The purpose of a drain commissioner is to oversee the county’s drains. In addition, they are responsible for administering Michigan laws related to soil erosion, flood protection, storm water management and water quality.
To accurately assess the expense for drainage work being performed, drainage districts are established for allocation purposes. Each drainage district is a sub watershed and treated like an individual corporation. Any work completed is paid by the property owners within the district and cost cannot be shifted or moved from another account or district.
In situations where work is not performed correctly or results in a violation associated with fines or penalties, the drain district itself is liable for the costs. Additionally, if a drain commissioner on behalf of their drainage district chooses to secure legal representation against any such actions, the legal fees are in turn assessed back to the drainage district as part of the project costs. When these unfortunate situations arise, the financial burden is often shifted to the landowners within that district elevating the cost of the project without any additional value.
Andrew Vermeesch | 517-679-4778
MFB: #73 Agricultural Drainage