Burns City Council inundated with concerns regarding ditch

By Tammy Downs
Burns Times-Herald

Several local residents attended the Burns City Council meeting held on June 8 to try to get answers to various questions regarding the high water and drainage ditch situation.

The council was peppered with questions including:

• who owns the ditch?
• who is responsible for keeping the ditch clean?
• why have some ditches been completely filled in?
• why aren’t there new culverts put in and why aren’t existing culverts being repaired?
• is there going to be a cost to the residents if the city has to come clean out their ditch?

Local resident Perry Robbins said, “Yes, things have been neglected by residents and by the city, but this needs to be a joint effort from everyone to fix the problem.”

Burns Mayor Craig LaFollette said the city needs to know what the residents want them to do. “It’s not going to be a simple solution,” LaFollette said “We need to develop standards.” Everyone was in agreement that something has to be done.

In other council business:

• Desert Riders president David Hooper wanted to let the council know they had completed the monument for veterans at the cemetery and thanked the council for letting them do the project. Hooper added that the Desert Riders would be interested in planting flowers on the hillside in the cemetery;

• Melodi Molt asked the council for permission to improve property in front of her business as it is on city property;

• City Manager Don Munkers attended a meeting in Bend before the selection committee and gave a power point presentation to discuss improvements to Washington Park;

• the Harney County Opportunity Team is hosting an appreciation event on July 8, from 4 to 8 p.m. for the community and a celebration for completion of the Harney County Community Center. Music and food will be provided and it’s free to the community;

• the council approved the revised animal ordinance;

• Wayne Baron gave a presentation on a compost business he is wanting to start up.

The next council meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 22, at city hall.

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