Board OKs tile petition

NEW ULM – Brown County commissioners unanimously approved a petition Tuesday for the construction of tile to replace an open ditch in Brown County Ditch NO. 45 in Home Township.

The resolution included appointing Bolton & Menk, Inc. as project engineers provided they can begin work within 30 days.

Petitioners Daniel J. and Bonnie Seidl requested authorization to construct about 630 feet of tile to replace an open ditch in Section 20. The petitioners are responsible to pay all costs and expenses related to the improvement. They also agree to pay all costs and expenses that may be included if improvement proceedings are dismissed. The Seidls are also required post at least a $10,000 bond to be paid to Brown County.

In other action, commissioners:

Approved aerial spraying all ditches for tree, brush and weed control except CD 2, CD 28-1 and JD 5 B&W which have buffer strips. Scott’s Helicopter Services, the lone bidder, would be paid $30.98 an acre, the same rate charged in 2012 and 2013.

Because the application is spot spraying, aerial sprayer bills are based on gallons of herbicide used at the prescribed rate per acre to calculate acres sprayed. Estimated ground sprayer rates are based on time and materials.

Low bidder Central Applicators, Inc. would do ground spraying in CD 2 ($1,487.50), CD 28-1 ($2,507.50) and JD 5 ($3442.50) for $7,437.50 total. B & W Control Specialists bid $8,000 for the three ditches that were air sprayed in 2013.

Reviewed the Brown County Highway Department monthly update. Minutes from the last Highway Committee meeting included a Christensen Farms request for an overweight permit during spring road restrictions on gravel roads. The company has four-axle trucks that can carry 20 to 21 tons during non-road restriction times.

A highway committee discussion followed on damage come by bigger-but-fewer loads. It was emphasized that if a permit were granted, it would have to be done for others. The committee agreed not to allow overweight loads during the spring road restriction period.

Received the 2013 Annual License Bureau Report.

The officer was upgraded to an “excellent office” rating by the state, according to bureau supervisor Suzanne Jensen’s report.

The bureau processed 9,089 motor vehicle titles, 21,603 tab renewals, 8,370 driver’s licenses, 2,245 boat/snowmobile renewals and 753 game and fish privileges for a total of 42,060 transactions, an increase of 2,444 over the previous year, plus a number of “no fee” state mandates.

Approved an agreement with Sibley County Human Services to purchase up to 100 hours of staff time from Brown County Family Services (BCFS) at the SEAGR rate, $65 to $80 per hour, updated quarterly. Sibley County asked for experienced waiver case managers to train its new employees.

(Fritz Busch can be e-mailed at

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