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Drainage Update 7/9/2018

Posted on July 9, 2018 at 6:14 PM by Ryan Hiniker

Drainage update 7/9/2018


Upcoming Drainage Hearings or Meetings:

  • JD43 Improvement project acceptance hearing will be tomorrow, July 10, 2018.  The acceptance hearing will be part of the July 10 Board of Commissioners meeting, and it will be held on the second floor of the Historic Courthouse.  Landowners affected by this hearing received notice by mailing. 

Project Updates:


  • JD34 (Le Ray Twp.)  The subcontractor for this improvement project has pulled off of this job to fulfill other contracts out of state.  At this point we do not have any information from the main contractor, RAW Construction, as to a completion date other than the contract expiration date which is the end of September 2018.
  • JD09 (Le Ray Twp.)  Last week we had two different contractors on site doing work for this improvement project.  The general contractor, Ground Works, was busy installing new HDPE pipe.  The second crew that was on site was a pipe boring crew.  The crew directionally bored a new pipe under County Road 17.  Now that the new line is bored under the road, crews can continue installing new HDPE tile running in a northerly direction.  With the nice weather of last week and hopefully more to come, crews have been doing their best to make up for lost time, even working part of the day on July 4.  Crews are pictured installing Branch 3.  Almost half of Branch 1 is already installed.jd09 1


Drainage Minutes:

Last week was a really productive week as far as projects go.  With a break finally in the rainy weather, our contractors are getting back to speed with making repairs.  Besides the two major improvement projects going on in the northeast part of the county, we still have multiple contractors making repairs from this spring.  There are a few areas that have just been way too wet to get equipment in to make repairs. 

As water levels slowly start to drop and go back down, I’m sure that more repairs will be needed on both tile and open ditch systems.  We have had a fair amount of calls about issues, but please don’t be afraid to keep calling those issues in as you see them. 

We are currently conducting a damage assessment countywide to see if we qualify for either state or federal funding to help with some of the damages from recent storms.  We are far better off than some counties off to our west.  I have personal reports from friends that live near Redwood Falls of 8-10 inches of water and sewage in some basements.  Major road and infrastructure damage is also being reported.

Hope everyone had a good holiday week last week and that people were able to get out and enjoy the nice Minnesota weather for a change.


Recent Drainage Inspections – week of July 2 – July 6:

  • JD02 LeS (Jamestown Twp.)  Heavy rainfalls have caused two areas of minor sloughing along the open ditch.
  • CD35 (Mapleton Twp.)  Monitoring high water levels and our fresh repairs.  Our new areas of riprap are holding nicely.  We have issues with the township road running along the open ditch.  More expensive repairs will be needed to keep the road from sloughing more.  We will be publicly bidding the work needed to save and repair the township road that runs next to our open ditch.
  • JD15 LeS (Jamestown Twp.)  Some localized issues with flooding; keeping an eye out for damage as water levels in the open ditch start to drop.
  • CD05 (Medo Twp.)  Issues of possible plugging of a cross culvert on the open ditch portion of this system. 
  • JD01 (Sterling Twp.)  We had another tile collapse along a portion of the county system that drains part of Lura Lake.  This is becoming a yearly maintence issue, other alternative outlet measures will need to be considered.
  • CD56 (Lincoln & Garden City Twp.)  Crews were out last week mowing and possibly doing some weed and brush spraying.  This maintence is all part of the repair/cleaning project we did last year.
  • CD12 (Mankato Twp.)  The general contractor for phase two of the repair project is putting the finishing touches on the buffer areas and seeding should be taking place very soon.  Phase one additional cleaning is needed over by the new middle school (Prairie Winds).  No certain timeframe is known for when this will happen.


  • 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.




Ryan Hiniker

Drainage Management Specialist