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Posted on February 4, 2020 at 11:59 AM by Ryan Hiniker
Drainage update 2/4/2020
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:
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.
Recent Drainage Inspections:
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