The Winona County Board will shut its chamber doors Tuesday morning for several sessions that will be closed to the public.
The first session will be closed under a provision in Minnesota law that allows government bodies to meet privately with their attorneys. Board members will discuss the recent appeal of a decision against the requirement for an in-depth environmental review for the county’s first proposed frac sand mine. The board voted against requiring the environmental study, and a group of county residents filed an appeal with the Minnesota Court of Appeals, which is expected to render a decision in the next year.
The second closed session will allow the board to discuss its strategy for upcoming labor union negotiations.
During the open portion of the meeting, the board will determine the method to be used to reimburse St. Charles residents for a tax imposed for recycling services not provided to them. St. Charles currently has its own non-county recycling service contract, but the county has also levied a property tax/parcel fee of $16 from the city’s residents. The rebate options include county-issued checks, estimated to cost $14,000 to administer, or having the city of St. Charles distribute the rebates, expected to cost $10,000 to administer. The board will also consider removing the per-parcel fee for future years.
Citizen members of a steering committee expected to work on the new comprehensive land use plan are also expected to be chosen during the meeting.
The meeting will be held at 9 a.m. on May 14 at the county office building on Main Street.