BACKUS - Cass County commissioners modified their hiring freeze Tuesday, permitting department heads to hire part-time seasonal help for peak workload periods if they have done so in the past.
The issue arose because County Engineer David Enblom and Recorder Katie Norby requested permission to hire seasonal help at the same level as they had hired in the past during the summer months.
Auditor-Treasurer Sharon Anderson Tuesday reminded the board she usually hires additional help during election preparations. All three had budgeted for seasonal help.
The board's hiring freeze for new permanent employees or filling vacancies in existing permanent positions remains.
Commissioners Jeff Peterson and Jim Dowson, Enblom and Administrator Robert Yochum will meet with Wabedo Township officials to consider a Wabedo proposal to build a new joint facility near Longville to house a new town hall and county and township road maintenance vehicles.
The county has looked in previous years at building a new county garage near Highway 200 to replace existing county garages at Longville and Remer. If a joint project is developed with Wabedo Township, the county likely could not combine services for the Remer area, because Wabedo lies south of Longville.
Cass commissioners voted to send a letter of appreciation to state Rep. Frank Moe for his services to the county during his two terms in the Legislature. Moe recently announced he will not seek re-election this fall.
They announced county certificates of appreciation will be sent to Terry McGaughey for his work on the Paul Bunyan Trail and to Marlon Perry for his work to help set up a records system for the grant-in-aid snowmobile trails system.
The U.S. Postal Service will continue its contract to rent the current post office site at Pine River from the county through 2011. Annual lease rate will be $37,125.
The county went on record Tuesday and authorized a letter to be sent to Rep. James Oberstar to support reaffirming and restoring the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (Clean Water Act) of 1972 in its present form, but not expanded.
Cass County Board will meet at 11 a.m. May 6 following the regular board meeting at the courthouse in Walker with representatives of the county's family centers to discuss problems the centers are having finding funding sources.
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