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Village president sees a bright future for North Aurora

NORTH AURORA – Residents can expect to see smoother roads ahead later this year.

“The village has committed to invest $2.5 million in road improvements for the upcoming year without needing to borrow funds,” North Aurora Village President Dale Berman said Wednesday in his State of the Village Address.

His address was part of a networking event at Oak Street Restaurant sponsored by the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Berman first served as North Aurora village president from 1985 to 1989 and returned to the office in 2009, when he was elected to succeed Village President John Hansen, who did not run for re-election.

Berman was re-elected last year with no opposition.

The village also will undertake water main replacement projects this year, he said, including the replacement of backyard water mains in the neighborhood just west of Route 31 at State Street.

“This project is unique because the original water and sewer mains are located in the backyards of 37 homes,” Berman said. “These mains were installed 60 years ago, with no easements. A recent water main break highlighted the need to relocate these mains to the public right of way.”

Berman also spotlighted the work of volunteer organizations in the village, such as the North Aurora River District Alliance. The group in 2012 completed a project to build an interactive stream along the village’s riverfront.

“NOARDA continues to expand on the riverfront beautification and is working on an expansion of the interactive water feature with the addition of a rain garden,” Berman said.

Several new businesses also are expected to open in North Aurora in the future, Berman said. Along with the Tastee Freez at 17 S. Lincolnway recently reopening, Berman said several businesses will be coming soon, including a BP gas station on Lincolnway and a Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant on Orchard Road. A hotel is set to be built on Orchard Road, across from the North Aurora Auto Mall, he said.

“The future certainly looks bright for North Aurora,” Berman said.

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