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Commissioners to consider Highway 14 detour

Forecast to last 150 days

May 19, 2012
By Fritz Busch - Staff Writer , The Journal

NEW ULM - Brown County commissioners will consider a resolution Tuesday to use CSAH 12 and 29 as a detour for Trunk Highway 14 estimated to last 150 days during Menard's development this year.

According to the Request for Board Action (RBA), the City of New Ulm requested use of the 3.3 mile detour for an estimated 150 days for a construction project just west of New Ulm this year. The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) is requiring the City of New Ulm to administer the TH 14 improvement associated with the Menard's development.

The calculated compensation in the agreement is $11,681.01, based on the Gas Tax Method, the normal method MnDOT uses to calculate road use for a detour.

According to the RBA, the county will permit 10-ton axle loads on the detour route. Over-dimension loads will not be permitted except in cases of extreme emergency.

Commissioners will also consider:

A tax abatement applying the Green Acres Property Tax Deferral Program for taxes payable 2010, 2011, and 2012 for Lots 1, 2, 3, 4, and 15, Oak Shores 1st Subdivision in Lake Hanska Township.

According to the RBA, Grace Bruss owned property in Lake Hanska Township in 2009. Some of the property was platted as development lots along the lake.

The Brown County Assessor's office then valued the lots at a higher market value than the value of the land that was still farmed on the parcels. They retained the agriculture classification due to the fact they were still farmed.

Even though the property was non-homestead, it was in the Bruss family for more than seven years, qualifying the lots for the Green Acre Property Tax Program. The abatement properly applies the Green Acres Deferral Program which was not applied originally due to lack of notification to the taxpayer by the assessor's office, as is its policy.

The county board meeting begins at 9 a.m., Tuesday, May 22 in the courthouse commissioner's room.

Fritz Busch can be e-mailed at fbusch@nujournal.com.

 
 

 

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