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County asks harvesters not to take down road signs

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County asks harvesters not to take down road signs
Mitchell South Dakota 120 South Lawler 57301

Highway Superintendent Rusty Weinberg will speak to the Davison County commissioners when that board meets in regular session at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the Commissioners' Room at the courthouse, 200 E. Fourth Ave., Mitchell.


While Weinberg's appearance is about a minor item regarding the purchase of gravel, he had more serious concerns late last week.

"We're getting an increasing number of cases where harvest crews are removing signs at bridges throughout the county so the wide cutting heads on combines can clear the bridges," he said.

The signs are not replaced, he said, but left lying in the road.

Weinberg said the situation, in addition to being illegal, could potentially create problems for visiting hunters who are unable to see bridge locations without the signs and drive off the road. That creates liability issues for the county and fines or worse for the perpetrators, if caught.

He urged harvest crews to leave signs intact and to place cutting heads on trailers for transport.

Weinberg said he understands why the signs are being removed and the county is working to address the problem.

Solid signposts are being replaced with hinged, springloaded models that fold when touched by wide loads. Until they are in place, he said, leave signs alone.

He urged witnesses to sign removal to report the incident to the Davison County Sheriff's Office at 995-8630.

Tuesday's agenda includes:

• 9 a.m., Call to order, amendment to Oct. 11 meeting minutes; approval of minutes; citizen input.

• 9:30 a.m., Tech Solutions regarding Internet, phone and cable service.

• 10 a.m., Declaration of surplus property.

• 10:15 a.m., Drainage Supervisor Dan Sudrla regarding the purchase of a vehicle for drainage inspections.

• 10:30 a.m., Weinberg regarding gravel purchase.

• 10:45 a.m., Miscellaneous items for action; set the time and date for a supplemental budget hearing; approval of bills for payment; consideration to approve: contingency transfers and a raffle request.

• 7:30 p.m., the new Davison County Drainage Board will hold its first meeting.

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