The office of the Drain Commissioner is established by State Law. These laws allow the Drain Commissioner to design and maintain drainage systems for large areas of land. We do this because the flooding of fields, yards, roads and homes can be very serious and at times even life threatening.
The Drain Commission is responsible for the construction, operation and maintenance of hundreds of miles of drains in Midland County (excluding the City of Midland). We spend approximately $500,000 annually on Drain construction and maintenance. Our staff of three works closely with the Road Commission, landowners, developers, and neighboring counties to ensure cost effective drainage.
The Drain Commissioner also serves on the County Parks and Recreation Board as well as on the Board of Public Works.
Under the Inland Lake Improvement Act, Part 309 of Act 451 of 1994, the Drain Commissioner serves as a member of any Lake Improvement Board. In the case of Midland County, there are Lake Improvement Boards for both Sanford and Wixom Lakes.
The Drain Commissioner is also the County Enforcing Agent (CEA) under the Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control Act, Part 91 of Act 451 of 1994. That is, soil erosion and sedimentation control permits are issued through the Drain Commissioner's Office.