Drain Commission

Montmorency County Courthouse

P.O. Box 789

Atlanta, Michigan 49709

Office Hours: 
Tuesday and Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Meetings by appointment Sunday through Saturday for your convenience.

Contact Us: 
Cell: 989-464-6607
Home: 989-742-3520
Fax: 989-785-8007

What we do…

The Drain Commissioner's Office carries many responsibilities not only to the County but the State of Michigan. The Drain Commissioner's Office is bound by state statutes in effect for over one hundred years.

The Drain Commissioner provides for oversight on public drainage over the department's area of jurisdiction and sometimes jointly with adjacent counties when warranted. The office is responsible for the maintenance of these drainage areas after being established. The Drain Commissioner is responsible for the legal establishment, and administration of drainage districts, legally set lake levels, court-ordered lake levels where dams and impoundments are involved. The office is responsible for setting up assessments, for initiating, maintaining, and spreading legal costs over an assessment area for the benefit of property owners involved in the above-mentioned issues.



About the Montmorency County Drain Commissioner

Jim Zavislak is the elected Montmorency County Drain Commissioner and has expertise in areas of assessment districts, court-ordered lake levels. He is a state-certified soil erosion officer, certified storm-water officer, stream bank restoration specialist, and serves the county through water quality protection, green belt planning, training in land use and zoning issues, trout stream and river restoration projects. He is also Chairperson for the Thunder Bay River Watershed Council covering five counties, President of Friends of Northeast Michigan Ecosystems, 2002 graduate of the Michigan Lakes and Stream Leadership Program from Michigan State University. Recipient of the Partners in Conservation for Fisheries Projects from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, O.B. Eustis Environmental Award for Northeast Michigan, and Conservationist of the Year Award from the Montmorency County Conservation Club.


Updated 5/11/15