County questions work on fences
Unable to ascertain whether any progress has been made on fence work a Peabody farmer was ordered to do, county commissioners decided Monday to put the matter on their agenda for next week.
Randy Eitzen’s fences came to commissioners’ attention when neighbors Lyle and Wilbur Leppke and Larry Andres complained about Eitzen’s cattle getting out of his pasture and onto neighboring properties and roadways.
After inspecting Eitzen’s fences in April, commissioners passed a resolution forcing him to fix his fences within six months and have a survey to make sure the fences are properly located.
Eitzen still has five months to complete the work.
Contacted after the meeting, Lyle Leppke said Eitzen’s cattle had been moved to summer pasture that does not border his property. Because of that, they no longer are eating Leppke’s bales and trampling his wheat.
When commissioners looked in April, they found ragged barbed-wire fences and downed, non-working electric fence strung through small trees on the edge of Eitzen’s property.
Peabody fence builder Rusty Entz met with commissioners the day of the inspection to tell them he had been hired to replace the fences.