By Joe Boyle
Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of Chicago has asked the Worth Village Board to consider a request to annex the western section of Holy Sepulchre Cemetery into the village.
A representative of the archdiocese said that one third of the western portion of the cemetery is already within village limits.
According to Carmen Arvia, project manager for DVG Team Inc., the cemetery would not require any new utility services from Worth. Holy Sepulchre has a front office at 111th and Austin and is served by the Chicago Ridge Sanitary and Water District. The maintenance garage at 115th and Austin is served by Alsip Sanitary and Water. The sewer is going to be permitted and will be constructed in the spring.
Catholic Cemeteries and DVG requested the village to acknowledge the intergovernmental agreements with the neighboring municipalities for sewer and water.
Village Attorney Greg Jones mentioned during the meeting that the annexation request would first have to go through the zoning board for approval and then would have be voted on by the village board.
Werner said that no decision would be made for now regarding the cemetery annexation request. Werner said that the annexation would not result in higher fees for Worth.
Arvia noted that Worth was absorbed by the North Palos Fire Protection in 2008 and added that this should not pose any significant change for fire and medical protection services for the village.