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Officials considering agreement to bring electric car charging station to Elburn

Elburn and Sugar Grove boundary also up for discussion

ELBURN – Elburn officials are considering an offer by Kane County for an electric vehicle charging station in exchange for the village to install and maintain it for five years.

Village Administrator John Nevenhoven estimated that it would cost the village a total of $10,700 to install and operate the station for a period of five years, which he said provided the village with the best deal. This amount does not include the cost of the electricity to provide the charges, which Nevenhoven thought cost 15 cents per kilowatt.

Nevenhoven said that the village would need to charge the drivers for the electricity to get reimbursed for its costs. Otherwise, the village would be subsidizing the drivers of Teslas and other electric cars.

“I’d like to see how often these stations are used,” Trustee Sue Filek said.

Nevenhoven said there are a number of them already in the Tri-Cities area, one in St. Charles, two in Geneva and one in Aurora. He said that if the village decided on a five-year agreement, the village would need to recoup $2,000 a year in order to break even.

Trustee Bill Grabarek said he likes the idea. He said his son has an electric car, whose charge gets him to Grabarek’s house, but not home again.

“I like the availability, but I wouldn’t want our residents to be subsidizing a small group of people,” he said.

Nevenhoven said that places such as dealerships and high-end hotels are typical sites that would have a charging station available. The Herrington Hotel in Geneva has a station that only fits Tesla cars and is for the use of guests only, he said.

“It’s a decent idea,” Village President Jeff Walter said. “It’s just got to make sense for the village to either break even or make money on it. We don’t have the complete picture yet.”

Nevenhoven said he would gather additional information for further discussion with the board.

Sugar Grove reaches out to Elburn

to restart boundary discussions

Sugar Grove officials have contacted the village about boundary agreement discussions. The last discussions with Sugar Grove, which took place a number of years ago, would have taken Elburn’s boundary south to Main Street Road, but an agreement was never reached.

Trustee Ken Anderson suggested that the village include a discussion about the boundaries between Elburn and Sugar Grove during meetings the village plans to have with residents regarding the land use plan.

“Make it an open process,” Anderson said.

Walter said that one of the nice things about Elburn is that there is not another village right up against it – there is some open area that gives it a more rural feel.

“There doesn’t seem to be a pressing need for it (the boundary agreement),” Walter said.

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