Cary board to vote on design costs for Sunset and Crest

CARY – Village Board members Tuesday are scheduled to decide whether to spend $27,000 on engineering costs to design a solution to flooding issues at Sunset and Crest drives.

The proposed engineering expenditure would be part of the village’s Hazard Mitigation Grant program application.

The Village Board is scheduled to vote on whether to go ahead with the engineering costs at its meeting Tuesday. An application for a federal hazard mitigation grant is due by Dec. 16.

Village staff has proposed that Christopher B. Burke Engineering perform the engineering work, which would include hydrologic modeling, surveying properties and a cost-benefit analysis that is required for the grant application.

“When the application is completed, the village will have a recommended, workable concept plan to improve the Sunset and Crest drainage with an estimate of cost,” according to a memo from staff to the Village Board.

The preliminary estimate for the project is $1.1 million, which includes buying three properties, excavation in the area and utility work.

The village hopes to create an area for stormwater detention to “alleviate the repetitive losses due to flooding at the intersection of Sunset and Crest,” according to the village memo.

Residents who live in the Crest and Sunset drives area have dealt with flooding multiple times since 2007 and have said water rushes down the hill and into the lower levels of their houses. During a storm in June, some residents reported having four feet of water inside their homes. 

If the village is awarded a federal Hazard Mitigation Grant, it would have to contribute $269,000 toward the project.

Also on the agenda is a proposed retirement agreement for Deputy Chief Ed Fetzer, who was put in charge of the police department when Police Chief Steven Casstevens left for the same job in Buffalo Grove.

Neither Village Administrator Chris Clark nor Fetzer would comment on the proposed agreement, which includes the village paying for health, dental and vision insurance premiums for Fetzer, according to village documents.

The Village Board is scheduled to vote on the agreement after a closed session.

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