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Local Government

Water, sewer rate increase OK’d in Elburn

ELBURN – Water and sewer rate increases were approved Monday night at the Elburn Village Board meeting, but village officials postponed decisions on the budget and the possible addition of a finance director.

The increases are to take effect May 1. John Nevenhoven, the village’s superintendent of public works, has said an average customer could see rates increase by $6 a month. Sewer rates will rise to $2.82 from $2.69. Sewer rates will go up to $3.80 from $3.62. And the base cost, the fee for having the service, will rise to $7.50, up from $5.50.

Village President Dave Anderson said the price goes up because the cost of delivering the service goes up.

“You cannot buy Hershey bars for 15 cents and sell them for a dime,” Anderson said as part of an analogy.

The board has discussed the budget for weeks, but because board members Ethan Hastert and Jeff Walter were not in attendance Monday, the remaining members opted to delay the vote.

Anderson said he intended to call a special Village Board meeting before next week’s Committee of the Whole meeting for discussion and a possible vote. At that time, discussion can resume on adding a finance director as well. 

In other news, Nevenhoven said work has begun on improvements in the Blackberry Creek development. Issues there have been unresolved since developer B&B Enterprises pulled out of the area in 2010. Some streets have been unfinished, for instance. The deadline for completion of the work is Oct. 1, but Nevenhoven said it’s possible an extension could be worked out for street lights, which must be ordered.

Also, officials made plans for a Saturday morning meeting to tour the wastewater treatment plant at 1N524 Thryselius Drive in Elburn. The tour starts at 9 a.m., and the public is invited.

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