Storm water generates steam

DeWayne Bartels
Storm water runoff pools at Menard and Partridge in Metamora following a heavy downpour July 6. The village was hit by two sustained heavy downpours within just a matter of hours that afternoon.

The 3:20 p.m. storm that rolled through Metamora July 6 created rising clouds of steam on Menard Street.

But, steam from the rains was also present in the Metamora Village Hall when the board met that evening.

Mike Hillyer, 606 N. Washington, confronted the board about an ongoing issue he has with storm water in his basement following heavy rains.

Hillyer said he is afraid to leave his house or go to sleep if rain is in the forecast.

Hillyer said he has sump pumps but that they are of no use if the electricity goes out and his backup generator does not work.

“I had two to four inches of water in my basement last month,” he said, following a June 23 storm.

“My sump pumps could not keep up. So far I’ve been fortunate to only have water.”

Others, he said, have had raw sewage backing up into their basement.

“I’m worried,” Hillyer said.

He asked the village board what was being done about the issue.

Stan Sayre, superintendent of water and sewer, said the problem encountered last month involved a pump being down for repairs.

The pumps the village uses, Sayre said, were manufactured in 1967.

He said parts are no longer available and have to be manufactured.

The second pump tripped a circuit breaker and was also down for a time.

“Time-wise we couldn’t get it set up in time,” Sayre said.

Sayre said the pumps need to be replaced.

He estimated the price tag at $60,000.

Village president William Belshaw referred the issue to the public works committee consisting of trustees Doug Hawk and Walt Laylock.

“We’ve got some problems, serious ones. I have put in a grant with the EPA,” Belshaw said. “We have a responsibility to keep folks informed what’s going on with this. We owe you an answer. That’s the best anyone can tell you right now. I don’t know how long it will take for the $1.1 million grant or if it will ever get here.”

In other business:

• the board approved guidelines for using the park in the Square.

• the board approved a social hosting ordinance. This law puts property owners on notice that if they host a party or do not take sufficient steps to prevent underage drinking or drug use they could face some hefty financial liability.

This law would put the responsibility of paying for response costs on the host.

Those costs would include salaries and benefits of law enforcement, code enforcement, fire or other emergency response personnel for the amount of time spent responding to, remaining at or otherwise dealing with an event and the administrative costs; the cost of any medical treatment for any responding personnel to an event and the cost of repair to any village equipment or property damaged due to an event.