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Posted on June 3, 2020 at 1:10 PM by Ryan Hiniker
Drainage update 6/3/2020
Upcoming Drainage Hearings or Meetings:
Setback Changes for Drainage Systems:
The Blue Earth County Board of Commissioners recently adopted amendments to the Solar Energy Standards Ordinance. At the May 19th, 2020, Board meeting, the ordinance amendments were approved, following multiple work sessions involving the Board and the County’s Planning Commission. The ordinance amendment clarifies the application process, creates setbacks from large solar energy systems, creates a threshold to review density of large solar energy systems, and updates standards regarding screening, fencing and decommissioning.
One of the ordinance amendments that may be most impactful to blog readers is the addition of setbacks from public drainage systems, both tile and open county ditches. The ordinance now includes a 75 foot setback from the outermost edge of all parts of a large solar system, including buildings and fencing, to either the center of all sub-surface county drain tiles and/or the crown of all open county ditches.
The crown of a county ditch means the top edge of the constructed channel or the crown of the leveled spoil bank, whichever is the greater for the public drainage ditch as described in MN Statute 103E.021.
If considering a solar project, or any building project near a public drainage system, please keep these setbacks in mind. For more information, please contact the Property & Environmental Resources Department at 507-304-4251.
Recent Drainage Inspections:
We have multiple contractors making repairs across the county currently. Please report repair issues to our drainage staff as soon as you notice them, as this will expedite the time in getting those repairs made.
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