Town to begin culvert ordinance enforcement

The Copper Canyon Town Council recently passed an ordinance clarifying the responsibility of landowners to maintain adequate drainage through the culverts under their private driveways that lie in the right-of-way of public roads.

The ordinance was in response to heavy rains this year which caused flooding in drainage ditches where culverts were blocked, undersized, or non-existent, according to Copper Canyon Mayor Sue Tejml.

Mayor Tejml said that Town Administrator Donna Welch and Code Enforcement Inspector Steve Koehler recently toured Copper Canyon, using a spreadsheet created by the Road Advisory Committee, which identifies culverts that are blocking drainage.

The owners of the non-compliant culverts will be sent a courtesy letter the first week in December. Citations will go out beginning December 10.

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