Commissioners, D.A. explain rules on private property improvements

by C.F. David

Assistant District Attorney Stan Manske, speaking for the Cimarron County Commissioners tried to explain the law on the illegality of county improvement of private property. The question, according to Manske, has arisen since county maintainers opened driveways for emergency personnel in the latter part of December.

“The commissioners are prohibited from performing work on private property of any individual,” Manske explained.

“Regardless of that probation, when there is an emergency such as we had in December, it is proper to open roads for emergency personnel; but the authority is limited to such emergencies to public health and safety,” Manske added.