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North Shore Study Area

Milestones

  • Spring 2020: The North Shore Storm Sewer improvement project is complete and minor restoration remains.  
  • December 19, 2019: The contractor is finishing cleaning the job site in preparation for a winter shut down.
  • December 12, 2019: For the remainder of the next week, the contractor will be completing restoration along the side streets, filling any remaining low areas or uneven parkways, and cleaning up the job site in preparation for a winter shut down. Minor restoration work will likely need to be completed in early spring, due to the pending weather conditions. 
  • December 5, 2019: All underground sewer, basin excavation, and pavement patching for the project is now complete. Over the next week the contractor will be completing restoration along the side streets, filling any remaining low areas or uneven parkways, and cleaning up the job site in preparation for a winter shut down. Minor restoration work will likely need to be completed in early spring, due to weather considerations.
  • November 26, 2019: The restoration work on Greenfield is nearing completion. The new mainline storm sewer and the connection stubs along Crystal Beach were completed on November 26. Pavement patching continues. Next week the Crystal Beach basin excavation will commence along with a few watermain adjustments.
  • November 21, 2019: The work on East End is complete. The restoration work on Greenfield is finishing up. The contractor continues installing the new mainline storm sewer and the connection stubs along Crystal Beach and is approximately two-thirds complete. Pavement patching on North Shore, East End, and Greenfield started and is anticipated to be complete next week. 
  • November 13, 2019: The restoration work on Greenfield is finishing up. The contractor started installing the new mainline storm sewer for Crystal Beach and, pending weather, should be complete next week. Pavement patching on East End and Greenfield is anticipated for next week.
  • November 7, 2019: The work on East End is complete. The restoration work on Greenfield is finishing up. The contractor started installing the new mainline storm sewer for Crystal Beach and will continue next week. The contractor is on task to complete the installation of the new storm sewer in December.  Minor restoration work will likely need to be completed in early spring, due to the pending weather conditions.
  • October 31, 2019: Restoration work is substantially complete along East End. Installation of the storm sewer stubs and finishing up the basin on Greenfield is complete and restoration work started. Work at the swim beach started and installation of the new mainline storm sewer for Crystal Beach.
  • October 24, 2019: Restoration work continues along East End. Installation of the storm sewer stubs and finishing up the basin nears completion on Greenfield. The contractor hopes to start working along Crystal Beach next week.  
  • October 17, 2019: Restoration work started along East End. Installation of the storm sewer stubs and finishing up the basin continues along Greenfield. The contractor hopes to start working along Crystal Beach soon. 
  • October 10, 2019: Installation of the storm sewer stubs along East End are complete. Restoration work is anticipated to start the week of October 14. Installation of the mainline storm sewer along Greenfield is complete and digging of the new basin started. Installation of the storm sewer stubs also started on Greenfield. Work along Crystal Beach is anticipated to start next week.
  • October 2, 2019: The storm sewer stubs along East End should be complete on October 4. Installation of the mainline storm sewer along Greenfield continues. The crew placing the stubs along East End will start installing them along Greenfield. Construction of the basin on East End is substantially complete. The contractor hopes to start digging the basin on Greenfield next week.
  • September 26, 2019: Installation of the new mainline storm sewer was completed on East End. The contractor is now working to install the storm sewer stubs within the right-of-way. Installation of the mainline storm sewer along Greenfield continues. Construction of the basin on East End continues.
  • September 18, 2019: Installation of the new mainline storm sewer will be complete along East End on September 19. Installation of the storm sewer stubs within the right-of-way will start next. Installation of the mainline storm sewer along Greenfield continues. North Shore Drive is back open to two lanes of traffic.
  • September 12, 2019: Installation of the new storm sewer and structures continues on North Shore/East End. A second crew also started working along North Shore/Greenfield Road.
  • September 5, 2019: Installation of the new storm sewer and structures continues on North Shore/East End. The contractor anticipates bringing in another crew on September 9 to also start installing storm sewer along Greenfield.
  • August 29, 2019: Tree removal, saw cutting, and survey layout commenced and is nearing completion. Installation of the new storm sewer and structures is anticipated to start on September 3 on East End.
  • August 22, 2019: The contractor started saw cutting, survey layout, and tree removal which will continue next week. Some water main adjustment work may also occur.  
  • August 19, 2019: The contractor for the project is laying out the location of the sump pump/yard drain connections. Not everyone was at the public meeting to identify where they wanted these to be located. If a resident wants the location changed, please contact Kevin Lill, the City's construction engineer to find a suitable location. Kevin Lill can be reached at (847) 417-7673. 
