Meeker County – Meeker County Treasurer Sharon Euerle reminds taxpayers that the first half of their 2020 Real Estate tax is due today, Friday, May 15. Postmarks are due on or before that date to prevent a penalty being assessed after that date. However, Meeker County Commissioners have approved a reduced penalty schedule as follows:
- Taxes paid May 16-June 30, 2020: 1% penalty
- Taxes paid July 1-31, 2020: 2% penalty
- Taxes paid on or after August 1, 2020: Original penalty schedule
The Treasurer does accept partial payments with penalties being charged only on the amount owing. Taxpayers can pay their property taxes by one of the following methods:
- Postal mail
- 2 Drop boxes located in the courthouse parking lot or by the southwest entrance to the courthouse
- County website at www.co.meeker.mn.us; accepting by e-check or credit card
Vital records: Vital records are kept in this office also. All birth, death, marriage records for the county are accessible here. Other items handled include passport photos, notary public commissions, and clergy credentials.
WRIGHT COUNTY – The Wright County Parks & Recreation Department has issued a policy statement regarding operations following Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz’s Executive Order 20-56 that will allow the stay at home order to expire Monday, May 18.
The Parks & Recreation operation plan details changes that are taking place in the parks, and the policies and protocols that will be in place as representatives slowly attempt to return to something resembling normalcy.
To read the entire statement, click here: http://www.co.wright.mn.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1589
WRIGHT COUNTY – Wright County Public Health issued a news release regarding the first confirmed case of a COVID-19 cluster at an unidentified business in Wright County Wednesday, May 13. The release generated quite a bit of feedback on social media – both county accounts and private/group accounts.
Wright County Public Health wishes to clarify some of the points brought up by residents with the following statement:
“Earlier this week, we sent out a news release emphasizing the presence of community transmission of COVID-19, which inevitably includes businesses. All community members are encouraged to take precautions when going out in public.
In consultation with the Minnesota Department of Health, it was determined that the cluster identified in a local business is considered low risk to the public. The business is working with Wright County Public Health to take proper precautions to continue protecting their employees and the public. We are not able to name the business, most importantly because doing so could identify those with confirmed cases of COVID-19, which is a violation of the Minnesota Government Data Privacy Act.
A cluster is defined by three or more cases.”
To see the news release itself, which provides background information on the matter, click here:http://www.co.wright.mn.us/DocumentCenter/View/19406/Wright-Co-COVID-19-Update-51320
MEEKER COUNTY – Central Community Transit (CCT) is fare-free through Saturday, May 30.
The free fares are being offered in an effort to reduce physical interaction between passengers and drivers, according to the Mid-Minnesota Development Commission.
CCT Bus provides transportation for Kandiyohi, Renville, and Meeker County residents. Transportation is available for people of all ages. People ride the bus to and from work, appointments, errands, grocery runs, and visits to friends or family.
Riders are encouraged to take sensible measures to ensure personal safety and the safety of the driver and other passengers. If you’re sick, stay home. Wash your hands and use sanitizer, try not to touch everything, and cover your mouth and nose with a simple mask.
More information about CCT routes is available via its website: https://www.cctbus.org/
DASSEL-COKATO – Dassel-Cokato FFA students shared information about the 2020 Minnesota FFA Convention, slated to take place Tuesday, May 19 through Thursday, May 21.
The event will take place virtually, via a mobile app.
Event organizers said using the app is the best way to stay connected for up-to-date convention information, including the convention schedule, workshops, speakers, and sponsor information. Online coverage of the mobile app is sponsored by Enbridge, and the mobile app is brought to you by the Minnesota FFA Foundation.
A QR code for the app is below.
COKATO TOWNSHIP – The Cokato Township Board adopted a resolution Monday establishing Cokato Township as a constitutional and business-friendly community.
The action expresses board members’ opposition to any executive order that would restrict the constitutional rights of the citizens of Cokato Township to life, liberty, or property without due process of law.
The resolution states, “That the Cokato Township Board will not direct any City of Cokato, Wright County and Meeker County resources to enforce any executive order or any other directive which infringes on the rights of law-abiding citizens to keep their businesses open as per the Constitution.”
The Cokato Township board indicated its membership supports the choice of all its residents to continue to stay at home or the choice to move freely within the township and support the economy of Cokato Township, while maintaining behaviors to preserve the health and safety of all residents and encourages all of its citizens to follow the Minnesota Department of Public Health and all CDC guidelines for social distancing and general conduct while in public.