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Posted on: April 30, 2020

A Statement from Wright County Administrator Lee Kelly Concerning Opening County Facilities

A statement from Wright County Administrator Lee Kelly related to plans to reopen county facilities:

Wright County’s current closure of public counters extends through Sunday, May 3 which coincides with the State of Minnesota’s current stay at home order. On April 23, Gov. Tim Walz announced a phased approach to reopening businesses in Minnesota.

Steps to a similar phased approach for county operations are outlined below. Phase I recommendations are proposed for an implementation date of Monday, May 4. The main objective of the phased plan is to keep our citizens and employees safe and healthy while gradually reopening County services.

We will employ the following strategies:

1. Public counters will remain closed to general walk-in traffic through May 18.

2. Service by appointment is offered for certain services that cannot be completed via other methods or are difficult to complete online due to lack of an electronic solution, complexity of transaction, or customer barrier to accessing the service online.

3. Electronic processing of documents and applications, and delivery of services via virtual methods are continued and increased where possible. Methods for effective virtual service delivery are refined.

4. A number of steps have been implemented to prepare facilities for future operations Physical spaces such as meeting rooms are to be arranged to support social distancing, protective barriers have been installed, increased cleaning protocols will continue.

5. Employees will continue to work remotely as much as possible while maintaining essential county functions. Protocols related to services that are reopened will be guided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) recommendations.

Reopening Wright County - Phase II will be recommended to the Board later based upon health data and trends, with the goal of incrementally reopening all Wright County buildings and services.

ADMINISTRATION

Phase One services accessibility:

Public counters remain closed at the Government Center, Highway Department and Health and Human Services Center.

Property tax payments can be submitted via U.S. mail, online payment service, the drop box at the Auditor/Treasurer’s Office or the main entrance at the Wright County Government Center.

Marriage licenses are available by appointment. Contact (763) 682-7355 or are available via electronic processing.

Compost Facility: Reopening May 7 with a self-service drive-through service and drop off of hazardous waste. Appointments are required for hazardous material drop off. Appointments can be made by calling (763) 682-7338 or online http://www.co.wright.mn.us/162/Compost-Recycling-Facility.

Parks remain open. The Schroeder Park Campground and Collinwood Park Campground are scheduled to open Monday, May 18, 2020.

The Public Works Building remains open and is being staffed, but public counters continue to be closed.

Restroom facilities at Bertram Chain of Lakes Regional Park, Beebe Lake County Park, Clearwater/Pleasant County Park, and Otsego County Park are scheduled to open Monday, May 18, 2020.

Wright County Sheriff Office lobby will be closed to the public except by appointment only. To make an appointment, please contact the Sheriff’s Administration line (763) 682-7622 or email the Sheriff’s Office general email account sheriffclerical@co.wright.mn.us.

Permit to purchase firearm applications can be found on the Sheriff’s Office web page and can be completed along with a copy of your current driver’s license and sent to the Sheriff’s Office general email sheriffclerical@co.wright.mn.us.

To pick up property from our Property / Evidence room please call the following numbers: 763-682-7680 or 763-684-2363

Please see the following link for special instructions concerning jail visitation and instructions specific to the Wright County Jail. http://www.co.wright.mn.us/DocumentCenter/View/19100/New-Visiting-Rules.

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