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Murray County commissioners approve loan resolution

SLAYTON -- Murray County Commission Chairman Bill Sauer took a deep breath before calling for the vote to approve the resolution for the loan from the Minnesota Facilities Authority that will be used to pay for the Shetek-area central sewer system.

SLAYTON -- Murray County Commission Chairman Bill Sauer took a deep breath before calling for the vote to approve the resolution for the loan from the Minnesota Facilities Authority that will be used to pay for the Shetek-area central sewer system.

"Fellows, we're going to spend about $15 million," Sauer said.

The loan, which will be closed on in the near future, is for $11,554,549 from the Water Pollution Control Revolving Fund (WPCRF) and $3,589,451 from the Wastewater Infrastructure Fund (WIF).

The final maturity of the WIF loan will be Feb. 20, 2032, at an interest rate of zero percent. The WPCRF maturity date is Aug. 20, 2026. There is no interest until Feb. 19, 2008, which is when the rate of 1.01 percent begins.

The first payment of the WPCRF portion is scheduled for Aug. 20, 2008, at an amount of $611,899. Two payments will be made per year for a total of $671,110. When the last payment is made in 2026, the repayment schedule for the WIF loan begins at a total of $672,000 each year.

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"After the closing, we'll get back the money we've put in -- three, four, five ..." said Murray County Auditor/Treasurer Gary Spaeth. "I don't know how many million it is right now."

The commissioners hope to have the loan funds by the end of September so the county can be reimbursed for all of the funds they have paid out on the project to date.

In other business:

l The commissioners approved the agreements for the new selective routing 911 system, scheduled to be installed in the next six to eight weeks.

Issues with dispatching were discussed, including instances when some first responder units were not getting maps faxed to the unit when they were called out and the ongoing problem of technology moving too quickly for 911 systems to keep up.

"Right now, 30 to 40 percent of the population uses strictly cell phones," said Jim Reinert, Murray County Emergency Management Coordinator.

While many cell phones now have GPS locators, Reinert said the locators are not always specific enough to pinpoint during a 911 call.

l Murray County Historical Museum Director Caryl Busman reported on attendance at the museum. Visitors have come to the museum from 24 states in addition to all parts of Minnesota, and from four foreign countries -- Brazil, Norway, Canada and Thailand. So far this year, there have been approximately 700 visitors to the museum.

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Busman reported the grand opening of the Smithsonian exhibit "Key Ingredients: America by Food" was well-attended and that further special events are planned while the exhibit is in Murray County.

The Murray County pictorial history book celebrating Murray County's sesquicentennial has gone to the publishers for editing and graphics design. Busman said they hope to have it ready for distribution by the end of the year.

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