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06/07/2017

THE MARTIN COUNTY COMMISSIONERS HEARD A PRESENTATION FROM I T C MIDWEST AND XCEL ENERGY ABOUT THE HUNTLEY-WILMARTH 345 KILOVOLT TRANSMISSION LINE THAT MAY OR MAY NOT RUN THROUGH A PART OF MARTIN COUNTY. XCEL ENERGY AND I T C MIDWEST ARE PROPOSING A NEW 40-50 MILE (DEPENDING ON PLACEMENT) 345 KV TRANSMISSION LINE BETWEEN THE XCEL ENERGY'S WILMARTH SUBSTATION NORTH OF MANKATO AND I T C MIDWEST'S HUNTLEY SUBSTATION CURRENTLY UNDER CONSTRUCTION SOUTH OF WINNEBAGO. LORI BROGHAMMER FROM I T C AND TRISHA ROSENFELD EXPLAINED TO THE MARTIN COUNTY BOARD THAT ENERGY COMPANIES ARE IN THE PRELIMINARY PLANNING STAGES INCLUDING TRANSMISSION LINE PATH SELECTION. THE MOST DIRECT ROUTE WOULD STAY OUT OF MARTIN COUNTY ENTIRELY BUT AN ALTERNATE PATH POSSIBLY WOULD CATCH JUST A SLIVER OF THE NORTHEASTERN CORNER OF THE COUNTY. PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE INFORMATION SESSIONS ARE PLANNED FOR JUNE 20TH FROM 1-3 PM AND 5-8M PM AT MAPLE RIVER HIGH SCHOOL IN MAPLETON AND JUNE 21 FROM 12-2 AND 5-8 PM AT THE COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT IN MANKATO.

THE MARTIN COUNTY BOARD APPROVED A MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING WITH MARTIN COUNTY VICTIM SERVICES AND THE SOUTHWEST CRISIS CENTER TO ESTABLISH A NETWORK OF PARTNERS IN 17 COUNTIES TO IDENTIFY AND PROVIDE SERVICES TO SEXUALLY EXPLOITED YOUTH .AS WELL AS EVOLVE AND CHANGE OUR SYTEMS RESPONSES TO AT-RISK AND SEXUALLY EXPLOITED YOUTH.

COMMISSIONERS APPROVED A SMALL LOAD ENERGY MANAGEMENT PROGRAM AGREEMENT BETWEEN S M M PA AND MARTIN COUNTY TO ALLOW THE COURTHOUSE AND LAW ENFORCEMETN CENTER TO CURTAIL A PORTION OF THEIR ELECTRIC USAGE DURING PEAK PERIODS OF TIME, AS REQUESTED BY S M M P A.THIS PROGRAM CHANGED DUE TO LOWER ENERGY MARKET PRICES. S M M PA WILL PAY 5. DOLLARS PER ACTUAL METERED KW DURING SUMMER MONTHS FOR MONTHS WHERE THERE HAS BEEN A LEAST ONE CURTAILMENT. DURING SUMMER MONTHS WITH NO CURTAILMENT,S M M PA WILL PAY 2 DOLLARS AND 50 CENTS PER DESIGNATED KW.

THE BOARD APPROVED ADDENDUMS TO LEASE AGREEMENTS WITH THE CITY OF FAIRMONT AND HUMAN SERVICES OF MARTIN AND FARIBAULT COUNTIES. THE NEW LEASE AMOUNT INCLUDES A 3 PER CENT INCREASE DUE TO INCREASED BUILDING COSTS. THE TOTAL ANNUAL RENT OF SPACE IN THE L E C TO THE CITY OF FAIRMONT POLICE DEPARTMENT IS 49,623 DOLLARS . TOTAL RENT AT THE MARTIN COUNTY RESOURCE BUILDING TO HUMAN SERVICES IS 189,160 DOLLARS ANNUALLY EFFECTIVE JAN. 1,2018.


ROD HALVORSEN
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