WINNETKA STORMWATER MANAGEMENT
SUMMARY OF COUNCIL ACTIONS
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August 20, 2013: Public Works Director and Village Engineer Steven Saunders presented the Stormwater Monthly Report, highlighting progress on three significant projects. First, previous to Mr. Saunders’ report, the Council awarded a contract for the construction of the Lloyd Park Storm Sewer Outlet (one of two Northeast Winnetka projects). Mr. Saunders noted that the low bid awarded was about $17,000 under the original engineer’s estimate and that construction is scheduled for this fall. Second, Mr. Saunders anticipated bid awards for both the Winnetka Avenue Pump Station and the Tower/Foxdale Northeast Winnetka project, would come before the Council in September. Finally, progress was reviewed on the Willow Road Tunnel Request for Qualifications process; 14 firms have already responded and all submittals are due August 29.
July 16, 2013: Public Works Director Steven Saunders presented the Winnetka Avenue Pump Station Improvements to the Village Council—seeking authorization to bid the project. The Pump Station provides drainage for a large area of western Winnetka. The increased capacity proposed in the improvements would improve flow in upstream storm sewers and also increase the discharge capacity of the Forest Preserve Ditch in southwestern Winnetka. Mr. Saunders explained the increase to the original cost estimates, which were attributable to design modifications and safety additions. Council authorized Staff to proceed with bidding the Winnetka Avenue Pump Station Improvements. It is expected a bid award recommendation will be brought back before the Council on September 17. To see the Agenda Report on the Pump Station Improvements, click here.
July 11, 2013: The Village Council held a Special Study Session, during which Finance Director Ed McKee and the Village’s financial adviser, Kevin McCanna from Speer Financial, addressed the options for financing the proposed stormwater improvements through debt issuance. Mr. McKee explained that the Village is revisiting the bond issuance discussion that began during the stormwater utility feasibility study due rising interest rates in the bond market. The projections made in the stormwater utility feasibility study, and how those rates would change if bonds were issued earlier, were discussed. The Utility Study predicted the first debt issuance in fiscal year 2015. If the Village issued debt earlier, these debt costs would be reflected sooner in the stormwater fees. Mr. McCanna said that the Village’s plan to issue bonds with a 30-year maturity are feasible, and that once the Village has made the decision on what it wishes to borrow, its AAA bond rating will attract investors. The consensus of the Council was to proceed with issuing $18.5 million in debt now, locking in long-term interest rates, and to look at another issuance for the rest of the program costs in approximately three years.
To see the Agenda Report on Stormwater Bond Financing, click here.
July 9, 2013: Mark Phipps, of engineering firm Baxter & Woodman, presented the Village Council with the Draft Stormwater Master Plan. The end goal of the process is a comprehensive plan for stormwater management that will offer a vision for the Village’s stormwater program, with actionable goals and objectives that focus on both water quantity and quality. This early draft seeks Council input on a number of policy questions, related to the seven main Plan goals, including: 1) Improving stormwater infrastructure; 2) Reducing inflow/infiltration; 3) Maintaining good floodplain management practices; 4) Enhancing water quality; 5) Encouraging stormwater best management practices; 6) Establishing state-of-the-art development regulations; and 7) Effectively maintaining storm and sanitary sewer systems. Based on Council input, Baxter & Woodman will continue to refine the Master Plan goals, objectives, and recommendations and hold a select number of public open houses.
To see the July 9 Agenda Materials, click here. To see Baxter & Woodman’s Master Plan Powerpoint presentation, click here.
Also on July 9, Public Works Director and Village Engineer Steve Saunders described the rationale for pursuing a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) process for Engineering Services related to the detailed design and permitting for the Willow Road Stormwater Tunnel. He stated that an RFQ will allow the Village to narrow the pool of engineering firms to those who are qualified and suited for the particular project. A detailed Request for Proposals, including fee estimates, would follow the RFQ process. On the timeline Mr. Saunders described, the RFQ would be published in late July, and an engineering firm could be hired for the Willow Road Tunnel work in late 2013. In addition, he presented the contracting methods available to the Village for construction services. Staff recommended a Construction Management process to perform the Tunnel work from the Lake Michigan outfall structure west to Provident Avenue. The Council concurred with Mr. Saunders' outline and directed him to proceed with the Tunnel RFQ later this month.
