NORTH AURORA – How to bring more business and industry to the village is one of the main issues facing the four candidates running for three seats on the North Aurora Village Board.
Village trustees Mark Gaffino and Chris Faber are running for re-election. Also in the race are Michael Lowery and Allen Cavender (not pictured).
Faber, who has been on the Village Board for four years, said he wants to see the village attract more industry to create jobs.
“We’ve got some pretty prime industrial real estate,” Faber said. “We’ve got a pretty good opportunity because of where we are on [Interstate] 88.”
He also said there needs to be continual improvement of the Route 31 corridor, including burying the overhead power lines along the corridor.
“It would be nice to clean it up,” Faber said. “It is kind of the center of town.”
Gaffino, who is finishing his second term, said the board needs to be open to developer requests when they come to the village.
“I think we have to be open to listening to them and working with them,” he said.
Gaffino said he wants to see a developer come in with plans to improve Route 31.
“Just burying the power lines, that would probably be a start,” he said.
He also said the village needs to continue to be concerned with its infrastructure. Gaffino said replacing the village’s street lights with LED lights could result in significant cost savings.
Cavender said he would be leery of plans to bury the power lines given the likely price tag. In 2008, it was estimated it would cost more than $1 million to bury the Route 31 poles.
“I know that is a very expensive undertaking,” he said. “That’s an awfully big chunk to get rid of some overhead poles.”
Cavender said the village needs to pay more attention to its streets, especially on the east side, where he lives.
“It seems like our streets don’t get much attention until they are literally falling apart,” he said.
Lowery said he wants to bring more businesses to the village to provide property tax relief. He said Route 31 needs to be improved to attract more businesses.
“Route 31 is so ugly,” he said. “It deters businesses from wanting to come there.”
He has lived in North Aurora for 10 years.
“It’s a great village to live in,” Lowery said. “I would like to see it prosper and grow.”