County Board to hold ditch benefit hearings

Public comments to be taken for CD 71, 11, 68

NEW ULM — Brown County Commissioners will hold redetermination of benefits (ROB) public hearings for County Ditches 71, 11 and 68.

The board meeting begins in the courthouse commissioner’s room at 9 a.m., Jan. 16. The ditch hearings will begin at 11 a.m..

The Drainage Authority will consider testimony by affected landowners and vote on redetermined benefits, and if approved, establish assessments to be billed and direct Findings of Fact and Order be drafted.

The public hearing for CD 71 begins at 11 a.m. The ditch has 12.14 acres of grass strip right-of-way assessment to be paid at $6,605 per acre for a total grass strip payment of $80,185. Construction right-of-way damages are paid at $330 an acre and total $14,959. Total damages paid to landowners are $95,144.

Landowners have 60 days to pay assessments with no interest. Payment options include deferring payment to 2019 or amortizing assessments for 3 years at 4 percent interest.

The CD 11 public hearing begins at 11:30 a.m. The ditch has 39.63 acres of grass strip right-of-way easement to be paid at $6,595 an acre. The total grass strip payment is $262,297. Construction right-of-way damages are $52,028. Total damages paid to landowners are $314,325.

The CD 68 public hearing begins at noon. The ditch has 43.19 acres of grass strip right-of-way easement to be paid at $7,006.99 per acre. The total grass strip payment is $302,502. Construction right-of-way damage is $50,870. Total damage paid to landowners is $353,502.

Commissioners will also consider:

• Establishing public hearings for two petitions to outlet including a Schwartz petition to outlet into CD 48 at 10:30 a.m., Feb. 6 and the Englin/Zwaschka petition to outlet into CD 28 at 11:15 a.m., Feb. 6. Viewers and the engineer, who have already met with landowners in the systems to discuss the petitions, will be at the meetings.

• Authorizing the Auditor-Treasurer to bill CD 63 landowners $341,000 to cover the purchase of a 16 feet, five-inch buffer strip and 100 foot construction easement that was approved at the ROB on April 28.

• Setting a Feb. 21 letting date for surface rehabilitation projects on CSAH 6, 11, 13 & 20.

• Approving a vendor to install a courthouse door and video security system. Eagan Companies of Brooklyn Park quoted $38,626 for a camera/video system and $45,217 for door security, with a three-year warranty on cameras and door hardware, as recommended by Information Technology Director Rich Meyer.

• Set minimum salaries for elected county officials in 2019.

• Designate the county attorney position as full time.

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