To see a presentation on the Tunnel contracting methods, click here.
July 2, 2013: Public Works Director and Village Engineer Steve Saunders presented an overview of the Northwest Winnetka project (Greenwood Avenue/Forest Glen Study Area), first noting that the agenda item was not to seek to go to bid or to start construction. Rather, the original contract for detailed plans and specifications with Christopher B. Burke Engineering, Ltd. (CBBEL), included a stopping-point to gather Council and resident input before proceeding to final design. Mr. Saunders said that the plans are 90% complete. The estimated total project cost remains about $4.3 million, and construction could begin in spring 2014. Mr. Saunders described the existing drainage system for the area, which all drains to the Skokie River Diversion Ditch and the pond on the south side of Tower Road. The proposed improvements were designed by modeling the significant 100-year level storm Winnetka experienced in July, 2011. Proposed improvements, related to storm sewer pipes and locations, as well as hydraulic modeling, were reviewed. CBBEL’s recommendation to address some flooding and difficult topography by placing drainage laterals on private property in three locations was also discussed. The Council confirmed their consensus with the project plans as presented and also agreed to publicly fund the cost of constructing the private property drainage laterals. To see the Proposed Northwest Winnetka Stormwater Improvements Agenda Report, click here. To see the July 2 PowerPoint presentation, click here.
June 18, 2013: Public Works Director and Village Engineer Steve Saunders presented the June Stormwater Monthly Report to the Council, highlighting updates based on the Council’s formalization of the Stormwater Improvement Program and Stormwater Utility Fee in May, 2013. The Monthly Report now includes a table of the permits the Village is required to obtain for the various proposed improvements, as well as the current status of the permits. In addition, Mr. Saunders presented the Spruce Street Outlet Study area of Northeast Winnetka, including the Tower Road/Foxdale Area and Lloyd Park Outlet projects, for Council’s consideration. The engineering for both projects is complete and neither requires the construction of other improvements. The Village Council authorized Staff to solicit construction bids for both the Lloyd Park Storm Sewer Outlet and the Tower Road/Old Green Bay Road Relief Sewer. Construction is tentatively scheduled for fall, 2013. With the Council’s decision to proceed with a stormwater utility fee, following the study by Municipal & Financial Services Group (MFSG), Staff is now preparing for the implementation phase. Assistance from MFSG will be required to scrub parcel data and connect the stormwater database to the Village’s existing utility billing database. MFSG will also create an online stormwater fee calculator to help the community understand fee impact. The Council authorized the Village Manager to award a purchase order to MFSG to provide professional assistance in the implementation of the Stormwater Utility. To see MFSG’s implementation proposal, click here.
June 11, 2013: Village Manager Rob Bahan presented a Stormwater Community Engagement Plan to the Village Council at the Study Session meeting. After reaching consensus on the Stormwater Improvement Program and Stormwater Utility Fee, the Council desired a process to further educate the community and solicit widespread public input. Based on feedback from the Council, Staff will proceed with the development of a Special Edition of the Winnetka Report, as well as the organization of two “town hall” meetings with the community. The decision on the conduct of a community-wide survey was delayed to a later date, since two Village Trustees were not present. The Council also discussed how the Stormwater Improvement Program would continue to progress while engagement activities take place. Public Works Director and Village Engineer Steven Saunders gave a brief update on the ongoing project work and the items the Council can expect to consider through the remainder of 2013. To view the presentation on the Engagement Plan, click here.
May 21, 2013: Public Works Director and Village Engineer Steve Saunders presented his Stormwater Monthly Report to the Village Council, briefly noting the updated information on the ongoing engineering for both the Northeast and Northwest Winnetka stormwater improvements. He also stated that given the direction from the Village Council on May 14, Staff was beginning to prepare a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for the Willow Road Tunnel Project, the first step in a series that will allow the Village to initiate engineering on the Tunnel. Mr. Saunders also described two items that have been added to the Monthly Report, including the Sheridan Road Ravines and the Ash Street Pump Station. Neither of these projects will be monetary impacts to the stormwater funding discussions, but will be reported to help communicate the total picture of Winnetka’s stormwater improvements.
