Evergreen Park Mayor James Sexton wants the village’s public works officials to prepare financially for side effects of winter weather in the area.
Large temperature fluctuations at the end of December have caused dips and other damage in village streets.
“I’ve been seeing a lot of the same things we got last year,” Sexton said during Monday’s village board meeting. “Let’s make sure there are funds available for that.”
Several village residents also reported seepage into their homes during the New Year’s Eve weekend. Since the ground had frozen and sewers were full from earlier storms, the new precipitation entered through the foundations of area homes, Sexton said.
But despite those problems, the mayor and the trustees credited the village’s department heads with handling the extraordinary weather well.
“I saw our wonderful street department chipping away (after the ice storm),” Trustee Carol Kyle said. “It looked like quite a job; I’m glad I wasn’t out there.”
Sexton added that the village community center’s roof was completed two weeks later than expected. The roof was damaged during a wind storm in the fall.
Workers couldn’t get onto the roof until the ice and snow melted, and Sexton said he could not be sure if any more work would be necessary in the spring.
Trustee Mark Marzullo questioned public works officials about several water main breaks he had seen in the area, but they were categorized as “normal.”
Officials said they make every effort to notify residents when scheduled work on a main disrupts water service, but emergencies can cause disruptions. Marzullo credited officials with quick work so far this season and said he had not heard many complaints.