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County seeks justice center funds

FAIRMONT — Martin County Commissioners heard from Robert Long of Larkin Hoffman Attorneys of Bloomington Tuesday, who reviewed the county’s state general obligation bond request for Martin County to construct, furnish, and equip a new regional justice center.

Long has been representing a $20 million state bonding request for the county.

The proposed justice center is meant to provide space for functions related to the multi-county justice system needs for female offenders, juveniles, and mental health services.

“After talking with Senator Julie Rosen and [Representative] Bjorn Olson, we concluded that we should get a bill ready,” Long said.

After seeking out avenues to reduce cost, Long said that Rosen was very supportive of introducing the bonding bill.

“There are a few additional pieces of language that refers to multi-county serviceability as it relates to housing female prisoners and juveniles,” Long said. “Then another key component is referencing mental health services, which is something that Senator Rosen felt very strongly about.”

Long stated that the bonding bill was introduced in the Senate and has been referred to the Senate Capital Investment Committee. The next step will be an introduction in the House and referral to the House Capital Committee.

“I think we’re in a really good position,” Long said. “We have very strong supporters in both Senator Rosen and Representative Bjorn Olson. They’re very excited to be assisting to get the one half of the funding needed.”

In other action, the board:

— Passed a resolution for the Blizzard Snowmobile Club to apply for maintenance funding from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources for an existing snowmobile trail.

— Approved a motion to sign a general obligation bonding grant agreement in the amount of $350,000 for the Martin County Veterans Memorial Project.

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