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June 1, 2020

3/27/2020 12:38:00 PM
Operations of govt., democracy being revised, reworked

The number of incidents of confirmed coronavirus in Chisago County grew Friday last week and no doubt will continue to.  The second person ill with covid-19 in this county was announced  March 20, two days after the first case was declared. The two subjects are in their 30s and 40s and neither had any travel history, so Chisago County Public Health Department Administrator Courtney Wehrenberg said officials are assuming these are “community acquired.”

County public spaces were closed mid-week last week and all public encounters at services windows are halted.  Government Center doors remain open only as long as the state maintains judicial district courtroom activity.  (The courts on on the top level of the government center.)  The main satellite HHS office in North Branch will also not admit the general public, according to HHS Director Robert Benson.  Benson was the lone outside presentation authorized at the County Board session, which saw canceled agenda items on zoning, engineering and Lake Improvement District issues.

If you have business with social workers, need to make a payment, record a real estate deed, etc. please call the number for that department.

Public comment impacts
The Chisago County Board is asking any citizen, who had intended to participate in public comment at an upcoming Board meeting during open microphone, to contribute their remarks in written form.  The commissioners agreed to cancel public comment time as of last week’s Board meeting and after discussion--  the ban on Open Microphone will stay in place for an undetermined length of time.

County Board Chair Ben Montzka stressed the need to make it possible for county citizens to be heard as part of the generally accepted current practices, and the new process will require comments sent via e mail, or regular US Postal Service, to the county administrator’s office.
Commissioners will read aloud submitted comments at future meetings.

Chair Montzka added that writers need to be aware the comments become public when submitted so don’t state anything you’d be hesitant for the public to hear.

Comments go to to chase.burnham@chisagocounty.us  The mailing address for the Government Center is 313 North Main Street Center City, MN 55012.  Be sure to mark the envelope with the department the correspondence is directed to ie: County Board Administration.  

There also is a drop box at the outside front entry of the Government Center for all written communications, including permit forms for building services.  This is collected daily.

Plan on Building?
The zoning and environmental services staff will use the drop box too.  Forms and permit requests, etc. can go in the box, with Environmental Services clearly on the paperwork.

Building officials are continuing to conduct inspections for projects with permits. They ask that you maintain a distance when they are on a work site.  

If there is an interior inspection (furnace installation for example) please contact the department and work out how that is to be handled, 651-213-8372 or 213-8376.  There are additional concerns when entering a homesite.


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