Firm to study drainage, flooding problems

By on February 6, 2009

by Susan O’Neill
The Village Board on Tuesday approved a contract with engineering company Trotter and Associates, Inc. to study drainage problems within the Mallard Point Subdivision.

The first phase of the project will be to inspect the retention basin to the south of the development in an attempt to determine what is causing the problems.

Issues with flooding and drainage go back to when the construction began on the development east of Route 47 and south of Prairie Street in the early 1990s. The first builder declared bankruptcy in the midst of construction, and two additional builders took over before construction was completed in the late 1990s. Causes and responsibility for the subdivision’s problems have been difficult to pin down.

Mallard Point’s storm water management was to be handled by water flow through the retention basin and an improved wetland to the south. According to village officials, the annexation agreement called for a homeowners association to own and maintain the storm water management improvements.

However, a homeowners association was never formed, and the retention basin property was purchased by the owner of the farm to the south through a tax sale. Many of the residents have said that the water level of the retention facility is higher than originally intended, leading to the subdivision’s drainage and ground water issues.

More than 100 Mallard Point residents attended a special Village Board meeting on Jan. 27 to report on their specific drainage and flooding issues. Several residents attended Tuesday’s meeting, as well.

Many of the problems include the constant running of sump pumps, flooding of basements and backyards when it rains.

The cost of the inspection is $8,000 plus expenses, which will be paid by the village. The study should take 21 days to complete.

After the inspection phase is completed, the Village Board will have to approve subsequent project phases, which include the identification of actions needed to rehabilitate the basin and restore the wetlands and the development of a maintenance plan. The last phase calls for individual lot drainage and resolution of residents’ groundwater concerns.

The residents of Mallard Point have set up a blog regarding the problems at mallardpoint.blogspot.com.