Why doesn’t the Village replace all of its old combined sewers?

A project of this magnitude is beyond the Village’s ability to fund. To replace all of the sanitary sewers at once would cost the Village more than 100 million dollars. To put this into perspective, the Village’s General Fund budget for 2020, used to fund core operations from police, fire, public works (excluding water & sewer), community development, finance and responsible planning and administration is $37.32 million. 

The water and sewer fund is collected separately through a $5 monthly capital fee by water customers, to help fund additional improvements, such as the gradual replacement of combined sewers.

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1. My street is flooded during a rainstorm. Why is this happening?
2. I had a sewer backup into my home. Why did this happen and what can be done about this?
3. If my sewer backs up, who do I call?
4. Why doesn’t the Village replace all of its old combined sewers?
5. I pay property taxes. Why don’t you use this money to prevent flooding?
6. I have standing water in my backyard. Why is it there and how can I fix this?
7. What is the Village going to do about standing water in my back yard?
8. Does the Village have any programs or assistance that can help me improve my property?
9. What types of building restrictions are in place to help protect my property?
10. Can stormwater from my roof gutter be directed to anywhere on my property?
11. Why does the Village allow for new construction on properties that have held water in the past?
12. Can I block stormwater runoff coming from my neighbor’s property?
13. What action has the Village taken to help provide more space for stormwater?
14. What plans does the Village have Village planning to help with ongoing stormwater challenges?
15. Does the Village have a plan of action in response to a large-scale storm or flooding event? If so, what are the qualifications to activate a response?