WALKER -- The Cass County Board on Tuesday authorized extension services to spend up to $3,000 for a computer back-up system.
This will protect departmental computer files in the event of a power surge or outage.
Commissioners also authorized installing a $990 air handling unit for the furnace serving the extension office in Pine River.
They approved replacing the copy machine at the courthouse switchboard under a five-year lease of $852 per month, down from the lease on the previous machine of $891.36 per month.
The machine being replaced has run 1.5 million copies while installed at the courthouse.
County Engineer David Enblom failed to obtain board approval to buy a broom for $18,500.
Renting a broom, with brush wear charges, costs the county $3,000 per month, he told the board. The broom is used each spring to sweep sand from paved county roads, he said.
As more townships pave roads, Enblom said the county could easily rent a broom to several townships for sweeping their roads.
The county has been renting a broom only one month, but without the purchase, probably will rent for more than one month next year, Enblom said.
In a single month, there is only time to sweep county roads and those in Shingobee Township. It would take a second month to cover paved roads in additional townships requesting service, he said.
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