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La Crescent tree dispute update: "erosion control plan" improved


TOWNSHIP OF LA CRESCENT, Minnesota (WXOW) -- The dispute over a clear cut area of bluff land seems to be drawing to a close. 

The property, located in the Crescent Hills neighborhood, was clear cut by a contractor over the summer in anticipation of its owners building a house there. 

The lack of trees left has led neighbors to complain about aesthetics. While those who live below the property voiced their concerns regarding storm runoff. 

A family living directly below the property awoke recently to heavy amounts of silt, as well as melon-sized rocks and tree branches strewn in their yard October 5 after heavy rains the night before. 

The clear cut property's owner had previously promised the Township of La Crescent's board that he would implement an "erosion plan" featuring trees, grasses and silt fences, to help prevent runoff from the now barren land. The owner said the plan, which was approved by an engineer and signed off on by a lawyer representing those who live below his property, had been somewhat implemented at the time of the storm. 

However, the owner's attorney said before the township board Monday night that silt fences on the property had been temporarily removed to do "mulching" when the rain hit. 

He said the owner has since cleaned up the property below. 

Dewey Severson, the Chairman of the township's board, said the owner has now agreed add "more fencing" to the property, and that silt fences will be driven into the ground with "steel rods," instead of the traditional, wooden stakes in an effort to better prevent runoff. 

Severson said the owner had the green light to begin making the improvements immediately. 
"Nothing was done wrong," Severson said, before adding the previous plan "wasn't enough." 
"With these additional protectors it should be better," he said. 


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