Grayslake honors zoning officer for 25 years of service
BY ED COLLINS For Sun-Times Media September 12, 2013 12:59PM
Grayslake Mayor Rhett Taylor (left) and Zoning Board Chairman Karl Molek (right) present a hand-crafted clock to Grayslake zoning officer Kirk Smith upon completing 25 years of service to the village. | Ed Collins/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 12, 2013 3:26AM
Grayslake trustees honored one of their staff members Tuesday, Sept. 10, for 25 years of service as the village’s zoning officer.
Kirk Smith joined the Grayslake staff as an intern in 1988, after graduating from Southern Illinois University.
The Springfield native quickly moved up the ladder, carving out a role as an expert in village zoning issues, an important task in the 1990s as Grayslake experienced a substantial growth spurt.
Mayor Rhett Taylor said Smith was involved in more than $100 million worth of infrastructure placement throughout the community during that era. He also served as the village’s economic development coordinator.
Smith was credited with providing the village’s Zoning Board and Board of Trustees with invaluable zoning advice during that era, which brought 51 new subdivisions with more than 5,000 residential homes in the fast-growing community.
Karl Molek, who chairs the village’s current Zoning Board, reminisced about some of the old times to a friendly audience filled with past and current Zoning Board members and families.
“He has been indispensable to us over the years,” Molek said
“Kirk is extremely knowledgeable about zoning and land planning procedures and has provided our board with efficient and supportive background support that has helped us in recommending actions to the Board of Trustees for their decision-making,” he said.
Smith was modest in accepting the accolades and hand-crafted clock for his office. He smiled broadly when Molek suggested that he might just want to shoot for the 50-year service award next.
The Grayslake Village Board authorized an amendment to an agreement with Northwestern/Lake Forest Hospital for construction of a sanitary sewer from the hospital to Center Street.
The village’s Public Works Department will construct the sewer and the hospital will pay for the project. Hospital officials have already approved the agreement.
Trustees also agreed to sell a small parcel of village land from Centennial Park to a local restaurant, which will host some community events. The purchase price was not provided.
The board also authorized Village Manager Mike Ellis to execute an engineering work order to bury some utility cables and pipes in an alley and along Center Street. The project is expected to cost about $55,500.