The Drain Commissioner is elected by state law every four years on a partisan basis, and is responsible for the administration of the Drain Code Act 40 P.A. of 1956, as amended.
Dedicated to provide for the health, safety and welfare of Newaygo County citizens and the protection of surface water and the environment and to promote the long term environment and economic sustainability of Newaygo County by providing storm water management, flood control, development review and water quality programs.
For more information visit the Michigan Association of County Drain Commissioners
Duties include construction and maintenance of over 300 legally established county drains within the county, holding public hearings, boards of determination meetings, determining drainage districts, hearings of apportionment, apportioning costs of drains among property owners, receiving bids and awarding contracts.
In addition the Drain Commissioner is the County Enforcing Agent for the Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control Program enforcing Part 91 of Act 451 of 1994, as amended (formally P.A. 347 of 1972), and the Administrative Rules for all earth disturbance’s within 500 feet of a lake or stream, or the disturbance of one acre or more of land.
The Drain Commissioner works with State and Federal agencies to enforce floodplain and pollution laws, assisting in coordinating regional flood control and water quality plans. The Drain Commissioner, by statute, reviews and must approve all plats and subdivisions to ensure that storm water management concerns have been properly addressed and that the installation of the required facilities have been properly installed and functioning.
The Drain Commissioner is a member, by statute, of the Board of Public Works, County Parks and Recreation Commission, and all established Lake Improvement Boards. The Drain Commissioner is also the delegated authority responsible for the operation and maintenance of all court established Lake Level Control Structures in Newaygo County.
Newaygo County Drain Commission Staff
April Pickard – Deputy Drain Commissioner
Lynne Gunneson – Secretary
Gordon Alger – Drain Maintenance Supervisor
Nathan Schmitt – Drain Maintenance Tech