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Committee talks stormwater, parking deck, underpass

Chris Healy (second from left), Public Works and Buildings Committee vice chairman and Fifth Ward alderman, explains his reasons – mainly safety – for supporting an Illinois Prairie Path underpass at York Street. (Mari Grigaliunas -
Chris Healy (second from left), Public Works and Buildings Committee vice chairman and Fifth Ward alderman, explains his reasons – mainly safety – for supporting an Illinois Prairie Path underpass at York Street. (Mari Grigaliunas -

ELMHURST – Here are three highlights from Monday's Public Works and Buildings Committee meeting.

1. Stormwater options

The issue: The Public Works and Buildings committee discussed three parts of a potential policy for mitigating stormwater that would apply the Natural Resource Conservation Service's formula to determine stormwater management requirements.

The first part would apply to existing homes where owners want to add impervious improvements like patios or additions. The homeowner would be required to offset the impact of new impervious surface with stormwater mitigation solutions or use permeable pavers.

Another portion would allow both existing homeowners and builders constructing new homes to pay a fee in lieu of providing the total amount of stormwater management required only if city staff determines the property has been burdened to its maximum and notes a hardship preventing additional stormwater management systems.

The last piece would create a cost-sharing incentive program to encourage owners of both existing and new homes to provide additional stormwater management solutions above what is required using the NRCS formula.

What's next: The committee plans to continue discussing these options with specific numbers to be suggested by city staff.

2. Parking deck contract

The issue: The committee addressed the city's design and construction management contract for the Addison Parking Deck with ARCO/Murray National Construction Company. The entire project is estimated to cost just under $14.5 million. The majority of that cost, 88.45 percent or about $12.8 million, is materials and direct labor cost. ARCO/Murray will charge a 3.8 percent construction management fee, which is estimated to be about $530,000. The same fee for the Larch Avenue parking deck was about 6 percent.

City staff expect the project's designs to be completed this summer and to break ground in late fall, possibly October depending on how soon precast concrete can be obtained.

Two items not included in the contract are the reconfiguration of Addison Avenue into a two-way street north of the parking deck and the streetscape in front of the building.

The entire project is expected to be completed by Oct. 30, 2015.

What's next: The City Council is expected to vote on the contract Monday. If the contract is not approved, the council will then need to vote on a sixth letter of agreement with ARCO/Murray and extend their agreement until the end of July.

3. Prairie Path underpass

The issue: After an hour of discussing the potential costs and benefits of constructing an underpass at York Street for the Illinois Prairie Path, the Public Works and Buildings Committee decided to ask DuPage County for any additional funds toward the project and explore the idea of reconfiguring the Prairie Path so that it crosses York Street at a safer spot.

The 2014 city budget includes funds to cover the estimated $143,661 cost of phase one engineering to begin the project. Once phase one is completed, the city will qualify for Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality funding to cover 80 percent of the estimated $3 million project. That would leave Elmhurst responsible for about $700,000.

An estimated 1,200 path users and 20,000 motorists travel through the intersection each day.

What's next: Committee members didn't agree on whether the city should fund the project since the path runs throughout DuPage County, and agreed to explore other options before submitting a report to the council.

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