It’s a rewarding time for North Aurora
● By Tim
By Shirley Mott
North Aurora residents can be comfortable with the Village’s current financial position, according to Village President Dale Berman. During a State of the Village Address on Wed., April 9, Berman told an audience of 55 – 60 that the Village continues to maintain a general fund balance that would allow them to pay current expenses for a period of 6 months or more with no additional revenue. With continued interest in both commercial and residential development, Berman also told them that it is a “rewarding time for North Aurora." The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce sponsored the networking lunch at Oak Street Restaurant, 925 Oak St. When summarizing major accomplishments over the past year, Berman said, “The Village has committed to invest $2.5 million in road improvements for the upcoming year without needing to borrow funds.” He pointed out that this expenditure is a direct link to development plans, while ensuring that driving in North Aurora is safe and pleasurable for its residents. Read more about summer roadway construction in the lead article on page 12 of this issue of Neighbors of North Aurora. The Mayor also talked about this summer’s water main replacement projects. “This project is unique because the original water and sewer mains are located in the backyards of 37 homes,” Berman said. “These mains were installed 60 years ago, with no easements. A recent water main break highlighted the need to relocate these mains to the public right of way.”
Open for business
According to the Mayor, these nine businesses opened their doors during the past year:
· Speedway Gas Station, corner of Sullivan and Rt. 31
· Massage Envy in the North Aurora Town Center
· Ari’s Kitchen, 362 N. Randall Rd.
· Quetzalcoatl Studio
· Steffes & Associates Language and Translation (SALT)
· Top Pain Center
· Treadstone Restoration Group
· Sign-A-Rama, 197 Poplar Pl., Unit #3
· WellRED Books, Games and More, 736 Butterfield Rd.
Opening soon for business
“The Village continues to be approached by businesses with an interest in our great location in the Fox Valley and easy access to the I-88 corridor,” the Mayor stated. He said some of the businesses coming soon are:
· BP Gas Station on Lincolnway
· Dunkin’ Donuts on Orchard Rd.
· Tastee Freeze will reopen on Lincolnway
· OPUS Industrial Center; construction of the 600,000 square foot structure is underway at Randall Rd. and Orchard Gateway
Berman also alluded to the potential for a new hotel across from the Auto Mall. However, he said this is currently only a proposal.
Looking to the future
The process to update North Aurora’s Comprehensive Plan has begun. The Village hired Houseal-Levigne to organize this effort. A steering committee met for the first time on April 8. The committee includes staff members, plan commissioners, local business owners, residents and a Village trustee. The Route 31 corridor will see scrutiny by this committee. A strategic planning workshop in February identified the corridor as one area to intensify economic development efforts. According to Village officials, residents will have the opportunity to comment about the Comprehensive Plan later in the process. Berman also praised the efforts of various volunteer organizations for their positive impact in North Aurora. Among those mentioned were North Aurora River District Alliance (NOARDA), the Lions Club and the North Aurora Mother’s Club. “The future certainly looks bright for North Aurora,” said Berman in summary.