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Posted on August 27, 2019 at 3:21 PM by Ryan Hiniker
Drainage update 8/27/2019
Upcoming Drainage Hearings or Meetings:
Repair vs. Improvement (part 3):
Last week we started down the long path to doing an improvement to an established drainage system. We spoke about doing a feasibility study as one of the first steps to a drainage improvement project. Along with the feasibility study, landowners have also consulted with a drainage attorney and have a petition.
Now that the improvement petition is real, the petition must be sent to the county. After the county receives the petition, it is reviewed by the county attorney for validity. The attorney’s response to said petition is made known to the county. The county then needs to hold a drainage authority meeting to present said petition to the board and also appoint an engineer for the project.
After the appointment of the engineer and engineer’s oath is signed and received by the county, the engineer will be ordered to start the Preliminary Survey Report. The Preliminary Survey Report will include current drainage systemsfeatures. The report will also include current capacities of tile and open ditch. The report will discuss potential issues with the current drainage system and plans on how to improve the drainage system in desired areas according to filed petition. This is a good place to leave off for this week. Next week we will continue our improvement process discussion.
Recent Drainage Inspections – week of August 19 – August 23:
Just as a friendly reminder with the grass buffer areas along our county ditches, we ask that people please do not place rocks or any debris that may damage our contractor’s mower or sprayer equipment. We also ask that no equipment or permanent items be parked or left in this buffer area. We are doing the mowing and spraying as part of maintenance and preserving the overall health of the ditch system. Please call or email with questions or concerns.
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