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Posted on June 10, 2020 at 12:32 PM by Ryan Hiniker
Drainage update 6/10/2020
Upcoming Drainage Hearings or Meetings:
Times are a changing, especially with our department. We started by restructuring our department, which included a department name change to Property & Environmental Resources. Our department now includes taxation, property assessments, records, passports, planning and zoning, environmental health, solid waste and recycling, mapping, and drainage. This change was made to better serve our customers, allowing them to make one stop for all their property concerns.
Most recently, amid this COVID pandemic time, we have even moved the entire Property and Environmental Resources department to our new home. Yes, we have moved down the road to the Blue Earth County Government Center. Not a long move from our previous location in the Historic Blue Earth County Historic Courthouse, but still a move. The building construction is fully finished and now house a large portion of our county provided services. Customers can make one stop to get your license tabs and drainage questions answered under one roof.
Currently, most departments are taking appointments to meet with customers. Many of the staff in the building have been working remotely from home the past nine plus weeks. As our state slowly opens things back up, so are we. Employees are slowly coming back to work in the new office space.
Property and Environmental Resources is located on the second floor of the Government Center building. Things are bit different in how employees and customers interact, especially in drainage. The drainage office in the prior location was a very open situation where customers could literally just walk into our office areas. Our new office layout incorporates the use of conference or meeting rooms, where customers and employees can meet in a neutral area to discuss matters. We are still available to take calls and emails, as we have been, during these crazy times.
Blue Earth County does have plans to have a grand opening at some point. Due to the current COVID-19 changes, no specific date is planned for a grand opening to the public for our new building. Once things are completely opened back up and start getting back to normal, we encourage people to come in and explore the new building. Photo below showing a sneak peek of our department's new main reception area.
Recent Drainage Inspections:
Do you have questions or topics about drainage that you would like to here more about? If you would like me to incorporate those concerns or topics in one of my future blogs, please feel free to email me at the listed email address below.
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