Commissioners deal with muddy waters of drainage issues

At the August 20 Brule County Commission meeting, a drainage hearing was held to consider Tina and Lee DeHaii’s May 2019 request to have the county install a drainage culvert in the approach to their son’s property located at 34545 245th Street in Chamberlain Township (Farm to Market road), as the approach is blocking water, covering the electrical box in the ditch and backing up onto neighbor Terry Wingert’s property. Following the request, an inspection was done by Drainage Official Auditor Pam Petrak, and the issue was discussed with county commissioners and Deputy States Attorney David Larson.


In researching minutes from 2011, Petrak found that the same issue was previously discussed when thenowner Rolly Speckels had installed a culvert in that approach without county permission. When Speckels submitted the application for the culvert, which had already been installed, commissioners determined that the culvert should be plugged within one week, and unplugged only if Speckels provided a statement from a certified engineer that opening it would have a negligible negative effect upon the objecting downstream landowner, and that water from the slough south of 245th Street would not ultimately drain into the ditch and through the culvert. The statement was never produced and the culvert was removed from the approach.


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