County Attorney Brett Corson asked the county board if there were any concerns regarding the draft ordinance before them on Cannabinoid/THC at the board’s April 25 meeting.
A committee was formed to work on a draft ordinance on February 28. The draft ordinance the committee produced is intended to regulate the sale of hemp derived products in Fillmore County to protect public health and safety. Any person or business must be licensed to sell (or possess with the intent to sell) hemp derived products. Requirements for licensure are detailed in the draft ordinance. Liability insurance is required. Penalties for violations are listed. Annual license fees are included in the draft ordinance.
A motion to hold a public hearing on the proposed ordinance on May 23 was approved.
Other business in brief
• At a March 7 meeting, Social Services Director Wanda Berg explained the county could save money by providing children’s mental health case management services in-house. The county had been contracting out services to Hiawatha Valley Mental Health in Winona. The board approved the advertisement for three Children’s Mental Health Social Worker positions so the county could provide the service in-house at that meeting.
This day, approval was granted to hire Ashley Teebo, effective June 5; Rachel Herold, effective May 1; and Lexis Thorson, effective May 15 to fill the three positions.
• County Engineer Ron Gregg presented the 2023 rock bids. Orval Sorum & Sons was awarded a contract for CR 112. Bruening Rock Products was awarded contracts for CR 102, CSAH 7, CSAH 11, CSAH 29, and CR 117. Milestone Materials was awarded contracts for CSAH 15, CSAH 22, CSAH 30, and CR 110. All three businesses had their stockpile rock price approved.
• Gregg discussed plans for the Forestville Bridge on CR 118. The DNR is conducting an archeological survey to determine where the bridge could be moved to and set for refurbishing. A temporary bridge may be placed across the river by the DNR to allow for pedestrian traffic while the bridge is being refurbished. The DNR, Historical Society, and Fillmore County are collaborating together to have the bridge rehabbed and put back on the site. All of these plans are dependent on getting a Legislative Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR) grant, from Legacy funding. If the bridge is refurbished and put back on site, it will be used for pedestrian, horse, and bicycle traffic.
• Work on the construction of the Chatfield storage building is to begin on May 1.
• The board will meet next on May 2.