BACKUS - The Cass County Board will host public hearings on proposed revisions to zoning ordinances at the 9 a.m. regular meeting April 3 at the courthouse in Walker and April 17 at the land department building in Backus.
These include the countywide land use, subdivision and individual sewage treatment system ordinances.
Preliminary draft copies of proposed ordinance changes will be available on the county Web site, www.co.cass.mn.us, beginning Friday, according to John Sumption, environmental services director. He said he expects additional changes to be made to the proposals as county committees and department heads review the proposals before the public hearings.
Anyone wishing to comment on the proposed changes may do so by writing or e-mailing the Environmental Services Department before the public hearings or by attending the hearings and presenting comments in person.
Tuesday, the county board voted to shift a $25,000 grant from the Sky Blue Waters program to the county's conservation easement program. Sky Blue Waters, an association of townships adjacent to the Leech Lake south shore, originally formed to consider regulating surface water use on area lakes. That organization has been inactive recently, Sumption said.
The funds now will be used to pay appraisal fees and closing costs related to placing private properties into a conservation easement, Sumption said, adding his office currently is processing six easements.
The board passed a resolution calling for the DNR to update statewide shoreland management regulations. Sumption said the state's existing regulations are 16 years old and should be updated.
Sumption told the board Northland Septic Maintenance service of Backus and Hackensack area reported the company was 120 calls behind Saturday for responding to frozen sewer system calls. Sumption predicted private sewer freeze-ups would be worse this year than a few years ago when many systems froze because of lack of snow and cold.
He said he expects to see the county require more insulation for new sewers installed in the future to try to prevent this problem.
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