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Drain Office
113 Chestnut Street
Allegan, MI 49010
Phone: (269) 673-0440
Fax: (269) 673-0396
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HOURS: 8:00am - 4:30pm
Monday - Friday

Drain Office


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




Development Standards.pdf
Request for Drain Assessment Payoff 2015.pdf
see "Payoff Requests" note above.
Mich Drain Code of 1956.pdf
Citizen's Flooding Prevention Tips.pdf
Published by the Michigan Association of County Drain Commissioners
FOIA Policy and Forms.pdf



 Staff Contacts

KrissChief Deputy Drain
KarenDeputy Drain
PeterP.E., Civil