The Council reviewed an additional evaluation of the Winnetka Avenue Underpass Study Area Improvements, which are part of the Willow Road Tunnel Project. Mr. Saunders presented a less costly alternative that would have eliminated the construction of an 84” storm sewer pipe proposed to reduce the flooding directly in the Underpass, while maintaining the benefit to the surrounding residential areas. The Council, however, directed Staff to continue planning for the Tunnel Project, with the inclusion of the total Underpass improvements, estimated to cost approximately $4.4 million. Finally, the Council considered the complete Stormwater Program and Financing—affirming the policy direction given following the presentation of the final stormwater utility feasibility study on May 14, 2013. The Council had consensus on the scope of the proposed stormwater program, described as “Option 1” on p. 5 of the Agenda Report, estimated to cost $41.1 million for all proposed capital projects.
May 14, 2013: The Village Council heard the final report from Municipal & Financial Services Group (MFSG) on the stormwater utility feasibility study that began in late 2012. MFSG recommended a stormwater utility as the preferred method to fund the stormwater improvements being considered by the Village, as a utility fee provides improved equity, fiscal accountability, and a dependable revenue stream. Further, MFSG recommended the Village establish a uniform stormwater fee, based on impervious area for individual parcels (calculated on multiples of 3,400 square feet of impervious area). Finally, it was suggested that the Village fund a level of service including operations and maintenance as well as current capital projects, using 30-year debt to be repaid from the utility fund. The Village Council accepted these recommendations and decided to proceed with a utility fee to finance 100% of stormwater improvements. The Village Council next plans to review and determine the stormwater project elements and total program scope at its May 21, 2013 Regular Meeting.
A copy of MFSG’s PowerPoint presentation is available here. A copy of Staff’s report and MFSG’s written recommendations is also available here. Please see past Council meeting summaries for other MFSG reports.
April 18, 2013: Public Works Director and Village Engineer Steve Saunders provided the Village Council with the Stormwater Monthly Report. The Village has received verbal approval from the Forest Preserve District of Cook County for improvements to the Winnetka Avenue Pump Station. The project will be a modification of the Village’s existing permit, since Staff satisfied the District’s concerns about landscaping and visual impact. Mr. Saunders reported that the engineering is virtually complete for the two Northeast Winnetka projects (Spruce Outlet- Lloyd Park and Tower/Foxdale), and that he anticipates bringing these projects back for Council approval in the next several weeks. Staff is also close to scheduling neighborhood meetings with those potentially impacted by the Northwest Winnetka projects—possibly in late June. Saunders stated that the Sanitary Sewer Evaluation approved by the Council earlier in the month will begin with manhole inspections once the weather is drier.
March 12, 2013: Municipal & Financial Services Group (MFSG) presented Stormwater Utility Feasibility Study Workshop #3 at the Village Council Study Session. The final workshop outlined a revised fee analysis, developed from Council input throughout the process, and then turned attention toward Utility Implementation Considerations. Levels of service associated with a stormwater program (such as operations & maintenance and capital components), the source of program funding (property taxes, a utility fee, or a combination thereof), and the component elements of a stormwater fee, as discussed in Workshops #1 and #2, were the basis of MFSG’s fee analysis. The revised analysis showed detailed impact of the funding scenarios previously discussed on individual parcels within the Village—considering both 20- and 30-year bond repayments. MFSG also addressed a number of potential implementation issues for the Village to consider should it decide to use a stormwater utility, including evaluation of credits and incentives, billing methods, and appeals. To see the staff report, click here. To review the MFSG Workshop 3 PowerPoint Presentation, click here.
February 19, 2013: Public Works Director and Village Engineer Steve Saunders provided the Village Council with the Stormwater Monthly Report. He noted that the report is a brief update, as much of the current focus has been on the Stormwater Utility Feasibility Study. Details of the Feasibility Study process can be found in the February 12, 2013 Study Session materials. Saunders explained that both the Tower Road/Foxdale and Lloyd Park/Spruce Street improvement plans are proceeding and will be ready for review and bidding in the spring. It was also noted that engineering for Greenwood/Forest Glen in Northwest Winnetka is approximately 75% complete. Additionally, Staff continues to prepare required permit applications for the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency. The next Stormwater Monthly Report will be presented at the March 19, 2013 Regular Village Council Meeting.
