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SANBORN, N.D. â€“ Earlier this month, Barnes County Water Resource District Board member Duane Lettenmaier was removed from the board by the Barnes County Commission for work on a drain that exceeded the original scope of the project.
Potter Township officer David Lettenmaier, Duaneâ€™s brother, said the water problem still remains an issue at Tuesdayâ€™s county commission meeting. The township officer said a metal detector was used on County Road 11 north of Sanborn where existing culverts were found.
â€śThe problem in my mind started in 1993 with heavy rains in July,â€ť Lettenmaier said. â€śAfter that there was a culvert installed way too high... Water runs over the road and itâ€™s a big mess. Thereâ€™s been enough orange flags in the last 20 years you could make a quilt out of them.â€ť
Lettenmaier said heâ€™s spoken with the commission four times in four years about the problem. Under North Dakota Century Code, county roads cannot be used to hold back water.
â€śAs far as Iâ€™m concerned that road is in the middle of a slough-hole,â€ť said commissioner John Froelich. â€śWeâ€™ve got other roads around that are in the middle of a slough-hole, and until the water gets high enough to run out, itâ€™s in the middle of a slough-hole and thatâ€™s whatâ€™s holding water back. It isnâ€™t the road, itâ€™s the outlet on the slough.â€ť
Froelich said depending on what the State Game and Fish Department and the water board concluded, he would support the installation of another culvert or raising the road.