Board approves drainage project easement agreements

By on April 5, 2012

Vote keeps Mallard Point project moving forward
by Keith Beebe
SUGAR GROVE—Sugar Grove Village Board trustees on Tuesday voted 6-0 to approve easement agreements with two landowners in regard to the Mallard Point/Rolling Oaks drainage project.

The easement agreements are just another step in the drainage project process, which will culminate in the installation of a pipe—30 inches in diameter and 8,800 feet long-intended to convey water from the Mallard Point and Rolling Oaks subdivisions to the Drainage District ditch located near Jericho Road and Route 30.

“I appreciate (everyone) working together … collaboratively. I am looking forward to this project getting started and completed,” Village President Sean Michels said.

Following approval of the easement agreement, the next steps for the drainage project will include a special assessment, Army Corps of Engineers approval, project bid approval, a Kane County IGA, pond/wetland proposal approval and SSA levy.

The village in late February hosted an open house for the drainage project, featuring a presentation that outlined the project goal to “lower the groundwater table within the Mallard Point/Rolling Oaks area through gravity pipes, and improve the performance of the pond/wetland,” and documented the “routing of flows (agricultural tile, groundwater and stormwater detention) into a bypass tile to South.”

According to the presentation, cost allocation and annual residential payment for the drainage project is $2,084,236.24 ($1,048,715.16 for residents, $863,996.37 for the village, and $171,524.71 for the county). The total annual payment for year one is simply the special assessment payment-$394.10 for Mallard Point residents and $120.29 for Rolling Oaks. For years two through 20, an annual pond/wetland maintenance fee of $54.59 for Mallard Point residents and $36.85 for Rolling Oaks residents will be added to the special assessment payment, resulting in a total payment of $448.69 and $157.14, respectively.

The presentation also noted that the pond/wetland maintenance payments are based on current dollars and will increase with inflation over time.