ELMHURST – About a dozen Elmhurst residents attended a meeting about upcoming sanitary projects June 2 in south Elmhurst.
Additions to the Southwest Elmhurst Wet-Weather Control Facility include upgrades to the Saylor Avenue and Jackson Street pump station, a new 2-million gallon prestressed concrete storage tank at the wastewater treatment plant and a new 18-inch force main connecting the two.
"When there are large storms, there's a lot of stormwater that gets into the sanitary sewer," said Cathy Morley, senior project manager at RJN Group.
She explained that many homes in basin 24, or near Saylor Avenue and Jackson Street, have foundation drains connected to the sanitary sewer system.
The city hired RJN to study how many homes have such connections to the sanitary system and will then decide what to do about the connections.
"We're not doing one or the other. We're doing them both," Morley said.
She explained that while RJN is looking at how to reduce the amount of stormwater that enters the sanitary system through direct connections, the engineering firm also recognizes the need to expand the system's capacity.
Residents as well as Linda Gurgone, director of maintenance and property manger at Ray Graham Association, seemed most concerned with how construction will disrupt traffic and access to streets in the neighborhood.
While Morleyj couldn't provided a schedule yet for when each part of the project will begin and end because the city is still waiting for a county permit to do work along Salt Creek, the entire project is set to be completed by late spring or early summer of 2015.
"There will be times when it will be very difficult to come south on Saylor to Jackson," Morley warned residents living in the area.
Drawings of the entire project are available for residents to view at the City Clerk's Office in City Hall.