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OFFICIAL COUNTY POLICY FOR MAINTENANCE AND CONSTRUCTION OF DEDICATED PUBLIC STREETS WITHIN ADDITIONS OUTSIDE THE LIMITS OF INCORPORATED CITIES AND VILLAGES

Unincorporated villages and additions

  • All streets and related improvements shall be constructed in conformance with current subdivision regulations as adopted by the governing  zoning authority.
  • The County will not construct or furnish engineering services for constructing streets and related improvements, nor share in the cost of said work.
  • A permit must be obtained from the County Engineer by the developer/property owner to connect any street/driveway onto an established County Road. The permit will specify the drainage structure that is required. Any cleaning or grading of the ditch will be done by the County.  All other work, including furnishing and installing the required drainage structure, shall be done by the developer/property owner. The location of the connection must comply with current County Standards on sight distance.   Douglas County will provide routine maintenance on all existing drainage structures that provide access to private property and are located in County road right-of-way. If in the opinion of the County Engineer, a drainage structure can no longer be economically maintained, he/she will notify the property owner that the drainage structure will no longer be maintained by the County until it has been replaced to County standards by the owner. If the nonfunctioning drainage structure is causing damage to the County road the County will remove the structure after notifying the property owner.
  • Upon certification to the County Engineer that the public streets within an unincorporated village or addition have been constructed in conformance with current subdivision standards, the County will maintain those streets to the standards to which they were built.  Maintenance includes blading and applying gravel or rock as needed on unpaved roads, patching and crack sealing of paved roads, cleaning ditches and culverts, clearing ice and snow and other minor work as needed. The County will not armor coat, pave, repave, or otherwise reconstruct or upgrade existing public streets.  If, in the opinion of the County Engineer, a paved road can no longer be economically patched and needs resurfacing, he/she may notify the abutting property owners that the road will no longer be maintained by the County until it has been resurfaced.
  • The abutting property owner is responsible for mowing weeds and trimming trees within the public right-of-way of streets.
  • The abutting property owner is responsible for maintaining and clearing ice and snow from sidewalks along public streets.
  • All persons installing sewer, water or other utility lines in the public right-of-way within unincorporated villages or additions must obtain a permit for such work from the County Engineer.  The work must be performed in a manner satisfactory to the County Engineer.


Sanitary and Improvement Districts

  • All streets and related improvements shall be constructed in conformance with current subdivision regulations as adopted by the governing zoning authority.
  • A permit must be obtained from the County Engineer by the developer to connect any street onto an established County Road.  The permit will specify the drainage structures that are required.  All work, including furnishing and installing the required drainage structures shall be done by the developer.  The location of the connection must comply with the current County Standards on sight distance.


Bridge Policy

  • Replacement of drainage structures such as culverts and bridges which serve only the property owner and those using that property or development is not the responsibility of Douglas County.
  • SHOULD DOUGLAS COUNTY BECOME AWARE THAT ANY DRAINAGE STRUCTURE OR BRIDGE SERVING A PRIVATE ROAD, STREET, DRIVEWAY OR FIELD ENTRANCE IS DANGEROUS, THE COUNTY ENGINEER WILL NOTIFY THE PROPERTY OWNER IN WRITING OF THE DANGER AND WILL POST THE BRIDGE AS UNSAFE TO TRAFFIC.
  • The property owner may, at their expense, have the structure inspected.  Should the inspection prove that the structure is safe, a report sealed by a registered structural engineer shall be sent to the Douglas County Engineer. Upon review of the report the Engineer may have the sign removed from the structure.

 

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