Belgard to serve as chairman

FAIRMONT – “The Steves have it,” as Commissioner Dan Schmidtke noted during a vote Wednesday at the Martin County Commission meeting.

Steve Flohrs of rural Ormsby was sworn in as the newest commissioner at the first meeting of the year. Commissioners Elliott Belgard and Steve Donnelly also were sworn in after being re-elected in November.

During the meeting, Belgard was elected chairman for 2013, while Schmidtke will serve as vice-chairman.

Committee assignments were approved, with Flohrs taking over the assignments of former Commissioner Jack Potter. Meanwhile, Belgard and Pierce traded one committee. Belgard will now serve on the South Central Housing and Redevelopment Authority while Pierce will represent the county on the Fairmont Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition.

Commissioners approved meeting times to continue on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at 9 a.m. Schmidtke offered a half-hearted suggestion to move the meetings to the afternoon, knowing it wouldn’t pass. Flohrs made a motion to maintain the regular scheduled meeting time, and Commissioner Steve Pierce seconded it.

“There you go; the Steves have it,” Schmidtke said to a round of chuckles.

In other business, commissioners:

o Approved a bid of $94,100 from United Builders of Blue Earth for the Martin County Security Building remodeling project, which is expected to take eight weeks.

o Heard a brief report from Fairmont Police Chief Greg Brolsma regarding a Top 20 Training Presentation to be offered later this month. Brolsma encouraged the county to have some representation at the meeting, and warned that seats for the presentation “were filling up like crazy.”