2017 Days of Review - Drainage District Boundaries & Apportionment of Benifit
DAY OF REVIEW OF DRAINAGE DISTRICT BOUNDARIES
AND REVIEW OF APPORTIONMENTS
DATE: August 31, 2017
TIME: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Van Buren County Museum Building
226 E. Michigan Ave.
Paw Paw, Michigan 49079
QUESTIONS: (269) 468-9032
Please leave a detailed voicemail. All calls are returned in the order received.
The Day of Review is an opportunity to review the Drainage District boundaries and apportionment of benefit for the Drains listed below with the Drain Commissioner or a staff member. A map of the proposed Drainage District boundary revisions can be found on the Van Buren County Drain Commissioner’s website at: www.vbco.org/drain.asp.
The Drain Commissioner, engineers, and/or other staff members will be available to assist individuals throughout the day, and make revisions where necessary. There is no need to schedule an appointment for a specific time on the Day of Review. The computation of costs for the Drains listed above will also be available at the Day of Review. Drain assessments are collected in the same manner as property taxes and will appear on your winter tax bill. If drain assessments are being collected for more than one (1) year, you may pay the assessment in full with any interest to date at any time and avoid further interest charges.
Persons with disabilities needing accommodations for effective participation in the Day of Review should contact the Drain Commissioner’s Office at the phone number listed above (voice) or through the Michigan Relay Center at 7-1-1 (TDD) at least 24 hours in advance of the Day of Review to request mobility, visual, hearing or other assistance.
You may appeal the Drain Commissioner’s decision to revise the district boundary to the Van Buren County Circuit Court within ten (10) days, and you may also appeal the determination of apportionments to the Van Buren County Probate Court within ten (10) days.
Van Buren County Drain Commissioner
Recently, the County purchased Lidar data as part of the aerial photography fly-over of Van Buren County. The Lidar data was converted to one-foot contour lines that show detailed elevations of Van Buren County. The cost of converting Lidar data to contour lines was covered by a grant through the Van Buren County Drain Commissioner (minus 10% match).
With the new more accurate data the Drain Commissioner, under section 197 of the Drain Code could review the old drainage districts with the help of licensed engineers. A majority of the county drain drainage districts were established in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. Considering the tools and lack of technology, the drainage districts were pretty good for the times. However, the new technology and data have proven to be more accurate and a better representation of the drainage district boundaries.
Under section 197 of the Drain Code it is required to have a Day of Review (DOR) of Drainage District Boundaries and Review of Apportionments. The current DOR set for August 31, 2017 is covering 37 Drainage Districts. The grant received by the Drain Commissioner covers most of the costs (minus match). The minimal costs not covered by the grant or monies in an individual drain account are included in the drain assessments. In addition, some of the drain assessments include monies from recent maintenance projects, survey/engineering and future maintenance monies/projects. 15 of the 37 drains do not have costs as part of the Day of Review and Apportionment. This is due to the monies from the grant or monies already in the individual drain accounts.
New Drainage District Maps: