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Kaneville Post Office to reduce hours

by Dave Woehrle
KANEVILLE—An announcement calling for reduced hours at the Kaneville Post Office was made during the Kaneville Village Board meeting on Feb. 21.

The post office, located 2S101 Harter Road, officially reduced its working hours on Saturday. The office’s revised hours are 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Village trustee Pat Hill informed the board of the United State Postal Services’ decision to move forward with hour reduction.

“For now, we’ll see reduced hours. But we’ll see what we can do to change this,” she said.

Roger Fronek, Kaneville Post Office’s officer in charge, who began working in Kaneville in March 2012, will keep his job. However, the loss of hours, he said, is a disservice to the community. Fronek on Monday noted that the mail will now be a day behind.

“People have protested, made their points, but we’re getting the short end of the stick here,” he said.

Kaneville resident and business person Joann Murdoch spent the last few months attending local meetings and writing letters to the editor in regard to the reduction in post office hours.

“I’m down there at the post office two or three times a day because I run my business from home,” she said. “Like most people, I only have a P.O. box, so I have to go in to get my mail. I’m stymied as to why they are closing, as I spend a lot of money down there.”

Kaneville residents last fall received a letter notifying them of a town meeting to discuss post office budget issues. A public forum, hosted by Huntley Postmaster Derek Strissel on Nov. 1, was held with the intention of hearing comments from residents. The comments, Murdoch said, fell on deaf ears.

“There are no reports of what we said. And I think the argument about budget cuts is artificial,” she said. “When they cut hours, the revenue will be reduced. With less revenue, they’ll cut more hours. It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy.”

Kaneville Interim Village President Rick Peck said he was disappointed in the decision.

“It just feels like no one is held responsible,” he said. “We’re a small town, and our post office is a part of our identity.”

One issue Murdoch brought up was online postage. When a resident purchases postage materials online for larger packages, only 10 percent of that revenue goes to Kaneville.

“I spend $500 online a month for postage and only $50 goes to our post office here. It’s not fair,” she said.

Murdoch wrote a letter to Illinois Senator Dick Durbin expressing her postal concerns. In his response, Senator Durbin stated the USPS has reduced operating costs by $9 million over

the last three years. Durbin said the Senate has passed bipartisan legislation to give the Postal Service proper resources, and that it’s on the House of Representatives to initiate proper USPS reform.

Hill said she will meet with Congressman Randy Hultgren in the coming week to work toward finding solutions for the reduced hours.

Shodeen development public hearing stays open

by Susan O’Neill
ELBURN—The Elburn Village Board will keep the public hearing on the Shodeen property annexation open until Monday, June 4. Village President Dave Anderson said he hopes the three remaining issues are resolved by that date.

Anderson said the village is still working with the Kaneland School District on impact fees to arrive at a number acceptable to both the district and Shodeen developer Dave Patzelt.

Officials are also still in negotiations regarding the land/cash fee Shodeen will pay to the schools. The developer has the option to donate land or to pay what the land is worth. At question is the number set by Kane County a several years ago.

That number is $80,000 per acre. However, an appraisal the county obtained of Shodeen’s property for right-of-way to the Anderson Road extension came to $34,000 per acre. Patzelt said he thinks Shodeen’s land/cash payment to the schools should therefore be set at that amount.

The final issue still unresolved is the connection fee for water and sewer. According to Anderson, former village engineer Rempe-Sharpe delivered to the village a factual rationale for the fees. Engineering Enterprises, Inc., the new village engineer, is currently reviewing those fees.

“They’re just double-checking the numbers,” Anderson said.

Anderson said that the School District intergovernmental agreement and the water sewer numbers will probably not make Shodeen developers happy, but he hopes the village and Shodeen can come to an agreement by June 4.

“I know they’re not going to build right away; there’s no market right now,” he said.

However, Anderson said if all parties can get everything set now, things will be in place to begin construction once the economy improves. He said that he and the board just want to get the best deal for the village and the schools.

“I think it’s our duty to protect the interests of the village, as well as the School District,” he said.

Trustee Jerry Schmidt wanted to know if a longer delay on the agreement could impact the funding for the Anderson bridge project.

“It could,” Village Adminstrator Erin Willrett said.

Kane County has agreed to pay $3 million of the $22 million project, with the majority of the remaining amount coming from federal and state funding.

Anderson said that U.S. Senator Dick Durbin told him that Congress has moved consideration of the transportation bill, which includes this funding, to August.

“I think the Anderson Road project is far enough along, but who knows?” he said.

Shodeen said they are moving forward on negotiations on contracts with the county regarding land acquisitions for the road extension and bridge. The land acquisitions and engineering design are the last two remaining steps to be completed before bidding out of the project can take place.