CHARLESTON -- Mississippi County commissioners will send a letter to a county resident who caused damage to a county ditch.
Commissioners agreed during their regular meeting Thursday to contact Brad Hequembourg regarding how he intends to correct problems caused in the ditch next to County Road 312 by a contractor hired by Hequembourg.
Commissioners said the contractor over cut the ditch and the slope is now falling in. "It's a mess," Commissioner Homer Oliver said.
Presiding Commissioner Jim Blumenberg said the damage was probably a result of excavation on the ditch while it was wet.
"It's hard to correct it," Oliver said of the slope sliding.
Lucas noted that Hequembourg received "no permission from anybody" for the project, including from a resident who owns land adjacent to the ditch.
"He ought not have been there," Oliver said.
In other business Thursday:
* Mississippi County University of Missouri Extension Council officials presented their annual report and a budget request of $32,000, the same amount budgeted in 2005 and 2006.
* Commissioners approved the treasurer's annual settlement and renewed service contracts for Mississippi County Transit, Mississippi County Retired Senior Volunteers Program and the East Prairie Nutrition Center which are all funded by the senior citizens sales tax.
* The Hickman-Dorena Ferry is temporarily out of service for transmission repairs, according to commissioners.