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Posted on August 7, 2017 at 3:57 PM by Ryan Hiniker
Drainage update 8/7/2017
Hearings or Meetings:
State Water Quality Town Hall
Thursday, August 17, 2017
CD56 (Garden City
Twp.) Forsberg Drainage crews continued to
work on the tree and brush clearing, as well as the open ditch cleaning of
sediment. The area that the brush
clearing crew is in now has been very slow going.
The trees and brush are very thick and extra time is needed to do a good
job of grinding up the brush. We need to
make sure that the brush is ground up well enough that we can come back and
hydroseed the ditch banks where it’s needed.
Our new RCP (reinforced concrete pipe) crossing was delivered last week
and awaits installation on the crossing for Township Road 499th
Avenue. All-in-all things are moving
along just fine and we’ve been very fortunate with the weather cooperating this
summer. Pictured below is the large 66 inch tall sections of new pipe.
Twp.) This project is not formally going
yet, but the improvement project for this system is open for public
bidding. For more details, contact Kyle
Sammons at ISG 507-387-6651.
Twp.) This improvement project will be up
for public bid yet this week as I’m told, so also look for that. If more details are needed, contact Kyle Sammons at
Costly Changes in Flood
read through an interesting article in the Mankato Free Press over the
weekend. The article spoke of a change in the design standards set by FEMA for the flood control system we have along the river in the
Mankato/North Mankato area. The flood
walls were designed and installed with the help of the Army Corps of
Engineers, after a very catastrophic flood in 1965 that ruined much of lower
North Mankato and parts of Mankato.
years have passed since the flood walls were constructed. Over 30 years later, FEMA and the Army Corps
of Engineers now have a different opinion on some of our extreme high
water plans. The plan suggested that an
earthen dam be built just on the north side of US Highway 14, extending across
US Highway 169. There is an area where
the river can run westerly out of its banks and possibly flood onto the
highway, sending flood waters crashing under the Highway 14 overpass,
flooding hundreds of homes and businesses in lower North Mankato and parts of
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and FEMA have become much more skeptical about
emergency manmade structures after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina and the
horrible damage sustained to New Orleans.
The article goes on to talk about the two cities (Mankato and North
Mankato) working with MNDOT (Minnesota Department of Transportation)
and FEMA to come up with a satisfactory plan.
If a satisfactory plan isn’t reached in a specified amount of time, many
homeowners and business owners may have to face the reality of buying very
expensive flood plain insurance. It will
be interesting to see what comes out of this predicament.
52 Years Come to an
Minnesota Vikings Training Camp is winding down in
Mankato. After a little over five
decades, the Vikings played their last family night scrimmage on Blakeslee
field. I was one of the thousands that
attended the Saturday night “family night” scrimmage. I obviously didn’t get there nearly early enough
to get a good seat, let alone even a good spot to stand. Despite the business of crowds, it was still
a fun time knowing we were part of an ending of a great era. The Vikings were one of a few teams that
still were doing the traveling and “training camp” style preseason training.
many know, the Vikings training camp next year will be up at their new facility
in Eagan. I imagine that it just won’t
feel the same and the attendance of many of the rural communities may
diminish. I can personally say that it’s
always been part of summer for me growing up in Mankato. Summers may feel different for the next few
years without the camp coming to town. I’m
sure the city and surrounding business will definitely miss the extra income
from the crowds that poured into Mankato for a few weeks every year. The beginning
of a new era awaits the Vikings next year in their new location and
buildings. Skol Vikings.
Inspections – week of July 31 – August 4:
CD56 (Garden City
& Lincoln Twp.) I
like to randomly stop by the active construction site a few times a week to
keep up with progress and also to address concerns on the site.
Twp.) Checked in on the newly installed
outlet structure to the wetland.
Twp.) Checked in on some final cleanup of
the two main construction site staging areas.
These two sites were where much of the new pipe, rock and other supplies
were stored for construction use. The
final cleanup is needed to get things regraded and seeded.
Twp.) We are still working on a repair of
two larger main county tile lines that come together to form a “Y”. Sounds like parts and a plan of action have
been worked out to save time, money, and parts needed, so we can get this repair
put back together quickly.
Please call with issues you observe on our
public drainage system, as there is a lot of open ditch and tile in our county
and only two of us in the drainage department.
We will do our absolute best to service your issues and concerns as we
We require that all
repairs to a county drainage system (tile or open ditch) be authorized by one
us in the drainage office, either Craig or myself, before any repairs are made.
Drainage Management Specialist