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Feb 04

Dog Days of Winter

Posted on February 4, 2020 at 11:59 AM by Ryan Hiniker

Drainage update 2/4/2020

 lift station

Who says tile doesn't drain during the winter season?  It's pretty cool how it freezes from the splashing of the lift station pump.

Upcoming Drainage Hearings or Meetings:

  • CD77 (McPherson Twp.)  Blue Earth County Drainage Authority will be hosting an informal landowner meeting.  Landowners affected by this meeting should have received notices via U.S. Mail.  The postcard sent out to affected landowners gave details of time, location and nature of the meeting.                                                                                                                  

Drainage Minutes:

As to be expected, this is obviously a slower part of the year as far as inspections and outdoor contractor activity.  In the world of drainage in general, this is a slower season.  But, with the cold frozen conditions comes the season of meetings, seminars and hearings.  Naturally a good time of year as most people are home and not busy with outdoor activities while it’s cold and frozen.

We have a large number of landowner meetings and hearings in the first three or four months of the year.  We complete the majority of the paperwork and discussion when it’s cold out, that way when spring finally does come, we are ready to go.  We also complete most of our public bidding of projects in the first part of the year.  We currently have one large repair that is out for public bid, with a few more to follow soon.

Needless to say, 2020 will be a busy year.  We will hopefully have three improvements that move forward to the bidding and construction phase this year.  Additionally, Multiple larger scale repairs, some of which include some grant funded water quality features, will be going on this year.  So, between over 100 repairs to make and the larger projects, 2020 is shaping up to be a very busy year.

We, drainage management staff and taxation staff, are in the very final year-end processes of 2020 taxes, levies and assessments.  Taxes and assessments come every year, and with them is the large amounts of paperwork along with work behind the scenes to get all the correct numbers ready for the upcoming tax season.

As of last week, we did still have a contractor doing some dirt work and trying to finish a repair that we have.  Not so easy to work outside when everything is frozen, but our contractor took advantage of the warmer temps to try to finish it up.                                                                                                           

Project Updates:


  • CD48 (Cambria Twp.)  No change from last week.
  • JD09 (Le Ray Twp.)  No updates given from last week.
  • JD34 (Le Ray Twp.)  We have had crews out finishing up with some televising and jetting of certain areas of pipe.     


Recent Drainage Inspections:

  • CD28 (Lincoln Twp.)  One of our contractors was still doing a little bit of dirt work, even last week.  The warmer than normal temps lately have given some wiggle room to getting a few repairs finished up.
cd28 repair 2

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