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Full text of Jim Zay’s press release

August 6, 2010

Following is the full text of Jim Zay’s press release. It’s available online at http://www.dupageco.org/generic.cfm?doc_id=4598.


Du Page County
NEWS RELEASE

421 N. County Farm Road, Wheaton, Illinois 60187, 630-407-6060
Website: http://www.dupageco.org
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For Immediate Release
August 3, 2010

Contact: Jason Gerwig
Communications Manager
630/407-6022

ZAY CALLS ON COUNTY TO INVEST IN IMMEDIATE STORMWATER IMPROVEMENTS

DU PAGE COUNTY —DuPage County Stormwater Chairman Jim Zay (District 6) is calling on the County’s Stormwater Management Committee, and County Board, to significantly increase funding for stormwater projects, which includes the buying-out of homes prone to flooding.

“For the last nine years, I have been asked to do more with less. That ends today,” said Zay. “Stormwater funding has been cut by $3 million a year for the last eight years, and we are seeing the problems those budget cuts are having. We can no longer put aside flooding issues; it must be one of our top priorities.”

Zay notes that the County Board has been discussing the possibility of a bond issuance, which would fund critical capital infrastructure projects throughout the County. In light of the recent flooding that has hit pockets of the County, Zay believes the time is now to pass such a program, with stormwater projects on the top of the list.

“We continually debate the merits of campus emergency generators and road construction projects, yet stormwater gets ignored,” Zay stated. “We cannot ignore this problem anymore, and I am asking my fellow board members to support a bond issuance.”

While the County has spent over $100 million on flood control projects and facilities for the eastern part of the County, Zay would like to see that same investment made on the west side of the County. Therefore, Zay is calling for the County to support funding for the following initiatives:

  • $5,000,000 to buy-out flood prone properties.
  • $25,000,000 in bonds for flood projects for Klein Creek, Bartlett and the West Branch of the DuPage River . ( West Chicago , Winfield, Warrenville areas).

Zay is also encouraging residents and business owners to attend the County’s upcoming budget hearings, which will provide them with a forum to let Chairman Schillerstrom and the County Board members know how important it is to address the flooding issues plaguing portions of DuPage County .

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