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Elburn police expenses outweigh revenues

ELBURN—Elburn Village President Dave Anderson on Monday pointed out that the village’s budgeted police operating expenses of $1.6 million outweighed the $1.3 to $1.4 million in general fund revenues.

Elburn Police Chief Steve Smith requested $834,000 for police salaries and $360,000 for benefits to keep two officers on duty covering three shifts a day, as well as $162,000 to fund the police pension fund.

“It scares me,” Anderson said. “We need police protection, but … I don’t know what the answer is. Just so everyone’s aware of it.”

Village trustee Ken Anderson asked if the village could hold another referendum vote to ask residents for the funding for the pension. Elburn residents in 2012 rejected a referendum for an additional tax to put money into a police pension fund.

Village Administrator Erin Willrett said the village can again go back to the residents to request the additional tax.

Photo: A strong draw

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The Elburn Fire Department on Sunday held a raffle drawing for HorsePower Therapeutic Riding. The raffle winners were Roger Fronek (1st place, $4,675), Bob Ushman (2nd place, iPad Mini) and Jean Milz (3rd place, Amazon Kindle). The raffle altogether raised $22,071.32. HorsePower Board of Directors Chairman John Cain (left to right), Max Capes, Elburn Police Chief Steve Smith and HorsePower Director/co-founder Carrie Capes.

Elburn police chief receives award for his support of Marine reservist

ELBURN—Elburn Police Chief Steve Smith was recognized on Monday night for his support of U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Staff Sargent and part-time Elburn police officer Ben Pepich.

Pepich, who recently returned from a one-year deployment, nominated Smith for the “Patriotic Employer Award.” Pepich, who has been a police officer with the Elburn department for three and a half years, said that he has had “nothing but support” from Smith regarding his military service.

Smith received the award from Michael Holub, a Department of Defense representative and public affairs director for the Department’s Illinois Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.

Village President Dave Anderson after the presentation signed a Statement of Support publicly recognizing the important role of the National Guard and Reserve.

Pepich explained that many of his fellow Marine reservists have had a lot of problems with their employers, and that he has never had that experience in Elburn.

“He doesn’t second-guess me,” Pepich said.

Pepich suggested that Smith’s perspective may come from the fact that he is a former Marine.

“Chief Smith is happy for me to learn valuable skills that will make me a better police officer for the organization,” Pepich said. “Chief Smith has made me feel secure and proud of being in the Marine Corps Reserve.

Calling Smith a “solid leader,” Pepich said he felt appreciated by Smith and that he didn’t have any fear of losing his job.

“It’s a two-sided street,” Anderson said. “We’re very proud, and I think (Steve) should be proud.”

Elburn Police Chief recognized for patriotic support of military

Elburn Police Dept. supports those who serve in the guard or reserve
ELBURN—The Illinois Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), an office of the Department of Defense, recently recognized Elburn Police Chief Steve Smith with the ESGR Patriotic Employer Award in recognition of his extraordinary support of a member of the United States Marine Corps Reserve.

The Patriotic Employer Award is presented after ESGR receives a nomination from a Guardsmen or Reservist. Benjamin Pepich, a part-time police officer for Elburn, nominated Chief Smith for recognition. Ben is a staff sergeant in the Marine Corps Reserve, and when preparing his narrative for this award he wrote, “My employer is outwardly supportive on my military service, and I know that he supports me and my actions with the Marine Corps Reserve. Chief Smith is happy for me to learn valuable skills that will make me a better police officer for the organization. Chief Smith has made me feel secure and proud of being in the Marine Corps Reserve.”

The award was presented by Michael Holub of the Illinois Committee of ESGR with thanks for the continued support of the men and women in uniform, who play a critical role in our security at home and around the world. According to Holub, The Patriotic Employer Award publicly recognizes employers who provide outstanding patriotic support and cooperation to their employees who, like the Minutemen before them, have answered their nation’s call to serve.

Supportive employers are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation s National Guard and Reserve units. The village of Elburn now joins thousands of employers who have demonstrated their support of service in the National Guard and Reserve through full compliance with the statutory requirements of the Uniformed Services Employment and ReEmployment Rights Act (USERRA) law.

After the award presentation, Elburn Village President David L. Anderson signed a Statement of Support for the village of Elburn.

“On behalf of our state chair, I would like to thank (Village President) Anderson for publicly recognizing the important role of the National Guard and Reserve by signing a Statement of Support,” Holub said. “When an employer recognizes and appreciates the value of service in the Guard and Reserve it is a welcome show of support to our men and women in uniform.”

With the signing of the Statement of Support, the village of Elburn joins other employers in pledging that:
• They fully recognize, honor and enforce the Uniformed Services Employment and Re-Employment Rights Act or USERRA.
• Their managers and supervisors will have the tools they need to effectively manage those employees who serve in the Guard and Reserve.
• They appreciate the values, leadership and unique skills service members bring to the workforce and will encourage opportunities to hire Guardsmen, Reservists, and Veterans.
• They will continually recognize and support our country s service members and their families in peace, in crises and in war.

Round two for village budget

Editor note: Trustee Bill Grabarek’s name was left off a quote attributed to him, which made it look like Elburn Police Chief Steve Smith said the quote. Further, the Elburn Police are in the process of acquiring the AR-15 weapons, and did not have them as of press time. The Herald regrets these errors.

by Susan O’Neill
ELBURN—During a budget discussion at Monday’s Committee of the Whole meeting, Village President Dave Anderson said he does not support hiring a full-time police officer at this point in time. According to Police Chief Steve Smith, the department has been filling the shifts of a full-time vacancy with part-time officers for more than two years.

Smith said that a state statute states that a full-time vacancy may not be permanently filled with part-time officers. In addition, he said more full-time officers give the department more consistency in scheduling.

Hiring part-time officers is less expensive—the hourly rate is lower, and the village does not have to pay for benefits, vacation time, etc. However, trustee Dave Gualdoni said his concern is that if an officer is injured while on the job, the village is responsible for paying worker’s compensation for his full-time position elsewhere, as well as for his part-time position with the village.

The police department has also budgeted $7,500 for ammunition for the year, up from the projected cost of $1,371 in 2012-13, to accommodate training on new weapons. The Elburn Police Department received 10 AR-15’s from the St. Charles Police Department at no cost to the village. St. Charles obtained the weapons from a federal program dispersing excess military stock, and is currently transitioning to new weapons.

