The Wayne County Drain Commissioner is an appointed position by the Wayne County Chief Executive Officer unlike most counties in the state that have elected Drain Commissioners. The Wayne County Drain Commissioner's office is responsible for the maintenance and operation of established Wayne County drains and all ancillary facilities leading to the drains. The Drain Administrative office and Field Office is responsible for the accounting of expenditures and financial statements, maintaining records of the establishment and operation of each drain, and for conducting routine maintenance of the drains. Major drain projects (generally defined as those with costs in excess of $5,000 per mile per year) are initiated by the public or municipality(s) through a petition process. Wayne County's drain portfolio includes:
- 111 Chapter 20 municipal drains
- 23 Chapter 21 intercounty drain
- 483 Chapter 4 and 8 drains established under Public Act 40 of 1956
- The Wayne County Drain Administrator administers the Chapter 4 and 8 drains and participates on the Drainage Board of the Chapter 20 and 21 drains.
The Drain Field Operations Office performs planned maintenance and responds to service requests on drains throughout the year. Planned maintenance and service requests take into consideration the statutory limit of $5,000 per mile per year for maintenance established by the Drain Code (Public Act of 1956). For example, if a drain is two miles long, the division is limited in spending $10,000 in maintenance in any year. This statutory limitation severely limits the ability of the Drain Office to perform adequate yearly maintenance on many of Wayne County's drains. In many cases, the drains are in need of improvement beyond the routine maintenance.
Frequently Asked Questions
Petitioning for Improvement to a County Drain
The Drain Code allows for a resident in a drainage district to petition the Wayne County Drain Commissioner to provide additional services at a level above the $5,000 per mile per year statutory limit. Please contact us at (313) 320-4784 for more information.
Request for Service
If your drain needs maintenance or if there is debris in the flow line of the of the drain that is obstructing the flow of water, please give us a call at (888) 762-3273 and initiate a Service Request. Please provide us with the following information so we may address your drain maintenance needs:
- Phone Number
- Address (where the work site is located)
- City and Zip Code
- Closest Cross Streets
- Nature of problem and any other information that will help to describe the problem
For inquiries, please call the Drains Manager at (313) 320-4784. If you reach voicemail, please leave a message with the same information as shown above. We strive to respond within 24 hours either in person or with a follow up call. In the event that an issue is not our jurisdiction we will refer you to the appropriate department or agency that can assist you with your situation.