Children in Crow Wing County who have never been to a summer camp will get a boost from grant funds and even a sleeping bag if needed.
Tuesday Susan Beck, Crow Wing County human services director, told commissioners her department, in partnership with the Crow Wing County Family Service Collaborative, received a $7,000 grant to help provide camping opportunities for children in the county. Sixty percent of funds are used for children who have never attended a residential summer camp.
In other business, the board:
Expressed concern about a preliminary plat and rezoning proposal on property next to the county's landfill. The proposed development in Oak Lawn Territory could put in six homes. Commissioners noted they have spent millions on the landfill, which is used by 55,000 people, and worried nearby homes and people may find landfill odors unacceptable the way neighbors to airports sometimes express difficulties with aircraft noise.
Commissioner John Ferrari asked if the county was willing to buy the land if they were going to limit the property owner from developing it. Commissioner Dewey Tautges said the land can be sold in 10-acre lots now without rezoning. Tautges said no one is more of a property rights advocate than he is but he is against this development.
Commended residents in the South Long Lake area and the Nokasippi River Watershed for organizing a volunteer-driven team effort to protect surface and ground water. The team is not a taxing entity.
Heard a draft parks, trails and open space plan, which has been in the works for about year, is set for a public meeting from 6:30-8:30 p.m. April 13 at the Northland Arboretum in Brainerd.
RENEE RICHARDSON can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 855-5852.
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