Our Mayor / John Mahoney
A Word from the Mayor
Thank you to everyone who came out and enjoyed the 2015 Autumn In The Park Festival. The Friday evening storms did not dampen the spirit of Saturday festival goers. When this event was created four years ago, we hoped it would become an occasion where residents would make plans to meet up with their friends and family and have a great time. Our hopes have come true, Autumn In The Park Festival has been a tremendous success. Believe it or not, planning has already begun for the 2016 Autumn In The Park Festival on September 16th and 17th so mark your calendars.
As we enter the holiday season, the Village of Palos Park will host the Tree Lighting and Holiday Market on Friday, December 4th from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm at our Recreation Center, 8901 W. 123rd Street. This is a great community event that welcomes the season in style. There will be local merchants, food vendors, a community tree decorating contest, camp fi re, hay rack rides and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. Join me as we light the Village Holiday Tree at 6:40 pm. Come out, shop and enjoy some holiday cheer!
The Board of the Forest Preserve District of Cook County on Tuesday, October 6th, overwhelmingly approved an intergovernmental agreement between our Village and the District that will cause the annexation of District land into Palos Park. I am grateful to the District’s commissioners and staff for the time and effort they contributed to work through and analyze the agreement and to ensure it provides the benefi ts and conforms to District requirements that ensure it meets its mission. A very special thanks to Palos Park resident and County Commissioner Sean Morrison and his outstanding staff for their tremendous effort in guiding this matter through the review process.
Under the agreement, Palos Park will provide water and sanitary sewer services to the District’s police station near McCarthy and Will-Cook roads and to other District lands nearby, if and when the District will need them. The annexation to Palos Park was necessary as the Village does not serve utility customers outside of its corporate limits.
The annexation, which should be formally completed at the Village Council’s November 23rd meeting, will result in the extension of Palos Park’s village boundary west to Bell Road. This new western boundary will give the Village direct contiguity with the Mid Iron golf facility. The owners of Mid Iron, along with those of the Cog Hill Golf and Country Club, the Gleneagles Golf Club and the Historic Ludwig Farm, have fi led formal voluntary petitions for annexation into the Village of Palos Park.
Before the annexations of the private properties can take place, terms of annexation agreements will need to be negotiated and any requests for zoning entitlements will need to be reviewed. Zoning entitlements (requests for either site plan approvals or development concept plans) will be the subject of open, public hearings before the Village’s Plan Commission. The Plan Commission would then make recommendations to the Village Council. The fi nalized Annexation Agreements themselves will be the subject of separate open and public hearings before the Village Council. It will only be after these hearings that the Council will consider acting on the request to annex properties. We expect that this process will begin sometime in the spring of 2016. We will keep everyone updated through our various means including this newsletter, Village website and Village Council meetings.
I welcome your feedback and comments. If you have questions, I invite you to contact me or our Village Manager, Rick Boehm. We can be reached through email, email@example.com, or by phone at (708) 671-3700.
By the time you receive this newsletter, 2015 will be winding down and we will be preparing to welcome another exciting year in the Village. Palos Park is a great place to live and raise a family in a natural environment with so many outdoor recreational opportunities. I sure hope you will take advantage of the many fun activities listed in this publication.
It is my pleasure to serve this unique and beautiful community. I am excited for the future of the Village of Palos Park. Happy Holidays and all the best to you in 2016!
Mayor John Mahoney,