What is a Petitioned Project?

Petitions may be filed to construct a new county drain or to improve an existing county drain to alleviate flooding or drainage issues. Petitions may be signed by landowners, municipalities, the Berrien County Road Commission or the Michigan Department of Transportation. After a petition is filed, the Drain Code requires a Board of Determination hearing to determine if the project is necessary or not. Without a petition, the Drain Commissioner can only perform maintenance activities on the county drain.

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1. What is a Drain Assessment?
2. How are assessments determined?
3. Where is the drain located for which I am being assessed?
4. Do all property owners pay drain assessments?
5. What is a Drainage District?
6. I recently purchased my property. Why am I being billed for work done prior to my ownership?
7. What is a Petitioned Project?
8. How does a petition get started?
9. What is a Board of Determination?
10. What is the purpose of a Board of Determination?
11. Does the Board of Determination decide what work gets done?
12. Does the decision of the Board of Determination have to be unanimous?
13. What if I am unable to attend the Board of Determination meeting?
14. Can the decision of the Board of Determination be appealed?
15. Why do I need an Easement?
16. What are the Statutes and Regulations Effecting the Activities of the Drain Commissioner?
17. What is an Illicit Discharge or Connection?
18. How do I identify an Illicit Discharge or Connection?
19. How do I make a FOIA Request?