Sept. 3 Elburn village notes

By on September 3, 2009

by Martha Quetsch
Board OKs off-road vehicle sales, display
The village of Elburn will allow Kane County Landscape Material & Supply owner Bruce Vajgert to sell amphibious, off-road vehicles and display them outdoors on his business property, 817 E. Route 38, Elburn.

The Village Board on Aug. 17 approved Vajgert’s request for a special-use variance required for the vehicle sales on the property under the village zoning code.

“I think it’s a good fit for Elburn. It’s good for business, and they keep up the property well,” trustee Jerry Schmidt said.

Vajgert said it is unlikely that he will display more than one or two at a time of these specialty vehicles, which have four to eight wheels and cost up to $32,000.

The Elburn Planning Commission recently recommended that the Village Board approve the variance for Vajgert’s business.

Village struggles with blocked storm sewer
The Elburn Public Works Department and outside companies hired recently by the village tried to clear tree roots and debris from a storm sewer pipe in the Cambridge subdivision, but so far they have met with little success.

The roots and debris impede stormwater flow in the subdivision on the southwest side of the village, leading to residential property flooding during heavy rain.

So far, crews have used various methods to resolve the problem, including placing chemical solutions into the pipe. Public Works Superintendent John Nevenhoven said the substance is “an organic chemical” that is supposed to break up material blocking the flow.

“I did not see any noticeable improvements,” Nevenhoven said during the Aug. 24 Public Works Committee meeting. He added that there is flow in the pipe, but it is tremendously slow.

Nevenhoven said if the pipe cannot be cleared, the village will have to open it up, which would involve digging into residents backyards.

Village to buy spare parts for wayside horns
The village of Elburn will spend $13,841 on spare parts for its new wayside horn system.

The Public Works Committee approved the expenditure on Aug. 24. The company that provided the wayside horns, RCL Controls, recommended having the spare parts, Assistant Village Administrator Dave Morrison said.

“The advantage is that you have the parts on hand if something goes wrong,” Morrison said. “The disadvantage is the cost.”

The village owns, operates and maintains the wayside horn system. It includes stationary horns at the railway crossings on First Street and on Main Street in downtown Elburn. The system was installed this summer as a safety measure allowing for the reduction of train whistles in the village.