WALKER -- The Cass County Board elected Commissioner Glenn Witham 2002 board chair and Commissioner Virgil Foster vice chair Tuesday.
The commissioners set their regular meetings to begin at 9 a.m. the first and third Tuesdays of each month at the courthouse in Walker. Five exceptions to this schedule are planned.
Rather than meet in the courthouse the first Tuesday February through June, the board will meet beginning at 6 p.m. in the following locations to receive comment on the Cass County Comprehensive Plan and to adopt draft versions of portions of that plan:
Feb. 5 -- Lake Shore City Hall, water plan.
March 5 -- Remer City Hall, public infrastructure plan.
April 2 -- Ottertail Peninsula Town Hall, public land plan.
May 7 -- Leader Town Hall, private land plan.
June 4 -- Outing (Crooked Lake Town Hall), comprehensive plan.
At the June 18 regular board meeting at the Cass County Courthouse, the commissioners will consider adopting the final version of the comprehensive plan and proposed related ordinance revisions.
Those changes include combining the Shoreland and Non-shoreland Land Use Ordinances and revisions to the Individual Sewage Treatment, Solid Waste and Subdivision Ordinances.
Public comment will be received at all meetings. Written comments also will be accepted by mail or e-mail through May at the county administrator's office or environmental services department.
Summaries will be mailed in the Cass County Newsletter to property taxpayers. Copies of the summary or complete proposed comprehensive plan will be available from Environmental Services Department beginning in February.
City, township, school, soil and water conservation district and Leech Lake Reservation government officials will be invited to hear a report on the proposed comprehensive plan and comment on it at the county's annual planning retreat Jan. 18 at Deep Portage Conservation Reserve, beginning at 7:30 a.m.
In other business Tuesday, the board set mileage paid to county employees for using their own vehicles for county business when a county car is not available at the 2002 IRS rate of 36.5 cents per mile. If employees use their own vehicle when a county car is available, they will be paid 18 cents per mile.
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