Community Project Funding Requests
Martin County Regional Public Safety and Justice Center
Location: 201 Lake Avenue, Room 100, Fairmont, MN 56031
Project Sponsor: Martin County
Requested Amount: $2,000,000
Use of Funds and Justification:
The funding would be used to assist in the construction of a new, 71,000 square foot facility to house co-located county sheriff and city police law enforcement operations, including dispatch and emergency management services.
The project is an appropriate use of taxpayer funds because a 2018 study concluded that a new facility was necessary to address growing safety and security deficiencies created by new state correctional regulations. Martin County is subject to new state regulations that deem their facility inadequate, forcing them to transport women, juvenile, and maximum-security inmates 1-3 hours away to other qualifying facilities. This project would help Martin County meet the state of Minnesota’s regulations and support its law enforcement agencies.