Commissioners consider License Bureau staffing request

May 19.

The license bureau will face a multitude of challenges in the months ahead, due to the current health crisis and due to staffing considerations. The license bureau of a high-traffic area. With the state shutdown, there is going to be a tremendous demand for driver’s license renewals, according to the request.

According to Gov. Walz’ executive orders, drivers will be allowed 60 days after the peacetime emergency is lifted to renew driver’s licenses. In addition, there is discussion about allowing drivers to obtain a provisional license without taking a road test, according to the request.

It is difficult for staff to get proper breaks due to traffic volume. Vacations and sick leave put an even greater burden on the office team, the request added.

Commissioners will also consider:

• Agreeing to maintain rural intersection lights and paying electrical costs. The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnD0T) proposed intersection lights at the intersections of Highway 4 and Highway 18, 20, 22, and 24, between Sleepy Eye and St. James in 2023.

Lighting installation would be paid by MnDOT. Power costs are estimated at $500 a year for each intersection. A knocked down pole would cost about $2,000 to replace. A light bult costs about $300 and lasts about four years.

The Brown County Highway Committee is considering lighting the Highway 22 intersection.

• Planning & Zoning Commission recommendations including Conditional Use Permit applications by Brian Ashchenbrenner, Section 32, Stark Township; Adam Barka, Christensen Farms, Section 35, Leavenworth Township; Section 11, Burnstown Township; and Section 36, Lake Hanska Township; Trent Frederickson, Frederickson Farms, Section 25, Albin Township; Corey Huiras, Section 17, Prairieville Township; and David Tracy, ATC Iris, LLC, Section 35, Bashaw Township.

The meeting begins at 9 a.m., Tuesday, May 19 in the Brown County Law Enforcement Center Training Room. Webex access is available by calling Brown County Administration, 507-233-6600.

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


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