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Board reviews storm drainage work and options

Thursday, September 30, 2010

On Sept. 20, trustees reviewed a portion of the County Highway 20 reconstruction plan and focused on two alternatives that most affect the storm drainage problems in the Phillips Circle area.

The first alternative has a $2.21 million price tag, including engineering costs, project management and land acquisition that will include a detention pond and primary outfall to Steven Creek. Although the county will likely share in construction costs for this highway improvement project and also is likely to split the costs for this alternative plan, the Village must prepare to absorb approximately $1.49 million of the overall costs, according to Village Engineer Chuck Hunsinger. The Village had previously agreed in 2008 to pay half of the preliminary engineering costs related to this proposed county road project.

""It's a big enough project that you might want to consider bonding and to pay it off in 30 years,"" Hunsinger told trustees on Sept. 20. Trustee Bob Rasho said this first alternative, as well as a second one favored by the county, is doable but must be considered within the context of available funding.

The county's choice for construction startup is alternative two. It is designed to include a primary sewer outfall from Buckeye Pipeline Facility east of Rt. 51 with construction west to Stevens Creek and the Phillips Circle area. Costs for this alternative are set at $3.27 million. Trustees have agreed to take a closer look at both alternatives before deciding on either one.

Earlier, the Public Works Committee, chaired by Rasho, reviewed both alternatives and decided to recommend the first one since it appeared to be of greater significance to the Phillips Circle area based on more tangible results to alleviate the water flow across County Highway 20 during inordinate rain events.

""We are zoning in on an area to fix problems ... we have been assured it would fix problems for our Phillips Circle residents,"" said Village Administrator Heather Kimmons shortly after the committee offered its recommendation. She warned, however, that residents should not expect immediate action because it is a lengthy process that involves negotiations and land acquisition for the detention basin.

The overall design for the County Highway 20 reconstruction includes a 72-inch storm sewer which, when completed, will extend along County Highway 20 beginning with Oakland Avenue to the west and ending at Sawyer Road to the east. Hunsinger said costs for the entire project are estimated at more than $8 million.

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