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December 30, 2013

County council members looking to keep seats

County Councilmen Bishop, Grover plan to run in 2014.

At least two Cass County Council members whose terms end next year are planning to run again.

Cass County Councilman Grover Bishop, who represents the county's 2nd District, will finish his first term on the council at the end of 2014.

"I'll try to go one more trip around the park," Bishop said. "The first four years in my opinion have been pretty good training ground. Now I know a lot more than I did at the time."

Bishop went on to call winning his first term's election with little experience "an investment" from voters.

"I think the next four years I'll be able to pay them back," he added.

The economy had been lagging for a few years when Bishop started on the council in 2011, an environment that would continue throughout his term and force budgets to become tighter.

"Things are starting to turn around now," Bishop said. "I guess what I'm proudest of is we were able to get through this lean period with minimal cost to the county taxpayers."

But getting through the lean period did not come without regrets, he added, like the 17 county positions that were cut in the 2012 budget that have yet to return.

The council also voted to discontinue payments to the Cass County Historical Society during Bishop's term.

"I along with a few others still believe that's a pretty good place to put a few dollars because it's important to the overall welfare of the people of Cass County," he said. "It's a real service."

Bishop also saw the elimination of a park board for France Park, the only county-operated park, which is now run by a sole superintendent.

"So far I think that has paid off pretty well, but I still regret we had people out there who were doing what they could but we had to change the program," he said.

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