1/21/2018 9:43:00 AM Cass County Board: Changes approved for land reclassification
MONICA LUNDQUIST Cass County Correspondent
WALKER-Cass County Board adopted changes Tuesday to the countywide land use ordinance covering the process for obtaining land reclassification.
Under changes the county began this summer, applicants now file their application with Environmental Services Department. When the application is complete, ESD refers it to the county board, which may require additional information and may refer the application for the planning commission to consider.
The planning commission also may request additional information and will host a public hearing on the application within 30 days.
Owners of land within a half-mile of the property to be reclassified will be notified of the hearing. That may be extended, so at least 10 other property owners are notified.
Adjoining counties, incorporated cities and townships within the proposed district will be notified.
Following the public hearing before the planning commission, the commission will make a recommendation to the county board, which may approve, deny or modify the application. Passage will require a majority county board vote.
Aggrieved persons may appeal the county board action to district court.
In other action Tuesday:
The county board set continuation of a public hearing for the 9 a.m. Feb. 6 board meeting at the courthouse in Walker to consider a resolution to set damages for a requested cartway in the unorganized township area at the northeast corner of the county.
Property for the 33-foot wide cartway was appraised at $2,000. Cost for the appraisal ran $4,800.
Rima Smith-Keprios, aquatic invasive species coordinator, obtained county board approval for the 2018 budget at $505,000. It largely again will go toward inspecting boats and educating boaters at public landings about AIS and to cooperative programs with lake associations.
She said she plans to shift some of the educational outreach from billboards to digital advertising in 2018.
Karen Flier, auditor-treasurer's office treasurer, reported the county earned $934,923 interest on investments in 2017. That does not reflect $37,693.59 December income credited to the county after year-end, she said. The county had budgeted for $940,000.
Cass earned $981,667.14 interest on investments in 2016.
Katie Norby, county recorder, reported her office earned $543,917.45 from recording abstracts, $38,616 from recording Torrens and $6,725 from passports in 2017. The number of documents filed as well as the amount of fees collected was higher than in 2016.
The commissioners approved a contract with Family Safety Network for child abuse prevention efforts.
They approved a contract with Pine River Group Home to provide semi-independent living services and homemaking for vulnerable clients, based on client eligible fees.
They approved purchasing mental health services up to $5,000 each of from Jay Wilimek, Geri Wilimek, Miriam Tell, John Parkin and Mark Widgen.
They approved purchasing up to $8,000 of case management services to people with serious and persistent or acute mental illness and clinical supervision to other case managers from Lindell Consulting, LLC.
They approved a contact with Northern Pines Mental Health Center for home-based mental health and in-home consulting for up to $15,000.
They approved a contract with Elizabeth Kujava through December 2019 for up to $20,000 to oversee a grant and provide pretrial evaluations of clients for the probation department. This program screens people to determine whether they may qualify for pretrial release while awaiting a court determination of their case.
They approved a 2018 contract with Darlene Rollins to operate the May Township county garbage and recycling transfer station. The contract requires the site be open 16 hours per week.
Bieniek Abatement Services was the lowest of four bidders to win a $2,500 contract to inspect for asbestos and other regulated material in buildings on seven tax-forfeited properties. These are located in Pine River (two sites), Backus (two sites), Remer, Cass Lake and Bena.
The board approved paying 2018 support in the amounts of $50,000 to Cass County Economic Development Corporation, $5,000 to Cass County Agricultural Society (Fair Board) at Pillager and $1,500 to Mississippi Headwaters Board.
The county received a notice Leech Land of Ojibwe has applied to the Bureau of Indian Affairs to have four land parcels placed in trust for the band. Only one of the four parcels currently is taxable.
The properties cover 245.06 acres. Of that, 69.08 currently are subject to property taxes.
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