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County repeals tattoo ordinance

Initially the proposal to repeal Crow Wing County's tattoo and body piercing ordinance appeared to get under some commissioner's skin, particularly if tattoo artists were part of the county fair.

But Tuesday the board voted to repeal the county's ordinance regulating tattoo and body piercing. The change moves the licensing and enforcement to the state's responsibility.

Commissioners noted since a law change meant they had fewer options to be more restrictive than the state, there was little reason to keep the licensing at the county level. The new state regulation allows tattoo artists to obtain a license to work at temporary events.

Commissioner Rosemary Franzen said she didn't see a purpose in duplicating the state's efforts. Commissioner Rachel Reabe Nystrom, who was outspoken against having tattoo artists at the fair, said the state ordinance is a good one and is more restrictive in training and education.

In other business, the board:

Appointed Tim Bray as county engineer through May 31, 2015. Bray was initially appointed for a one year term on Oct. 28, 2009.

Approved a Solid Waste Management proposal to seek bids to clear space at the landfill. The open area's soils may be used creating a pit for a future landfill cell expansion in 2019.

Approved a 2011 mileage reimbursement rate of 51 cents per mile following the Internal Revenue Service guidelines.

Looked at proposed changes to the county fee schedule, noting increases such as an off-sale liquor license from $250 per year to $350. The board questioned dropping a $100 fee for a third false security alarm call. Commissioner Doug Houge was in favor. Nystrom asked for more details on why the sheriff's department recommended the repeal. A 9:30 a.m. Dec. 28 public hearing is set to discuss the changes.

RENEE RICHARDSON may be reached at renee.richardson@ or 855-5852.