The Franklin County Farm Bureau would like to let farmers know that farm bureau representatives will be placing courtesy calls when irrigation systems are spotted watering public roads and rights of way.
The Franklin County Sheriff's Office has asked for the farm bureau's help in reaching farmers whose irrigation systems are incorrectly applying water to public roads and right-of-ways because of the damage irrigation water can do, according to a letter.
The water also can present a public safety hazard, according to the sheriff's office.
The sheriff's office has said that those who repeatedly are found to be applying water to public roads and rights of way will be cited.
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After the sheriff's office issues a written warning, it can impose a per diem fine of up to $250, court costs, attorney fees and restitution for the repairs needed from the water damage.
The bureau encourages irrigation system operators to use daily vigilance.