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Allen County Engineer

Drainage Projects



Piper To Retire As County Engineer After 40 Years Of Service, 5-28-15 full story...

Petitioned Ditch #1304 Dick Warrington/Sugar Creek Information, 4-13-15 full story...

Revisions To Allen County's Standards For Conveyance Of Real Property, 1-29-15 full story...

County Employees Make Holiday Donations, 1-6-15 full story...

Thayer Road Bridge Opens, 12-5-14 full story...

Salt Shortage Causes Change in Salting Policy, 11-7-14 full story...

Hook-Waltz Road Bridge Under Constuction, 8-28-14 full story...

Ream Road Bridge To Be Closed For Replacement, 8-1-14 full story...

Contract Awarded for Three Allen County Bridge Replacements Through ODOT's Ohio Bridge Partnership Program, 6-26-14 full story...

County Applies for Emergency Funds for Thayer Road Bridge, 6-19-14 full story...

Allen County Engineer Hires GIS Technician, 6-10-14 full story...

Elida Road To Be Sealed, 6-9-14 full story...

Shawnee Road Project Awarded to Eagle Bridge Co., 4-29-14 full story...

Allen County Government Entities Unanimously Endorse State Issue 1 on May Ballot, 4-10-14 full story...

County and Township Crews Fight Snow Storms, 1-27-14 full story...

Lt. Governor Mary Taylor Visits Allen County Garage For Press Conference, 1-23-14 full story...

Petitioned Ditch Projects for Construction and Maintenance

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Recently Completed Petitioned Ditch Projects

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Projects We Are Assisting to Coordinate

Ditch Maintenance of Petitioned Projects

The Allen County Drainage Engineer is responsible for the supervision of the Ditch Maintenance Department. Listed below are the Guidelines and Operating Procedures of that Department and the responsibilities of the department as well as the citizens within the watershed.

After completion, Drainage Improvement Projects are placed on a permanent maintenance program to provide for their upkeep and repair. The Allen County Ditch Maintenance Program is administered and guided by the Allen County Engineer. For each project, a separate account is established from assessments to landowners within the Project watershed. All labor, materials, equipment, record keeping and correspondence cost are drawn from these separate Ditch accounts. It is our goal to conduct the most cost efficient maintenance on all projects.

The following guidelines will govern the operation of the ditch maintenance program. Occasional exceptions may be made, but only when it is in the best interest of the Project. The ditch maintenance program is responsible for many types of drainage projects ranging from open ditches, grassed waterways, surface drains, detention ponds, underground tile culverts, and other drainage structures. Only certain guidelines may apply to your particular project.

The Allen County Engineer Will:

  1. Conduct annual inspections of all Projects to determine if any maintenance work is needed.
  2. Provide manpower, equipment and supplies to perform necessary maintenance work.
  3. Maintain a protective grass cover on all erosive areas on each project such as ditch banks, filter strips/berms, and waterways. Seeding will be performed when necessary.
  4. Control and prevent growth of any noxious weeds, brush, and trees that could hinder the flow of water and/or hinders the adequate growth of grass.
  5. Remove any obstructions within the Project such as sand or silt bars, log jams, debris, and drift that seriously hinders the hydraulic flow.
  6. Repair any damages to structures such as headwalls; drop boxes, pipe inlets, culverts, tile, catch basins etc. or any other structure that was installed during the initial construction of the Project. Structures installed after construction must be approved by the Allen County Engineer before they can be included on maintenance.
  7. Repair or replace tile outlet pipes, within the right of way, that are damaged or malfunctioning.
  8. Arrange to have all waterways mowed at least once a year. Landowners will be encouraged to mow waterways to reduce the maintenance cost.
  9. Repair areas that have become damaged due to erosion such as washouts. Note: Most erosion problems can be solved by maintaining the grassy berm installed during construction.
  10. Will use caution when working or traveling along maintenance right-of-ways to prevent or limit damage to crops and property. Waterways and residential lawns will be protected from erosion. Note: A fifteen foot grassed berm should be maintained on open ditches.
  11. Approve maintenance work performed and bills to be paid separately from each drainage maintenance fund. All bills will be forwarded to the Allen County Auditor for payment.
  12. Study and submit assessment recommendations for each Project to the Allen County Commissioners Office to provide balances needed, in each drainage fund, for maintenance operations.

The Landowner of a Completed Project Will:

  1. Perform the most effective and economical conservation practices on the land within the watershed to reduce the effects of damage or degradation to the Project.
  2. Prevent the degradation of the whole drainage system including the loss of the grassed filter/berm along the top of open ditches, detention ponds, waterways, and around inlets of all physical structures. Grass Filter/berm widths are established at the time of construction and vary from 10 to 15 feet wide from the top of the bank on an open ditch. Note: Removal or damage to any established drainage system will result in assessment of replacement costs to the landowner upon which damage occurs.
  3. Not hinder the flow of water by placing refuse, grass clippings, leaves, brush, timbers etc. or unapproved low water crossings or other obstructions in or around the right-of-way of each Project.
  4. Obtain approval by the Allen County Engineer before performing any alterations to the Project or doing any work for which the landowner wishes to be reimbursed.
  5. Be responsible for any private fences, bridges, and low water crossings. These are considered a benefit to the individual landowner and not to the project as a whole; therefore any cost associated with these will not be reimbursed from the ditch maintenance fund.
  6. Mow vegetative cover on ditch filter strips/berms. We encourage this to be done on a regular basis to keep weed growth to a minimum. We ask that mowing be done on a volunteer basis only.
  7. Prevent the planting of agricultural crops, trees, shrubs, and gardens or the placement of any structures [such as out buildings, sheds, farm implements, fences, firewood, manure and dirt piles, burn and scrap piles, etc.] within the Projects maintenance right-of-way [10 to 15 feet from the top of the bank] that may hinder access to the maintenance operation. Note: Access to most ditch projects is hindered due to the aforementioned. Please keep your access areas open and clear of all objects.
  8. Allow the maintenance staff and equipment access to the Project [possibly by farm lane or driveway] to perform the necessary maintenance work.

Note: If you lease or rent your farm or property to others make certain they are aware of these guidelines. It is the property owner's responsibility to insure that no activity is permitted which would hinder the structural integrity of the drainage system project.

If you have any questions or problems pertaining to petitioned drainage projects or their maintenance please contact the Allen County Engineers office. Phone 419-996-7130. Contact people are: