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Pope County Offices Closed on Monday, January 15, 2024

Pope County Offices Closed on Monday, January 15, 2024

Pope County business offices will be closed on Monday, January 15, 2024 in recognition of the observed Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday.  County offices will be open during regular business hours weekdays, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., through Friday, January 12, will be closed Monday, January 15, and will reopen on Tuesday, January 16 at 8:00 a.m.

Pope County law enforcement and dispatch offices remain staffed during the holiday weekend.  Dial 9-1-1 for emergencies, or 320-634-5411 for non-emergency calls.

Pope County Offices Closed on Monday, January 15, 2024

Pope County Offices Closed on January 1, 2024

Pope County business offices will be closed on Monday, January 1, 2024 in recognition of the New Year’s Day holiday.  County offices will be open during regular business hours weekdays, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., through Friday, December 29, will be closed Monday, January 1, and will reopen on Tuesday, January 2 at 8:00 a.m.

Pope County law enforcement and dispatch offices remain staffed during the New Year’s Day holiday weekend.  Dial 9-1-1 for emergencies, or 320-634-5411 for non-emergency calls.

Pope County Offices Closed on Monday, January 15, 2024

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING AND INTENT TO ADOPT HOUSING TRUST ORDINANCE

The Pope County Board of Commissioners shall have on its agenda a proposed ordinance and shall conduct a related public hearing on Tuesday, January 16, 2024, at 9:00 am, or as soon thereafter as the matter can be heard, in the Courthouse Third Floor Boardroom on the proposed adoption of Ordinance 2024-01, which would establish the Pope County Housing Trust Fund. In order to provide the County with additional tools to support the rehabilitation and preservation of existing affordable housing within the County, promote the development of affordable and workforce housing within the County, and to assist individuals with rental and down payment assistance, the County is considering the creation of the Pope County Housing Trust Fund by ordinance. The proposed ordinance, if adopted, would allow for establishing a Pope County Trust Fund Account, to be maintained by the Pope County Housing and Redevelopment Authority – Economic Development Authority (the “HRA-EDA”). All funds received by the HRA-EDA on behalf of the Trust Fund would be deposited in the Trust Fund Account. The draft ordinance may be viewed on the Pope County website at www.popecountymn.gov under News and Announcements. The public may also view the Draft Ordinance here and offer written comments on the ordinance before the date and time of the hearing to the County Administrator’s Office in person or by mail at the Pope County Courthouse, 130 Minnesota Ave. E., Glenwood, MN 56334. The public is also invited to attend and offer oral or written testimony before the Board at the public hearing.

Pope County Offices Closed on Monday, January 15, 2024

Pope County Offices Closed on December 25

Pope County business offices will be closed on Monday, December 25, 2023 in recognition of the Christmas Day holiday.  County offices will be open during regular business hours weekdays, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., through Friday, December 22, will be closed Monday, December 25, and will reopen on Tuesday, December 26 at 8:00 a.m.

Pope County law enforcement and dispatch offices remain staffed during the Christmas holiday weekend.  Dial 9-1-1 for emergencies, or 320-634-5411 for non-emergency calls.

POPE COUNTY COMMISSIONER LARRY LINDOR ELECTED SECOND VICE PRESIDENT OF THE ASSOCIATION OF MINNESOTA COUNTIES

POPE COUNTY COMMISSIONER LARRY LINDOR ELECTED SECOND VICE PRESIDENT OF THE ASSOCIATION OF MINNESOTA COUNTIES

Caption: 2024 AMC Executive Committee, from left to right: Secretary-Treasurer Lisa Fobbe (Sherburne), First Vice President Mike Slavik (Dakota), President Neal Gaalswyk (Cass), Second Vice President Larry Lindor (Pope), and Past President Mary Jo McGuire (Ramsey).

(St. Paul, MN)— The Association of Minnesota Counties (AMC) has announced the election of its officers for 2024, including Pope County Commissioner Larry Lindor as the association’s Second Vice President. Commissioner Lindor also most recently served as AMC’s Secretary/Treasurer, and also is an appointed member of the General Government Policy Committee. Commissioner Lindor represents Pope County’s Fourth District.

Pope County has also been represented on the AMC Board of Directors by Second District Commissioner Gordy Wagner, who is concluding his service as the Chair of AMC’s Transportation and Infrastructure Policy Committee this year.

Other Pope County Commissioners served this year as appointed Policy Committee members. Third District Commissioner Paul Gerde served as a member of the Environment and Natural Resources Committee, First District Commissioner Paul Gremmels served as a member of the Health and Human Services Committee, and Fifth District Commissioner Paul Wildman served as a member of the Public Safety and Corrections Committee.

Other 2024 AMC Officers elected this week include:

  • Neal Gaalswyk, Cass County Commissioner AMC President
  • Mike Slavik, Dakota County Commissioner AMC First Vice President
  • Mary Jo McGuire, Ramsey County Commissioner AMC Past President
  • Lisa Fobbe, Sherburne County Commissioner AMC Secretary/Treasurer

AMC has been serving Minnesota’s 87 counties since 1909. AMC is a voluntary statewide organization that assists the state’s 87 counties in providing effective county governance to the people of Minnesota. The association works closely with the legislative and administrative branches of government in seeing that legislation and policies favorable to counties are enacted. In addition, the association provides educational programs, training, research and communications for county officials.

