Published On: Wed, Jul 17th, 2013

County wants to strengthen trenching rules

HARTINGTON — County Commissioners discuss putting more “teeth” into trenching rules.

County Commissioners discussed how they could put more “teeth” in the current rules regarding trenching across roads around the county.

Earlier this month, a person trenched across a road without following the proper procedure suggested by the county. District 3 Commissioner Dave McGregor said something needs to be done.

The proper procedure includes obtaining a permit if someone is trenching more than six inches wide across a county road to insert irrigation piping because boring will need to be done.

The digger usually first acquires a permit from the road super-intendent then call’s their district commissioner and asks them to look at the area before any trenching is started.

The commissioners main concern was that a pipe carrying water could burst and as a result the road could possibly cave in.

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