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Our Responsibilities

The Michigan Drain Code (Act 40 of Public Acts of 1956, as amended) is the law that governs the responsibilities of the Drain Commissioner. The Drain Commissioner, Denise Medemar, and staff are responsible for the operation and maintenance of over 825 established county drains and storm water management systems in Allegan County.

A county drain may be an open ditch, stream, underground pipe, retention pond or swale that conveys stormwater. These drains become designated as county drains through a petition process where either property owners or a local city, village or township petitions the Drain Commissioner to establish a county drain.

These systems are designed to provide storm water management, drainage, flood prevention and stream protection for agricultural and developed lands. Within county drainage districts, the Drain Commissioner is responsible for accounting of expenditures and financial statements, for maintaining records of the establishment and operation of each, and for conducting routine inspections and maintenance of the drains.

 

Payoff Requests

Payoff requests for Drain Special Assessments WILL NOT BE GIVEN VERBALLY. All requests must be in writing using the form listed in the Resources section below. Payoff responses will be given ONLY on the following days in the morning: MONDAY - WEDNESDAY - FRIDAY. Access the Payoff Request Form from the following link:

 

Online Drain Assessment Payoff Request Form

 

 

 Resources

 
  
  
Notes
ACDC Development Rules.pdf
  
Allegan County Policy Statements.pdf
  
Allegan County Township Drain Maps.aspx
  
Appendix1_ApplPkt_Cover.pdf
  
Appendix2_DrainForms_Cover.pdf
  
Appendix3_DrainPermits_Cover.pdf
  
Appendix4_WtrshdPol_Cover.pdf
  
Certification Alternative Approach.pdf
  
Citizen's Flooding Prevention Tips.pdf
  
Published by the Michigan Association of County Drain Commissioners
FOIA Policy and Forms.pdf
  
LGROW_DesignSprdsht_v33_GVMC_Allegan_County.zip
  
LGROW_DesignSprdsht_v33_Tutorial_2020_0625.pdf
  
Site Plan Review Application.pdf
  
Stormwater Review Checklist.pdf
  
Stormwater Worksheet.pdf
  
Submittal Checklist_County Drain.pdf
  
Submittal Checklist_Private Development.pdf
  

 

 

 Staff Contacts

 
  
  
  
  
  
DeniseDrain CommissionerDMedemar@ALLEGANCOUNTY.ORG
  
CarolynnChief Deputy Drain CommissionerCParnell@ALLEGANCOUNTY.ORG
  
HeatherDeputy Drain CommissionerHKnight@ALLEGANCOUNTY.ORG
  
BrentMaintenance Supervisor/DeputyBScholten@ALLEGANCOUNTY.ORG