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Drainage Board Discusses Trees Along Yellow River

April 15, 2013

  04/16/13 Marshall County Surveyor Larry Fisher asked members of the Drainage Board their position on trees along the Yellow River.

Fisher said he has been contacted by a couple of property owners that want the county to remove a tree near the river bank that appear to have the possibility of falling on their home. He said this is mainly an in-town problem.  He continued by saying, “Removing trees in-town is expensive.” 

Fisher was seeking clarification on how board members feel about trees along the river.  Although the Drainage Board has a 75 foot easement along the river, the river bank is owned by the property owners and thus, their responsibility. 

Drainage Board members held a discussion and determined that trees leaning toward the river that could fall and interfere with the flow of the water should be the responsibility of the county.   Trees that may be leaning toward the homeowner’s property should be their own responsibility. 

Members said some requests should be looked at on a case by case situation.