WALKER -- The Cass County Board on Tuesday tabled a second public hearing and action on proposed changes to the county land use and subdivision ordinances.
Based on the types of home occupation applications being received today, Environmental Services Director Paul Fairbanks said he now proposes to make any home occupation or home business allowable only under a conditional use permit.
The board set a moratorium on any new home occupation permits being issued until after the revised ordinance is adopted. If an application is received during the moratorium period, Fairbanks will be permitted to bring the application to the county board for consideration.
Revised ordinance drafts are expected to be ready for the board to consider adopting June 3.
Bridgette Allen, Lutheran Social Services, outlined for the board respite care services being offered to families in the county for caregivers who take care of elderly or disabled people at home.
She said this service is one of several designed to keep people out of nursing homes. Trained respite care volunteers care for people for a few hours at a time to permit the primary caregiver time to shop, rest or otherwise have a break from constantly caring for another person, she said.
Anyone wishing to use the service or to train to be a volunteer can contact Lutheran Social Services at (218) 692-1964.
Auditor-Treasurer Sharon Anderson reported the county received $258,351.55 interest income on investments through April. The county budget anticipated $250,000.
The board authorized Sheriff Randy Fisher to buy seven new radar units for squad cars. Safe and Sober program funds will pay half of the cost. Paul Bunyan Telephone donated $250 toward the purchase of equipment for the Lake Winnie water patrol boat.
Land Commissioner Norm Moody obtained board approval for an easement across county land to an area planned for a public landing on Upper Trelipe Lake east of Longville.
Cass County will offer 16 tax-forfeited land parcels for sale at a public auction at 9 a.m. July 19 at the courthouse meeting room in Walker. A list of parcels to be sold is posted on the county Web site, www.co.cass.mn.us, and is available from the county land department office in Backus.
The board voted to sell $560,000 in one-year bonds this year, continuing the same level of bonding as last year, with proceeds to pay for board approved equipment over the next three years.
A capital project fund subsequently will receive transfers from the county general fund and road and bridge fund, ultimately making the $560,000 available toward construction of a regional jail, said the auditor-treasurer.
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