PROJECT UPDATE:
6/1/15 - Village Staff met with Permidt Engineering Ltd. to begin conducting inspections for the "Storm Sewer Connections Program" throughout the Phase 1 area of the NSMP.  Those that have requested a site-inspection of their home will be contacted within the next week.  The Permidt Engineering inspection staff will be able to answer any questions you might have in regards to where your downspouts discharge, approximate costs for routing discharges from the house up to the new Storm Sewer Connection, etc.  In addition to these individual home inspections, they will also be conducting an overall visual inspection of the homes within the entire Phase 1 area (from within the public sidewalk) in the coming weeks.  

 

By now, all residents within the Phase 1 area of the NSMP should have received a letter from the Director of Public Works regarding the “Storm Sewer Connections Program”.

Please click here for a copy of the letter.

Since the letter was distributed, several very important questions have been raised. Listed below are some of the more common questions asked, as well as responses from Village Staff:

 

Q: What benefit does this provide to my property?
A: Although the NSMP will remove a substantial amount of stormwater from the sanitary sewer, it is likely that there are still many clearwater connections discharging clean water into the sanitary sewer. This “side project” provides an opportunity to get all clearwater discharge out of the sanitary sewer. This will ensure that the sanitary sewer can adequately respond during a heavy rain event and further minimize the chance for sewer backup. In order to participate in this program, however, you do not have to have an “unapproved” connection to the sanitary sewer. For those that have excessive sump pump discharge, low spots in their yard, or generally poor drainage after a rain event – this is an opportunity to efficiently mitigate these issues in an approved manner.

Q: If I have overhead sewers, will this somehow damage them or put them at risk for damage?
A: In no way will a clearwater connection to the storm sewer system damage existing sewer infrastructure at your home. If anything, these new connections will help reduce the need for overhead sewers or backflow valves.

Q: What happens if I do not participate in this program?
A: This program is simply an opportunity for those that are interested to connect to the new storm sewer with approved discharges. At this time there is no obligation to participate. This is, however, an opportunity to provide an outlet for stormwater without having to pay for the additional excavation and roadway patching that will be needed if this work takes place in the future. The benefit of participating at this time is that the work will be done in conjunction with the larger NSMP project and all costs associated with the restoration will be paid for by the Village.

Q: Can the Village provide a list of licensed contractors who can complete the work from my residence to the newly installed extension?
A: Upon request, the Village will provide a list of currently licensed contractors capable of completing this work.

Q: If I participate in this program, how much of my yard will be disturbed?
A: By participating in this program, there will not be any portions of your yard disturbed by construction activities. The new connection will only extend from the storm sewer in the street to the parkway, just behind the curb. There will be some amount of disturbance when the private portion of the work is completed. Typically, that will consist of the installation of pipe from the residence to the new extension (in the parkway). This work can usually be completed with minimal disturbance, however, it ultimately depends on the scope of work chosen by the homeowner.

Q: Does the homeowner need to be home for the inspection? Is the inspection of the exterior of the home or will the inspector need access to the inside of my home?
A: If you are requesting an inspection, it would be best to be present.  This will allow for the inspector review any plumbing on the inside of the home as well as access to any locked portions of the property. The inspection is completely voluntary and is only scheduled if requested by a homeowner.  The main goal of these inspections is to answer any questions that you as a homeowner have about the location of various discharges on your property (downspouts, sump pump(s), yard drains, etc.) as well as to determine if they might be currently connected to the sewer.