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Grand Reserve Creek could get modifications

Committee of the Whole to take up matter Tuesday

The Algonquin Committee of the Whole on Tuesday night will consider whether to move forward with a plan to seek solutions for problems at the Grand Reserve Creek.

Grand Reserve Creek runs behind residential properties on the east side of Harnish Drive. Trustees will meet at 7:30 p.m. at Ganek Municipal Center, 2200 Harnish Drive, Algonquin.

“This area has been a flooding and maintenance challenge for the Public Works Department and the homeowners since the development of the subdivision and the construction of the four homes that are contiguous to the naturally existing stream and fenn,” according to a memorandum sent from Public Works Director Robert Mitchard to trustees. “Problems have ranged from basement flooding, sump pump overload conditions, backyard flooding and invasive growth of opportunistic plants from the natural area onto private property, among other related issues.”

Village staff are recommending a nearly $33,000 contract with Rosemont-based Christopher B. Burke Engineering to find solutions.

“The engineers’ analysis will also consider whether this project will allow for further development of the additional available residential lots that remain on Harnish Drive adjacent to the creek,” Mitchard said.

Mitchard said Public Works “remains steadfast that development and construction of more homes on these particular lots will just exacerbate an already bad situation” and foster more adversarial relationships between the village and affected property owners.

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