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BRRWD Sets 2021 Tax Levies

The Board of Managers, Buffalo-Red River Watershed District (BRRWD), held their regular meeting and 2021 Annual Budget Hearing on Monday, August 24, 2020, at 7:00 PM, in Barnesville. The Board approved the 2021 Administrative levy, which is capped by statute at $250,000, plus an annual administrative fee to be assessed to projects, based on a project’s account expenditures. The 2021 Insurance Levy was set at $22,000. The Survey and Data acquisition levy was set at $150,000 to be collected over the next five years. The Board also set two General Levies to be taxed in accordance with the Minnesota Statutes Annotated (M.S.A.) 103D.905, Subd. 3. The first 2021 general levy, which will be used for a variety of projects/programs, including contributions to the Red River Basin Commission ($25,000) and River Keepers ($55,000), conservation programs and practices, water quality monitoring, Flood Insurance Studies, and flood damage reduction/natural resource enhancement projects, was set at $727,496. The second Special Levy was set at $500,000 to raise funding for Project No. 79, Wolverton Creek Restoration, according to the BRRWD’s commitment to contribute up to $2 million to the project. The total 2021 General Levies total $1,649,496.

The Board also set the following 2021 project/ditch system levies, totaling $1,615,407:

Clay County
Ditch No. 2 – $20,000

Ditch No. 3 – $25,000

Ditch No. 5 – $25,000

Ditch No. 9 – $30,000

Ditch No. 10 – $50,000

Ditch No. 11 – $50,000

Ditch No. 12 – $20,000

Ditch No. 16 – $10,000

Ditch No. 17 – $5,000

Ditch No. 20 – $20,000

Ditch No. 21 – $20,000

Ditch No. 22 – $5,000

Ditch No. 23 – $20,000

Ditch No. 28 – $15,000

Ditch No. 31 – $5,000

Ditch No. 32 – $5,000

Ditch No. 33 – $10,000

Ditch No. 34 – $10,000

Ditch No. 35 – $20,000

Ditch No. 36 – $5,000

Ditch No. 39 – $30,000

Ditch No. 40 – $10,000

Ditch No. 41 – $50,000

Ditch No. 41-1 – $20,000

Ditch No. 41-2 – $10,000

Ditch No. 47 – $20,000

Ditch No. 49 – $10,000

Ditch No. 50 – $50,000

Ditch No. 51 – $15,000

Ditch No. 54 – $10,000

Ditch No. 55 – $20,000

Ditch No. 58 – $20,000

Ditch No. 59 – $10,000

Ditch No. 60 – $5,000

Ditch No. 65 – $20,000

Ditch No. 67 – $5,000

Ditch No. 68 – $5,000

Ditch No. 69 – $10,000

Becker County

Ditch No. 5 – $10,000

Ditch No. 9 – $20,000

Ditch No. 10 – $3,000

Ditch No. 15 – $15,000

Ditch No. 19 – $8,000

Ditch No. 21 – $5,000

Wilkin County

Ditch No. 1A – $10,000

Ditch No. 1B – $10,000

Ditch No. 1C – $10,000

Ditch No. 2 – $10,000

Ditch No. 3 – $40,000

Ditch No. 4 – $20,000

Ditch No. 5A – $10,000

Ditch No. 6A – $30,000

Ditch No. 12 – $10,000

Ditch No. 13 – $10,000

Ditch No. 13 – Lateral – $30,000

Ditch No. 15 – $10,000

Ditch No. 22 – $20,000

Ditch No. 23 – $20,000

Ditch No. 26 – $15,000

Ditch No. 27 – $40,000

Ditch No. 28 – $10,000

Ditch No. 31 – $10,000

Ditch No. 37 – $10,000

Ditch No. 40 – $15,000

Ditch No. 41 – $40,000

Ditch No. 42 – $10,000

Ditch No. 43 – $20,000

Ditch No. 44 – $30,000

Wilkin/Otter Tail J.D. No. 2 – $30,000

Projects/Ditch Systems

No. 32, Hawley Diversion – $5,000

No. 39, Georgetown Levee – $15,000

No. 46, Turtle Lake Outlet – $25,000

No. 49, Oakport Flood Mitigation – $100,000

No. 50, Cromwell Township Outlet – $5,000

No. 54, Whisky Creek – $20,000

No. 56, Manston Slough – $20,000

No. 71, City of Moorhead – $100,000

No. 79, Wolverton Creek Restoration – $99,407

Other business included:

