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Riverside village manager provides update on Swan Pond, invites residents to share opinions on waste service

Published: Friday, Aug. 8, 2014 2:38 p.m. CDT

RIVERSIDE – Village Manager Peter Scalera updated the Village Board and public on work being done at Swan Pond at the board's regular meeting Thursday.

According to Scalera, the Public Works Department completed the clearing of all debris from the mouth of the culvert in Swan Pond and removed any blockages. Village staff discussed repairs needed for the culvert with the Army Corps of Engineers, who will perform the work needed to fix continuing issues to minimize flooding in Swan Pond.

The Public Works Department is also developing a plan to address landscaping needed to the north of the culvert.

The culvert and a bed of plantings designed to minimize flooding in Swan Pond was damaged and moved during an ice flow event on the Des Plaines River last winter.

Additionally, 22 of the 30 ash trees in Swan Pond infested by the emerald ash borer have been removed from the area, Scalera said.

Residents opinion of village waste service solicited

Scalera asked residents to come to Village Hall and give their thoughts on the village's waste services at an upcoming informational meeting. The village's current waste contract with Allied Services will end in November.

Residents are asked to attend a special meeting Aug. 15 at 7 p.m. at Village Hall to offer their opinion of the village's waste hauling services.

If residents are unable to attend the meeting, they may use the village's website to send an email to village staff. Residents' emails will be considered by the board when determining what to do with the village's waste services.

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