WALKER - Cass County Board will host a public hearing at the regular 9 a.m. county board meeting Nov. 18 at the courthouse in Walker on changes to the land use ordinance and subdivision and platting ordinance.
Copies are available for review on the county Web site, www.co.cass.mn.us, and from Environmental Services Department at the courthouse in Walker or by calling (218) 547-7241.
Tuesday, the county board approved a conservation easement for the 240-acre Janett Bundy farm property east of Hackensack, which will prevent subdivision of the property in the future and maintain it as a rural farm and timberland property.
County Assessor Steve Kuha reported there were 42 foreclosed properties during the second quarter of 2008, compared with 38 last year. Of those, 26 were residential homesteads, 15 cabins and one commercial. The majority (31) were valued under $200,000, with 29 having mortgages of less than $200,000. Only one was worth more than $1 million. Twenty-four were located from Pine River south in the county, with the balance in northern Cass.
"We're very fortunate that's all there are here," Commissioner Jim Demgen said as another commissioner said he had seen a nine-page list of foreclosures in Wright County.
Environmental Services Director John Sumption reported the county has received about half the number of zoning permit applications as last year so far this year.
Administrator Robert Yochum reported an independent appraiser has given the county a value of $3,000 for school district property and $16,000 for Tianna Golf Course property needed for easement to run the most direct sewer and water lines from Walker to Ah-Gwah-Ching. He said he will meet with both property owners to get their responses to these values. Walker will hold any easements approved for the lines, he said.
Yochum reported Ihrke Enterprises has brought its garbage dumping fee to the county transfer site up to date in August and only owes the current month bill. Its past-due amount owed led the county to implement a new late payment policy last month to apply to all vendors owing the county bills.
Land Commissioner Norm Moody announced he will retire after 16 years before April 1, 2009. The board voted to advertise internally and statewide for a replacement. Applications will be received from Nov. 15 to Dec. 31. Interviews will be conducted in January, with a new land commissioner to be selected in February.
Moody's exact retirement date and the new land commissioner appointment date will be set later.
The board authorized County Engineer David Enblom to have the state conduct traffic speed surveys on CSAH 60 and 71, which were paved in the last year. Enblom said final landscaping and tree planting along CSAH 71 may not be done until next spring unless the amount of rain increases this fall.
Cass commissioners set a special closed meeting for Sept. 23 at the Land Department Building in Backus to conduct annual performance evaluations for all appointed department heads.
They gave tentative approval Tuesday to a contract with the city of Cass Lake to provide three full-time deputies, one part-time supervisor and related equipment in 2009 to replace the city's police department at a cost not to exceed $290,000 a year.
If the city approves the agreement after hosting a public hearing Friday, the board likely will ratify the agreement at a future county board meeting.
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