State Representative Tim Miller (R-Prinsburg) is encouraging constituents to attend an upcoming meeting near Marshall hosted by the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) to discuss state ditch-mowing policies.
The event will take place on November 8, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the Marshall Middle School, 401 South Saratoga Street.
Last year, MnDOT indicated it planned to change its statewide permitting standards for mowing and baling in ditches along Minnesota's state roadways. Myriad concerns arose over the proposed changes and the Republican-led legislature successfully authored a bill placing a moratorium on new mowing rules along state highways - excluding county and township roads - until May of 2018.
This moratorium helped to ensure the public and key stakeholders had ample opportunity to provide input regarding the changes to permitting standards prior to their enforcement. Republicans pushed for an outright ban on new ditch mowing regulations, legislation that was strongly opposed by the Dayton administration.
"Farmers were outraged last year after learning MnDOT planned to change the ditch mowing requirements, so I'm hopeful many area farmers will travel to Marshall on November 8 and share their feelings," Miller said.
The full schedule of meetings can be found on the MnDOT website at: http://www.dot.state.mn.us/publicinvolvement/hearings.html. Constituents can also submit written comments by email by filling out a MnDOT comment form: http://www.dot.state.mn.us/mowing/comments.html. Rep. Miller encouraged anyone with questions to contact his office for more information at 651-296-4228 or firstname.lastname@example.org.