Elburn village notes

By on June 5, 2009

by Martha Quetsch

Volunteers sought for beautification project
The village of Elburn is seeking volunteers to maintain planter boxes in public areas throughout the village, including the Metra station. Tasks include planting, weeding, watering, and cleaning out the planters for the turning of the seasons. If interested, contact Janet McGowan at Village Hall by phone at (630) 365-5062 or by e-mail at jmcgowan@elburn.il.us.

Commitee reviews facade improvement program
Elburn officials are considering increasing the village’s contribution for downtown property owners’ facade improvement projects.

Development Committee members on Tuesday talked about raising the $5,000-per-building contribution limit. They also discussed boosting the total budget for the facade program so that more property owners can take advantage of it.

The village established the downtown facade improvement program a few years ago, but so far, just two property owners have taken advantage of it: Express Evaluations, 17 S. Main St., in 2007, and Elburn Dentist Richard Stewart this year, for his office building at 135 S. Main St.

Committee member Ken Anderson said he wants the village to promote the facade program more on the village website by highlighting how those two businesses improved their buildings’ exteriors with village financial assistance.

The village’s Finance Committee will discuss the issue further.

Village to seek sidewalk project funds
Elburn will seek government grants to repair and install sidewalks in various areas of the village, Village Administrator Erin Willrett said.

She and other members of the Development Committee discussed the issue on Tuesday. Willrett said village employees walked every sidewalk in the village to find where improvements, or new sidewalks, are needed.

“We were finding 2-1/2-inch gaps; holes that were 4 inches deep. We highlighted urgent areas for repair and areas without sidewalks,” Willrett said.

Willrett recommended that when funds are available, potentially hazardous sidewalks should be fixed first.