Category Archives: Virgil & Virgil Twp.

Elburn passes resolution opposing Fire District disconnection

Fox River Fire District reps attend meeting to object
ELBURN—The Elburn Village Board on Monday passed a resolution opposing the disconnection of a portion of the Elburn and Countryside Fire Protection District (ECFPD), despite objection from Fox River and Countryside Fire Rescue District representatives in attendance.

A referendum question that asks whether the territory in question should be annexed into the Fox River Fire District will come before voters in the proposed disconnection area on the Nov. 4 General Election ballot.

Fox River District Board President Jim Gaffney and Fire Chief Greg Benson, along with attorney Ken Shepro, attended the Village Board meeting to protest board approval of the resolution.

Shepro told the Village Board that a governmental body should not expend funds on any public question. According to Shepro, the board’s passage of the resolution amounts to the board attempting to influence citizens to vote against the referendum.

“Clearly the purpose of this resolution is to influence the outcome of the referendum,” Shepro said. “Otherwise, why would you pass it?”

Village President Dave Anderson said that people will read the resolution and form their own opinion on the issue. He said that the resolution simply states that the board opposes the de-annexation, that it doesn’t get into politics and it doesn’t urge voters to vote in a particular way.

According to Gaffney, a group of citizens from the area in question, which is bound by LaFox Road to the east, Anderson Road to the west, Campton Hills Road to the south and Empire Road to the north, came to them saying that they weren’t comfortable with the service they were getting from the Elburn department. In response, he said, district officials helped them with a petition to detach themselves from the ECFPD.

The petition was signed by 128 residents in the area this summer, and a Kane County judge determined that the question should be put to the voters. Approximately 3,000 residents live in the area that would be affected.

Gaffney said the Fox River District can provide the same services to these residents, and at a lower rate. He said he thought the board was doing its residents a disservice by telling them to spend more money than necessary for fire protection services.

Elburn Fire Chief Kelly Callaghan attended a Village Board meeting last month to let village trustees know about the situation and to ask for their endorsement.

Callaghan told the board that the disconnection would mean a significant loss of revenue for the Elburn Fire District—the area in question is 10 percent of its square miles and 21 percent of its assessed value. The Elburn Fire District’s expenses would stay the same, and Callaghan said the disconnection would place a financial hardship on the district.

After listening to Fox River officials’ objections on Monday, village trustee Bill Grabarek said that he thought the disconnection could diminish Elburn’s ability to fulfill its obligations to protect the health, safety and welfare of Elburn residents. He asked that wording to that effect be added to the resolution.

The board then unanimously voted to approve the resolution. Trustees Ethan Hastert and Ken Anderson were absent, but Dave Anderson said they had participated in the decision to create such a resolution.

The Elburn Fire District is in the process of building a new station at Route 38 and Anderson Road. The district also opened a temporary station in the Lily Lake area on Oct. 1, while it continues to look for property for a permanent spot. Elburn Fire District officials say the Lily Lake station will allow them to respond more quickly to residents in that area.

Elburn welcomes Station No. 3

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The Elburn and Countryside Fire Protection District on Wednesday opened it’s Fire Station No. 3 in Lily Lake. The station is functional 24 hours a day and features an advanced life support (ALS) engine, which means the station is equipped to handle both fire emergencies and medical needs. According to the Elburn and Countryside Fire Protection District, the presence of Fire Station No. 3 will reduce rescue response times to Campton Hills, Lily Lake, Virgil, Wasco, The Windings and the northern portion of the district.

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Photos: A little Knightlife

Last week’s Friday Knightlife was held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Elburn and Countryside Community Center. Kaneland-area students gathered for rounds of dodgeball, pizza, board games, air and floor hockey and more. Renee Dee of Sugar Grove poses with daughter, Natalie, 9.

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Charlie Dee of Sugar Grove enjoys Paisano’s Pizza.

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Finn Gannon, 8, of Virgil plays dodgeball.

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Ryan VanDerHeyDen of Sugar Grove and Griffin Bergmann of Maple Park share a snack and goof around.

Community, Lions come through

Update reveals positive improvements for 13-year-old Virgil resident
ELBURN—Forty club members at the Elburn Lions monthly board meeting on June 13 were brought up-to-date on the progress of Virgil resident, 13-year-old Kara Peters, who was born with Down syndrome.

At the age of four, Kara was diagnosed with PDDNOS, an autism spectrum disorder, as well as anxiety and sleep disorders. A multipurpose service dog was desperately needed to assist and support Kara with her daily challenges.

A fundraiser was held in June of 2012 to rally funds, resulting in $6,400 collected to help offset the expense of the service dog purchased from non-profit organization, 4 Paws for Ability. The partnership between children with disabilities and service dogs increases independence for children like Kara and provides ongoing assistance to her family.

Private donations from generous community members in the amount of $13,000 covered the rest of the expense to purchase the canine.

After Georgie, Kara’s service dog, spent time in training, the Peters family traveled to 4 Paws for Ability for a two-week training session. The Elburn Leo Club also donated funds to assist in the family’s traveling expenses.

The Peters attended the June 13 club meeting to explain the process, talk about their experience, introduce Georgie to the membership and express their gratitude.

“The presentation was a glimpse into the lives of a family that has been trying to assist their daughter over the years to have a good life that all parents wish for their child,” said Pam Hall, president of the Elburn Lions Club Chapter. “They can see some positive improvements and have high hopes for a better future with the assistance of the service dog.”

The Illinois Eye-Bank was also present at the meeting to speak about the restoration of sight and new technology in the field. Founded in 1947 and housed in a small space at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, The Illinois Eye-Bank helps preserve and restore sight to thousands of cornea transplant recipients each year, vigorously supporting eye and vision research.

A 15-minute presentation explained how the charitable, not-for-profit organization assists individuals that are visually impaired through transplantation, research and education.

“The local businesses and caring community members supported our cause, and we cannot express how grateful we are to have such tremendous community support,” Hall said of the 2012 fundraiser.

The Lions Club International Foundation is the world’s largest community service organization with an emphasis on supporting the blind and visually impaired. For more information about joining the Elburn Lions, visit elburnlions.com or contact the Lions at (630) 365-6315 or info@elburnlions.com.

Over 54 years of combined service for Virgil Township residents

VIRGIL TWP.—Following the Virgil Township Board’s May meeting, a celebration was held in recognition of outgoing trustees Peter Fabrizius and James Diehl.

Fabrizius served on the board from September 1993 to 2013. Diehl served as supervisor from 1981 to 1993, and as trustee from 1993 to May 20, 2013.

Virgil Township residents thanked both men for their respective service to the local community.