Board approves drainage project easement agreements

By on April 5, 2012

Vote keeps Mallard Point project moving forward
by Keith Beebe
SUGAR GROVE—Sugar Grove Village Board trustees on Tuesday voted 6-0 to approve easement agreements with two landowners in regard to the Mallard Point/Rolling Oaks drainage project.

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.

“I appreciate (everyone) working together … collaboratively. I am looking forward to this project getting started and completed,” Village President Sean Michels said.

Following approval of the easement agreement, the next steps for the drainage project will include a special assessment, Army Corps of Engineers approval, project bid approval, a Kane County IGA, pond/wetland proposal approval and SSA levy.

The village in late February hosted an open house for the drainage project, featuring a presentation that outlined the project goal to “lower the groundwater table within the Mallard Point/Rolling Oaks area through gravity pipes, and improve the performance of the pond/wetland,” and documented the “routing of flows (agricultural tile, groundwater and stormwater detention) into a bypass tile to South.”

According to the presentation, cost allocation and annual residential payment for the drainage project is $2,084,236.24 ($1,048,715.16 for residents, $863,996.37 for the village, and $171,524.71 for the county). The total annual payment for year one is simply the special assessment payment-$394.10 for Mallard Point residents and $120.29 for Rolling Oaks. For years two through 20, an annual pond/wetland maintenance fee of $54.59 for Mallard Point residents and $36.85 for Rolling Oaks residents will be added to the special assessment payment, resulting in a total payment of $448.69 and $157.14, respectively.

The presentation also noted that the pond/wetland maintenance payments are based on current dollars and will increase with inflation over time.

About Keith Beebe

Keith Beebe is the Editor of the Elburn Herald. You can reach him at or (630) 365-6446 x105.

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