Village Flood grants not popular

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By Jean Lotus


The village of Forest Park's plan to help residents install home flood prevention systems has not been terribly successful, admitted Village Administrator Tim Gillian. 

Part of the reason is that the village takes requests in January when the budget process is being hammered out.

"Residents have to sign up for assistance in the first weeks of January and February because of how we create the budget," Gillian said. Gillian said a notice goes out in November water bills reminding residents they can sign up for grants.

The village will contribute up to $1,500 to residents who wish to install flooding protection systems in their homes including check valves, indoor/outdoor lift stations, French drains, tile systems or overhead sewer systems. 

These systems can run in the tens-of-thousands of dollars, depending on the scope and fix installed.

Demand has tapered, Gillian said, so the village reduced the amount appropriated for resident relief from $40,000 in 2012 to $16,000 this year.

"We try to get an idea going into the year what the interest is," Gillian said. In 2013 only five people had applied for the grants.

The Home Flood-Proofing Assistance Program is available only to owner-occupied single-family homes and two-flats. Qualifying applications are reimbursed first-come first-served for 50 percent of the cost of installation of an approved system (up to $1,500).

Property owners need to submit two estimates from qualified and licensed contractors. They are paid once work is completed. 

The village will not retroactively reimburse for work done the previous year.

 Contact: jean@forestparkreivew

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Billy Bob  

Posted: August 27th, 2014 3:03 PM

Whatcha y'all talkin' bout? I did mine this past winter. With a couple bulldozers to move all the snow from round my house and a couple tons of dynomite to break through the frozen ground, by golly, we got r done! And the grant was almost enuff to pay fer the dozers! Yee ha!

I have a better idea  

Posted: August 27th, 2014 2:31 PM

Why don't we make the application process close on Christmas Day. And remember you have to submit estimates too. Because in the dead of winter everyone is thinking of having plumbing estimates done for work that can't be completed until some time in May. Why not just say we really don't give a crap about you. It's all about us. I bet Tim got his $1500 grant!!!

R from Forest Park  

Posted: August 27th, 2014 2:18 PM

Not popular because of the limited window to apply. Most people think about having it done in the spring, once the flooding occurs, and if you can't backtrack then you are out of luck. We had ours done in April 2013, didn't know in January 2013 that we'd have a sewer backup, now, did we. So no grant...

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