Unit 4 seeking stormwater runoff deal with park district for Centennial

Unit 4 seeking stormwater runoff deal with park district for Centennial

CHAMPAIGN — The Unit 4 school district wants to use some Champaign Park District land north of Centennial High School to deal with stormwater runoff from the expanded Centennial as well as Tommy Stewart Field, newly covered with artificial turf.

Officials and contractors with Unit 4 appeared before the Champaign Park Board on Wednesday night to propose a stormwater-detention easement agreement between the districts.

Jim Miller, a civil engineer from Clark Dietz in Champaign, told park commissioners that additional stormwater detention — enough to hold 21 cubic feet of water — is needed for the high school expansion project. That amount is enough to handle a 100-year storm event, he said.

"Unit 4 is looking for green space for a detention basin," Miller said.

The school district has proposed building the basin on a site north of the Centennial parking lot straddling school and park district land. However, the majority of it would be on park district property.

"This is the only, most logical place for it," said Elizabeth Stegmaier, director of capital projects and planning for Unit 4 schools.

According to the easement proposal, 100 percent of the cost of constructing and installing the stormwater management facility would be paid for by Unit 4.

If the park board goes along with Unit 4's proposal, Miller said, construction of the detention basin would take place this summer and fall.

Champaign Park District Executive Director Joe DeLuce said the park board will likely consider the proposal at its July 11 meeting.

In other business, the park board voted unanimously to give DeLuce a 2.75 percent pay increase, bringing his annual salary to $133,575.