Commissioners consider erosion project

NEW ULM – Brown County commissioners will consider a revised plan and quote today for a contractor to install stream barbs for the Iberia Canoe Landing erosion control project.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reviewed the plan, permitting the project that would fix and protect the area that is eroding along the Cottonwood River, just upstream from a township bridge, according to the Request for Board Action (RBA).

Working with Stark Township and the Redwood-Cottonwood Rivers Control Area (RCRCA), a plan was created to install four stream barbs to reduce bank erosion and direct water toward the center of the river channel, according to the RBA.

A sand bar in the middle of the stream will be removed and placed behind stream barbs. Quote requests were sent to L&S Construction Corp., Hoffmann and Mathiowetz Construction.

L&S Construction was the only firm that submitted a new quote. Work would start when water levels allow.

In addition to a $13,000 quote by L&S Construction, its proposal estimates 250 tons of rip rap costing $.15 a ton for a total proposal cost of $13,037.50.

Commissioners will also consider:

The $636,500 2014 Heartland Express operating budget plus $70,000 capital expense for a replacement bus. The budget is a 3 percent increase from 2013, due mostly to adjusted staff wages from rotational review pointing this year, plus employee benefits, insurance and operational adjustments, according to the RBA.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) will continue to cover 85 percent of operating expenses and 80 percent of approved capital costs. The remaining 15 percent local share comes from fare box and system revenues. The 20 percent local share of capital bus purchase funds will come from earmarked transit reserves, according to the RBA.

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

(Fritz Busch can be e-mailed at

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