Learning curve set to begin

By on April 23, 2009

New officials will obtain information on their role, authority
by Martha Quetsch
For the newly elected Elburn village president and trustees, filling their positions will require more than just taking their seats.

The three new trustees, Jeff Walter, Jerry Schmidt and Ken Anderson, and the new village president, Dave Anderson, will be sworn into office during the Elburn Village Board meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, May 4, at Lions Park.

Next, to make the transition easier for Elburn’s newest board members, Village Attorney Robert Britz will provide the new public officials with an overview of board procedures and protocol.

Britz’ presentation will take place from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, May 16, at Village Hall. Anderson hopes that every village trustee attends, as well as village staff members.

Topics Britz will cover include the Open Meetings Act and the responsibilities and authority trustees have, Anderson said.

“It will be a very useful presentation for all of us,” Anderson said.

The discussion also will feature an explanation of certain terminology, such as ordinances versus resolutions.

Ken Anderson served on the Planning Commission; Schmidt briefly was once an Elburn trustee; and Dave Anderson was on the Village Board in the 1970s. Walter, however, is new to village government. He is looking forward to finding out more about how to work with village employees on board issues.

“I want to know what our ability is in communicating with staff if we need research done (for example),” Walter said.

Current Village President Jim Willey said soon after they take office, new trustees will participate in establishing the budget for the next year.

“Right off the bat, in May and June, they will be working on the budget. It can be confusing for a new board member,” said Willey.

Willey suggested that the new trustees “really dig into it to see where the monies are coming from and where they flow out to,” and understand that expenditures must be from the appropriate fund.

He said the coming months will be a “learning curve” for new trustees.