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Aug 27

Repair vs. Improvement - Episode 3

Posted on August 27, 2019 at 3:21 PM by Ryan Hiniker

Drainage update 8/27/2019


Upcoming Drainage Hearings or Meetings:

  • JD25 (Pleasant Mound Twp.)  We have a landowner informational meeting coming up tomorrow, August 28, 2019.  Persons affected by this should have received notice via mail.                                                                                                                                                             

Project Updates:


  • CD48 (Cambria Twp.)  No updates from last week.
  • JD09 (Le Ray Twp.)  Parts of the new tile system have been televised. 
  • JD34 (Le Ray Twp.)  Nothing new from last week.    
  • CD28 (Lincoln Twp.)  As of last week, the new mainline is all installed.  The new mainline is a 24-inch dual-wall plastic pipe.  Crews are starting on branch 7 this week which will be a dual-wall 15-inch plastic pipe.  Branch 6 will hopefully be started later this week, which is a new 12-inch dual-wall pipe.cd28 repair                                                                                                                               

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:

  • JD36 (Butternut Valley Twp.)  Mowing on parts of the open ditch is complete.  Spraying for weeds should be starting in the next couple weeks.   
  • CD35 (Mapleton Twp.)  Monitoring on-going issues with bank erosion problems and we still have an active beaver situation.  
  • CD28 (Lincoln Twp.)  Drier conditions have helped speed up the process of installing new dual wall tile for this repair petition.
  • CD27 (Lincoln Twp.)  Newly installed shelf looks good, things are flowing nicely and grasses are taking off quite well.
  • CD56 (Lincoln Twp.) Unfortunately, lots of issues going on with this system, both tile and open ditch have ongoing issues.  We will be repairing some fairly large portions of tile this fall hopefully.
  • JD48 (Butternut Valley Twp.)  Now that the mowing is completed, many new issues are now visible.  Rocks, rock piles, unmarked side intakes, fence posts, miscellaneous equipment and other debris are just some of the things in our 16.5-foot buffer area.  This is a purchased easement area (a Minnesota Statutes Chapter 103E buffer, not a Chapter 103F buffer from the state).  The count drainage system paid landowners for this area.  This area is to be maintained in a manner in accordance with county policy and state statue.  Landowners may be liable for costs associated with removal of debris or maintenance of this buffer easement area. jd48 deer
  • I came across this guy while making inspections.  He was cooling off in the open ditch of JD48. 

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.




Ryan Hiniker

Drainage Management Specialist