Elburn looks ahead to the new year
In this article (also found on Page 1A of the Jan. 3 edition of the Elburn Herald), the North Side Pub was incorrectly listed as sold. The sale has yet to be finalized.
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by Susan O’Neill
ELBURN—Coming to a resolution on the Elburn Station development next year is high on the priority list for a number of Village Board members.
Trustee Jeff Walter said that he and other board members have suggestions for ways to improve the plan, which will turn it into something that they can approve.
“We should do everything we possibly can to get that bridge completed,” Village President Dave Anderson said. “It would be an atrocity for this board to watch as those federal dollars dry up and not work with the county to expedite the bridge. Those federal dollars will never come back.”
Anderson said that the importance of the bridge is not to Elburn alone, but to central Kane County. Calling it a safety issue, Anderson said the freight trains that come through town are not getting any shorter. And while it is an inconvenience to the average motorist, it becomes a safety issue when emergency vehicles are trying to get from one side of town to the other.
Another thing board members agree on is that the village will need to continue keeping expenses down.
“It’s all about money,” trustee Ethan Hastert said. “I don’t see money flowing into our coffers, and it will still be lean times in the next few years and for the foreseeable future. I’m glad that we have folks on the board that recognize that.”
Walter said that the board will have to continue to work on making more targeted investments in order to pay for future predictable expenses, such as the cleaning of the water tower. Walter said that it hasn’t been fun, but the board has been able to cut expenses in order to avoid having to dip into the village’s savings.
“We’ve had to make a lot of hard decisions, and it will continue to be a challenge,” Walter said.
Anderson remains optimistic about the future, however. He sees the economy beginning to turn around, and building permits are starting to increase. The village has also seen several instances of commercial growth in the past year or so. Schmidt’s Towne Tap has added a new kitchen and the North Side Pub has been sold, with the new owner planning to turn it into a full-service restaurant. A new pancake house will soon open, and Bob Jass Chevrolet has expanded their operation.
“These are all positives for the village,” Anderson said. “Businesses have indicated they like it here, and they believe Elburn is headed in the right direction. They’re an integral part of it.”
Anderson said that the village needs to look 30 and 40 years down the road, and to have the foresight to make solid plans for the future.
“There’s a reason that the rear view mirror is only 1/25 the size of the windshield,” he said. “You’ve got to keep looking ahead.”