  • Reviewed the BRRWD’s financial status. Cash on hand is $2,831,394.05.  Income since the 8/10/20 meeting totals $10,894.37.  Total income this year is $4,191,777.15.  The Board approved payment of the bills, totaling $85,994.77.  The Board also appointed Manager Troy Larson as the new Treasurer, starting 9/1/20.

  • Approved permits to: Erik Zurn to install one Becker Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) designed water and sediment control basin with surface intakes and underground outlet in the SW¼SW¼, Section 4, Hamden Township, Becker County; Kraig Nelson to install 13 Becker SWCD designed water and sediment control basins with surface intakes and underground outlets in the N½, Section 10, Audubon Township, Becker County, subject to township approval to work within their road right-of-way; and Gary Myers to add random tile to existing water and sediment control basin tile runs in the N½NW¼, Section 33, Cuba Township, Becker County, to drain low spots via existing tile outlets to natural waterways draining to Hay Creek and eventually Stinking Lake and to clean an open ditch across his Conservation Reserve Program acreage and along two township road ditches (230th ST/130th AVE) to the natural waterway, subject to our standard tiling disclaimer.

  • Approved repairs for Project No. 48, Clay County Ditch (C.D.) No. 59 for a failed field entrance crossing in Section 26, Kragnes Township, Clay County, at the outlet of C.D. No. 59 to the Buffalo River, estimated to cost $8,000 to $10,000.

  • Approved Pay Request No. 4-Final for $37,994.25 from States Borders Construction, Inc., to close out the Wilkin/Otter Tail Judicial Ditch No. 2 repairs, and Change Order No. 2 for a net increase in the contract of $3,851.

  • Authorized a survey investigation of the Nyquist Coulee channel, including culvert elevations and sediment depths in Sections 15, 21, and 22, Roberts Township, from Wilkin C.D. No. 29 to Wolverton Creek. Staff will work with the Wilkin SWCD in regard to the Minnesota Wetlands Conservation Act.

  • Approved a draft joint letter the staff prepared from the BRRWD and the Sand Hill River Watershed District formally requesting that the Red River Basin Flood Damage Reduction Work Group define an associate membership category for non-Red River Watershed Management Board Watershed Districts to allow them to be represented by one delegate and one alternate delegate.

The Board of Managers, BRRWD, will hold their next regular meeting on Monday, September 14, 2020, at 7:00 PM in the Barnesville office.  Due to the COVID-19 emergency, we will hold an electronic meeting in accordance with M.S.A. 13D.021.  The conference line information is: Toll Free 1-833-403-3948 or Local 1-701-499-9476.  Access Code 2503.  Conference PIN 1401.  The public is welcome to dial in to the meeting.  More information will be posted on the BRRWD’s website prior to the meeting at www.brrwd.org.

BRRWD Welcomes New Manager

At their regular meeting held on August 10, 2020, at 7:00 PM in Barnesville, the Board of Managers, Buffalo-Red River Watershed District (BRRWD), welcomed Paul J. Krabbenhoft, who was recently appointed by the Clay County Board of Commissioners to fill out the remaining one-year of a former Manager’s three-year term.  The Commissioners reappointed Manager Gerald L. Van Amburg for another three-year term.  Manager Mark T. Anderson’s term ends 8/31/20.  The County will be appointing a new Manager to fill Anderson’s position in the next few weeks. 

