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Murray County Board of Commissioners - Buffalo Ridge Transit joint power agreement signed

October 23, 2013

By Dorothy Bloemendaal
The Murray County Board of Commissioners approved a petition for repair on Judicial Ditch #12, Section 36, Iona Township. The outlet in the North East wetland in Section 29, Dovray Township has been determined to be lower than the engineer’s plan either by installation error or by settling. The board agreed to allow the contractor to lift up the slats and put in rock to correct the elevation and reset the slats.

Commissioner John Giese reported on County Ditch #28 that appears to have rock and tree roots in the tile line. Commissioner James Jens, after observing County Ditch #27, said the ditch is in nice shape although it could possibility use a little cleanout. Proposed inviting the landowners and Tom Kresko to a meeting for discussion of the ditch.

Jean Christoffels recently attended the MACPZA fall conference at Gull Lake. She is president of the association, a two year term. Previously she was secretary and vice president and will continue on the board for two years after her presidency. Landowners will be encouraged to restore shorelines. The group toured some natural restorations. Other topics were enforcing land use regulations, the changing climate conditions, a considerable increase in insurance rates for use of flood plain areas, use of technology away from the office cutting down on much paperwork along with other speakers. This was the 40th Anniversary of the Assoc-iation.

Justin Hoffman, parks director, gave the tally of parks camping for the summer season. Overnight camping fees increased over $4,000 since last year. The parks were used for weddings, fishing tournaments, celebrations, etc. The county joined with the Camping Association in 2011 and more advertising contributed to the increase in camping in the area. Campers were from many states as well as the local area.

The Buffalo Ridge Transit joint powers agreement was signed. Commissioner David Thiner and Michelle Miranowski were appointed to the board along with Commissioner Giese as alternate.

Aurora Heard reported on the MACA/MCHRCA Conference. Two of the topics discussed were background checks and the Affordable Care Act.

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