By Marney Simon | Enterprise Staff
Two vacant posts have now been filled on the Plainfield Plan Commission.
On July 18, village trustees unanimously approved the appointments of Brian Minnis and Brandon Womack to the commission.
The selections were made by a committee, consisting of Village President Michael Collins, Director of Planning Jon Proulx and Zoning Chair Richard Kiefer.
“I’d like to thank the selection committee for selecting two very qualified people,” said Trustee Bill Lamb. “It’s a very important function, it’s good to have some new people take a look at [zoning issues]. We picked some very good people.”
Minnis and Womack are both long-term residents of Plainfield. Minnis has a background in commercial banking and real estate, while Womack is currently a project manager for a wastewater treatment plant in Indiana.
The vacancies were created by two departures from the current board.
The term for both new appointees will run through April 30, 2018.
The Plan Commission is an advisory body that makes recommendations to the village board on annexation, variance, site plan, and other zoning issues. The Plan Commission meets on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at Village Hall.
The board approved a petition to rezone a piece of property on Van Dyke Road from industrial to residential.
The property at 14125 S. Van Dyke was changed from I-1 to R-1, to allow for the conversion of an existing building to residential use, for the property owner’s personal home.
According to the village, the change is not consistent with future land designation of the area’s long term comprehensive plan. However, there is already a residential property adjacent to the property. Village staff noted that the zoning change was unlikely to have a negative effect on the long-term development plan for the area.
The zoning change was the subject of a public hearing earlier this month.
Trustee Bill Lamb was the sole no vote on the change.
The board approved a request for a one-year contract with the low bidder to supply Alum to the wastewater treatment facility.
Alum is used to remove phosphorus from the wastewater, which is then returned to the environment.
The contract was awarded to USALCO Baltimore Plant, LLC for $113,400.
The contract is 20 percent lower than what the village is currently paying for Alum.