Douglas County commissioners approved a 5 percent increase in environmental health food, pools and lodging license fees for 2020.

Public Health Director Ann Stehn made the request at the Tuesday, Aug. 20 regular board meeting, noting that the fee increase was proposed by the Douglas Pope Environmental Health Advisory Committee.

Food and beverage fees range from $90 to $700 depending on what they are for. For instance, the license fee for a seasonal temporary food stand is $90, plus the base fee of $250. For a large food establishment the license fee is $700 plus the base fee.

Special event license fees, such as for a one-time cook-off event per year, is now $35.

Other license fees impacted by the 5 percent increase included lodging fees excluding vacation rental by owner, public pool fees, mobile home park/recreational camping areas, late penalty fees, plan reviews, re-inspections, variances and consultation fees.

In other action

The county commissioners also approved the following items:

  • Contract with Duininck, Inc. from Prinsburg, Minnesota for work on County Road 87, near Forada, and County Road 4 from Highway 29 to County Road 17.
  • Resolution recognizing Geneva Capital as this year's Business and Industrial Appreciation winner and proclaiming Oct. 8 as Geneva Capital Day in Douglas County.
  • Plat correction for Basswood Shore in LaGrand Township.
  • Conditional use permit to Storage Max in Hudson Township to allow the outdoor storage of motorhomes, campers, RVs, watercraft and similar recreational equipment.

The county commissioners had also planned on approving a resolution in regard to the purchase of Pilgrim Point, but Commissioner Charlie Meyer said they didn't need to move forward with it as the owners of Pilgrim Point denied the proposed purchase agreement.