Commissioners consider voting equipment grant

NEW ULM — Brown County Commissioners will consider accepting a $59,456.45 voting equipment grant award agreement Feb. 20.

A $49,818.82 local match is required for the grant award of $45,000 for tabulator and assisted voting devices and $14,456.45 for electronic rosters. The grant requires a 50 percent match for all election equipment and a 75 percent match for electronic rosters.

The Brown County Auditor/Treasurer’s Office would propose election equipment that would be purchased with the grant funds at the Feb. 27 board meeting. The Election Committee has reviewed the purchases that will be presented for consideration.

Commissioners will also consider:

• Findings of act and order regarding the petition of David and Ruth Englin, and Cecilia Zwaschka, Sections 36 and 25, Mulligan Township to outlet into County Ditch 28. A $2,600 outlet fee will be billed to petitioners along with all the costs incurred with the proceedings. Benefits have been adjusted so that the parcels will be responsible for their percentage of future repairs and maintenance. A 30-day appeal period begins after the order is signed and filed in the County Auditor-Treasurer’s Office.

• Findings of fact and order regarding the petition on behalf of the David Schwartz Rev. Trust, Joseph and Cindy Steffl, Joseph and Judy Schwartz etal., Section 2, 3 and 10 in Leavenworth Township, to outlet into CD 48. Petitioners will be responsible for a $25 outlet fee per acre to be billed to them along with all costs incurred with the proceedings.

Landowners remain responsible for any repairs/maintenance to CD 30 until the private tiling is complete. At that time, viewers will review benefits that will be assigned to the parcels and the effect it will have on the total benefits to CD 30 and 48.

• Awarding a seal coat oil bid to low bidder Flint Hills Resources, $414/ton; $202,860. Other bids were $444.10/ton from Jebro Inc. and $438.94 ton from MEIGS Paving Asphalts & Emulsions.

• Supporting the Minnesota Library Association 2018 legislative platform requesting increased funding, a regional library formula change and other library improvements. If approved, the resolution will be sent to Sen. Gary Dahms (R-Redwood Falls) and Rep. Paul Torkelson (R-Hanska).

• Approving MEI Total Elevator Solutions to install a traveling cable in the courthouse elevator for $2,266 so that video signals can be processed through the cable to software servers. The county is installing a new video and door security system in the next few months. Part of the project is to install a video camera in the courthouse elevator.

• A memorandum of agreement (MOA) designating the county water planner as the authorized representative to be the primary contact in all matters concerning the MOA.

The county board meeting starts at 9 a.m. Feb. 20 in the courthouse commissioners’ room.

Fritz Busch can be emailed at


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