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Murray County Board of Commissioners-Pheasants Forever purchase county acreage

February 11, 2014

By Dorothy Bloemendaal
The Murray County Board of Commissioners met on Tuesday, January 28. There were no ditch bills or petitions at this time. Commissioner James Jens inquired as to the progress on Judicial Ditch #3. The overload of the ditch viewers has held up the progress.

A subordination request was granted to Anthony J. Iverson and Angela Iverson.

Final payment was approved for the laying of the carpet in the Extension and Highway Department offices.

Auditor/treasurer Heidi Winter reported on the recent conference she attended for MACO. She explained the difference of absentee voting and early voting that is being considered in the future. Polling places in the government center and ballot boxes would need to be added.

A donation of $7,950 from the fair board was accepted with gratitude. The money from individuals is to be used for the cattle barn renovation. The board requested an accounting of the donations received to date for this project.

Winter requested the purchase of a heavy duty shredded for the government center. It will be purchased from Staples for $599.99.

Commissioner John Giese reported Lyon County has joined for services by A.C.E. formerly known as RSVP.

County coordinator Aurora Heard presented the pay equity implementation report for 2013. The report will be submitted to the Minnesota Management and Budget Department.

Advertising and hiring was approved for a part time dispatcher in the sheriff’s office.

Final payment of $27,641,00 was approved for River Ridge Construction for the Murray Township bridge.

The board approved the purchase of a motor grader for the highway department of $241,240 (state bid) with a trade included of $62,000. The engineer estimated $245,000 for the unit.

A 4.6 acre parcel was approved for sale to Pheasants Forever. The land is in the N 1/2 SE 1/4, Section 15 in Mason Township. On a roll call vote it passed 4-0 with Commissioner Moline voting nay.

Randy Groves will obtain quotes for a salt shed and estimates for removal and replacement of fuel pumps and tanks at the highway department.

Groves updated the board on the recent conference he attended in Brainerd. Speakers emphasized how expenses are greater than what is taken in by the federal and state for highway projects. Dakota County was given “Project of the Year” award for urban counties and the reconstruction of roads under traffic. St. Louis County was awarded for the rural area for its reconstruction of a winding road in the Duluth area.

Groves indicated some county roads may be marked with reflective stripes next year.

Commissioner Thiner was informed of the policy the county has for overweight vehicles according to policy adopted several years ago.

Jennie Kirchner met with the board regarding the purchase of or refurbishing of an ambulance. She suggested a remount of the 2007 ambulance in the amount of $133.000. A new ambulance is $178,000.

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