Other Business included: 

  • Reviewed the BRRWD’s 8/10/20 financial reports. Cash on hand is $3,131,794.07.  The current administrative disbursements since 7/13/20 totaled $37,170.62, and the total for the year is $251,657.87.  Income received since the last meeting totals $414,478.11, and for the year, totals $3,396,602.78.  They also approved payment of the bills in the amount of $311,294.34.  The BRRWD’s 2021 Annual Budget Hearing is scheduled for Monday, August 24, 2020, at 8:00 PM. 

  • Approved permits to Jake Barton to install pattern tile in the SW¼, Section 31, Meadows Township, Wilkin County, outletting via lift stations and control structures to County Ditch (C.D.) No. 1B; BNSF to install a new shallow ditch with a 24″ dia. inlet pipe in the NW¼, Section 12, within the City of Dilworth, outletting to Clay C.D. No. 41; Darcy Brandt to regrade the north ditch of County State Aid Highway (CSAH) No. 2 in the SW¼, Section 23 and the SE¼, Section 22, Holy Cross Township, Clay County, and to lower two driveway culverts along CSAH No. 2 and one in 40th ST by approximately 6″, subject to township and county approval to work within their road right-of-way; and Kevin Hanson for random tile in the NE¼, Section 27, Hamden Township, Becker County, outletting to C.D. No. 15 to continue the tiling project approved under Permit No. 15-009, subject to our standard tiling disclaimer.

  • Approved Change Order No. 6 for an increase in the contract of $16,726 and Pay Request No. 13 for $147,119.79 to Sellin Brothers, Inc. for their work on Phase 1 of the Wolverton Creek Restoration project.

  • Authorized Houston Engineering, Inc. (HEI) to work with the Clay Soil and Water Conservation District to provide technical assistance for three erosion sites along the Buffalo River.

  • Authorized the submission of a Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources Clean Water Fund grant application for work along the Upper South Branch of the Buffalo River from Trunk Highway No. 9 to just north of Wilkin County Road (C.R.) No. 30. The $300,000 grant application is for the installation of inlet pipes and stream restoration along the South Branch channel, requiring a local match of 25%, or $75,000, with an 8/17/20 submission deadline. 

  • Authorized a hydraulic review for culvert repairs at three sites on Clay C.D. No. 50 in the City of Dilworth. The work will be a 2021 project and the cost estimate will be available for consideration in the 2021 ditch system budget. 

  • Authorized repair of a field approach/culverts along the Whisky Creek project alignment in Clay County. The work will include submitting a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources permit application for work in public waters and a hydraulic analysis.

  • Authorized a drainage survey along the west ditch of Wilkin C.R. No. 11, starting at a landowner’s driveway in the N½, Section 24, Deerhorn Township, going north through 130th ST to the Buffalo River.

The Board of Managers, BRRWD, will hold their next regular meeting on Monday, August 24, 2020, at 7:00 PM in the Barnesville office.  As part of that meeting, the annual 2021 budget hearing will begin at 8:00 PM.  Due to the COVID-19 emergency, we will hold an electronic meeting in accordance with Minnesota Statutes Annotated 13D.021.  The conference line information is: Toll Free 1-833-403-3948 or Local 1-701-499-9476.  Access Code 2503.  Conference PIN 1401.  The public is welcome to dial in to the meeting.  More information will be posted on the BRRWD’s website prior to the meeting at www.brrwd.org.

 

Whiskey Creek’s $10M Restoration

Landowners, leveraged funds and partners are the keys to Wilkin SWCD and Buffalo-Red River Watershed District’s $10 million Whiskey Creek restoration project designed to produce clean-water and wildlife habitat benefits, and fix drainage problems. Funding includes an NRCS National Water Quality Initiative award, Clean Water Funds from BWSR, and an MPCA watershed pilot project award.

Read the story here.