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Requests for repairs, complaints, problems or questions should be directed to Drainage Clerk in the Auditor’s Office, by calling 641-939-8111 or by email.
For more information on drainage district projects or to view online maps of the districts, visit the Drainage District Search website (Beacon). Be sure to select the 'Drainage Tiles' and 'Drainage Districts' check boxes on the left under Layers.
The Code of Iowa (Section 468.27) states that following a drainage district establishment, the district is deemed to have acquired by permanent easement all right-of-way for drainage district ditches, tile lines, settling basins and other improvements.
The district secures authority to go onto private land to construct these facilities and to maintain them. This easement area is typically 50 to 100 feet wide. Iowa Code Section 468.27
Only damages sustained outside the right-of-way area are entitled to reimbursement of damages. These damages are established at a project completion hearing after the work is complete. Any damages will be paid by the district funds.
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DD 121 Work Order 295 Investigation Summary - Investigation was done on reported blowout/sinkhole, and the investigation found a wet area upstream of the blowout, water flowing overland, exposed & broken tile, and shallow tile.
In September of 2020, the Trustees approved to have a contractor in the lottery system go out to pothole and televise tile, provide the video to CGA to review and have CGA report back to the Trustees.
DD 121's Second Investigation Summary conducted exploratory investigations in the upstream and downstream directions to determine the general condition of the Main tile in this area. Initial investigation found a 15" single wall
HDPE tile (downstream side) connected to a 14" clay tile that was backing up water into the upstream 15" rusty CMP tile. In this excavation, there was little to no cover over the Main tile. Excavating at a blowout/sinkhole
further upstream found the 14" VCP to be fully plugged with tree roots, and further upstream found a 15" single wall HDPE tile. Upstream of that, the 14" VCP tile was found to be in round with greater soil cover. An additional 2
excavations downstream found the 15" VCP tile to be round with greater soil cover.
With poor physical condition of the tile, lack of soil cover, and multiple previous repairs that have taken place in the past, CGA recommends the Main tile be replaced between the excavations that showed the Main to be in
adequate condition. Such a repair would correct the multiple issues found, repair the existing blowouts and prevent the occurrence of more (given the tile has already been repaired multiple times already).
It is CGA's opinion that this repair would consist of replacing 800' of tile with RCP tile and would have a construction cost of approximately $40,000 to $60,000.
An informational Landowners Meeting has been scheduled, landowner input and feedback is requested to discuss options and/or see if there is interest in a this district project/repair to address this issue.
Drainage District 3 Trustees met on Monday, September 13, 2021, to review of the DD 3 Engineers Report on Repairs and Improvements to the Main Tile.
The Trustee’s had approved directing Clapsaddle-Garber Associates to create a Supplement to the Engineer’s Report on Repairs and Improvements to the Main Tile of Drainage District # 3. This supplement included investigation of
the tile condition on the east side of the railroad tracks and CGA reported this information back to the Trustees at the Continuation of the Public Hearing on Monday, September 13, 2021.
Discussion in September 13th’s meeting found that there was landowner interest in the open ditch option on the East side of the railroad tracks as detailed by the Supplement to the Engineer’s Report. Questions were asked about
the feasibility of continuing the open ditch on the east side of the tracks through to the current closed tile outlet at JJ Ave. Landowners expressed concerns about wet areas on the east side of the tracks in recent years, and
concern about the closed tile on the east side of the railroad tracks being able to accept the capacity of the open ditch’s flow from the upstream side on the west should the open ditch improvement option move forward. Concerns
were raised about the high cost of the road crossing which was estimated to be $863,750.63. Road crossing costs were high due to the crossing both JJ Avenue and 150th Street. CGA was to research if the road crossing could be
moved slightly to the South to cross JJ Avenue only once. CGA was to reach out to the NRCS for information on if this route could be changed to lessen the costs with a single crossing. No other action was taken at the September
13th meeting. A continuation of this discussion will be held in the November 1st public hearing.
The DD 3 Engineer's Report details findings of 5 sinkholes found on the Main Tile along with the Main Tile being in various states of collapse over the course of 4,745'. The Report notes it is restricting drainage capacity in
the area. The Engineer's Report details a repair method and an improvement method. The repair method details Partial Tile Replacement, which includes removal and replacement of the entire Main Tile for the investigation limits
with new Main Tile of equal or comparable size. The Improvement Method details the removal of 4,745' of tile and replacing it with a Main Open Ditch, to locate and outlet private tile and district lateral tile. Typically, the
Main Open Ditch would be in the same location as the existing Main tile, which would outlet all private and lateral tile encountered to discharge into the Main Open Ditch.
The Engineer's Report details repair and improvement options on the West side of the railroad tracks in the Opinion of Probable Costs and a summary of said costs follows:
The Supplement to the Engineers Report details repair and improvement options on the East side of the railroad tracks. In the opinion of probable cost and summary of said cost follows:
(NOTE: the estimate above does NOT include an estimate for the east side of the tracks moving to an open ditch)
It should be noted said costs include materials, labor, & equipment supplied by the contractor to complete the necessary improvements and include applicable engineering, construction observation and project administration
fees by CGA. However said costs do not include any interest, legal fees, county administrative fees, crop damages, other damages, previous repairs, engineering fees to date, wetland mitigation fees or reclassification fees (if
applicable) and said costs are not a guarantee of actual costs.
