View All Posts
Posted on August 6, 2019 at 5:11 PM by Ryan Hiniker
Drainage update 8/06/2019
Upcoming Drainage Hearings or Meetings:
We are finally able to catch a break as far as the weather. The recent drier spell has been much welcomed by some of our contractors. We have only one major project going on at the moment, CD28 in Lincoln Township. We still have a fair number of repairs from this spring that need completing - hopefully by the end of the year.
Looking towards fall of this year, things will get very busy after harvest. We will have a few major cleanings and reshaping projects going on. Some possible tile replacements may occur on various drainage systems across the county.
The recent trend is trying to repair tile on some of our old and failing drainage systems. For some tile systems and branches this is an option, but for many it just doesn’t work. Many times, the existing tile lines are too shallow and too small.
As the drainage authority, we have to make a call. The drainage authority has to act in the overall best interest of the drainage system. If we receive notice of a large tile repair, we need to consider all the facts, including if it is going to serve the drainage system better as a repair or an improvement. The past three years of wet conditions have definitely increased the number of large repairs and improvement projects in the county.
Over the next few weeks, I will try to navigate and explain to people the process the drainage authority goes through to determine if a project is a repair vs. an improvement. I will try to explain the steps to both options and give some reasoning behind why one would be better than the other. I'll try to explain why one option costs so much more than the other, both monetarily and time wise.
Stay tuned in the next few weeks if you’re interested in learning more about this process.
Have a great week everyone and get out and enjoy the nice weather.
Recent Drainage Inspections – week of July 29 – August 2:
Just as a friendly reminder with the grass buffer areas along our county ditches, we ask that people please do not place rocks or any debris that may damage our contractor’s mower or sprayer equipment in those areas. We also ask that no equipment or permanent items be parked or left in this buffer area. We are doing the mowing and spraying as part of maintenance and preserving the overall health of the ditch system. Please call or email with questions or concerns.
Just an interesting sunset photo we captured while out at the lake.
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