HINCKLEY TWP. — Trustee Jim Burns said the township considered moving drainage systems underneath a cul-de-sac island on Valley Brook Boulevard but decided against it at its meeting Tuesday because of the cost.
“Along Valley Brook Boulevard is a small island in a cul-de-sac and that island has a storm sewer system … and a sanitary sewer system in the center of that island,” Burns said Wednesday.
Snow, salt and water tend to get absorbed into the soil of islands like the one on Valley Brook and get trapped beneath the road. The end result is that the road degrades quicker, Burns explained.
However, after doing some research, Burns said he was told moving these systems could be costly, although he didn’t have an estimate.
“At this point in time, the trustees have decided to move forward with not moving the island and leaving those (systems),” Burns said.
Also Tuesday, trustees discussed improvements to Kobak Fields.
“We’ve been approved for a $13,000 grant from the state,” Burns said, and Hinckley has until June 30, 2020, to complete improvements including handicapped-accessible concrete pads near the baseball fields, parking lot upgrades and better drainage for the fields.
Two projects already have been completed — putting diamond dust on the infield of the township’s five baseball fields and metal roofing on dugouts at three fields, he said.