The Crystal Lake Park board hired the firm offering the lowest price to review the city’s watershed manual.
Burke said it could complete the review in two weeks.
But, besides cost and speed, the Burke firm got highest marks from at least four of the board members. It was also the recommendation of Park Director Kirk Reimer and Park Planner Ann Viger.
“So did I,” Dave Phelps added.
Two, Michael Walkup and Eric Anderson, thought the only non-engineering firm in the running—Conservation Designs—would be better.
“I agree with Mike,” Eric Anderson said. “It needs more of a conservation design. That was my top choice.”
“I would like to go more with engineers overlooking engineers,” Jerry Sullivan contributed, while agreeing, “The whole idea of it is conservation.
“I’m a big fan of engineers,” Richard Sexton said.
During the discussion, Sexton explained that he had found it hard to believe a previous comment made by Walkup about McHenry County College’s wanting to start construction so soon, but now did.
“These guys are looking to stick a shovel in September,” Sexton said. He observed that being able to come back in two weeks with a review of the watershed manual was a good idea.
The vote ended up unanimous in favor of the Burke firm.
“They were trying to get this through in an ordinance form (but a couple of councilmen brought up concerns).
“I was pleasantly surprised that they were concerned.
“Going (into) that meeting, I thought it was a done deal.”
“It was the lowest,” Reedy pointed out.
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Wouldn’t it be something if the review could be accomplished before the next Crystal Lake City Council meeting?
Mayor Aaron Shepley announced that the watershed manual would be on the agenda and public comments welcomed on Tuesday, September 16th.