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Local Government

County board OKs water, sewer project bonds

GENEVA – Two Sugar Grove subdivisions plagued by flooding will get their problems fixed, while Elburn and Maple Park and other local communities will get their sewer and water projects paid for, after the Kane County Board issued $16 million in stimulus-backed bonds Tuesday.

"This solution is a long time coming," said county board member Drew Frasz, R-Elburn, whose district includes the Mallard Point and Rolling Oaks subdivisions in Sugar Grove.

"These communities have been flooding for many, many years."

The bond proceeds, which will be repaid by the taxing bodies to which they are loaned, will be used to pay for a number of water and sewer projects in several Kane County communities.

About $1.8 million of it will be used to fund the installation of a new drainage system to relieve flooding issues in the two Sugar Grove subdivisions. That funding was made possible by a last-minute deal among the county, the village of Sugar Grove and the Rob Roy Drainage District, which oversees flood control for the subdivisions and surrounding farmland.

The village and drainage district had argued over who would install and maintain the system, but ultimately reached an accord.

The loans for the Mallard Point project will be repaid to the county by the drainage district, which will pick up about 17 percent of the cost; the village, which will pay about a third of the cost; and the residents of the subdivision, who will pay the remaining 50 percent through a special property tax levied on their homes.

County board member Melisa Taylor, R-Sugar Grove, who had previously served on the Sugar Grove Village Board, said the compromise has eased tensions in the community.

"Emotions were raw," she said.

Kane County Board Chairman Karen McConnaughay praised county staff and county board members for taking action in the matter and creating a funding solution to pay for the flooding fix.

"None of you had any obligation to be a part of this," she said.

The bond proceeds also will be used to pay for an assortment of other sewer and water projects, including improvements at the Elburn wastewater treatment plant, the installation of a new water main in Maple Park and other projects in Virgil, Batavia, Wasco and Campton Township.

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