Crystal Vista East Study Area

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  • January 7, 2019: The City will be hosting a public meeting on the Thornwood Lane Drainage Project on Tuesday, January 29, 2019, at 7:00 PM at City Hall.  
  • November 20, 2018:  City staff is planning to have a public meeting in January of 2019 for the Thornwood Lane ditching improvement between Holly Drive and Honeysuckle Lane. Construction is scheduled for Spring of 2019. More details will be coming soon. 
  • November 7, 2018:  The Honeysuckle Storm Sewer is substantially complete. 
  • October 31, 2018:  The new storm structure and connection is complete. Manhole work and restoration remains. Honeysuckle Drive will open to service vehicles on November 2. 
  • October 24, 2018: The contractor started on the Honeysuckle Storm Sewer project on October 25. The contractor placed the new large storm structure and it was found that the manufacturer incorrectly made the structure and it will not work. The manufacturer will be making a new structure as quickly as possible, but Honeysuckle Drive will need to remain closed until October 31 or November 1. The residents on this street have been notified of this change.  
  • October 22, 2018: Honeysuckle Drive will be closed to through traffic starting Wednesday, October 24. Local residents will have access to their homes during the project.
  • October 17, 2018: Staff continues to monitor the pipe in hopes of starting this project soon. 
  • October 10, 2018: Due to all the recent rain, the Honeysuckle Storm Sewer improvement project cannot commence as the pipe is full of water. Staff continues to monitor the pipe in hopes of starting this project in the near future.  
  • October 3, 2018: The contractor anticipates starting the Honeysuckle Storm Sewer improvement project in the next few weeks; however, this is contingent upon the amount of rainfall that is experienced. 
  • September 26, 2018:  A preconstruction meeting with the contractor is scheduled for September 27 to start coordinating the construction. 
  • September 19, 2018: The City Council awarded the bid for the construction to Mauro Sewer Construction, Inc.  
  • August 29, 2018: The design for the Honeysuckle Storm Sewer is complete, and the City will be opening bids for the construction on September 10. 
  • June 4, 2018: A kick-off meeting was held with the design consultant for the Honeysuckle Storm Sewer Design.   
  • June 1, 2018: Baxter and Wooodman has been selected to complete the design for the modifications to the existing Honeysuckle Storm Sewer.  
  • Spring/Summer 2018: The Crystal Lake Park District is in the design and permitting stage for the installation of a new storm sewer along the south side of the wetland complex north of Thornwood Lane.  
  • February 8, 2018: City staff met with residents of all the Crystal Vista Areas for a final check-in. View the presentation slides
  • January 22, 2018: Letters were mail to all the residents in the study area inviting them to the open house.  
  • August 29, 2017: City staff met with property owners. Meeting minutes are here
  • August 1, 2017: Letters were mailed to all residents in the study area inviting them to the open house. 
  • 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 excessive rain events leading to the total rainfall for June and July of almost 20 inches, over double the normal average.
  • March 2009: A flooding study was completed which helped determine the causes of the flooding and conceptual solutions.

  • August 2007: Successive rain events led to Crystal Lake receiving between 11 and 12 inches of rainfall which produced the highest lake level ever recorded and areas around the lake experienced significant flooding.


  • Many of these homes were initially built in the 1920s and 1930s as summer cottages and three-season homes.
  • As the demand for year-round homes in Crystal Lake grew, more homes were converted to year-round residences.
  • In the late 1960s, the residents of this area annexed into Crystal Lake and water main and sanitary sewer services were extended throughout.
  • Curb and gutter, with a storm sewer system, does not exist throughout this area. The drainage is conveyed through ditches.
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