Scott Lake Drain Petition 

*Construction Schedule 2022:

August 15:             -Tree removal at Scott Shores Association property & the O’Brien property.

August 24-31:

                                -Scott Shores Association Property (Storm Sewer and Swale Construction)

                                -46611 Vine Ave Property (Storm Sewer and Swale Construction)

                                -46570 & 46594 Broadway Ave Property (Storm Sewer and Swale Construction)

Sept. 1-Sept. 16:

                                -Roadside ditch and driveway culvert construction on Vine, Hollywood & Broadway




DATE:                       September 8, 2018

TIME:                        10:30 a.m.

LOCATION:             Arlington Township Hall

                                 33920 52nd Street, Bangor, MI 49013

QUESTIONS:           269-657-8241


            A Board of Determination will meet at the above date, time and location to hear all interested persons, receive evidence and determine whether the maintenance, improvement and extension of the Scott Lake Drain, as set forth in the petition, dated May 19, 2018, is necessary and conducive to the public health, convenience or welfare, and whether said maintenance, improvement and extension is necessary for the protection of the public health in the following municipalities:  Arlington, Bloomingdale Columbia and Waverly Townships, pursuant to Chapter 8 of Public Act 40 of 1956, as amended.

A presentation will be made to the Board of Determination outlining a brief history of the Drain and Drainage District, and describing the roles, responsibilities and decisions made by a Board of Determination.  The presentation is to provide background for landowners and municipalities in the drainage district and to facilitate the dissemination of information and the receipt of testimony of landowners in the Drainage District.  The Board of Determination will make decisions at the end of the meeting.

 Proceedings conducted at this public meeting will be subject to the provisions of the Michigan Open Meetings Act.  Information regarding this meeting may be obtained from the Van Buren County Drain Commissioner’s Office located at 219 East Paw Paw Street, Suite 301, Paw Paw, MI 49079. 

Persons with disabilities needing accommodations for effective participation in the meeting should contact the Drain Commissioner at the number listed above or through the Michigan Relay Center at 7-1-1 (TDD) at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting to request mobility, visual, hearing or other assistance. 

 Anyone aggrieved by the decisions of the Board of Determination may seek judicial review pursuant to MCL 280.72(3) and MCL 280.72a.

 Joe Parman

  Van Buren County Drain Commissioner

**The Board of Determination voted in favor of the petition and determined it to be necessary for the protection of the public health and welfare. 

Scott Lake Drain Day of Review of Apportionments and Drainage District Boundaries 




DATE: May 23, 2022

TIME: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Van Buren County Administration Building

   219 E. Paw Paw St., BOC Room, Second Floor

   Paw Paw, Michigan 49079

QUESTIONS: (269) 657-8241

Please leave a detailed voicemail. All calls are returned in the order received.

The Day of Review is an opportunity to review the Drainage District boundaries and apportionment of benefit for the Drains listed below with the Drain Commissioner or a staff member. A map of the proposed Drainage District boundary revisions can be found on the Van Buren County Drain Commissioner’s website at:

A general description of the lands by section number proposed to be added or deleted from the Drainage Districts as recommended by a licensed professional engineer or surveyor for each of the Drains is as follows:

Drain Name Municipalities                                           Portions of Sections Added                                           Portions of Sections Removed

Scott Lake Drain Arlington Township                                2 & 12                                                                                             1, 2 & 12

 Bloomingdale Township                                                        31                                                                                                          31

 Columbia Township                                                               35 & 36                                                                                                 36

 Waverly Township                                                                    5, 6 & 7                                                                                              6 & 7

The Drain Commissioner, Chief Deputy and/or other staff members will be available to assist individuals throughout the day and make revisions where necessary. There is no need to schedule an appointment for a specific time on the Day of Review. The computation of costs for the Drains listed above will also be available at the Day of Review. Drain assessments are collected in the same manner as property taxes and will appear on your winter tax bill. If drain assessments are being collected for more than one (1) year, you may pay the assessment in full with any interest to date and any time and avoid further interest charges.

Persons with disabilities needing accommodations for effective participation in the Day of Review should contact the Drain Commissioner’s Office at the number listed above (voice) or through the Michigan Relay Center at 7-1-1(TDD) at least 24 hours in advance of the Day of Review to request mobility, visual, hearing or other assistance.

You may appeal the Drain Commissioner’s decision to revise the district boundary t the Van Buren County Circuit Court within ten (10) days, and you may also appeal the determination of apportionments to the Van Buren County Probate Court within ten (10) days.

           Joe Parman

           Van Buren County Drain Commissioner

           Telephone: (269) 657-8241

Drain Assessment Apportionment information:

Michigan Drain Code 280.151, Sec. 152. States: All apportionments of benefits under the provisions of this act shall be upon the principle of benefits derived.

A parcel’s “benefit derived” is established as a percent apportionment within a drainage district based on several factors:

Standard factors used in drain assessments may include the size of a parcel, property tax class (runoff, impervious surfaces), proximity to the drain, and location of the property within the district. The proximity to the drain and/or project area is weighted much higher in the Scott Lake Drain petition project due to the fact that a large portion of the work being done and was petitioned for is in a specific area, i.e., areas within Scott Shores Sub.  (There will be work done on the existing main channel and branch along with the petitioned project.)