Martin County Commissioners on Tuesday heard from County Assessor Mike Sheplee, who noted progress on updating the county’s homestead application files. As part of a new policy, a letter was sent out in October to about 4,100 county residential taxpayers who did not have a homestead application on file, due to a misunderstanding in Sheplee’s office about how long to keep homestead applications. Those who do not return the form will see an effect on their 2020 property taxes. “After 14 business days, we’ve received 44 percent of the requests back. We started out with 4,100 and what we have left is 800 in the rural areas, 1,000 in Fairmont and 600 in the other small cities” said Sheplee.

In other business the county board:

Receive and file CY2020 Budget Allocation Request from Kinship of Martin County.

Approve and authorize the hire of Dixie Murphy as Legal Secretary for the County Attorney’s Office effective November 18, 2019.

Approve and authorize Board Chair to sign Road Use Agreement with Avangrid Renewables for the Trimont Wind Repowering Project – Highway Department.

Approve and authorize Board Chair to sign Agreement for Law Enforcement Services to be provided for the City of Dunnell – Sheriff’s Office.

Ratify acceptance of the FY20/21 Legacy Grant Contract for the Martin County Veterans Memorial in the amount of $97,000.0 effective October 2, 2019 through June 30, 2021; and authorize Board Chair and Doug Landsteiner to sign the grant agreement and other required reporting on behalf of Martin County.

Ratify the appointment of Randy Lubenow, representing the Fairmont City Council, to serve on the Martin County Library Board, effective January 1, 2019.

Approve and authorize Board Chair to sign resolution for the Conveyance of Certain Parcels of Tax Forfeited Nonconservation Land located in the City of Fairmont, MN to the City of Fairmont, MN.

Set Public Hearing in consideration of proposed revisions to the Martin County Fee Schedule for December 3, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. – Martin County Courthouse, 201 Lake Avenue, Fairmont, MN Room #103 (Commissioners Meeting Room).

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