Monthly Archives: November 2019

BRRWD Approves Contract Extensions

The Board of Managers, Buffalo-Red River Watershed District (BRRWD), held their regular meeting on 11/25/19 at 7:00 PM in Barnesville. They approved construction contract extensions for three 2019 BRRWD projects that were delayed this fall due to wet conditions. Dennis Drewes, Inc., Project No. 78, Clay/Wilkin Judicial Ditch (J.D.) No. 1-Improvement, and Sellin Brothers, Inc., Project No. 79, Wolverton Creek Restoration, were both granted extensions until 6/22/20 to complete site cleanup and seeding next spring. States Borders Construction, Inc. was granted a contract extension until 6/8/20 to finish the topsoil leveling and seeding for the Wilkin/Otter Tail J.D. No. 2 outlet repair.

Other business included:

  • Reviewed the BRRWD’s financial status. Cash on hand is $2,379,406. Income since the 11/12/19 meeting totals $19,384.78, including $16,641.88 from Otter Tail County for 2019 property and ditch tax proceeds and $2,742.90 from Janice Getz for the purchase of wetland mitigation credits from the BRRWD. Total income this year is $4,666,042.68. The Board approved payment of bills totaling $208,865.90. 

  • Noting that the Minnesota Land Committee has scheduled a meeting with landowners on the Minnesota side of the Red River on 12/11/19 in the Law Enforcement Center in Moorhead from 6:00 PM-8:00 PM to discuss the environmental geomorphic investigations easements needed for the F-M Diversion project. The majority of the landowners have declined to sign permission forms to allow soil borings on their property. In response, the Land Committee approved a resolution to authorize the Clay County Commissioners to begin eminent domain proceedings on the 15-17 properties needed to gain entry. Some BRRWD Board members plan to attend. 

  • Approved permits to: Philip Rogers for an 18″ dia. x 40′ long culvert in an approach along County Road No. 32 in the SW¼, Section 4, Atherton Township, Wilkin County, and the Minnesota Department of Transportation for improvements for a part of Trunk Highway No. 210 in Carlisle Township, Otter Tail County, including road reconstruction, ditch repair, and culvert replacements.

  • Approved the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources Reinvest In Minnesota Income Contract using Targeted Watershed grant funds in the amount of $52,600 for easement acquisition and restoration of a 10.3 acre parcel in Section 10, Wolverton Township, Wilkin County, associated with the Wolverton Creek Restoration project. 

  • Authorized Erik Jones, BRRWD Engineer, to conduct a hydraulic analysis for a damaged culvert on Clay County Ditch No. 9 between Sections 5 and 6, Kurtz Township, and to collaborate with the Clay County Highway Department on the repairs. 

  • Authorized Jones to work with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to prepare a grant application to fund a possible removal of the Silver Lake Outlet fish barrier dam southwest of Hawley. 

  • Noted that the 12/23/19 BRRWD Board meeting has been cancelled. 

  • Noted that the Managers and Staff will attend the Minnesota Association of Watershed Districts (MAWD) Annual Meeting and Trade Show on December 4-7, 2019, at the Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center, Alexandria. The Board reviewed the MAWD 2019 policy resolutions. 

  • Approved the replacement of the office Wi-Fi router and discussed possible upgrades for the Audio-Visual system in the BRRWD Boardroom. 

The Board of Managers, BRRWD, will hold their next regular meeting on Monday, December 9, 2019, at 7:00 PM in the BRRWD office, located at 1303 4th AVE NE, Barnesville, MN. All meetings are open to the public. For more information about the BRRWD, please visit our website at www.brrwd.org.

BRRWD Approves Pay Requests

The Board of Managers, Buffalo-Red River Watershed District (BRRWD), held their regular meeting on 11/12/19 at 7:00 PM in Barnesville. They approved pay requests for two of the BRRWD’s 2019 construction projects. Dennis Drewes, Inc. submitted Pay Request No. 4 in the amount of $295,700.80 for their work to date on Project No. 78, Clay/Wilkin Judicial Ditch (J.D.) No. 1-Outlet. Drewes is still working on the J.D. No. 1 project, despite the early winter weather. Sellin Brothers, Inc. submitted Pay Request No. 10 in the amount of $41,108.87 for their work to date on Project No. 79, Wolverton Creek Restoration. Work on the Wolverton Creek project has stopped for the winter. Due to the wet conditions this fall, both contractors will request contract extensions from the BRRWD until next summer to allow for site clean-up and seeding.

Other business included:

  • Reviewed the BRRWD’s monthly financial statements, including the project account balance sheet, administrative disbursements, summary of income, and accounts receivable. Cash on hand is $2,856,880.18. Administrative disbursements this month equal $29,247.22, and for the year, total $287,475.67. Accounts Receivable currently total $4,487,447. Total income this year is $4,646,657.90. Income received since the 10/15/19 meeting totaled $140,456.58, including property/ditch tax proceeds from Otter Tail County ($8,162.31) and Wilkin County ($66,217.83), and State Market Value Agricultural Credits ($8,151.16). Other income came from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) National Water Quality Initiative Phase 1 funding for the Whiskey Creek Enhancement project in Wilkin County ($39,000). The remainder of the income came from Midwest Bank for October interest ($5,981.68), Houston Engineering, Inc. (HEI) for their monthly office rent ($225) and a $5.00 insurance refund. The Board approved the payment of bills totaling $496,858.96. 

  • Discussed the status of several ongoing miscellaneous investigations/complaints. 

  • Discussed the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) Reinvest In Minnesota (RIM) easement acquisition process with John Voz, BWSR RIM Easement Specialist, for 10.3 acres in Section 10, Wolverton Township, Wilkin County, associated with the Wolverton Creek Restoration project. 

  • Discussed a landowner request for a buyout of a building site along the J.D. No. 1 in the SE¼, Section 26, Holy Cross Township, Clay County, associated with the outlet improvement project. 

  • Approved repairs for a 4 to 5 mile stretch of the downstream end of Clay County Ditch (C.D.) No. 40 channel, starting upstream of Trunk Highway No. 75 and ending just upstream of 40th ST in Section 26, Kurtz Township. The repair is estimated to cost between $40,000 to $50,000. 

  • Noted that States Borders Construction, Inc., has been unable to work on the ditch outlet portion of the Wilkin/Otter Tail J.D. No. 2 project because of the recent above normal rainfall. The contractor will be asked to submit a contract extension request prior to the 11/25/19 meeting for the Board to consider. 

  • Discussed a possible upgrade for the Audio-Visual system in the BRRWD Boardroom. 

  • Noted that the BRRWD will be publishing a Request for Proposals in the area newspapers for 2020 accounting, legal, and engineering services.

  • Authorized HEI to work with agency partners to prepare a NRCS Regional Conservation Partnership Program funding application for work on Clay C.D. No. 34/Whisky Creek near Barnesville for submission in July 2020. 

  • Approved a proposal from Richard Seidel to repair the office asphalt parking lot next summer for $1,500 with a 50% down payment of $750. He offered a 10% discount on the second half payment if the Board entered into a contract for his services before December 20, 2019.

  • Appointed Managers John Hanson and Mark Anderson to be delegates to the Minnesota Association of Watershed Districts annual meeting in December. Manager Van Amburg was appointed to be the alternate delegate. 

The Board of Managers, BRRWD, will hold their next regular meeting on Monday, November 25, 2019, at 7:00 PM in the BRRWD Office, located at 1303 4th AVE NE, Barnesville, MN. All meetings are open to the public. For more information about the BRRWD, please visit our website at www.brrwd.org.