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Wright County Board Minutes

JAN. 23, 2001

The Wright County Board met in regular session at 9:00 A.M. with Mattson, Eichelberg, Sawatzke, Jude, and Russek present.

The minutes of 1-09-01 were discussed. Mattson referenced page 3, 2nd paragraph, last sentence, which adopts a resolution naming Wright County as the sponsoring agency for the Maple Lake Pedestrian/Bicycle Trail Project. After discussion, the consensus was that the following sentence should be added for clarity, "Wright County is acting as the fiscal agent for the Maple Lake Pedestrian/Bicycle Trail project but has not approved financial support." Russek moved to approve the minutes as corrected, seconded by Eichelberg, carried unanimously.

Petitions were accepted to the Agenda as follows: Consent Agenda Item #A8, "Authorize Signatures, Cable Television Public Access Application" (Norman); Consent Agenda Item D3, "Approve Hire, Gail Bernards, Court Attendant, Eff. 1-22-01 (Class B, Step 3)" (Norman); Aud./Treas. Item #4, "Set Deferred Compensation Committee Meeting" (Gruber); Item For Consid. #5, "Court Security Committee Meeting" (Mattson); Item For Consid. #6, "Communications Committee Meeting" (Mattson); Item For Consid. #7, "Trail, Maple Lake To Ney Park" (Mattson). Gruber changed a portion of Consent Agenda Item C6, Tobacco Licenses, from "Silver Spring Golf Course (Monticello City)" to "Silver Spring Golf Course (Monticello Twp.)." Russek moved to approve the Agenda as amended, seconded by Mattson, carried 5-0.

On a motion by Russek, second by Eichelberg, all voted to approve the Consent Agenda as amended:


1. Performance Appraisals: R. DesMarais, Assessor; L. Serfling, Attorney; C. Nelson, W. Marschel, Aud./Treas.; J. Merritt, J. Vos, Ct. Admin.; C. Barnaal, Ct. Svcs.; A. Gilmer, MIS; L. Schallock, Recorder; R. Denmark, M. Erickson, K. Heaton, Sheriff.

2. Refer To Budget Committee Discussion RE: Consolidating Accounting Functions.

3. Schedule Employee Recognition Ceremony at 10:00 A.M., February 20, 2001.

4. Approve & Authorize Signatures On Law Enforcement Contract Amendment, Otsego.

5. Refer Discussion RE: Request From American Red Cross To Link To Our Web Site To Ways & Means Committee.

6. O/T Report, Period Ending 1-05-01.

7. Authorize Signatures & Submit Pay Equity Implementation Report To State.

8. Authorize Signature On MN Cities Participation Program Application & Payment Of Processing Fee & Deposit.

9. Authorize Signatures, Cable Television Public Access Application.


1. Promote Mark Erickson To Attorney III, Step 3, Effective 1-16-01.

2. Approve Hire, Judy Merritt, Legal Secretary, Eff. 2-5-00 (Class K, Step 3).


1. Claim - E. M. Branstrom ( Fund 34 - Collinwood) $1,078.08 - Services.

2. Claim - Scott Builders (Fund 34 - Courthouse) $1,225.00 - Dec. Consulting.

3. Claim - Buetow & Assoc (Fund 34 - Courthouse) $344.90 - Dec. Consulting.

4. Pedestrian Bridge at Ney Park.

5. Claim - Goodhue County - $5,234.40 - County Share of Coalition Utility Contract.

6. Claim - Scott Builders (Fund 34 - Collinwood) $34,328.00 - Application #3.

7. Tobacco Licenses: Heidi's Market; Longshot Bar & Grill (Albertville City); Petrol Pumper #66; Flintstone's Lounge; Center Drug Inc.; Coborn's Liquor; Coborn's; Eagle Trace Golfers Club; Clearwater Travel Plaza (Clearwater City); Casey's General Store #1647; Wessman Oil, Inc. (Cokato City); Lake Center Store (Corinna Twp); Tom Thumb #564; Holiday Station Store #214; Dave's Town Club; Delano Municipal Liquor; Dee's General Store; MPFC Delano (Delano City); O'Ryan's Conoco; Pump N Munch #29; Holiday Station Store #196; River City Lanes; Total Mart #5306; Total Mart #5305; Maus Foods; Ken's Service; Silver Spring Golf Course (Monticello Twp.); Circle C Convenience Center; Casey's General Store #1881 (Montrose City); D & R Liquor, Inc.; Riverview Liquor; Tom Thumb #287 (Otsego City); Casey's General Store #2156;Red Vest Bar & Grill (Rockford City); South Haven Service (South Haven); Tom Thumb #296; Crow River Lanes; Total Mart #5308; Dale's Wine & Spirits (St. Michael City); Rocky's Bar & Grill (Waverly City)


1. Refer To Building Committee Request To Designate Additional Records Storage Space For Court Records.

2. Authorize Filling Case Intake Deputy Position Vacated By Judy Merritt (Promoted to Legal Secretary, Attorney) & Filling Any Subsequent Vacancies Should Position Be Filled From Within.