  • August 15, 2019: City staff held a preconstruction meeting with Copenhaver Construction. Copenhaver will be onsite on Monday, August 19 to start saw cutting, survey layout, and tree removal.  
  • August 6, 2019: City Council approved a contract with Copenhaver Construction to perform construction. Construction is anticipated to commence early this fall (exact date to be determined).
  • May 13, 2019: Staff met with the North Shore Area residents to review the engineering plans. A copy of the presentation slides are here. Please provide any comments to the plans by Wednesday May 22. 
  • April 29, 2019: A letter was mailed to all North Shore Area residents inviting them to a public meeting on May 13 at 7:30 pm at Crystal Lake City Hall to review the engineering plans.  
  • November 7, 2018: Design engineering is underway. The Public Works Department installed a new storm sewer under North Shore Drive near Baldwin Avenue to help better manage the drainage in this area. Final grading and restoration of this area will be completed in the spring. 
  • October 3, 2018 : Per the Crystal Lake Park District, the berm extension project along the south end of the Lippold Park, north of Crystal Beach and Lakewood Avenues is out for bid. They anticipate awarding the contract the end of October with construction commencing shortly after. 
  • September 26, 2018: The surveyors are onsite the week of September 24, 2018. 
  • September 5, 2018: City staff held a kickoff meeting with the design consultant for the new storm sewer. The design is now underway. 
  • August 29, 2018: Staff submitted a concept paper for the 2019 McHenry County Community Development Block Grant funding program to fund a portion of the construction. A kickoff meeting with the design consultant for the design of the new storm sewer is scheduled for September 5. 
  • August 7, 2018: Christopher B. Burke Engineering was selected to complete the design engineering and permitting for the installation of the new storm sewer in the right-of-way and BMP basins.
  • July 19, 2018: The City of Crystal Lake will be conducting additional tree and brush removal in the area behind the homes on the east stretch of North Shore Drive starting on July 26. The City's work will consist of removing trees more than 10 feet away from the power lines on City property. ComEd has completed some initial trimming in that area and will be scheduling more trimming. 
  • June 19, 2018: ComEd crews have begun tree trimming in the North Shore neighborhood. This trimming will include the area behind the homes on the east stretch of North Shore. Once they have completed their trimming work on the east section of North Shore Drive, ComEd will take out trees that are immediately adjacent to their lines on City property. Once ComEd is done, we will perform additional clearing on the City-owned property to create a buffer from the ComEd lines to reduce the potential for storm-related outages from trees. Additionally, the City continues its aggressive maintenance of the Cove Pond grates and East Street swale. The City recently hired a contractor to treat the west end of Cove Pond with a water-safe herbicide (similar to how the Park District treats the Lake) to cut down on the waterfoil invasive weeds. This should reduce the volume of weeds that drift into the grate.
  • Spring/Summer 2018: The Crystal Lake Park District is in the design and permitting stage for the modifications to the existing berm along the south end of Lippold Park.  
  • February 1, 2018: City staff met with the residents of the North Shore for a final check-in. View the presentation slides.
  • January 22, 2018: Letters were mailed to all the residents in the North Shore Area inviting them to the open house. 
  • September 21, 2017: City staff met with residents of the North Shore. Meeting minutes are available here. View the presentation slides.
  • September 6, 2017: City staff met with the Lake Street Beach Association as a follow-up to the previous meeting. View the presentation slides. Meeting minutes available here
  • August 11, 2017: City staff met with the Crandall/Baldwin residents. Meeting minutes are here
  • August 4, 2017: Letters were mailed to all residents in the North Shore area notifying them of the open house on September 21, 2017. 
  • August 2, 2017: City staff met with the Lake Street Beach Association. Meeting minutes are here
  • August 2, 2017: Walking tour with the NCLPBIA board. Meeting minutes are here
  • July 24, 2017: City staff met with the NCLPBIA board members. Meeting minutes are here.
  • July 18, 2017: City Council presentation to review the stakeholder engagement process to review and refine improvements to reduce the risk of flooding.
  • June/July 2017: City experienced successive and extreme rain events leading to the total rainfall for June and July of almost 20 inches, over double the normal average.
  • May 2017: City staff reached out to the North Crystal Lake Park Beach Improvement Association (NCLPBIA) to re-initiate discussions regarding area flooding north of the Lake.
  • November 19, 2012: Construction of the North Shore Drive project substantially complete.

History

Many of the homes were initially built in the 1920s and 1930s as summer cottages and three-season homes. After World War II, many of these homes were converted to year-round residences. In the late 1960s, the residents of North Crystal Lake Park Beach annexed into Crystal Lake and water main and sanitary sewer services were extended throughout this area. In the late 1990s, the residents of NCLPBIA annexed into Crystal Lake and water main and sanitary sewer services were extended throughout the subdivision. At that time, the residents declined the installation of stormwater facilities, due to the cost.