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Posted on March 31, 2020 at 2:35 PM by Ryan Hiniker
Drainage update 3/31/2020
Upcoming Drainage Hearings or Meetings:
New Building and Temporary Service:
Not much has changed from last week as far as county buildings and public interactions. The public is still restricted from our building and we are conducting our business through our drop-boxes, emails, or phone communications.
Drainage has changed a little from last week. Craig Austinson and I are now both working remotely. I am still staying busy with repairs and outside work. We have 3 or 4 contractors currently working on repairs, mostly projects from last year. Almost all county services are still available to the public, however, our service practices have been altered. Most face-to-face interactions have been suspended until further notice.
Our drainage division, along with other Property & Environmental Resources (PER) divisions, have moved to our new home in the recently renovated Government Center building located at 410 South Fifth Street, Mankato. The building is at the corner of Cherry Street and Fifth Street. It’s been a two-year project of additions of a new building, a new parking ramp and finally the remodeling of the original part. Building “B”, as we are calling it, of the Government Center houses the PER department. The only remaining county staff in the Historic Courthouse building will be Administrative employees, U of M Ag Extension office and Elections staff.
When we get the all clear, to invite the public back into our buildings, we encourage folks to stop by and check out the new facility. The drainage division, along with the entire Property and Environmental Resources Department is on the second floor of the Government Center. The county did a great job with the new design and layout. There are convenient consultation meeting rooms that allow staff to meet with the public more privately and securely. We will still be providing great and personable service to our customers, just in a new manor.
Recent Drainage Inspections:
Things went from kind of quiet, to full-on rush. With the recent measurable rains and warm weather, phone calls and emails are coming in fast and furious.
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