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Outgoing trustee honored at re-organizational Plainfield village meeting

Outgoing Plainfield Trustee Paul Fay greets people Monday night outside the village board room, where punch and cake were provided to celebrate his 12 years of service on the board.
Outgoing Plainfield Trustee Paul Fay greets people Monday night outside the village board room, where punch and cake were provided to celebrate his 12 years of service on the board.

PLAINFIELD – Trustee Paul Fay was given a sendoff at Monday’s Plainfield Village Board re-organizational meeting before three members were sworn in.

Fay was presented a plaque by Mayor Michael Collins on behalf of the village, honoring the outgoing trustee for his 12 years of service to the village.

“It seems so small to give you a plaque,” Collins said, noting that Fay went through a several board changes during his three terms. Several trustees also congratulated Fay.

“It’s been an honor to represent Plainfield residents,” Fay said. “It’s an honor to have been voted into office and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I feel that three terms is enough.”

Three terms

Fay decided not to run for re-election because he believes in term limits. He said he wants to encourage other people in the community to get involved.

Fay said he’s proud of several initiatives, including advancing conservation design in residential developments and promoting downtown businesses during the remodeling of Lockport Street through forming an ad-hoc committee and producing commercials.

Fay said one of his challenges was dealing with issues that residents may have been misinformed about. But he was still amazed at the input he had on residential and commercial developments.

“I was a part of it and that’s pretty amazing,” he said, leaving open the possibility of running for office for a different government entity in the future.

“It’s important for [incoming trustees] to always remember they are public servants and that they are stewards of the resources of Plainfield taxpayers,” Fay said.

After Fay was honored, trustees Bill Lamb, Edward O’Rourke and Brian Wojowski were sworn in. Lamb won re-election while O’Rourke and Wojowski won their first terms through the April 7 election.

New trustees vote

The new Village Board unanimously voted in favor of a new 1.21-acre outlot in front of Target in the Kensington South commercial development at the intersection Route 59 and 135th Street. Two buildings, sized 5,000 square feet and 4,500 square feet, would replace parking space in the development.

Another Kensington South item allowing installation of three monument signs was approved in a 6-1 vote, with O’Rourke dissenting.

O’Rourke wanted more negotiation, noting that the sign that largely advertises Target didn’t advertise the smaller businesses in the development enough.

Some trustees agreed, but voted it through after Edwards Realty Company representative Ramzi Hassan said it was the best that could be done considering Target’s contractual leverage.

Trustees also unanimously voted to subdivide the Cedar Lake Village senior housing development so 40 acres not yet constructed will be converted into a two-lot assisted living facility.

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