Boys, Girls County resurrected

FAIRMONT – Following a hiatus in the program last year, Boys and Girls County was back on Tuesday in Martin County.

This year, there was more teamwork in planning and organizing, and some new ideas.

“Instead of just myself organizing it, (Martin County Recorder) Kay Wrucke helped and we met with the Fairmont Legion and Auxiliary people, and we worked out the details,” said Martin County Veterans Service officer Doug Landsteiner. “A lot of it is still the same; the Legion sponsored it and the county hosted. Fairmont Legion did a lot of it, with the other Legions in the area helping.”

Boys and Girls County consists of top junior students from area schools being selected to spend a day learning about the many facets of county government.

This year also saw a large group of seniors from one school.

“We have about 35 students, and that includes several seniors from Truman who didn’t get to participate last year,” Landsteiner said.

Tuesday’s county government day covered every county office at the courthouse and law enforcement center, along with trips to the library and highway shop, and a short time in the Martin County Commission meeting. At the end of the day, students received certificates for participating.

“That was something we hadn’t done before,” Landsteiner said.

Along with giving a short presentation to the Boys and Girls County program, commissioners approved the purchase of a new one-ton crew cab skid loader truck for $28,315, plus $7,020 for the truck body for one-ton equipment.

Martin County Engineer Kevin Peyman informed commissioners the bid was a state contract dealer, and no other dealerships in the area were able to give a competitive price.

The board also approved a replacement truck for the Highway Department fleet for $20,083.

Commissioners also approved a new account technician hire to the Recorder’s Office. Wrucke requested starting the new hire at higher than the entry level of $16.28 per hour, which was rejected by commissioners.

The identity of the new hire was not released because the job has not yet been accepted by the person.

Wrucke reported there were 67 applicants for the position.