The Elburn police officers will exchange their shotguns for the AR-15’s, a military grade weapon that is more accurate, has a longer range and accommodates a 20-round magazine. The other advantage, according to Smith, is that if the bullet misses its target and hits a car window or wall, it will break apart instead of ricocheting off of it, possibly hurting an innocent bystander.

Elburn, as of press time, did not yet have the weapons.

Smith said the AR-15, known in the military as an M-16, will give the Elburn police officers more firepower, putting them on a more even playing field with what people on the street might have.

“Sometimes police find themselves out-gunned,” he said. “You don’t want to wait until that happens.”

While the frangible nature of the ammunition used in these weapons prevents innocent bystanders from being hurt, it also shatters soft tissue once it hits its target.

“I’ve never been in a gunfight or a war, but those are pretty vicious weapons. Unfortunately, there are bad guys out there, and you do want a weapon that’s effective. But how destructive do we want the weapons to be? At close range, it can blow a guy apart,” said trustee Bill Grabarek.

All sworn officers will train and become certified on the new weapons, Smith said.

Village President Anderson would like to hire a village financial director in the next fiscal year, freeing up Village Administrator Erin Willrett to concentrate on her area of expertise: economic development.

Anderson said that Willrett has spent the last four years keeping an eye on the village’s finances with the assistance of a financial consultant, but he thinks it’s time to hire a person full-time with a background in finance.

The 2013-14 village budget shows a modest increase in the village revenues, including property, sales and income taxes. What that also means, interim Village Administrator Doug Elder said, is modest increases on the expense side. The budget calls for an average 3 percent increase for village employees, as well as an increase in the cost of their medical benefits.

Anderson said he is “cautiously optimistic” that the state will decide not to revert its Local Government Distributive Fund back to 2012 levels, something it threatened to do several weeks ago.

Elder said that the board will need to decide if it is time to conduct a formal analysis of the water and sewer rates, to make sure that the village is allowing for the cost of daily operation and ongoing maintenance of the water and sewer systems.

Several board members said they wanted to bring back the village’s National Night Out, an event sponsored by the Police Department that was cancelled last year.

The bottom line on the village budget is $267,000 to the good.

The Village Board will hold a public hearing on the appropriation ordinance at its April 1 meeting. The proposed appropriation ordinance shows the maximum amount approved by the board that may be spent on specific items, while the operating budget is the day-to-day guide for how the village will spend its money.

The appropriation ordinance will be available for public inspection in Elburn Village Hall from March 28 through April 15. The Village Board will vote on the appropriation ordinance and the budget at its April 15 meeting. The fiscal year will begin on May 1.

Parking, other violations may soon cost more in Elburn

by Susan O’Neill
ELBURN—Parking illegally in Elburn could soon cost you more money.

The Village Board will vote Monday, Nov. 5, on a schedule of fines that were previously discussed at the village Committee of the Whole meeting on Oct. 9.

Trustees reviewed the proposal, written for the Police Department by Village Attorney Bob Britz, at a board meeting earlier this year.

The rewrite of the traffic code ordinances includes the creation of three tiers of fines for various classes of offenses. The tiers are established to separate minor petty offenses, ranging from parking tickets to more serious offenses that could compromise public health, safety or welfare of residents or visitors, such as the storage of an inoperable or derelict vehicle. The amount of the fine increases with each additional time the offense is committed.

A number of the fees recommended were double what they had been in the past. For example, a parking ticket currently carries a fine of $20. The new proposal is for a fine of $40 for the first offense, with a second offense at $80 and a third offense set at $120.

Subsequent offenses will carry a fine of $50 times the number of repeat offenses, with a maximum fine of $750 for each offense.

Several trustees during the initial discussion expressed concerns over the amounts of the fines.

“This seems a little steep to me,” trustee Ethan Hastert said.

Hastert was particularly concerned over the amounts and their escalation for multiple offenses in the Metra parking lot. He brought up the fact that a commuter could pay the parking fee at the train station, but mix up the number of the stall he parked in, resulting in a parking ticket for that offense.

The revised proposal maintains the fines for Metra parking violations at their current rates of $20 for the first offense, $40 for the second offense and $80 for the third offense, and fourth and subsequent offenses at $30 times the number of repeat offenses, with the same $750 maximum fine. General parking violation fines were left at the higher rates.

Hastert said that he continues to have concerns, especially for the amounts charged for multiple offenses. He said that someone could get a parking ticket, and another one years later, and end up paying the increased amount.

“Could we make these repetitions for within a calendar year?” he asked.

After some discussion, trustees agreed on increased fines for repeat offenses within a 12-month period.

Chief Steve Smith said that the increases put Elburn’s fines more in line with those of surrounding communities. Smith said that Elburn attorney Bob Britz had also worked with Oswego to create the three tiers of violations with varying fines.

The way the fines will be adjudicated has not been worked out yet, Smith said.

Parking violation fines
for surrounding municipalities

Geneva
General parking violations $10
Parking violations near train station
(parking longer than time limit)
1-3 violations $2
4-9 violations $10
10+ violations $25

Snow parking violations $30
Handicapped violations $250

Oswego
Class one violations
(minor petty offenses)
1 violation $55
2 violations $75
3 and more $100

Sugar Grove
General parking violations $25
Handicapped violations $250

maple park
General parking violations In Process

Elburn
Class one parking violations
(minor petty offenses)
1 violation $40
2 violations $80
3 violations $120
Metra parking violations
1 violation $20
2 violations $40
3 violations $80

Pay by phone for Elburn Metra parking

by Susan O’Neill
ELBURN—Have you ever stood in front of a Metra parking payment machine, punching in numbers and hoping the train wouldn’t leave before you were done?

Soon, you’ll be able to park your car, hop on the train, and pay your parking fee with your cell phone.

Elburn Police Chief Steve Smith on Monday presented to the Village Board details of the agreement with Parkmobile, the company that will handle the administration of the payments.

Smith said that commuters, once they have registered with Parkmobile, will simply call the Parkmobile number and enter their code and their parking stall number to pay for their parking. The additional charge to use the pay-by-phone system is $.55, with $.35 going to Parkmobile and $.20 cents to the credit card company for processing fees. The total amount will come to $1.80.

Since the Metra train station was built in Elburn, the Police Department and the village have looked for ways to make paying for parking easier for commuters. For those commuters who use the train five days a week, the department offers the option of a three-month, six-month, nine-month or 12-month parking pass. The cost works out to less than the $1.25 per day the commuter pays on a daily basis.

