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Three Mile Lake & Jennings Drain Petition and BOD

road and house flooding pic



DATE:                       May 31, 2019

TIME:                        4:00 p.m.

LOCATION:             Paw Paw Township Hall

                                           114 N. Gremps Street

                                           Paw Paw, MI 49079

QUESTIONS:           269-657-8241  

            A Board of Determination will meet at the above date, time and location to hear all interested persons, receive evidence and determine whether the maintenance, improvement, and extension of the Three Mile Lake & Jennings Drain, as set forth in the petition, dated April 6, 2019, is necessary and conducive to the public health, convenience or welfare, and whether said maintenance, improvement and extension is necessary for the protection of the public health in the following municipalities:  Paw Paw Township(s), pursuant to Chapter 8 of Public Act 40 of 1956, as amended. 

A presentation will be made to the Board of Determination outlining a brief history of the Drain and Drainage District, and describing the roles, responsibilities and decisions made by a Board of Determination.  The presentation is to provide background for landowners and municipalities in the drainage district and to facilitate the dissemination of information and the receipt of testimony of landowners in the Drainage District.  The Board of Determination will make decisions at the end of the meeting. 

            Proceedings conducted at this public meeting will be subject to the provisions of the Michigan Open Meetings Act.  Information regarding this meeting may be obtained from the Van Buren County Drain Commissioner’s Office located at 219 East Paw Paw Street, Suite 301, Paw Paw, MI 49079. 

Persons with disabilities needing accommodations for effective participation in the meeting should contact the Drain Commissioner at the number listed above or through the Michigan Relay Center at 7-1-1 (TDD) at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting to request mobility, visual, hearing or other assistance. 

            Anyone aggrieved by the decisions of the Board of Determination may seek judicial review pursuant to MCL 280.72(3) and MCL 280.72a.

                                                Joe Parman

                                                Van Buren County Drain Commissioner

**Board of Determination signed order of necessity for the petition to move forward, March 31, 2019

Reference Material - BOD and Drains:

Drain Commissioner's BOD Presentation/PowerPoint, pdf - 5-31-19

Board of Determination(BOD) FAQ Sheet

Citizens Guide to the Drain Code

Drain Assessments - Questions

July 1, 2019 Updates:

  1. Surveyed the preliminary route & course of new drain extension.
  2. Surveyed the downstream portion of the existing Three Mile Lake and Jennings Drain

                  a.  This will help determine the existing drains ability to handle added capacity/modeling.

            3.  We have contacted and met with property owners concerning easements/right-of-ways for new drain extension. 

                  a. Explained our intent for a new drain and discussed possible location of drain on their properties.

             4.  Surveyed easement properties for layout of drain, property boundaries and preliminary parcel research.

                   a. Now that property owners were contacted and easements surveyed, we are preparing easement documents and attachments for review and possible signing. 

             5.  Surveyed existing visible roads, utilities, etc. for possible conflicts with proposed drain layout.

             6.  Submitted requested for utility information for gas lines, telephone, fiber, etc…..

                    a. Received most of the requested information this week, 7-1-2019

             7.  Reviewed existing files on drain with legal to ensure prior procedures were legal and/or done correctly.(Specifically the 1952 petition) Even though key documents were not completed from the 1952 petition process, it is clear that the drain commissioner at the time, Glenn Smiley intended to end the drain at the east side of 41st Street and not connect it to the lake until property owners petition for a legal lake level.     

           8.  Discussed, by phone with EGLE(MDEQ) staff the process and items needed for permitting of drain project.  A pre-application meeting is be setup now that we have some of the preliminary survey done, easement property owners contacted, utility conflicts laid out and downstream drain surveyed. 


                                                                                   Southwest Corner of Three Mile Lakesouthwest side of Three Mile Lake

BOD notification area


Three Mile Lake & Jennings Drain Petition

Three Mile Lake & Jennings Drain & Drainage District Map - Original


Three Mile Lake Flooding Pics - April, Early May

Three Mile and Jennings Drain BOD Notification Area - Map

2018 and 2015 aerial photos side by side

2018 and 2003 aerial - peninsula measured/compared