Murray Co. Board to review parking agreement with school

SLAYTON — A parking lease between the county and Murray County Central Schools will be considered for approval during the Murray County Board meeting today. The meeting starts at 1 p.m.

With this lease in force, the county will provide the school district with the right to use at least 15 parking spaces located in the hard-surfaced parking area located between the Murray County Government Center and Murray County Courts buildings beginning after 5 p.m. each day for the purposes of providing parking for events occurring at the school in the evenings.

No overnight parking will be allowed.

The county will not provide additional maintenance or snow removal of the parking lot beyond that normally required for county business.

“It is for the parking area just south of the high school,” County Auditor/Treasurer Heidi Winter said. Winter will be asked to sign it on behalf of the county once the board approves it.

“It looks like a standard lease,” Winter said by phone Wednesday. “There shouldn’t be any trouble with it.”

The lease is to run for a term of 20 years beginning Feb. 1 through Feb. 1, 2038. It also lists the following conditions:

• The school district will use the described premises exclusively for educational and recreational purposes including the location or placement of playground equipment and/or the development of parking facilities.

• Maintenance, including snow removal and additional improvements to the paved parking lot located on the east half acre of the leased premises shall be the responsibility of the school district unless a separate agreement is negotiated with the county.

• The parking facilities and open space will be made available exclusively to the county for a 10-day period each year for the purpose of conducting the Murray County Fair.

• The school district will pay the county rent in the amount of $1,000 per year due the first day of September each year.

• The district is given the option of renewing the agreement for additional terms of one year by notifying the county of its intention to renew at least 30 days prior to the expiration of the original agreement.

• The lease may be terminated by either party with or without cause with a 180 day written notice directed to the other part.

Commissioners also will be revisiting the topic of the Highway Department’s five-year plan as introduced at the last meeting.

County Engineer Randy Groves was accompanied by MnDOT District Director Lindsey Bruer at the Feb. 6 meeting to discuss current and future projects. Groves will be presenting his updated five-year plan for approval today.

Also on the agenda is Zoning/Environmental Administrator Jean Christoffels with two Conditional Use Permit extensions. The first is for the Leo Community Solar Garden, LLC, and the second is for the Auriga Community Solar Garden, LLC.