Sept. 24 Elburn village notes

By on September 24, 2009

by Martha Quetsch

Hog roast to benefit psychology center
Heritage Prairie Market will host its 4th annual Hog Roast/Barn Dance Fundraiser Saturday, Sept. 26, supporting the missions of the Center for Rural Psychology and Heartland Counseling in Elburn.

The family-oriented evening will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. at Heritage Prairie Farm, featuring live music by The Common Taters, barn dancing, farm tours, games for kids, barn animals, roast pork with trimmings, bountiful side dishes, local beer and wine by the glass, and S’mores by the bonfire.

The farm is located at 2N308 Brundige Road, Elburn (just south of Route 38). Tickets cost $35 for adults and $20 for college students; children’s admission matches their age. To order tickets online, go to Tickets are also available at Heritage Prairie Market.

The Center for Rural Psychology is a nonprofit organization advocating for the mental health needs of under-served rural areas and provides direct services to Kane County residents through Heartland Counseling, its main clinic and training site.

Other event sponsors are Old Second Bank, Bob Jass Chevrolet, Michael Greenen CPA, Two Brothers Brewery and Fox Valley Winery.

Sept. 24 open house focuses on Anderson Road extension plan
A public hearing will take place in Elburn on Thursday, Sept. 24, to provide information about the plan for the proposed Anderson Road extension and railway overpass.

Residents may view the proposed plan and ask questions of the project engineers and other county staff members. They also may comment on the plan.

The public hearing is an open house format, so people may attend anytime between 7 and 9 p.m.

The Anderson extension and overpass is a planned county project designed to reduce traffic on Main Street in downtown Elburn and improve traffic flow in the area in general, through the creation of another north-south thoroughfare between Keslinger Road and Route 38. Sho-Deen Inc. representatives said they desire the improvements to facilitate their planned residential and commercial development along Anderson Road between Route 38 and Keslinger Road.

Board eliminates senior utility tax rebate
The Elburn Village Board Monday eliminated the village’s utility tax rebate program for senior citizens because of the cost. Under the program started more than 10 years ago, Elburn senior citizens have been allowed a 75 percent refund of utility taxes including telephones.

In a 4-0 vote, the board approved a recommendation from the village’s Finance Committee to eliminate the rebates. Trustees Gordon Dierschow and Jeff Walter were absent.

The village will not offer utility tax rebates for 2009 bills.

The board might reinstate the rebates next year. Village officials recommended that interested seniors save all of their 2010 phone and utility bills to be prepared to submit them if the village offers the rebates again.

Elburn will save more than $10,000 by not offering the senior utility tax rebates, village officials said.

Before village officials reinstate the rebates, they will consider possible changes to the program to make it more affordable and to prevent abuse. Those changes could be making the eligibility age 65 instead of 62, and prohibiting rebates for cell phone bill taxes.