SOMERS — Plans to control stormwater runoff from the Foxconn development in Mount Pleasant should include retention ponds and fix existing flooding problems in Somers, village president George Stoner said.
“I don’t agree with what is going on up there, totally,” Stoner said at this week’s work session with regard to how stormwater from Foxconn is proposed to be handled.
Stoner said areas of Somers near the Racine County border flood every time it rains. He believes large retention ponds on the Foxconn site should be used to correct the existing problems in Somers resulting from stormwater coming from the north.
“Now is the time to fix it,” Stoner said. “They can build ponds that would retain the water. The flow being the same is a problem. They could stop that.”
Andy Buehler, director of planning and zoning from Kenosha County, said the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission will act as a third party to review the plan to make sure it meets the watershed requirements for the Des Plaines and Pike rivers. The Des Plaines River watershed plan, for example, sets release rates to ensure the floodplain is at least maintained at its existing level.
The culvert proposed in the preliminary plans are slightly larger, but are filled with natural material at the bottom, to mimic how a natural streambed acts.
“Functionality is going to be the same,” Buehler said.
Stoner questioned if that natural material will just wash away.
“It’s just not practical,” he said.
He also voiced frustration over lack of information being provided.
“The village of Somers is not brought into any of these discussions,” he said. “They just go ahead and do whatever they want.”
Buehler said SEWRPC is expected to present their review at the next public information meeting, set for 6 p.m. June 18 in Mount Pleasant.
Buehler said, when Somers was a town and fell under county planning and zoning, the watershed plans were adhered to. When Somers became a village, the new code of ordinances did not include the adoption of those plans, though the policy has been to follow them.
The Village Board plans to adopt ordinances adopting those plans and corresponding release rates at its meeting June 12.