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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, Duaneâs brother, said the water problem still remains an issue at Tuesdayâs county commission meeting. The township officer said a metal detector was used on County Road 11 north of Sanborn where existing culverts were found.
âThe problem in my mind started in 1993 with heavy rains in July,â Lettenmaier said. âAfter that there was a culvert installed way too high... Water runs over the road and itâs a big mess. Thereâs been enough orange flags in the last 20 years you could make a quilt out of them.â
Lettenmaier said heâs 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.
âAs far as Iâm concerned that road is in the middle of a slough-hole,â said commissioner John Froelich. âWeâve got other roads around that are in the middle of a slough-hole, and until the water gets high enough to run out, itâs in the middle of a slough-hole and thatâs whatâs holding water back. It isnât the road, itâs the outlet on the slough.â
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.