Martin County Commissioners on Tuesday approved a proposed prosecution contract with the city of Fairmont for a period of six months at a rate of $150 per hour at Tuesday’s meeting.County Attorney Terry Viesselman was on hand to discuss the terms, the work involved and answer questions from the board. Viesselman noted that his office already does the greater load of prosecution for the city. When asked by Commissioner Elliot Belgard if he would require another attorney to help with the workload, Terry Viesselman said it would not be necessary. Viesselman noted that his office has been handling Fairmont’s prosecution on an interim basis.

The contracted services with the city call for the county to provide the prosecution of felonies,statutory gross misdemeanor, misdemeanor and petty misdemeanor violations, other than liquor licenses or permits issued by the city. The county also will provide for prosecutions of municipal traffic and parking ordinance violations. In addition to paying the county $150 per hour, the city will reimburse for out-of-pocket expenses, such as filing fees, witness fee and investigation costs. The city has yet to approve the deal.

In other news the board:

Received and filed the CY2020 Budget Request received from the Martin County Historical Society.

 Approve to serve as the fiscal agent on behalf of the Martin County Veterans Memorial Committee for the procurement of an AH-1F Helicopter and laptop computer.

Approve changing the regularly scheduled commissioner meeting time on June 18, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to coincide with the County Board of Equalization meeting.

Received and filed the CY2020 Budget Request received from Minnesota Valley Action Council. Coimmissioners heard from those who are involved as youth interns in the county this summer. That program is made possible through M V A C.

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