6/22/2018 1:26:00 PM Cass County Board: Brewery beer sales among license changes
MONICA LUNDQUIST Cass County Correspondent
PILLAGER-The Cass County Board Tuesday evening, June 19, approved changes to the county liquor license regulations, adding on- and off-sale licenses for brew pubs.
The board met at Sylvan Township Hall, east of Pillager.
State-licensed brewers of beer may apply for this county license to enable them to sell individual servings of beer to be consumed in a taproom on the site. The initial license fee was set separately as a part of the updated fee schedule at $400 per year.
Licensed brewers also will be allowed to sell growlers-a jug used to transport beer-as long as their annual total retail sales do not exceed 3,500 barrels or their off-sales exceed 750 barrels. The initial license fee for off-sale will be $265 per year.
The brewer retail licenses will become available and fees take effect as of July 1. Annually thereafter, the licenses will run from Dec. 1 through Nov. 30.
In adopting the updated fee schedule, the only other changes were for some zoning permit fees. These will take effect July 1.
A land use permit for a residence, including mobile homes, recreational vehicles or an attached garage, will continue to cost 15 cents per square foot, but will now have a minimum of $100.
Cost for a land use permit for an accessory structure will continue to cost 20 cents per square foot, but will now have a maximum of $500.
The annual permit for a holding tank will be $50.
A land use permit for a commercial structure up to 500 square feet will be $300. That will increase to $325 for 501 to 1,500 square feet, to $460 for 1,501 to 2,500 square feet and to $545 for over 2,500 square feet.
A resort land use permit for a structure or addition will be 20 cents per square foot, with a $150 minimum and $1,500 maximum.
The flat $441 charge for each variance, conditional use or land reclassification application will include the $46 recording fee. Previously, that was a separate charge.
Elections Administrator Sharon Anderson obtained board approval to sign an agreement with the Minnesota Secretary of State for the county to conduct a recount if one should be ordered for this jurisdiction.
The state would pay the county 4 cents per ballot counted, with a minimum of $100. The county would have to submit a log of ballots counted to collect the reimbursement.
Anderson also obtained board approval to submit an emergency plan to the Secretary of State's office on procedures the county would take to ensure voting could continue even if there were some emergency event or natural disaster that occurred at one of the county's polling places on Election Day.
The plan includes contact phone numbers for the town or city clerk and a back-up person in each in-person voting precinct and contact numbers for the election center at the courthouse in Walker. It explains how to shut off a vote counter and how to restart it if voting has to be suspended.
It gives a process for posting notice on a voting precinct building and moving voters to another precinct if one became unusable. It covers how to handle a medical emergency.
It has phone numbers and contact people for neighboring county auditor offices in the event Cass' main vote tabulating center at the courthouse in Walker should become unusable on Election Day..
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