Farmers seek change to drainage laws


GARNER – A group of property owners advocated for change to current drainage laws at the Dec. 30 meeting of the Hancock County Board of Supervisors.

State Senator Dennis Guth and State Representative Terry Baxter, who were also at the meeting, heard concerns and frustrations about current drainage laws and the escalating cost of repair and improvement projects.

Similar concerns are being expressed in other counties in North Iowa, according to Supervisor Sis Greiman.

“I know we’re just a handful of counties, but it is an issue,” Greiman said. “We’re asking if you can help us look into that.”

Greiman summarized three areas of drainage law they would like addressed:

• Raise threshold were the services of an engineer are legally required up from $50,000.

•A written reply of ‘yes’ or ‘no’ should be required from absentee landowners on proposed projects.

• More than one landowner needs to sign a petition for a proposed repair or improvement project versus a work order.

Read the complete story in the Jan. 8 Leader.