Like all infrastructure systems, the stormwater system must be maintained to function at capacity and to minimize the total life cycle cost. Primary maintenance activities include ditch cleaning and restoration, catch basin cleaning and repair, streambank maintenance, and street sweeping.
During the 2012 Long Range Planning process, a maintenance gap was identified in the infrastructure. A recommendation to create revenue stream that would cover the maintenance and operating costs of the stormwater infrastructure was born, the stormwater utility.
All property owners within the Village, minus property tax exempt parcels, pay a monthly fee based on a property’s impervious area. Prior to this time, these monies came from property taxes.