Stormwater Management Discussion
Executive Director Rogers reported on the subcommittee’s stormwater meeting with representatives of the City of Elmhurst and School District 205 held on July 23, 2015 at City Hall. The subcommittee thanked the City for approving the lease extension of the maintenance facility and indicated to the City the preference to incorporate York Commons, East End, Wild Meadows Trace/Pioneer and Crestview parks separately from the master IGA. The Park District will continue to work cooperatively with the City in discussions with the IL Dept. of Natural Resources (IDNR) for use of Golden Meadows Park and has scheduled a meeting on August 21, 2015 with IDNR. The subcommittee expressed to the City that the Park District is not interested in recreational components in the York Commons stormwater basin until its use is evaluated. Rogers disseminated to the board a revised draft copy of the City of Elmhurst’s proposed intergovernmental agreement (IGA) for the use of Park District property for stormwater detention. The presented IGA was a red-lined version to be brought to the City at the next meeting on August 13, 2015. Attorneys from both parties continue to work on the legal terms of the IGA staff work with the District’s engineering firm, V3, on the business terms. Legal counsel Andrew Paine of Tressler, LLP provided a brief explanation of noteworthy legal terms and provisions being considered in drafting the IGA followed by Rogers who highlighted business terms addressing from the point of conception of plans to the future maintenance of the basins. Existing IGAs used by other park districts are being used as a reference as well as other agreements currently in effect between the District and other agencies. Both parties aim to structure a master IGA containing all of the legal provisions of all park sites, regardless of the site, with addendums or exhibits as required to address specific needs within each site. As negotiations continue, the Park Board will determine risks in allowing use of the parks. Commissioners inquired as to restrictions in removing park sites from negotiations, future maintenance costs of sites, and the inclusion of easement restrictions in the IGA to reduce impact to District operations.