LELGIN - Anyone living around a thriving town can see and feel the impact from the influx of people coming to the area long before a census confirmation and the City of Elgin is no different. For those who’ve resided here, or watched it grow from a distance, the ever expanding school, boost of business and increased amount of traffic on the roadways are all a dead give-a-way that the population of Elgin is on the upswing. “It’s a good thing. I always tell people, if you’re not growing, you’re dying,” said Elgin Mayor Larry Thoma. “Most people want some growth.”

While flourishing towns are sought after areas to live and offer many positive benefits for residents, for those responsible for managing the city itself, there can be difficult challenges to over come. As the Mayor of Elgin since 1992, Larry said he’s noticed the changes and said maintaining adequate infrastructure to support a growing population is at the top of the list of challenges the city faces - road maintenance being one of the more expensive, never ending responsibilities. “It’s the blessing and the curse,” said Larry. “More traffic means more wear and tear and patching holes pulls employees from their other duties.”

 

 

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