The Proposed Projects
Storm Sewer Upgrades: $6 million
These projects are designed to increase the capacity of existing storm sewer systems in five areas of the Village in an effort to relieve severe and recurring private property, street, and right-of-way flooding. All of these locations were studied as part of the 2014 Storm Water Drainage Study prepared by the Village’s drainage consultant, Engineering Resource Associates, and the proposed improvements are consistent with their findings and recommendations. These proposed projects, much like those completed over the past decades, are considered essential to reducing the impacts of flooding and sewer backups, as well as maintaining emergency access to neighborhoods during storms.
The basin areas for recommended storm sewer upgrades include:
1. Terrace Court Drainage Basin
This is a 55-acre watershed that drains storm water from the residential neighborhood north of the Takiff Center and east of Green Bay Road through a culvert pipe under the railroad tracks and into a ravine that discharges to Lake Michigan. The recommended storm sewer upgrade includes 2,200 feet of new storm sewer pipe to address insufficient storm sewer capacity and inadequate overland flow routes in this neighborhood and will significantly reduce private property structural flooding and blocked street access that currently directly impacts 30 homes, with additional postive impacts to the overall area as well.
2. Skokie Ridge Drainage Basin
This is a 75-acre watershed that drains storm water from east of Hohlfelder Road and south of Green Bay Road through a local storm sewer system out to a larger system on Dundee Road that discharges into the east diversion ditch along the west boundary of the Village. The recommended storm sewer upgrade includes 3,500 feet of new storm sewer pipe to address insufficient storm sewer capacity and the challenges presented by the steep topography in this neighborhood. This is the 2nd phase of storm sewer upgrades for this area and will significantly reduce private property structural flooding and blocked street access that currently directly impacts 30 homes, with additional postive impacts to the overall area as well.
3. Greenwood Avenue/Grove Street/Bluff Street Drainage Basin
This is a 78-acre watershed area that drains storm water from the residential neighborhoods west of Vernon Avenue and south of Lincoln Avenue through local storm sewer systems on Greenwood Avenue, Grove Street and Bluff Street out to a storm sewer system on Park Avenue that drains west down towards the Skokie Country Club and out to the east diversion ditch. The recommended storm sewer upgrade includes 2,300 feet of new storm sewer pipe to address insufficient capacity of the storm sewer and inadequate overland flow routes in these neighborhoods and will significantly reduce private property structural flooding and blocked street access that currently directly impacts 25 homes, with additional postive impacts to the overall area as well.
4. Hazel Avenue Underpass/Village Hall
This is a 19-acre watershed area that drains storm water from the downtown business district through a local storm sewer system on Hazel Avenue to a storm sewer outfall that discharges to Lake Michigan. The recommended improvements include the re-grading and reconstruction of the Public Safety driveway on the east side of the Village Hall. This improvement will significantly reduce structural flooding that currently directly impacts the Village Hall basement, including the Emergency Operations Center, contributing to significant water damage and rendering the lower level of the Village Hall unusable when flooded.
5. Madison Avenue Drainage Basin
This is an 8-acre watershed area that drains storm water from the residential neighborhood on Madison Avenue between Vernon Avenue and Greenwood Avenue through the local storm sewer system on Madison Avenue west and south through the systems on Greenwood Avenue and Grove Street to the storm sewer outfall on Ivy Lane at the east diversion ditch. The recommended storm sewer upgrade includes 1,000 feet of new storm sewer pipe to address insufficient storm sewer capacity and inadequate overland flow routes and will significantly reduce private property structural flooding and blocked street access that currently directly impacts 13 homes, with additional postive impacts to the overall area as well.
For more information about the Village's storm water and sewer systems, click here.
Village Hall HVAC Improvements: $2.5 million
The Village Hall is one of the only public buildings in the Village that remains in operation around the clock every day of the year. Constructed in 1956, this 24/7 full-service facility houses all Public Safety functions including 911 dispatching, Fire, Police and EMS services, administrative offices of Public Works, Finance and the Village Manager, offices and meeting space for Family Service of Glencoe and is the venue for dozens of public meetings each year. The proposed improvements include the complete replacement of all components of the original 1956 Village Hall HVAC system equipment and subsequent additions with new air handling units and air-cooled chiller and hot water boilers, in addition to upgrades to the building’s electrical service. Many components of the system have useful lives of 20-40 years; all have substantially surpassed that timeline; and the high cost of maintenance exceeds appropriate return on investment. The new computer controlled centralized system will improve temperature control and energy efficiency throughout the 40,000 SF Village Hall and provide basic comfort to the 75 staff and hundreds of visitors using the building each year. The specific improvements were recommended as a result of a comprehensive study commissioned by the Village in 2014 by Grumman Butkus, available for review here.
Street Resurfacing: $900,000
These improvements include resurfacing approximately 50,000 square yards of pavement on streets that were last paved from 1995-2002. The list of streets to be included in this program is currently being finalized, but will include 15-17 street segments. Maintenance resurfacing improves the driving surface, prolongs the life of the pavement sub-base and has been a common best practice employed by the Village for many years to ensure the best quality roadways for the lowest overall cost.
Sanitary Sewer Work: $500,000
This work includes rehabilitation of 15,000 feet of sanitary sewer and 20 manholes through the installation of lining material to restore pipes and reduce inflow/infiltration (I/I). I/I is a major contributor to sanitary sewer backups and basement flooding. The Village receives numerous complaints each year related to basement backups, many of which are the result of the condition of the sanitary sewer main. This best practice improvement can extend the useful life of sanitary sewers by 30-40 years and significantly improves I/I conditions.
Sidewalk Repairs: $100,000
Proposed expenditures will accelerate ongoing residential repairs and fund replacement of approximately 400 sidewalk squares throughout the community.