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Posted on December 10, 2018 at 5:57 PM by Ryan Hiniker
Drainage update 12/10/2018
Upcoming Drainage Hearings or Meetings:
Not a lot happening this time of year as far as drainage stories from across the state. We in Blue Earth County Drainage are still very busy. We still have our three major projects going on, plus a large pile of repairs that we are trying to finish up.
This time of year, I’m outdoors less and indoors more, working on paperwork items. What paperwork items am I typically working on? This time of year is when we try to start planning things for the 2019 property taxes. I am currently working on things like property splits, single year levies and multi-year levies for 2019 tax statements.
We try our hardest to keep all of our drainage system accounts as balanced as we can, but when we fall short of funds, that’s when we need to levy through taxes.
So, besides levies for 2019 what does drainage do through the winter? We start planning projects for next year whether they are repair projects or large improvement projects. We will start getting some of our large projects ready for public bids so they can be ready for work by late spring or early summer. We will have a fairly busy year again next year with a few major projects already on the books.
I still try to get out and make inspections if the snow isn’t too deep, but at this point the snow is really deep in our ditches. The issue isn’t being able to drive along the open ditches, but to visually inspect things that will be covered up by the drifted snow. We are also working on updating our GIS information with some big changes coming in the future for drainage records, maps and information. We are hoping, with our new updates, that we can have almost all the information a person could need about any particular drainage system at their fingertips. Stay tuned for more information on that and a proposed date of when it might be available to the public.
Recent Drainage Inspections – week of December 3 – December 7:
To my fellow ice fishing people: please be extra careful as our ice conditions on our area lakes varies greatly. Not all of our lakes are even frozen, or have just frozen in the last day or two. Many people are getting out on the ice and fishing. Please, just a common-sense reminder to check the ice before driving any sort of motorized vehicles across. There was a fish house and pickup truck that went into a nearby lake over the weekend.
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