Martin County Commissioners Agenda THE MARTIN COUNTY BOARD MEETS TUESDAY AT 9 A.M. AMONG THE AGENDA ITEMS WILL BE A PRESENTATION OF A PROPOSED MARTIN COUNTY SOCIAL HOST ORDINANCE, INTRODUCTION AND OATH OF OFFICE FOR NEW EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT DIRECTOR AND REVIEW OF THE APPROVED 2019 PRELIMINARY BUDGET AND LEVY AT TUESDAY'S MEETING AT THE MARTIN COUNTY COURTHOUSE.
Forum Candidates Respond To Issues Incumbent Dan Schmidtke and challenger Richard Koons answered questions Thursday about their campaigns for the District 4 Commissioner seat on the Martin County Board. Topics at a forum at City Hall in Fairmont included a proposed $40 million county justice center. DAN SCHMIDTKE SAID THIS TOPIC HAS BEEN THERE FOR THE LAST 12 YEARS AND IS PROBABLY 3-5 YEARS DOWN THE ROAD. RICHARD KOONS ADDED THAT IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN DONE LONG AGO BUT STATE FUNDING HELP IS NEEDED BEFORE IT CAN PROCEED. The Martin County Library in Fairmont CAME UNDER DISCUSSION AFTER REMOVAL [...]
Charges Filed A Truman man has been charged in Martin County with third-degree murder in the Aug. 19 overdose death of Mariah Lynn Miller, 24, of Fairmont. An autopsy was performed on Miller. It revealed a positive result for meth in her blood and a final anatomic diagnosis including methamphetamine toxicity. A Welcome man has been charged with aiding the crime. The men were arrested Tuesday by the Martin County Sheriff’s Office, Minnesota River Valley Drug Task Force, Truman Police Department and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension following an investigation into Miller’s death. Troy Michael Meeker, 51, of Truman [...]
CANDIDATE FORUMS The four Fairmont Area School Board candidates — Michael Edman, John Gibeau, Martha Myren and Rufus Rodriguez — had the opportunity to let the public know their positions during a forum Wednesday at City Hall in Fairmont. The four candidate are running to fill three open seats. Candidates covered a variety of issues, including their thoughts on parent and community engagement; the value of public education; and how they would serve as an advocate. Mike Edman looked back 20 years to when he was student body president and would seek to help students find a teacher or [...]
CANDIDATE FORUMS Incumbent Debbie Foster and challenger Jeff Weber, candidates for Fairmont mayor, answered questions Wednesday at a candidate forum at City Hall. 3rd Ward council candidate Randy Lubenow also participated. A social host ordinance that would hold adults responsible for underage alcohol consumption on their property, proposed by the Martin County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, drew strong emotional support from both candidates. Foster lost an adult daughter to alcoholism, while Weber has an adult son who struggles with heroin and meth addiction. Randy Lubenow said an amenity that would give people a place to go to be with [...]
New Business Manager Hired The Fairmont School Board approved the hire of a new business manager Tuesday. Superintendent Joe Brown recommended the board contract with Bradley Carlton for a fee of $60,000, beginning Oct. 1 and running through June 30. Carlton is familiar with the district as he has performed the school’s audit for the past several years. Carlton will work on site two days per week and be available via email the rest of the time. He replaces Sue Nelson, who is retiring after 32 years with the district. The board also approved hiring Christopher Muhvich as the [...]
FEDA board looks at child care The Fairmont Economic Development Authority Monday heard a report on the child care shortage in Martin County from Landon McKay, business development specialist with First Children’s Finance, an organization funded by the Department of Human Services that provides loans and business development assistance to build and maintain child care services. First Children’s Finance has been working with Linsey Preuss, city economic development coordinator, and a core group of stakeholders to identify any underlying problems causing the child care shortage and to remedy those problems. “Looking at all of Martin County, there’s 172 missing [...]
City Council to deal with tax-forfeited property The Fairmont City Council Monday Approved requesting that properties in the city forfeited for nonpayment of property taxes be sold or conveyed to the city. Each year, Martin County offers such properties to the city first. If the property is blighted or uninhabitable, the city will raze the structure. This year, the city requested seven properties: 512 N. Elm St., 1206 N. Elm St., 110 Webster St., 714 N. North Ave., 406 N. Elm St., 606 N. Prairie and 415 E. Sixth St. The council approved hiring Bolton & Menk for $110,500 [...]
Fairmont School Board meets Tuesday THE FAIRMONT SCHOOL BOARD WILL MEET TUESDAY AT 5 P.M. THEY WILL ACT ON THE STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT REPORT AND EDUCATIONAL IMPROVEMENT PLAN, HIRING A NEW BUSINESS MANAGER AND ENTER INTO AN AGREEMENT WITH SCHOOL MANAGEMENT SERVICES . PERSONNEL MATTERS WILL BE TAKEN CARE OF AND DONATIONS ACCEPTED AT TUESDAY'S MEETING AT THE FAIRMONT CITY HALL COUNCIL CHAMBERS.
Fairmont council meets October 8 THE FAIRMONT CITY COUNCIL MEETS TONIGHT AT 5:30 PM. THE COUNCIL WILL HEAR A PRESENTATION FROM FIRST CHILDREN'S FINANCE, ACT ON AN ORDINANCE AMENDMENT, SALE OF TAX FORFEITED PROPERTY, TRAIL EXTENSION PROFESSIONAL SERVICE AGREEMENT AND SOFT CELL COLLOCATION SUPPLEMENTS. THE COUNCIL WILL ALSO UNVEIL THE CITY ATTORNEY'S PERFORMANCE EVALUATION AT TONIGHT'S MEETING AT THE FAIRMONT CITY HALL COUNCIL CHAMBERS.