by Lynn Meredith
ELBURN—The Elburn Village Board on Monday discussed a proposal to bring in vending machines to the Metra warming house. Sycamore residents Alex Broches and Patrick Meister came up with the idea after noticing an opportunity.
“We were coming to Elburn and were hungry. We thought it was odd that there’s nothing to eat at the train station. We did our research and put together a proposal,” Broches said.
Village Administrator Erin Willrett said that village staff had two concerns: vandalism and cleanliness. She said that those were details that could be worked out if the board agreed to go ahead.
In the past, the station has been vandalized. A phone machine was ripped out and thrown at a train. The presenters agreed that the machines would need to be permanently mounted.
The warming house was built and is owned by the village, but Metra cleans it twice a week. The issue of stains that cannot be removed is a problem that the use of vending machines might exacerbate.
The board agreed to go ahead with the idea and work out the concerns.
“Something is better than nothing,” Village President Dave Anderson said.