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Engineers to study Grand Reserve Creek, look to help Algonquin homeowners

Area residents face flooding, damage

The Grand Reserve Creek runs behind residential properties on the east side of Harnish Drive in Algonquin.
The Grand Reserve Creek runs behind residential properties on the east side of Harnish Drive in Algonquin.

The Algonquin Committee of the Whole agreed Tuesday night to move forward with a plan to seek solutions for flooding problems at the Grand Reserve Creek.

Grand Reserve Creek runs behind a handful of residential properties on the east side of Harnish Drive. The Village Board will vote on the matter at its next meeting at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 18 at the 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 fen,” according to a memorandum sent from Public Works Director Robert Mitchard to trustees.

Problems include flooded basements and backyards, overloaded sump pumps and invasive growth of plants from the natural area onto private property, among others, Mitchard wrote.

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

Village President John Schmitt said the village is committed to helping affected homeowners. The homes were built in about 2007.

“The creek is higher than some of the backyards,” he said. “We have to do something. This is not a good situation.”

The engineers’ analysis also will consider whether the area can support further development of the available residential lots that remain on Harnish Drive adjacent to the creek.

Mitchard said the Public Works Department “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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