Parks meeting change positive for review of agreement with city

Village-park district negotiations over whether Wilmette can build flood control storage under West Park are nearing a successful completion, parks and village officials say.  |  File photo
Village-park district negotiations over whether Wilmette can build flood control storage under West Park are nearing a successful completion, parks and village officials say. | File photo

Summertime vacation schedules mean that the Wilmette Park District’s regular August meeting has had to be postponed for one week, from 7 p.m. Aug. 11 to the same time Aug. 18 at Village Hall, 1200 Wilmette Ave.

There is a silver lining to the change; The extra time should allow district attorneys to complete their review of the final West Park intergovernmental agreement between the district and the village, Director Steve Wilson said Thursday.

The document will go the Park Board’s recreation committee when that group meets just before the rescheduled full board session. At that point, the full park board can consider approving it the same night to try and meet the desired construction schedule of the village, he said.

Recreation committee members will be going over the agreement for a second time, since a district attorney reviewed it with them at their July session.

Village and park district officials have been in negotiations for several months over Wilmette’s desire to build a multi-million gallon sanitary sewage storage tank under West Park. The project is part of a municipal flood control effort to prevent sewer backup into an estimated 1,300 homes in West Wilmette.

Putting the storage tank under West Park, which is situated near the Wilmette-Glenview border on Lake Avenue, is expected to cost up to $18.1 million, including costs for rebuilding the park.

Preliminary design and engineering is underway, thanks to an earlier tentative agreement between the two bodies, and subsequent contract awards by village trustees, but village officials want to be able to begin construction work this fall and have the system operational in 2016.

DATE CHANGE

FOR: Wilmette park board

NEW TIME: 7:30 p.m. Aug. 18

ON AGENDA: West Park agreement

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