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Posted on March 31, 2017 at 4:21 PM by Ryan Hiniker
Drainage update 3/31/2017
Upcoming Drainage Hearings or Meetings:
No upcoming drainage hearings or meetings.
With the record breaking rains of last year, also comes this year record breaking projects and repairs to be made. I just wanted to speak briefly about repairs to a county tile or open ditch system. We have in the past had people just go ahead and make repairs to our county systems without prior approval from the Blue Earth County Drainage staff. Repairs of any nature to a county system without prior approval are not allowed. Repairs to a county system cannot be made by an unlicensed contractor or individual. What I’m trying to say is that just because some landowners have a backhoe or equipment to do the work, we are not allowing or authorizing those individuals to do work unless they are a licensed and insured contractor.
This change is not to make things more difficult for getting repairs done. We at Blue Earth County Drainage have an obligation to make sure these repairs are made correctly and only by licensed contractors that have our standards of insurance. This is a policy both at a county level as well as at a state level, statutorily we have financial procedures to follow.
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. Repairs need to be made by a licensed and insured contractor. Repairs that are not made known to and approved by the Blue Earth County Drainage office are subject to denial of payment.
BWSR is Seeking Public Review and Comment:
Starting Monday, April 3, BWSR (Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources) will be seeking public review and comment to proposed policies and plans for implementing the Minnesota buffer program. The two items that BWSR have specifically called out for review are Policy 9 and also APO plan. Policy 9 pertains to County and Watershed District buffer rules, ordinances and official controls. APO stands for Administrative Penalty Order. The APO is the enforcement rules and penalties associated with violations or non-compliance issues with the buffer.
I try to keep close tabs on what’s going on with the buffer law and any possible changes. As of now they are still planning on implementing the buffer ordinances starting this fall. I know that there are a few items sitting in legislation that may change those time frames, but until we are notified differently the current buffer implementation dates are still a go. For more reading on this subject click here.
Recent Drainage Inspections – week of March 27 – March 31:
Upcoming Drainage Inspections:
Please call with issues you observe on our public drainage system, as there is a lot of open ditch and tile in our county and only two of us in the drainage department. We will do our absolute best to service your issues and concerns as we receive them.
Drainage Management Specialist