Urbana City Council backs stormwater agreement with the UI

URBANA — The city of Urbana could soon be receiving more than $100,000 a year from the University of Illinois to pay for stormwater services on its properties in Urbana.

The Urbana City Council, meeting as a committee of the whole, voted 6-0 Monday to recommend approving an intergovernmental agreement with the UI for stormwater utility services.

The council is scheduled to take a final vote on the agreement at its Feb. 17 meeting.

While the city council established a stormwater utility fee for properties in the city on May 7, 2012, there had been confusion as to whether and how the UI’s properties would be involved.

According to Public Works Director William Gray, university officials had indicated their willingness to pay the UI’s share of stormwater costs.

“However, the university is a state entity and claims it is not subject to municipal ordinances,” Gray said. “So a separate intergovernmental agreement is required for the stormwater utility services it utilizes.”

The agreement calls on the university to pay about $101,000 a year, retroactive to July 2013.

Rather than paying every two months, the UI will make its payments once a year, according to Assistant City Engineer Bradley Bennett.

While the UI will pay fees for parcels that utilize city stormwater systems, no fees will be paid for parcels that do not drain into city stormwater systems.

UI and city officials also agree to meet every two years starting in 2015 to discuss the provisions of the agreement.

“This is probably as fair as we can get,” said Urbana Alderman Bill Brown.

No university representatives spoke at Monday’s meeting.

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