For example, a three-month pass is $76.25, which comes out to approximately $1.17 per day, given the average 22-business-day month. The cost of a 12-month pass is $240, making the cost approximately $.92 per day

Parkmobile will remain in charge of the administration and the money, and will reimburse the village for its portion of the fees on a monthly basis. There is no installation fee, and as long as the village maintains the contract with Parkmobile for at least one year, the service is provided to the village at no cost. If the village cancels the contract within the first year, there is a cancellation fee of $1,000.

The board will vote on the contract at the Village Board meeting on Monday, Oct. 15.

Elburn Police Department helps residents with lost pets

by David Maas
Elburn—Coming home from work and finding a family pet missing can be difficult to deal with, but the Elburn Police Department tries to make it easier on residents.

“We have cages at the department that we will keep dogs we find in,” Police Chief Steve Smith said. “We don’t immediately take them to Kane County Animal Control in Geneva.”

By doing this, the police give residents the chance to come home from work and realize their pet is missing.

“We like to keep them until sometime after dinner,” Smith said. “It’s more convenient for residents that way.”

When the pets are at the police station, they are kept in one of two cages, and are well taken care of.

“We have cages outside, and we check on them at least every hour,” Smith said. “We make sure they aren’t left out in any bad weather. If it’s too hot, cold, rainy or snowy, we move them inside.”

As well as accommodations, the department also makes sure they have anything else they need.

“Our officers take good care of them,” Smith said. “We make sure they have water, and we even have some dry dog food in case they are hungry. Some of them eat, some of them don’t, but we make sure they comfortable.”

If a resident of Elburn comes home and finds their pet missing, their first step should be to get in contact with the department.

“During business hours, residents should call our general number. After business hours and weekends, they should call 911. If we have their pet, we’ll let them know, and set up a pick-up,” Smith said.

Police chief recommends increase in parking fines

by Susan O’Neill
ELBURN—Parking illegally in the village of Elburn could soon get a lot more expensive, according to a rewrite of the traffic codes.

“It was a real bargain to get a parking ticket in Elburn,” Police Chief Steve Smith told the Village Board on Monday night.

The proposal, written for the Police Department by the office of the village attorney, Bob Britz, includes three tiers of fines for various classes of offenses, from minor petty offenses, such as parking tickets, to more serious offenses that could compromise public health, safety or welfare of residents or visitors, such as the storage of an inoperable or derelict vehicle. The amount of the fine increases with each additional time the offense is committed.

The new proposal, presented by Smith, recommends doubling the amount of the fines from what they had been. For example, currently a parking ticket carries with it a fine of $20. The new proposal is for a fine of $40 for the first offense, with a second offense at $80 and a third offense set at $120.

“Do we have a problem with people not paying their parking tickets?” asked trustee Ethan Hastert. “This seems a little steep to me.”

Hastert brought up a situation in which a commuter could pay the parking fee at the train station, but mix up the number of the stall he parked in, and receive a parking ticket for that offense.

Several other trustees expressed concern over the amount of the fines, including Bill Grabarek and Jeff Walter. Trustee Ken Anderson said that he just wanted to make up the amount that it costs the village to give someone a ticket.

“The Police Department should not be a profit center,” Hastert said. “Not everything the Police Department does needs to be a break-even.”

Village President Dave Anderson said that the board has a fiduciary responsibility to the citizens to maintain a balanced budget.

Village staff will revisit the dollar amounts of the fines and the board will vote on the final version at an upcoming meeting.

Metra pay-as-you-go not going yet

by Susan O’Neill
Elburn—The new pay-by-phone option for Metra train riders set to start April 1 will be a few more weeks in coming, Police Chief Steve Smith said. Smith advised the Village Board on Monday that the department had “hit a snag” with the vendor.

The snag has to do with the fees the vendor will charge for the program to allow Park Mobile’s computers and the computers at the station to talk to each other, Smith said.

Park Mobile already offers the Pay-by-Phone system to commuters who board the train at the La Fox station, along with a number of other stations throughout the Chicago area, including the Chicago Transit Authority.

For an extra 57 cents, Elburn commuters running late will be able to avoid waiting to pay at a machine at the station. They’ll simply use their cell phone to make their payment of $1.82 once they board the train. The transaction will register within one minute.

“It’s taking a little bit longer than we had hoped for,” Smith said. “We had hoped for April 1 … It should be no more than a week or two.”

Police Chief presents draft budget for next year to Village Board

by Susan O’Neill
ELBURN—Police Chief Steve Smith presented a draft budget to the Village Board at Tuesday’s Committee of the Whole meeting. Although Village President Dave Anderson said that the final total will not be known until the police department contract is signed and the salaries are plugged in, he expects the total budget will be about $1.2 million—the same as it was last year.

Smith is asking for an increase of $34,000 over last year’s budget for part-time salaries. That number assumes an increase in the number of personal and sick days used by full-time officers, due to the increase this year in the amount that some of them will earn, as well as to pay two part-time officers to cover the shift of one full-time officer out on disability.

Additional items include another $50,000 in legal fees to cover expenses for ongoing litigation against the village, and $60,000 for auto fuel, an increase of $12,000 over the $48,000 budgeted for this year, based on possible cost per gallon increases this coming year, due to potential problems arising in the Middle East.

Several trustees suggested that the village look into bidding out the fuel prices, in order to lock in a dollar per gallon amount for the year.

The training line item request of $7,500 is in response to potential issues related to the G-8 Summit scheduled for this year in Chicago. Smith said that city officials are expecting 50,000 demonstrators, and many of them are expected to be taking the train into the city and back out.

The request for $90,800 is for a full-time dispatcher and an annual wireless internet service fee for all squad computers, and is about $12,000 less than if the village had renewed its service contract with Kane County.

The annual lease payment for two squad cars is expected to cost $20,000, with an additional $35,000 to cover vehicle maintenance.

This coming fiscal year the village will begin to include a portion of several public works employees’ salaries in the separate Metra budget, based on the maintenance-related activities they perform at the Elburn Metra facility. The budget request for Metra-related expenses includes $43,000 for wages for police department and public works employees to provide parking enforcement and maintenance, $10,000 for monthly fees for support and other services for the parking lot pay system, as well as the security camera system, and $9,000 for auto fuel and other expenses. According to Village Administrator Erin Willret, revenues from the parking fees offset some of the expenses, but she does expect there to be a positive cash flow.

