The Emmet County Board of Supervisors Tuesday agreed to a request to abate $520 in mobile home taxes from a party who has agreed to take possession of the property.
County treasurer Vickie Jurrens presented the request by Coletta Jaeger to abate the past taxes, with the understanding that Jaeger would then take ownership and pay future taxes of $148 a year. Jaeger wants to use the structure for a hobby workshop. Jurrens said Monte Burrell, the mobile home park owner, had already agreed to not charge back lot rent owed by the previous owner.
The board also held a public hearing and approved a 2013 budget amendment for an added $61,055 in expenditures with $17,000 in revenue. The expenses include $17,700 for extra help in communications, $15,000 miscellaneous in public health, $2,000 in case management education and training, $5,000 for the recorder and Armstrong-
Ringsted school reorganization election and $20,000 from the conservation trust to pay off the Nature Center.
Money coming in includes $15,000 in a bioterrorism grant and $2,000 in case management reimbursement.
In the road report, engineer Roger Patocka noted road damage in four areas: 140th Street, 190th Street, 580th Street south of Highway 9, 570th Street on the southwest side of Armstrong and on 470th north of A34. Patocka asked the board if they wanted a bill sent to the responsible parties.
"My answer is absolutely no. Don't send them a bill," said supervisor Ron Smith, adding that recent weather was more than likely the cause. "This looks to me like it's some kind of watchdog police deal," Smith said.
Board chair Alan Madden agreed, saying the damage was normal given recent rains.