Elk County Monthly Road & Noxious Weed Reports
We sure are getting some much-needed moisture for our area of the state. With such a dry summer, the current weather is very welcoming for the producers of Elk County. The county Road and bridge department is also enduring the benefits and hardships of the rain. A little moisture content on gravel roads make for excellent maintenance conditions but like anything else, an overabundance sometimes can create a daunting task. Large amounts of rain and flash flooding conditions will set us back on our priority list as we rush to keep the roads open and operable. Along with rain and flood damage to the actual roadway, an enormous amount if tubes and bridges will need attention as they become clogged with debris.
County mowers are still running along School Bus routes and Rural Secondary roadways. Normally by this time of the year we are able to assist landowners in their mowing efforts but with the extended growth season this fall we are in a crunch to keep up.
Don, Elk County Public Works
Public Works Department
Elk County is responsible for the maintenance of roads, bridges, county equipment and environment sanitary code. The department maintains and upgrades 714 miles of gravel roads, 21 miles of paved roads, dozens of bridges & culverts as well as mowing & tree removal. Maintenance of shop buildings, grounds and a substantial fleet of trucks & heavy equipment are also part of the job. The Department has 3 divisions of operations throughout each of the county districts.
Public Works is also responsible for the control or eradication of noxious weeds within the county. Noxious weeds found in Elk County include: Johnson Grass, Bindweed, Musk Thistle, Sericea Lespedeza. Chemicals to treat noxious weeds may be purchased from the county at cost. Contact the Public Works office for details. No chemicals are sold on Fridays.
Permit Fees: Septic System $100.00
The Elk County Sanitary Code is administered by the Public Works Department. This includes pre-inspection, sight approval, issuing permits, construction minimum standards, construction inspection and final approval of sanitary septic systems. This department also investigates any Environmental Health complaints. The Sanitary Code was put into effect on August 9, 1999 to assist in preserving our water resources and to assist homeowners in acquiring the best system to fit individual needs and locations. When planning any septic system, lagoon or water well construction, contact Public Works first.