NEW ULM – Brown County Commissioners will consider a resolution supporting the purchase of buses for the Heartland Express fleet at their meeting on Tuesday, November 15.
The bus would be a 2023 or 2024 (depending on when it was built) Ford E450 Startrans Senator II from North Central Bus Sales. The State of Minnesota will cover 90% of the purchase price of $119,623. Brown County would be responsible for 10% ($11,962) that would come from transit reserve funds.
Other suppliers have been sought. A Glaval coach from Hogland Bus Sales was $7,000 less, but it was not a model Brown County Transit was comfortable with and the floor plan did not allow for the extra space needed.
Commissioners will consider a Wetland Credit proposal to purchase 0.16 acres of Wetland Credits to replace disturbed portions of a wetland at Brian Domeier of Shirley’s Park & Country Retreat, rural New Ulm.
Shirley’s Park & Country Retreat is an RV campground on the south shore of Clear Lake that offers full-service hookups for nighttime and seasonal guests.
During construction of the site, the plaintiff (Brian Domeier) inadvertently touched two areas. One area is hay meadow, the other extant vegetation community includes fescue (narrow-leaved grasses and ryegrass).
Commissioners will consider a $19,350 quote from Prairie Restorations Inc. for prairie management at Mound Creek County Park.
The work would include two visits for leafy spurge and volunteer tree/brush control in the northern 50 acre area. Treatment would include a plateau herbicide for leafy spurge and the use of Garlon 3A herbicide for volunteer trees.
Work in the 16-acre south area would include a prescribed burn for management of leafy spurge, thistle and control of volunteer trees.
Brown County Park staff were unable to find companies that could provide a similar service. A local cooperative was contacted but did not have the necessary equipment.
The meeting begins at 9 a.m., Tuesday, November 15 in the Commissioner’s Room of the Brown County Courthouse.
(Fritz Busch can be emailed to [email protected]