ELBURN – The village of Elburn may need to use eminent domain to acquire a portion of right-of-way property at the intersection of Anderson and Keslinger Roads for the extension of Anderson Road south of Keslinger planned for the coming fiscal year.
One of the three parcels that make up the 1.2 acres belongs to the Blackberry Creek Home Owners Association, which village officials say should not be a problem to negotiate. However, the remaining two parcels, originally owned by the Blackberry Creek Development Association, were transferred to a Chicago Title Land Trust once the development association was no longer in existence.
Since the Land Trust has no beneficiary behind it, negotiations for the property may become problematic, and the village board on April 15 authorized the village attorney to utilize eminent domain to take over the property, if necessary.
The extension of Anderson Road, south from Keslinger Road to Freedom Drive, where the Blackberry Creek Elementary School is located, will cost approximately $1 million. The village’s portion, $351,875, was money set aside during the initial construction of the Blackberry Creek Subdivision, said Village President Jeff Walter. The remaining funds will come from several other entities, including the Kane County Council of Mayors.
The Anderson Road extension is the largest road project scheduled for the 2019-2020 fiscal year, Walter said. He said the village and its supporting safety services, including the Elburn Police Department and the Elburn and Countryside Fire Protection District, are looking forward to the accomplishment of this extension, as it could shave minutes off of their arrival at the Blackberry Creek Elementary School in an emergency.
An additional $500,000 will be set aside in the budget for extensive maintenance of some of the village’s streets, as well as another $85,000 to pave the village’s downtown parking lot at North and First Streets. Walter said he is excited to see that project come to fruition.
“We hope to have an electric charging station there,” he said.
He added that village officials have been working with Pound 4 Pound Fitness in Elburn on a plan to build a basketball court at the south end of the lot, which will provide another park for residents to use.
Work on the first phase of the Keslinger Liberty Park will also begin this fiscal year, with the village’s portion at $200,000 of the $800,000 cost of the project’s first phase. Shodeen is also responsible for $200,000 of the initial $400,000 investment, which will be matched with a $400,000 Open Space Land Acquisition and Development grant through the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
Another $35,000 will be set aside for repairs at Prairie Park.
The village board on April 15 approved the annual budget for the 2019-2020 fiscal year, which begins on May 1, 2019 and runs through April 30, 2020. Expenditures from the General Fund are estimated at $4.1 million, with total village expenditures set at $9.6 million.