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Mar 31

New Office and Temporary Service

Posted on March 31, 2020 at 2:35 PM by Ryan Hiniker

Drainage update 3/31/2020


Upcoming Drainage Hearings or Meetings:

  • In response to the current COVID 19 situation, all hearings and meetings for drainage have been postponedWe will send out new notices for all hearings and meetings that need to be rescheduled.                                                                                               

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.                                                                                            

Project Updates:  

  • CD48 (Cambria Twp.)  No new news from last week.
  • JD09 (Le Ray Twp.)  Crews have started some checklist items.
  • JD34 (Le Ray Twp.)  Checklist items are being completed.  Equipment was on site last week.  Photo below of one of the repairs on the JD34 check list.JD34 check list
  • CD05 (Medo and Danville Twps.)  All required paperwork is in from our contractor for this repair.  We are expecting some tree removal to possibly start later this week, depending upon what the weather does.


Recent Drainage Inspections:

  • CD87 (Garden City Twp.)  We were able to get a contractor out to the site last Friday to televise the tile line under Minnesota State Highway 60.  We are looking at replacing the old concrete line by boring a new line along side of the old tile.
  • CD27 (Lincoln Twp.)  We are trying to fix a repair from last fall along a portion of old concrete tile that is over 100 years old.  Most of the time the tile is very fragile and breaks very easily, so fixing it becomes very difficult.  Photo below of repair site located just one mile west of Lake Crystal.CD27 repair
  • CD35 (Mapleton Twp.)  We are experiencing a few issues with tile collapsing again and one new area that is sloughing bad into the open ditch.
  • CD50 (Lincoln Twp.)  Trying to finish repairs from last year.

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.




Ryan Hiniker

Drainage Management Specialist