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Posted on December 2, 2016 at 4:32 PM by Ryan Hiniker
Drainage Hearings or Meetings:
informational landowner meetings on the same day, December 8th.
(LeRay Twp.) 10am at City of Eagle Lake, city offices
building, December 8th. Informational
meeting about upcoming repairs to system.
(Mankato Twp.) informational meeting about changes to
system. Meeting set for 2:30pm on the 3rd
floor meeting room of the Historic Courthouse building, December 8th.
(Judson Twp.) Cooreman
Contracting has finished all of the new tile installation for this improvement
project. Things have been cleaned up for
the year, and next spring we will go through and make sure all “check list” items
have been addressed.
(Lincoln Twp.) Geislinger
and Sons Contracting has been working on this project for little over a two
weeks now. As of today, December 2nd,
the crews have in a little over 2,470 feet of new pipe installed. There currently are three crews on site
working independently of each other, trying to get enough pipe in the ground to
start draining the standing water over winter.
Conditions have been somewhat decent lately, until the rains and sleet
moved into the area, causing the crews to shut down for a few days. The three crews will continue to work together
until mid-next week, when they will meet up with each other. The three areas of new pipe will be joined
together. At that time, two of the three crews will leave and one will remain to
finish working towards the standing water to the northeast of the current
construction site. We're very impressed with
the progress the contractor has made in such a short amount of time.
CD28 Geislinger Construction crews working.
FEMA and Financial Relief:
As some of you may have
heard, FEMA has reversed its initial decision on not helping with individual
assistance from the September 22nd storms. Governor Dayton’s team appealed FEMA’s
original decision to not provide individual assistance.
Individual assistance covers homes and individual property, many of
which were damaged severely in St. Clair, from the September storms. Estimates that exceed $10 million in individual damages means there are a lot of homeowners and property owners that may not have their life back in order yet. Hopefully they can find the resources to rebuild and that FEMA and other agencies can come through for these folks that need the help.
had more than $8 million dollars’ worth of claims from the September storms
that swept through nine counties. Blue
Earth County drainage is part of this public infrastructure
classification. We started the
process a few weeks ago with FEMA and Minnesota HSEM (Homeland Security Emergency
Management) to get the process of fixing and funding going. The good thing with dealing with a federal
agency is that we have a longer window of time to get the work done and
paperwork associated with it.
no guarantee that all of our projects or repairs associated with the September
storm will be financed from FEMA. The
process is that we, the county, have to pay for the repairs up front and then
submit for reimbursements. The repairs
have to be made no matter what, but it is always nice to ease the financial
burden for our constituents when outside government agencies can lend a hand.
FEMA representatives did
stop by our office this week, Monday 28th, to
discuss a game plan of how we are to go about our paperwork and other procedural
things to be eligible for FEMA funds.
There are a lot of additional things that they request that we may not
normally do for making repairs, but if they are helping to pay for things, we
need to abide by their rules and regulations.
I think they were impressed with how organized
we were already, with our reports and finding contractors. We use a software program called drainageDB to help manage repairs. I am using this software daily to manage old
and new projects. FEMA likes lots of
pictures and coordinates for reporting damaged areas. drainageDB is perfect for keeping all of
that information in one reporting system.
Very quickly we can generate a report with location of damaged area,
pictures and estimates to make repairs, all on one report. If you haven’t used Drainage DB yet click on
link to check it out.
Drainage Inspections – week of November 28 – December 2:
(Lincoln Twp.) Sink holes are forming along a stretch of very
old tile. This is a common and reoccurring theme
with this system. Tough soils and very
old deteriorating pipe make for a recipe of failure. Major repairs or improvements are needed for
this system to keep functioning.
(Garden City Twp. & Lincoln Twp.)
(Vernon Center Twp.)
Drainage Management Specialist