Petitioned Ditch

The Union County Engineer is responsible for the maintenance and construction (as authorized by the commissioners) of all ditch improvements as petitioned by any benefited landowners in the county. The Union County Engineer contracts with the Union Soil and Water Conservation District to maintain the petitioned ditches.

Petition to Construct a Ditch Improvement

There are three different methods by which a ditch may be petitioned.

  • County Ditch Petition filed with the Union County Commissioners under ORC 6131.04
  • SCS Ditch Petition filed with the Union Soil and Water Conservation District under ORC 1515.18
  • Mutual Agreement Petition filed through the Union County Commissioners under ORC 6131.63

* Proposed subdivisions follow Mutual Agreement procedures, but waive their right to a hearing. (sample agreement)

The process to construct a ditch improvement is governed by the Ohio Revised Code Sections 1515 and 6131 and summarized in this flowchart.

Petitioned Ditches on Maintenance

Any ditch petitioned after 1957 is maintained through a special ditch maintenance fund as prescribed by Ohio Revised Code Section 6137.

List of Petitioned Ditches on Maintenance
Map of Petitioned Ditches on Maintenance