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09/21/2016

THE MARTIN COUNTY BOARD TUESDAY APPROVED A PRELIMINARY 2017 LEVY OF 14,991,920 DOLLARS WHICH IS AN INCREASE OF 7.19 PERCENT FROM THIS YEAR'S BUDGET LEVY. COMMISSIONERS DECIDED TO LEAVE IN 80,000 DOLLARS TO BUILD UP RESERVES THE MARTIN COUNTY SHARE OF THE HUMAN SERVICES BUDGET. THE BOARD HOPES TO POSSIBLY LOWER THAT FIGURE SOME BEFORE THE FINAL BUDGET AND LEVY ARE APPROVED AT THE TRUTH IN TAXATION PUBLIC HEARING SET FOR DEC. 8 THIS YEAR. THE BOARD CAN LOWER THE PRELIMINARY AMOUNT APPROVED BUT CANNOT INCREASE IT AFTER THIS POINT.

COMMISSIONERS BY CONSENSUS AGREED TO MOVE FORWARD WITH A PLAN TO ACCEPT AND MAINTAIN A DONATED PROPERTY FOR USE AS A SITE FOR THE PROPOSED MARTIN COUNTY VETERANS MEMORIAL. THE LOCATION IS BETWEEN THE WINNEBAGO AVENUE SPORTS COMPLEX AND KAHLER ELECTRIC ON THE CITY'S NORTH SIDE. STEVE FOSNESS FROM THE MARTIN COUNTY VETERANS MEMORIAL PROJECT COMMITTEE STATED THE PLANNED MEMORIAL ESTIMATED COST WOULD BE 500,000 DOLLARS TO BUILD AN WOULD TAKE SHAPE OVER SEVERAL YEARS. THE BOARD IS IN FAVOR OF THE PROJECT BUT WANTED TO CHECK ON INSURANCE LIABILITIES AND OTHER FACTORS BEFORE FORMALLY APPROVING THE PROJECT.

COMMISSIONER STEVE FLOHRS APPROACHED THE REST OF THE BOARD WITH A REQUEST FROM THE TRIMONT VETERANS MEMORIAL COMMITTEE FOR THE COUNTY TO DONATE APPROXIMATELY 200 YARDS OF GRAVEL TO THE TRIMONT VETERANS MEMORIAL PROJECT GOING INTO THE CITY PARK THERE. COMMISSIONERS WANTED CHECK WITH THE COUNTY ATTORNEY ON THE LEGALITY OF SUCH A DONATION AND WHETHER IT WOULD SET A PRECEDENT FOR ANY FUTURE SIMILAR REQUESTS BEFORE THEY WOULD APPROVE IT.


ROD HALVORSEN
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