The much-anticipated Trinity County Cannabis Department Transition Plan was delayed once again, but is now in draft format, Planning Director Kim Hunter said, and undergoing legal review before presentation to the board and public.

After multiple postponements, she said she expects the Transition Plan to be presented to the Board of Supervisors at the next meeting Oct. 19. It had originally been planned to be presented last Tuesday.

Hunter’s resignation as director of the Building and Planning Department was also announced at the Oct. 5 meeting after nearly two years in the position.

The resignation was announced following the presentation of a certificate of appreciation for Rick Tippett, director of the Department of Transportation — and former director of Building and Planning Department — upon his recent retirement.

While both are still helping their departments in limited capacity, this puts the county down two department heads.

County Administrative Officer Richard Kuhns shared that the county would soon be going into contract with Bob Murray and Associates Executive Recruiters to perform “aggressive recruiting” of the Department of Transportation director and planning director positions.

David Colbeck, environmental compliance specialist for the county, was promoted to interim deputy director of operations for the Department of Transportation.

In other action:

New county road signs and the possibility of changing tourism funding rounded out the Oct. 5 Board of Supervisors meeting.

In the consent agenda, the supervisors agreed to endorse the phrase “Trinity County/Where We Honor Veterans,” to be added to county border signs on state highways. Cost to the county is so far unknown.

Distribution of the county’s tourism budget was also discussed.

Kuhns said that the distribution of county tourism funds has been the same since he became CAO. More recently, he said, Sup. Jill Cox has held meetings with the current tourism budget stakeholders — including The Historical Society and the Trinity County Visitor’s and Development Bureau — and it might be time to consider changes.

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