New Storm Water Utility Fee Funds Flooding Projects

New Storm Water Utility Fee Funds Flooding Projects
Posted on 09/29/2017

Starting October 1, a new storm water utility fee that will help fund storm water control programs and infrastructure improvements will be included on the Village’s water and sewer bills. Although there can be no guarantee against future flooding events, the Village’s storm water improvement projects will significantly address quality of life issues for many homeowners.

The new fee will be $6.25 per month for single-family homes, nonprofits, government entities and small businesses up to 40,000 square feet per billed meter. Larger businesses will be charged fees based on land size and number of meters, with costs ranging from $12.50 per month to $31.25.

The Village also enhanced its overhead sewer rebate program by providing a 75 percent reimbursement to qualifying homeowners who install an overhead sewer system or approved alternative flood control system in their homes. An overhead sewer installation, or an approved alternative, can help minimize basement backups during larger rain events. Residents with homes built before the late 1970s that are located in a combined sewer neighborhood may qualify for this newly increased rebate program. For more information and an application, please click here.

The new storm water utility fee enables the Village to move forward on meaningful storm water system improvements planned over the next several years. These projects have been identified from an analysis of comprehensive flood studies done after an historic rain event in July 23, 2011 that resulted in significant flooding.

Listed below are key storm water infrastructure improvements planned for 2018.These projects are part of 17 storm water improvement projects identified by the flood studies. The projects were prioritized based on funding availability and what projects will impact the most residents. Also listed below are the Village’s annual storm water control projects.

2018 Key Projects:

The Cypress Street Detention basin:

These improvements will likely include an expansion of the Cypress Detention Basin and related storm sewers. According to flood studies conducted, the lack of an adequate storm drainage system in this area inhibits development and results in street and surface flooding problems.

Relief Sewers at Campbell Street/Sigwalt Street/Vail Avenue

This project will involve installation of larger storm pipes to convey storm water. The lack of adequate storm drainage in this area results in street and surface flooding that threatens the private residences and businesses in the area.

Improvements in the Greenbrier/ Roanoke Drive-Wilke Road Area

Improvements will include larger storm pipes and more storage to meet current standards. The lack of adequate storm drainage in this area results in street and surface flooding that threatens the private residences in the area.

Annual Village Storm Water Control Projects:

Neighborhood Drainage Improvements

This ongoing program provides new or improved access for residents to Village storm sewers. This work done in public right-of-way will help alleviate chronic neighborhood drainage problems directly affecting residents’ homes.

Ongoing Sewer Condition Analysis

The Village is doing an overall assessment of the storm sewer system by televising and analyzing the condition of over 200 miles of storm sewer. This work will be phased in over five years and will identify what areas of the system need rehabilitation and/or replacement work.

Enhanced Sewer Back-up Rebate Program

Village to contribute 75%, up to $11,250,  to qualifying homeowners who install an overhead sewer system or an approved alternative flood control system.

To review more information on the status of the Village’s storm water program please view the storm water presentation from March, 2017.