Who is in charge of drains and drain projects?

Drainage activities are generally governed by the Michigan Drain Code and administered by the County Drain Commissioner, the elected official in charge. The Drain Commissioner has jurisdiction over all established county drains and performs the duties set forth in the Drain Code. Basically, the Drain Commissioner administers the establishment, construction, maintenance and improvement of county drains, and is responsible for the assessment of the costs incurred.

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1. What is a drain project?
2. Who is in charge of drains and drain projects?
3. How does a drain project begin?
4. Who can petition for a drain project?
5. Who decides whether to do a drain project?
6. Who receives notice of a board of determination hearing?
7. Can the board’s decision be appealed?
8. Can the project change?
9. Who determines what needs to be done?
10. Who pays for drain projects?
11. What is the Drain Commissioner allowed to do without a petition?
12. What’s next?