Crow Wing County commissioners are giving townships a little more leash.
Townships will have until July 1 to get back to the county regarding its dog ordinance. Last summer, Crow Wing County commissioners agreed to bill townships to offset canine costs incurred to enforce the county's dog ordinance. The question has been what to do with townships that are refusing to participate in funding but are still calling the county to pick up dogs. Commissioner John Ferrari suggested letting townships and cities handle nuisance dogs on their own instead of having a countywide dog ordinance.
Commissioner Dewey Tautges said that did not work in the past. The county is considering establishing a service district instead of a countywide ordinance for dogs and then only participating townships will be provided with service.
In other business, the board:
Finalists for the Crow Wing County methamphetamine prevention coordinator are:
Gary Gruber, St. Cloud.
Rose Hauge, Sandstone.
Kathy Potter, Crosslake.
Pam Fore, Riverton.
A county committee is expected to make a recommendation to the Crow Wing County Board May 24.
Heard Crow Wing Township developed and approved a township comprehensive plan. Chuck Marohn, of Community Growth Institute, represented the township at the meeting. Township supervisors and staff attended. The township wants to work cooperatively with the county to adopt its plan, including a future land use map, as part of the county's overall comprehensive plan.
Marohn said annexation was the township's primary driver, but style and pattern of development became a main issue as the township tried to balance keeping its rural character with property owners' rights to develop. The land use map highlights areas closer to the city for rural urban transition and medium density residential. Farther away land is listed as rural preservation. Other land is designated green space or open space, neighborhood and low-density preservation. A meeting is expected within 60 days for townships that are ready to talk about comprehensive plans and land use maps.
Waived a 30-day notice for a hearing regarding tax-increment financing for a marina restaurant development in Breezy Point. The hearing is set 7:30 p.m. June 6 at Breezy Point City Hall. However, commissioners expressed concern for the use of TIF for a restaurant project. With TIF, the existing tax on the property continues to be paid, but the increase in tax value of the property is returned to the developer for a set period of time to help pay off the cost of the development.
Awarded a bid for cleanup after the logging operations on property near the airport, which will become home for the new highway department complex, to Brisk Inc., Little Falls, for $31,500 for about 20 acres.
Approved a request to close the planning and zoning office on May 24 for moving purposes. The department's phones will still be answered on that day at the county administrator's office.
Met in closed session to discuss pending litigation regarding the Elks building.
Heard a smoke-free informational meeting is set 6:30 p.m. June 7 at Forestview Middle School in Baxter.
Agreed to lift an $8,000 cap on the Individual Sewage Treatment System program that provides low-interest septic system loans to residents of greater Minnesota.
If a county inspection finds a septic system that is non-compliant, residents have the option of applying for a 3 percent loan through Region Five.
There have been requests for funds that exceeded the $8,000 limit. Fifty-nine loans, from Wadena, Crow Wing and Cass counties, have been funded to date. None have gone into default.
RENEE RICHARDSON can be reached at email@example.com or 855-5852.
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