The Cass County Board of Supervisors today (Wednesday), approved a recommendation from the County Zoning Commission, for a change in classification for a parcel of land near Lyman from General Agricultural to Light Industrial. Zoning Administrator Rich Hansen explained the request to have the 1.3-acres rezoned came from Corey Sindt, for the expansion of his business. Sindt already has an auto repair business, and wants to expand his growing family business to include used car sales.
Supervisor Chuck Rieken recommended the Board approve the request because the family has been a long-time contributor to the Cass County economy. Rieken said Sindt has more, long-term plans for his property and business as well, which will make for additional economic assets to the County.
In other business, the Cass County Supervisors approved a construction contract with Carlson–West-Povandra Architects in Omaha, for the renovation of a building the County purchased across the street from the courthouse. The facility will be used as a new 9-1-1 Center. With the Board’s approval, C-W-P can begin to solicit bids for the project. The bid date was tentatively set for May 22nd.
The Board also received a Quarterly report from Cass County Veterans Affairs Director Mitch Holmes. Holmes reported V-A Commissioner Terry Rutherford, who has served two six-year terms on the Commission, is stepping down, effective June 30th. Holmes requested and approved the Board’s permission to place advertisements in the local paper asking for Veterans to apply for a position on the Commission. In order to be considered for an appointment to the V-A Commission, the applicant must have been honorably discharged from the military and be a war-time veteran.
There are currently two men and one woman on the Commission, which meets during the third Monday of the each month. In making a selection for appointment to the position, the County must keep in mind the need to maintain a gender balance.
In his report, Holmes said there were 15 claims for General Assistance through his office during the past Quarter. The claims amounted to $2,365, the bulk of which was in the form of utility assistance. There were also 125 forms completed and filed for Federal V-A Benefits, the majority of which were for Disability Compensation. The claims ranged from $129 to as much as $1,500. And, Holmes’ office made 1,862 contacts during the past Quarter, including e-mails, phone calls and visits in and out of the office, or a little more than 30 contacts per day. His efforts drew the praise of Supervisor Chuck Rieken, who said Holmes is doing a “Good job.”