 

POPE COUNTY LIGHTS COURTHOUSE GREEN IN SUPPORT OF VETERANS FOR OPERATION GREEN LIGHT

POPE COUNTY LIGHTS COURTHOUSE GREEN IN SUPPORT OF VETERANS FOR OPERATION GREEN LIGHT

Pope County’s historic Courthouse will be illuminated green as part of Operation Green Light for Veterans, a nationwide effort by counties, the National Association of Counties (NACo), and the National Association of County Veterans Service Officers.

From November 6-12, the County Courthouse will be illuminated green to show support for veterans and raise awareness around the resources available at the county, state, and federal levels to assist veterans and their families.

The Pope County Board adopted Resolution 202325 Supporting Operation Green Light for Veterans at Pope County at its November 7, 2023 regular Board meeting, a copy of which can be found here.

Now in its second year, Operation Green Light is expected to draw hundreds of counties to participate. The county role in administering services for veterans includes County Veterans Service Officers helping fellow former service members access more than $52 billion in federal health, disability and compensation benefits each year, as well as other services supporting the approximately 200,000 service members who transition into civilian communities annually.

Locally, Jay Stewart serves Pope County as its County Veterans Service Officer (CVSO), a professional advocate for Veterans and their families.  His office is located on the First Floor of the Courthouse, and he can be reached at (320) 634-7846.

The CVSO is the primary point of contact for Pope County veterans and their families who seek assistance with local, state and federal veterans benefits. The mission of the office is to work collaboratively with the Department of Veterans Affairs and nationally chartered veterans service organizations in promoting the interests and welfare of veterans who have served in the Armed Forces of the United States of America, their family members and survivors; to enhance the quality of their lives through advising, counseling, claims assistance, education, advocacy and special programs; and to ensure that they each receive all of the benefits and services they so well deserve for the hardships they have endured.

Other local organizations are encouraged to participate in Operation Green Light by simply changing one light bulb in their home to a green bulb. This can be an exterior light that neighbors and passersby see, or an interior light that sparks a conversation with friends. By shining a green light, we let our veterans know that they are seen, appreciated, and supported.

PUBLIC COMMENT SOUGHT FOR POPE COUNTY’S HAZARD MITIGATION PLAN

PUBLIC COMMENT SOUGHT FOR POPE COUNTY’S HAZARD MITIGATION PLAN

(October 30, 2023)  Pope County has completed an updated draft of its Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP) and is now seeking public feedback. Like all Minnesota counties, Pope County is vulnerable to a variety of natural hazards such as tornadoes, windstorms, severe winter storms, flooding, drought, and extreme temperatures, which can threaten the loss of life and property in the county. Planning for natural disasters minimizes the impact of events that can cause vast economic loss and personal hardship.

All county residents, as well as other interested agency or organizational stakeholders are strongly encouraged to review and offer feedback on the interactive website, PDF of the draft plan, and proposed local mitigation actions.

The review and comment period is open for a period of 15 days through November 13, 2023. The public can access the plan using the following links:

The Pope County HMP is a multi-jurisdictional plan that covers Pope County, including the cities of Cyrus, Farwell, Glenwood, Long Beach, Lowry, Sedan, Starbuck, Villard, and Westport. The Pope County HMP also incorporates the concerns and needs of townships, school districts, and other stakeholders participating in the plan.

Update of the plan has been under direction of Pope County Emergency Management in cooperation with U-Spatial at the University of Minnesota Duluth and representatives from county departments, city and township governments, school districts, and other key stakeholders. Together, the planning team worked to identify cost-effective and sustainable actions to reduce or eliminate the long-term risk to human life or property from natural hazards.

Examples include improvement of roads and culverts that experience repetitive flooding; construction of safe rooms in areas where residents and visitors are vulnerable to tornadoes and severe storm events; burying powerlines that may fail due to heavy snow, ice or wind storms; ensuring timely emergency communication to the public through warning sirens and mass notification systems; and conducting outreach to increase public awareness of severe weather and personal preparedness.

Hazard mitigation planning helps Pope County and other jurisdictions protect their residents. Working with local communities through the process helps identify vulnerabilities and develop strategies to reduce or eliminate the effects of a potential hazard. In addition, increasing public awareness of natural disasters and encouraging personal preparedness helps to create a community that is resilient to disaster, and breaks the cycle of response and recovery.

Updating the plan further allows Pope County and its jurisdictions to be eligible to apply for future FEMA Hazard Mitigation Assistance grant program funding for projects that help to reduce or eliminate the impacts of future natural hazard events.

Community feedback is vital to the success of the plan. Pope County invites public review and feedback of the draft plan prior to submitting it to the State of Minnesota and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for review. Feedback may be provided via the online comment forms or directly to Pope County Emergency Management.

