(Estherville)--The Emmet County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday heard three requests for funds from the Local Option Sales and Service Tax. Estherville City Administrator Penny Clayton requested funds to help with the construction of the new municipal swimming pool. Clayton says a contribution from the county is needed as part of the city’s application for a state grant.
Clayton says the new pool will benefit the entire county.
The Supervisors voted to approve $50,000 in LOSST funds for the project. The Board also heard a request for funding from the Emmet County Driftbusters Snowmobile Club. Club President Mike Blomstrom says the club is asking for assistance after the purchase of a new trail groomer.
Blomstrom says the groomer could be used as a rescue vehicle during a winter storm.
Sheriff Mike Martens attended the meeting and expressed support for providing assistance to the Driftbusters. The Board approved a $7,500 donation to the club. The board also heard from Kenny Billings of the VFW about a program to honor all first responders in Emmet County. Billings asked the county for LOSST funds to help pay for the meal at the March 27th event. The Supervisors approved providing matching funds up to 75-percent, not to exceed $2,500.
The board also approved a 2.5 percent salary increase in the 2020-2021 fiscal year for elected officials. The Emmet County Compensation Board has recommended a 4-percent increase.