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Posted on November 27, 2017 at 4:51 PM by Ryan Hiniker
Drainage update 11/27/2017
Upcoming Drainage Hearings or Meetings:
Twp.) We will be having a final improvement hearing during
our December 12, 2017, Board of Commissioners Meeting. Meeting location is on second floor of Historic Courthouse, in the commissioner’s room. More information and the Commissioners Meeting agenda will be posted to the county website next week.
JD17 (Garden City
Twp.) We will be hosting an informal landowner meeting to
discuss possible repairs / improvements to this drainage system on December 13, 2017. Part of the discussion will be updated plans
and prices. Affected landowners will
receive a mailed notice of time and location.
short holiday week of last week, I spent two of my three days doing nothing but
televising tile systems. We televised CD76
(McPherson Twp.) which is just straight east of St. Clair by about 5 miles. The reason for televising this system was because
of ongoing issues with standing and ponding water causing year after year crop
damages to adjacent property. After televising
the entire main line and a couple branches, it turns out that most of the
system is in great shape for its age.
Most of the issues are in the northeasterly part of the system.
Lincoln Township is the other system that we tried to televise. As many know, we have been working on an
improvement project for this system. The area of concern is an all tile
area. We still have more televising to
do to finalize and get everything looked at, but from what we have seen so far,
things aren’t good. Much of this tile
system is either failing and breaking or is completely full of sediment. Not what we in the County Public Drainage Department
wanted to hear.
This is the
time of year that I like to get as much televising and inspecting done as
possible. I know I can’t cover every
system every year, but I push as hard as I can to get as many repairs done as I
can every year. Many times, I’ve got
more repairs than I do contractors willing to do the work. This week will be more of the same,
televising pretty much every day.
Televising this week will include more of CD28, JD49, JTD01 FAR and a
couple others. When I squeeze in a few project
inspections, that will consume my week pretty quickly.
Last week was a short, yet very busy, week. I expect much of the same this week.
We’ve had quite a few people stopping in or calling in about tile issues
all across the county. It’ll be a busy
fall up to the very end, when things finally freeze up tight for the year.
As many may or may not know, Blue Earth County has accepted the
jurisdiction for enforcement of the newer buffer laws.
The public waters buffers went into enforcement November 1, 2017. November 1, 2018, is the deadline for
all public drainage system buffers. Last week
BWSR (Minnesota Board of Soil and Water Resources) accepted Blue Earth County's
plan for enforcement, by approving our buffer ordinance. For questions or concerns on this or any
other buffer concerns please give us a call.
You can also click on the links for more information; http://www.blueearthcountymn.gov/documentcenter/view/3445,
Recent Drainage Inspections – week of November 20 – November 22:
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 receive them.
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