9/25/2017 3:17:00 PM Land reclassifications gain approval
MONICA LUNDQUIST Cass County Correspondent
WOODROW TOWNSHIP-Cass County commissioners approved several land reclassifications at their meeting Tuesday night in Woodrow Township, east of Hackensack.
A 12.7-acre site in Section 27 of Walden Township, formerly part of an 80-acre parcel, was reclassified from agriculture/forestry to rural residential 10, a class designed for residential properties of 10 or more acres. Rural residential classes are for single family homes.
A rural residential building site in Leech Lake Township was reclassified from rural residential 5 to rural residential 2.5, reducing the required lot size from 5 to 2.5 acres. The site is outside the shoreland zone.
A 20.21-acre site in Pine River Township was reclassified from agriculture/forestry to rural residential 5. Other properties abutting this site are already zoned rural residential 2.5.
A 4.98-acre site in Wilson Township was reclassified from shoreland residential and rural residential 1 to commercial 1. The site has one structure being used for rental storage. The owner proposed to add another such structure. The site is 200 to 300 feet from Pine River city limits.
A 37.82-acre site in Wilson Township was reclassified from agriculture/forestry to rural residential 10.
A 6.02-acre parcel in Shingobee Township was reclassified from rural residential 2.5 to rural residential 1. Numerous single family homes already exist in that area.
The county referred back to the planning commission for a public hearing a previously platted area along County Highway 77 in Fairview Township. The application is to reclassify from rural residential 2.5 to commercial 2 to allow construction of storage units for sale to the public. A conditional use permit application is pending. The public hearing will be held prior to the planning commission or county board deciding whether or not to approve.
Environmental Services Director John Ringle obtained board approval to hire Jerry Robbins to install a concrete pad where recycle bins will be located adjacent to the new county highway garage and city facilities at Remer. Robbins' $4,725 bid was the lowest of three received.
Ruyak Construction, currently working on the building construction site, will do site preparation for the slab.
Land Commissioner Kirk Titus obtained board approval Tuesday to hire Northfork Builders for up to $2,960 to clean up the former East Gull Lake Archery Range site. They will remove two outhouses and former archery target stations.
An archery club used to maintain the site, but as more indoor ranges have opened in the area, the site use and club have diminished. County Administrator Joshua Stevenson said the site will be restored to a stand of oak trees.
The commissioners extended a contract with M & T Excavating by $1,360.20 to cover the cost the contractor incurred to remove 7.43 tons of buried household garbage found inside a house M & T had contract to demolish.
Future Forests Inc. was the only bidder for a project to spray weeds and trench in preparation for tree planting on 88 acres for $14,780 and spray-only on another 12 acres for $4,490.
The sites to be sprayed and trenched are in Loon Lake, Poplar, Blind Lake, Powers and Trelipe townships. The only sites to be sprayed are in Homebrook, Deerfield and Powers townships.
Following this spraying, the county expects to have tree seedlings planted next summer on the formerly logged sites.
The land department will engage Schrupp Excavating for $1,360 to haul and spread 42 yards of rock to fill in a settled area where the Deerfield Impoundment was reconstructed last year.
Loggers paid the county $76,674 for timber on county-administered land offered for sale at the Aug. 31 timber auction. They paid $41.61 per cord for aspen and $56.47 for red oak, the two largest quantities of tree species offered for sale.
Rainforest Alliance will conduct the annual audit of Cass County timberlands for $8,262 to enable the county to maintain its Forest Stewardship Council certification as a sustainable forest.
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