Village tables Mallard Point SSA vote

By on December 4, 2009

by Susan O’Neill
SUGAR GROVE—The Sugar Grove Village Board on Tuesday tabled a proposal for a Special Services Area (SSA) in the Mallard Point Subdivision to deal with the recurring groundwater issues and elevated water levels in the wetland area.

Village officials, members of the Rob Roy Drainage District Board, Mallard Point residents and Kane County Water Resources Department Director Paul Schuch have been working together since early summer in an attempt to come up with a plan to resolve the flooding issues that are affecting the Mallard Point Subdivision, as well as property to the south.

The Village Board in September decided to table a vote that would have allowed the village to establish an SSA to address a portion of the flooding issues, when nearly 150 residents attended a public hearing on the topic. Many of the residents who attended the hearing said they did not want the board to rush into creating an SSA without knowing how much the special tax will cost them.

The establishment of the SSA would only cover the cost of maintaining the retention pond, which is just a small part of the problem. Funding to repair the broken drainage tiles and lay a large drain tile from the Mallard Point Subdivision south to Jericho Road would likely end up the responsibility of property owners throughout the Rob Roy Drainage District, an area that includes Mallard Point. This would mean additional fees charged to the residents.

The board agreed to invite Trotter & Associates engineer Mark Bushnell, who has been conducting the studies of the problems, to attend the Jan. 19, 2010, board meeting, to explain where things stand on the maintenance part of the project. Residents may comment at that meeting, and the board would then vote on the SSA issue at its March 2 meeting.

“There’s a lot of unknowns,” Village Administrator Brent Eichelberger said. “March is getting down to the key decision point. More than likely, we’re looking at a fall 2010 major project.”

“Obviously, no one wants to pay more taxes,” trustee and Mallard Point resident Rick Montalto said after the meeting.

However, he said, people do feel it is important to get the situation resolved.

“There’s a lot of moving parts,” Eichelberger said.

He said the village is working with the county and the Rob Roy Drainage District to see if there is any money out there to help with the costs, but he is not sure when they will even know how much the costs will be.

“I don’t know if we will have that estimate by March,” he said.