Mosquito abatement expenditure debated
by Martha Quetsch
ELBURNâ€”The village of Elburn’s proposed budget includes a new line item for 2011-12â€”an expenditure of $10,000 for information technology (IT) services formerly provided by a village employee.
The village no longer has a staffer to provide IT services, since David Morrison resigned last summer. Morrison had handled the village’s IT services as assistant village administrator and previously while he was village administrator.
Those services include tasks such as switching out office computers, installing software and maintaining server back-ups, Village Administrator Erin Willrett said.
Since Morrison resigned in June, the village has employed Baxter & Woodman Control Systems Integration to provide these and other general IT tasks at Village Hall, an unbudgeted expense.
The new IT expenditure was on a list of proposed administration budget items for the next fiscal year that Willrett presented Monday during the Development Committee meeting. The village’s other two departments, public works and police, recently presented their lists of proposed expenditures. The presentations are the first step in the village’s budgetary planning process, which will conclude in May when the Village Board approves a final fiscal-year budget.
â€œThis was a first glance, a first go at it,â€ Willrett said.
Development Committee members did not object to the proposed new IT expenditure. However, they did question another proposed administrative expense that the village has budgeted for many yearsâ€”mosquito abatement. Willrett included the $19,000 expenditure on her list.
Committee member Ken Anderson and Jeff Walter suggested that the village remove that item from the proposed administrative budget.
â€œWe all know it (spraying for mosquitoes) is not effective,â€ Walter said.
The Village Board will begin reviewing Willrett’s and the other department heads’ budget proposals in November.