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Ditch public hearing to be held March 4th

February 13, 2014

By Dorothy Bloemendaal

Murray County Board of Commissioners set public hearings for ditch systems at their meeting on Tuesday, February 4. Judicial Ditch #26 is on March 4 at 10:15 a.m. and County Ditches # 30 and 40 is at March 4 at 10:30 a.m. There are minor changes to the petition for construction and maintenance of Trunk Highway No. 62 necessitating the petition of the state for the hearings.

Justin Hoffman, parks director, brought a request to purchase four additional bleachers for the fairgrounds activities. Cost of the bleachers is $7,407.20 and is a budgeted item.

He updated the board on the fairgrounds buildings. The work on the renovation of the cattle barn continues in spite of the cold weather. Hoffman asked for input on the use of the 4-H building for events by the public. It was decided non-profit organizations, charitable groups and education would be allowed. Others are to be approved on a case by case use. No private rummage sales would be permitted and any time liquor would be served the group must come before the board with advanced notice.

Lakes Area Sportsman were approved for a raffle to be held May 17, 2014 for a fishing derby sponsored by Key Largo.

Jim Reinert requested the purchase of desktop computers for the museum, Sunrise Terrace and networking.

Commissioner Robert Moline reported the state will make changes for the qualification of the assessor position including the cities and townships. By 2019 all assessors much be certified, a possible two year training. If not certified it would fall back on the county to do the assessments.

A resolution was signed with Southern Prairie for a name change. The change is from Southern Prairie Health Purchasing Alliance to Southern Prairie Community Care

The board signed a resolution designating the county website for public notices. It is not a required change.

SEH was approved to develop bid proposals for fuel pumps and the Salt/Sand Shed located at the highway department. Approval was given to purchase a highway department pickup from the state bid. A used pickup will be sold at auction. The new 1/2 half-ton pickup is a GMC for $28,775.32 plus tax and replaces a Dodge pickup with 177,000 miles.

Bids for county road overlays will be opened on March 18 at 10:30 a.m.

The capital improvement financing for the highway department is to be presented by Northland Securities on February 18 at 10:15 a.m. The bond is $341,240 for the highway department new road grader and two squad cars for the sheriff’s department. The bid will be awarded on March 18 for financing. The used motor grader will be traded in and not offered locally.

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