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Elburn seeks grant funding to pay for new bike path

Officials with the village of Elburn are looking to find resources to help pay for the development of a new bike path off Anderson Road.

The topic was discussed during a March 2 meeting of the Elburn Committee of the Whole.

The bike path is part of a larger project that aims to develop a new community park in town.

“It actually will go through Shodeen’s monument, which we’ll have to move if we choose to do this,” Village President Jeffrey Walter said.

The monument currently falls within a portion of Kane County’s right of way.

The Kane County Department of Transportation has requested a link from the Anderson Road bike path to the Elburn Station community park as part of the approval of using their right of way to the parking lot, according to village documents.

The work is not covered by the state of Illinois and its Open Space Land Acquisition and Development grant program. However, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources is accepting grant applications for projects that develop or rehabilitate bike paths and/or acquire land for bike path development, according to village documents.

The cost to complete the work amounts to about $90,000, according to village documents.

Walter said the cost is the village’s responsibility.

Trustee Kenneth Anderson Jr. questioned if the village needs to move forward with the project this year.

“Can’t we do it another year?” he asked.

Walter said either way, it’s a 50/50 grant.

The deadline to apply for the funding assistance is March 16.

If approved, the IDNR grant would provide the village a 50/50 match, much like an OSLAD grant.

Anderson brought up an issue with Shodeen’s monument and the right of way, saying that an agreement is needed first to help ensure that maintenance falls to the proper entities.

“They should not be on top of utilities,” he said.

The village board reached a consensus that it is best to hold the application until the issue with the monument and the right of way is addressed.


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