ELBURN – Calling the festival a “full community event,” Village President Dave Anderson praised the recently completed Elburn Days weekend, as well as the work of the Elburn Lions Club and volunteers to make it happen.
“It was a great, great weekend for the community,” Anderson said Monday at the Elburn Village Board meeting.
But there was some disappointment that a different community event – National Night Out – didn’t take place this year, after a healthy turnout last year. National Night Out was observed Aug. 5, and there were several celebrations in Kane County, including the Kane County Sheriff’s Office and the Campton Hills police.
There was $500 budgeted for the event in Elburn, but Police Chief Steve Smith said that pays for only a portion of the event and fundraising would have been needed to cover the rest of the cost. He said his department was unable to work to raise that amount.
Trustee Pat Schuberg said she wished officials would have known in advance that there was such an issue. Trustee Jeff Walter said he “heard from a lot of people who were disappointed. … People really missed it.”
Also, in a committee of the whole meeting that followed the Village Board meeting, board members discussed an update to the subdivision control ordinance, which John Nevenhoven, the superintendent of public works, and Tom Brennan, the village’s building commissioner, described as the cleaning up of a 20-year-old ordinance.
Walter had some concerns about language that defined a developer. He said he was uncomfortable with the definition, and he thought perhaps there were some in the Blackberry Creek subdivision who “can say, ‘Yep, we’re doing one of those things. … We are the developer.’ ”
Trustee Ethan Hastert said he didn’t think defining a developer in the ordinance would change anything in Blackberry Creek. Trustee Ken Anderson, who works for Kane County, said he could share the county ordinance with Elburn village staff to see whether there would be anything that could be addressed.