CHANNAHON – Channahon Planning and Zoning Commissioner Chantal Host was sworn in as the village’s newest trustee Monday evening.
Host's appointment fills the vacant two-year seat that was held by Village President Missey Schumacher for half a term before Schumacher won the president’s seat in April.
Schumacher chose Host for the position, and the board unanimously approved her appointment.
“I wanted someone who is fiscally conservative,” Schumacher said, “because we are good stewards of our tax dollars. ... Chantal has been on the Planning and Zoning Commission for several years, so she obviously has an interest in Channahon as a whole, and her family is also very much a part of this community.”
“I enjoy doing my work on the Planning and Zoning Commission,” Host said just before the board meeting Monday. “This will give me the opportunity to have more of an impact on my community.”
Host said she is knowledgeable about important issues facing the village, such as the Interstate 55/Route 6 interchange construction project set to begin this summer, from her years as a commissioner.
In her statement to the Village Board, Host wrote, “I have witnessed first-hand the challenges that our community has faced with recognizing our community identity and maintaining fiscal responsibility during economic hardships. I offer my experience not only as a commissioner, but also as a small business owner and attorney.”
Schumacher said she approached Host regarding the vacant seat.
“I know her, and I know where she stands,” Schumacher said.
Schumacher said she will consider filling Host’s former commission seat within the next month.
IDOT open house planned
The Village Board Monday also reminded residents of the Illinois Department of Transportation open house taking place from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Channahon Village Hall.
Phase I of the construction of the Interstate 55/Route 6 interchange will begin in the village this summer, and IDOT representatives will be on hand to answer questions about the project.
Channahon trustees Monday also approved adding accessory buildings, such as unattached garages, to the town’s list of variations that can be requested by property owners.
According to Community Development Director Mike Petrick, village ordinances allow owners to request variances on six items on a piece of property. Those variances deal mainly with building setback, parking issues and sign area. Now that list includes accessory structures.
Trustees may not allow a requested variation, Petrick explained, but owners can petition to ask for a variation to be granted.