At their February 22, 2021, regular meeting in Barnesville, the Board of Managers, Buffalo-Red River Watershed District (BRRWD), scheduled hearings for several Clay County ditch systems for the acquisition of the required buffer strips in compliance with the State Buffer Law (Minnesota Statutes Annotated (M.S.A) 103F.48). Because the systems are located in the same general area and the benefit areas overlap to some extent, the Board agreed to group these system hearings into two proceedings. The hearing for Clay County Ditch (C.D.) Nos. 5, 10, 39, 59, and 65 will be held on March 11, 2021, and Clay C.D. Nos. 2, 3, and 35 on April 8, 2021. Notices will be sent to the affected landowners. All hearings will begin at 6:00 PM in the BRRWD Barnesville office following Covid-19 protocols with virtual options.
A hearing for the Whiskey Creek Restoration Project has been scheduled for April 7, 2021, and a Glyndon East Tributary landowner informational meeting will be held on April 12, 2021. A ditch system hearing for Wilkin C.D. No. 13-Lateral has been scheduled on March 22, 2021, to consider a landowner petition to add the E½NE¼, Section 35, Deerhorn Township, to the C.D. No. 13 benefit area for subsurface tile drainage. Notices will be sent to the affected landowners. All three events will be held in Barnesville at 6:00 PM following Covid-19 protocols with virtual options.
Other Business included:
Reviewed the BRRWD’s 2/22/21 financial status. Cash on hand is $2,688,369.40. Income received since the 2/8/21 meeting totals $31,637.69, and for the year, totals $481,920.93. Year to date Accounts Receivables total $14,355,497. The Board approved bills totaling $40,346.47.
Approved permits to Jesse Stuehrenberg to install an 18″ dia. surface water inlet and pump in the NE¼, Section 5, Meadows Township, Wilkin County, outletting to the Manston Slough Restoration project; Randy Dickhaus to install random tile to drain low spots in the NE¼, Section 27, Spring Prairie Township, Clay County, outletting eventually to Clay C.D. No. 2, to which the land is assessed, subject to our standard tiling disclaimer; Dallas Miller to install 200 acres of pattern tile, outletting via gravity flow with a control structure to Otter Tail-Wilkin Judicial Ditch No. 2, to which the land is assessed, subject to our standard tiling disclaimer.
Authorized signature of the Damage Statements for the acquisition of the required buffer strips for Clay C.D. Nos. 2, 3, and 35.
Authorized the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding to work with the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources on the development and management of the Whiskey Creek Enhancement project in Wilkin County.
The Board of Managers, BRRWD, will hold their next regular meeting on Monday, March 8, 2021, at 7:00 PM in the BRRWD office, located at 1303 4th AVE NE, Barnesville, MN. Due to the COVID-19 emergency, meetings are conducted online in accordance with M.S.A Section 13D.021. The conference line phone number is 1-701-404-1699. Conference ID: 365 708 012#. If you wish to visit the BRRWD office in person, masks and social distancing are required. More information will be posted on the BRRWD’s website prior to the meeting at www.brrwd.org.