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Posted on June 3, 2019 at 9:35 PM by Ryan Hiniker
Drainage update 6/3/2019
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No interesting stories to share this week. Just a quick reminder to anyone who has a repair that needs to be fixed whether it’s county tile or county open ditch, we (drainage staff) are working with multiple contractors trying to get things repaired as quickly as possible. I know that many people are stressed out with the never-ending winter and now the never-ending spring rains. We are doing everything in our power to make sure all repairs are done in as timely manner as possible, but they must be completed by qualified contractors.
I currently have 142 active repairs open in Blue Earth County. That number doesn’t include the major improvement projects going on. We ask to inspect every single repair before we find a contractor to do the work. I usually make the in-field inspections and work with 7-8 contractors throughout the year to make sure that the repairs are not only getting done, but are getting done properly. We do not pay for any unauthorized repairs made to a county drainage system. We will not pay for repairs to a contractor that hasn’t been preauthorized to do work for Blue Earth County drainage. Part of that approval is proof of insurance certification. We require proof of insurance certification before any sort of work is done on a county drainage system, whether it is repairs or mowing or spraying. All contractors need to have an updated copy on file with county drainage staff.
To all folks that are reading this and are waiting for a repair to be made to your property or rental land, thank you for your patience. This spring has been a very challenging year for everyone that works outdoors. Like I have previously mentioned, we are working with multiple contractors to get things repaired as quickly as possible. I will continue to work as hard as I can to make sure repairs will continue to be done. Even with multiple contractors working for us, we are still two or three weeks out with work. So, if you know of a county system that needs a repair, please don’t wait to report it.
As if the wet weather isn’t bad enough, it’s insect season - just in-case you haven’t noticed. The gnats are bad enough, but wood ticks are really coming out now. Please be sure to check yourself and pets after being out in wood tick habitat. I was listening to a story about a newly discovered virus from ticks that at this point has no cure. Be careful out there folks. Get outdoors and enjoy our beautiful state, before it freezes up again, but be safe.
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