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County approves lights for Essig baseball park

Set aside coyote hunt in Mound Creek park

March 21, 2012
By Fritz Busch - Staff Writer , The Journal

NEW ULM - Brown County commissioners unanimously approved a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) Tuesday for the Essig Baseball Club to install baseball park lights.

Lindy Carda, who lives on Ballpark Street, right behind the ballpark, said she was opposed to putting lights up because of the traffic and noise it could create in her neighborhood late at night.

"People will drive around the block from 10-11 p.m. just to see what's going on," Carda said.

Essig Baseball Club member Terry Helget said the organization is trying to alleviate concerns as best it can while enjoying the benefits of amateur baseball.

"We want to work together and make it a great thing for everyone," Helget said.

Conditions of the CUP include shutting off lights and no post-game partying more than 45 minutes after scheduled games end. All games must start no later than 8:30 p.m., unless weather causes a scheduled game delay.

"The baseball association should police it. If not, call the sheriff's office," Commissioner Jim Berg said.

The lighting project, which is estimated to cost $115,000, will be privately financed through donations and fund-raisers.

Coyote hunt

set aside

Commissioners set aside the Brown County Park Commission's park ordinance exception request to kill, trap, hunt, or pursue coyotes in Mound Creek County Park, , The park caretaker has seen evidence of coyote tracks, the carcasses of kill and coyotes chasing deer.

County Parks Director Laine Sletta pulled the request because current park ordinances prohibit hunting or trapping wildlife.

"There are other ways to deal with it. We have a beaver problem too," Sletta said. "The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) considers coyotes varmints. They can be shot just about anywhere except our parks."

Commissioner Berg said the existing park ordinance can be dealt with later this summer.

Commissioners approved:

CUPs for Winter Creek Farms, Sections 20 and 17, North Star Township, allowing existing feedlot expansion from 666 animal units (32,000 head over 5 pounds, and 18,000 head under 5 pounds) to 1,106 animal units (47,000 head over 5 pounds and 52,000 head under 5 pounds) and the use of existing 288-by-64 brooder barn and two 544-by-76 grower barns in a turkey brood grow operation. Exterior barn footprints will not change.

Conditions include composting dead turkeys. County Zoning Administrator Laine Sletta said turkey manure will be transported to Renville County.

A 2012 Minnesota Department of Agriculture contract allocated $308,000 in revolving funds to be used for septic systems, agriculture waste management projects, and conservation tillage equipment. Remaining funds could be used for structural erosion control or to request an allocation change to complete a project.

The purchase of a $3,120.73 Canon DR-6030C document scanner to continue medical record scanning implementation.

A $2,030.94 New Ulm Telecom bid for a probation building intercom system plus analog time at $8.45 per month.

Probation Director Les Schultz said a specific staff person is often needed for immediate action including emergency police calls, emergency requests from the Court for an agent to report to the bench, and upset clients demanding to see an agent.

"What happens now is support staff run around looking for people, which wastes lots of time and frustrates staff," Schultz wrote in his Request for Board Action. "We will now be able to page people in all or any one of four building areas through our telephones," he said. "The cost will come out of probation supervision fees, included in the 2012 budget."

Concurred with the University of Minnesota's intent to fill the vacancy caused by .6 FTE (full-time equivalent) 4-H Program Coordinator Susan Beran's resignation effective March 15, 2012.

(Fritz Busch can be e-mailed at



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