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Posted on June 3, 2016 at 3:27 PM by Ryan Hiniker
We currently have two major projects still going at this time in Blue
(Lincoln Twp.): The construction of this project has been slow going due in
part to weather and a holiday weekend.
Vortex Drain Tiling LLC has been busy cleaning and clearing a select
area of trees near the outlet of this ditch system. The reason for the clearing is for ease of
future inspections and repairs. Vortex
has also been busy with cleaning the ditch as well as installing approximately
120’ of the new 48” HDPE mainline pipe.
Sizeable rains in the recent weeks has made for some challenges with
staying on schedule, but Vortex hopes to play “catch-up” by working every other
(Judson Twp.): Cooreman Contracting continues to push on despite the wet
spring. To date they have approximately
3,500’ of the new 42” mainline HDPE pipe installed. With just a few connections to go, they hope
to bring in a second crew to help with Branch 2 improvements. Branch 2 is a 24” pipe that will be getting
some new improvements. Neither rain,
sand pockets nor even a rock the size of a small car, has stopped Cooreman
Contracting from pushing on. It’s too bad I didn’t take a picture; you’ll just
have to take our word it was large. Stay tuned for next week, we’ll try and have
Drainage Inspections – week of May 30 – June 3
The following drainage systems were
reviewed by county staff this past week.
Below are a few notes from those inspections. The full reports for specific issues will be
in the June 21 County Board packet, which will be available week of June 13.
(Lyra Twp.): Overall in very good shape; few sloughs and minor cleaning and
tree removal needed.
(Danville Twp.): few issues with “gully washing” erosion problems and some minor
spot cleaning needed.
(Danville Twp.): Trees and debris could use some cleaning during any
possible future repairs.
Drainage Inspections – week of June 6 – 10
(Lincoln Twp.): finish up with the rest of this inspection
(Butternut Valley Twp.)
As a County Ditch Inspector, I’m always looking
while out in the field for any issues with the ditch. Inspectors are always taking notes, pictures
and recording data. With the use of a
Trimble handheld GPS unit (on the left in the picture), we record locations of
issues, any and all visible pipes and intakes along the ditch. The reason behind doing all this work is in
the future, we can make quicker and better decisions on how to fix and improve
issues that arise within the ditch system.
If you hear of or know of any issues along a county tile or county ditch
system, please call us at the Drainage Office.