Commissioners from Richland and Crawford counties, representing the joint ditch district, visited sites on the Black Fork on Thursday afternoon along East Ganges Road, northeast of Shelby. The visit is a requirement of the process that could lead to improved drainage and reduced flooding in and around Shelby. They were joined by residents from around the area, many of whom had questions about the process, what it could cost landowners and what it could mean to properties in the area. Leaders from the Richland Soil & Water Conservation District guided the group. Commissioners from both counties will view drone footage of 15 miles of the Black Fork on Friday morning at 9:30. A petition asks the Black Fork be cleaned and maintained annually by removing felled trees, leaning trees, log jams and debris piles.  A public hearing on the issue is scheduled Aug. 5 at 6:30 p.m. at the Longview Center in Mansfield. 

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