Nov. 5 Village notes

By on November 5, 2009

Veterans Day parade Nov. 11
ELBURN—American Legion Post 630 will host its annual Veterans Day parade at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11, in Elburn.

The parade will step off from the Legion Hall, 112 N. Main St., and proceed south to North Street and east to Memorial Park.
A color guard ceremony will take place near the tank at the park.

The public is invited to participate in the event honoring U.S. military veterans.

Wastewater sample analysis accurate
ELBURN—Environmental Resources Associates recently studied the Elburn’s wastewater treatment plant sample analysis and found it to be accurate.

The purpose of the study is to ensure that the village’s lab analysis results match those of ERA. The company reported the results to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which periodically requires the study.

Board approves drug screening policy
MAPLE PARK—Drug screens will be required of all new hires before they officially can be a village employee on the payroll, under a policy approved Tuesday by the Maple Park Village Board.

In addition, the village now may require an immediate drug and alcohol screening of an employee they believe is under the influence during work hours.

Scouts plan for Metra landscaping
Elburn—Troop 7 Boy Scout Jordan Rego on Oct. 26 presented the village with a plan to improve the Metra train station landscaping.

His Eagle Scout project will include removing dead and dying plants, replacing bushes, expanding a flower bed and installing mulch.

“This is a project that will really enhance our Metra station,” Public Works Committee Chairman Jerry Schmidt said.

The Scout developed the project plan and budget, and will coordinate volunteers to help with the work this spring.

The project’s total cost is $1,200, toward which Rego is seeking donations to add to the $500 he already has raised.

Residents asked to keep yard waste off street
Elburn—Elburn trustee Ken Anderson wants residents to refrain from raking grass and leaves into the street, since the debris can end up in water retention areas and promote algae growth.

Anderson on Oct. 26 brought the issue to the attention of the Public Works Committee, of which he is a member.

Village seeks treatment plant operator
Elburn—The village of Elburn is seeking a full-time wastewater treatment plant operator who has an Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEP) Class 1 certification.

The Class 1 operator, required by the IEPA, will receive a salary of between $55,000 and $60,000.

That employee would replace the part-time, Class 1 operator supplied by an outside company, Baxter and Woodman, currently costing the village $50,000 annually.

The village also has a public works employee who helps maintain plant operations full time.

Public Works Supertintendent John Nevenhoven said hiring a full-time, Class I-certified employee will free up the other staffer to do additional tasks for the village, such as snow plowing.

Village announces tax levy
Sugar Grove—The Village Board on Tuesday agreed with the estimated and proposed 2009 property tax levy of $4.1 million. Sugar Grove Financial Director Justin VanVooren said that after general obligation bond abatements and actual equalized assessed values, the estimated property taxes less bonds the village is likely to receive is $1.3 million, which is 1 percent above the 2008 extension amount of $1.3 million.

The village will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, Nov. 17, and will pass the levy in December.

Board authorizes agreement with EEI for Prairie Street pavement project
Sugar Grove—The Village Board on Tuesday approved a construction engineering agreement with Engineering Enterprises, Inc. for the Prairie Street Local Agency Pavement Preservation (LAPP) project.

The Prairie Street project had been placed in the five-year program for construction in 2012. However, with the addition of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds, the village moved the project up to the 2009-2010 schedule. The village’s share of the ARRA money is $109,000.

The total cost of the Prairie Street LAPP project with engineering is $1.1 million. The Federal share with the (ARRA) added is $908,000 and the village’s share is $203,000.