LAKE IN THE HILLS – The changing of the guard is scheduled to take place Thursday, as Ed Plaza ends his final term as village president and Trustee Paul Mulcahy takes over.
Mulcahy defeated Planning and Zoning Commissioner Bill Dustin in April’s election for village president with more than 68 percent of the ballots cast.
Mulcahy plans to appoint current Planning and Zoning Commissioner Frank Covone to complete the unexpired trustee term.
Covone, who is a postal clerk in Des Plaines, has served on the Planning and Zoning Commission for eight years and has helped run the annual Sunset Festival by booking entertainment.
“All things considered, he’s the best choice,” Mulcahy said.
Mulcahy said he did have some people ask him about the trustee position, but no one formally applied. He also wanted to get the position filled as quickly as possible.
“I’d rather have a full board of six trustees than have a vacancy for any period of time,” Mulcahy said.
During Covone’s time on the Planning and Zoning Commission, he has helped oversee changes to the comprehensive plan, property variance requests and conditional-use permit requests.
“Frank is a very good choice,” Mulcahy said.
Covone said he did not want to run in this past election for trustee because he believed Robert Huckins, Denise Barreto and Stephen Harlfinger, who were re-elected, were doing a good job. Covone said he plans to run in two years.
Covone did say he is against a proposed continuous flow intersection at Algonquin and Randall roads.
“It will affect businesses in Lake in the Hills,” Covone said.
To replace Covone on the zoning commission, Mulcahy plans to appoint Greg Walker to fill the seat for a two-year term.
Mulcahy also plans to reappoint Dennis Zepka and Dustin to the Planning and Zoning Commission for five-year terms, Dennis Walters to the Police Commission for a three-year term, and Stan Helgerson to the Police Pension Board for a two-year term.
The Village Board will vote on the appointments at the meeting.
Plaza did not run for re-election as village president. He had been at the helm of the village for 12 years.