Signatures hold up Mallard Point easement vote

by Keith Beebe
SUGAR GROVE—Sugar Grove Village Board members on Tuesday were slated to vote on easement agreements for the Mallard Point and Rolling Oaks drainage project. Following a 15-minute-long executive session, the board announced that no action would be taken because signatures are needed from the two landowners involved in the deal.

“The agreements, as outlined with all of the landowners we need to get easements from, are agreed to, at least as to the primary one (owned by the family of Sugar Grove Police Chief Brad Sauer)—it’s completely agreed to,” Village Attorney Steve Andersson said. “As to the smaller landowner, I think it’s virtually all agreed to. But nothing’s changed; everything is good, and we are waiting on signatures.”

Andersson then asked the board to indicate whether or not they were “good with the direction (they’re) going.” All board members replied “yes” to the question.

“Full steam ahead,” trustee Thomas Renk said.

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.

The Village Board last week authorized an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) with Rob Roy Drainage District No. 2. Following an easement agreement with landowners, the next steps will include special assessment, Army Corps of Engineers approval, project bid approval, a Kane County IGA, pond/wetland proposal approval and SSA levy.

“As soon as we can get (signatures from the landowners) … we’ll do our part,” Village President Sean Michels said.