Commissioners convene ditch hearings

NEW ULM – Brown County commissioners will convene ditch hearings for outlet improvements to County Ditch (CD) 23 and redetermination of benefits for CD 23 and 28 beginning at 9:45 a.m. today.

Brown County Highway Engineer Wayne Stevens received a petition for CD 23 outlet improvement and reported that the improved outlet has reduced the overflow of water to affected property.

A hearing, continued from March 26, will consider a viewer’s report on CD 23 benefit redetermination begins at 10 a.m. Total net land benefits were $157,290 and total net road benefits were $7,584 for a net total of $164,864. Maintenance costs were $10,000, according to the RBA.

A CD 28 hearing, continued from March 26, will consider benefit redetermination at 10:15 a.m. At the March 26, hearing, viewer Ron Ringquist said that under Minnesota Ditch Law, the Ditch Authority would acquire one rod grass strip as part of the redetermination, effective Sept. 1, 2013.

Total net land benefits were $5,656,893. and total net road benefits $148,989 for a net total of $5,805,882.

Commissioners will also consider:

Gary and Daniel Tauer’s petition for partial abandonment of the CD 28 drainage system, Mulligan Township. Petition was deemed adequate by the County Attorney.

Awarding a contract for bridge replacement and approach work over an unnamed stream on the RC Road in Milford Township. The Highway Department recommends the $162,675 low bid by Mathiowetz Construction Co.

Consider Mound Creek County Park haying area quotes for about 24 acres south of the park entrance road, the Wellner Hageman Dam spillway and adjacent area. Quotes are $31.25 per acre by current park contractor Mark Sondag of New Ulm and $33.85 per acre by Mark Wellner, Bingham Lake.

The meeting starts at 9 a.m. today in the courthouse commissioner’s room at the courthouse.

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