Key votes possible at Elburn meeting
Decisions might be made on Elburn Station, video gambling
ELBURN – Significant decisions might be made at Monday night’s Elburn Village Board meeting, and a vote could take place on the long-discussed plans for the Elburn Station development.
The board meets at 7 p.m. Monday at Village Hall, 301 E. North St., Elburn.
The board is expected to vote on lifting its ban on video gambling, and most trustees have supported allowing video gambling machines in the village.
The issue on Elburn Station appeared less clear after the most recent Committee of the Whole meeting, in which board members debated a paragraph in the agreement. Officials representing the developer, ShoDeen, said they would not agree to the stipulation that “area 1” of the project be completed first. That is an area in which single-family homes were to be constructed.
Some board members have said apartments should not be built first, and Jeff Walter drove that point home at the Committee of the Whole meeting. Trustees proposed changing the statement to clarify that the “construction of improvements in area 1” must be completed first.
Village President Dave Anderson was not at the Committee of the Whole meeting, but, reached on Friday, Anderson said he expected that a vote on Elburn Station would happen Monday.
The Elburn Station development would bring 2,215 new homes to the village over 20 years. ShoDeen has agreed to language that would limit the number of multifamily units in the plan to 400, with an additional 200 allowed if they were designated as senior housing.
Also on the agenda is an update from Blackberry Township road commissioner Rod Feece. A referendum is on the April 9 ballot, asking residents to approve raising the limiting tax rate for the township road district to 30.26 cents per $100 of equalized assessed valuation. That number now is 16.5 cents. A person with a $300,000 home would pay about $140 more a year in taxes if the referendum were to be passed.
Feece said the roads in Blackberry Township are in need of repair.