Hennepin County Commissioner Jan Callison provided the Mound City Council and update on county activities and issues during their June 11 meeting.
Callison informed the council the county had held a hearing about the county’s tobacco ordinance.
“Hennepin County has public health jurisdiction over five West Hennepin County cities in this area and the airport. Staff is proposing that we change the ordinance so that we raise the age of sale for tobacco products from 18 to 21; that we change the age of which somebody can sell from 16 to 18; that we restrict where flavored tobacco can be sold and restrict the sale price for a single cigar,” she said.
About a dozen retailers and residents spoke at the hearing. Callison said the feedback was mostly supportive of changing the age from 18 to 21 and raising the sale age as well.
Callison also noted that the new library is planning to be built in Mound in 2021, but there are no other current updates on the project. There has been no action from the county board.
Tim Litfin then provided the council with the annual Tour de Tonka presentation. The event is scheduled for Aug. 3 and will once again make its way through Mound, which includes a rest stop at Bethel United Methodist Church.
This will mark the 14th year for the event; however it was canceled last year due to severe weather. There will be 13 rest stops along the way. Those interested in volunteering for the event can visit tourdetonka.org or call 952-401-6800. Registration is open now through the morning of the event.
Money raised from the event goes to the ICA Foodshelf. According to Litfin, Tour de Tonka has raised more than $68,000 over the past 13 years.
There are eight distances this year - riders can choose from a 16 mile ride, 30 miles, 36 miles, 48 miles 57 miles, 62 miles 71 miles or a 100-mile ride. New Germany was added back into the route this year, as well.
“We handhold the riders so they know where they’re going and feel like they’re a part of something big. It’s an event,” Litfin said.