Pine County Board: Pawn Shop Ordinance Decision Delayed

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009 at 6:46 am

The Pine County board will wait another month before they make a decision on a proposed pawn shop ordinance. The reason is to allow new board member Steve Chaffee to meet with pawn shop owners in the county and discuss the impact of the potential ordinance. Chaffee took office January 6th and did not sit in on previous ordinance discussions.

The proposal would implement a new state-wide run security system at shops in Pine County. County commissioner Doug Carlson said at Tuesday’s board meeting he will vote against the measure because he says the ordinance will put at least one shop out of business. Banning Junction Pawn Shop owner Alex Ouken told the board last month, if the proposal passes he will switch his pawn shop to a gun shop to avoid having to pay the cost of installing the new system.

Senior Assistant County Attorney Steve Cundy told the board the pawn shop in Hinckley has started to purchase and install the equipment and software needed to implement the system.

Delaying the decision a month means the system cannot start until August 1st because the county must allow six months for installation.

The board will discussion the ordinance at the February 17th meeting in Sandstone.

Also at Tuesday’s meeting, the county agreed to move forward with constructing a purchasing agreement with the city of Pine City for the sale of the old Pine County Courthouse to the city for $50,000. Board members Hallan and Carlson encouraged county attorney John Carlson and Interim Coordinator Mark LeBrun to include in the purchasing a agreement language to preserve several historical county artifacts which remain in the facility.

The board approved the attendance of the County Forester to the Minnesota Pesticide Information and Education workshop at the National Sports Center in Blaine on July 14th. Attendance is required to obtain a bi-annual license certification for forestry and right-of-way pesticide application. The cost is $175.

The board commended the County’s Snow Removal staff for their work this winter.

The board agreed to raise the per diem rate to citizens on county committees to $50.

Commissioner Hallan discussed potential setting up a weekly radio segment to discuss Pine County Board activities, similar to the Pine County Sheriff’s report on 100.9 WCMP-FM.

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