MARSHALL - Lyon County Commissioners voted 4-1 Tuesday night in favor of adopting a proposed budget and levy for 2011. The levy is still set for a zero increase over this year, but some county expenses will actually go down, after commissioners approved about $28,000 total in cuts to county appropriations.
Commissioner Steve Ritter was the only commissioner voting against the proposed budget, after making his own proposal that all county departments reduce their budgets by an additional 1 to 2 percent. Ritter's motion to reduce county department budgets further died for lack of a second.
The 2011 budget as approved by commissioners includes a levy of $12.1 million, the same as in 2010.
Some items on the county's proposed 2011 appropriations took cuts, including the Marshall Lyon County Library. Commissioners approved a $9,000 reduction to library appropriations, to go along with reductions in the city of Marshall's contribution to the library. In addition, the county board cut a $2,500 appropriation to the Minnesota River Basin Joint Powers board, and reduced appropriations for Lyon County Enterprise Development by $20,000. At the same time, commissioner Mark Goodenow proposed that the county grant $2,000 of a funding request from the Marshall Area Fine Arts Council. The proposal passed 3-2, with commissioners Ritter and Phil Nelson voting against.
After changes to appropriations were approved, a vote to grant an $18,000 funding request from the Marshall Area Chamber of Commerce's transportation committee failed. The county board had granted a previous request from the committee, to help in lobbying support for a study and improvement projects on the Minnesota Highway 23 corridor.
Commissioners also approved amendments to a conditional use permit for a feedlot owned by Donald DeLanghe. A public hearing on the CUP had been continued from the board's last regular meeting.
The amended conditions to DeLanghe's CUP placed additional restrictions on how liquid manure from the feedlot was stored and applied, and in some cases were more restrictive than state permitting standards. DeLanghe told commissioners he could work with most of the conditions, but was opposed to several.
DeLanghe said his objections included a condition forbidding him to apply manure when the National Weather Service is predicting a rainfall exceeding half an inch in 24 hours, a condition forbidding the application of manure on slopes steeper than 4 percent, and a condition requiring him to provide a $15,000 financial assurance to the county in case of a manure discharge.
DeLanghe's CUP was set to be revoked in response to a manure discharge in Lake Marshall Township in September.
After approving the amended CUP, commissioners voted to cancel the revocation and reinstate the CUP with the new amendments in place.