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Rainfall runoff creating problems in Tonica

Village officials discuss solutions

Kevin Sluder
Tonica village president
Kevin Sluder Tonica village president

TONICA — In the midst of seemingly continuous rainfall, unfulfilled agreements are not helping Tonica control the overflow of water.

The new Dollar General opened before its final inspection and before completing promised grading work that would have helped control the flow of runoff water in the area.

“I looked at it, and they were going to, they agreed that they were going to do something,” Village President Kevin Sluder said.

That something in question is some grading work that would have helped guard against some of the village’s current problems with water runoff.

“They agreed to do some grading in the back,” village engineer Jack Kusek said, “to slow it down and help control the runoff.”

However, by the time the business opened, the grading work remained uncompleted, and now the runoff is causing problems.

“We never did a final inspection, and they just opened up,” Kusek said. “I expected to do a final inspection and at least give them a certificate of occupancy.”

With the upcoming new Casey’s General Store location, the village would prefer not to set a precedent that a final inspection is unnecessary. To that end, Dollar General is to receive a letter reminding of the unfulfilled agreement, which would also provide a statement that the village will not provide the establishment money, as per the TIF agreement, for the uncompleted project.

Sluder acknowledged that nothing might be able to be done at the moment because of the immense amounts of water that have hit the village, but said that “they need to fix that, because that’s a mess.”

Kusek agreed. “They need to realize that they’re not done,” he said.

In the meantime, the village is figuring out how to redirect the water and has determined some ditching might be in order.

“At least if they slow it down a little bit, we re-ditch and take it out, that’ll help,” Sluder said.

“Maybe we won’t be doing the roads this year,” Sluder said. “We might be doing a lot of ditching.”

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