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NEW ULM — Brown County commissioners will hold a public hearing on Tuesday to review plans to redraw county council districts based on the most recent population figures from the 2020 census.

In addition, Commissioners will establish an election cycle to stagger the terms of Commissioners.

The public hearing is scheduled for 9:05 a.m. in the commissioner’s room of the courthouse.

The board worked with the Auditor-Treasurer’s Department to prepare for the redistricting, including a working session on March 22. Ministry staff worked with county municipalities and school districts to coordinate redistricting plans.

For the purposes of public inspection and examination of its options, the plan is available at the Office of the Auditor-Treasurer and online.

Also at its April 19 meeting, the board:

• Hold a public hearing for a minor amendment to the County Ditch Ordinance to ensure proper road drainage and minimize maintenance effort and cost due to potential accumulation of sediment and debris from storm sewer inlets. Under the resolution, Brown County is preparing CSAH 11 reconstruction plans in Essig from TH 14 to 250th Avenue and Branch 11 of CD 1 is acting as a CSAH 11 storm sewer. The existing 8” tiles will be replaced under the roadway and typical road drainage is designed for a minimum of 12″ pipe.

• Consider approving a request for a $3,000 United Way of Brown County Area grant to support college home visits and follow through procedures.

• A $16,511 proposal from Daguna Consulting, Rochester to move mussels under Bridge 2110 on CSAH 8 over the Minnesota River. Brown County’s last truss bridge, sometimes called the Peterson or Hale Bridge, is structurally deficient and in the process of being replaced. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MNR) said a mussel survey is needed to determine if any endangered mussel species are found at the site of the proposed bridge. Daugna Consulting was hired to do a mussel survey in 2021 and found common and endangered mussels. MNR concluded that relocation of the mussels was necessary.

(Fritz Busch can be emailed to [email protected]).

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