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Glen Ellyn to begin repairs to Lake Ellyn channel

GLEN ELLYN – After April's flood, the Village of Glen Ellyn will repair an outlet channel near Lake Ellyn that was damaged in the storms.

The channel was damaged by overland flow that weakened land near a wall of the channel and caused it to topple.

At its meeting June 10, the Glen Ellyn Village Board approved a non-competitive bidding process and granted contracts to the groups that previously rehabilitated the channel in 2012.

The village will pay Burns and McDonnell $29,000 for engineering design and project oversight services. Earthwerks Land Improvement and Development Corporation will provide emergency repairs to the channel for $60,000.

The channel work is part of the village's ongoing efforts to address flooding in the Lake Ellyn area.

Water drains from Lake Ellyn through an outlet structure at the north end of the lake into a storm sewer under Riford Road. The sewer brings it to the channel betwen 725 and 717 Riford Road and water heads to Perry's Pond, eventually reaching the East Branch of the DuPage River.

The damage was partly caused by the newness of the channel since it was recently upgraded in 2012, Village Professional Engineer Bob Minix said at the June 10 meeting. The land didn't have much time to settle before facing a serious storm event, such as the one seen by the village April 17 and 18.

The redesign of the channel takes into account the amount of water that overflowed and addresses that issue, which wasn't anticipated in the original plan, Minix said.

Work includes items such as retaining wall and soil erosion improvements, according to village documents.

The original construction cost of the channel was about $70,000, with engineering servicesm totaling about $45,000.

At the village board meeting, some trustees expressed concerns about using the same firms that worked on the channel in the past.

"What makes us sure that they're right this time?" Trustee Robert Friedberg said regarding the engineering firm, whose contract he voted against.

The board ultimately voted unanimously to approve the construction contract. However, trustees voted 4-2 for the Burns and McDonnell contract for engineering services.

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