The Village of Lombard Board of Trustees recently approved policy enhancements to an existing assistance program for single-family residential properties experiencing chronic drainage issues at their March 2, 2023, meeting.
The Residential Drainage Program builds upon the previous Backyard Drainage program by providing enhanced guidance and resources to residential property owners who want to address standing water issues. The program offers a concierge approach that includes initial field and data assessments, as well as technical guidance throughout the process. Additionally, the Village Grant program has increased its funding, now offering a 50% reimbursement of up to $15,000, for qualified improvements that address standing water problems lasting more than 72 hours on multiple properties.
The improvements were brought about by a rise in larger-scale rain events, in which almost half of all approved grants were awarded within the past seven years. Furthermore, the program aims to utilize the knowledge gained from residents' past experiences and provide them with additional resources and guidance to address these challenges.
"We recognize the impact that chronic drainage issues have on our community, which is why we have taken steps to enhance our existing assistance program," said Village Trustee Bob Bachner. "Although the Village's past efforts and grants have been successful, we believe these enhancements will provide a higher level of support to property owners seeking to address these issues."
The recent program enhancements include the following:
- Resources and initial field consultations for all property owners, regardless of grant program eligibility.
- Assisting eligible properties in completing grant applications and streamlining the application process for those who qualify.
- For larger-scale neighborhood projects, the program will make up to $15,000 available in matching funds, where warranted.
"We encourage residents to take advantage of this program as they work to address the drainage issues impacting their properties," added Bachner.
For more information about the Residential Drainage Program and its enhancements, please visit the Village website at www.villageoflombard.org/299/Grants or contact the Community Development Department at firstname.lastname@example.org.