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City Council votes to remove cemetery space as option for storm water pond

Applause broke out Monday night as the Glencoe City Council approved a motion to remove the green space in the cemetery as a proposed location for a storm water pond. The decision followed a public hearing held on the Armstrong Avenue project and its accompanying storm water pond. 
The public hearing opened with a presentation from Short Elliot Hendrickson (SEH) engineer Justin Black to explain the entire Armstrong Project. 
Armstrong is a street and utility project that will replace sanitary sewer lines, water mains and storm sewers as well as fixing surface road issues. The project encompasses Armstrong Avenue from Seventh Street to 13th Street, Seventh Street from Armstrong Avenue to Chandler Avenue, Baxter Avenue from Seventh Street to Fifth Street and one block of 12th Street. 
The storm sewer system will be replaced from its current five-year rainfall event system to a 10-year rainfall system. This will increase the speed of flow of stormwater through the system and into the Buffalo Creek. To prevent the flow from causing problems downstream, the city is required to construct a stormwater pond to control the rate of water flow into the creek. 
The original pond location in the cemetery received criticism, so Black presented four additional possible locations for this pond on Monday night. 
The original proposal, Pond A, was in the open space in the Glencoe City Cemetery. The pond would an active pond, with water always in it. Black presented an illustration of what it would look like, with retaining walls and new trees, and emphasized that it will be designed to be attractive. The cost for this option would be $649,000. 
For more see the Oct. 21 print edition of The Chronicle.