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Backus: Council seeks to recoup unpaid bills

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Cass County offered the city of Backus the opportunity to buy a tax-forfeited property on Point Road, and while the city has no interest in it, the lot's future sale means the city may recoup unpaid expenses the property's former owners accrued.

The .44-acre property, which the county valued at $5,500, has $1,057.96 in delinquent water and mowing fees with the city. The council decided to seek collection against the property. When the property is sold, the city could recoup those costs.

In an unrelated action, the council approved a variance for a property owner on Wood Street seeking to construct a building exceeding zoned setbacks. The council held a hearing before its regular meeting Monday, Feb. 4, and decided to accept the variance so long as the property owner connects to city water and sewer, both of which are accessible from the property.

In other business Monday, the council:

• Directed maintenance to sand roads and intersections as needed for safety.

• Approved an airport master plan contract for $2,300.

• Approved a 5 percent increase in fire contract rates.