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Martin Co. buys Main Street site

December 7, 2012
Kylie Saari - Staff Writer , Fairmont Sentinel

FAIRMONT - Martin County commissioners have approved the purchase of property at 117 N. Main St. in Fairmont.

The cost was $99,000.

The site was the last parcel in the block not owned by the county. It houses the Land Services Unlimited real estate office.

Commissioner Dan Schmidke said commissioners wanted all the properties in the block in the event the county needs the land for construction.

"If we had a new law enforcement center, that is where it would be," he said.

The county is not currently pursuing such a project, but it has been a subject of debate over the years.

Commissioners seemed united in a desire to get the property at a lower cost, but were concerned about losing the site.

"I still think the price is too high," Commissioner Steve Donnelly said before the board voted unanimously to purchase it.

The county plans to rent out the buildings on the block for now.

In other business Thursday, commissioners approved a remodeling project at the Martin and Faribault County Human Services building in Fairmont.

The project is a result of a Women, Infants and Children program audit showing a need for increased privacy for clients.

Commissioner Jack Potter said Human Services employees have been hauling equipment and records down from the second floor of the building to the basement for appointments. The remodeling will allow them to stay on the second floor.

The current conference room will be remodeled into private offices and a waiting area. In addition, two hallway doors will be installed so WIC clients can use the elevator to come directly to the offices instead of checking in at the main reception area.

The project cost is estimated at $35,757, with federal funding covering 92 percent.



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