LONGVILLE - The Cass County Board voted Tuesday to transfer ownership to Wabedo Township of three service roads and one short stub adjacent to Cass County State Aid Highway 54.
The roads include Cooper Lake Road, Little Boy Road and Wabedo Frontage Road and a stub running off the corner of CSAH 47. They were created when CSAH 54 was straightened during construction projects over the years, according to County Engineer David Enblom.
Additionally, the board voted to consider vacating to an adjacent property owner and to close the north end of Cooper Lake Road, making it a dead-end road from the south entrance. That action will take effect after the property owner installs - at his own expense - a turn-around for road maintenance equipment.
The county will continue to maintain the roads the next two years. After that time, Wabedo Township will maintain them.
The board received reports from two joint powers groups involved in the Longville Ambulance Service on final actions each group took to phase out prior work to make that service possible until the new service district was formed this year.
Six townships and the city of Longville contributed funds in proportion to their service area within the district over 10 years to build the Longville Ambulance Service garage and office building. Longville City Hall also is housed in that building.
The townships include Blind Lake, Boy Lake, Trelipe, Kego, Wabedo and Woodrow. Those townships will act at their August meetings this year to authorize their final payment toward the building fund loan of $3,882.04, to be paid in September.
That Longville Area Ambulance Building District group of townships will continue to own the building and will meet annually with the county and North Memorial Ambulance Service to review the lease to the Longville Ambulance Service District, which the county now oversees through a contract with North Memorial for services.
The building joint powers board, with representatives from the city and contributing townships, has existed for more than 10 years.
Another group, Longville Ambulance Joint Powers Board, formed a couple years ago to ensure that ambulance service would continue when Longville expressed an interest in exiting from providing services. The group collected funds from some townships in the service area to pay operations.
That board met in July and found that $43,423.34 of the funds the city and townships paid into the operations fund had not been expended as of July. There will be no new operations expenses now that the taxing service district has been formed and is operated by the county, so the balance after all expenses are paid will be refunded to contributing townships this fall.
That joint powers board expects to dissolve after all operating money has been refunded.
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