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Drainage Update 12/10/2018

Posted on December 10, 2018 at 5:57 PM by Ryan Hiniker

Drainage update 12/10/2018


Upcoming Drainage Hearings or Meetings:

  • CD35 (Mapleton Twp.)  We will be holding an informational landowner meeting.  Landowners that are affected by this will be receiving notices in the mail shortly.


Project Updates:
  • JD09 (Le Ray Twp.)  Things have been going very smoothly in the last week for our remaining contractor onsite.  We have around 3,000 feet of new pipe to install, so approximately 7-12 days left, depending on the weather.  We have an end-of-December deadline set for this project, and we will be cutting it close.  The deadline is for all substantial work to be completed.  We may have some clean-up work to do in the spring, but that will be minimal and should be quick.  Area in yellow shows area of new pipe yet to install.JD09 NORTH UPDATE  
  • CD48 (Cambria Twp.)   Crews were not onsite last week.  I am informed that crews should be starting back up yet today.  There is a good chance that we will not hit our end of the year project deadline.  This project was started much later than anticipated.  Crews are pushing as hard as they can, and they will work as late into the year as they can.  Things will get so frozen soon that all projects will probably stop.   
  • JD34 (Le Ray Twp.)  Part of the final checklist is to get all of the new tile inspected and televised.  Our contractor still has a large list of things to complete as part of the checklist.  Things will need to be finished next spring right away.
  • CD56 Branch 18 (Lincoln Twp.)  Crews are making really good time with installing new HDPE pipe.  As of last Friday afternoon, crews were more than half done and are installing around 400 feet of pipe per day.  With nice weather forecasted for the upcoming week, things will hopefully get finished and wrapped up this week.  We still have an Iron/Sand filter planned for this branch of CD56, but we will run short on time to get it installed yet this year.  We will actually try even harder to get many more installed in 2019 along different parts of the CD56 watershed.  Picture below showing crews installing pipe.
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Drainage Minutes:

Not a lot happening this time of year as far as drainage stories from across the state.  We in Blue Earth County Drainage are still very busy.  We still have our three major projects going on, plus a large pile of repairs that we are trying to finish up. 

This time of year, I’m outdoors less and indoors more, working on paperwork items.  What paperwork items am I typically working on?  This time of year is when we try to start planning things for the 2019 property taxes.  I am currently working on things like property splits, single year levies and multi-year levies for 2019 tax statements. 

We try our hardest to keep all of our drainage system accounts as balanced as we can, but when we fall short of funds, that’s when we need to levy through taxes.

So, besides levies for 2019 what does drainage do through the winter?  We start planning projects for next year whether they are repair projects or large improvement projects.  We will start getting some of our large projects ready for public bids so they can be ready for work by late spring or early summer.  We will have a fairly busy year again next year with a few major projects already on the books. 

I still try to get out and make inspections if the snow isn’t too deep, but at this point the snow is really deep in our ditches.  The issue isn’t being able to drive along the open ditches, but to visually inspect things that will be covered up by the drifted snow.  We are also working on updating our GIS information with some big changes coming in the future for drainage records, maps and information.  We are hoping, with our new updates, that we can have almost all the information a person could need about any particular drainage system at their fingertips.  Stay tuned for more information on that and a proposed date of when it might be available to the public.  

Recent Drainage Inspections – week of December 3 – December 7:

  • JD34 (LeRay Twp.)  Checking in on crews that should be working on checklist items to work towards finishing this project.
  • CD28 (Lincoln Twp.)  We had a contractor fix some rip rap near a pump station.       
  • CD57 (Beauford Twp.)  We have a contractor making some large water quality side intakes along a portion of the open ditch on this system.  There have been issues with erosion for years, so hopefully these side intakes will resolve some of our ongoing issues.
  • JD09 (LeRay Twp.)  Stopped by onsite to visit the improvement project and view progress.  Crews set one of our wetland weir structures last week.  The weir will actually keep a better balance of water in and out of the wetland area, improving overall wetland habitat.
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  • JD15 (Lincoln Twp.)  I inspected the report of a large sink hole area along a county tile.      

To my fellow ice fishing people: please be extra careful as our ice conditions on our area lakes varies greatly.  Not all of our lakes are even frozen, or have just frozen in the last day or two.  Many people are getting out on the ice and fishing.  Please, just a common-sense reminder to check the ice before driving any sort of motorized vehicles across.  There was a fish house and pickup truck that went into a nearby lake over the weekend.


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