by Martha Quetsch
Village helps pay for Paisanoâ€™s improvements
Annette and Dick Theobald were granted $10,000 from the village of Elburn on Sept. 8 to improve the outside of their building at 106 N. Main St., Elburn. The 1930s structure is the site of their business, Paisano’s Pizza & Grill, as well as two apartments on the upper level.
The Theobalds recently spent $9,000 to replace the upstairs windows, and plan several thousand dollars more in other exterior enhancements. The Village Board approved the grant from its downtown facade improvement program.
The Theobalds will use the money to help pay for the the windows and to install new doors and siding, and fresh paint.
Elburn established the downtown facade improvement program a few years ago. So far, two property owners have taken advantage of it: Express Evaluations, 17 S. Main St., in 2007, and Elburn Dentist Richard Stewart this year, for his office building at 135 S. Main St.
The maximum grant amount under the village budget, which a property owner must match, is $5,000 per location or tenant. Because each of the three applicants so far are both owners and tenants of the buildings, the village awarded each a $10,000 grant.
Wayside horn system needs additional work
The new wayside horns at downtown railroad crossings will not replace train whistles in the village until Union Pacific makes signal modifications recommended by the Illinois Commerce Commission that will cost the village $22,000.
â€œIt is additional work, not part of the original scope of the project,â€ Assistant Village Administrator David Morrison said Monday.
Even with the added expense, the wayside horn project still has a total cost that is lower than the $300,000 the village originally estimated, Morrison said.
â€œWe’re at $257,574,â€ Morrison said.
The village’s Finance Committee on Monday decided to recommend that the Village Board approve the expenditure.