According to Anderson, this is only the first review of the police department budget, and the board will have additional discussions before it is approved.

Train breakdown stops traffic for 90 minutes

by Sandy Kaczmarski
ELBURN—Elburn residents are used to hearing that train whistle blow and seeing those gates go down as one of the 90 or so trains passing on the Union Pacific line stops traffic. But on Thursday, Nov. 10, the gates were down for nearly 90 minutes, causing long backups and forcing many people to turn around and find another way across the tracks.

Police Chief Steve Smith confirmed that a train engine breakdown caused the delay.

“What are you gonna do? If an engine breaks down, you can’t just move it out of the way,” Smith said.

UP Public Relations representative Mark Davis was unable to access the company’s report, but said a mechanical breakdown was a likely cause of the problem. He said another reason trains get stuck for long periods is when there’s a problem with the air hose, which provides air from the locomotive to all the rail cars of the train. If air empties out of them, as a safety precaution Davis said the brakes apply and aren’t released until the leak is found and the air pump is back up and running.

Smith said this is the second time in the last few months a breakdown caused long delays. He said the last one stopped traffic for nearly six hours.

Union Pacific is not required to notify authorities when there are trains blocking crossings. Three years ago, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled that state laws and local ordinances can’t bar trains from stopping at road crossings for extended periods. The justices ruled that such restrictions interfered with federal law, which oversees train regulation.

Population growth means new police commission for Elburn

Photo: Wayne Beyerhof, Judy Van Bogaert, and Wiley Overley are sworn in as the new Elburn police commission. Courtesy Photo

by Sandy Kaczmarski
ELBURN—Three Elburn residents were named as the village’s new police commission, now that the village has more than 5,000 residents; 5,602 to be exact, according to the 2010 Census.

Wiley Overley, Judy Van Bogaert and Wayne Byerhof were sworn in as the new commission, after being appointed by Village President Dave Anderson.

Illinois state law requires the establishment of a police commission when the population exceeds the 5,000 mark for municipalities with an existing police department.

The commissioners were appointed by Village President Dave Anderson, who said there were enough applicants to make a decision.

“We had three people who were top of the line, and those are the three we felt should have that position,” he said.

Police Chief Steve Smith welcomed the addition of a new police commission to help him in his job.

“They will be the ones to ensure a proper process for hiring and any major disciplinary action that is taken (against police officers),” he said. “The standardization of how everything is done will be nothing but a benefit for the village and the Police Department.”

Smith said the commission will help ensure fewer mistakes in hiring or discipline by having somebody else take an unbiased look at everything, of which Anderson was in agreement.

“It’s not left to one person to discipline or hire,” Smith said.

Each of the appointees has a history of community service. Van Bogaert, who is a bookkeeper at Kaneland, has volunteered through the Lions for Elburn Day. Byerhof was on the police force for 52 years and also served as village treasurer. Overley is a long-time member of the Elburn American Legion Post 630.

Commissioners receive a $1,000-per-year stipend. The first Elburn Police Commission meeting is Thursday, July 28, at 7 p.m. at the Village Hall.

Board clarifies fire ordinance

Change makes it easier to understand what is allowed
by Sandy Kaczmarski
Elburn—Backyard campfires can still be enjoyed around Elburn, thanks to some modifications to the village’s burning ordinance.

The board voted to clarify language on the size allowed for back yard fires, allowing the fuel pile to be no larger than 27 cubic feet and no more than two feet in height.

Trustee William Grabarek said he was concerned that the previous language of the fire being no larger than 3’x 3’x 3’ was somewhat confusing and restrictive.

“How do you measure a fire?” Grabarek asked. “By the flame, the spark, or the smoke? There’s no way to measure that, so you measure the fuel.”

The 3’x 3’x 3’ limitation is used by many other municipalities and is the acceptable standard in the Elburn and Countryside Fire Protection District’s rules and regulations.

“I felt that the strictness (of the ordinance) could be eliminated by going with a straight volume with a height limitation,” he said.

He said he suggested the 27 cubic feet because that’s what Kane County allows. He said it would still allow folks to have reasonable recreational fires in their back yards.

Grabarek referred to the book, “The Last Child in the Woods,” which addresses “nature deficit disorders,” the disconnect between today’s high-tech youth and nature.

“Kids sit six hours a day in front of a screen now, and their range for exploring the natural world has been cut down to about one-sixth what it was before,” Grabarek said.

“This would allow people to have a little campfire in the back yard, roast marshmallows and make s’mores,” he said. “Or just sit around and listen to it crackle and connect with nature in that way.”

The vote was unanimous. Police Chief Steve Smith said there have been no issues with runaway recreational fires in the village.

Officer on duty at Metra during morning commute

by Lynn Meredith
ELBURN—Commuters have been seeing a friendly uniformed face during their morning commutes. From 6 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., an Elburn police officer has been on site since last Tuesday to help with problems people have been experiencing with the electronic meters.

“We’ve been experiencing continuing problems with the pay machines, more so lately,” Police Chief Steve Smith said. “We’re trying to get an idea of the problem.”

Some commuters have said that they have noticed that the machines have started to slow down. The prompts are taking more time than previously.

The machines are owned by the village. The parking fees are collected by the Police Department and used for maintenance, upkeep and enforcement. An electrical glitch that has not yet been identified is slowing down the machines and causing inconsistencies in the parking space print-outs the department uses to issue tickets.

“Nothing is more frustrating than to have a problem and have nobody to ask,” Smith said. “We’re there to help out as much as possible.”

Trustee Jeff Walter said that commuters who are having issues should feel free to talk to the officer.

“He is there to help and is very approachable,” Walter said.

Police sued for false arrest

by Lynn Meredith
Elburn—A man who was arrested for driving on an expired driver’s license has filed suit against the Elburn Police for false arrest. Roger Gilbert, 27, who resides in South Korea where he teaches English, was pulled over for going 52 mph in a 30 mph zone on Dec. 22, 2010.

Gilbert produced an expired insurance card and a driver’s license from South Korea. The officer did not accept the license as valid in Illinois. He then checked on Gilbert’s Illinois license and found it to have expired.

Gilbert was arrested for speeding, driving without a valid driver’s license and given a written warning for operating an uninsured vehicle.

He was detained at the Elburn Police station for three hours. During that time, Gilbert’s uncle, who is a Wheaton police officer, called Elburn and explained that Gilbert’s South Korean license was valid under Illinois law. After a call to the State’s Attorney’s office, the officers released Gilbert and dropped the charge of driving without a valid license.

