Roads – Illegal Use Of Right Of Way

Resolution # 11-17-2014

IllegaL Use of Township Road Right-of-way

Brandon Township asks you to help them prevent the mis-use of the Township roads as a dumping ground. Specifically, the only things that can legally be put into the right-of-way (33 feet from center of road on both sides) are mail boxes, traffic signs, and driveways.

Everything else is prohibited by law, including placement in the right-of-way of building materials, rocks, tree and brush plantings or any debris. Burning anything in the right-of-way is also prohibited.

Minnesota Statues, Section 169.42 (traffic regulations) and, also, Minnesota Statutes, Section 609.68 (criminal offenses) both make the above practices a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of up to $700 or imprisonment for up to 90 days, for each offense.
The Township has a good road system and it takes taxpayer funds to clean up after violators. Also, the Township could be held liable for damage claims of road users if it knowingly permits these illegal acts. Landowners can also be held liable.
For the good of the Township and your neighborhood, please obey these laws. And if you observe any violations by others, please report them to your Township Supervisors. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Passed and adopted on this 17th day of November , 2014,

by the Brandon Township Board

Gene Fynboh, Township Chair Attest: Adrian Ledermann, Clerk