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County redistricting plan approved

May 2, 2012
By Fritz Busch - Staff Writer , The Journal

NEW ULM - Brown County commissioners unanimously approved a redistricting plan and established four-year terms for each district Tuesday for the 2012 primary and general elections.

District 1 will include Precincts 1 and 2 of Ward 1 and Precinct 1 of Ward 4, New Ulm, with a population of 5,066.

District 2 includes Precinct 1, Ward 3, and Precinct 2, Ward 4, New Ulm; plus Cottonwood, Linden, Sigel and Milford townships, population 5,565.

District 3 includes Precincts 1 and 2, Ward 2; and Precinct 2, Ward 3, New UIm, population 5,064.

District 4 includes the cities of Sleepy Eye and Evan plus Eden, Home, Prairieville and Stark Townships, population 5,087.

District 5 includes the cities of Springfield, Hanska, Comfrey, and Cobden, plus Albin, Bashaw, Burnstown, Lake Hanska, Leavenworth, Mulligan, North Star, and Stately townships, population 5,111.

"That's the best way we could create contiguous districts with nearly even population," Chairman Jim Berg said.

Commissioners Richard Seeboth, James Berg and Scott Windschitl will face elections this fall. Commissioners Andy Lochner and Dennis Potter will face future elections.

In other action, commissioners approved:

Jetting tile lines in County Ditch (CD) 54, Section 36, Stately Township, $879.50; and Judicial Ditch (JD) 24, B & C, Section 32, Bashaw Township, $722.50.

Tabling for two weeks a JD 30 drainage ditch repair request, Section 4, Stark Township. Repair and armoring have been done to the ditch slopes many times. Last year, $10,000 worth of repair was done, but there is a need to do more in the future, according to the Request for Board Action (RBA).

With stockpiling of clean concrete near the ditch, future slope armoring will be less expensive. Quarry stone is more expensive and the haul longer than stockpiled concrete.

The affected landowner is willing to establish a place to stockpile concrete and monitor what is being brought to prevent unwanted debris. A cost per yard or load would need to be established to pay the contractor to deliver concrete.

Hardrock Screening's Class 5 aggregate crushing low bid of $2.51 per cubic yard, $75,300 for 30,000 cubic yards. MR Paving & Excavating bid $2.77, $83,100; and Central Specialties Inc. bid $2.90, $87,000. Engineer's estimate was $3, $90,000.

Surface rehabilitation projects on County State Aid Highways 17 and 36 to Knife River Corp. North Central, $469,269.80, the only bid received. Engineer's estimate was $552,982.

Swanston Equipment Co.'s $18,384.38 state bid for a Rubber-tire roller for the highway department. RDO Equipment Co. bid $19,398.94.

A $675 per year, five-year rental contract for about 2.7 acres of land adjoining the Brown County Landfill. The windbreak along the landfill's north boundary, not county-owned, is an effective barrier from neighbors because it catches litter and plastic bags that blow from the fill area and is a visual barrier from CR 11.

Searles Well Drilling's $3,416 bid to install two Brown County Landfill monitoring wells to replace two existing wells that do not meet Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) requirements, according to the RBA. AECOM, Minneapolis, bid $5,000 for the job.

Increasing weekly Crime Victim Specialist position hours temporarily through 2013, until excess funds have been depleted and allowing any unspent balance to be carried over to 2013.

(Fritz Busch can be e-mailed at



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