The Wright County Board of Commissioners has become far too accustomed to having meetings on days other than their regularly scheduled Tuesday morning board meetings and workshops.
It has become commonplace since Wright County declared a state of emergency in March. In less than two months, the county board has met in special session four times.
Next week, that number will grow to five.
At the May 5 board meeting, the county board voted to set a special board meeting for 10 a.m. Friday, May 15. With a scheduled board workshop Tuesday, May 12 and the state’s stay at home order set to expire at midnight on the morning of Monday, May 18, it was deemed that the county board should meet to discuss whatever changes will be announced prior to May 15 – whether it’s dealing with the end of the shelter in place order or imposing another two-week extension through the end of the month.
It made Commissioner Darek Vetsch comment that the county board is setting a new standard for the number of times the commissioner get together.
“I think we’re going to set a record for most county board meetings this year,” Vetsch said.
County Administrator Lee Kelly thanked the board for its flexibility as situations continue to evolve and the board needs to keep meeting to respond to the latest decisions made at the state and federal levels.
“I appreciate your guidance on this,” Kelly said. “We’re following the governor’s advice that’s being put out, but ultimately, the county needs to decide what we want to do, how we want to do it and open up. Certainly, we want to be keeping the public as well as staff safe in working towards that. I think we’re doing a lot of the business we’re still able to do. Some of things we are not able to do, because the state systems are not allowing us to do it.”
As long as the numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths from the coronavirus continue to mount, limitations will continue to be placed on individuals, business and places where people congregate in numbers. And, as long as the scenarios continues to change, special meetings of the county board will continue.