ELBURN—Elburn Village President Dave Anderson believes that the future of Elburn looks bright, with residential building picking up, a number of new businesses in town, and more to come.
Anderson on Feb. 6 gave his State of the Village address at the February Elburn Chamber of Commerce lunch meeting at the Blackberry Masonic Lodge on Main Street.
Anderson recounted the village’s achievements of 2013, including the annexation and approval of the Elburn Station development, which will double the size of the village; the update of the village’s comprehensive Land Use Plan; and the beginning of construction on the Anderson Road extension and bridge over the railroad tracks in town.
The Union Pacific has petitioned for a third rail that would go from Chicago to Omaha, Neb., which means more trains, he said.
“We need them, but we also want to get from one side of the village to the other,” he said.
The Anderson Road bridge will provide an alternative to motorists, as well as for emergency vehicles that need to get through town. The Elburn and Countryside Fire District has plans for a new fire station on the north side of Route 38, providing better access to Route 38, 47 and Anderson Road.
The village last year also hired a Finance Director, Doug Elder, whom Anderson said has already provided much benefit to the village during its financial and budgetary process. Anderson also said the village has ended each of the last three years with more money than at the beginning of the year.
“Wants are many; needs are few, and we are doing what we can to meet the needs in 2014,” he said.
This year, the village will refurbish and paint the north water tower, as well as update and improve the wastewater treatment plant.
Anderson recounted a number of businesses that located in Elburn last year, including the Lighthouse Academy child care facility, Accelerated Rehabilitation, Brianna’s Pancake House and Eddie Gaedel’s Grill and Pub. And the way was paved for a Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant and drive-thru to open in 2014.
Anderson said he sees the Chamber working to bring more ancillary businesses to town. The village has received several inquiries about a hardware store, and Anderson said he’s got his heart set on a florist shop.
Chamber Administrator Peg Bendowski said that of all the calls she gets regarding businesses in town, No. 1 is for a florist, with a bakery and a taxi service numbers two and three.
Anderson said he recognizes that transit is an issue, and he is looking to bring a pedestrian bridge to town that will connect the train station and the surrounding development with the village’s downtown area.