February 12, 2013: At its regular Study Session meeting, the Village Council participated in the second workshop for the Stormwater Utility Feasibility Study. Consulting firm Municipal & Financial Services Group (MFSG) presented a preliminary rate and fee analysis. The Workshop centered on the evaluation of property tax and stormwater utility rate methodologies—including how they might be structured in Winnetka and best practices utilized in other Illinois communities. The financial model developed by MFSG illustrates revenues necessary to support the scope of projects currently contemplated by the Village, while conceptually identifying tax and fee implications for all property owners. Ultimately, this process assists in decisions related to equity and cost-efficiency, as well as benefit of proposed stormwater improvements. The Village anticipates MFSG will conduct Workshop #3 at the March 12, 2013 Village Council Study Session. While the Council will not be making a final decision on the funding mechanisms on that date, MFSG will present considerations for implementation of a utility and discuss impacts on the Village’s General Fund. Click here to see the staff report from Workshop #2. Click here to review the MFSG Workshop 2 PowerPoint Presentation.
January 15, 2013: Public Works Director and Village Engineer Steve Saunders provided the Village Council with the Stormwater Monthly Report. He noted the follow-up Staff is preparing related to the Stormwater Utility Feasibility Study. Comments and questions from the Council will be addressed at the beginning of Workshop #2 (at the February 12 Council Study Session). Additionally, he updated the Council on the three projects in north Winnetka that have been authorized—including Lloyd Outlet, Northwest Winnetka (Greenwood/Forest Glen), and Tower/Foxdale. The Village has applied for the necessary permits for the projects and engineering is proceeding. Saunders estimated it is feasible that construction could begin in May or June of 2013. In a related matter, the Council also authorized staff to award work for the Tower Road Duct Bank Relocation. This work is required to resolve a utility conflict for future stormwater improvements and is expected to be complete by May, 2013. Further information on this project will be forthcoming, especially as it relates to Tower Road closures.
January 8, 2013: At the Village Council Study Session, consulting firm Municipal & Financial Services Group (MFSG) conducted the first of three planned workshops related to the ongoing Stormwater Utility Feasibility Study. MFSG has been tasked with helping the Council evaluate financing options and methods for the improvements currently under consideration—including the evaluation of the potential to fund improvements using a stormwater utility. The first workshop focused on Level of Service—addressing possible elements of a stormwater program and level of service scenarios illustrative of funding requirements. MFSG also presented initial financial modeling that identifies and reflects costs associated with each stormwater program element. The financial model is a key tool in beginning to compare and contrast the impact of funding improvements via stormwater fees or incremental property tax increases. The Village anticipates MFSG will conduct the second workshop, discussing Rate and Fee Analysis, at the February 12, 2013 Village Council Study Session. Click here to review the Agenda Report and MFSG Workshop 1 PowerPoint Presentation.
December 11, 2012: The Village Council’s consultant engineers, Baxter & Woodman (B&W) gave a flood risk reduction presentation on six additional study areas. The study is another component of the ongoing Stormwater Master Plan process, by which the Village looks to create a framework for key components of an overall stormwater management program. Council and staff discussed the types of less severe flooding generally experienced in these six additional areas (referenced as Areas A, C, E, G, N and O) and reviewed improvements recommended by B&W. Going forward, Council will continue to consider the improvements and costs that would be associated with these areas and how to potentially incorporate them in long-range plans.
November 20, 2012: The Village Council reviewed the Stormwater Monthly Report that offers current information on status, cost, and scheduled related to specific stormwater improvement projects. Since October, the report notes progress on Willow Road Tunnel evaluation as well as the Master Plan process, discusses the start of the Stormwater Utility Feasibility Study, and outlines plans for future public outreach. The Council also discussed communications and resident engagement, in addition the Village's ability to develop and implement utility fees as a potential funding mechanism.
November 13, 2012: Village Engineer Steve Saunders and project consultant Thomas Burke of Christopher B. Burke Engineering Ltd. (CBBEL) presented the advantages and disadvantages of the optional routes related to the stormwater Tunnel Project to the Village Council, pursuant to their direction to explore an alternate route to the proposed Willow Road Tunnel (one block north on Ash Street) at the September 11 Council meeting. The Village Council agreed with Staff’s recommendation, that though there are some initial construction savings likely on Ash Street, the overall project estimates are slightly higher and that Ash poses significant safety, traffic, staging, and disruption concerns. Staff was directed to draft a Request for Proposals (RFP) for detailed design and engineering services for the Tunnel Project for the Council to consider in December.
