Storm sewers for Machensey

Storm sewers for Machensey

By Shellie Berg

By Shellie Berg

Staff Reporter

Erik Boozell has lived on Sycamore Lane in Machesney Park for two years and has endured puddles of water in his driveway and yard that attract snakes and mosquitoes to his property.

For years, village hall has been awash with complaints mirroring Boozell’s. People also fret about standing water at the edge of streets, water in their yards, and streets buckling.

That’s why the village wants to undertake the major project of procuring storm water sewers for the area. “I think it definitely needs to be done,” Boozell said. “If that means homeowners have to pay for it.”

However, homeowners won’t have to pay: The village has applied for a $400,000 grant and the remaining amount will come from $1,222,000 Motor Fuel Tax and capital improvement monies.

On Sept. 10, the village called a public meeting and approved a resolution of commitment for the project. “The resolution was the village board saying, we’ll do the streets at no cost to the residents,” Mayor Linda Vaughn said.

The grant, written by Tammy Scott of McMahon & Associates, was sent Aug. 20 to the Department of Commerce and Community Affairs (DCCA). The village will find out in about two months if the application is approved. “If we don’t get this grant, then we would stop all of the research and the engineering until we found other sources,” Vaughn said.

The village must obtain a grant because it can’t afford the steep cost in addition to what it will pay already. The village will pay $1,122,000 with capital improvement monies and Motor Fuel Tax.

The project would cover U.S. 251 to the West, Wayne Drive to the South, Rogers Street to the east, Sycamore Lane and Maple Avenue to the North. The project would begin next spring, and the village would have up to two years to complete it.

It would entail connecting the area to the storm water interceptor, placing storm water sewer under all project area streets and reconstructing streets with curbs and gutters.

While the village will focus on merely this area, it will target other areas in need of storm water sewers in the future.

Although Vaughn said parts of roads such as Wood Avenue and Anna Avenue are in worse condition than the parts of Wayne and Sycamore, which will be improved, the village must complete the project in a particular grid. Because Maple Avenue is in such dire shape, Vaughn said the village wanted to start with that project area first.

She said that the project is based on a survey of income levels. Scott and Wentland conducted a door-to-door income survey of the area and found 71.76 percent of those in the area are of low-to-moderate income.

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