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Dunkin’ Donuts gets green light, but other issues face debate in Elburn

Published: Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST

ELBURN – A Dunkin’ Donuts shop on Route 47 got the go-ahead from the Elburn Village Board, but trustees engaged in a debate about other topics at Monday night’s meeting.

The village won’t charge the Elburn Chamber of Commerce for help provided by police at the Christmas Stroll, and village trustees won’t go back to meeting four times a month, at least for the time being.

Also, discussion on the village’s tax levy is headed for a public hearing. That will be at the next meeting, which is set for 6:45 p.m. Dec. 2 at Village Hall, 301 E. North St., Elburn. The hearing is necessary because the total amount levied – $824,000 – represents an 18.6 percent increase over last year’s figure of $695,001.69. Officials said they do not expect to receive the full amount requested.

The discussion on Dunkin’ Donuts was quick. The location is to be near the Jewel store at Route 47 and Prairie Valley Street, Elburn.

Much of the lively discussion took place at the Committee of the Whole meeting that immediately followed the Elburn Village Board meeting. Trustees have followed that format for the past few months, which was a change. Previously, they had the meetings in alternating weeks – with village board meetings on the first and third Monday of each month, and committee of the whole meetings on the second and fourth meeting of each month.

Although several trustees said they favored a return to having four meetings a month, Village President Dave Anderson said he strongly preferred the current schedule. He said it helps keep discussion focused, and it allows officials such as Village Administrator Erin Willret to work on other matters, rather than spend so much time preparing the packets for meetings.

Trustee Ken Anderson, who also favored keeping the two-meetings-a-month format, pointed out that special meetings are possible at any time, if called for by the village president or by any two trustees. But board member Pat Schuberg said trustees might be reluctant to call such a meeting, thinking such a request would have to meet a high standard to be considered worthy. But Ken Anderson said it could be as simple as wanting to call a meeting because more discussion is needed on a critical topic, such as the budget.

Trustee Jeff Walter, who had pushed for more frequent meetings, was among those who acknowledged that there had not yet been a full year of the twice-a-month schedule, and he would be willing to evaluate after a year had passed.

“Let’s give it a full year,” Walter said.

There also was talk on whether to charge the Elburn Chamber of Commerce for police assistance at the Christmas Stroll event, which is set for 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 6. Police duties at the event, which will be at several locations in town, typically will include helping residents to cross at intersections, among other tasks. There was a debate about whether such rules should apply to other such events in town, but Dave Anderson said that since the festival was fast approaching, guidance was necessary about the event.

“There are two choices,” he said. “We elect to charge for any extra duty time … or we donate the extra time, on this issue and this issue only.”

Trustees indicated that the time would be donated, though Walter said the issue needs more discussion.

“We still need a village policy,” he said.

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