Aldermen approve Keith Creek settlement; methadone clinic gets new home on East State Street

By Jim Hagerty
Staff Writer

Homeowners along Keith Creek who participated in a class-action lawsuit to pay for damages suffered in a 2007 flood, will soon be paid, as alderman approved a $2.5 million to settlement at the Monday, Jan. 13 meeting of the Rockford City Council.

The lawsuit claimed the City of Rockford and Rock River Water Reclamation District knew Keith Creek would flood, yet failed to clear debris from its basin during heavy rains Aug. 6-7, 2007.  As a result, hundreds of homes and vehicles in the Rolling Green and Churchill Park neighborhoods were damaged.

“At all relevant times,” the lawsuit reads, “the Defendant knew that Keith Drain, as originally designed, could only withstand a 10-year return frequency rainfall and that rainfalls near this design standard would flood the neighborhoods downstream west of Alpine Road including in the Churchill Park and Rolling Green neighborhoods.”

Under terms of the settlement, between 150 and 200 homeowners will be compensated approximately $12,500 to $16,000 each.

The settlement will be paid in three installments over the next 15 months.

In other business, a downtown methadone clinic will have a new home along the East State Street corridor when its $1 million relocation project is complete.

Aldermen voted unanimously to issue Remedies a special-use permit to move from its  location at 516 Green St., to 5011 E. State St., near Rockford University.

The new facility will also include a crisis shelter for women and children and medical clinic. The address is in a R-4, multi-family, residential zoning district.

Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey (I) made a lone proclamation Monday, naming the week of Jan. 13 “Keith County Day School Class 1A State Championship Week,” honoring the 2013 Keith girls volleyball team. The Cougars won their second-straight state title by defeating Stewardson-Strasburg 25-18, 25-17 Nov. 16.

The Rockford City Council meets very Monday at 6 p.m., at City Hall, downtown.

City Hall will be closed next Monday, Jan. 2o, in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Posted Jan. 14, 2014

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