Village president: Elburn has bright future

ELBURN – Village President Dave Anderson on Thursday described Elburn as a growing town, looking ahead to such highlights as the extension of Anderson Road, including over the railroad tracks that divide the town, as well as the recent approval of Elburn Station, which potentially would double the size of the village’s population.

Anderson delivered a State of the Village address at the Elburn Chamber of Commerce meeting at the Blackberry Masonic Lodge on Route 47 in downtown Elburn. He praised the village’s public works department for its work during the harsh winter season, saying that despite heavy snow, “the streets have been plowed, and I think everybody here is grateful for that.” And he looked forward to the building of a new fire station on the north side of Route 38.

But there is always room for more. Asked about what new businesses might be coming in 2014, Anderson said he has had inquiries about a hardware store, and “I’ve really got my heart set on a florist shop.”

“At one point we had two,” Anderson said of florist shops in the village. “And they both did well.”

Peg Bendowski, the administrator of the Elburn Chamber, said of all the calls she gets from people, the top desire is a florist, as well as a bakery or a taxi service.

Anderson looked back on a busy 2013, mentioning the creation of an Economic Development Commission, the approval of video gaming, the successful vote on Elburn Station, the completion of a comprehensive land-use plan, the hiring of a finance director and the welcoming of several new businesses, among other highlights.

He talked at length about the Anderson Road extension, emphasizing the importance of the bridge, as he said Union Pacific has plans to add a third track “that goes right through Elburn.”

“This very simply means more trains,” Anderson said, adding that while the trains are needed, “we want to get from one side of the tracks to the other.” And, with the new fire department headquarters set to be built close to Anderson Road, he said the bridge will provide a big help for firefighters.