Commissioners consider deputy registrar grant

NEW ULM — Brown County commissioners will consider approving a $$76,977.60 Deputy Registrar Reimbursement Agreement Tuesday, June 18.

Legislation was passed and signed by Gov. Tim Walz during the 2019 session to reimburse Deputy Registrar offices for the effects the implementation of MNLARS had on statewide offices over the past couple years. The grant submission must be made by June 30.

Commissioners will also consider:

• Approving a county drainage ditch tree, brush and weed control spray quote of $38 an acre from Larson Helicopters. Scott’s Helicopter Services did not submit a bid. Nine drainage systems that don’t have buffers along the ditch were quoted for aerial spraying.

Since the application is spot spraying, aerial sprayer bills are based on herbicide gallons used at the prescribed rate per acre. Seven contracts were sent for bids.

Four ground spraying contracts were sent for bids. Central Applicators bid $700 an acre. DBI Services did not submit a bid. Thirty-one drainage systems without ditch buffers were quoted for ground spraying. Bids are based on herbicide gallons used at a prescribed rate per acre. Ground sprayers spot spray buffers and ditch slopes.

• A 5th Judicial District, shared drug-testing call-in system contract. The District Court pays $190 a month for the online program and for any use if calls go over 250 per calendar month.

Brown County Probation Director Les Schultz said Brown County saves a lot of money by not having to provide its own system and pay annual maintenance costs.

• Appropriating 2020 funding to the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation. The SMIF requested $4,000 in funding for 2020. Brown County has allocated $3,000 a year to the organization since 2005.

The organization reports that for every dollar donated to it, $12 is reinvested into Brown County communities via loans to entrepreneurs and grants supporting community initiatives.

Since 1985, the SMIF hasa received $254,000 in local donations and invested $3.1 million in Brown County through grants, loans and programming for stronger kids, businesses and communities.

• Planning Commission recommendations.

• The Brown County Board of Review and Equalization will met at 7 p.m., Monday, June 17 in the courthouse county commissioner’s room.

Fritz Busch can be emailed at fbusch@nujournal.com.