Frankfort trustees feted Kevin Egan on Monday after interviewing four applicants for the Village Board vacancy created by his retirement.
Egan and his wife, Betsy, are moving to Lake Shore, Minn., a lakefront community north of the Twin Cities where they built a home nine years ago.
Egan continues to work as a partner in the Chicago law office of Foley & Lardner, though he said he plans to do much of his work from Minnesota through video and teleconferencing. Frankfort, however, will remain in his heart.
"The town, seriously, is just incredible," Egan said. "The community was 1,000 people when I bought the lot and built the house that we're now emptying out as we get ready to move. What an incredible place — the jewel of the southwest — this has become."
Frankfort now has nearly 18,000 residents, and Egan played a major role in its growth. He led the charge for Frankfort to annex the Prestwick subdivision three decades ago as a lawyer and homeowners association president.
Egan went on to head Frankfort's Plan Commission and serve 16 years on the Village Board. He resigned last month, which Mayor Jim Holland noted in presenting Egan with a proclamation of thanks and recognition.
"There is a difference between a former trustee and a retired trustee," Holland joked. "A retired trustee is one who decides himself to step down, and a former happens during an election."
Egan's sendoff included a gift basket featuring Frankfort T-shirts and ball caps, including ones bearing the logos of the police, fire and parks departments.
Holland and the trustees met in closed session before the board meeting to interview candidates to serve the rest of Egan's term, which runs through spring 2015.
Holland said sessions were conducted with four of 12 applicants for the post. An appointment is expected at the July 22 board meeting.
Meanwhile, the board voted 4-0, with Trustee Doug Walker absent, to approved Frankfort's appropriations ordinance for the budget year that started in May.
The measure establishes legal spending authority and spells out the full cost of long-term building projects. It comes in at $45 million, though the budget for the year is only $34 million.
"The full cost of any projects that we might be anticipating for several years are included in this," Trustee Cindy Heath said. "It's inflated beyond what we expect to spend on a day-to-day basis."
The ordinance includes $6.5 million in spending authority for a water tower, two wells and a treatment facility for southeast Frankfort and $3 million for Village Hall improvements that are still in the exploratory phase. The village hopes to start work this fall on the water tower and wells project at 80th Avenue and Steger Road.