Also on November 13: The Village Council had the first of several discussions with Municipal and Financial Services Group (MFSG), which is working on a stormwater utility feasibility study (approved by the Council in September). The primary outcomes of the Feasibility Study are to: 1) Develop a long-term financial plan for stormwater management; 2) Plan for funding stormwater capital; 3) Meet stormwater utility implementation requirements; 4) Educate stakeholders. MFSG will assist the Council in the policy decisions on the options for funding stormwater improvements, such as property taxes, reserves, stormwater utility fee, or a combination of those mechanisms. Tentatively, there are additional study sessions scheduled with MFSG for January, February, and March 2013.
October 16, 2012: The Village Council: (i) reviewed the Stormwater Monthly Report; (ii) approved additional funding for the Village’s Sanitary Sewer Anti-Backup Program; and (iii) approved a change order to allow the purchase of extra electrical cable to be used in 2013, conjunction with the proposed Northwest Winnetka stormwater improvements.
October 2, 2012: The Council approved an engineering fee proposal from Christopher B. Burke Engineering, Ltd. (CBBEL) to perform professional engineering services for the Forest Glen and Greenwood Ave. Study Areas (Northwest Winnetka) Stormwater Improvements. To see the staff reports and CBBEL’s proposal, click here.
September 19 and 22, 2012: The Village provided a stormwater seminar where Staff covered a variety of topics intended to help residents protect their property against severe storm events. Webcasts of the seminars are available by clicking here.
September 18, 2012: The Village Council considered three stormwater related items. First, the Council authorized Village staff to proceed with an agreement with the Municipal Financial Services Group (MFSG) to perform a Stormwater Feasibility Study. MFSG will help the Village evaluate the mechanisms available to financing stormwater improvements. Second, Public Works Director and Village Engineer Steve Saunders presented a Monthly Summary Report that relayed information on status, cost, and schedule for each stormwater project. Lastly, the Council delayed consideration of an amended agreement with Strand Associates to proceed with additional engineering services as part of the Sanitary Sewer Evaluation Survey.
September 11, 2012: At its September Study Session, the Village Council discussed the feasibility of the Willow Road Stormwater Tunnel Project. Following a presentation by Village Engineer Steve Saunders focusing on feasibility, timeline, and cost estimates, the Village Council directed staff to obtain contractual pricing from Christopher B. Burke Engineering, Ltd. (CBBEL) and Kenny Construction (Kenny) in order to further define Tunnel project costs. The refinement will look to developing conceptual plans and cost estimates for alternate project routing on Ash Sheet (rather than Willow Road) and using direct jacking process for infrastructure construction. A copy of the tunnel feasibility presentation is available here.
In addition, Saunders and CBBEL representative Thomas Burke made a presentation on the Northwest Winnetka Flood Reduction Improvements. The Village Council directed staff to add the Forest Glen Improvements that were discussed to the previously proposed Northwest Winnetka Improvements — proceeding with engineering in 2012, with the intent for construction to begin in 2013. A copy of CBBEL’s presentation is available here.
September 6, 2012: The Council voted to approve a contract with CBBEL to complete an additional drainage evaluation for the area south of Tower Road between Hibbard Road and the Winnetka Golf Course. The Village Engineer also reviewed stormwater expenditures to-date.
August 21, 2012: The Village Council directed Staff to obtain pricing for the next level of sanitary sewer investigations and to bring back pricing for the purchase of three flow meters for the Village. The Council also directed staff to continue with engineering work on the proposed new Spruce Outlet and Tower/Foxdale drainage improvements, to keep those projects moving forward.
July 17, 2012: Village Engineer Saunders reported to the Council on stormwater mitigation progress one year after the July 2011 flood. To see the report, click here. Mr. Saunders also reviewed the progress of the sanitary sewer evaluation survey, which was undertaken to determine if inflow and infiltration of the sanitary sewer system is contributing to basement backups. The Village’s consultant, Strand Associates, recommends ranking the Village’s sanitary basins in order to prioritize further detailed testing, which is necessary to pinpoint areas of inflow and infiltration. To see the preliminary Sanitary Sewer Evaluation Report, click here. To see the PowerPoint presentation about the preliminary report, click here.
