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Posted on March 12, 2018 at 12:49 PM by Ryan Hiniker
Drainage update 3/12/2018
Upcoming Drainage Hearings or Meetings:
JD09 (LeRay Twp.) There is a preconstruction meeting for the
improvement project for this system today, March 12. Affected
landowners should have received notice of details for time and location. Call the drainage office with questions or
Association of Drainage Inspectors) will be having one of our annual meetings
next Monday on the 19th.
These meetings are very helpful and informative. It’s nice to have a chance to converse with
other counties and watershed districts and to see what issues they are having with
drainage. We also usually get to see
what new technology is being used in the industry.
Last week was
a fairly quiet week for drainage. We had
a couple landowner meetings, one being a joint county meeting. Both of these landowner meetings were to
discuss possible improvements or large-scale repairs needed on both systems.
located in Mapleton township and is about 3 miles south of the city
of Mapleton. This system consists of
both tile and open ditch. The open ditch
has been an almost non-stop issue of repairs every year, sometimes even multiple
times in one year. We have
some tile issues on the northerly part (top-end) of this system. We’ve had multiple landowner meetings in the
last couple years and landowners in the top-end of the system want things
better, but it’s tough when the outlet or open ditch area is almost constantly
having issues. We just hosted a landowner
meeting last week, during the lovely snowstorm, but landowners left the meeting
knowing what we need to do to get both the top-end and the bottom-end of this
system back on track. We discussed a few
options, both repair and improvement, but let the landowners know they have
We, as the drainage authority, don’t like to “force” landowners into
doing things. It’s showing to be very
beneficial to both landowners and the drainage authority to have these relaxed,
less formal meetings to let the landowners know of their options.
We know how confusing
drainage law and statutes can be, especially for our landowners that don’t deal
with it on a regular basis. These
landowner meetings we hold are not statutorily obligated, but we do it to let landowners know
they have options and that some of the options actually have to be started by
the landowners themselves. Improvements
and repair petitions both have to come from landowners or an interested party
depending on which option is chosen. The
drainage authority can issue repairs up to a certain dollar amount. We like to have these meetings to let people
know we (drainage authority) don’t have the final say in all matters of public
We’ve had multiple
landowner meetings lately with more being put on the calendar every day. Many of our systems are showing their age and
are in need of repairs or complete replacement.
These landowner meetings are our way of having comfortable,
friendly discussions with questions and answers.
Many of our projects take multiple landowner meetings. That’s fine with the drainage authority as we
are trying our best to let the landowners know it’s their system and we’re here
to help them get it back functioning properly and to do what’s best for the
drainage system as a whole.
Recent Drainage Inspections – weeks of March 5 – March 9:
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