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Posted on November 5, 2019 at 10:14 AM by Ryan Hiniker
Drainage update 11/5/2019
Upcoming Drainage Hearings or Meetings:
So, what happens if I’m out and I notice a broken tile or issue with an open ditch and suspect that it might be a county drainage system? We, the drainage staff, prefer that you first call our office. We use a software system which helps us track all of our drainage issues all across the county. It’s a combination of a reporting system, tracking system and GIS all wrapped into one software system. We use this software, which is entirely web-based and can be accessed using our mobile devices, to easily track repairs. Many of you are familiar with this software, called Drainage DB.
We prefer that the repair be reported to us first so we can go out into the field and confirm it impacts a county drainage system. We also prefer to hire from a group of trusted contractors that we continually work with throughout the year. We are always looking for more contractors that are willing to complete county drainage related work.
The drainage end of the year crunch includes from multiple tasks. We are working hard to get all projects and repairs completed. We are also planning for next year’s repairs and establishing next year's assessments for each drainage system. No, this does not mean every drainage system will see an assessment, but we still go through every drainage system account and make sure there is a minimum dollar amount available. We try to keep a minimum in each system's account so we don’t run negative on any drainage system. We are able to accomplish this by planning ahead for the upcoming year and estimating the potential costs that could occur.
It is no hidden secret that many ditch systems have seen increases to their assessments in the past few years. There is a direct correlation to the increases in spending on repairs and improvements due to the abnormally wet recent years. The one-two punch of old aging infrastructure of the drainage systems and record moisture amounts in the last few years leads to increased costs to keep systems running.
Looking ahead to next year, things are going to be very busy. This is really no surprise, as things have been extremely busy the last few years. We anticipate four to five possible improvement projects and more than a few larger scale repairs.
Please report all county drainage system repair issues ,whether it be a tile or open ditch, to the county's drainage staff. The sooner things get reported the more likely they are to get repaired timely. Have a good week everyone.
Recent Drainage Inspections – week of October 28 – November 1:
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