Village Board agrees to keep current meeting schedule for a full year

By on November 22, 2013

ELBURN—Elburn village trustees on Monday agreed to continue meeting only twice a month for now, even though half of them had previously expressed a desire to return to a weekly schedule.

Trustee Jeff Walter at the Nov. 4 meeting brought up “feeling out of the loop” and somewhat disjointed on village issues after the schedule was changed.

Trustees Pat Schuberg and Dave Gualdoni agreed with Walter, both saying that they didn’t feel the current schedule was adequate for the number of items and new development coming.

“We’ve got a lot of stuff coming up,” Gualdoni said.

Trustees Ethan Hastert and Bill Grabarek said they could see the merits of both sides, and trustee Ken Anderson said he preferred the current schedule of twice a month.

“We’re well kept in the loop,” Anderson said.

Anderson said the weekly update that Village Administrator Erin Willrett compiles for the board members keeps them up to speed on the village’s activities. He said that with the provision that any two trustees can request a special meeting in between the current ones leaves that option open, if needed.

Walter acknowledged that he appreciated receiving the agenda and the packets of information on Wednesday for this week’s meetings as opposed to Friday, giving them more time to prepare for the Monday meetings.

Village President Dave Anderson reiterated his preference for fewer meetings per month. He said he understood that the decision was up to the board, but he felt the reduced schedule has increased everyone’s efficiency.

“To meet just to meet is, in my opinion, the epitome of inefficiency,” he said. “If you have a question or need more information, you need to speak up. You’re all smart people. It’ll get done.”

All of the board members agreed to continue with the twice a month schedule for now, and to revisit the question next April.