MOUNT VERNON — Rob Clendening, district program administrator for the Knox Soil & Water Conservation District, met with Knox County Commissioners Thursday morning to discuss the maintenance of four watershed drainage ditches in the county.
The county commissioners administer the ditches, as required by the Ohio Revised Code. The SWCD and the county engineer’s office are in charge of the maintenance. The work is contracted out and the county engineer’s office is in charge of the contract process.
The SWCD is in charge of asessing the condition of the ditches and overseeing the work that needs to be done. Work on the ditches will take place over the course of the summer as the contracts for the work are awarded.
The ditches are Ralphie’s Ditch in Hilliar Township, North Branch Ford Creek in Hilliar Township, Sycamore Meadows along Sycamore Road and Ohio 657 and Kokosing Plantation in Centerburg.
“It is our collective responsibility to monitor the condition of each of these projects each year and maintain them,” Clendening said, referring to his and the county engineer’s office.