Gilbert had been living in South Korea for three years and was in town visiting family over Christmas.

Gilbert’s attorney, Larry Jackowiak of Chicago, did not return phone calls as of press time.

Elburn Police Chief Steve Smith declined to comment, citing the pending lawsuit.

Taking a first look at Elburn Police budget

by Lynn Meredith
Elburn—Elburn Police Chief Steve Smith presented the public safety budget to the Committee of the Whole in the first of at least two looks at department needs for the coming year. One need in particular is the staffing of officers in the Police Department.

With eight full-time and 12 part-time officers, plus one full-time slot to fill, trustees asked Smith how many officers are needed for a community the size of Elburn.

“The question is what a community of this size should have for a police department staff,” Village President Dave Anderson said. “Speaking for me, we need, from a comfort level standpoint, to know where we are. Should we have 58 police officers or eight officers?”

Smith said that complex formulas can be applied that look at the number of people in the city, the number of calls received, the types of crimes and the size of the area that is covered. He cited FBI standards as suggesting two officers for every 1,000 population. But in the end, it’s a judgment call.

“It’s not like factory work. You don’t know what’s going to happen,” Smith said. “It’s the best we can do for the safety of our officers and our citizens.”

The board also discussed with Smith the issue of whether to fill the full-time slot with part-time officers. Citing flexibility of staffing to cover sick days and vacation and the added expense of paying a full-time officer benefits and vacation leave, Smith gave his recommendation to stay with part-time staffing.

“We’re good with part-timers right now. With part-time, you’re not going to incur vacation and benefits that you pay to full-timers,” Smith said. “Full-time is best in the future, but we don’t need another full-time officer right now. On my wish-list, I would have one, but that’s several years out.”

Train hits man on Elburn tracks in apparent suicide

by Martha Quetsch
ELBURN—A 48-year-old Aurora man was struck and killed by a train in Elburn at 11:13 p.m. on Saturday. Elburn Police Chief Steve Smith said the death was a suicide.

“He stepped out in front of the train intentionally,” Smith said.

Police concluded the incident was a suicide because of evidence they found at the scene, including a cloth briefcase containing personal items and a note.
“It appears he planned to do this,” Smith said.

The victim was struck by an eastbound Union Pacific freight train on the north side of the tracks east of South First Street in Elburn. The initial point of impact was approximately half way between the Elburn Metra platform located at 422 East Railroad Ave., and the Metra maintenance yard, located at 1000 East Railroad Ave.

Police will not release the victim’s name until they have notified his relatives. The victim had been reported missing to the Aurora police department earlier in the day on Saturday.

Protecting volunteer protectors

Elburn officials struggle with insurance and liability issues for police volunteers
by Ryan Wells
Elburn—As part of the effort to appoint voluntary auxiliary officers in the village, Elburn officials faced the question of insurance and liability during Monday’s Village Board meeting.

The volunteer officer program, known as the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), is supported by federal grant money and has been providing training since this spring. The program trains volunteers to provide traffic control assistance during community events, as well as an increased village emergency and disaster response.

Village administrator Erin Willrett said the program has received positive feedback, with approximately 12 individuals taking part in the training so far, and one or two working at an event at a time.

The questions of insurance and liability create an uncertainty that could threaten the program.

“The issue is, do we want to turn away volunteers because we’re not sure how they are covered?” Willrett said.

The issue of liability is fairly straightforward, Village President Dave Anderson said. Issues of liability govern the volunteers’ actions while representing the village, and in those cases, the village would be liable. This circumstance would be covered under the village’s liability insurance.

The issue that remains unresolved is one of worker’s compensation insurance and coverage.

“If there was a surgeon who volunteered, and God forbid something happened and he or she could no longer perform surgery, who’s liable (for the lost wages)?” Anderson asked.

Willrett said she contacted the Illinois Municipal League Risk Management Association (IMLRMA) for clarification on this issue and the response did not provide a definitive answer.

The e-mailed response from Jason Neiman, IMLRMA claims and litigation manager, stated that a municipality’s workman’s compensation insurance generally is not intended to cover volunteers. However, the final decision on each case is left up to a worker’s compensation commission or an arbitrator.

“The general leaning of the commission seems to be in favor of compensation,” Neiman wrote in his e-mail.

Elburn officials expressed unease with the lack of a clear, definitive answer.

“I’m uncomfortable with this level of murkiness,” Trustee Bill Grabarek said.

Police Chief Steve Smith said the CERT volunteers have become an important part of the department.

“One problem is that the KCOEM (Kane County Office of Emergency Management) have been used so much, they’ve pulled in their horns as to what they do and where they go,” Smith said. “If it’s an incorporated area, they’re not going to come unless they have to.”

He explained that the federal Department of Homeland Security will have requirements come into effect for municipalities in general, as well as those specific to communities that contain mass transit, like Elburn’s rail line.

“There are things we are not going to be able to do with the size of our department, and we have to rely on volunteers,” Smith said.

Besides the regulatory pressures, Smith said the ability to have more people available more quickly in the event of a disaster is important.

“If something serious happens, we need a stop-gap,” he said.

Through the Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System, officers from neighboring departments could be called for assistance during an emergency in Elburn.

“But it takes time to get people here,” Smith said. “CERT helps in the short-term.”

In a disaster scenario, CERT volunteer officers would be used to help evacuate areas, shut down streets, and set up and maintain temporary shelters, among other activities.

“We have a wonderful group of people volunteering, and we want to protect them and the village,” Anderson said.

Willrett will explore pricing on private insurance that could provide the coverage needed. In addition, Willrett will re-explore the village’s current insurance and investigate a suggestion that the village pay volunteers a nominal, fixed amount in order to consider them a paid employee, she said.

Police, fire chiefs agree on burn permit changes

ELBURN—The Elburn Police Department currently issues burning permits for outdoor fires. However, Police Chief Steve Smith suggested during the July 12 Public Safety Committee meeting that the Elburn & Countryside Fire Department should do the inspections for burn permits.

“We are inserting the Police Department and the village administration into something we don’t know as much about,” Smith said.

Fire Chief Kelly Callaghan agreed and said the Police Department still would enforce burning code violations.

Village Administrator Erin Willrett said village staff will bring the issue to the Village Board for a possible change in the municipal code allowing for the Fire Department to conduct burning permit inspections.

