Cass Supervisors approve RBEG application


May 8th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors have approved an application by the local Food Policy Group seeking funds from the USDA to help pay for a part-time Local Food Policy Coordinator. If the application is approved by the USDA, the Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG) Program, would require up to $2,500 in County matching funds, which the Board also authorized by signing the forms. The County would serve as a sub-grantee for the program.

The total amount of the project is $58,450. Harrisdale Homestead has agreed to contribute a third-party, in-kind match of $6,000 for an office space for the part-time person, who has yet to be hired. That person would work out of the office, two-days per week.

Bahia Barry had served as the full-time Food Policy coordinator for Cass County from her office at the Golden Hills RC&D in Pottawattamie County, but her position was eliminated.

In other business, the Board tabled action on appointing a person to fill a vacancy position on the Cass County Zoning Board of Adjustment, as no one has expressed an interest in the post. The Cass County Zoning Board of Adjustment is a five (5) member board that holds hearings and issues decisions on applications for Special Exception Uses, Variances from the requirements of the Zoning Ordinance, and appeals of decisions by the Zoning Administrator. The Board of Adjustment has the final say on matters in which it has jurisdiction.