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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.

SUMMARY PUBLICATION OF ORDINANCE 2023-01 POPE COUNTY, MINNESOTA

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.

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

POPE COUNTY CONSULTATION AND PARTNERSHIP OPIOID MEETING OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT AGENCIES TO TAKE PLACE OCTOBER 24

(October 3, 2023) The Pope County Opioid Settlement Advisory Council has set the Pope County Consultation and Partnership Opioid Meeting for local Pope County government agencies for Tuesday, October 24, 2023.

This Opioid Settlement Annual Public Meeting is intended for local government agencies and community stakeholders in order to receive information and offer feedback on opioid settlement and Advisory Council activities.

Holding this public meeting is part of the terms and conditions of the opioid settlement agreements through which Pope County is receiving its community opioid settlement funding.

A flyer announcing the meeting can be viewed here.

For more information on the Pope County Opioid Settlement, its Advisory Council, and the Council’s activities, as well as activities elsewhere in the region, visit Horizon Public Health’s website and its Opioid Settlement page here.

SUMMARY PUBLICATION OF ORDINANCE 2023-01 POPE COUNTY, MINNESOTA

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

The Pope County Board of Commissioners shall have on its agenda a proposed fee for issuing an intoxicating liquor off-sale license per Minn. Stat. 340A.408, Subd. 3, and shall conduct a related public hearing on Tuesday, October 17, 2023, at 9:00 am, or as soon thereafter as the matter can be heard, in the Courthouse Third Floor Boardroom.

SUMMARY PUBLICATION OF ORDINANCE 2023-01 POPE COUNTY, MINNESOTA

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING AND INTENT TO ADOPT

The Pope County Board of Commissioners shall have on its agenda a proposed ordinance and shall conduct a related public hearing on Tuesday, October 3, 2023, 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 2023-01, a moratorium prohibiting the establishment of new uses or the expansion of existing uses related to sales, testing, manufacturing and distribution of cannabis products. The proposed ordinance directs a study to be conducted on the subject during the moratorium period, and will set forth temporary local controls and penalties for violation of said controls regarding cannabis-related land uses during the moratorium period. The draft ordinance may be viewed on the Pope County website here, at www.popecountymn.gov under News and Announcements. The draft ordinance may also be viewed at the County Administrator’s Office in the Courthouse, 130 Minnesota Ave. E., Glenwood, MN. Citizens may offer oral or written testimony before the Board at said hearing.

DEPUTY JOSH OWEN MEMORIAL OVERPASS DESIGNATED AND SIGNS RAISED IN POPE COUNTY

DEPUTY JOSH OWEN MEMORIAL OVERPASS DESIGNATED AND SIGNS RAISED IN POPE COUNTY

(September 15, 2023) Last week, on September 8, 2023, Pope County and Minnesota State officials gathered with the family of Pope County Deputy Sheriff Josh Owen and local friends and donors to see the Department of Transportation raise signs publicly designating the State Highway 29 overpass north of Glenwood as the Deputy Josh Owen Memorial Overpass.

State legislation was carried in the last legislative session in St. Paul by local officials, Representative Paul Anderson of Starbuck and Senator Torrey Westrom of Alexandria. The official designation of the overpass in memory of Deputy Josh Owen was contained in last session’s transportation bill.

The signage for the overpass, required to be purchased privately by the State, was made possible by a donation by former Pope County Sheriff Mark Hedner and his wife Rosie.

The signs are located on the north and south sides of the overpass approaches on State Highway 29 as the highway crosses over State Highway 55 and the Canadian Pacific Railway north of Glenwood in Pope County.

Deputy Josh Owen passed away from injuries sustained in the line of duty on April 15, 2023 while responding to a domestic disturbance call in Cyrus.

More photos of the sign raising and additional details can be found in the September 11, 2023 edition of the Pope County Tribune.

Minnesota Department of Transportation workers installed the new sign on the south side of the overpass. Photo by Tim Douglass, Pope County Tribune.

A group gathering to mark the new signage on the “Deputy Josh Owen Overpass.” From left are Pope County Commission Chair Gordy Wagner, Shannon and Rylan Owen, wife and son of Josh Owen, Pope County Deputy Eric Thesing, Sen. Torrey Westrom, Mark Hedner and Rosie Hedner, who donated to pay for the signage, Sheriff Tim Riley, Deputy Nathan Brecht, and Rep. Paul Anderson. The MnDOT workers who installed the signs were also in the photo. Photo by Tim Douglass, Pope County Tribune.

