WORTHINGTON — During a brief business meeting Tuesday morning, Nobles County commissioners approved a county administrator contract with Bruce Heitkamp, who will assume his new duties on May 1.

The contract states Heitkamp, who accepted the position on March 16 after working as the county’s deputy county administrator/emergency management director since Sept. 30, 2019, will be paid an annual salary of $114,296. He will retain his annual leave accrual, and be eligible for future cost-of-living adjustments and step and level increases.

In other business, the board:

  • Offered well wishes to County Administrator Tom Johnson upon his retirement at the end of this month.

  • Approved five-year tax abatement through the Nobles Home Initiative for Kevin and Tiffanie Kolander to construct a new home on their property at 13232 Palm Ave., Fulda. The existing home will be demolished.

  • Authorized final payment of $52,686.47 to Structural Specialties Inc. for a bridge replacement project over Kanaranzi Creek, southwest of Adrian. The project was completed in June 2020.

  • Declared several old, oak bookcases no longer needed by the county’s courts department as surplus property. The bookcases were likely from the old Nobles County Courthouse. The bookcases will be sold in a sealed bid auction.

  • Discussed a request from the Nobles County Fair Board to provide one of the county’s CD’s as collateral on a loan the fair board is pursuing. The fair board’s $23,000 loan would be used to purchase equipment to maintain the racetrack at the fairgrounds. By using a county CD as collateral, the fair board could save approximately $2,000 in interest over a three- to four-year period.

Commissioner Donald Linssen said he would rather increase the appropriation to the fair board in each of the next three to four years, rather than use a CD as collateral. Commissioner Bob Demuth agreed, saying he didn’t want to tie up a CD.

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Ultimately, a $500 increase in the appropriation in each of the next four years was approved, if the racetrack is operating.