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.