OUTING -- Cass County Board will hold final public hearings and proposes to adopt the revised county comprehensive plan, Mississippi Headwaters Plan and Highway 371 Plan at the June 18 board meeting in the courthouse in Walker.
Hearings on the Highway 371 plan also are scheduled for 7 to 8:30 p.m. June 10 at Cass Lake City Hall, June 11 at the courthouse in Walker and June 17 at the meeting room in the Community Resource Center in Pine River.
The public is welcome to attend any of these meetings.
Tuesday, the board received a letter from May Township Board of Supervisors requesting that the county board adopt a policy requiring all new housing developers to provide blacktopped roads with a 24-foot roadbed and 66-foot right of way.
Cass commissioners voted to engage Carmody Data Systems Inc. of Deforest, Wis., to create a database of Cass County zoning permit information and private sewer system maintenance services. The system eventually will replace paper records and be more readily accessible to anyone wanting information about the permit history of a specific property.
The contract runs through June 30, 2009. Once entered, data will be made available on the Internet. There will be a $5,000 set-up charge and $14 per new permit entered thereafter. The $14 fee will be charged to permit applicants.
Carmody also will charge $100 per hour for consulting and $125 per hour for software development, plus travel and other expenses.
Environmental Services Director Paul Fairbanks reported construction on the new garbage transfer station building near Pine River is on schedule for completion in July. Walls and roof beams are in place, he said.
Cass County Board awarded contracts for inspectors who will conduct inspections of private sewer systems around lakes where the lake associations have participated in Initiative Foundation-funded and sponsored Healthy Lakes Program.
All inspectors are MPCA licensed. Fifteen inspectors submitted bids.
Joan Wannebo submitted the low bid at $37.50 per system to inspect sewers on Horseshoe, Ponto, Norway, Baby, Kid, Kerr, Lost, Mann, McKeown and Barnum Lakes. Joni Tulenchik will inspect systems on Hardy Lake for $42 each and the south shore of Ten Mile Lake for $40 each.
Don Umthun and Joe Fuhrer each submitted $50 per system bids to inspect Long Lake properties. They will split the project.
Fairbanks reported Minnesota Soft Drink Association and National Association for PET Container Resources have provided grants to enable the county to purchase containers to collect recyclable cans and bottles.
These containers will be used to encourage recycling at Moondance Jam this summer and can be retained by the county after that event to use at any future gathering of people in the county, Fairbanks said.
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