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Assessor fights for safety measure

February 5, 2014

FAIRMONT — Martin County Assessor Dan Whitman approached Martin County commissioners Tuesday to request that the board reconsider a request for a bulletproof glass window. During their Jan....

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ICallBS

Feb-15-14 2:29 PM

In due time the good people of Martin Co. Mainly farm land owners will know why Mr. Whitman wants bullet proof glass. When they get their 2015 tax value's and find that the greater share of Martin Co. farm land will be taxed at $9950=/acre. Even though land values started dropping in the fall of 2013.

"Schmidtke and Belgard wasting your money and getting paid to do it." Schmidtke has been a disappointment from day one. Belgard is proving to be a follower to Schmidke's. This is my first time being disappointed in Flohrs. I hope its not the start of a trend by him.

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ItsMe1

Feb-06-14 11:54 AM

Blue5011... HUGE differences between what are personal choices and what are choices made by an employer. We all can make our own personal choices and bear the responsibility for them. However, as an employer (and we the taxpayers are the employers in this case), we have duties and responsibilities to our employees (even though we can't protect against everything). If we fail in those, we are responsible. I can assure you that Cook County is paying plenty of money for that case as he still gets paid even though he cannot work. By the way, yes, I still drive - but I use a seat belt, take prudent measures, etc. and I still eat - but I don't leave meat on the counter to spoil before I eat it. Common sense. It seems, under your theory, that if any of us come upon you and found you (or someone you love) ill or injured, do nothing because "no one lives forever." Can't agree with that thinking.

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scottscott

Feb-06-14 7:48 AM

Schmidtke and Belgard wasting your money and getting paid to do it. Time for them to go. Flohrs must have been the other vote. Whitman didn't want it, goes to a workshop? And comes back to request it? Did a company that makes bulletproof glass put on the workshop? No wonder people try to pay less taxes at every turn. Their money is constantly Wasted!

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blue5011

Feb-05-14 11:40 PM

"Well, my mom was on that jury in Grand Marais and I can tell you, she NEVER dreamt she would be sitting in that jury box when the shooting started."

Yeah? Cry me a river... Does your family still use cars? After all, there are many automobile accidents out there. Do you have food testers check you meal before you eat it? EVERY store in town better get bulletproof glass, cause you just never know... Life is full of the unexpected, no one lives forever.

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thedealio

Feb-05-14 5:08 PM

And any office in the Courthouse, too, for that matter.

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thedealio

Feb-05-14 5:07 PM

Does the jail and dispatch have bulletproof glass? I would hope so. Does the court admin have bulletproof glass? They are all well more at risk and should be a higher priority. You have to draw a line somewhere and I think its there. Any office at the LEC can argue they may potentially come in contact or be around upset individuals.

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ItsMe1

Feb-05-14 11:04 AM

Please forgive my double negative. I'm sure you get my point.

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ItsMe1

Feb-05-14 11:01 AM

Well, my mom was on that jury in Grand Marais and I can tell you, she NEVER dreamt she would be sitting in that jury box when the shooting started. Employees are entitled to a safe workplace and if the employer knows they have a particularly vulnerable area, they have a duty. I bet if one of those employees in the Assessor's office were injured in the future due to a situation like they described, Martin County would end up paying a LOT more out than $6,000. It CAN happen here - just like it did in Grand Marais and countless other courthouses around the country! You can't plan for everything, but don't assume nothing is going to happen.

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blue5011

Feb-05-14 10:11 AM

As time passes we are slowly making LEO's and public employees more "inaccessible", by the walling-off, bullet-proof glass, and the need to be "buzzed-in".

I am asking if that is really nessasary? Yes, people get hurt... people die in automobile crashes everyday. Other than the Grand Maris incident a few years ago, how many deaths and/ or incidents of injury have happened at the Martin or Faribault County courthouses?

These buildgs are already supposed to be "weapons-free", won't that stop the violence?

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JoeFairmont

Feb-05-14 7:46 AM

Wow, what a confirmation for 2nd amendment gun rights. Even in their own building, when seconds count, police are minutes away!

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s43317b

Feb-05-14 7:43 AM

Wow, they went to a workshop. They said bulletproof glass is a good idea. Now I want it waaaah. I want it! You don't need it! And the county doesn't have an extra 6K laying around. Their office is in the LEC if you don't feel protected there why have police at all?

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fishon

Feb-05-14 7:39 AM

I have a cheap solution, take out the glass and replace with brick. That should make the office much more secure, and productivity should increase with no looking out the window.

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