In the event said report is adopted that a reclassification of the benefits of the lands within said districts may also be considered. All claims for damages, except claims for land required for right-of-way, and all
objections for any reason to said engineer's report must be filed in writing and filed in the office of the Hardin County Auditor, Eldora, Iowa before or at the time set for said hearing. The failure to file written objections
prior to the time set for the hearing will result in a waiver of any objections, except claims for damages.
Because the Engineer's Report includes an improvement option, landowners have the right to file a remonstrance (a written document objecting to the improvement and signed by a majority of landowners in the district owning
70% or more of land within the district). A remonstrance must be filed in the office of the Hardin County Auditor, Eldora, Iowa prior to the time set for said hearing. If a valid and timely remonstrance is filed, the improvement
cannot be approved by the Board of Trustees, but the repair can still be considered and approved, and the right of remonstrance does not apply to a proposed repair project.
Although your property may not be in the direct area of the upcoming work, ALL property owners (including yourself) within the district's boundaries are financially responsible for work done in the
district. Any decisions made by the Trustees will determine the amount that will be assessed to you once the project is complete.
A Public Hearing has been set for Monday, November 01, 2021 at 10:00 AM in the Large Conference Room, Lower Level of the Hardin County Courthouse. This meeting will be held electronically and in-person due
to Covid-19 concerns. To access the meeting call: 1-(312)-626-6799, when prompted enter meeting ID code: 820 7567 2007. You can also access the meeting online at:https:https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82075672007.
DD 3 Public Hearing Notice
DD 3 Public Hearing Agenda November 01, 2021
DD3 Engineer's Report on Repairs and Improvements to the Main Tile
DD3 Supplement to Engineer's Report on Repairs and Improvements to the Main Tile
The Hardin County Board of Supervisors, as Drainage Trustees for DD 48 have scheduled an Informational Meeting for Landowners on Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at 1:00 PM in the Emergency Operations Center, located at 1031 Edgington
Avenue, Eldora, IA.
This meeting will be held electronically and in-person due to Covid-19 concerns.
To access the meeting call: 1-(312)-626-6799, when prompted enter meeting
ID code: 820 7567 2007. You can also access the meeting online at:
In February of 2020, the Drainage Trustees directed Clapsaddle-Garber Associates (CGA) to do further investigation on Work Order 274 to determine the root of recent drainage issues within the district. CGA has prepared a
preliminary opinion of probable project cost. It is CGA's opinion that costs will be right around $1,000,000. The Trustees invite landowners to participate in a discussion on the proposed project and costs to determine landowner
interest in moving forward with the project. Please see DD 48 Investigation Summaries below for more information.
DD 48 WO 274 Initial Investigation Summary
DD 48 WO 274 2nd Investigation Summary
Work Order 291's initial report was of slow drainage and standing water, further investigation did not reveal a clear-cut issue, potholing was done on Lateral 2 and Main Tile to find problem locations. Two private tile
connections were found to have been inserted too far into the main tile directly across from one another, creating an obstruction that caught trash and debris causing the back ups. Repair was made and Investigation
Summary is included here for review and discussion at the Landowners Meeting.
November 18, 2020 - Landowner Meeting - Consensus among landowners was to commence a repair, beginning at the lower end of the district at the outlet replacing tile and send up to
$35,000. The Trustees approved a motion to direct CGA to prepare a bid packet and send out to in-county contractors.
January 13, 2021 - Drainage Meeting - Landowner concerns were raised that perhaps the district should look at possible up-size of the tile at this time rather than a limited repair of
the existing tile and extending the main tile/improvement farther than has been previously discussed. It was discussed that should a repair be pursued on the previously discussed $35,000 price range with the existing
drainage coefficient, there may not be a time in the near future to address any possible improvements and a repair would lock in the existing tile coefficient for the next 50-100 years.
Although this is not a full project at this time, the Trustees felt it was important for landowners to be heard, and all options explored before moving forward with sending out bids to contractors. The Trustees have
scheduled a Landowner Meeting for Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 11:00 AM in the Large Conference Room of the Hardin County Courthouse.
March 30, 2022 - Public Hearing on Engineer's Report -
Landowner concerns were raised that perhaps the district should look into televising the main in section 27 and 34 starting where the main exits section 26 traveling along the east side of S-27 to the north side of
D-41 into section 34 before any decisions were made on the Engineer's Report.
You can also access the meeting online at:https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82075672007
Engineer's Report on Repairs to Main Tile
Classification Commission Report for Lateral One
Reclassification Commission Report for Main
•Work Order 294 reported a blowout on the main tile, investigation found that there was a void beside the tile so as they dug to make repairs, each successive tile they tried to connect to collapsed as there was no side support
on the tile. Televising upstream for about 1,000' and downstream for about 600', 13 locations on the upstream side and 13 locations on the downstream side were found to be in partial or imminent collapse. CGA recommends repair
of those 26 collapsed locations.
• CGA recommends 475' of tile be replaced, some of the collapsed areas could be combined into one repair for a total of 11 areas of spot repair. Estimated costs are $40,000 to $49,000, if replacement of the entire length were
done, costs would be over $50,000 and would require an Engineer's Report and a hearing.
DD 11 Landowner Meeting Agenda - 2/17/21 11:30AM
DD 11 Landowner Meeting Minutes - 2/17/2021
DD 11 Work Order 294 Investigation Summary 05-28-20
DD 11 Work Order 294 Investigation Summary w CCTV Results 10-06-20