Public Hearing Held for Village Storm Sewer Projec - 3/8/2017

Public Hearing Held for Village Storm Sewer Projec-3/8/2017

Many village residents turned out for the public meeting on Monday evening, February 27, regarding the 1792 Box Culvert Storm Sewer Project. A few expressed concern, but most were in favor of moving forward with the project. The meeting began with project engineer Alan Swierczek giving a review of the condition of the storm sewer system and addressing environmental concerns. He took comments and questions on the topic of environmental concerns. Some residents asked about the existing sink holes and flooding in their back yards. Swierczek said that when the new pipe is installed, most of those concerns should be alleviated. After that, Swierczek launched into a more in-depth review of the project plans. He explained the peak design flow of the storm sewer system versus the existing estimated flow of the system and pointed out where it is lacking. “Capacity-wise, it is nowhere near enough,” he said. “In places it is maybe half of what it should be.” Swierczek identified four purposes of the night’s meeting: gain community input on whether to replace all of just some of the storm sewer line, to give the public the information it needs to make an informed choice, to listen to the public’s perspective and give opportunity to share experiences, and to identify any environmental issues pertaining to the storm sewer project. Grant writer Don Hall then addressed the residents to explain the three funding sources for the project: the $750,000 grant, the $100,000 one-time village contribution, and the USDA loan for the balance. Boonville Mayor David Leffingwell spoke in support of the project moving forward in its entirety. “I’d like to see the whole project done,” the mayor said. “But we have other options. We could do (certain) segments. If we go the whole route, it will cost us $38,000 a year. We have this money earmarked. We don’t have to raise taxes to do this project.” Leffingwell continued by explaining that in the long run, if the project was to be done partially now and then the rest at a later date, it would cost the village more ultimately. Many residents spoke up in agreement, urging the Board to move ahead with the storm sewer project.