Elburn village notes

By on February 12, 2009

2/19/2009 Correction: This Elburn Village Note incorrectly stated that under the current municipal garbage ordinance, residents must remove the empty trash receptacles from the curb by 11 a.m. the day of pickup. The deadline for removing garbage containers from the curb is 11 p.m. the day of pickup.

by Martha Quetsch

Officials seek public input on garbage ordinance
The village of Elburn invites comments from residents in February about a proposed municipal garbage ordinance. The ordinance draft is available for review on the village website, www.elburn.il.us.

The primary change in the ordinance would allow residents to put their garbage cans on the parkway as early as 3 p.m. the day before pickup, and remove them as late as 9 a.m. the day after pickup.

Under the village’s current ordinance, residents may place their garbage out no earlier than 6 p.m. the day before pickup, and must remove the empty trash receptacles from the curb by 11 p.m. the day of pickup.

To comment on the proposed ordinance, send an e-mail to info@elburn.il.us or call (630) 365-5070.

Village may refund part of expired permits
Elburn trustees are considering establishing a policy for refunding building permit fees to people with expired permits.

Trustees on Monday discussed the issue, which came up after Schmidt Builders, Inc. asked for a refund of the fee it paid in January 2007 for a building permit for 1388 Souders Ave. The permit expired in January 2009, without the property owner ever building at the site.

Trustees said they would agree to refund any portion of the building permit fee that the village had not spent in relation to the project. In Schmidt’s case, the refundable amount is approximately $4,000, of the $8,100 it paid, including the residential building fee, water and sewer connection fees and the lawn and patio permit fees.

Village staff will draft the policy, after which trustees will vote on it at a future Village Board meeting. The proposed new policy might also call for charging refund recipients a $100 administrative fee.

At least two other property owners in the village have expired, unused building permits, Elburn Building Commissioner Jim Stran said.