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Faribault County allocates more funds

BLUE EARTH — The Faribault County Board of Commissioners made another CARES Act allocation at their regular meeting on Tuesday.

A motion was approved to distribute the unspent money from the county, small cities and townships which had been returned to the county.

“We may have some more money coming in from some townships but I do not think it will be a big amount,” county auditor Darren Esser told the board.

A total of $199,271.92 was allocated. The Blue Earth Fire Department will receive $38,340, Easton’s Fire Department $47,090, Elmore’s Fire Department $17,000 and Frost’s Fire Department $5,515.

The commissioners also decided to fund the Community Workforce program to the tune of $25,000. A total of $1,556.02 was earmarked for the County EDA to be used for the second round of business grants. The final $64,770.90 was to go to the county government.

The motion also stated any more money which might be returned to the county will be put towards the county government.

“Some of the smaller fire departments are using a portion of the funds to purchase Lucas CPR devices,” Esser mentioned. “They are used to help administer CPR until an ambulance or other medical personnel arrive.”

It was a popular expenditure with the commissioners.

“It could take the Wells Ambulance 15 minutes to arrive to an emergency occurring in the Easton area,” commissioner Bill Groskreutz said. “So if we can assist these smaller fire departments and rescue squads I think we should do so.”

The commissioners set Dec. 1, 8 a.m. for a budget work session to be followed by their regular meeting at 1 p.m.

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