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Board agrees to match funds for CSAH 77 work

Assistant Cass County Engineer Kris Lyytinen obtained county board approval Tuesday, March 4, to use state aid and county levy dollars for a $3,150,000 match for a $1,350,000 grant to reconstruct and re-pave County State Aid Highway (CSAH) 77.

Current plans call for the federal money to be released in 2018. CSAH 77 will be reconstructed and re-paved from the south Lake Shore city limits to CSAH 78.

Federal money for this project is part of a $2.5 million allocation to Region 5, which must be shared among five Region 5 member counties.

Laura Hadrava, Cass construction/design engineer, said the federal highway allocation to Region 5 has dropped from $3.3 million to $2.5 million.

Also, Cass County commissioners approved a newsletter to property owners, which will be sent with tax statements this spring.

The newsletter will include information about recreational trails, funding for highways, a shorter timeline for property tax delinquencies, what is on the county website, the county’s aquatic invasive species plan, the sheriff’s annual report, volunteering to be a driver, who owes property taxes under contract for deed and 2014 midterm elections.

Dates are listed for Leech Lake Band elections as well as when to file for county, city, township and school district elections.

Cass has 17,607 registered voters in 73 precincts, 35 precincts of which vote by mail ballot.