City Board of Equalization, hay ground lease discussed at March 16 meeting

By Marj Frew

Martin City Council met as the Board of Equalization at the beginning of their March 16 meeting. Absent council members included Gregg Claussen and Kevin Rascher. With no appeals filed, the council certified the tax assessment as printed.

Upon adjournment of the Board of Equalization, the council met in regular session.

Members of the public in attendance were Kasi Harris and Larry Gauer.

One bid for the airport hay ground lease was received by Kalen and Klay Harris for $25 per acre. The previous lease was a five-year lease, based on 187 acres, which is likely to change with the addition of the expected 18 acre purchase. It was approved to renew the lease for one year, to allow for extension of five years upon the purchase of the additional 18 acres.

The council approved advertising for a swimming pool manager and lifeguards for the 2020 summer season.

Street Manager Paul Noel visited with the council about purchasing an additional side-by-side sprayer similar to one bought last year, which has been working very well. The council approved the purchase of another one in a smaller size for $2,614 from Warren Chemical.

Larry Gauer, voiced his concerns about a property next to his. “I’ve waited very patiently for this to be resolved, and all it has done has gotten worse. It’s a mess.” After sharing his concerns, he asked the council, “What are your plans?”

The council shared the information which was discussed at the prior meeting concerning the property, and that the Police Chief and City Health Inspector were approved to inspect the site.

The next regular meeting will be held Wednesday, April 8, at 5:30 p.m., in the Library Community Room.

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