The Wright County Board took action on the following items at its June 18 meeting. They were compiled by John Holler.
• Announced that, due to an appropriation from the State Legislature over the failed MNLARS license renewal/registration system, the county received reimbursement in the amount of $85,109.
• Received an update on the status of the county’s Enterprise Resource Planning process. The board authorized staff to proceed with master services contract agreements with Oracle and Ciber and receive more information on his a proposed ERP business architect and procurement analyst positon in the future, with a priority being placed on hiring an ERP business architect by September in time for the start of the first phase of the process. Phase I is the project is targeting April 2020 for completion, followed by Phase II by mid-June 2020 and Phase III being completed in August 2020.
• Authorized signatures on the 2019-20 WRight Choice lease agreement with the Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose School District in the amount of $26,744. The WRight Choice program has been in existence for several years and serves as an option to out-of-school suspensions by having students do their schoolwork in a room at the county courthouse.
• Approved leaving a vacant office technician position in the appraiser’s office open for the remainder of 2019 and upgrade the position to a principal appraiser in 2020 and authorized proceeding with recruitment for that position with the expectation to start in January 2020.
• Scheduled a closed session of the committee of the whole for 9 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13 to discuss health insurance renewals. That day is scheduled to be a county board workshop meeting that is scheduled to start at 10 a.m.
• Received word that the petition filed by landowners on Lake John obtained the sufficient amount of signatures for the creation of a lake improvement district. A public hearing to discuss the petition to create the LID will be held at 9:30 a.m. at the July 16 board meeting.
• Laid over one week a resolution with the state and the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency to provide grant funding for family homeless prevention and assistance project. Borrell stated he would have voted against the motion, citing problems with the fiscal agent administering the grant program – Lutheran Social Service. He declined to elaborate, but said Stearns County has had significant problems with LSS.
• Scheduled a committee of the whole meeting for 11 a.m. following the July 16 board meeting to conduct the county’s exit audit meeting with the accounting firm of CliftonLarsonAllen.
• Approved payment of $5,807 to the firm of Madden, Galenter & Hansen for union negotiation work done on the county’s behalf in May.