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Final stormwater stakeholder meeting to take place Tuesday

Published: Friday, June 6, 2014 1:30 p.m. CDT

WESTMONT – The village of Westmont will hold one more meeting Tuesday to discuss the proposed storm water utility fee.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. June 10 at the Village Hall, 31 W. Quincy St.

The proposed utility, which would charge property owners a fee based on the amount of impervious area on each property, will be discussed by the newly formed Citizens Stormwater Stakeholders Group.

All residents and business owners are encouraged to attend the meeting and be a part of the group, which was formed after Westmont Village Board dissolved the community stormwater management committee.

“The Village Board acted to dissolve the community stormwater management committee so that the committee members could freely participate in the new stakeholders group,” Westmont Village Trustee Steve Nero said in a news release.

“The stakeholders group will work directly with the consultant to develop the proposed stormwater utility. It was the recommendation of the residents on the committee that the village create the utility so that our community would have a dedicated revenue stream that would address our stormwater issues and greatly improve our infrastructure.”

The Citizens Stormwater Stakeholders Group consists of residents as well as representatives from the Westmont Park District, library, chamber, area churches and more.

“Now is the time for the public to get involved,” said Westmont resident Karolina Przyborowski, who has agreed to be part of the stakeholders group. “The meeting will allow for the opportunity of the community to come together and create a solution.”

If implemented, the fee would charge property owners directly to pay for stormwater sewer projects. Currently, those projects — such as replacing a stormwater detention basin — are funded by village property taxes.

For more information, contact Westmont Communications Director Larry McIntyre at 630-981-6245.

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