WALKER -- Cass County will participate in a state program to recognize volunteers in April.
The board voted Tuesday to allocate up to $500 to recognize outstanding volunteers in the county. Names will be submitted for statewide competition for the Acts of Kindness: Governor's Volunteer Award.
Minnesota Office of Citizenship and Volunteer Services notes Minnesota's two million volunteers are about 10 percent higher per population than the national average.
Auditor-Treasurer Sharon Anderson reported to the county board interest on county investments ran higher than expected in February this year and more than double last year's receipts.
Budget projections anticipated $108,333.34 on general revenue funds, $9,166.66 on road and bridge funds and $11,666.66 on health and human services funds this February.
The county actually earned $183,190.97 on general revenue funds, $11,085.47 on road and bridge funds and $13,461.78 on health and human services funds.
Northern VFW Post 3839 of Jenkins contributed $500 to the county veterans service transportation program.
The city of Hackensack submitted a notice of intent to annex property Robert and Joanne Johnson own on the east side of Cemetery Road and adjacent to the current south city limits.
Commissioners approved lawful assembly permits for Bill and Kathy Bieloh to conduct Moondance Jam on July 12-15 and Cajun Fest on Aug. 10-12 on their Turtle Lake Township property north of Highway 200 and east of Walker.
Approval is contingent upon receipt of $500 per event, a $25,000 bond per event, a million dollar insurance certificate, names and credential for security guards, names and addresses of vendors, a map of the gated area on the property and completion of a law enforcement contract with the sheriff's department.
The board voted to submit a letter of opposition to a Leech Lake Reservation application to the U.S. Department of Interior to place two land parcels in trust land status.
If the federal government approves the reservation's applications, about 80 acres of land would become exempt from property taxation.
Commissioners voted to support Wabedo Township's effort to develop more wastewater treatment rural community sewer systems.
Cass County will stop offering a premium medical insurance plan to county employees after the annual renewal date in May this year.
Cost for the basic family plan will increase $34 each for the county and employee, bringing the total monthly premium to $664.
The county will pay $389 of that. Employees will pay $275.
The county also offers a $500 deductible plan. The county pays $389 toward that. Employees will pay $170 to receive it, or $16 more than that plan cost employees last year.
Management Information Systems Director Tim Richardson obtained board approval to purchase a new $14,417 router for the county main frame computer.
This transfers data between the main computer and personal computers in the assessing, auditor, treasurer, recorder, environmental services and other courthouse offices, Richardson said.
The new router also will provide security from outside sources for the main computer and connected personal computers, he said.
Richardson planned to replace the router late this fall or early next year, but recently was informed the manufacturer of the county's current router has ceased providing service support for it.
If it malfunctioned, Richardson said, the county would be without a router while it was sent to Massachusetts for repair. Cost would be $100 per hour for those repairs, plus shipping.
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