About the Drain Commissioner Department
The County Drain Commissioner is elected every four years.
The department operates under Michigan Public Act No. 1956 as amended, with a budget appropriated by the Board of Commissioners from the general fund of the County.
The mission of the Isabella County Drain Commissioner’s office is to improve and maintain storm water drainage for the public health, safety, convenience and welfare of the Isabella County citizens by using the best management practices for our natural and fiscal resources.
Duties & Functions of the Drain Commissioner
- The Drain Commissioner is responsible for the construction, maintenance, and inspection of County Drains and streams as designated by the drain code.
- Investigates complaints relative to established County Drains.
- Determines and spreads drain assessments.
- Secures right-of-way easements for County Drains.
- Sets percent and provides for public review for affected landowners and units of government for drain assessments where proceedings require it.
- Inspects and approves the construction and maintenance of County Drains.
- Represents county drainage districts in any court proceedings.
- Issue permits to cross or parallel a County Drain.
- Quotes pay off information on Drain Assessments.
- Provides Board of Public Works Information.
- Storm Water Plan Review Application (fee charged).