by Martha Quetsch, Susan Oâ€™Neill
Rain barrel program designed to conserve water
Elburn officials are looking into a water-saving program offered to communities by The Conservation Foundation.
Through the Municipal and Group Rain Barrel Program, the village could purchase rain barrels at a reduced cost for residents interested in placing them in their yards.
The rain barrels collect and store rainwater runoff from rooftops for use in gardens and for house plants.
The rain barrels are 55-gallon containers, standing about 48 inches high. They are covered to keep them safe around children. A hose attached to a valve on the bottom of the barrel makes the captured rainwater available though a simple gravity system, according to The Conservation Foundation.
The cost per barrel through the bulk purchased program is $65, compared to $85 if purchased individually.
The village will post information about the program on its website, www.elburn.il.us.
Officials concur with countyâ€™s approval of Prairie Knoll
Village officials concurred with Kane County’s approval of the final plat for Prairie Knoll, a 12-lot subdivision north of Smith Road and south of Hughes Creek. A portion of the land north of Blackberry Creek will be deeded to the Kane County Forest Preserve.
The 12 lots make up the second section of a two-section development, the first of which is located directly to the west. Although the property is located in unincorporated Kane County, the village of Elburn owns a well site on the western section.
Trustees at Monday’s Committee of the Whole meeting moved to approve the plan at the next Village Board meeting.
Village to waive fee for baseball signage
Members of the Committee of the Whole generally agreed with the elements of the back-stop signage agreement with Elburn Baseball and Softball. The agreement calls for the placement of two temporary signs on the north and south baseball fields at the Elburn Community Center from April 15 to Sept. 1.
Trustee Bill Grabarek suggested that the agreement include a waiver of the $50 per sign permit fee, based on the not-for-profit status of the organization. The group will still need to apply for the permit prior to the signs being placed.
The Village Board will vote on the agreement at its next meeting.
Officials agree on parkway parking guidelines
Trustees were in general agreement on parkway parking guidelines recommended by Rempe-Sharpe and Associates for the older portions of the village with rural cross-sections too narrow for street parking.
Guidelines include parking restrictions that will not inhibit the view of vehicles on intersecting streets, encroach on sidewalks, or inhibit or obstruct drainage ditches or swales.
Residents will be expected to improve the parking areas with compacted gravel. The village will not be responsible for maintaining the parking areas.
The guidelines will come before the board for a vote at the next board meeting.