Diana Campbell has her new sergeant's insignia pinned to her uniform by her husband, Tony, at Monday night’s Palos Park Village Council meeting. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

Diana Campbell has her new sergeant's insignia pinned to her uniform by her husband, Tony, at Monday night’s Palos Park Village Council meeting. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

Future may be foggy but Palos Park sets guidelines for western expansion

By Jeff Vorva

The Palos Park Village Council looked into the future when it passed a couple of ordinances for guidelines of expansion in the western part of the community, even though one commissioner said, “My crystal ball is kind of foggy.”

After listening to a presentation from John Houseal of Houseal Lavigne Associates during Monday’s council meeting at the Kaptur Center, the council voted 4-0 (Commissioner James Pavlatos was absent) to adopt guidelines specific to the western portion, which includes the Cog Hill Country Club.

Building and Public Property Commissioner G. Darryl Reed admits his crystal ball is foggy when it comes to western expansion and fellow Commissioner Dan Polk emphasized that there are no projects that have been brought to the board. But officials say that having a plan is important.

Reed said that many of the guidelines can be changed in the future, if warranted.

“If circumstances dictate a change, then we will take it under consideration,” Reed said. “I’m in favor of this because it’s not etched in stone. We have the flexibility to maintain what goes on.”

Mayor John Mahoney added that any big projects – such as potential housing developments in that area – will have public input before the council makes any decisions and Reed urges residents to take him up on that.

“We don’t know what you want unless you tell us,” Reed said. “If we screw up, don’t come crying to us after the fact because you had an opportunity to say something.”

History made

When Polk, the police commissioner, swore in Diana Campbell as the new sergeant on the Palos Park police force, it marked the first time in the village’s history that a female reached that rank.

She has been in law enforcement for 20 years and has performed many roles for the department including primary investigator for serious crimes.

Campbell has won several honors and awards including the Palos Lions Club’s Officer of the Year honor in 2019.

Several of her peers were on hand for the swearing in and she had an insignia pinned to her uniform by her husband, Tony, who is a commander with the Tinley Park Police Department.

Towering news

The council voted 3-0, with Pavlatos absent and Reed abstaining, to reject long-term leasing offers from AT&T for the use of the water tower at 9500 W. 123rd St. for equipment. The lease expires in 2025 but the company was looking for 45- or 99-year extensions for reduced rent per year.

The council voted to amend a lease agreement with Verizon Wireless to change equipment at another tower location on Wolf Road for an additional $300 per month.

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