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Past growth means change to village clerk

ELBURN—The Elburn Village Board on Monday discussed changing the compensation of the village clerk from an hourly wage to a salary.

At the present time, the village clerk, an office held by Diane McQuilkin, is an appointed one. Once the population exceeds 5,000, the village clerk becomes an elected position at the next election, in April 2013. The board will update village code to set the salary at $5,000, the rate which has been billed by McQuilkin for the past three years. This rate cannot be increased during the elected clerk’s term of office.

Accurate census makes sense for villages

by Martha Quetsch
ELBURN, MP—Elburn and Maple Park officials want residents to stand up and be counted, by completing their 2010 U.S. Census forms.

Elburn Village President Dave Anderson said that the census is important locally for several reasons. One is that the village head count could require changes in village operations. Under state law, if Elburn has more than 5,000 residents, it will have to have an elected village clerk and establish a police commission.

In the past, the village president has appointed the village clerk annually, with the advice and consent of the board. For the past several years, Diane McQuilkin has held the position.

The three-member police commission would be appointed by the village president, with the advice and consent of the Village Board. The police commission would be responsible for hiring, promoting, disciplining and dismissing police officers. Currently, the Village Board makes those decisions.

The number of residents also determines state and federal government representation, Anderson said.

“Legislative districts (both federal and state) are set up, basically, by population,” he said.

An accurate count of village residents also is important to the village financially. Income- and sales-tax revenue that the village receives from the state is determined through an equation that factors in population established by the U.S. Census, Anderson said.

Accurate data reflecting changes in municipalities’ populations are crucial in deciding how more than $400 billion per year is allocated by the federal government for community projects such as roads and schools, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

The last time a head count took place in Elburn was in 2006, when a U.S. special census determined the village’s population was 4,696. Anderson believes the census may show that the village has grown to nearly 5,000.

“I think we will be very close,” Anderson said.

Maple Park had a special census done in 2007, showing that the village’s population was approximately 1,100, Village President Kathy Curtis said.

Curtis said each person counted represents approximately $100 in revenue per year for the village. She said it is crucial for Maple Park that its residents complete their census forms, because of the financial impact of a head count that is too low.

She said, for example, if Maple Park’s “population comes in at 1,000 with the 2010 census that is about $10,000 of lost revenue for the village.”

“We already know our population is marginally lower due to foreclosures in town,” Curtis said. “We can’t afford to forfeit revenue by not responding.”

On May 1, U.S. Census takers will begin going door-to-door to households that did not mail back their 2010 Census forms. They also will verify that housing units indicated as unoccupied by the postal service or other sources are indeed unoccupied and vacant.
The U.S. Census Bureau conducts a census every 10 years.
Source: www.2010census.gov

Village may stop taping most meetings

ELBURN—The Elburn Village Board is considering whether to eliminate the taping of Village Board and village committee meetings.

The Committee of the Whole on Monday reviewed a request for that change from Village Clerk Diane McQuilkin, who said she rarely refers to the audiotapes when compiling the minutes of village meetings, and the village could eliminate the expense and storage for the tapes. She will continue to take detailed notes of the meetings and compile the minutes.

Committee members suggested that the village continue recording public hearings and closed sessions.

The Village Board will vote on the proposal April 5.

Police commission required if population exceeds 5,000

Village officials expect that result from 2010 census
by Martha Quetsch
ELBURN—By 2010, when the 10-year U.S. census takes place, Elburn officials expect that the number of village residents will total more than 5,000. If the census confirms that, the village will have to create a police commission.

Village Attorney Bob Britz said Illinois municipalities whose populations exceed 5,000 must have a police commission, under Illinois law.

The police commission would be responsible for hiring, promoting, disciplining and dismissing police officers. Currently, the Village Board makes those decisions.

During Monday’s Village Board meeting, Britz explained the rationale for the state requirement.

“As the village gets bigger, the board has more responsibilities, and you can’t be handling everything,” Britz said.

The three-member police commission would be appointed by the village president, with the advice and consent of the board, Britz said.

The last time a head count took place in Elburn was in 2006, when a U.S. special census determined the village’s population was 4,696.

If Elburn’s population reaches 5,000 or more in 2010, under state law, the village would have to make another change in local government—electing the village clerk, Village President Dave Anderson said.

In the past, the village president has appointed the village clerk annually, with the advice and consent of the board. For the past several years, Diane McQuilkin has held the position.

Britz said the village would have to spend “whatever it takes” to implement the changes.

The 2000 census determined that the number of Elburn residents that year was 2,756.

Village clerk will accept nomination papers

Elburn residents interested in running for village board must file nominating petitions and papers by Monday, Jan. 26, with Village Clerk Diane McQuilkin at Village Hall, 301 E. North St.

McQuilkin will be available to accept nomination papers from 8 to 9 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20; noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22; 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 24; and 4 to 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26.

Nominating papers include a statement of candidacy, a nominating petition sheet and a receipt for filing of a statement of economic interests. A Candidates Guide and forms are available online at www.elections.il.gov/default.aspx.

For more info, call (630) 365-5060.

Candidate petitions due soon

Mix of incumbents, newcomers announce they will run in Elburn

by Martha Quetsch

Several Elburn Village Board seats will be up for election on April 7, including those held by the village president and three trustees.

On Monday, Ken Anderson said he will run for trustee. An Elburn Planning Commissioner, he wants to be on the Village Board to help ensure that Elburn preserves its wetlands, open space and groundwater as the population grows, he said.

Anderson is project manager for the Kane County Department of Environmental Management.

Incumbent trustees Jeff Humm and Tom Burgholzer said Tuesday that they will seek re-election to the Village Board.

A trustee for six years, Humm was appointed to fill a board vacancy in 2003 and elected to a full four-year term in 2005.

Humm said he can assist with village public works issues including wastewater management and water supply.

“That’s my background and I want to continue to help,” said Humm, an engineering supervisor for Fox Metro Water Reclamation District.

He also wants to help ease the transition for a board that will have a new president and at least one new trustee.

“I think it will be helpful to have trustees with experience,” Humm said.

Burgholzer plans to run for a third consecutive term because he enjoys being on the board.

“To be invested in the growth of the village is just awesome,” said Burgholzer, who retired from a career in law enforcement before becoming a trustee.

The other trustee seat that is up for election has been held since 1996 by Craig Swan. Swan said Wednesday that he will not run for re-election this spring.

“I just decided it was time to let someone else step forward,” Swan said.

Prospective candidates have until Jan. 26 to file nominating petitions and papers. Humm said so far he has collected about one fourth of the 60 resident signatures he hopes to obtain his election petition.

Dave Anderson recently announced that he will run for village president. Three-term Village President Jim Willey is not seeking re-election.

Dave Anderson formerly owned The Grocery Store in Elburn. He will complete a four-year term as Blackberry Township Supervisor in April.

An election is held every two years for three of the six trustee positions on the Village Board.

The other Elburn trustee seats, currently held by Bill Grabarek, Patricia Romke and Gordon Dierschow, will be up for election in 2011.

Village clerk will accept nomination papers

Any Elburn residents interested in running for village board must file nominating petitions and papers by Monday, Jan. 26, with Village Clerk Diane McQuilkin at Village Hall, 301 E. North St.

McQuilkin will be available to accept nomination papers from 8 to 9 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20; noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22; 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 24; and 4 to 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26.

Nominating papers include a statement of candidacy, a nominating petition sheet and a receipt for filing of a statement of economic interests. A Candidates Guide and forms are available online at www.elections.il.gov/default.aspx.

For more info, call (630) 365-5060.