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Elburn Economic Development Committee OK’d

Published: Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

ELBURN – The Elburn Economic Development Committee became official Monday night, as the Village Board hammered out details defining the committee and then unanimously approved its members.

Also, the board approved plans for a new child-care facility – the Lighthouse Academy – which is targeting an October opening. And board members also continued to work out what messages might be appropriate to include in available space on the village’s water bills.

The Economic Development Committee action took place, with approval of the seven members appointed by Village President Dave Anderson. The board previously showed strong support for both the committee and the members, but there had been issues with the language that spelled out who might serve on such a committee, which is being created to help promote business in the village. It is intended to work as an advisory commission to the board to help attract new businesses and retain current businesses. 

As it previously was written, at least one appointee would not have been able to serve, as members would have had to be residents or representatives of a business in the village. That has been expanded to include those in Elburn’s comprehensive planning area.

The members are Bill Brauer of American Bank and Trust; Ryan Easter of Bob Jass Chevrolet; Dr. Harry “Duke” Krauspe, a local dentist; Joe Kryszak of JDW Institutional Paper; Patrick Leach of Control Plus Inc.; CeCe Rocha of NBT Bank; and Annette Theobold of Paisano’s and Eddie Gaedel Pub and Grill.

Trustee Bill Grabarek said the language could have been clearer, but that would have required a rewriting of the description and would have pushed back the formation of the group.

“It’s not something I want to fiddle with and delay this,” Grabarek said.

The board also unanimously approved plans for the Lighthouse Academy, which will take over a spot previously occupied by a similar business. It will be at 153 Wright St. in Elburn. Because of how long the building had been unoccupied, zoning approval was needed.

The board unanimously approved the request. Business owner Shannen Flores was in attendance, and she said she hopes to open in October.

At a Committee of the Whole meeting that followed the Village Board meeting, trustees talked about using space on bills, such as water and sewer bills, to offer information, facts or promotion of upcoming events. Grabarek has been supplying facts on recent bills. Village Administrator Erin Willret said there is space on the bills for up to 800 characters of information. Using any more than that could cost hundreds of dollars each month. 

There wasn’t support for anything that would cost money, and officials said they would consider using the available space for messages. They would, however, want to be certain such messages would be appropriate.

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