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06/21/2017

THE MARTIN COUNTY BOARD TUESDAY ACCEPTED AUTHORITY AND ADMINSTRATIVE RESPONSIBILITY FOR IMPLEMENTING THE STATE'S NEW BUFFFER LAW IN THE COUNTY. THE BUFFER STRIP LAW REQUIRES LANDOWNERS TO ESTABLISH AND MAINTAIN BUFFERS ALONG PUBLIC WATERWAYS AND DRAINAGE DITCHES. THE LAW DOES ALLOW A COUNTY OR WATERSHED DISTRICT CARRY OUT COMPLIANCE PRACTICES REGARDING BUFFERS FOR BODIES OF WATER IDENTIFIED ON THE MN D N R MAP.

MARTIN COUNTY COMMISSIONERS WILL BE ATTENDING A BUFFER TASK FORCE MEETING ON MONDAY TO DISCUSS RESPONSIBILITY FOR BUFFER ENFORCEMENT.

LISA BIGHAM OF THE MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION PRESENTED AN UPDATE ON THE STATE'S 10 YEAR CAPITAL HIGHWAY INVESTMENT PLAN. SHE SAID STATEWIDE FUNDING NEEDS EXCEED AVAILABLE REVENUE BY 18 BILLION DOLLARS FOR 2018-2037.

THE BOARD APPROVED A PROPOSAL FROM WOLD ARCHITECTS OF ST. PAUL TO REVALIDATE A PREVIOUS STUDY DONE IN 2009 TO GAIN AN INSIGHT ON NEW NEEDS,DEVELOP FUTURE SPACE NEEDS,REVIEW THE CONDITION OF THE EXISTING LAW ENFORCMENT CENTER AN ANTICIPATE THE DEVELOPMENT OF OPTIONS FOR THE SOLUTION TO ACCOMODATE TEH SPACE NEEDS. TOTAL CONTRACT COST WOULD BE A MAXIMUM OF 11,100 DOLLARS FOR THE REVALIDATION STUDY.

COMMISSIONERS APPROVED A REQUEST FROM MANYASKA TOWNSHIP TO REQUIRE A ROAD PERMIT TO BE FILED BY THE COUNTY FOR EACH CROSSING THAT OCCURS DURING THE COUNTY DITCH 29 IMPROVEMENT.ALONG WITH EACH CROSSING/PERMIT A CASHIERS CHECK OF 1,500 DOLLARS IS ALSO REQUIRED TO COVER ANY DAMAGE TO TOWNSHIP ROADS THAT MAY OCCUR AS RESULT OF THE PROJECT. IF THE ROADS ARE FOUND TO BE PLACED BACK TO ORIGINAL OR SUSEQUENTLY IMPROVED CONDITION,THE 1,500 DOLLARS WOULD BE ISSUED BACK TO THE COUNTY. THE BOARD APPROVED ISSUANCE OF 8 PERMITS TO COVER DAMAGES.


ROD HALVORSEN
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