Ditch petition on county agenda

NEW ULM – Brown County commissioners will consider a petition for partial abandonment of County Ditch 3 and set a May 17 hearing as requested by Anthony and Joyce G. Hoffmann on their Tuesday meeting.

Minnesota law provides that an owner of benefited property may petition the Drainage Authority to abandon any part of the drainage system that is not of public benefit and utility and does not serve a substantial useful purpose to property remaining in the system.

The Hoffmanns are requesting that approximately 1,320 feet of open ditch in Section 13 on their property be abandoned because that portion meets the criteria in the law.

Commissioners will also consider:

Approving by resolution Finding of Fact and Order regarding Redetermination of benefits for CD 1. Under Minnesota Ditch Law, the Ditch Authority would acquire the 16.5-foot grass strip at $8,329 per tillable acre and a 100-foot construction right of way easement at $412 per acre, effective on March 1, 2017, as part of the redetermination.

The auditor/treasurer would be directed to take all necessary actions to implement the redetermination of benefits and apply assessment and interest terms in accordance with existing policy.

A 30-day appeal period begins after the order is signed and filed in auditor/treasurer’s office. Public hearing notices will be mailed to affected landowners. Proceedings costs are billed to the petitioner.

Awarding the CSAH 24 surface rehabilitation project to the appropriate bidder. Central Specialties Inc’s $772,243.66 low bid, 5.65 percent under estimate, is the highway department’s recommendation.

Other bids were Duininck Inc. $783,888.86; Knife River Corp., $785,751.05; and OMG Midwest Inc., dba Southern Mn Const. Co., Inc. $916,047.50.

Funded primarily with local and wheel-age tax funds, the project is scheduled to begin on or before July 18 and take up to 25 working days to complete.

Selection of a roofing contractor to install new architectural, standing seam roof on the Omsrud-Torgrimson cabin at Lake Hanska County Park. Quotes are $24,900 from Sandman Roofing Systems; and $34,100, Gag Sheet Metal Inc.

A manufacturer’s warranty was provided by Gag Sheet Metal Inc. but not by Sandmann Roofing Systems. However, Sandmann is willing to provide a contractor’s warranty in lieu of the manufacturer’s warranty.

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

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