During the Polk County Board of Commissioners meeting this week, Michelle Cote, Polk County director of Property Records, stated that the county intends to start selling same sex marriage licenses as of July , as long as an update in the computer system is complete by that time. The licenses, which will not be active until August 1, will be the same as those filled out by heterosexual couples.
• Lake Agassiz Regional Library is facing a $246,000 deficit, having spent the money in their operating reserve. As of this time, a replacement assistant director has not been hired and may not be, saving approximately $60,000. "I don't know what we are going to do," said Board Chair Craig Buness, "but obviously we are going to need to make some changes." (Read more about the LARL budget and their request for an increased contribution from the City of Crookston next week.)
• During a forfeited property sale earlier this month, the City of Crookston purchased the former Rock's Jewelry, Z-Place and Cable TV properties. The land that housed the former Professional Building did not sell, as the set minimum selling price was not met. Polk County Assessor Rod Wagner will work to determine what can be done with the property and consult the board at an up-coming meeting.
• Richard Sanders of the Polk County Highway Department is in the process of gathering quotes for an estimated electrical and solar radar speed signs for some of the county's smaller cities.
• Due to a legislative change, the cost of Minnesota driver's licenses will increase as of July 1, 2014. At that time, counties will collect $8 per processed license rather than the current $5.