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Village restricts creek maintenance with new policy

Thursday, October 11, 2012

A new policy sets limits on the Village’s maintenance of Stevens Creek to only the property that the Village has the legal right to access. Previously, the Village’s practice was to maintain any part of the creek that abutted Village property.

Through the years, residents living along the creek have come to expect the Village to address problems that are in any way associated with the creek, said Village Administrator Mike Miller. “Should we be using taxpayer funds to benefit individual residents of the Village?” he asked trustees in a written report. It was Miller who suggested that the new policy be created.

Trustees last discussed cleaning Stevens Creek in 2003. At that time, they withdrew $30,000 that had been budgeted for that purpose. The Village administrator at that time, as well as both the Village engineer and attorney, went on record as opposing the cleanup based on using taxpayer funds to benefit individual residents. The engineer concluded the efforts would be primarily aesthetic and would do little to lower the probability of a flooding issue. In 1990, a task force determined that the Village could not adopt a comprehensive creek drainage plan without the cooperation of other municipalities within the drainage basin.

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