Ditch still an issue in Bronson

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By Mark Scohier, Staff writer

Bronson officials might feel for the plight that Judy and Russ Hall have come to know in the recent weeks of rain, but town council members say there's little Bronson can do to help.

The Halls own about 27 acres just out of town limits in the Lake Johnson Estates area, and they say a collapsed culvert over a mosquito control ditch has resulted in a deluge of water covering a large swath of their pasture.

"As currents go through, off of Bronson, it's washing more away of the land there," Judy Hall told council members Tuesday, Jan. 21. It overflows into the pasture where the Hall's cows graze, she said.

"Basically, why I'm here is asking for help ...." Hall said.

But council members told Hall that other than provide data from the town's storm water master plan to county or state officials, there was nothing else they could do.

The mosquito control ditch Hall was referring to was built in the 1930s, and it has become an issue in recent years because it helps drain excess waters from the town, but nobody maintains it and nobody seems to know who is responsible for its upkeep.

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