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updated: 3/16/2011 6:02 PM

Sugar Grove subdivisions to leave drainage district

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A Sugar Grove subdivision that has experienced basement flooding groundwater problems will likely be de-annexed from the Rob Roy Drainage District as part of the process for fixing the problems.

The Sugar Grove village board agreed Tuesday to sign an agreement with Rob Roy that disconnects Mallard Point. The agreement also calls for de-annexing the Rolling Oaks subdivision from the drainage district. Those are the only two subdivisions in Sugar Grove that are served by the drainage district.

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The Rob Roy board will vote on the agreement April 12. If it approves it, then the agreement will be sent to a Kane County judge for review and approval, as required by Illinois drainage district law.

The agreement accomplishes something the Rob Roy district has wanted for about 15 years: To not be responsible for those subdivisions, said Mike Fagel, a district commissioner. The drainage district was set up more than 70 years ago, when most of the area was farmland.

"I'm glad to see we're making forward progress," Fagel said.

Sugar Grove, Rob Roy and Kane County worked out a plan late last year to fix faulty drainage in Mallard Point. Rolling Oaks drains into the same area.

The village will install an 8,000-foot 30-inch pipe to connect Mallard Point's drainage to a creek near Jericho Road, and put in new drains in Mallard Point to feed it. Of the estimated $1.4 to $1.8 million project, the residents of the subdivisions will pay half, the village will pay $600,000 and Rob Roy will pay $300,000.

Mallard Point residents say that sump pumps in their basements run constantly, even when there is no rain. A required bypass drainage line was never installed, and a detention pond was not dug as deep as it was supposed to be, things the village inspectors did not see at the time of construction. Inspections in 2009 showed there were broken field tiles, and that dams and sediment had clogged the pond and a wetland. One of the main roads was built on 8 feet of stone due to water problems, and that stone may be damming water.

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