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            The Martin County Planning Commission/Board of Adjustment will be conducting a public hearing on October 27, 2020 at 5:30 p.m.


            PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE

            Planning Commission/Board of Adjustment

            October 27, 2020

             

            The Martin County Planning Commission/Board of Adjustment will be conducting a public hearing on October 27, 2020 at 5:30 p.m.  The hearing will be held in the Martin County Commissioners Room, located on the first floor of the Courthouse, 201 Lake Avenue – Fairmont, MN.  The following items will be on the agenda:

            Variance Request from Dennis & Lynn Sovell within Section 34 of Fox Lake Township. The Sovells would like to place a septic system closer than the required setback from the road right-of-way; the garage, and the east side yard setback on Fox Lake in an “SL-2” Shoreland Residential Recreational District. The Martin County Sewage and Wastewater Ordinance require a minimum of 10 feet to the road right-of-way; 20 feet to a building; and 10 feet to a property line.

             

            Variance Request from Jeremiah (J.R.) Pooley within Section 9 of Silver Lake Township. 

            The Pooleys are proposing to build an addition and deck onto an existing house encroaching closer than the minimum required setback from the centerline of the public right-of-way in an “A” Agricultural District. The Martin County Zoning Ordinance requires a 200 foot setback from the centerline of any public right-of-way for a new building site effective February 17, 2004 and one hundred and thirty (130) feet from the centerline of any public right-of-way for existing building sites constructed before February 17, 2004. Existing building sites cannot further encroach closer than the nearest present building from the centerline of the road provided greater than 130 feet from the centerline in an “A” Agricultural District.

            Any persons interested in this public hearing are urged to attend the Planning Commission/Board of Adjustment meeting.

             

            Pamela A. Flitter

            Martin County Zoning Administrator

            Acting VA Deputy Secretary Pam Powers thanked Vietnam Veterans “to whom we all owe the greatest debt of gratitude” at the Martin County Veterans Memorial Bell Helicopter dedication ceremony Aug. 1 in Fairmont, Minnesota.

            Acting VA deputy secretary thanks Vietnam Veterans during ceremony

              Acting VA Deputy Secretary Pam Powers thanked Vietnam Veterans “to whom we all owe the greatest debt of gratitude” at a dedication ceremony Aug. 1.


            The ceremony, hosted by Martin County and the memorial committee, dedicated AH-1-66-F-15327, or Cobra 327, which served in Vietnam and Laos from 1968-1971.

            Powers spoke of the helicopter’s missions in Southeast Asia, flying armed escort, reconnaissance and battle support. She also talked about the sounds that resonate with Vietnam Veterans, from miniguns to whirring of blades.

            “I have little doubt the Vietnam Veterans among us and those who see it here in years to come still hear and feel it,” she said. “Thousands of men and women fighting in Vietnam and in other conflicts since have seen that Cobra silhouette overhead. In that, they found some measure of comfort, of relief, perhaps some measure of inspiration and salvation.”

            Army records show Cobra 327 received enemy fire at least 12 times. The acting deputy secretary also told the story of Army 1st Lt. David Stinson and Warrant Officer Stephen Wilton. They landed Cobra 327 safely the last time in Laos, in spite of massive damage from enemy fire.

            “They put their lives on the line for all of us”

            She said the pair, along with many others who flew in Southeast Asia, deserve the nation’s gratitude.

            “They put their lives on the line for all of us, and for generations to come,” she said.

            Powers said the thanks also go to the crews who kept the helicopters in the air.

            “We honor and celebrate the courage, determination, ingenuity, and plain grit of the tireless crews who kept them flying in and out of combat,” she said. “They are the crew chiefs, the engine mechanics, sheet metal mechanics, avionics repairmen, armament techs, test pilots, and others.

            Powers said these Veterans “worked tirelessly to patch them back up, make them airworthy again so they could get back to the fight,” protecting Veterans who served on the ground

            “By honoring all of them, we honor every Veteran who came before and after, and those servicemembers fighting and standing watch today around the globe.”

            Getting Cobra 327 on display

            Following military service, Cobra 327 went to the Kern County Fire Department in California to fight night fires. The helicopter can see through the smoke with its military infrared scanners and locate people. Once the fire department retired Cobra 327, five different states tried to acquire it.

            Martin County’s Veteran Memorial Committee started restoring Cobra 327 in 2019, returning it to the likeness of 1971. The helicopter is one of several monuments that compose the larger Veterans Memorial.

            Powers also visited multiple VA medical centers on the trip, recognizing front line workers for COVID-19 work.


            US Department of Veterans Affairs Article Click Here

             

            Martin County Parks will be opening for both electric/water hookup camping and primitive camping starting on June 17th, 2020.

            Martin County Parks will be opening for both electric/water hookup camping and primitive camping starting on June 17th, 2020.

            Signs will be placed in the parks on cleaning and social distancing measures that should be followed while using the parks.

            Bathrooms and shelter houses are also open for day use.  Shelter houses cannot currently be reserved for larger group outings.

            Limit one unit per camping site.  NO GROUP CAMPING with multiple campers/tents sharing one site. This means if all designated camping sites are taken in a park, new campers must leave, they cannot share a spot already taken/paid for.

            Primitive camping that isn’t in a designated camping site needs to maintain a 50’ spacing between units.

            NO RESERVATIONS are accepted for camping sites.  All sites are first come first served and must be paid for upon arrival.

            Martin County Property Tax Relief for COVID-19-Related Hardships

            Approved by Martin County Board of Commissioners May 7, 2020

            • Reduction of the penalty for payments made after May 15, 2020

            1% (from May 16th to June 30th);

            2% (from July 1st to July 31st );

            o  back to the existing penalty/interest schedule beginning on August 1st (see chart below)

            o  Penalty amount be the same for all types of real property

            o  Reduction would not apply to personal property and wind/solar

            o  Parcels paid by escrow would still be May 15th

            o  Parcels paid with ACH draw would still be May 15th

            COVID Rates Table

            For more information, speak to the Auditor/Treasurer’s Office

            507-238-3211



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