“I think it’s a great idea to work together,” Willrett said.

Chief wants speedier solution to weed issue

ELBURN—Elburn Police Chief Steve Smith said the village should no longer send repeat notices to property owners who fail to comply with the village weed ordinance.

The Village Board is expected to vote on his recommendation Monday, June 21.

If the board approves it, in the future the village will send one notice to a violator, and if the violation continues, it will issue a citation. Court fines for this violation can be as high as $750.

So far this year, the village has contacted 40 households throughout Elburn about their violations, and 90 percent of those have complied, Smith said. Most of the remaining violations are in Blackberry Creek subdivision, on vacant properties.

Trained auxiliary officers would aid Elburn police

[quote]by Martha Quetsch
ELBURN—Elburn village officials want to appoint voluntary auxiliary officers who will be available to assist the Police Department with traffic control and emergency and disaster response.

Under a proposed ordinance, the village would be able to appoint people as auxiliary officers after they received training from the village’s Community Emergency Response Team (C.E.R.T.) program.

“It isn’t like the Old West anymore, where you could deputize anyone and form a posse,” trustee Bill Grabarek said during Tuesday’s Public Safety Committee meeting, for which he is chairman.

Elburn Police Chief Steve Smith said having auxiliary officers on hand for emergencies would be extremely helpful.

“We (the Police Department) have only got two officers on duty at any one time,” Smith said. “We don’t have the number of bodies, the staffing to provide extra officers during accidents and weather-related emergencies.”

The ordinance would allow the village to appoint auxiliary officers who would not have arrest power, weapons or emergency vehicles.

The volunteers would not wear police uniforms but would have distinctive garb such as polo shirts identifying them as auxiliary officers. They also would receive reflective vests and flashlights. The village would pay for those items with C.E.R.T. grant money.

“It sounds like we’d be pretty fortunate to have them. They would not cost the village any money and they would be performing a service, a great service,” Trustee Jerry Schmidt said.

The pool of auxiliary officer applicants will come from this year’s seven-week C.E.R.T. program, which finishes up on Thursday and included instruction in fire suppression, disaster first-aid and psychology, search and rescue, terrorism and weather. Elburn Police Department and Elburn and Countryside Fire Department conducted the training.

Trustee believes village staff is top-heavy

by Martha Quetsch
ELBURN—The village of Elburn had three top staffers—an administrator, a police chief and a public works superintendent until 2008, when it created another position—community development director, a job that later was renamed assistant village administrator.

Two years ago, village trustee Gordon Dierschow was hesitant to create the position, but he decided the village should give it a try. He voted with other trustees in favor of it because of the many development proposals the village had at that time.

On Wednesday, he said that if the economic downturn and slowed housing market that happened since then continues, the village should consider reductions in higher-paid administrative staff, whether in hours, wages or positions.

“We’re a little heavy on the administration side,” he said. “I think we are overstaffed at this time.”

The Village Board on Monday renewed the annual appointments of Village Administrator Erin Willrett, Public Works Superintendent John Nevenhoven and Police Chief Steve Smith. Village President Dave Anderson made the appointments with the consent of the Village Board.

Assistant Village Administrator Dave Morrison’s position does not require an annual appointment. After taking office in May 2009, Anderson named Morrison community development director, and two weeks later changed his title to assistant village administrator. Anderson said the title more accurately reflected the position, which included administrative and committee duties as well as economic development.

Also in May 2009, Anderson named Willrett village administrator. She had been community development director for 16 months before landing the village’s top job, which Morrison had held for more than a decade.

When Anderson reversed the roles of Willrett and Morrison in 2009, he raised Willrett’s salary by nearly $20,000 and lowered Morrison’s salary by about the same amount. However, as assistant administrator, Morrison’s new salary was $93,343 compared to Willrett’s former salary of $79,000.

“We felt that because of the experience he had, he merited a higher salary,” Anderson said Wednesday. “We would not offer a starting (administrative position) salary that high.”

2010-11 top staff salaries
Village Administrator $97,788.58
Asst. Village Administrator $93,343.64
Public Works Superintendent $78,500
Police Chief $80,817

Trained volunteers will boost safety

by Martha Quetsch
ELBURN—A few Kane County Sheriff’s officers usually help with traffic control and safety during Elburn Days events, but they will be busy this year with those tasks at the Solheim Cup in Sugar Grove. However, Elburn Police Chief Steve Smith is not concerned, because he has a new source of assistance, the village’s Citizen Emergency Response Team.

“I think we’ll be fine,” Smith said.

The village held its C.E.R.T. training program in March for residents who want to help local authorities with emergencies and disasters. The free classes taught skills including first aid, disaster-victim psychology, and parking and traffic control.

Smith also is seeking help from other local communities C.E.R.T. programs, to help the village with public safety during Elburn Days, Aug. 21-23.

“We’re just going to have to be a little creative this year as far as where our assistance will come from,” Smith said.

Smith said the C.E.R.T. volunteers will help mostly with parking, for the parade Friday evening and at Lions Park during the weekend festival.

Elburn village notes

by Martha Quetsch

Village to repair Blackberry Creek pump
The village of Elburn will repair one of the two Blackberry Creek subdivision sanitary sewer lift station pumps at a cost not to exceed $14,682. The nearly 10-year-old pump failed recently, village officials said. The Village Board on Monday decided to hire Metropolitan Pump Company of Romeoville for the job.

Village to receive state funding for sidewalks
Elburn officials learned on Monday that the state allocated $40,000 in its 2010 budget for the village’s sidewalk improvement program.

Village Administrator Erin Willrett said she does not know yet when the village will receive the funding, but that the state would assign a grant manager to assist the village with the process.

Police union plans Oct. 1 golf fundraiser
The Elburn Police Department employee union is planning a golf outing for Thursday, Oct. 1, at Hughes Creek golf course in Elburn. Proceeds from the event will help the department purchase additional equipment, Police Chief Steve Smith said.

Building department staff cut to combat revenue crunch

Despite other cuts, Elburn budget still in red
by Martha Quetsch
ELBURN—The village of Elburn will have to dip into its reserves to cover spending for its fiscal year 2009-10, even though it has trimmed total staff salaries.

The Village Board on Monday approved an annual budget appropriating spending up to $7.1 million, while revenues are expected to be $4.6 million.

Under the budget appropriation, the village may spend up to $1.7 million on salaries. Village Administrator Erin Willrett said salaries likely would be less than that amount, however, because the village will try to limit part-time and overtime hours.

