HARTINGTON — Dollars involved in the cost of court cases are beginning to add up for Cedar County.
County Attorney George Hirschbach updated Cedar County Commissioners about the costs at the Feb. 28 County Commission meeting.
Hirschbach talked about the possible expense that could be involved with several court cases.
Five cases involving felonies in Cedar County have been handled in Court, according to Hirschbach.
“Comprises were made and they were settled. That is good news,” Hirschbach said. “We still have three more cases in the works that involve felonies. One could cost the county as much as $20,000. So be ready for it. Don’t be surprised when the bills come in.”
The Cedar County/John Thelen District Court case involving a fence in the road right-of-way has been continued until 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 12, according to Hirschbach.
Briefs on the court case were handed out to board members.
Cedar County is seeking a permanent injunction and court costs from Thelen, a farmer in the Randolph area, who has continued to put a fence in the right-of-way after receiving numerous verbal warnings and legal notices during the past four years.
The fence has been pulled out of the ditch by county officials several times.
According to Nebraska Statute, public roads and the right-of-way are to be kept free of obstructions, such as encroaching trees, fences, crops, weeds or any other types of debris or obstacle.
“I think we will get an injunction on this.” Hirschbach said. “This is a crazy case and it is costing the county and the defendant money. A remedy for this would have been to just pull the fence out every time he put one in.”