Stevens County Commissioner Bob Kopitzke.

With more ditch work slated for the near future in Stevens County, Chair of the Stevens County Board of Commissioners Bob Kopitzke told the KMRS Community Connection that in all of his years of serving the County, he has never seen so much ditch work. Kopitzke noted that one reason may be the age of the current ditch systems, many of which were constructed around the same time.

“Most of these ditches were constructed in 1907-1910, made out of clay tile,” said Kopitzke. “Of course, they’ve served 100 years quite well, but now they have to be repaired. And most of them are major repairs.”

The repairs, he noted, are very costly for the farmers who have to pay for it because it’s on their land and assessed on their taxes. They involve many public hearings, and meetings with attorneys and engineers. A final hearing for County Ditch 18 has been set for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday (Jan 29) on the Second Floor of the Stevens County Courthouse.

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