YMC Board gives Subway another chance

GRANITE?FALLS?- The Yellow Medicine County Board agreed to hear the request of Matt Wagoner, one of the owners of the Canby Subway restaurant, for a reconsideration of a public hearing on a proposed tax abatement.

The board had previously denied the request of 4Lancers, Inc., which built the restaurant in 2011, for a public hearing last December.

The company had requested a 10-year tax abatement of $1,100 per year. The city of Canby has already granted the company an abatement.

Wagoner told the board Tuesday he and his partners had built the restaurant with the understanding there was a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) agreement in place with Canby, only to find out the required paperwork had not been done.

Commissioner Louis Sherlin made a motion to schedule a public hearing, which passed with the support of commissioners Ron Antony and Greg Renneke.

“I’m voting for it because I’ve had a lot of business deals go bad because somebody didn’t do their job,” Renneke said.

In other business, the board approved a request by Family Services Director Peg Heglund to authorize payment to Southern Prairie Community Care (SPCC) of $13,001 for the county’s share of funding for 2013.

SPCC is a joint powers agreement between 12 counties in southwest Minnesota to provide a service delivery network for medical and other community services.

The board also approved Heglund’s request to enter a Purchase of Services Agreement with Countryside Public Health and Nursing Services to a maximum of $10,000 for 2013.

The board approved Sheriff Bill Flaten’s proposal to buy two new vehicles for the sheriff’s office, a car and an SUV. Flaten said his office has a budget of $57,000 for the purchase and outfitting of vehicles, but he’d probably spend only $51,000.

The vehicles the sheriff’s department is replacing will be sold on eBay.