Cary moves forward with work on Sunset and Crest drives

CARY – Engineers will begin the design work for proposed drainage improvements at the intersection of Sunset and Crest drives.

The Village Board on Tuesday approved paying Christopher Burke Engineering $27,000 to do the design work for the proposed project that is meant to alleviate flooding in the area.

Once the design work is complete, it will be part of the village's application for a federal Hazard Mitigation Grant application, which is due Dec. 16.

The engineering firm work will include hydrologic modeling, surveying properties and a cost-benefit analysis that is required for the grant application.

The preliminary estimate for the project is $1.1 million, which includes buying three properties, excavation in the area and utility work.

If the village is awarded a federal Hazard Mitigation Grant, it would have to contribute $269,000 toward the project.

Public Works Director Cris Papierniak said the village does not know when it will find out whether it will receive the grant.

The village hopes to create an area for stormwater detention because residents who live in the Crest and Sunset drives area have dealt with flooding multiple times since 2007 and have said water rushes into the lower levels of their houses.

In other action, the Village Board approved a three-year agreement with Lexipol Knowledge Management Systems, which will provide the police department with a core set of policies and procedures, as well as updates in state mandates, state and federal case law and changes in best practices in law enforcement.

The department will customize the policies for its own needs, according to village documents.

The program also will provide daily training bulletins and scenarios on how to apply the policies and procedures, such as use of force situations, pursuits or when someone is injured.

Sgt. Scott Naydenoff said the bulletins will help the department see whether there are topics in which officers need extra review.

"I'll be able to see what questions we are missing," Naydenoff said. "If I see a pattern, I could pull that, say 'This is an issue, we need to target this.'"

The daily bulletins are meant to be completed within six minutes, Naydenoff said.

"I don't think you can ever have too much training," he said.

The cost of the system is $18,050 over three years, but the village expects to receive a grant from the Intergovernmental Risk Management Agency for $3,475 to cover part of the cost in the first year.

Comprehensive planning

The village's Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee is scheduled to have its first meeting. The village is starting its comprehensive planning process, which is expected to be about a yearlong process. Houseal Lavigne Associates of Chicago was hired to help guide the process.

The steering committee's first meeting is 6 p.m. Wednesday at Village Hall, 655 Village Hall Drive.

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