North Lake Drain Petition


The crossing at 55th Street consists of one 72” x 44” CMP arch and two 81” x 59” CMP Arches that are 66 feet in length. The two larger culverts were installed, and the smaller culvert extended in 1982 as a part of a petition project for North Lake Drain. One of the culverts is failing and in need of replacement, and the others are likely to fail soon as they are near the end of their useful life. The three culverts serve as the immediate outlet for the North Lake Drain and would have a negative effect on the drain if they were not replaced.



DATE: March 5, 2024

TIME: 1:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Columbia Township Hall

 53053 C.R. 388

 Grand Junction, MI 49056

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 North Lake Drain, as set forth in the petition, dated December 5, 2023, 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: Village of Breedsville, Columbia and Geneva 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 the 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