“We expect the departments to come in below what was requested/appropriated,” Willrett said.

Assistant Village Administrator Dave Morrison said the $7.1 million in expenditures is the appropriated budget amount, which the village could spend but likely won’t.

Staff reductions from the village’s last fiscal year include eliminating the three building department salaries, a $73,000 commissioner job and two building inspector positions that paid $62,000 each. The village will hire a building and zoning code officer for up to $62,000.

“We decided to do away with the Building Department because of economic issues,” Village President Dave Anderson said.

Anderson said with the building decline, the department was overstaffed. The total savings from eliminating the department is approximately $135,000. The village allocated approximately $84,000 for two new public works employees, however.

Another salary reduction is from a lower Police Chief pay. Chief Steve Smith will receive an annual salary of $81,000, compared to former Chief Jim Linane’s salary of $93,000.

As administrator, Willrett will receive a salary of $97,000 compared to the $79,000 she earned last fiscal year in her former position of community development director; Assistant Village Administrator Dave Morrison will receive an annual salary of $93,343 compared to his previous yearly pay of $113,000 as village administrator. The total salary reduction for these top two administrative positions was $2,000.

The village also cut back on Police Department staff, deciding not to fill two recently vacated police positions, the commander’s job formerly held by Smith, and a part-time community service officer position.

Village President Anderson said he regrets that the village could not afford to increase its police staffing this year as Smith requested.

“The money is just not there,” he said.

Village officials attribute the deficit to declining revenue from building fees. To make up the shortage of revenue, the village may have to reduce its reserves from $5 million to approximately $3 million.

Staff pay comprises nearly 25 percent of the budget.

The salaries total this year will include $40,000 the village will remit to former Police Chief Jim Linane, which Morrison said it owes him for compensation time.

Trustees say public works staffing a budget priority

Village will set 2009-10 spending before end of July
by Martha Quetsch
Elburn—Before the Elburn Village Board passes a new annual budget later this month, trustee Jeff Walter wants to make sure it allocates money for more public works department employees.

“The department is seriously understaffed,” Walter said.

Walter said more staff is required for the many projects the department needs to tackle, including significant sewer maintenance, sidewalk and street repairs, and road restriping.

“These are extremely important,” Walter said.

Trustee Gordon Dierschow agreed.

“The Public Works Department definitely needs help. We have some serious problems that have to be taken care of,” Dierschow said.

Elburn Public Works Superintendent John Nevenhoven recently asked village officials to include $83,692 in the new budget for two new laborers.

Dierschow also wants the village budget to designate money for additional part-time police officers.

Elburn Police Chief Steve Smith asked the village to allocate money in the new budget for three additional part-time police positions; the officers would be paid an average of $20 hour with no overtime or benefits, he said. Smith also wants to hire another full-time officer who would be paid between $46,362 and $53,670.

Hiring additional staff will be a challenge for the village since its revenue has declined because of the drop in building permit fees and utility connection fees it has collected in recent months. Because of revenue constraints, Walter said he is glad that village staff are not seeking raises for 2009-10.

“I think it’s a very prudent move this year,” Walter said.

Dierschow said sales tax from the new Walgreen’s, set to open soon at Route 47 and Route 38, could help cover the cost of more employees. He said keeping expenses down in other areas will help, as well. Dierschow wants the budget to include only the most crucial public works projects this year, including repairing sidewalks that pose safety risks.

“We could forgo all but the most treacherous,” Dierschow said.

3 new liquor licenses requested

New pubs, Rosati’s want to sell alcohol
by Martha Quetsch
ELBURN—Three Elburn businesses, including Rosati’s and two pubs that could open downtown this summer, asked the village for liquor licenses.

One petitioner, Kevin Schmidt, plans to open a sports bar and grill at the former The Grocery Store site at 107 N. Main St. He said it would have tables for eating and nearly 30 seats at the bar.

During the Public Safety Committee meeting Monday, Schmidt asked if the village would waive its requirement that a business be primarily a restaurant, rather than a bar, to sell liquor while allowing children to eat there.

“I would think you could make an exception, so that kids with parents could eat at the tables. Otherwise you could have some angry citizens in Elburn,” Schmidt said.

The village allows Papa G’s to sell liquor in its restaurant, which has many families with children as customers, because the majority of its sales come from food, Elburn Police Chief Steve Smith said.

Michael Rafferty is remodeling the former Emma’s restaurant space at 117 Main St., where he intends to open an Irish pub and restaurant in August. He is seeking a license to sell beer, wine and spirits.

Trustee Bill Grabarek said they could petition the village separately for permission to have children in a business whose sales are mostly from alcohol.

Rosati’s owner A.J. Hussein plans to move his carryout business at 107 Valley Drive in two months to a larger site in the Jewel complex across the street. He wants to sell beer and wine in the new dine-in eatery.

The Village Board will decide whether to grant the liquor licenses after reviewing an ordinance drafted by staff allowing for the new licenses.

Police chief asks for more officers

by Martha Quetsch
ELBURN—Elburn Police Chief Steve Smith wants the village to restore Police Department staffing to nine full-time officers, and create three new part-time police positions.

On Monday, Smith asked the Public Safety Committee to recommend including the additional Police Department salary expenditures in the village’s 2009-10 budget.

The department has had eight full-time officers since the village promoted Smith to police chief in May. Under the previous police chief, Jim Linane, Smith was the department’s commander; that position is now vacant.

Smith said by filling the full-time vacancy, the department’s three patrol shifts would be staffed by full-time officers at a level that has existed for four years, which he said is necessary to ensure officer safety and response time.

Smith also said he wants to add three more police officers to the department’s part-time staff, which currently has eight officers.

Smith cited several reasons he wants to increase the number of part-time police. He said the availability of the department’s current part-time officers is becoming more limited due to the requirements of their full-time jobs elsewhere.

In addition, the village’s police responsibilities have increased, he said. For example, this year, the Kane County Sheriff’s Department and Emergency Management Agency will not be able to help with police services during the Elburn Days festival, because the officers will be needed at the Solheim Cup in Sugar Grove the same weekend, Aug. 21-23.

“I’d like to bring in experienced part-time officers for Elburn Days,” he said.

Community Development Director David Morrison agreed with Smith.

“The cost is minimal, and in the interest of public safety, I would recommend it,” Morrison said.

