Elk County Monthly Road & Noxious Weed Reports      

February / March 2019 Road and Noxious Weed Report


               Our public works department has added some new faces recently, and we are looking forward to better serving our county customers.  With the addition of new and inexperienced employees comes the task of training, which will take time as each one learns their area and responsibility.

Fire season is just around the corner. It won’t be long and spring pasture burning will be in full swing. Keeping the ditches mowed and cleared of tall grass and brush helps to create a fire break. Clear ditches also help with other roadway functions such as faster rate of drying during wet conditions, traffic visibility and road widths to name a few. The public works department does have two mowers that operate throughout the county keeping the Rural Secondary and Bus Route roads maintained. We also do our best to try and help the landowners with their responsibilities of mowing.

 Pasture burning along with spraying is an integral part of controlling many noxious weeds and unwanted trees and brush. We are putting more emphasis on controlling the spread of noxious weeds in our county by adding additional spray personnel and equipment.

   Any questions that you have concerning Noxious Weeds invading your property or chemicals and/or processes used to eradicate them can be answered through our county weed department. The County Extension office is also a great resource and will be helpful too.

Don, Elk County Public Works   

Public Works Department

Elk County is responsible for the maintenance of roads, bridges, county equipment and environment sanitary code.  The department  maintains and upgrades 714 miles of gravel roads, 21 miles of paved roads, dozens of bridges & culverts as well as mowing & tree removal. Maintenance of shop buildings, grounds and a substantial fleet of trucks & heavy equipment are also part of the job.  The Department has 3 divisions of operations throughout each of the county districts. 

Noxious Weed

Public Works is also responsible for the control or eradication of noxious weeds within the county.  Noxious weeds found in Elk County include: Johnson Grass, Bindweed, Musk Thistle, Sericea Lespedeza.  Chemicals to treat noxious weeds may be purchased from the county at cost. Contact the Public Works office for details. No chemicals are sold on Fridays.

Permit Fees:  Septic System $100.00

The Elk County Sanitary Code is administered by the Public Works Department. This includes pre-inspection, sight approval, issuing permits, construction minimum standards, construction inspection and final approval of sanitary septic systems. This department also investigates any Environmental Health complaints.  The Sanitary Code was put into effect on August 9, 1999 to assist in preserving our water resources and to assist homeowners in acquiring the best system to fit individual needs and locations.  When planning any septic system, lagoon or water well construction, contact Public Works first.