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Posted on December 3, 2019 at 5:33 PM by Ryan Hiniker
Drainage update 12/3/2019
Upcoming Drainage Hearings or Meetings:
It was very quiet last week, much because of the Thanksgiving holiday made for a short week. So, this will also be a short and sweet blog for this week. We do have multiple contractors still making repairs across the county. Additionally, a contractor is working on televising multiple tile drainage systems across the county. Despite the muddy weather of past weeks and the cold of this week, we are still getting things completed in the world of drainage.
The 2020 levies, both single and multi-year, have been approved by our Drainage Authority Board. Going forward into 2020, anticipation of an extremely busy year is reality. Not to sound like a broken record from the past three years, but we have been in a very wet weather pattern the last few years. Our aging drainage systems, combined with the never-ending demand for drainage and agriculture, will continue to be a major concern. I fully expect costs and expenses to continually increase with drainage, as it pretty much has in all other aspects of commerce life.
What keeps drainage staff busy during the winter? We still try to make inspections to drainage systems if it’s possible. Additionally, landowner meetings are held throughout the winter months. It’s much easier to get people to attend during winter months, as most landowners’ schedules are typically more flexible. Landowner meetings could be held for a number of reasons, including for improvement projects, repair costs or Redetermination of Benefits. The winter months are a good time to organize potential upcoming work and align contractors for the next construction season.
We, the drainage staff, also like to attend educational seminars during these “off-season” months. There are usually a fair number of different drainage seminars or clean water seminars going on at any time across the state. Besides all of the normal paper work that also comes along with drainage, things stay at a pretty steady pace year-round. The warmer months are just exceptionally fast paced. Please keep reporting drainage issues to our department as you come across them. Until the ground freezes too hard for us to make repairs, we plan on continuing to work, or until all of our contractors say enough is enough for the year.
Recent Drainage Inspections – week of November 25 – November 27:
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