The cost for three more part-time officers would be up to $900 for uniforms plus an average pay of $20 hour, with no overtime or benefits, Smith said.

Depending upon experience, the additional full-time officer would be paid between $46,362 and $53,670 with benefits, Smith said.

The committee agreed to recommend the budget allocation, but it will be the Village Board’s decision whether to increase police staffing when it approves the new budget before July 31.

Current staffing—Elburn Police Department
• Full-time Police Chief
• Part-time Deputy Chief
• One full-time investigation officer
• Two full-time patrol sergeants
• Four full-time officers
• Eight part-time officers

Village administrator will have an assistant

Former administrator appointed to position
by Martha Quetsch
Elburn Village President Dave Anderson created a new staff position to assist new Village Administrator Erin Willrett with her new duties, hiring her predecessor, Dave Morrison, for the job.

Less than three weeks ago, Anderson appointed Willrett, who is several months pregnant, as the village’s top staffer.

“I don’t want to put any undo pressure on her at this time,” Anderson said.

The Village Board unanimously approved Anderson’s appointment of Morrison as assistant village administrator Monday.

As assistant village administrator, Morrison will relieve Willrett of some of her duties on the village committees Anderson established—development, public works, finance and public safety.

When Anderson appointed Willrett May 4, he also named Morrison community development director, a position which Willrett held since 2008. As assistant adminsitrator, Morrison will continue to be responsible for community development too, Anderson said.

“We will continue to work toward making Elburn the best community for everyone,” Morrison said Wednesday.

Anderson appointed former Elburn Police Commander Steve Smith to the position of police chief on May 4 to replace seven-year Chief Jim Linane.

The Village Board will determine the 2009-10 salary for Morrison’s combined position, and for appointees Willrett and Smith, during its annual budget process in the coming weeks.

Their annual wages will be based on the number of years the employees have worked for the village and on their duties, Anderson said. (See related salaries chart below)

Annual salaries for Elburn department heads

Following are the salaries the village paid in 2008-09 to its department heads. Annual wages for 2009-10 department heads will be determined by the Village Board during the budget process, sometime before the end of July.

$113,302: David Morrison, village administrator for nine years (recently replaced by Erin Willrret and named assistant village administrator) supervised five full-time employees, and outside consultants

$93,556: Jim Linane, police chief for seven years (recently replaced by past Commander Steve Smith), oversaw nine full-time and nine part-time employees.

$79,792: Erin Willrett, hired in 2008 as community development director (recently named village administrator), supervised three full-time employees

$78,500: John Nevenhoven, hired in 2008 as public works superintendent (retained) supervises seven full-time public works employees and seasonal workers.

Anderson reinstates board committees

by Martha Quetsch
After former Illinois Supreme Court Justice John Nickels swore in Village President Dave Anderson on Monday, Anderson said he wants to establish a committee structure for the board.

Committees were in place when Anderson was on the Village Board in the 1970s.

The committees will be made up of trustees and staff members who will research and discuss village issues and bring their findings to the board. The Village Board unanimously approved the committees and members Anderson assigned: Finance, chaired by trustee Jeff Walter; Public Works, chaired by trustee Jerry Schmidt; Development, chaired by trustee Ken Anderson; and Public Safety, chaired by trustee Bill Grabarek.

The committees will meet regularly, with dates and times to be announced.

Before the committees can be formally established, the Village Board must approve an ordinance allowing for them. Trustees are expected to vote on the ordinance on Monday, May 18.

Village Board Committees

Finance
Trustee Jeff Walter, Chairman
Trustee Bill Grabarek
Trustee Patricia Romke
Village Treasurer Mike Greenen
Village Administrator Erin Willrett

Public Works
Trustee Jerry Schmidt, Chairman
Trustee Gordon Dierschow
Trustee Ken Anderson
Public Works Superintendent John Nevenhoven
Village Administrator Erin Willrett

Development
Trustee Ken Anderson, Chairman
Trustee Jeff Walter
Trustee Gordon Dierschow
Planning Commissioner Jeff Metcalf
Fire district representative
Community Development Director David Morrison
Village Administrator Erin Willrett

Public Safety
Trustee Bill Grabarek, Chairman
Trustee Patricia Romke
Trustee Jerry Schmidt
Fire district representative
Police Chief Steve Smith
Village Administrator Erin Willrett

Elburn officials name new police chief

Former Cmdr. Steve Smith replaces Jim Linane
by Martha Quetsch
Right after being sworn into office Monday, Elburn Village President Dave Anderson appointed a new police chief, Steve Smith, with the consent of the village trustees in a 4-2 vote.

Smith replaces Jim Linane, who was police chief since 2001. Smith’s appointment is for the village’s fiscal year, May 1, 2009, through April 30, 2010.

After his appointment during the Village Board meeting, Smith said he did not know he would be hired that evening, but that Anderson recently approached him about the position.

“He asked if I would consider the job and I said I would,” Smith said. “You’re always sorry to see people go, but it is the Village President’s and Village Board’s choice.”

Smith, of Geneva, said he is looking at his hiring as an opportunity.

“I think I have a lot to offer,” Smith said.

Smith has been the Elburn Police Department commander since 2005. He worked for the St. Charles Police Department for 23 years and previously was with the Geneva Police Department.

Smith said he does not plan any “knee-jerk changes” in the Elburn Police Department, but said he will evaulate its operations.

“I want to make sure we’re doing everything correctly and to the benefit of the village,” Smith said.

He said among his first tasks will be to work with other village officials on the budgeting process starting soon.

Anderson said the reason he did not re-appoint Linane was because of differences in their general philosophy.

“I’m trying to get the right fit for everybody and implement what I heard in the community,” Anderson said. “I guess I’m just looking for a friendlier attitude.”

Linane, who did not return phone calls from the Elburn Herald, said in February that before he became police chief, the department had some inexperienced, overly aggressive officers who generated a lot of complaints from residents. To restore residents’ faith in the Police Department, Linane hired a group of officers including Smith, with an average of 21 years experience.

As a result, the Police Department in recent years has received very few citizen complaints regarding village law enforcement, Linane said.

Linane was chief of the Carol Stream Police Department, where he worked for 29 years. He is a past president of the Kane County Chiefs of Police Association and a resident of Blackberry Creek in Elburn.

St. Charles Police Chief James Lamkin, the association’s current president, said Linane served the organization well when he led it in 2006 and served as its liaison to a county’s New Jail Committee.

“He took his responsibilities very seriously,” Lamkin said.