June 12, 2012: The Village Council approved a contract with Baxter & Woodman to provide professional engineering services for developing a Stormwater Master Plan, based on their proposal of March 30, 2012. The timeline for the project is 14 months, which allows for completion in August, 2013.
May 15, 2012: Mr. Saunders reported that Village officials met with the Illinois DNR, EPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to review the proposed stormwater tunnel project on May 10. Based on comment received from the agencies, Village staff and consultants believe that permitting for the project remains feasible. At that meeting, the Village Council also approved a contract for stormwater management services with the AT Group for calendar 2012.
April 17, 2012: Village Engineer Steve Saunders reported that: (i) the sanitary sewer survey is underway, with the aim of recording at least three significant rain events in order to garner the necessary data; (ii) engineering proposals have been received for the development of a stormwater master plan and Village staff hopes to bring recommendations to the Council in the near future; (iii) engineering is underway for the proposed Tower Road relief sewer and the new Lloyd Place outlet sewer, and once preliminary plans are complete, information will be provided to the community for its comment; (iv) the northwest portion of the Village is being studied further in order to refine the proposals for the area formerly known as the Greenwood study area; and (v) the Village’s coastal engineer has developed four proposals that will be reviewed by staff next week.
April 3, 2012: Mr. Saunders reported that: (i) Winnetka, with help from the Center for Neighborhood Technology, has applied for grant funding on behalf of the Villages of Glenview, Niles and three Chicago neighborhoods to support a multi-jurisdiction planning effort. The $750,000 grant, if awarded, will be used to reduce stormwater flooding in a variety of suburban and urban settings, using green infrastructure and best stormwater practices. (ii) In an effort to keep Sanitary Sewer Survey costs down, the Village will meet with the MWRD this week in an effort to get some of the meters for the survey installed in their interceptors. The sewer metering is scheduled to last four weeks; in the event that there is not enough rainfall in that time to gather the necessary data, the metering will be extended for another month. (iii) Four proposals have been returned in response to the RFP for a Stormwater Master Plan consultant, and recommendations will be forthcoming in a few weeks.
March 13, 2012: At the recommendation of Mr. Saunders, the Village Council authorized Village staff to submit an application for a voluntary program under the National Flood Insurance Program that could potentially reduce flood insurance premiums for residents in the flood plain areas.
March 8, 2012: Mr. Saunders reported that Village Staff has developed an RFP to assist in developing a Stormwater Master Plan to guide the Village in planning, financing, constructing and maintaining improvements to its storm and sanitary sewer systems. He said a recommendation for awarding the contract is expected to be presented at the April 17th Council meeting. The Council also awarded a contract to Christopher B. Burke Engineering, Ltd. to provide detailed engineering plans, specifications and construction estimates for improvements at the Spruce Street and Lloyd Park Outlet areas.
February 21, 2012: Mr. Saunders reviewed the proposals received in response to an RFP for coastal engineering in conjunction with the Lake Michigan outfall portion of the proposed Willow Road tunnel project. The Village Council voted to authorize staff to enter into an agreement with Baird & Associates to perform the coastal engineering work. Also at that meeting, the Council voted to award a contract to Strand Associates, Inc. to complete flow monitoring, data analysis and provide recommendations to address inflow and infiltration in Winnetka’s sanitary sewer system.
February 7, 2012: Mr. Saunders reported that the Village is working in cooperation with the MWRD on a demonstration project with UIC students to identify methods to reduce stormwater runoff. He said staff would provide a review and recommendation of a consultant to conduct the sanitary sewer evaluation at the February 21st meeting. Also to be discussed at that meeting: the Lake Michigan outlet aspect of the proposed tunnel project, which will require the input of a coastal engineering consultant. To see the staff report, click here.
January 17, 2012: Mr. Saunders reviewed timelines detailing progress made to-date and future planned actions, and he reported that representatives from CBBEL met with the Executive Director of the MWRD to discuss permit requirements. He said the Director has determined that once the Village received joint permit approval from the IEPA, IDNR and US Army Corps of Engineers, the MWRD permit would be approved by staff, rather than the Board.
