MnDOT seeks public comment regarding mowing/haying on state right of way
Six listening session to be held across the state to hear from Minnesotans
ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Minnesota Department of Transportation is seeking public comment regarding mowing and haying in ditches and other rights of way along state roadways.
The agency today announced it will conduct a series of listening sessions across the state to hear from Minnesotans about their concerns and wishes regarding mowing and haying. Listening sessions will be held in the following communities:
Oct. 30, 2017 – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
University of Minnesota Crookston – Bede Ballroom – 2900 University Ave., Crookston
Nov. 8, 2017 – 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Marshall Middle School – 401 South Saratoga Street, Marshall
Nov. 9, 2017 – 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
St. Cloud - MnDOT Conference Center, 3725 12th St. N., St. Cloud
Nov. 14, 2017 – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
South Central College – 1920 Lee Boulevard, North Mankato
Nov. 15, 2017 – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
U of M Morris Conference Room, 600 E 4th St., Morris
Nov. 16, 2017 – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Arden Hills Training Center – 1900 County Road West, Shoreview
Nov. 20, 2017 – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
MnDOT Baxter – 7694 Industrial Park Rd, Baxter
Detailed information on the listening sessions is available at the project website. Additionally, concerned individuals who cannot attend a listening session, are invited to submit a public comment via MnDOT’s website.
“This is a challenging issue,” said MnDOT Assistant Commissioner Nancy Daubenberger, who is heading the outreach and proposal development work. “The right of way serves many purposes, all of them valid. We want to ensure that we address all the needs, including the safety of roadway users, as best we can. We need the public’s help to identify the best route to follow.”
In late 2016, MnDOT sent out a news release reminding the public that permits were required to mow and hay in state right of way and that a new permit form was available, and announced the deadlines for permit applications. Due to public concern, during the 2017 state legislative session, the Legislature imposed a moratorium on permitting for mowing and haying on state rights of way. Legislators directed MnDOT to conduct public outreach and develop a legislative proposal regarding mowing and haying in state right of way. The legislation regarding this issue can be found here.