Elburn Station discussion postponed another week

By on February 6, 2013

by Susan O’Neill
ELBURN—Discussion of the Elburn Station will wait another week, when all members of the Village Board are expected to be in attendance.

Village President Dave Anderson at the Village Board meeting on Jan. 22 put the Elburn Station discussion off due to trustee Ethan Hastert’s absence, as he was called out of the country for business. The discussion was then taken off of Monday’s Committee of the Whole agenda because trustee Jeff Walter was out of town, also for business.

“I’m a little concerned that we still haven’t discussed the Elburn Station,” trustee Jerry Schmidt said. “Again, another week has gone by, and now Jeff is called out of town on business.”

Schmidt suggested the possibility of using Skype to hold the discussion while one of the board members is out of town. However, according to Village Attorney Bob Britz, such a practice would violate the Open Meetings Act, as the village doesn’t have a speaker phone.

Anderson reiterated his insistence on all of the board members being present to talk about the development.

“It’s part of all of our elected responsibilities to be here (to make these decisions),” he said.

“We don’t want to rush this,” trustee David Gualdoni said.

Anderson said the Elburn Station will be on the agenda for the Village Board meeting on Monday, Feb. 4.