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Cook County Approves Memorandum of Understanding for Winnetka Stormwater Project

July 25, 2017 04:30 PM

After the Willow Road Tunnel Project was set aside due to cost concerns, the Village engaged Strand Associates to re-examine alternatives to alleviate flood risk in western Winnetka. After an extensive evaluation, Strand recommended a multi-phase approach that would provide significant flood risk reduction against a 100-year flood event, as well as improve stormwater quality. The lynchpin of the vision is a stormwater management wetlands project on land owned by the Forest Preserve District of Cook County (FPDCC), at the northwest corner of Hibbard Road and Winnetka Avenue.

When the Village Council discussed Strand’s proposed vision in June, 2016, the Council agreed the first and most important task was to secure FPDCC permission to use their land. The Council directed staff to negotiate with the FPDCC to gain sufficient assurance that a project meeting the Village’s needs would ultimately be approved by the FPDCC Board of Commissioners. For the past year, Village and FPDCC staff have been in negotiations to reach agreement on a draft Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to delineate key project parameters in sufficient detail to gain project approval. FPDCC staff presented this draft to the FPDCC Board of Commissioners at their July 20 meeting, and it was unanimously approved. This agreement provides the Village with a high degree of certainty that the license agreement necessary for the project will ultimately be approved by the FPDCC Board of Commissioners.

The Village Council will consider approving the MOU at the August 1, 2017 Council meeting. Click here to view the MOU.  All are invited to attend and participate in this important meeting.


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