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Posted on October 29, 2019 at 4:18 PM by Ryan Hiniker
Drainage update 10/29/2019
Upcoming Drainage Hearings or Meetings:
The end of the year crunch is upon us. We are trying to get as many repairs completed as we possibly can before things freeze up too hard. We are almost into November already and the calendar is rapidly shrinking for getting repairs completed this side of the year, we are faced with the task of trying to complete over 150 active repairs across the county.
We started the year out cold and snowy, followed by wet and rainy. Our window of opportunity to get repairs completed this spring was very short. The biggest issue besides weather is trying to schedule contractors that are available to complete smaller repair jobs. Many of our repairs are smaller scale projects that would take a half of a day or less, while some are larger. Many of our contractors that complete our tile repairs also install private tile, so it’s not just all County jobs they work on. Our contractors also have to balance their private tile customer workload with trying to get County drainage repairs completed. Additionally, some contractors also work on larger projects such as sewer and water projects or other large earth-moving projects.
My point is this, we, Blue Earth County Drainage, do not have our own equipment to make repairs. We rely heavily on our outside contractors for many things. We use an outside contractor for televising when we have concerns with county tile lines. We may also use a contractor if a drone is needed. However, we have been using our own Blue Earth County Sheriff’s department for most of our drone flights lately.
Between trying to make sure that all of our repairs are completed, we have also been trying to keep up with annual inspections of open ditches. Additionally, we have a few larger tile repairs to complete this year, as well as getting our new phosphorus filter installed.
Needless to say, things are extremely busy this time of the year. All contractors that we work with are very busy with large workloads of their own. We are planning on using nine to ten different contractors to complete as many repairs as we can before Mother-Nature freezes things up. We are planning on having multiple contractors work in certain areas or townships. Work requests are usually completed in the order in which they are received, but that isn't always possible. Please report issues to our office as soon as you become aware of them.
I hope everyone can get out and enjoy the last bits of fall we have remaining. To all farmers and their families, along with all those that work in the agricultural industry, please be safe out there this harvest season.
I did make it out to yet another 5K this weekend. This one was a Halloween fun run up in the Twin Cities area. Beautiful weather and lots of fun costumes at this race last Saturday morning. I have one more 5K for this year and then I’m done until next year. I have included just a couple pictures from last weekend's run. It was a really beautiful area and course to run.
Recent Drainage Inspections – week of October 21 – October 25:
Mowing will resume after harvest for some southern portions of the county, weather permitting. Please call with any new drainage issues as soon as possible as we will have multiple contractors out working across the county.
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