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Posted on: February 4, 2020

Husom Reflects on County Plans for 2020

As part of the Feb. 4 meeting of the Wright County Board of Commissioners, Christine Husom, the board chair for 2020 opened the meeting with a statement of where she feels Wright County has been and where it is going.

Husom was the chair in 2015 and reflected on things that were important to her then that she wanted to incorporate into the county board’s method of conducting business – many of which have become staples of how the county board and county government in general operate now.

“The last time I was board chair, I shared some of my goals that I wanted to hopefully have the board implement,” Husom said. “One was the committee/advisory board updates. That was something we were able to do right away. Another was Lean training (which teaches organizations to reduce waste and increase efficiency). A lot of our departments have gone through the events to increase their efficiencies. Another one was to have regular workshops outside of our board meetings. We finally were able to implement that last year and I think that works really well so we can delve more deeply into some of the issues.”

She sees many of the same type of challenges facing Wright County five years later. She praised her fellow commissioners for the cooperation with which they have worked and knows that 2020 is going to be an eventful year of change in the county.

With two new buildings coming on line that will change life in and away from current Government Center and cooperative long-range planning that will incorporate cities and townships in the process, she summed up her goals for 2020 much in the same way she was hopeful that her goals from 2015 would heard and acted on.

“Now we’re in 2020 and I think 2020 means clear vision,” Husom said. “I believe that the county board has been very visionary the last few years. We’ve made a lot of decisions – some really tough decisions – that have moved the county forward to increase efficiency and deliver better customer service. In 2020, I want to continue to be visionary. We’re looking at doing strategic planning with our cities and townships. We’ll continue to do budget forecasting. We’ll work on keeping our tax rate more level so we don’t have the fluctuations that we’ve had in the past that have been difficult to deal with. We’ve got the Justice Center and the Tactical Training Center opening this summer. It’s going to take a lot of planning and plain old hard work to make the move from here to the Justice Center for all the departments that will be moving and the courts. It will be a big deal and I think if we continue to work as hard as we’ve been working together these last few years, it’s going to be a good year. I’m excited about it being 2020.”

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