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Lagattolla: Schmidt calls for urgency on Elburn Station

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

ELBURN – Trustee Jerry Schmidt called for urgency Monday after a second consecutive week went by without discussion on the proposed Elburn Station development.

It wasn’t a surprise that the topic didn’t come up at Monday’s Committee of the Whole meeting. Village President Dave Anderson said board member Jeff Walter had been called away for business and could not attend. Last week, board member Ethan Hastert was not at a board meeting for a similar reason. Anderson has said Elburn Station discussions won’t take place at any meeting in which any board member is missing.

Officials have been debating the ShoDeen development, which would bring about 2,200 homes into the village, near the Metra station.

There has been discussion about the ratio of multifamily units and single-family units, talk about a planned pedestrian bridge that is part of the project, concern over the developer’s financial situation and senior housing issues.

The development is tied to an extension of Anderson Road and a bridge that would cross the Metra tracks. Federal funds are promised for the bridge, but there is concern that the money may become unavailable if the board doesn’t act. ShoDeen owns the land that would be used for the bridge.

“I’m a little concerned that we are still not discussing the station development,” said Schmidt, who is not running for re-election in April. He added that he understands Anderson wants all trustees there for any talk, but Schmidt wondered why there couldn’t be a special meeting called or an attempt to have the missing board member attend remotely, using a method such as Skype.

Trustees were not eager to pursue those possibilities. Anderson said there is time remaining to hammer out the details. The Village Board will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, and an Elburn Station discussion is planned for then.

“We are trying,” Anderson said.

View Elburn’s plan

Residents may get a glimpse of the Elburn Draft Comprehensive Plan, which was available for viewing last week. Those who want to check it out should visit www.elburn.il.us/DocumentCenter. From there, click on “Community Development.” Then, click on “Elburn Draft Comprehensive Plan 2013-01-16.”

The plan is scheduled to be reviewed at the Tuesday meeting of the village’s plan commission.

Kaneland educators award

Kaneland School District 302 has made its nominations for the Kane County 2013 Educator of the Year competition.

Those nominated include:

• Pam Berth, the principal’s secretary at Blackberry Creek Elementary School.

• Rachael Wilson, a fourth-grade teacher at John Shields Elementary School.

• Patti Reeder, an eighth-grade math teacher at Harter Middle School.

• Mark Meyer, a social studies teacher at Kaneland High School.

• Kris Weiss, an assistant principal at Harter Middle School.

The district said that letters of support for the individuals nominated must be received by 3 p.m. March 15.

Letters for Berth should be sent to Linda Zulkowski at Blackberry Creek Elementary School, 1122 S. Anderson Road, Elburn, IL 60119. Letters for Wilson should be sent to Anna Richards at John Shields Elementary School, 85 Main St., Sugar Grove, IL 60554. Letters for Reeder should be sent to Amy Pifer at Harter Middle School, 1601 Esker Drive, Sugar Grove, IL 60554.

Letters for Meyer should be sent to Sharon Beck at Kaneland High School, 47W326 Keslinger Road, Maple Park, IL 60151. Letters for Weiss should be sent to Elsa Glover at Harter Middle School, 1601 Esker Drive, Sugar Grove, IL 60554.

The Kane County Educator of the Year banquet will be May 3 in St. Charles.

Mr. Kaneland

The Mr. Kaneland event is set for 7 p.m. Feb. 15 in the Kaneland High School auditorium, 47W326 Keslinger Road, Maple Park. This year’s participants will be Brad Kigyos, Chris Wido, Tucker DeBolt, Andrew Tobin, Fernando Caballero, Dalvell Triplett, Alec Kovach and Mike Karakourtis.

According to a news release, the event is a male pageant created by the Kaneland Peer Leadership group to raise money for the Delnor Center for Breast Health.

The ticket to the event will be a bracelet, which is available for $5. Bracelets may be purchased from members of the Mr. Kaneland Court, members of Peer Leadership or by contacting Beth Trafton at Beth.Trafton@kaneland.org.

• Al Lagattolla is the news editor of the Kane County Chronicle. Write to him at alagattolla@shawmedia.com.

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