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Commissioners approve 5-year county roads and bridges improvement plan

November 17, 2012

Murray County Board of Commissioners
Approved in the consent agenda was an overnight stay for Christy Riley for the Southern Minnesota Tourism Association Board Meeting and Marketing meeting on February 7-8, 2013 in Faribault as well as one for Amy Rucker for to attend the Minnesota Association of Professional County Economic Developers on December 3-4, 2012 in St. Cloud, MN.

A motion was made, and carried, that the Commissioners appointed as Inspectors in, and for, the County of Murray, are hereby instructed to examine and inspect that portion of the foregoing described County and Judicial Ditches, lying within the County of Murray, for the purpose of determining what repairs are necessary, and if deemed necessary, to prepare either a cost estimate of said repair, or order said repairs to be made, with a reports to be given thereon at a Murray County Board of Commissioner’s meeting, held in the Commissioners Room of the Murray County Government Center, Slayton, Minnesota.

The commissioners approved acceptance of the state homeland security program grant in the amount of $50,900 for regional activities that must be expended by December 31, 2013.

The board approved the county board attend the Judicial Investiture of Christina Wietzema on November 21, 2012 at 2:00 p.m.m at the Cottonwood County Courthouse in Windom.

Gov. Mark Dayton recently appointed Christina Wietzema as District Court Judge in Minnesota’s Fifth Judicial District, replacing Judge Bruce Gross, who retired in August. Wietzema’s seat will be co-chambered in Cottonwood and Murray Counties, a slight change from past years when Murray’s judge came from Pipestone. Wietzema currently works as an Assistant Public Defender for the Fifth Judicial District where she represents indigent clients in all areas of public defense. Prior to this, she represented clients in family law, real property and criminal law as an associate attorney with Bernardy & Scholl. Wietzema is a member of the Rock Nobles Community Corrections Advisory Board and is a volunteer mock trial judge.   She will be sworn in at 2 p.m. Nov. 21 at the Cottonwood County Courthouse.

The board approved the 1/3 page ad in the Southern Minnesota Tourism Association 2013 guide at the cost of $2050.00. A 3% discount is received if the invoice is paid by the middle of November for a cost savings of $61.

According to Riley, she receives approximately 45 emails a month regarding tourism in Murray County. Riley also mentioned other guides she plans to place advertising in. With the improvement in the parks, it is hoped to draw more visitors to Murray County and Riley wants them to know all the county has to offers.

Paul Malone and Jean Christoffels appeared before the board to discuss the surveyor’s certificate of plat correction process. They requested to withdraw the process to correct the plat in regards to Jim Johnson’s request. Malone reviewed the statute and determined that a plat correction was not deemed necessary and felt that Johnson’s issue was outside of the statute’s limitations. A letter was drafted and sent to him explaining the process and possible steps he could move on to next.

Paul Malone reviewed a letter to be sent to John and Jeff Meyer regarding County Ditch 22.

Aurora Heard informed the board there will be a Minnesota Counties Intergovernmental Trust (MCIT) training taking place on November 14 from 9 a.m. to noon. Information will include data practices, employee leaves basics and performance management.

Heard presented a resolution appointing the county assessor - Marcy Barritt for another four year team and a resolution for VALIC Roth contribution for county employees. The board approved both items.

Randy Groves appeared before the board to present a 5-year plan for improvements to county roads and bridges. The plan had been presented previously to the board, however, a few changes have been made to the road tour as a result of on-site visits of each of these projects.

The plan includes improvements to county roads on 10,12, 21, 28, 29 and 30 as well as bridges on CSAH 21, on CSAH 28 (north of Highway 30) and on 131st Street (south of Highway 30).

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