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  Welcome to the Ditch Maintenance Department  
   
  This department is responsible for the maintenance of the 263 miles of ditches/tiles that have been petitioned through Section 6131 of the Ohio Revised Code. Any new drainage projects that are petitioned through Section 6131 of the Ohio Revised Code are also taken care of by this department. 

New Item:   The map displaying the 710 Timmerman Ditch (Bona Vesta) Area can be accessed by clicking the following link:  https://wmscoeng.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=b8f27fc4dbb34abeba66bab37105cc1b

New Item:   The Williams County GIS Department has created a drainage feature map which can be accessed online by the public.  This map is searchable by both address and parcel number.  The map will show drainage features which are located within Williams County as well as the watershed  boundaries of the Permanent Maintenance open ditches and tiles.  The map can accessed directly by clicking the following link:  https://wmscoeng.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=9ec9fe18a7ce43ddb25ad96aff3728cf

This map will be updated and enhanced periodically.  If you have any questions about the map, please email bfritsch@wmscoengineer.com.  Please include Drainage Feature Map in the subject area.

 

   
  This department is responsible for the maintenance of the 263 miles of ditches/tiles that have been petitioned through Section 6131 of the Ohio Revised Code. Any new drainage projects that are petitioned through Section 6131 of the Ohio Revised Code are also taken care of by this department. 

To All Landowners along Williams County Permanent Maintenance Projects:    Under the direction of the Williams County Commissioners, per the Ohio Revised Code 6137, The Williams County Drainage Department will be conducting the 2018 annual inspections and/or maintenance activities on all Permanent Maintenance Ditches/Tiles. It should be noted that these inspections are performed on the maintenance ditches/or tiles each year.  Maintenance will be performed as required by findings during the annual inspections and as approved by the Williams County Commissioners.  In order to help keep maintenance costs as low as possible, please refrain from placing any type of restrictions or crops within the maintenance easement area.  Due to the large volume of parcels located along the permanent maintenance structures, we will not call each individual property owner prior to inspections and maintenance activities.  If you have any questions please call Todd Roth, P.E., P.S., Williams County Engineer, or Brian Fritsch, P.E., Drainage Engineer at 636-2454, Monday thru Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Email: bfritsch@wmscoengineer.com.

An application to install a driveway over a public waterway can be downloaded by using the link to the right.

Brian D. Fritsch, P.E. has been in charge of the Ditch Maintenance Department since January, 2005. He is a graduate of The Ohio State University, with a  Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural  Engineering, and has worked for the Williams County Engineer’s Office since 1997.

  Ditch Maintenance Information  
 
Ditch Petition Process

Waterway Driveway Permit Application

Application For Cost Reduction For Filter Strip Installation - OCR 6137.09

2018 Ditch Maintenance Review Information:  Links To The Reports Are Located At The Bottom of This Section. 

 

 
 
   
   Additional staff members for this department are Janis Montgomery, Austin Siegel, Cody Lucas, and Carl Adkins. Janis has been with this department since the spring of 2000, and is responsible for providing technical assistance to Brian including the cost accounting for the ditch department, six year review of ditches, assistance with the GIS mapping system, assists the public with questions regarding drainage and many other internal functions in the drainage area.  Austin & Cody & Carl perform activities including annual inspection of the maintenance ditches to determine what type of maintenance will be required during the next year, which may include brush and vegetation spraying and repair of ditches and tiles. 

Drainage is a very important component of our lifestyle in Williams County, and we take this issue very seriously. Please feel free to contact our staff if we can be of assistance in any way. 

 

2019 PERMANENT MAINTENANCE WORK:   No Contract Permanent Maintenance work is planned at this time, nor in the foreseeable future.