Shutoff Valve Ruffles Feathers
City officials and the Park District of Elmhurst, Illinois, are at odds with one another over a $100,000 shut-off valve that nearly stalled a stormwater detention project. The project will relieve flooding on an avenue north of the central park with a 48-inch pipe carrying stormwater to a temporary detention area elsewhere.
In a plan drawn up in December 2015, the city agreed to pay for the design, construction, and maintenance of the basin. The Park District also requested the installation of a $100,000 shut-off valve that would prevent the detention basin from overflowing.
Against the district’s wishes, the City Council later removed the valve from the agreement and voted to postpone its approval after the engineering consultant on the job said that a valve wasn’t necessary.
The Park District’s concern is that without a valve, the basin would overflow and affect homes adjacent to York Street, in turn shifting the flooding from one place to another.
The City Council discussed the matter in January and concluded that without hard evidence to demonstrate the need for a valve, it cannot justify such an expensive one. Present members approved the new plans, sans the controversial shutoff valve, in a 10-0 vote.