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Cass County Board: Boy River Township looks to absorb the city of Boy River

There is no local government for the city of Boy River and no one is designated or authorized to pay the bills for the city, which has resulted in Cass County terminating snow removal services for the city.

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Cass County Courthouse

BACKUS — A movement is underway for Boy River Township to absorb the city of Boy River.

Residents from Boy River and Boy River Township attended the Tuesday, Nov. 16, Cass County Board meeting in response to the letters received from Cass County about termination of snow removal due to the city not paying their bills.

Boy River Township Clerk Pat Ritter spoke on the group's behalf, saying it would be in everyone’s best interest if the township absorbed the city and became the local unit of government. Currently there is no local government for the city of Boy River and no one is designated or authorized to pay the bills for the city. County Administrator Josh Stevenson stated back in 2018 a special election was held to dissolve the city of Boy River but failed on a 3-2 vote.

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County Attorney Ben Lindstrom suggested residents file another petition to hold a special election and have the city of Boy River dissolved. Election Administrator Pamela Smith also shared information with the residents on where to find and send forms needed and offered to assist in the process.

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Environmental Service Director John Ringle requested the board approve joining a nine county consortium to develop a grant proposal for a feasibility study and plan for future needs for construction and demolition landfills. Currently, Cass County and the other area counties operate unlined construction and demolition landfills, Ringle said, and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has indicated it is not accepting permits for additional expansions or new landfills unless they are lined. Many of the construction and demolition landfills are nearing capacity and their permits will expire in a few years, Ringle said.

Ringle requested the board approve an expenditure from the Solid Waste Fund in 2022 not to exceed the amount of $6,000. Board Chair Jeff Peterson motioned in favor of the request, with Commissioner Bob Kangas seconding, and all commissioners voted to approve.

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Ringle also requested the board approve a parcel remapping project in Crooked Lake Township and authorize use of available county staff and resources for the completion of the project. The project would be considered a pilot project for future townships. There was concern that by conducting the project it would engage in unnecessary scrutiny by property owners. Jessica Watts from Cass County MIS said this would allow for the current maps to be more accurate, but would not be legally binding as property owners would still be required to hire a land surveyor. It was also noted by conducting this project the highway department would benefit from these maps. The board approved the request unanimously.

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In other business, the county board:

Heard the third quarter Longville ambulance report from North Memorial Health Ambulance Services Manager Kevin Lee.

Approved changing the Land Department timber auction policy to four quarterly oral timber auctions per year and no sealed bid auctions, with reporting back in a year to evaluate revenue loss or gain.

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Approved final payment on the countywide edge line striping project.

Approved Martin Mechanical to update the current cost estimate tables for developing a final plan and request for bonding in 2022 to rebuild the Pine River Transfer Station Solid Waste Recycling facility, not to exceed the amount of $2,500.

The next meetings are as follows: Joint meeting with the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe at 10 a.m. Nov. 29 at the Cedar Lakes Event Center in Cass Lake or by Zoom meeting; commissioner’s board meeting at 3 p.m. Dec. 9 with a public hearing beginning at 6 p.m. regarding the 2022 Cass County fee schedule, budget and property tax levy, at the boardroom in the courthouse annex in Walker; and commissioner’s board meeting at 9 a.m. Dec. 21 at the Land Department meeting room in Backus.

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