Council approves municipal drain repair, expansion project totaling $675,000

MAPLETON – Council approved the repair and expansion of a municipal drain south of Moorefield stretching from Concession Road 6 to 8 along Wellington Road 10  during a council meeting on Aug. 13.

The total estimated cost of the project is $675,000. Construction alone is estimated to cost about $400,000.

Township engineer Tom Pridham called it “a large project,” and stated that the drain needed some “major overhauls,” during a previous council meeting on July 9.

The project will include the installation of 2,658 metres of closed drain, six road crossings, 21 catchbasins and 376 metres of open drain cleanout.

Eleven properties will be impacted by the improvement project with a projected total net cost of $230,074.

Work associated with the closed drain constructed on private lands include:

– stripping and replacing of topsoil along the tile route;

– wrapping of all tile joints with drain wrap; and

– connection of existing field tile encountered during the work.

However, each of the 11 property owners will receive compensation for the work and potential damage to land and crops.

The total estimated allowances to residents is expected to be $27,600.


The municipal drainage system was installed in 1962 according to the report prepared by R.J. Burnside and Associates Limited.

The township received a request for the repair of the Wright and Stanners Municipal Drainage from property owners within the watershed in 2015.

During the July 9 meeting Councillor Marlene Ottens asked whether there would be any road closures as a result of the work.

Pridham confirmed that the project would not cause any road closures.

According to Pridham the goal is to get the work started this fall.