Eaton County Drain Commissioner's Office
Richard Wagner, Drain Commissioner
1045 Independence Blvd.
Charlotte, MI 48813
Hours: Monday thru Friday
8:00 -12:00 & 1:00 to 5:00
E-mail Drain Office - General Inquiries
TITLE COMPANIES - DRAIN ASSESSMENT PAYOFF Online Form
Print, complete form and fax to 517-543-6446
RESIDENTS - DRAIN ASSESSMENT QUESTIONS 517-543-3870 or 517-543-3886
E-Mail our Staff
The Drain Commissioner is an elected official responsible for constructing and maintaining public storm drains throughout Eaton County, Statutory authority for the office is derived from Public Act 40 of 1956, as amended, commonly referred to as the Michigan Drain Code. On behalf of over 700 drainage districts (including two lake levels), the drain commissioner may acquire temporary and permanent easements, own and sell lands, execute contracts and levy assessments to cover the expense of building and maintaining an adequate stormwater infrastructure.
Not all storm drains are managed by the Drain Commissioner. Cities and villages often own their own systems although most ultimately discharge to a county or intercounty drain. The Eaton County Road Commission and Michigan Department of Transportation also maintain systems of drains. The Drain Commissioner works cooperatively with these agencies to assure widespread protection against damage caused by flooding.
The focus of the Eaton County Drain Commissioner’s Office is threefold:
- To provide adequate drainage and assure protection of downstream properties and existing storm drains;
- To implement and manage regional flood control measures on public drains; and
- To protect surface waters of the county and state against degradation.
An active drain maintenance program, thorough review of private development proposals, and pretreatment requirements for stormwater runoff from construction sites all play important roles in achieving this goal. The Drain Commissioner also serves as the County Enforcing Agent, administering the Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control Ordinance and program on behalf of the Board of Commissioners.
What are the functions of the Drain Commissioner's Office?
BOARD OF DETERMINATION MEETING - GUINAN & EXTENSION DRAIN
State & Indian Creek Intercounty Drain - Part 91 Resolution
CURRENT BID INFORMATION
PLEASE CHECK WEBSITE FOR ANY ADDENDUMS BEFORE SUBMITTING FINAL BID
NO ADDENDUMS WILL BE POSTED 24 HOURS PRIOR TO BID OPENING
- Rules of the Eaton County Drain Commissioner
- 2014 Annual Report (paper copy available in the drain office to view)
- FEE SCHEDULE
Soil Erosion Permit Information: Call 517-543-3890
Uncontrolled Erosion from a construction site: Call 517-543-3890
Special Drain Assessment information: Call 517-543-3870
Drain Assesment Payoff: Call 517-543-3886. Drain Assessments can be assumed by a property buyer.
Drain Assessment Payoff Online Form Print, complete form and fax to Eaton County Drain Commissioner's Office at 517-543-6446.
Flooding or problem with a county drain; call 517-543-3829
Illegal dumping of trash in a county drain: Call 517-543-3829
Illegal dumping of chemicals in a catchbasin or drain: Call 517-543-3829 or DEQ Emergency Response Hotline (1-800-292-4706)
Sanitary sewer and residential connection (publicly maintained sewer systems): contact local city, township or village.
Private septic tank or drain field: Contact Barry-Eaton District Health Department at 517-543-2430
State Permits (wetlands, floodplain, NPDES): Contact DEZ Environmental Assistance Center (EAC) at 1-800-662-9278
Flood Plain Maps: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) flood map information is available at FEMA Map Service. Maps may be viewed at the Drain Commissioner’s Office but are unavailable for distribution.
Middle Grand River Watershed 319 Planning Grant: call 517-543-5848, extension 5 (Eaton Conservation District)
Information about stormwater programs in the Lansing area may be found at http://mywatersheds.org/ (Greater Lansing Regional Committee for Stormwater Management). The 2012 Annual Report may be seen at http://www.mywatersheds.org/publications/GLRC%20Annual%20Report_2012_Final.pdf. Information is also available through the Michigan Water Environment Association (MWEA) at http://www.mi-wea.org and at http://www.miwaterstewardship.org/YouthStewards/OurWaterGames.
News articles and publications:
Current information is also posted outside the Drain Commissioner’s Office in the main Courthouse Complex in Charlotte, Michigan.