Unfinished work on Blackberry Creek begins

by Susan O’Neill
ELBURN—Blackberry Creek residents should soon see workers making the infrastructure improvements that developer B&B Enterprises left undone in 2010.

Most of the work will take place on the east side of the subdivision, east of Blackberry Creek Drive. Several streets will be given a second layer of asphalt or blacktop to keep the exposed layer from decaying. Other projects include fire
hydrants, curbs and street lights, as well as a number of other small fixes.

Public Works Superintendent John Nevenhoven said he met with representatives of the bond company on Friday, and the workers started on Monday, marking up the punch list. He said the concrete work should be done this week, “if the weather holds.”

Nevenhoven said the only thing that could hold up everything being completed on time is that the street lights need to be ordered. Improvements are expected to be done by this fall.

The village in April 2010 declared Blackberry Creek Subdivision developers B&B Enterprises, Inc. to be in material default for unfinished street and other infrastructure work, and called for more than $10 million in developer insurance bonds to pay for the improvements.

Since then, the village has been working with the bond company to complete an agreement on the necessary improvements.

“That’s the best news I’ve heard today,” trustee Jerry Schmidt said.

Schmidt is one of several village board members who live in Blackberry Creek.