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April 7, 2012
Gary Andersen, Lee Smith , Fairmont Sentinel

County takes action

We are glad to see Martin ?County leaders taking a step related to the downtown parking mess in Fairmont. Commissioners this week approved turning a vacant lot at West Second and North Main streets into a parking lot. This could add spaces for county workers or courthouse visitors, among others.

Commissioners haven't decided who, exactly, will be allowed to park in the lot. They, like everyone else, are waiting for the downtown association and the city of Fairmont to reformulate a parking plan.

Rezoning seems likely

Lincoln School in Fairmont may have a brighter future after the city's planning commission this week recommended that the site be rezoned from single-family residential to neighborhood business. This would allow the site to be developed, perhaps as part office space, part apartments.

Fairmont Area Schools no longer uses the facility but it rents out space there. However, the rent collected does not cover the costs to keep the building open. If the district can unload Lincoln School, it will save money.

Something for workers

In recent years, amid tough economic times, employers have had to cut back in terms of hiring, wages and benefits. So we are sure that employees appreciate bosses who try to reward their staff in other ways.

We are impressed by the effort of Lakeview Health Services in Fairmont. The facility for seniors has teamed with Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation to offer a series of classes for parents. The 30-minute sessions are offered at times convenient for workers.

Kudos to Lakeview for participating in this innovative idea.

Hirings make sense

We believe Blue Earth city leaders have done the right thing by moving ahead on hiring a couple of new police officers. With the city having decided to maintain its own police force, rather than share with Winnebago or Faribault County, Blue Earth needs a police force large enough to handle the required duties.

The city does not want to keep paying thousands and thousands of dollars in overtime. And it doesn't want to burn out the officers who have been working short-handed for quite some time. There is also a question of officer safety involved, in those busiest times when backup is required.



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