WALKER -- Short Elliot Hendrickson of Minnetonka researched the possibility of treating sewage pumped from private sewer systems in the Pine River municipal treatment system.
Cass County Commissioner John Stranne and Pine River Sewer District Director Nick Pond reported to the county board Tuesday results of that study indicate the experimental treatment project cannot be done cost effectively at this time.
Pumped private sewer septage is much more concentrated than that entering a municipal system from municipal lines.
Most of the liquid in a private system drains into drainfields, leaving mostly sludge to be pumped. Municipal sewage is diluted with wash and flushing water.
To adequately treat the concentrated pumped sewage would be too costly a process, despite the fact the Pine River system currently has more overall processing space than the city uses, the study found.
The county board referred to the highway department and land department a request from Wilderness Park land owners to have the county share the cost for maintaining roads within that plat.
Because of extensive tax forfeitures within the plat, Cass County now owns at least 50 percent of it. Wilderness Park Association dues have been paying road maintenance costs there.
"The association budget from property owners' dues is not adequate to keep the roads from deteriorating," said Wilderness Park Treasurer Gary L. Phleger.
The Cass board adopted a revised personnel committee recommendation for policies regarding strike management and emergency use of county employees by other government agencies.
If county help is requested by another government agency that is in a strike situation and in need of emergency assistance, the county emergency policy should be followed.
That policy requires requests to be filed with Cass County in writing. County personnel must then document in writing the emergency and any county personnel or other action provided for the emergency, then file that with the county board at the next scheduled board meeting.
Auditor-Treasurer Sharon Anderson reported overall interest earned on county accounts was higher in 1999 than 1998, but only the self insurance fund and general revenue fund exceeded budget projections.
Cass County proposes and affected town boards have endorsed exchanging seven county tax forfeit land parcels for 19 Minnesota DNR land parcels.
Pat Bundy, county land department forester, told the board Tuesday this will better consolidate county and state land holdings.
The board voted to officially support a local petition to spell a Backus area lake as Sanborn. Various maps and identification signs have used Sanburn, Sanborne and other variations.
The Cass board went on record Tuesday supporting a Minnesota Cattlemen's Association request for state clarification of 16 definitions and clauses in a proposed state feedlot regulation.
Of special concern in the association's letter is what they see as limited grazing for cow/calf operations. They see the proposed regulations as vague and open to diverse interpretations as currently written.
The cattlemen's association represents 100 members owning from 15 to 600 cows each and between 100 and 6,000 acres each.
Cass and Crow Wing counties have been attempting to work together to draft local feedlot ordinances, but final drafts have been delayed by the delays in revised state regulations.
Cass commissioners asked their administrator to seek support for the cattlemen's association letter from Clearwater County.
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