PINE RIVER—Cass County sold 211.33 acres of tax-forfeited land at a June 26 auction for $294,473, Land Commissioner Kirk Titus reported to the county board Tuesday, July 17. Fourteen of the 26 land parcels offered at the auction sold, he said. In addition, the county sold another eight parcels over the counter from the land office in Backus since the first of this year, netting another $166,750.
PINE RIVER — Chief Financial Officer Sandra Norikane reported Cass is in the final review for the Minnesota State Auditor's audit of Cass County 2017 records. As a result of that audit, the county has changed the bank overseeing its investments to one the state recommended as providing less risk in the way investments are purchased and allocated to the county.
PINE RIVER — Cass County Commissioners passed a resolution Tuesday night, July 17, at the regular meeting in Pine River Township Hall to seek a new Minnesota Department of Transportation study for speed limits on County Highway 77. The city of Lake Shore requested a speed study through that city. The county resolution, however, covers from about 780 feet east of the west junction of Highway 77 with Miller Lane to the east Cass/Crow Wing line. A cooperative study will be asked for the Crow Wing portion of the road as well.
New blue recycle bins replaced old, rusted green bins at Cass County recycling collection sites this summer, but that does not mean rules have changed on what people can recycle. These bins now accept commingled recyclables, with a separate bin for paper/cardboard. The Cass Environmental Service Department issued a plea to recycle bin users to be sure items they put in the bins are clean, approved items for recycling.
WALKER—Cass County's long-standing requirement that sewer systems be inspected for compliance with any new permit application has been so successful, the vast majority of non-compliant systems were updated, planner Paul Fairbanks told the county board in June. Therefore, changes the board adopted July 3 to the countywide land use ordinance will relax sewer inspection requirements for some new permits.
WALKER—New blue recycle bins replaced old, rusted green bins at Cass County recycling collection sites this summer, but that does not mean rules have changed on what people can recycle. These bins now accept commingled recyclables, with a separate bin for paper/cardboard. The Cass Environmental Service Department issued a plea to recycle bin users to be sure items they put in the bins are clean, approved items for recycling.
WALKER—Cass County commissioners Tuesday, July 3, declared a state of emergency to make the county eligible for a 75 percent state reimbursement for the cost to repair flooded roads. The most significant event occurred June 17, according to Emergency Services Director Chad Emery, but the state is leaving open eligible damages since that date, because heavy rains have continued to damage roads. Emery said townships also qualify to participate in the county's declaration.
WALKER—Cass County commissioners approved a resolution Tuesday, June 5, to support a joint effort to seek state money to buy land within the county for future preservation. The resolution passed on the condition any specific land purchases must first be approved by the board and that those purchases must follow the county's policy of no net loss or net gain of county public land.
WALKER—Chief Financial Officer Sandra Norikane obtained county board approval Tuesday, June 5, for the county's five-year capital improvement plan. The plan had no major changes since presented at the May 1 board meeting. It calls for adding about $1,155,004 from $170,000 in levy dollars, various equipment sales, various grants, a revolving equipment fund and some reimbursements. It calls for spending $2,856,423 in 2018. This would draw down the capital improvement fund from $15,093,689 at the beginning of the year to a net $13,939,108 at the end of 2018.
WALKER—Cass County Board voted Tuesday, June 5, to table proposed changes to the Countywide Land Use Ordinance until the section limiting allowable animal units per property is clarified, so it clearly does not apply to farms. In current wording, the proposed limit of six animal units (equal to six horses or six cows) in the non-shoreland district does not specifically state this applies primarily to residential properties and not to agricultural land. The revisions will come back to the board for final approval at a future meeting.