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Commissioners OK safety project

November 21, 2012
By Fritz Busch - Staff Writer ( , The Journal

NEW ULM - Brown County commissioners approved submitting safety projects tfor available Federal Highway Safety Improvement Plan (HSIP) funds Tuesday.

As part of the Toward Zero Deaths Initiative, a report from the State of Minnesota identified Brown County crashes from 2006-2010.

After considerable discussion the Brown County Highway Committee agreed to recommend for submittal edge line rumble stripes on CSAH 10 from CSAH 24 to CSAH 27, CSAH 24 from TH 4 to TH 15, and CSAH 25 from CSAH 11 to CSAH 13, according to the Request for Board Action (RBA).

The roads fit the county's rumble stripe program and would receive edge line rumble stripes if the county was overlaying the road today. The surface is in good enough condition that rumbles can be cut in. Estimated cost of the 25 miles of rumble stripes is $87,500. Brown County would need to fund 10 percent of the cost with state aid funds.

Brown County Sheriff Rich Hoffmann said rumble stripes are "immensely important" for road safety, especially during winter months, when they may be used by drivers to tell where the road is.

Commissioners approved:

For assessments from $1,001-$2,999, letters are sent to the property owner giving them the option of a three-year ditch lien at a set interest rate and a $46 filing fee is added.

For assessments of $3,000 and more, letters are sent to owners giving them the option of a five-year ditch lien at a set interest rate plus a $46 filing fee.

Six drainage ditch maintenance repair requests in Sigel, Stark, Prairieville, Home and Linden Township.

Final acceptance and final payment of $23,615 to Baier Construction for County Drainage Ditch 54 in Stately Township. According to the RBA, a section of County Ditch 54 was rerouted as part of a wetland restoration project supported by the Minnesota Board of Water & Soil Resources (BWSR).

It was found that 10-inch corrugated tile installed as part of the project collapsed in several locations, restricting water flow. The BWSR agreed to pay for a new, stronger tile line, drew up plans and submitted them to the County. A bill will be sent to BWSR for reimbursement.

Cleaning out the open ditch portion of County Ditch 3 in Stark and Sigel Townships due to sloughs and silting over the years. Landowners asked that the ditch be inspected, according to the RBA. Clean out of the 12,000-foot long open ditch was estimated at $18,000.

Authorization to sell old radios that can be narrow banded and used by agencies that went narrow band instead of ARMER. Radios that cannot be narrow-banded will be sold or disposed of on a website such as MinnBid (State of Minnesota Surplus Services).

Planning Commission recommendations including a 10-year Flying Dutchmen Conditional Use Permit in Cottonwood Township for the annual hill climb, road run and flat track race events and Saturday and/or Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and final plat single-lot splits in Linden, Lake Hanska and Bashaw Townships.

A resolution for the Middle Minnesota Septic Loan Program and authorize the Board Chairman and County Administrator to sign the sponsor of the General Obligation Note as required by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. Updated documents will be brought to the County Board on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012; or agree to obligate county funds as loan dollars towards updating failing septic systems this year or in the future as needed.

By a 4-1 vote with commissioner Andy Lochner dissenting, an addendum to a 2013 Memorandum of Understanding positions worksheet adding 16 hours a week to a support staff position.

Brown County would pay the University of Minnesota $20,800 a year, about $600 more than what is currently budgeted in the draft 2013 county budget. Proposed implementation date is Jan. 1, 2013.

Learned from Brown County Historical Society (BCHS) Director Bob Burgess that BCHS 150th Commemoration tours continue to be offered.

Authorized an $8,000 payment to the BCHS as part of a local match required by a Minnesota Historical Society (MHS) grant for county museum roof repairs and upgrades.

A revised 2013-2015 landfill contract with Mathiowetz Enterprises, Inc. Contract amounts are up 2.45 percent for 2013, $274,110.04; 1.65 percent in 2014, $278,615.60; and 1.65 percent in 2015, $283,224.32; due to wage, health insurance, repair and dozer hour costs.



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