WALKER -- Cass County Sheriff Randy Fisher obtained county board approval Tuesday to apply for a federal COPS grant. If approved, the grant would pay 75 percent of the salaries for three additional sheriff's deputies.
The board denied a grievance appeal from Deputy Robert Stein. The issue will go before an arbitrator next. Stein is appealing a two-day suspension, contending he handled two calls for service by telephone and believes the complainants were satisfied with the phone calls.
Cass will advertise for probation officer applicants to establish an eligibility list. The state has approved a grant to pay 50 percent of an additional probation officer's salary, but the county is waiting to decide whether to hire that person until the commissioners see how legislative action this year affects the county budget.
The board authorized paying the annual $10,000 allocation to Cass County Historical Society and asked Administrator Robert Yochum to resume talks with the city of Walker concerning possible consolidation of county and city historical programs.
Auditor-Treasurer Sharon Anderson reported interest income received on county investments the first quarter this year is ahead of budget projections. General revenue funds earned $182,098.81 interest, compared with $175,000 expected. Road and bridge funds generated $16,758.47 interest, compared with $12,500 expected. Health and Human Services funds received $22,389.78 interest, compared with $16,250 expected.
The county board accepted on behalf of the city of Remer a $100,000 Blandin Foundation grant to restore as a tourist center the old Remer Depot. Receipt of this grant is contingent upon the city receiving a matching federal grant.
Commissioner John Stranne was appointed board representative to Pine River Watershed.
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