Board to consider private crossing agreement

NEW ULM – The Brown County Board will consider a proposed agreement Tuesday with Roger and Marsha Marti for a private bridge across County Ditch 4 in Section 21, Home Township.

The Ditch Authority delayed the matter for future consideration on March 19, according to the Request for Board Action (RBA). A private ditch was built by the Martis with Ditch Authority permission in 1988. It is now an occasional drainage water flow obstruction because of its 36-inch pipe.

According to a proposed bridge agreement, the Martis will replace the existing 36-inch culvert with 60-inch concrete pipe or culvert at their own expense. The County Engineer/Ditch Inspector determined that the size of the proposed pipe/culvert will increase the hydraulic capacity sufficiently to abate the current obstruction caused by the existing bridge/driveway crossing.

Commissioners will also consider:

Tile inspection push camera state bids of $10,265.34 and $10,952.55. The lower bid with a locator, Rollerskid, 200 feet of cable and line tracer options including sales tax of $11,713.50 is recommended. A camera would save many digging hours for the highway department and county drainage ditch systems as well as reduce maintenance costs.

Erosion control projects over the Cottonwood River on the Iberia Landing with cost-share from the RCRCA (Redwood-Cottonwood River Control Area) and just upstream of the 260th Avenue bridge in Section 16, Stark Township.

A 25 percent RCRCA Joint Powers Agreement (JPA) appropriation increase over the next biennium. The current RCRCA agreement expires June 30. The requested annual appropriation from Brown County would increase from $8,040 in 2013 to $10,050 in 2014.

The purchase of a $34,149.30 Atiz book scanning system and six flat panel monitors for $1,259.22. Scanning provides backup security in case of disaster, saves wear and tear of historical records, reduces potential safety issues of people handling cumbersome books and adds public availability via the Internet. Additional monitors make current work stations compatible for electronic document recording.

A recommendation to appoint Rich Meyer, Rich Ruch, Karen Moritz, Anne Grunert, Tom Henderson, Mike Mathiowetz, Mike Furth, Chuck Enter, and Commissioners Berg and Lochner to serve on the Salary Administration Task Force and direct them to complete a 15-county salary survey for 60 to 70 positions.

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

(Fritz Busch can be e-mailed at

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