ELBURN—Elburn Village President Dave Anderson on Tuesday offered seven individuals for appointment to the newly-formed Economic Development Commission, but the board will wait to vote on their approval until a few changes are made in the criteria.
With a renewed focus on economic development within the village, the commission was created to assist the village in attracting new economic growth and new businesses and retaining and revitalizing current businesses within the village.
The commission will provide information regarding Elburn to prospective commercial or industrial firms considering locating in Elburn, help structure economic programs for the area and work to gain community support. As an advisory entity, the commission will make recommendations to the board.
The ordinance that Village Administrator Erin Willrett brought to the board for approval stated that the members should be either business owners or residents within Elburn. Village trustee Pat Schuberg asked that the criteria be broadened to include representatives from individual businesses, rather than limiting it only to business owners.
“We want people with an energy and a passion, who have a vested interest in the community,” Schuberg said.
Willrett suggested language that individuals would be residents and/or who have an economic interest within the Elburn planning area.
Trustees also agreed that the geographic area from which the members come should also be broadened to include individuals from the surrounding planning area of the village, rather than limit it to within the Elburn corporate boundaries.
Anderson chose the list of seven individuals, and board members seemed comfortable with those on the list, with trustee Ethan Hastert calling it a “pretty good list.”
The seven individuals are:
• Bill Brauer of American Bank and Trust. He is the treasurer of the Elburn Lions Club and is active in the Elburn Chamber of Commerce.
• Ryan Easter, the general manager of Bob Jass Chevrolet.
• Dr. Harry “Duke” Krauspe, a dentist in Elburn.
• Joe Kryszak, president of JDW Institutional Paper and active in the Elburn Lions Club.
• Patrick Leach, president of Control Plus Inc. and active in youth sports.
• CeCe Rocha of the National Bank & Trust and an active Chamber member.
• Annette Theobold, who runs Paisano’s and Eddie Gaedel Pub and Grill in Elburn.
The board will vote on the revised ordinance and Anderson’s appointments at the Village Board meeting on Monday, Sept. 17.