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Plainfield trustee called out at meeting over Facebook post

Published: Monday, Aug. 11, 2014 11:23 p.m. CST
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Plainfield Township Cemetery off Route 30

PLAINFIELD – Resident Vicky Polito blasted Trustee Garrett Peck at Monday’s village board meeting for allegedly posting a “vulgar, borderline pornographic video” on his personal Facebook page.

“This trustee is an irresponsible deviant,” Polito said to the board in a scathing speech, also calling Peck an “ignorant pervert.” “Village leadership needs to take some kind of public stand on this truly inappropriate behavior from one of their own.”

Polito has been a heavy critic of Peck since last year, when he was the executive director of the Plainfield Township Park District.

Trustee Jim Racich said Polito had previously showed him the video, and he was disgusted.

“It is obnoxious. I would not show it to my family,” Racich said. “It graphically displays ... something akin to something childish and representative.”

Polito said the video has been publicly available for the past several months, expressing concern for children and students who study public officials and use Facebook.

“I really am upset at how this sort of stupid and twisted behavior affects the image of my home, Plainfield,” Polito said.

Peck took down the video from his Facebook page after the meeting.

“I wasn’t even aware of it,” Peck said after the meeting. “I question why she hasn’t contacted me directly. Obviously, there is a political motive to hurt my reputation. If [Polito] was genuinely concerned, she would have contacted me. But she showed up with a camcorder and went public instead.”

Mayor Michael Collins said other trustees haven’t yet reviewed the information Polito revealed.

“We’ll look into it and take our lawyer’s advice and go from there,” Collins said.

The village board voted on several items at the meeting.

Re-zoning and a special use permit were approved for townhomes at Prairie Creek.

The Ryan Homes project is a 149-unit townhome development southwest of the Route 59 and 135th Street Meijer, west of the DuPage River and surrounded by a floodplain..

An initial townhome project was presented to the village board by Ryan Homes on May 19, but it was rejected. The developer came back with plans that had less units and density, and was above the floodplain.

The village board also approved re-zoning 1.68 acres of property adjacent to allow for expansion of the Plainfield Township Cemetery. A special use was also granted to allow the expansion.

A change order of $7,700 for the 135th Street railroad pedestrian crossing project was approved along with $6,850.87 in fleet safety supply for the Plainfield Emergency Management Agency and police department.

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