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Commissioners to consider drainage policy

November 5, 2012
The Journal

NEW ULM - Brown County commissioners will review and consider approving changes to the current drainage policy at their Tuesday, Nov. 6 meeting.

According to the Request for Board Action, Brown County's drainage systems have experienced many repair requests in the last two years. The effects of weather on the aging drainage system has created the need for more and larger repairs. In addition, repair costs have increased significantly.

Many times, the scope of the repair is not known until the site is dug open to see what has gone wrong. After the repair has been made, it may take up to 200 feet to find a tile that is in good enough condition to hook up to.

The situation could cause the Ditch Inspector to exceed the current $5,000 limit. The other option is to leave the site open until approval can be received.

The Ditch Committee recently agreed the $5,000 limit should be raised to $7,500 or $10,000.

The meeting starts at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the courthouse commissioners room.



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