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Commissioners stone post request





The Ellis County Commission denied an appeal by Myron Schlegel to have his fence posts reset by the county at Monday night's regular meeting at the Ellis County Courthouse.

Schlegel said activity in shaping road ditches resulted in his stone fence posts falling over on his property in southern Ellis County. It was determined the activity causing the problem occurred approximately 30 years ago.

"The backslopes, they got cut back steep," Schlegel said. "That does tend to cause a problem sometimes with those posts."

County staff previously had denied Schlegel's request, resulting in his appeal to the commissioners.

"I'm afraid we're going to be tying up a county crew," said Ellis County Commission Chairman Dean Haselhorst.

Ellis County Public Works Director Mike Graf estimated it would take four men approximately two weeks to reset the posts in question.

"Much as I feel for you, manpower is limited," Commissioner Barbara Wasinger said. "If we start fixing everything that happened 30 years ago, we're going to do fence all over the county. We don't have that manpower."

Commissioner Swede Holmgren agreed.

"I don't want to get the county into starting to repair stone fence post throughout the entire county," he said. "That's not what we do."

The commission voted 3-0 to deny Schlegel's request.

In other business, commissioners:

* Approved Graf's request to purchase a new self-propelled broom, used to sweep paved highways. The new Broce RCT350 from Van Keppel Equipment will cost $42,921.

* Heard Graf's report on road and bridge projects.

* Approved two monthly financial reports.