Residents of Evergreen Village forced to leave

By Brooke Shinberg

Evergreen Village Mobile Home Park, 955 E. State St. in Sycamore, has flooded multiple times in the past few years, putting residents and emergency responders at risk.

The city of Sycamore and DeKalb County are working together to get to solve the issue.

“There’s been a terrible flood problem for years,” said Gary Waight, first ward alderman for Sycamore.

According to Sycamore Mayor Ken Mundy, on numerous occasions the County Board has tried to discontinue the use of the park.

“Getting rid of the park is only way to ensure people are out of harm’s way,” said Paul Miller, planning, zoning and building director for DeKalb County.

Waight said some changes needed to be made down there to improve the safety of the area. The County Board decided to remove all residences from the park.

“Many of the units are unable to be moved,” Mundy said. “They have been flooded too many times to be moved anywhere.”

Waight said it may be an inconvenience but it will be better in the long run. According to Mundy, the property owner and residents of the park will receive an undisclosed amount of money to find a new place to live. The County Board will not regulate where the residents will move to, but has the authority to move them from the park.

According to Miller, the space the park currently resides in will be unable to be used for any residencies or building structures.

“Perhaps there will be a walking trail or a canopy to picnic under,” Miller said.

Mundy said the Sycamore fire and police departments are always the first responders when the floods occur.

“We don’t want to lose any of our firemen or police officers,” Mundy said. “We are happy this is being taken care of.”

Miller said this project is expected to take 18 to 24 months.

“We are in the early planning stages,” Miller said. “This being a federal process makes it a little more difficult.”