Published On: Wed, Feb 20th, 2013

Commissioners hear concerns about county right-of-ways

HARTINGTON — Right of way obstruction is a familiar topic for Cedar County Commissioners and it was brought up again at the Feb. 12 meeting.

Syndi Vogle, a concerned Coleridge area resident, adressed Commissioners last week. Vogle asked why the county has not been making sure farmers are not planting too close to the right-of-way.

District 1 Commissioner Terry Pinkelman said this problem has been getting worse over the past few years because farmers want to use as much of the land as possible to grow crops.

However, legally, crops cannot be planted closer than 33 feet from the center of the road so as not to cause drivers’ views to be blocked — a major safety issue, according to Pinkelman.

In the past, Commissioners have addressed the problem by simplying publishing a notice stating they will remove crops planted and grazing fences which are in the right-of-way and send a bill to the land owner for the cost.

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