Cass County Board: Planning and zoning permit activity ahead of 2020

Overall permit activity for the first three quarters is up by 17.29%, with a generated revenue of $507,500 for the first three quarters.

Cass County Courthouse

BACKUS — Planning and zoning activity in 2021 in Cass County is maintaining a strong pace, with numbers not seen since 2007.

Environmental Service Department Director John Ringle, in a report Oct. 19 at the Cass County Board meeting, said although activity showed a decrease during this year’s third quarter compared to last year, overall activity is still up in all categories by 14.19%.

In 2021, a total of 1,246 building and septic permits were issued during the first three quarters, compared to last year’s 1,133 permits. Though 104 shoreland alteration permits were issued during the third quarter for both 2020 and 2021, Ringle said total permits for 2021 are up by 23.61% over the same time period of last year. Overall permit activity for the first three quarters is up by 17.29%, with a generated revenue of $507,500 for the first three quarters. This exceeds the total revenue generated for the whole year of 2020, which was $504,306.

County Attorney Ben Lindstrom reported a situation with the board concerning the city of Boy River. Boy River is currently not paying its bills for snowplowing services provided by the county and Lindstrom asked the board whether the service should be continued.

The board discussed possible options of action, which included doing nothing and continuing to provide snow removal service, attempting to file for dissolution of the city as a creditor or sending letters to the residents of the city and advising them the county will no longer be providing free services. Boy River had a special election a few years ago to dissolve the city and be absorbed into the township. Because the election failed the city has a responsibility to govern itself, Lindstrom said.


Commissioner Neal Gaalswyk made a motion to notify registered voters in Boy River and the township board of the county’s intent to no longer provide snow removal and offer to have a public hearing at the Nov. 16 regular board meeting if so requested. Commissioner Bob Kangas seconded the motion, which passed unanimously.

In other business, the county board:

Approved a notice of intent to advertise and fill a county agency social worker position.

Approved the third quarter budget amendments as presented by Chief Financial Officer Sandra Norikane.

Approved a public hearing to adopt the Cass County fee schedule effective Jan. 1. This meeting will be in conjunction with the truth in taxation meeting 6 p.m. Dec. 9 at the Land Department meeting room in Backus.

Tabled a request for assistance in paying the tip fee for the demolition of a commercial building from the city of Cass Lake. This has been the county’s practice in the past, but the commissioner’s requested more information before approving this fee of $15,000.

The next meetings are as follows: Commissioner’s board meeting, 9 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 2, at the boardroom in the courthouse annex in Walker; AMC District II Meeting, 8 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 3, at the Beltrami County Board room, 701 Minnesota Ave. SW, Bemidji; and commissioner’s board meeting, 9 a.m. Nov. 16 at the Land Department meeting room in Backus.

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