Residents missed National Night Out
ELBURN—Proclaiming Elburn Days 2014 weekend event a great success, Village President Dave Anderson at Monday’s Village Board meeting praised the Elburn Lions Club and all the volunteers who contributed their time to the event.
“It’s a full community affair,” he said. “It’s top notch.”
Trustee Jeff Walter, on the other hand, noted that another community event, National Night Out, had not taken place in Elburn, although it had in Geneva and other surrounding towns.
A line item amount of $500 had been budgeted for it, but in the quarterly report, Walter noted it had not been spent.
“I heard from some people that they really missed it,” Walter said.
Police Chief Steve Smith said that $500 would not have been enough to pay for the event, and that the department did not have enough staff time to go out and raise the additional funds needed.
Walter suggested that next year, the village should make sure to include enough funding for the event, as it is something the residents really enjoy.
Trustee Pat Schuberg agreed, saying that it would have been good to know about the funding shortage ahead of time.
National Night Out, celebrated this year on Tuesday, Aug. 5, is a national campaign that began in 1984 to promote community involvement in crime prevention activities and encourage police-community partnerships through various events and activities.
Elburn in 2013 celebrated National Night Out, hosted by the Elburn Police Department and the Elburn and Countryside Fire Department, with activities and games at Lions Park, run by Elburn Boy Scout Troop 7.