WALKER - The Cass County Board authorized Cass County Attorney Christopher Strandlie to seek formal written agreements with municipalities in the county for prosecuting municipal offenses.
Only the cities of Walker and Pine River currently prosecute their own cases. The county has contracts with six of the 14 cities inside the county to do prosecutions. Cass also overlaps a tiny portion of the city of Motley.
State law mandates county attorneys to prosecute cases for cities under 600 population, but Cass has several cities that exceed 600.
When prosecution contracts have been signed between the county and a city, fines go to that county and city rather than to the state, Strandlie said.
Cass will receive $60,330 from the state in 2010 for the sheriff's boat and water safety program.
After receiving a request from a logger to waive timber cutting contract extension fees, the board decided instead to offer a lower rate, shorter-term extension.
Existing policy has been that all timber sales give the purchaser two years to cut trees in the sale, with an option to pay 10 percent of appraised timber value to extend the contract to a third year. The new option will allow loggers to pay 5 percent of appraised value to extend a contract for six months beyond the initial two-year contract.
Cass sold 12,711 cords of timber for $244,134 at a March 25 auction.
Tuesday, the county board authorized Land Commissioner Joshua Stevenson to purchase 87,200 jack pine and red pine seedlings from Pacific Regeneration Technologies for $17,440. These seedlings will be planted in spring 2011.
Stevenson also obtained authorization to use Scott's Helicopter Service (from a state bid) to seed 140 acres with pine tree seeds for $7.09 per acre. The county will purchase seeds from Minnesota DNR Badoura nursery at $114.50 per pound, plus $1 per acre.
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