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The Wright County Board took action on the following items at its March 6 meeting. They were compiled by John Holler.

• Met with just three commissioners. Board Chair Darek Vetsch and Vice Chair Christine Husom were both attending a nuclear emergency operations drill. Commissioner Charlie Borrell took over the chairman duties to run the Aug. 6 meeting.

• Re-approved an agency agreement between Wright County and the Minnesota Department of Transportation that had been approved at the March 26 board meeting. The agreement allows Wright County to receive an additional $846,602 in federal funds from Stearns County for the CSAH 38 road project in exchange for the same amount of state aid funds that will be transferred to Stearns County. After the county approved the original agreement, MnDOT noticed some minor language discrepancies in the two copies of the agreement that were required to be amended.

• Authorized signatures on a contract amendment to the joint powers agreement with the Minnesota Department of Corrections regarding work release services. The change increases the daily price of “pay-for-stay” prisoners from $55 a day to $57.50.

• Referred discussion of a Justice Center earthwork change order and Government Center bid package review to the Aug. 13 county board workshop.

• Approved a short-term upgrade of the Health & Human Services Call Center software in the amount of $32,000 for setup and $45,000 in annual maintenance. In the next three months, the Information Technology Department will work with Health & Human Services to present a long-term vision and solution to the issues related to the call center and making sure all of the systems are integrated into a single system.

• Heard a report from Borrell on the Wright County Fair. Attendance was slightly down from 2018, but that was attributed to severe storms that rolled through the county on Sunday, Aug. 4. However, the proceeds from the fair were up about $9,000 from the previous year. Borrell said that next year will be the 150th celebration of the county fair and many attractions to commemorate the event are already in the planning stage. He added that during World War II the fair was cancelled for a couple of years because the fairgrounds were used as a prisoner of war camp for German POWs.

• Set the agenda for the Aug. 13 board workshop. Aside from Justice/Government Center addition, items to be discussed include a 2019 Minnesota Counties Intergovernmental Trust presentation, the Economic Development Partnership’s revolving loan program, criteria for intergovernmental loans and discussion of the CAMA (Computer-Assisted Mass Appraisal) program. 

• Approved seeking bids for two separate repairs needed on County Ditch 20. The estimate for the cost of the two repairs is approximately $73,000.

• In other ditch-related items, scheduled a ditch committee meeting for 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13 to discuss future work needed on County Ditch 10 and set a public hearing for 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27 for the redetermination of benefits for landowners on County Ditch 33.

• Announced the cancellation of the Aug. 9 committee of the whole meeting that was scheduled to discuss Enterprise Resource Planning.

• Set the dates for bid openings for a pair of highway department projects – 9 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11 for the CSAH slope repair/flood wall project in Delano and 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 21 for the CSAH 19/38 reconstruction project in the cities of Albertville and Otsego.

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