Common Area Drainage Issues
There is a problem with the storm sewers that run under the Common Area in River Oaks. Sinkholes have developed along the main sewer line in the area and the drains have subsided below the level of the grass surface. In the past year there have been several instances when the storm sewer drain has become blocked and the whole area filled with water until the blockage could be removed. This is a substantial increase in these incidents which had occured once every five years or so.
The City of Warrenville has told the homeowners that River Oaks is responsible for the maintenance some of the storm sewers in the area. ROIA maintains that is the responsibility of the City for this maintenance because the storm sewers were accepted by the City as their ownership and because these storm sewer lines handle storm water from areas outside of River Oaks. William Price, a homeowner and lawyer, has written several letters to the City attorney outlining the arguments of ROIA. The City attorney has responded each time, maintaining that it is the homeowners' responsibility for this maintenance.
On June 10th, River Oaks attended a meeting of the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee of the Whole. A report on this meeting can be found here.After the meeting the City began a survey of the storm sewers in River Oaks and the storm sewers outside of River Oaks that funnel storm water into the River Oaks system. Some of that survey has been completed.
Board Member Needed
We need another Board member! It's easy and not time-consuming. We meet every other month for about an hour. If you are interested, please contact a Board member.