Mercer County Engineer, Jim Wiechart is announcing that over the upcoming construction season that engineer inspection and maintenance personnel will be on-site on many of the 111 miles of Mercer County maintained open drainage ditches and 58 miles of tile throughout Mercer County.
Easements exist along specific drainage infrastructure attributes that allow the necessary evaluation and maintenance of these important drainage elements. Such things as ditch inspection, spraying for noxious weeds and erosion repairs will occur throughout the year.
“Many people may think that a ditch or tile is solely on private property, but all of Mercer County’s ditch and tile maintenance infrastructure attributes have a maintenance easement on and around the drainage feature. A fraction of the open ditches and tile in the unincorporated areas are on county maintenance.”