To the editor:
Prior to 1980, if you said you lived in Elburn, you likely lived within three or four blocks on either side of the rail line and three blocks east or west of Route 47. Beginning in the early 1990s, however, the Prairie Valley, Prairie Highlands and the Theis property annexations created substantial development within the village’s newly expanded northern border. The continued build out of the Blackberry Creek subdivision, though temporarily slowed, will drive our population growth to the south for many years.
As your village president, I promise to work to unify our village by providing greater transparency in government. This will be accomplished though improved communication on our website, through the newspapers and inserts in water bills, it is important to provide a clear message about what the village is working on and when fitting, obtain feedback. We will provide more information on proposed new developments, infrastructure needs within the various areas of our village, compliance with new legislative mandates, changes to local ordinances, and upcoming events. I would like to encourage more participation in the process. Our younger residents go to the Web to get news and information. I would like to see a more prominent link on the Web site for the Town and Country Library, the Elburn Chamber of Commerce and the Community Center.
The needs of our newest residents are decidedly different than those of our more seasoned residents. Many have expressed interest in a park district, there are many young families who are looking for such amenities and I pledge my support of those residents and will work with interested citizens to promote such a referendum during the next term. It may be several years before we have an Elburn Park District, however, there is nothing to prohibit a park board composed of volunteers to study the needs of our citizens by gathering input from the entire community. We may be able, at some future date be annexed in to an adjoining park district through future development. During the interim I will continue to encourage participation and support for those amenities that we have now, always looking forward, never back.
Candidate for village president