On July 15, 2019, a petition for the improvement of Jackson County JD 36 was received. The petition and supporting information were forwarded to Louis Smith for review. The information was also sent to Kevin Nordquist so that he could certify that the petitioners are the owners of record for the tracts of land passed over by the proposed improvement project. Kevin Nordquist submitted the certification of petitioners on July 15.
Legal review of the petition was completed on August 13. The Order Appointing Engineering was drafted. The petition was accepted and the Order Appointing Engineer were approved by the Board on August 20. The information was sent to Chuck Brandel on August 21. He submitted the bond and oath on August 22.

HLWD Project 2
Location: Sections 1, 2, 11, 12, and 14 in LaCrosse Township and Section 7 in Weimer Township
Size: 985 acres
Project: Open ditch and drain tile system with two tile branches
Status: Project was constructed in 1973. ROB was ordered on March 20, 2017. ROB hearing was held on May 25, 2017. An adjourned hearing was held on June 27, 2017. The Findings and Order Approving the ROB was signed on August 14, 2017.
On June 3, Jan Voit met with Kent Freking regarding the next steps for this project. The viewers cannot determine a benefit until they know the location and capacity of the tile. Dave Macek, Jackson County Drainage Inspector, had one page of the plan set. Because there are no records of the tile line in question, a ROR is necessary. He was informed that the necessary information for the Board to order the ROR would be presented at the June 12 meeting.
On June 5, time was spent drafting a historical review memorandum for HLWD Project 2. The document was forwarded to Chuck Brandel for review. On June 5, Jan Voit spoke with Kevin Nordquist regarding the plan set for HLWD Project 2. He had a copy in the file at the courthouse. She informed Chuck Brandel. He revised the historical review memorandum accordingly.
The following summary was provided to managers and Jim Sehl, DNR regarding the need for ROR. After the ROB was completed in August of 2017, a landowner contacted Dave Macek, Jackson County Drainage Inspector regarding a tile line that needed repair (shown on red dashed line on attached map). The landowner informed him that this tile was taken over by the ditch system when the project was built in the early 1970s. According to the project map, it is shown as a private tile. However, according to the original viewers’ map, this was supposed to be taken over. The Board will have to appoint viewers and correct the ROB. For the viewers to provide an accurate report, it is necessary to establish its alignment, dimensions, profile, and terminus.
At the June 12 HLWD meeting, the Board approved the Findings and Order Initiating the Reestablishment of Drainage System Records for HLWD Project 2. Chuck Brandel was contacted on June 13. A tentative date of July 23 was selected for the landowner information meeting.

Location: upper watershed of Okabena Creek within the City of Worthington from the intersection of Diagonal Road and Oxford Street at the west end of the city.

Project: A 12.9-acre flood storage basin, referred to as the I-90 Basin, is proposed south of the existing I-90 culvert crossing. Constructing this basin will provide additional flood storage, reduce the ponding elevation at the I-90 embankment, and will reduce upstream flood elevations. This basin would have a total storage volume of 77.2 acre-feet. Construction of the I-90 Basin would need to occur prior to the enlargement of any upstream crossings. The project also proposes enlargement of both the East Oxford and oslo Street crossings. The East Oxford crossing improvement would replace an existing eight foot by ten foot box culvert with a ten foot by fourteen foot box culvert. The larger box culvert would accommodate increased discharge and reduce upstream peak water surface elevations and reduce flood elevations between Oxford and McMillan streets. The East Oxford culver enlargement would need to occur prior to the Oslo Street improvement. The Oslo Street corssing improvement would replace an existing 84" pipe with a ten by ten foot box culvert. This increase in capacity will reduce upstream flooding.

Status: Hearing held March 30, 2017. Subject to the requirement that the petitioner shall obtain all required permits and all necessary rights-of-way and flowage easements from owners of land affected by the project, the Board authorized the project and issued its order in accordance with M.S. 103E.227, Subd. 5. The order was issued on April 25, 2017. The HLWD approved the permit application for erosion control during and after construction at the meeting on April 17, 2018. Construction will begin in 2018.


Order Approving Project

Location: Sections 9, 10, 15, 16, 22, 23, 26, and 27 of Bondin Township

Size: 4.2 square miles

Project: an open ditch and tile improvement from Sections 8 to 27

Status: project is completed; Final Acceptance Hearing was held on April 15, 2002.

Location: Sections 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 29 and 30 of West Heron Lake Township

Size: 4.1 square miles

Project: Construction of an open ditch system generally following the route of the main tile system across Sections 17 and 20 of West Heron Lake Township. Proposed laterals replaced the function of themain tile across portions of Sections 19 and 20 and replaced the function of Branch 7 across protions of Sections 17 and 18.

Status: Project is completed. Final Acceptance Hearing was held on January 21, 2015.