Jerry Jost represented Ditch #5 before the Board of Commissioners. (Photo: Marshall Hoffman)

At their regular board meeting yesterday, the Stevens County Board of Commissioners voted to delay a request from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to certify a habitat easement. Fish and Wildlife proposes to acquire two parcels in Stevens County, one in Rendsville Township and one in Morris Township. But a number of residents from effected areas showed up to voice concern about the project going forward before an adequate outlet along a ditch is addressed. Morris resident Jerry Jost represented Ditch #5 and requested a delay until improvements and repairs can be made to the drainage area.                                                                                                                                              Mark Erickson, a relative of one of the landowners whose land the Fish and Wildlife service wants to acquire, brought an easement agreement to the meeting from 1974. County officials were hopeful an amicable agreement would be reached.

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