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Not ready to open courthouse front door

County Board decides to keep it closed until courtroom is open

By Kevin Mertens - Staff Writer | Mar 7, 2021

Commissioner Tom Loveall, above, makes a point during the County Board meeting.

It was a short meeting for the Faribault County Commissioners on Tuesday, March 2, with very few items on the agenda.

One item which came up during commissioners reports was the question of when the front door, located on the east side of the courthouse, might be reopened.

“We have been talking about it,” county auditor/ treasurer/coordinator Darren Esser told the board. “We locked that entrance when COVID hit. Once court opens back up I would think we will want to reopen the front entrance. We will be consulting with our security staff and law enforcement to determine how to proceed.”

Planning and Zoning administrator Loria Rebuffoni appeared at the meeting virtually and reported the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has completed their year-end review of the Faribault County delegated feedlot program.

“I met with the MPCA two times in February. Their review covers the time period from Jan. 1, 2020, through Dec. 31, 2020,” Rebuffoni explained. “Based upon the review, the MPCA has determined the county satisfactorily met 15.25 out of 16 of applicable non-inspection minimum program requirements. The county also satisfactorily conducted 42.5 inspections of the 293 feedlots required to be registered for an inspection rate of 14.5 percent.”

The report also noted the great job the county did with their inspection documentation, and concluded by stating, “The MPCA commends Faribault County for its work in 2020.”

Rebuffoni also informed the board there would be no Planning and Zoning meeting in March.

Public Works director Mark Daly also checked into the meeting but told the commissioners he had no action items for them to consider.

Daly and the commissioners discussed how townships might be able to take advantage of Local Road Improvement Program funding.

“My office is certainly willing to help with giving guidance,” Daly offered. “But the townships would have to hire their own engineering firm for any projects they are considering.”

The board also passed a resolution to sell a parcel of property located at 926 Galbraith St. S. to the city of Blue Earth.

“The property is blighted and the city intends to demolish it,” Esser explained.

The sale price was set at $1 plus any associated fees involved with the transaction.

In other business:

• Robin Stenzel was appointed to a three-year term on the Board of Adjustments.

• The board voted to renew the liquor licenses of the Derby Inn, Minn-Iowa Golf Course and Riverside Town & Country Club for the period of April 1, 2021 through March 31, 2022.