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Brownton Council discusses projects, says no to chickens within city limits

Although the city of Brownton is not considering any major infrastructure improvements until 2016 — after paying off one of its bonds — it needs to get them “on the shelf so they’ll be ready for funding,” the City Council heard at its Oct. 7 meeting.
John Rodeberg of Short Elliott Hendrickson (SEH), the city’s engineering firm, said the Council needs to start planning now if it wants to qualify for funding from Minnesota Rural Development.
“It’s a reasonably complicated process,” said Rodeberg.
Rodeberg said that projects that can qualify include underground infrastructure, such as sanitary sewer, water mains and storm sewers; water tower rehabilitation; wells; lift stations; and improvements to the wastewater treatment plant.
“Are we looking at all these?” asked Council Member Norman Schwarze.
Rodeberg said not necessarily, but the City Council “really needs to have a good discussion on what you want to do, and how much debt you want to take on. You need to balance what you want to include with what your true needs are.”

For more, see the Oct. 15 print ediiton of The Chronicle.