• Accepted the county’s 2018 medical examiner report. There were 555 deaths in Wright County in 2018, the lowest total since 2015. Four people died in motor vehicle accidents, down from 12 in 2014. The number of suicides (13) was the lowest since 2014. There were six overdose deaths due to drugs, including fentanyl, methamphetamine, oxycodone and heroin. There were 450 cremations performed, which ties a county single-year high.

• Received an update from Wright County Economic Development Coordinator Mark Hanson on the Region 7W comprehensive economic development planning process. Region 7W includes Benton, Sherburne, Stearns and Wright counties. One of the items highlighted is the county’s shortage of child care facilities. A University of Minnesota study ranked every county in the state on three factors – quantity, cost and quality of child care. In those three aspects, of Minnesota’s 87 counties, Wright County ranked 74th, 79th and 73rd in those respective categories with an overall rating of 79th. 

• Authorized signatures on a contract with HGKI for the creation of a master plan for the Great River Regional Trail. For a regional trail program to be eligible for state grant funding through the Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission, a master plan needs to be in place. In February, the board approved a memorandum of understanding creating a partnership for the trail plan between the county and the cities of Clearwater, Monticello and Otsego.

• Scheduled a public hearing to discuss the county’s Capital Improvement Plan for 10 a.m. at the April 16 board meeting. Topics to be discussed are the proposed new Government Center (county courthouse) and FBI/Sheriff’s Office Training Center.

• Approved signatures on 2019 road maintenance agreements between the county and the cities of Delano, Elk River, Howard Lake, Maple Lake, Montrose, Monticello and Waverly.

• Awarded several seasonal bids for the county highway department, including plant-mixed bituminous (accepted all bids), seal coating (Pearson Brothers Inc., Hanover, $610,306), pavement preservation project (Knife River Corp., Sauk Rapids, $5,627,619) and pavement markings (AAA Striping Service Co., St. Michael, $411,200)

• Approved a request to fill the Parks & Recreational maintenance aide position. The position became open due to an internal promotion.

• Authorized signatures on a resolution conveying a tax forfeit property to Albertville. The property was a stand-alone vacant property that, if combined with an adjacent lot, can create two buildable lots that can be returned to the rolls at some point.

• Approved an agency agreement with the Minnesota Department of Transportation and Stearns County in an exchange of $846,602 in state aid funds for a Stearns County project for the same amount of federal funds for Wright County’s CSAH 38 project.

• Accepted a $1,000 donation from Zion Lutheran Church in Buffalo for the Veterans Service Department for use that the department deems the best use of the donation.

• Approved a revocable license agreement for disabled American veteran parking, effective April 15-Oct. 15 in the county employee parking lot.

• Authorized moving forward with a management plan for the monitoring of Emerald Ash Borer in park lands operated and maintained by the county.

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