Decision follows Building Department staff cuts
by Martha Quetsch
Elburnâ€”The village of Elburn will terminate its lease of the second-floor of the American Legion Post 630, which it has rented since 2005 for the Building Department office.
â€œAs a result of the budget vote (July 20) and the dissolution of the Building Department as it stands, it behooves us to notify Legion No. 630 that we will be terminating the lease,â€ Village President Dave Anderson said July 27.
Trustees agreed, deciding during the July 27 Village Board meeting to terminate the rental contract, giving 90 days notice to the Legion Building Association, as allowed under the lease.
With the lease’s termination, the village no longer will pay $2,160 in rent for the space and will save on other costs, including electric bills it pays for the second-floor space, and 70 percent of the gas bills and part of the sewer and water bills for the entire building.
The village’s new budget reflected the elimination of the Building Department staff positions and the creation of one lower-salaried job, a building and zoning code officer, who will be stationed in another village building.
The Legion Building Association had extended the village’s lease Jan. 1, allowing it to continue renting the space at the Legion Hall, 112 N. Main St., Elburn, through Dec. 31, 2010.
Under its most current lease, the village agreed to pay the Legion Building Association $25,920 in rent from Jan.1 through Dec. 31, 2009, and $26,983 for the same period in 2010.
Elburn American Legion member Norbert Lund said he and other Legion officials spoke to Elburn officials last week about the likelihood of the village’s terminating the lease.
â€œWe were all aware of it,â€ Lund said. â€œWe’ve been aware of their (the village’s) problems in the last six months.â€
The village’s new annual budget, for the fiscal year starting May 1, appropriates expenditures of up to $7.1 million, compared to revenues of $4.6 million. Village officials said the deficit is a result of declining revenue from a decrease in building permit fees and utility connection fees during the construction slow-down.