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FAIRMONT– Chief Deputy Corey Klanderud was present at the Martin County Board of Commissioners meeting Tuesday to present a mobile body worn camera policy for the Martin County Sheriff’s Office.

While the project started awhile ago, Klanderud said they had been waiting to see what the state would require, but that they’re ready to move forward with the body worn camera program.

“Part of that requirement is to take public comment and approve a written policy,” Klanderud said.

He said the plan is to have a survey / question link on the website and also schedule a time where the public can provide comment directly to the commissioners in order to review how the public feels about the sheriff’s office moving forward with the project.

The commissioners questioned whether they should approve the policy before they receive public comment. Klanderud said they could post the policy so that the public can review it if it wishes.

As a public hearing is not required, the commissioners decided to solicit public input through the next County Commissioner meeting on July 19. The public is welcome to contact any of the county commissioners or come to the board meeting on July 5 or July 19 to ask questions, voice concerns or express support.

Moving to other matters, Ron Ziegler, CEO of Community Economic and Development Associates (CEDA) was present virtually to update the board on where they’re at in the process of lining up consulting services. The commissioners have been working with CEDA since early May when they had a joint meeting between the organization and the Martin County EDA board regarding a consulting proposal.

Ziegler said they’re in the process of having Bryan Stading become an employee of CEDA. Stading has been the senior business facilitator / consultant for the Martin County Economic Development Authority.

“I don’t think you’ll notice much of a change when we get to the point of switching over contracts from RCEF (Regional Center for Entrepreneurial Facilitation) to CEDA,” Ziegler said.

Commissioner Elliot Belgard said that the EDA board has recommended to the commissioners to enter into an agreement with CEDA. He said they figured the cost of hiring someone will be about the same as having a five day a week agreement with CEDA.

Commissioner Kathy Smith asked Ziegler if they’ll have the opportunity to choose a consultant and if they’ll be in the office five days a week.

Ziegler said they believe Stading will fill that role but that he won’t be doing it on a 40 hours a week basis. However, someone will be working 40 hours a week, but maybe not in the office.

“It’s our belief that a lot of the work happens out in the communities,” Ziegler said.

Commissioner Richard Koons, who is one the EDA board, said he understood that Stading would serve as a department head and have someone work under him. Ziegler said down the road that’s the end goal to remain consistent in projects moving forward.

The commissioners discussed having the contract be for five hours at eight hours a day. Smith said she was concerned about the control EDA was giving up to CEDA.

“Part of the reason we’ve turned this way is because we’re having trouble filling this position. The city of Fairmont is also hiring and we’re not getting a good response, “ Belgard orchard.

Smith made a motion to enter into a contract with CEDA for services for five days a week. The motion passed.

The commissioners then discussed ending services with RCEF at the end of July and starting with CEDA on Aug. 1.

In other news, the board:

– Accepted with regret the retirement of County Attorney, Terry Viesselman. Viesselman’s last day will be June 30.

– Heard a request from Lenny Tvedten of the Martin County Historical Society for a 10 percent budget increase due to inflation. The board filed the request.

– Accepted the resignation of Michelle Larson, Youth Intervention and Prevention Coordinator.

– Accepted the resignation of Melissa Goerndt, circulation technician at the Martin County Library.

– Approved the IRS increased mileage rate of 4 cents to 62.5 cents per mile, effective July 1.

– Set a public hearing date of July 19 for a single family housing tax abatement request from Randy and Alice Martin.

– Approved a tax abatement request from Larry and Annette Bremer at 10 S. Silver Lake Rd., Fairmont.

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