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‘Doc Hall’ building razed

by Lynn Meredith
Elburn—Drive through downtown Elburn, and you may notice something missing. An empty lot sits where the two-story building on the east corner of North and Main was demolished Monday. The building was owned by a long-time veterinarian in Elburn known as “Doc Hall,” who moved in 1979. The building sat vacant for several years. Recently, Hall passed away, and his estate put the building up for sale.

Elburn Building and Zoning Enforcement Officer Jim Stran said that the building was not in good repair. It was over 100 years old and had only surface repairs done to it at the request of the village in 2008.

“We’ve had a number of people who contacted the village to see about developing it, but when they got inside, they could see that it was not cost-effective to bring the building into compliance,” Stran said.

Stran said that Kevin Schmidt purchased the building and has done all the testing for asbestos removal and air sampling that were required. Stran said he believes the owner will fill in the hole created by the foundation.

Schmidt could not be reached for comment about what he intends to do with the downtown lot.

Photos: Standing for over 100 years, the old “Doc Hall” building, located on the corner of Route 47 and North Street in downtown Elburn, was torn down Monday, with cleanup on the property continuing through the week. Photos by Mary Herra and Ben Draper

Fire Dept. has new impact fees

by Martha Quetsch
ELBURN—New impact fees for the Elburn and Countryside Fire Department will help to offset the demand for services from future residential and commercial developments, village officials said.

The Village Board on Oct. 4 approved the impact fees that Fire Department officials proposed and which Village President Dave Anderson also supported.

“It is protection for our taxpayers,” Anderson said during the Committee of the Whole meeting Sept. 27.

Illinois law authorizes municipalities to negotiate and execute annexation agreements that may include impact fees.

Elburn Zoning Code Enforcement Officer Jim Stran told the Committee of the Whole that the new fees will better reflect the potential impact on the Fire Department of a variety of possible developments.

The Fire Department adopted its previous impact fees in January 2008. Under that fee structure, new development with institutional uses and buildings containing commercial with residential was not adequately represented, Stran said. For those buildings, plus motels or hotels, the impact fee was 40 cents per square foot of each floor level of the building.

Under the new fee structure, Fire Department impact fees are not based on building size. Rather, the fee for new schools, businesses and factories is $1,240 per square acre; for institutional residential buildings such as residential care or assisted living facilities, $125 per bed; and for hotels, motels and apartment buildings, $155 per unit.

Also under the impact fee changes, the new fee for new one- and two-family dwellings is $310 per lot, which is less than the previous fee of $465. However, the new fee structure requires a $1,240 impact fee per lot for dwellings with wells and septic systems.

Additionally, the new impact-fee structure calls for annual adjustments in the fees based on the Consumer Price Index.

Fire Chief Kelly Callaghan said that Fire Department engineers Hughes & Associates advised the department that the impact fee increases were necessary to keep the Fire Department current in relation to the impact of future development.

Parkway tree removal, replacement requires board OK

by Martha Quetsch
ELBURN—Elburn could spend nearly $12,000 to extend its program for removal and replacement of dead and dying trees on residential parkways.

The Planning Commission on Aug. 4 decided to recommend that the Village Board approve the project, including a 50-50 program through which property owners may have parkway trees removed and split the cost with the village.

Many trees, particularly those affected by the emerald ash borer, are slated for removal and replacement by the village at its cost. However, the 50-50 program allows for the removal of trees more immediately than the village plans, if the property owner desires.

“We have a list of trees needing removal, but we cannot remove all of them this year,” said village employee Jim Stran, who is coordinating the tree project.

The tree removal and replacement proposal next goes to village committees on Monday, Aug. 24, for discussion. Following their review, the proposal will go to the Village Board, which will decide whether to proceed with the project that could begin this fall, Stran said.

Most of the trees the village wants to remove are diseased maple and ash. This year, 24 trees are targeted for removal and 20 trees for planting. Many of the trees that would be planted if the board OKs the project will replace those that the village removed in the past.

Replacement trees will include linden, locust, various maples and others.

Working hard

Despite construction slowdown, building department remains busy

by Susan O’Neill

The Building and Zoning Department issued 255 permits for 2008, down from 366 for 2007. Although new construction was down from last year, Building Commissioner Jim Stran said his department was kept busy with permits for improvements and other tasks.

Elburn welcomed 13 new businesses during 2008, with the most recent certificate of occupancy issued for Boyce Body Werks in December. Walgreens is expected to open in April 2009.

Stran reviewed his department’s activities for 2008 at Monday’s Committee of the Whole meeting. In addition to building and construction, several activities were in response to weather events, such as assisting with pumping and water removal and surveying sanitary and storm sewers during September’s flood, and contributing 32 hours to the snow removal efforts in the month of December.

His department also assembled and installed a park bench and picnic table in Byerhoff Park and installed an additional bike rack at the Metra Station.

Village Board members expressed their appreciation for his department helping out with work outside their job description, especially for the Public Works Department.