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Elburn board works out details of economic development commission

Published: Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

ELBURN – Village Board members hammered out details of a newly created economic development commission Tuesday night, working out the language that determines who would be eligible to serve.

The commission is being created to help promote business in the village. It would work as an advisory commission to the Village Board to help attract new businesses and retain current businesses.

The board did not confirm the seven appointments presented at Tuesday’s meeting because, as the ordinance had been written, some of the members would not have been eligible to serve.

For instance, the ordinance specified that members would have had to have been residents or business owners within the village, and at least one member didn’t meet that criteria.

Because the wording had to be altered, the board could not approve the measure in the board meeting, but in the Committee of the Whole meeting that followed, Village Administrator Erin Willret proposed language that members be village residents and/or individuals having an economic interest within the Elburn Comprehensive Planning Area.

The seven members would be:

• Bill Brauer of American Bank and Trust. He is the treasurer of the Elburn Lions Club and is active in the Elburn Chamber of Commerce.

• Ryan Easter, the general manager of Bob Jass Chevrolet.

• Dr. Harry “Duke” Krauspe, a dentist in Elburn.

• Joe Kryszak, president of JDW Institutional Paper, who is active in the Elburn Lions Club.

• Patrick Leach, president of Control Plus Inc., and who is active in youth sports.

• CeCe Rocha of the National Bank & Trust and an active Chamber member.

• Annette Theobold, who runs Paisano’s and Eddie Gaedel Pub and Grill in Elburn.

The members were chosen by Village President Dave Anderson. Board members were in favor of those on the list. For example, when board member Ken Anderson said he would want those who were residents, board member Ethan Hastert said he wouldn’t want to eliminate anyone from the list.

“I don’t disagree with you, but looking at this list … it’s a pretty good list,” Hastert said. “When you look at this group of individuals, I think they all have Elburn’s economic development in mind.”

Ken Anderson said that, he, too, liked those on the list. But trustees debated on the language, with some suggesting that businesses should be able to select representatives. Trustee Jeff Walter, however, stressed that individuals, not businesses, were to serve on the commission.

Board members appeared comfortable with Willret’s revised language, and they will vote on the appointments at their next meeting.

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