WESTMONT – The Westmont Stormwater Management Committee plans to present its top projects and funding recommendations to the Village Board during a special meeting Thursday.
The presentation will inform the board of the village’s biggest flooding issues, how to address them and how to fund solutions, according to Trustee Steve Nero, a member of the committee, which formed this past June.
“It’s a collective approach from all of us,” Nero said. “It’ll give the Village Board the tools necessary to solve the problem.”
The committee and the village both need to be proactive with the approach to stormwater issues, according to Nero. The committee spent nearly four months creating the plan and presentation.
“The main goal is to have the presentation that outlines a strategic plan that can attack stormwater issues,” Nero said. “But it’s not just projects here or there, it’s also internal.”
The Westmont Village Board created the committee after the historic April floods, according to Larry McIntyre, project manager with the committee.
He said the 14-member committee consists of village officials and residents, each representing a different area.
“[Committee members] have been extremely diligent and dedicated to this important issue,” McIntyre said. “They’ve challenged themselves to set forth an aggressive timeline, to move quickly so information can be provided and so the board can act on the recommendations.”
The members have had a comprehensive view point, looking at what is best for the entire community, according to McIntyre.
“That’s the thing that’s going to be interesting about the presentation,” McIntyre said. “90 percent will be presented by the members of the committee, not village staff members. So the people will be hearing thoughts and recommendations from fellow residents.”
Flooding concerns have grown considerably in recent years, mostly because of the amount of heavy rain Westmont has had in the last decade, according to McIntyre.
“Stormwater is the number one issue in Westmont right now,” Nero said. “It’s directly affecting the residents. It’s damaging homes, ruining businesses and it’s important to the overall well-being [of Westmont].
“If we don’t tackle this project, it’s going to affect the whole environment of our village,” he added.
The Stormwater Management Committee will present its recommendations at 7 p.m. Thursday at Village Hall, 31 W. Quincy St. The special meeting will be open to the public.