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Elburn decides against electric vehicle charging station at village meeting

American Family Insurance building also receive facade improvement grant

Trustee Bill Grabarek makes a point while other board members listen at Elburn's Village Board meeting on Oct. 7.
Trustee Bill Grabarek makes a point while other board members listen at Elburn's Village Board meeting on Oct. 7.

ELBURN – Elburn officials decided not to move forward with an offer by Kane County for an electric vehicle charging station in town in exchange for the village installing and maintaining it for four years.

After reviewing the data village staff was able to gather, the Village Board members concluded that they didn’t know if the village would ever be able to make the money back they would have to spend.

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 found would come to about 11 cents per kilowatt, including a processing fee.

Most other stations charge 15 cents per kilowatt hour while charging, and another $1 or $2 while connected but not charging. Elburn would end up making about 4 cents per kilowatt hour. In order to make up the annual amount to operate and insure the station, Elburn would have to receive a little less than $1,000 per month to cover the life of the plan.

Nevenhoven said he spoke with St. Charles representatives because the city has a charging station located within its main parking garage. With all the traffic that uses the garage, Nevenhoven said St. Charles officials told him they had only used $300 worth of electricity during the three years it has been in operation.

Trustee Ken Anderson said that the village could use the money it would have spent to operate a charging station toward other things that would benefit the downtown area, such as money for fašade grants. With traffic in Elburn decidedly less than St. Charles traffic, trustees weren’t sure how much such a station would get used.

The vote was unanimous not to make the investment. Trustee Pat Schuberg was absent.

Building at 100 S. Main Street gets a face lift

Village Board members approved a $5,000 payout of Fašade Improvement grant money to Justin Smitherman, owner of the building at 100 S. Main St. in Elburn and an American Family Insurance agent. Smitherman had already completed the improvements to the building, spending over $10,000 to repaint the fašade, purchase and install new front doors, have new signs created and repair the retaining wall outside the building.

Police Department gets good response to openings

The Elburn Police Department has had a “really good response” to its spot for a community service officer. Department staff has interviewed seven candidates, and is currently conducting a background check on their first choice. The department has also received inquiries about its part-time officer openings.

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