by Amanda Niemi
SUGAR GROVE—Sugar Grove Village Board members on Tuesday discussed the state of drainage improvements in the Mallard Point and Rolling Oaks subdivisions.
After five years of discussion, planning and negotiations to begin the Mallard Point/Rolling Oaks drainage project, the process finally kicked off in August.
“When the flow started (after construction), it was substantial,” Public Works Director Anthony Speciale said. “Monitoring cells have decreased 13 inches. As we continue getting maintenance done, natural evaporation will help to get this clear.”
Village trustee Kevin Geary said water decreased an additional eight inches due to the summer drought, and noted that there has been significantly reduced water around the foundation of homes on the southern end of Mallard Point.
High groundwater levels, basement flooding, mold issues and constantly running sump pumps are significantly decreased within the weeks following the drainage construction.
“When we began, the plan showed six (farm tile reconnections) total,” Speciale said. “There wound up being 19 (reconnections), which we didn’t budget for.”
In July, Village Board members approved a contract with Neslund Construction for drainage improvements at a cost of $1,142,184.09.
The original drainage pipes were installed in the early 1900s and were “pretty crude,” according to Speciale.
Despite the budget overage, the Village Board was positive about the additional results seen by the recent installation. The flow of water through the wetland has significantly improved because of the pipes, and the summer drought cleared much of the standing water.
“With this flow, I don’t know if we’ll ever have to clean it,” Speciale said.
Though treatment for mosquitos was done to the wetlands at the beginning of the summer, drainage issues necessitated a second application, which was added to the basin to combat the spread of West Nile.
“We’re down about 21 inches in water, and we’re looking at another 12-to-24 inches of drainage before we can put the next leg of pipe in,” Geary said.