Wright County approves $84,400 for radio system planning

December 24, 2007

By Ivan Raconteur
Staff Writer

The Wright County Board approved an item Tuesday that had been tabled at its last meeting.

At the earlier meeting, the board had questioned an $84,400 payment to GeoComm for ARMER radio system planning and consulting.

During Tuesday’s meeting, Bill Swing of the county’s information technology department explained that earlier this year, high-level plans for the project were completed.

“Motorola has a detailed, specific plan, and there are no grant funds available for this phase,” Swing said.

Commissioner Dick Mattson questioned the payment.

“It sounds like we are re-inventing the wheel and spending a lot of money,” Mattson said.

“There isn’t any duplication here. We are extending the technology into this area,” Swing replied.

“This ($84,000) is a drop in the bucket,” Commissioner Pat Sawatzke said, noting that the total estimated cost for the project is $6,785,000.

Swing said that he expects to have a definitive cost for the project as soon as the detailed plan is complete, and added that he hopes to secure grant money to cover 50 percent of the total project cost.

The board approved the payment.

Odds and ends

In other business, the board:

• authorized signatures on the county’s 2008 contract with Crossroads Animal Shelter for dangerous dog services.

• authorized Surveyor Steve Jobe to request proposals for the 2008 aerial photography and LiDAR project.

• approved an offer from the DNR to purchase two tax-forfeited properties in Rockford Township for $12,500.

• approved the hiring of Paul Bakken of The Valuation Group, for appraisal services related to Cedar Crest Apartments in Monticello at a cost not to exceed $10,000. The company has filed tax court petitions for 2005 and 2006 assessments.

• re-appointed Lawrence Bauman to the board of adjustment, and Gordon Weber, George Bakeberg, and Board Chair Jack Russek to the planning commission.

• acknowledged that Wright County received a certificate of excellence from the League of Minnesota Counties Insurance Trust for outstanding loss ratio less than 50 percent for plan years 2002-2006.

• set the county mileage reimbursement rate for 2008 at 50.5 cents per mile to match the standard IRS reimbursement rate.

• heard a report from Diane Sander of the Crow River Organization of Water (CROW) joint powers regarding the organization’s activities.