January 10, 2012: Mr. Saunders updated the Village Council about meetings with the MWRD and informed them that an RFP for a sanitary sewer study had been issued. He said the upcoming capital improvement plan will contain significant stormwater improvement elements.
December 20, 2011: Mr. Saunders reported that a recent meeting with the Illinois EPA went well, and said the permit process for the proposed tunnel project is a lengthy one – an estimated 18 months is needed for approval. To see the staff report, click here.
December 13, 2011: Mr. Saunders asked the Council to authorize staff to solicit proposals from qualified engineering firms for conducting a sanitary sewer evaluation survey for the Village. To see the presentation, click here.
December 6, 2011: Public Works Director Steve Saunders reviewed progress made in preliminary meetings with the Army Corps of Engineers and revealed that the soil boring tests show only clay underneath the proposed tunnel’s path, not rock. The Council approved additional funding for the Sanitary Sewer Anti-Backup Program, due to increased interest in the program in the wake of the July flooding. To see a schedule of activities, click here.
November 15, 2011: Mr. Saunders distributed tunnel project summary and a timeline for the stormwater and sanitary sewer improvements; updated the Council on meetings with elected official, other government agencies and the Union Pacific Railroad about applying for the necessary permits to undertake the proposed tunnel project; and reported on preliminary meetings with public utilities along the route of the proposed project.
November 8, 2011: The Council heard a presentation from the Village’s Finance Director and financial consultant Kevin McCanna of Speer Financial. Different scenarios for funding stormwater projects were discussed and staff was asked to further refine the project timeline and financing comparisons.
November 1, 2011: Village Engineer Steve Saunders and Village Manager Rob Bahan reported on preliminary meetings with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, saying that no significant concerns were expressed. Other agencies that need to be brought on board include the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers. To see the staff report, click here.
October 18, 2011: The Council reviewed the Preliminary Survey Results of the Village-wide survey of basement flooding during the July storm and discussed the Guide to Flood Protection in Northeastern Illinois prepared by The Illinois Association for Floodplain and Stormwater Management.
October 11, 2011: The Council considered the CBBEL Flood Risk Reduction Assessment, and there was a consensus to continue to explore the Lake Michigan Outlet tunnel option. CBBEL was asked to prepare a critical path schedule and Staff was asked to begin firming up the engineering for the smaller study areas and to continue studying financing options. To see the staff report, click here. The engineering reports are below.
- CBBEL Power Point Presentation: Part 1 & Part 2.
- CBBEL Flood Risk Reduction Assessment: 25-,50-, and 100-year Protection: Final Report -
October 4, 2011: The Council considered potential service enhancements, such as assisting with residential flood-proofing assessments to help evaluate drainage problems and potential solutions for property owners. To see the staff report, click here.
September 20, 2011: Village Engineer Steve Saunders updated the Council on the status of conversations with the Park District and reported about the responses to the sanitary sewer survey. The Council adopted an ordinance increasing the amount of the assistance available to owners of homes built prior to 1970 who wish to install a backflow preventer or overhead sewer.
September 13, 2011: Village Trustees reiterated their intent to keep stormwater and sanitary sewer flooding issues their first priority. President Tucker emphasized that as soon as items relating to these matters are ready for the Council's consideration, they will be placed on the agenda and noted that there are other items of business to be dealt with in the meantime. Manager Bahan referred Winnetkans to the aggressive timetable put forth at the August 16th meeting.
September 6, 2011: President Tucker and Manager Bahan reported on conversations with the Winnetka Park District and New Trier Township regarding possible opportunities to pursue open space for future detention.
August 2, 2011: The Council passed a Resolution waiving permit and inspection fees associated with storm related repairs, to assist residents in recovering from the extensive damage caused by the storm and flood of July 22-23. To see the August 2nd Staff report, click here. To see the PowerPoint presentation, click here. For the Stormwater Financing Staff report, click here. To see the Staff's Stormwater Improvement PowerPoint, click here. For a Stormwater Projected Timetable, click here. To read about previous drainage improvements, click here.
Since the July 2011 flood event, the Village has made significant progress towards meaningful flood risk reduction for residents. To see a report on stormwater management from a recent issue of the Winnetka Report, click here.
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