Officials hope grant gives help

By on August 7, 2010

Money would help village address stormwater projects
by Lynn Meredith
Maple Park—Maple Park officials have high hopes that the village will receive a $100,000 in grant from the Illinois capital bill, “FY2010 Capital New Appropriations,” administered through the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

The grant would fund storm water management projects in areas that have a history of flooding. Thanks to state Rep. Bob Pritchard, 70th District, areas on the DeKalb County side of the village will benefit. The money is designated to construct a new berm on Ashton Drive, repair the retention pond and drainage area near West DeKalb Drive, and grade and repair the union drainage ditch No. 2 near the intersection of West Ashton Drive and County Line Road.

“We used the results of a Baxter Woodman study in 2008 as backing for the grant,” trustee Suzanne Fahnestock said. “It was 20 pages with maps and photographs.”

The work on union ditch No. 2 is a larger project that the village won’t be able to complete with this grant. The project will require $600,000.

“This is just a small fraction. It’s not going to solve the problem,” Fahnestock said.

Fahnestock said that there is no set timeline for receiving the funds. All the paperwork is in. The next step is to draft an agreement between the state and the village.

“So, when the money becomes available to the state, it will be made available to the village,” Fahnestock said.