Contact

Tim Riley
Pope County Emergency Management Director
320-634-7797
Email: tim.riley@popecountymn.gov

Kim Joos
Pope County Deputy Emergency Management Director
Phone: 320-634-7798
Email: kim.joos@popecountymn.gov

POPE COUNTY OPIOID SETTLEMENT ADVISORY COUNCIL ANNOUNCES FUNDING OPPORTUNITY TO COMBAT OPIOID ABUSE AND MISUSE

POPE COUNTY OPIOID SETTLEMENT ADVISORY COUNCIL ANNOUNCES FUNDING OPPORTUNITY TO COMBAT OPIOID ABUSE AND MISUSE

The Pope County Opioid Settlement Advisory Council is dedicated to making a positive difference in the fight against opioid abuse and misuse in our community. We recognize the importance of working hand in hand with our community partners to create a comprehensive and effective response to this public health issue.

To that end, we are excited to announce the release of a funding opportunity aimed at supporting local organizations and initiatives focused on opioid abuse and misuse prevention. This funding opportunity seeks to:

  • Foster Collaboration: Encourage collaboration among community-based organizations, healthcare providers, educational institutions, and other stakeholders to develop and implement innovative opioid abuse and misuse prevention programs.
  • Promote Education: Support initiatives that raise awareness about the risks of opioid misuse, enhance education on safe prescription prescribing practices, and empower individuals and families with knowledge to prevent opioid addiction.
  • Expand Access to Treatment and Support: Fund projects that improve access to evidence-based treatment, harm reduction services, and support for individuals struggling with opioid use disorder.
  • Advance Research and Data Collection: Invest in research efforts that provide critical insights into local opioid abuse trends and their impact, enabling data-driven decision-making for prevention efforts.

The Pope County Community Partner Funding Request document provides the instructions and information needed to complete the grant application. The application can be found here on the “Opioid Settlement Advisory Councils” page on the Horizon Public Health website.  Click the heading for the ‘Details by County’ section, look under the sub-heading for Pope County, and click the link marked “Pope County Funding Application”.

Together we can make a significant impact in our community’s fight against the crisis of opioid abuse and misuse in our community. Please find attached further details about the funding opportunity, including application guidelines and details. If you have any questions or require additional information, please contact Amy Reineke at Horizon Public Health at amyr@horizonph.org or 320-762-3079, OR Kersten Kappmeyer, Pope County Administrator at kersten.kappmeyer@popecountymn.gov or 320-634-7704.

 

Thank you for your dedication to our community.

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS – DEVELOPMENT OF HRA-EDA OWNED PROPERTY – FREMAD SITE

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS – DEVELOPMENT OF HRA-EDA OWNED PROPERTY – FREMAD SITE

The Pope County HRA-EDA is seeking development proposals from qualified firms, developers, purchasers and builders for the opportunity to purchase and develop HRA-EDA owned property. The intended outcome of this Request for Proposals process is the creation of a development/purchase agreement that will establish terms and conditions, and further define the scope, design, overall use, and development of the Property.

The property is located at the corner of Franklin Street and 1st Avenue SW in the City of Glenwood. The property consists of parcel numbers: 21-0198-000; 21-0197-000; 21-0197-001.

Requests for proposals will be accepted starting November 1, 2023, and accepted through 11:00 a.m. on Friday, February 2, 2024.

For more information on the HRA-EDA Request for Proposals, and how to submit a proposal, please review the full RFP solicitation available here.

Pope County Offices Closed on Monday, January 15, 2024

SUMMARY PUBLICATION OF ORDINANCE 2023-01 POPE COUNTY, MINNESOTA

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that, on October 3, 2023, Ordinance No. 2023-01, an Emergency Interim Ordinance Prohibiting the Establishment of New Uses or the Expansion of Existing Uses Related to Sales, Testing, Manufacturing and Distribution of Cannabis Products, was adopted by the Pope County Board of Commissioners.

NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that, pursuant to Minn. Stat. §§ 331A.01 and 375.51, a summary of Ordinance No. 2013-01 is provided as follows:

Ordinance No. 2023-01 is an emergency interim ordinance prohibiting the establishment of new uses or the expansion of existing uses related to sales, testing, manufacturing and distribution of cannabis products in Pope County. The ordinance authorizes and directs a staff study and development of recommendations on regulatory issues related to the subject of the ordinance; places a moratorium on new uses or expanded existing uses related to cannabis products in the County and prohibits issuance of related licenses; provides means of criminal and civil enforcement of the ordinance; declares the ordinance’s provisions severable; and establishes an effective start date upon approval with certain exceptions and an end date in accordance with law.

NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that copies of the ordinance are available for public inspection on the County’s public website at www.popecountymn.gov, in the office of the Pope County Auditor-Treasurer during normal business hours, or upon request by calling 320-634-7706.

APPROVED and ADOPTED by the Board of Commissioners of Pope County, Minnesota on October 3, 2023.

A copy of the adopted ordinance can be viewed here.