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Posted on September 10, 2019 at 1:42 PM by Ryan Hiniker
Drainage update 9/10/2019
Upcoming Drainage Hearings or Meetings:
Repair V.S. Improvement (5):
We left off last week an improvement project that had been accepted by the drainage authority and attorney. The drainage authority has approved the engineer's Preliminary Survey Report as well as appointed viewers to make a new redetermination of benefits for the project.
Some time will pass as the engineer and the viewers are completing their work. The viewers' redetermination of benefits is crucial. These benefits from the viewers determines how much benefit each land parcel will have from the improvement. These benefits listings will be proposed to the drainage authority and, if accepted, become determinations of benefits. County staff use these the determination of benefits to calculate how much each parcel is assessed for the improvement cost, based off of benefited acres and the classification of those benefited acres. The viewer's benefit listing will include percentages of total watershed. These percentages are used when assessing costs back to the parcel of land.
The engineer has been working hard on completing the Final Engineers Report and is ready to present in front of the Drainage Authority. This process includes another hearing, called the final hearing. The final hearing will include the presentation of the viewers' reports on benefits, as well as the Final Engineers Report. The Engineer, in his final report, is required to show the necessity for the improvement and that the benefits exceed the costs, illustrating the improvement is feasible.
When the Drainage Authority has accepted the viewers' report and the determination of benefits is final, the Final Engineer’s Report is also accepted. The improvement project will then move forward to the bidding process.
Catch me next week to finish up with the final episode of Repair V.S. Improvement, Episode 6.
Recent Drainage Inspections – week of September 2 – September 6:
Mowing and spraying of some of open ditch drainage systems is currently going on. We have a contractor that is just about complete with mowing and will start spraying for weeds and brush this week. 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. We also ask that no equipment or permanent items be parked or left in this buffer area. We are completing 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.
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