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County to hear update on grandstand

Published 7:50am Monday, November 5, 2012

The county board isn’t taking any time off for Election Day.

The board will hold its regular meeting at 1 p.m. in the basement of the Government Center.

The board is scheduled to hear an update on demolition plans for the condemned grandstand of the Mower County Fairgrounds.

On October 27, a hazmat crew inspected the structure to look for hazardous materials, like asbestos, types of Fluorescent lights, lead paint and more.

The board previously voted to tear down the grandstand, which was deemed structurally unsafe for use. But the board isn’t yet sure how the structure will come down. A controlled burn with the Austin Fire Department is one option, but only if there are no hazardous materials in the structure.

“We’ve got to find out what we’ve got in there before making any decisions how to proceed,” Public Works Director Mike Hanson said at the Oct. 23 meeting.

County Coordinator Craig Oscarson said the board could also get an update on the cost to build a new grandstand structure at the fairgrounds.

Other business:

—The Mower County Soil and Water Conservation District board of supervisors is appealing the finance committee’s recommendation to freeze budget contributions to the agency.

—The county’s United Way Coordinator Steve King is requesting permission to offer a vacation day as insentive for county employees to participate in the United Way campaign.

—Michael and Katherine Harte are requesting a conditional use permit for a vacation rental property in Red Rock Township.

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