WALKER—Cass County will keep the clause in its alcoholic beverage ordinance that requires new license holders and those failing compliance checks to take training. Heather Rogosheske, Working Together Coalition coordinator, informed the county board Tuesday, Feb. 5, the state no longer offers an updated curriculum for this training except online. She said in-person training is much more effective and enables participants to ask questions.
WALKER—Though Cass County property foreclosures in the fourth quarter of 2018 were slightly higher than 2017, the full year totals dropped from 30 in 2017 to 25. The number of foreclosures has declined annually from the 47 filed in 2015. In 2018, the 25 included 13 homesteads, two agricultural properties, nine cabins and one commercial. All but the two agricultural properties were valued under $400,000. The agricultural properties were each worth over $1 million.
WALKER—Cass County Probation Director Jim Schneider and Minnesota Department of Corrections Officer Vic Moen presented annual reports to the Cass County Board Tuesday, Feb. 5. Schneider's office oversees people in a pretrial status and those placed on probation after sentencing for adult misdemeanor or misdemeanor crimes and for juveniles. Moen's office oversees those sentenced for felony and non-traffic gross misdemeanor offenses.
WALKER—Cass County issued 10 more zoning permits in 2018 than in 2017, but permit revenue was down. Environmental Services Director John Ringle told the county board Tuesday, Feb. 5, there were more permits issued for accessory buildings and additions to existing buildings than permits for new larger houses, causing the decline in revenue. The environmental services department issued 1,478 permits in 2018. Of those, 1,147 were land use zoning permits for new buildings or private sewers. This is up from 1,105 in 2017.
BACKUS—Jason J. Kuboushek presented a "Land Use and Public Hearing Training" for the Cass County Planning Commission and county board Tuesday, Jan. 15, following the regular county board meeting. It was a close look at state laws governing public hearings, the open meeting law on government meetings, zoning variances, record keeping, conflicts of interest and court decisions, which have impacted how those laws are interpreted.
BACKUS—The Leech Lake River One Watershed One Plan likely will be ready for Cass County Board approval by the end of this summer. This plan is the first of three multi-county water plans, which if approved will replace the county's water plan for a specific watershed. The plans are designed to cover each whole watershed and cross county boundary lines. Kelly Condiff, Cass County environmental services technician, discussed the plan with the county board Tuesday, Jan. 15. The Leech Lake River plan covers about 8,450 acres in Cass and Hubbard counties.
WALKER—Environmental Services Director John Ringle obtained county board approval Wednesday, Jan. 2, to purchase seven iPads for the seven planning commission members. This $2,610.37 purchase will enable the planning commission to access information about variance and conditional use applications for each meeting electronically rather than as a paper packet of information, Ringle said. Environmental services spent $5,900 in 2017 and $6,743 in 2018 to mail packets to
WALKER—Cass County commissioners selected Scott Bruns to serve as 2019 board chair and Neal Gaalswyk as vice-chair at their Wednesday, Jan. 2, meeting in Walker.
Two of the four local governments the University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs recognized at a Dec. 13 ceremony for 2018 top innovation and collaboration are from central Minnesota. Leech Lake Reservation and Morrison County were those recipients. Morrison County will receive a $5,000 grant and Leech Lake Reservation, a $10,000 grant to further their initiatives.
WALKER—Chad Emery, Cass County emergency services director, obtained county board approval Tuesday, Dec. 18, for an updated county emergency operations plan. The plan names people who will assume an order of command to respond to disasters and emergency situations such as wildfires, severe winter storms, multiple casualty events, floods, hazardous materials events, civil disturbances, national security/terrorism or pandemic flu events.