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05/03/2017

THE MARTIN COUNTY BOARD HEARD A PRESENTATION FROM A REPRESENTATIVE OF E D F RENEWABLE ENERGY ABOUT THEIR PROPOSED WIND FARM DEVELOPMENT PROJECT PLANNED FOR THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF MARTIN COUNTY IN 2020-2021 TIME FRAME. SHANELLE MONTANA, SENIOR PROJECT DEVELOPER WAS THERE TO NOTIFY COUNTY OFFICIALS ABOUT THE PROPOSAL FOR FOR A 200 MEGAWATT WIND FARM AND HOW IT WOULD AFFECT THE COUNTY AND PROPERTY OWNERS. PRELIMINARY PLANS INCLUDE REACHING OUT TO ENVIRONMENTAL AGENCIES ALONG WITH ENVIRONMENTAL FIELD STUDIES CONCERNING BIRDS, BATS AND NESTING HABITATS ALONG WITH APPROACHING LANDOWNERS.

THE BOARD APPROVED A REQUEST BY COUNTY HIGHWAY ENGINEER KEVIN PEYMAN FOR A SPEED STUDY BY MN DOT ON COUNTY ROAD 26 JUST WEST OF FAIRMONT IN THE INDUSTRIAL PARK AREA TO DETERMINE A REASONABLE AND SAFE SPEED LIMIT FOR THAT PORTION OF ROADWAY. PEYMAN ALSO PRESENTED A RESOLUTION TO THE BOARD FOR APPROVAL TO ENTER INTO AN AGREEMENT WITH MN DOT TO PROVIDE FOR PAYMENT BY THE COUNTY TO THE STATE OF THE COUNTY'S SHARE OF THE COST FOR TRAFFIC CONTROL SIGNAL CONSTRUCTION AND OTHER ASSOCIATED CONSTRUCTION TO BE PERFORMED UPON, ALONG AND ADJACENT TO HIGHWAY 15 AT THE INTERSECTION OF BLUE EARTH AVENUE AND COUNTY HIGHWAY 26 WITHIN THE CITY LIMITS OF FAIRMONT FOR THE HIGHWAY 15 RECONSTRUCTION. MARTIN COUNTY'S SHARE IS 68,459 DOLLARS.

KEVIN PEYMAN ALSO PRESENTED INFORMATION TO THE COMMISSIONERS ABOUT A REQUEST FOR COUNTY WORKERS TO HELP WITH SOME WORK AT THE MARTIN COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS FOR THEIR DRAINAGE IMPROVEMENTS THERE. THE TOTAL PROJECT COST FOR THE FAIR BOARD AND THE CITY OF FAIRMONT IS ESTIMATED AT JUST OVER 56,000 DOLLARS. THE COUNTY SHARE WOULD BE TO PROVIDE LABOR AND EQUIPMENT FOR REMOVAL AND REPLACEMENT OF BITUMINOUS NEAR THE MARTIN COUNTY ARENA BUILDING AT A COST OF AROUND 9,000 DOLLARS AND MATERIALS COST OF 6,000 DOLLARS WHICH THE COUNTY BOARD APPROVED.

THE BOARD APPROVED A BID OF 24,600 DOLLARS FROM BASEMENT SOLUTIONS OF MANKATO TO WATERPROOF THE BASEMENT AT THE MARTIN COUNTY HUMAN RESOURCES BUILDING. THE BOARD APPROVED A BID FROM WILCON CONSTRUCTION OF ST. JAMES FOR 23,576 DOLLARS TO REMODEL THE LOWER LEVEL OF THE BUILDING ONCE THE WATERPROOFING WORK IS DONE THERE.


ROD HALVORSEN
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