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County to hire enterprise resource planning architect
June 21, 2019

Gabe Licht
Delano Herald Journal Editor

COKATO, MN – The Wright County Board took a step toward implementing enterprise resource planning June 18, as it agreed to hire an ERP business architect to oversee it.

ERP is a type of business management software featuring integrated applications to collect, store, manage, and interpret data.

The timeline is to have the new employee in place by September or earlier so the county can kick off phase one of the ERP.

“If we couldn’t get a qualified candidate in place by the end of August . . . we would look at a contractor so we have someone in place day one,” Chair Darek Vetsch said.

“We haven’t made the final decision of if it’s an IT (information technology) or administrative position,” County Administrator Lee Kelly said. “It needs to be centrally located to serve the county.”

Commissioner Mark Daleiden said the county can afford for the position to start in 2019, in part because there are open positions in the IT department that are currently not being funded.

He said he hopes the county can find candidates who have ERP experience, even if that experience is in the private sector.

In related business, the board approved the minutes and recommendations of the June 11 committee of the whole meeting. Recommendations include negotiating and signing master service agreements with Oracle, as the official ERP vendor, and Ciber, as the implementation partner.

Asphalt plant

For the third-straight meeting, the board considered whether an Environmental Assessment Worksheet should be required for an asphalt plant in a gravel pit in Silver Creek Township.

The board voted 3-1, with Commissioner Charlie Borrell opposed and Commissioner Mike Potter absent, to direct staff to draft findings to require the EAW.

“If we’re going to allow an asphalt plant anywhere in the county, this is as good of a spot as there is,” Borrell said. “If we require an EAW for this, we’d have to require an EAW every time an asphalt plant were to open.”

He said the highway noise in the location is louder than the asphalt plant would be.

Vetsch has been a vocal proponent of the EAW throughout the process.

“They purchased their homes based on surroundings,” he said of residents in that area. “If we’re going to change their surroundings, they should be able to get an environmental study for their peace.”

Borrell made a motion for staff to draft findings to not require an EAW, but it died due to lack of a second. He then made another unsuccessful motion to table the matter until Potter’s return from a transportation conference in Washington, DC. Potter had voiced opposition to an EAW at the previous meetings, stating that an asphalt plant is needed in that area due to upcoming work on Interstate 94.

“It’s not as critical as one might want to believe,” Vetsch said.

Odds and ends

In other business, the board:

• approved the Minnesota Department of Public Safety deputy registrar reimbursement grant agreement to accept grant funds in the amount of $85,109. These funds are meant to reimburse the county for expenses related to the Minnesota License and Registration System.

• approved the minutes and recommendations of the June 12 personnel and employee relations committee meeting. Recommendations related to the assessor’s office include leaving the current office technician I position vacant for the remainder of the year, upgrading the current vacant appraiser position description to principal appraiser, and proceed with recruitment.

• tabled the authorization of an application for the Minnesota Housing and Finance Agency Family Homelessness Prevention and Assistance Program until the Tuesday, June 25 meeting, at which commissioners hope Lutheran Social Services employees can share more about the program.

• scheduled a committee of the whole closed session regarding health insurance renewals for 9 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13.

• approved a plat for Elphinstone Shores in Southside Township.

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