ward on Calumet City’s northwest side. But in an invoice presented to the council, the contract is described as “fees for 3rd Ward programs.”

Also related to the events Jones will have throughout the year, the City Council approved payments to Chef’s Table, a catering service that will provide the food at the 3rd Ward Cookout Jones plans to sponsor Aug. 17 at Downey Park, 250 Chappel Ave.

The service will receive a $2,000 payment from funds left over from the fiscal year that ended April 30, while another $5,875 will be paid from funds intended for the city’s current fiscal year.

Among actions not taken by the City Council on Thursday was approval of a contract with the Teamsters Local 700 on behalf of the city’s clerical workers.

An agenda for the council’s meeting indicated that a 2-year contract retroactive to May 1, 2012, was to be approved by the aldermen. But just as the item was to come up for consideration, Mayor Michelle Markiewicz Qualkinbush had the item removed from consideration.

Qualkinbush did not explain her action publicly, nor was she available afterward to comment on it.

In other business, the council approved the reappointments of Roseann Bonato as deputy clerk and Nicole Rudder as deputy treasurer. Both appointments were approved by a 7-0 vote and will run through April 30.

City Clerk Nyota Figgs also reminded residents with automobiles that they have until May 31 to purchase the city stickers required of all motorists.

That led 5th Ward Alderman Roger Munda to say he has punitive actions in mind for residents who do not purchase the stickers on time.

“I have a nice little surprise for those who don’t buy their stickers,” Munda said. “Those who think they’re special and don’t have to comply, we’re going to show them otherwise.”

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