Shodeen development public hearing stays open

by Susan O’Neill
ELBURN—The Elburn Village Board will keep the public hearing on the Shodeen property annexation open until Monday, June 4. Village President Dave Anderson said he hopes the three remaining issues are resolved by that date.

Anderson said the village is still working with the Kaneland School District on impact fees to arrive at a number acceptable to both the district and Shodeen developer Dave Patzelt.

Officials are also still in negotiations regarding the land/cash fee Shodeen will pay to the schools. The developer has the option to donate land or to pay what the land is worth. At question is the number set by Kane County a several years ago.

That number is $80,000 per acre. However, an appraisal the county obtained of Shodeen’s property for right-of-way to the Anderson Road extension came to $34,000 per acre. Patzelt said he thinks Shodeen’s land/cash payment to the schools should therefore be set at that amount.

The final issue still unresolved is the connection fee for water and sewer. According to Anderson, former village engineer Rempe-Sharpe delivered to the village a factual rationale for the fees. Engineering Enterprises, Inc., the new village engineer, is currently reviewing those fees.

“They’re just double-checking the numbers,” Anderson said.

Anderson said that the School District intergovernmental agreement and the water sewer numbers will probably not make Shodeen developers happy, but he hopes the village and Shodeen can come to an agreement by June 4.

“I know they’re not going to build right away; there’s no market right now,” he said.

However, Anderson said if all parties can get everything set now, things will be in place to begin construction once the economy improves. He said that he and the board just want to get the best deal for the village and the schools.

“I think it’s our duty to protect the interests of the village, as well as the School District,” he said.

Trustee Jerry Schmidt wanted to know if a longer delay on the agreement could impact the funding for the Anderson bridge project.

“It could,” Village Adminstrator Erin Willrett said.

Kane County has agreed to pay $3 million of the $22 million project, with the majority of the remaining amount coming from federal and state funding.

Anderson said that U.S. Senator Dick Durbin told him that Congress has moved consideration of the transportation bill, which includes this funding, to August.

“I think the Anderson Road project is far enough along, but who knows?” he said.

Shodeen said they are moving forward on negotiations on contracts with the county regarding land acquisitions for the road extension and bridge. The land acquisitions and engineering design are the last two remaining steps to be completed before bidding out of the project can take place.