NEW ULM - Brown County commissioners will consider signing a $321,972 Conservation Partners Legacy Grant agreement with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for Spring Creek trout restoration, Tuesday.
In November 2012, Brown County applied for the grant to work on stream bank stabilization projects in the public fishing easement area along the stream corridor, several miles either side of State Highway 4, south of the Minnesota River, according to the Request for Board Action (RBA).
The total grant amount that was applied for was granted to Brown County, which will act as grant administrator and fiscal agent, according to the RBA. the grant term runs until June 30, 2016.
The State is in need of habitat work on public habitat work on public lands to improve habitat for fish, game, and wildlife to improve public recreational opportunities, according to the Legacy Grant worksheet.
Brown County will provide a match of $33,178 in non-state cash or in-kind services for project completion. All conservation easements must be permanent, where appropriate for conservation or water protection outcomes, require the grantor to employ practices retaining water on eased land as long as practicable; specify the responsibilities of the parties of habitat enhancement and restoration and the associated costs of these activities, according to the RBA.
All acquisitions and appraisals must follow Land Acquisition Procedures for Land to be Conveyed to the DNR, which are incorporated into this grant agreement by reference. Documents can be found at www.dnr.state.mn.us/gdrants/habitat/cop/landacquisition.html
The State may cancel the grant agreement at any time, with or without cause, upon 30 days written notice to the Grantee. Upon termination, the Grantee will be entitled to payment, determined on a pro rata basis, for services satisfactorily performed, according to the RBA.
Commissioners will also consider:
Public Health Director Karen Moritz' update. She reported her office responded to the recent flu outbreak by participating in regional planning and reporting conference calls, forwarding Minnesota Department of Health alerts to its partners, working with all clinics, hospitals, schools, pharmacies, and long-term care facilities to monitor illnesses, supplies, medications and vaccine available plus assist with messaging and answering questions.
Moritz reported a decrease in county clinic traffic and hospitalizations the third week of January, but there is still cause for public awareness.
"It is still very real. The public needs to continue to be aware of the symptoms, cover their cough, wash their hands and get vaccinated," Moritz added. "It's not too late to get the flu shot."
Brown County Public Health received 200 short-term radon test kits for public distribution from the Minnesota Department of Health at no charge. Some kits will be available at county offices in Sleepy Eye and Springfield.
The meeting starts at 9 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 22 in the courthouse commissioners room.
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