WALKER Cass County will add a low-interest loan to help people replace their water well to a program already operating to help people replace their failing sewer system with a low interest loan.
The well program will start with only enough funding for two wells. The loans will provide up to $11,000 per well at 1 percent interest for 20 years, plus a half-percent origination fee and a $50 credit reporting fee. The closing cost will be reduced by $50 at closing. There will be a lien against the real estate until the loan is repaid.
Low to moderate income residents may apply for the well loan.
John Ringle, Cass environmental services director, informed the board Cass has received $300,000 from the Legislative and Citizens Commission for Minnesota Resources to obtain conservation easements on 12 to 15 lakeshore properties.
The county board voted Tuesday to authorize Leech Lake Watershed Foundation to oversee processing the easements. Persons interested in placing their property into a conservation easement should contact Leech Lake Watershed Foundation.
The board selected the lowest of six bidders, Chandler Johnson of Fairmont, to conduct an updated timber inventory on 5,900 acres of county land for $20,355. Crow Wing County will also have some of their acreage re-inventoried under the contract.
Chief Financial Officer Larry Wolfe termed the bid price, "very favorable."
Cass sold 5,080 cords of wood to loggers for $123,635 per cord at a Sept. 30 auction. Timber sold for at low as about $14 for maple and basswood to as high as $28.76 for white spruce. Aspen went for $27.67 per cord.
The Cass County Health, Human and Veterans Services has updated the Area Resources Guidebook and put it on the county's website, www.co.cass.mn.us..
The guide covers not only Cass, but also surrounding counties. It lists contact telephone numbers people can call for a wide variety of help and services.
It offers resources to get help for alcohol, drug, eating disorder and gambling addictions. It offers information on how to get help for childcare or child support services. It provides contact numbers for Cass County government services.
If offers information about services for seniors and disabled persons. It gives resources to get help for domestic abuse. It provides educational and employment contacts.
Leslie Staker, Cass County coordinator for the Statewide Health Improvement Program, reported to the county board Tuesday on projects HHVS is doing to improve health in the county.
She said 82 percent of people responding to a recent survey here supported labeling calories on restaurant menus. She showed an example of four menu selections for meals under 550 calories that Village Square in Walker plans to add to their menu.
The SHIP program here also is helping to improve advertising for local farmers markets, to encourage physical activity and nutritional improvements in schools and to promote wellness policies at work.
First National Bank of Walker has started an employee wellness committee to promote sustainable health changes at work. The committee is doing an assessment, which will lead to an action plan, Staker said.
Health, Human and Veterans Services spent only 54.34 percent of the 2010 budget after 66.67 percent of the year, according to Rogers, who attributed some of the savings to the fact only 46 percent of the $2,596,400 budget for out of home child placements was spent after 66.67 percent of the year.
Dates and locations for Cass County Board meetings in November and December have been changed.
The board will meet at 9 a.m. Nov. 2 and 16 at the land department building in Backus and at 3 p.m. for routine business and at 6 p.m. for 2011 budget and levy issues Dec. 9 and at 9 a.m. Dec. 21 at the courthouse in Walker.
Board members also are expected to attend the 8 a.m. Oct. 7 fall conference of the Association of Cass County Townships at Bear Pause Theater in Hackensack and the Oct. 27 fall district meeting of the Association of Minnesota Counties at 3124 Hannah Ave. in Bemidji.
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