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NEW ULM — Brown County Commissioners will consider a proposal at its Jan. 18 meeting from GEI Consultants Inc. for assistance in developing the 2021 annual report and continuing environmental monitoring in 2022 at the county landfill, as required by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA).

The meeting begins at 9 a.m. in the commissioner’s room at the Brown County Courthouse.

The $36,600 proposal includes demonstration research project work to design a wetland filtration system for leachate in 2022. It does not include an environmental assessment worksheet and potential permit amendments that would be submitted to the Board in separate proposals.

Additional work includes the 2020-2025 Industrial Stormwater Permit and updated Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan. Required gas emission and leachate reporting documents should be prepared along with closure, post-closure and financial assurance analysis.

Commissioners will also:

* Hold a public hearing at 9 a.m. for a tax abatement for a market apartment complex in Sleepy Eye and consider a resolution approving tax abatements for the construction of a 72-unit apartment project.

* Convene a public hearing at 9:15 a.m. for Brown County Fee Schedule Revisions and consider passing a 2022 Fee Schedule Resolution.

*Consider scheduling the county board of review at 7 p.m., June 13, 2022. A continuation date is 1 p.m., June 22, 2022.

* Consider accepting $9,000 in private donations for initial repairs to the log cabin at Lake Hanska County Park. The cost to restore the entire cabin is estimated at $75,000 or more.

* Consider a resolution setting 2023 minimum wages for county elected officials. Brown County policy would use the results of the 2021 Class and Compensation Study representing the average market entry rates for the positions.

* A resolution to sell property owned by the county for the purpose of estate collection. A resolution brought by Brown County fraud investigator/collector Preston Cowing, who worked with Shari Fischer of the law firm Fischer, allows the minimum cost of sale of $106,380 in cash only. A public notice would be published for tenders.

* Hear from Springfield City Manager Joe Stremcha on whether or not Brown County is interested in participating in his Housing Development Initiative program. The City of Springfield recently had a three-year window of a 50% city cut with zero enforcement. Springfield is interested in increasing the incentive to build new homes. The program reduces taxes for five years

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