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Informal hearing on Orton Slough drainage district project set for June 4

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Landowners in Woodbury County will have their chance to weigh in on a structure that's over 100 years old.

The county's engineer said this drain that leads to a 20-inch tile in the Orton Slough drainage district is not up to agricultural standards, and it's caused problems in the past when the area gets a lot of rain.

In April, the county tried to gauge landowners reaction by sending out a letter and asking for a response.

The replies were not overwhelming. They heard back from less than half of the residents.

Wednesday night, landowners will hear more about their options to remedy the issue at an informal hearing.

"The goal of the meeting is to provide information to the landowners and to receive their comments back. The board has not received a lot of information to date from the actual people who are part of the Orton Slough drainage district," Woodbury County Engineer Mark Nahra said.

The meeting will be held June 4 at 6p.m. at the Salix Community Center in Salix, IA.

The county's engineer said the next step would be a formal hearing in 40 to 50 days.

At that formal hearing, the board will make their final decision about whether or not they'll pursue the drainage district project.

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