Plaza gives farewell at last Lake in the Hills meeting

LAKE IN THE HILLS – In a five-minute farewell address, Ed Plaza thanked trustees, staff members and residents for their help during his 12 years as village president.

Plaza’s third term at the helm of the village ended Thursday as Paul Mulcahy was sworn in as village president. Mulcahy defeated Planning and Zoning Commissioner Bill Dustin with 68 percent of the vote in April’s election. 

Plaza had some parting words before leaving the meeting. He said the village was able to accomplish a lot of things during his time as village president, and he credited the staff and a stable village board.

“All of them had the village as the most important thing,” Plaza said. “That was important, not only for the residents, but for me as well.”

“Change is inevitable. Change for change’s sake, however, is not appropriate,” Plaza said. “There are times when communities need to undergo change. I commend the residents ... for the fact that they kept this board intact … The only people who have left are those who have chosen to go because of other commitments and issues they had in their lives.”

Plaza had kind words for his successor. 

“I know for a fact the man that will assume this seat … has all the qualities I’ve talked about,” he said. “He is dedicated to the village of Lake in the Hills.”

Plaza had one last statement on the county’s proposed continuous flow intersection at Algonquin and Randall roads, something the village board has said it is against, instead preferring a conventional intersection.

“If the county in anyway tries to shove the CFI down our throats, I will be back,” Plaza said. “I know this board is 100 percent together on that issue ... We need a solidified front when this starts to go forward.”

Mulcahy said he has attended a county transportation committee meeting as intersection improvements are still being planned.

“It’s a good feeling that we’re talking again, and then hopefully we could find some middle ground that we’re all satisfied with,” Mulcahy said.

To replace Mulcahy as a trustee, the Village Board approved the appointment of Frank Covone, a 54-year-old postal clerk in Des Plaines.

Covone, who served on the Planning and Zoning Commission for eight years, said he plans to run in two years for the Village Board. He has lived in Lake in the Hills since 1995.

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