Flow is a go: Culvert work gets the green light

August 9, 2018

STERLING – Brick Boss has received a permit for drainage culvert work that is being done at his East Lincolnway property.

Fixing the damaged culvert and putting in larger tubes is a high priority on the city’s stormwater sewer project list. Improving drainage at the property at 2607 E. Lincolnway is a big piece of the city’s plans to control flooding in a large area that includes the Northland Mall and Woodlawn areas.

Work started there this spring, but a resident in the Woodlawn neighborhood filed a complaint with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources that put the project on hold.

“They were afraid the work would bring more water onto their property, but this work will alleviate the flooding problems there and in a large area of town,” Mayor Skip Lee said.

IDNR told Boss that a state permit was needed for the culvert work, and work was stopped while the permit process played out.

An economic development agreement signed with Boss in September calls for the city to reimburse the new owner up to $55,000 for the culvert work that could have cost up to $250,000. Boss, however, will save money on the project by doing some of the work himself.

Even with the reimbursement, the city which once thought it would have to go solo on the culvert, will save money that can be used on several other city stormwater projects being started.

An intricate stormwater sewer project behind the Northland Mall also is being reviewed by IDNR’s Office of Water Resources. The city said that project, which involves building detention basins west of the mall and south of Lynn Boulevard, wouldn’t be looked at until the permitting process was completed for the culvert work.

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