Water, sewer fees get fresh look

By on July 12, 2012

New engineering firm proposes fee changes, ShoDeen raises concern
by Lynn Meredith and Ryan Wells
ELBURN—A representative from a developer of a proposed plan that would double Elburn’s population raised concerns Monday after village officials heard a presentation that recommended the village raise water and sewer connection fees on all future development.

The developer, ShoDeen Inc., has had plans for a development known as Elburn Station in various stages of negotiation with the village for years. ShoDeen’s proposed plan, if approved in its current form, would double the population of Elburn with a build-out of approximately 20 years. It would consist of a combination of multi-unit dwellings and single-family homes surrounding the Elburn Metra station east of Route 47.

If the Village Board approves the new fee schedule prior to final passage of Elburn Station, the developer would be impacted by the fee change. ShoDeen representative Bob Skidmore spoke out during Monday’s Committee of the Whole meeting.

“From the water and sewer standpoint, we’ve been told that the (agreed upon) numbers are incorrect. We worked for two years with staff, the board and Rempe-Sharpe. The board approved the concept, and now at the last minute, we have new engineers, and (what they say) contradicts Rempe-Sharpe’s analysis,” Skidmore said. “We’ve taken a two-year step back in time, and ShoDeen has wasted $188,000, not including our time.”

Monday’s presentation came from new village engineering firm Engineering Enterprises, Inc. (EEI), based in Sugar Grove. The firm replaced former village engineers Rempe-Sharpe, based in Geneva.

Water and sewer connection fees are assessed at the point of issuance of a building permit. According to Elburn Village Administrator Erin Willrett, the current water connection fee is $930 for a single-family home, and $868 for wastewater, for a combined fee of $1,798.

“The water and sewer connection fees buy capacity into our system,” Willrett said.

The revised fee schedule remains to be finalized. Willrett said village staff are continuing to refine the new numbers prior to the Village Board meeting on Monday, July 16.

One Comment

  1. OneWhoCares

    July 23, 2012 at 11:01 PM

    “From the water and sewer standpoint, we’ve been told that the (agreed upon) numbers are incorrect. We worked for two years with staff, the board and Rempe-Sharpe. The board approved the concept, and now at the last minute, we have new engineers, and (what they say) contradicts Rempe-Sharpe’s analysis,” Skidmore said. “We’ve taken a two-year step back in time, and ShoDeen has wasted $188,000, not including our time.”

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    Well…Mr Skidmore Your time is looking for a place to build,and make money isn’t it? Not really caring on who or where you get your margin. The tax payer’s of Elburn don’t want your dream to make our town your cash cow.Your company trys to hold hostage the startting of the Anderson bridge that will get built with you or without you This is out town and if you don’t like it go build somewhere else. I really hope you get fined for dragging your feet by Kane County on the strong arm tactic’s your trying to pull with the people of Elburn.I personally feel to let the county of Kane take the land that is needed by eminent domain.Sure it may cost Elburn money,but a lot less if Sho-Deen get its way. Dang Get Sho-Deen to work of finishing the South side of Kesslienger road left by another develpoer You know that Blackberry thing that was worked out into bankruptcy.
    Then too the infrastructure of our waste water can’t handle what Sho-Deen wants and who’s going to flip the bill…Yes you Elburn Tax Payer’s will prolly add another 10 to 20% onto your city bills.
    Most people in Elburn DON’T WANT Sho-Deen’s Greed drive project to upset our fragile town so Sho-Deen Go somewhere else and will let the county deal with the Anderson Road extension that we were promised 6 years ago