WALKER -- The Cass County Board voted Tuesday to meet with the Leech Lake Tribal Council from 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 31 in the Cass Lake Bingo Palace and Casino meeting room.
The meeting will be contingent upon confirmation from the Leech Lake Tribal Council.
Agenda items the county suggested for discussion include:
1. Payment in Lieu of Tax -- present distribution and Minnesota Department of Revenue study.
2. Lottery proceeds -- present distribution and future legislative positions.
3. Tax agreements -- increased distribution to tribes and counties.
4. Drug task force -- tribal and county participation.
5. Educational neglect -- common truancy policy and enforcement.
6. Pike Bay Township curfew ordinance -- common policy and enforcement.
7. Indian Service Road 6 (Boy Lake Road) -- long-term maintenance strategy.
8. Strategic planning session -- facilitated training and goal setting.
9. County-tribal land trade for sewer system -- Northern Lights Casino expansion.
10. Solid waste transfer station -- county-tribal agreement.
11. Law enforcement agreement -- execute the agreement.
12. Detoxification fee for service charges to users.
Tuesday, Cass commissioners voted to consider further a Leech Lake Reservation proposal to exchange land or make other arrangements to assist the reservation with installing a sewer system for the Northern Lights Casino expansion at the Y Junction of Highways 371 and 200.
They based their support on the concept the system would be designed large enough to serve as a subordinate sewer district to serve neighboring homes and businesses at the Y, as well as the proposed casino.
Administrator Robert Yochum reported to the board such a community sewer system design might qualify the project for tax exempt bonds.
The board set a 5 to 6 p.m. public meeting Sept. 5 at Walker-Hackensack-Akeley High School cafeteria in Walker to receive comment on Leech Lake Reservation's proposal to trade county land for tribal land to enable the reservation to install the sewer system on that land.
Leech Lake Reservation seeks to obtain 141 acres of state owned and county administered land about a mile and a half north of the present Northern Lights Casino.
The site is proposed to be used for waste water treatment ponds.
The county will notify neighbors of the meeting by letter. The general public is welcome to attend.
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