Editorial: Local municipalities look to build on 2012 achievements in new year
What do Elburn Station, Internet over fiber and TIF District activity have in common?
All three are projects that could very well determine whether 2013 is a successful year for the villages of Elburn, Sugar Grove and Maple Park, respectively.
In Elburn Herald reporter Susan O’Neill’s 2013 preview for Elburn, village trustee Jeff Walter states that he and other board members have suggestions that can improve the Elburn Station plan, which could lead to the board eventually approving the item. Village President Dave Anderson added that the village should do everything possible to get the Anderson Road bridge completed.
In Sugar Grove, high-speed Internet is the holy grail, and the village is hoping to bring in an Internet over fiber connection that would put lightning-fast connection speeds at the fingertips of village residents. In Elburn Herald reporter Chris Paulus’ 2013 village preview, Sugar Grove board member Dave Paluch states the faster data speeds would help the village attract bigger businesses.
“It would also be great for our residents to take advantage of the fastest data speeds available,” Paluch said.
In Maple Park, a successful 2012 could give way to an even more fulfilling 2013 if the village sees some activity in its newly implemented TIF District. Village President Kathy Curtis cited the TIF District as an achievement for Maple Park, but said she was disappointed in the lack of activity within the TIF District.
“It is unfortunate that the TIF District has not had projects. We implemented the district with hope of generating new revenue streams to be re-invested in our infrastructure,” she said.
That inactivity could of course change in 2013. Still, Curtis said the state of the economy means that the village should move forward cautiously with the TIF District.
As for Kaneville, interim Village President Rick Peck was unavailable as of press time. A 2012 retrospective and 2013 preview for the village is currently in the works.
Here’s to a happy and successful 2013 for the villages of Elburn, Sugar Grove, Maple Park and Kaneville. We’ll be here to document their progress every step of the way.