FREMAD SITE PROJECT DEBRIS REMOVAL PHASE BEGINS; HIGHWAY 104/FRANKLIN ST DETOUR TO END LATE FRIDAY

FREMAD SITE PROJECT DEBRIS REMOVAL PHASE BEGINS; HIGHWAY 104/FRANKLIN ST DETOUR TO END LATE FRIDAY

Demolition activity is in progress on the Fremad redevelopment project site in downtown Glenwood, with work now moving to the debris removal phase.  As work continues in and around the site in downtown Glenwood around 1st Avenue South and South Franklin Street, the public is reminded to watch for and obey signage in the area of the project. Parking will be prohibited in and around the site while activity is taking place, and some streets around the site may be blocked for shorter periods of time for safety reasons. Any such restrictions will be clearly marked by contractors. Please stay out of marked restricted areas during the course of the project.

The short section of State Highway 104/South Franklin Street that has been closed to through traffic is planned to reopen later in the day on Friday, September 8.  In the meantime, the official detour route for through traffic is State Highway 28, State Highway 55, and County Highway 18, with allowance for local detoured traffic on the adjacent open blocks in downtown Glenwood.

The demolition of the buildings is part of a redevelopment of this forfeited, blighted property, and solicitation of requests for proposals for redevelopment are planned to be publicly solicited sometime after demolition is complete. Redevelopment costs are intended to be recouped through sale of the land as well as from proceeds from Tax Increment Financing (TIF) on the valuation of the redeveloped site.

Questions on the project can be directed to the Pope County HRA/EDA at (320) 634-7847.

FREMAD DEMOLITION AND REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT IN PROGRESS; BRIEF CLOSURE AND DETOUR SET FOR HIGHWAY 104/FRANKLIN ST TRAFFIC BY SITE

FREMAD DEMOLITION AND REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT IN PROGRESS; BRIEF CLOSURE AND DETOUR SET FOR HIGHWAY 104/FRANKLIN ST TRAFFIC BY SITE

(September 6, 2023) Demolition activity has begun on the Fremad redevelopment project site in downtown Glenwood, with work started on the western back side of the site already commenced.

As work moves to the eastern front side of the site, a short section of State Highway 104/South Franklin Street will be closed to through traffic as an extra safety precaution.  This closure is expected to last for one to two days depending on the progress of work on site.  The road closure will begin late in the day today, Wednesday, September 6, and work on the site is expected to continue beginning at 7:00 am tomorrow morning, Thursday, September 7.

A detour for through traffic on State Highway 104 will be designated and signed, with the official detour route as State Highway 28, State Highway 55, and County Highway 18.  A map of the detour appears below:

The public is advised to continue to watch for and obey signage in the area of the demolition project. As stated previously, there may be some areas where parking will be prohibited in and around the site while activity is taking place, and other streets around the site may be blocked for periods of time for safety reasons. Any such restrictions will be clearly marked by contractors. Please stay out of marked restricted areas during the course of the project.

The demolition of the buildings is part of a redevelopment of this forfeited, blighted property, and solicitation of requests for proposals for redevelopment are planned to be publicly solicited sometime after demolition is complete. Redevelopment costs are intended to be recouped through sale of the land as well as from proceeds from Tax Increment Financing (TIF) on the valuation of the redeveloped site.

Questions on the project can be directed to the Pope County HRA/EDA at (320) 634-7847.

 

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

UPCOMING COMMUNITY MEETING, BYLAWS, FUNDING APPLICATION DISCUSSED AT POPE COUNTY OPIOID SETTLEMENT ADVISORY COUNCIL’S AUGUST MEETING

(August 22, 2023) The Pope County Opioid Settlement Advisory Council met on August 22, focusing on planning and preparation for its annual community meeting set for October 24th.

The “Pope County Consultation and Partnership Opioid Meeting” is set to take place on Tuesday, October 24, 2023 at 12:00 noon in the County Board Room on the Third Floor of the Pope County Courthouse at 130 Minnesota Ave. East in Glenwood. This annual meeting is part of the terms and conditions of the opioid settlement agreements through which Pope County is receiving its community funding. This public meeting is meant for other local government agencies and community stakeholders to receive information and offer feedback on opioid settlement and Advisory Council activities.

The group also engaged a final review of the Advisory Council’s bylaws and funding application, formally approved at its last meeting.

The Advisory Council will not meet in September, but will hold its next meeting in conjunction with the aforementioned “Pope County Consultation and Partnership Opioid Meeting” with community members on October 24th.

Horizon Public Health, as the facilitator and organizer of Pope County’s community response, will be providing information on the Task Force’s activities in Pope County, as well as efforts in the other four counties in the Horizon service area — Douglas, Grant, Stevens, and Traverse Counties.

Visit Horizon Public Health’s website here for more information on the Pope County Opioid Task Force and its activities, as well as activities elsewhere in their service area, as the initiative progresses in the coming months.