3. Approve Hire, Gail Bernards, Court Attendant, Eff. 1-22-01 (Class B, Step 3).


1. Schedule Ways & Means Committee Meeting On 1-26-01 @ 10:00 A.M. To Discuss Land Near Ney Park With Land Owner Representative.

Doug Gruber, Auditor/Treasurer, referenced a draft resolution of support for legislation relating to drainage and water management for County agricultural drainage ditch systems serving developed areas. Sherburne County had adopted the draft resolution being reviewed today. A bill was introduced last year to potentially give counties the authority to turn ditches over to other governmental entities without the requirement of special legislation. Brian Asleson, Assistant County Attorney, said he had been involved with this effort in the past. He received a draft resolution from Rinke-Noonan but it differs from the Sherburne County draft. At the request of Asleson, Eichelberg moved to lay discussion over for one week to allow Asleson to research this issue, seconded by Sawatzke, carried 5-0.

Gruber received a request from Marc Mattice, Parks Administrator, to place discussion of a pedestrian bridge at Ney Park on the Agenda. The bridge would be constructed over County Ditch 20 (Silver Creek). Mattice explained that he is in the process of obtaining the necessary permits from the DNR, Army Corp of Engineers and SWCD. Eichelberg moved to approve the placement of the bridge contingent upon approval from all involved agencies. The motion was seconded by Mattson and carried 5-0.

At the request of Gruber, Sawatzke moved to schedule a Deferred Compensation Committee Meeting for 1-30-01 at 8:30 A.M. The motion was seconded by Eichelberg and carried unanimously. The Committee will discuss the transfer of funds from an American Express account.

The claims listing was reviewed. Gruber said the claim on Page 17, Travel Gallery, $1,549.25, related to a deputy subpoenaed to Texas on a case. The State of Texas will reimburse the County for the expense. The claim on page 34, MN Counties Computer Coop, $14,111.48, will be transferred from Fund 34 to 041-6621, Auditor/Treasurer. The claim on page 2, MN Assn. Of County Administrators, $300.00, will be changed to MN Assn. of Court Administrators. Russek moved to approve the claims as listed in the abstract, subject to audit, and with the corrections as noted. The motion was seconded by Mattson and carried 5-0.

Bill Weldele met with the Board to discuss the Pelican Lake Public Access on CR #117. This issue was last discussed by the Board approximately one year ago. Weldele requested that no parking be allowed on either side of CR #117 from the Public Access to his home due to safety issues. Previously, the County Board took action to place "No Parking" signs on the East side of the road. Sheriff Gary Miller said the complaints received by the Sheriff's office on CR #117 were from Weldele and that some parking citations had also been issued. No accidents have occurred. Brian Asleson, Assistant County Attorney, stated that the County, through its designation as the road authority, can close the access if there are safety issues. The County would then have to deal with the ramifications from the State and the general public. When questioned, Weldele admitted to moving road signs from their designated location to other locations on CR #117 and in the Public Access. Eichelberg moved to request the Highway Department to place "No Parking" signs on the East side of CR #117 up to Weldele's driveway. The motion was seconded by Sawatzke and carried 5-0. Wayne Fingalson, Highway Engineer, stated that the signs will potentially be erected by the end of the week. He thought the best solution is the one that is not feasible and that is to find another location for the landing.

Dennis Moeller and Maribel Fernandez, U of M Extension Service, provided an overview of the 2000 Wright County Agricultural Profile, which is based on the 1997 U.S. Agricultural census. The trend is a decrease in the number of farms and livestock. The size of the farms is on the increase. Russek felt the population estimates used in the profile appeared to be low. Fernandez responded that it takes a considerable amount of time to process the data and that is why it is based on the 1997 census. This was presented as an informational item.

Discussion led to the proposed trail between Maple Lake and Ney Park. Mattson said he reviewed Parks Commission minutes and could not find discussion on this issue. Marc Mattice, Parks Administrator, indicated that the issue was discussed as part of the January Parks Commission meeting. However, there was not a quorum so a recommendation could not be presented to the County Board. He anticipates discussing this at the February Parks Commission Meeting. The decision to apply for the grant was made in mid-December at a Community Design Meeting. The City of Maple Lake, the School Board and Maple Lake Township have passed resolutions in support of the project. Mattson stated that there must be public entity involvement at both ends of the trail or the project will not receive funding. It was clarified that the City of Maple Lake is half owner of the land donated for Ney Park. Mattice estimated a cost of $100,000 to pave a one-mile section of trail. If 80% funding were received from the State, the remainder could be funded by City and in-kind work by the County. Any County funding toward this project would be presented at a future date for approval.

A Building Committee meeting was held on 1-10-01. Mattson moved to approve the minutes, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0:

Phase II Voice/Data Wiring. Swing reported that Phase I, wiring the fourth floor and Administration Department, has been completed. He presented a list of areas to be considered in Phase II of the project (attached). He said that the State Courts system is willing to fund $10,000 toward the cost of wiring the Court Administration Department. He will discuss with Genell Reese the possibility of getting financial support to wire the EOC. Recommendation: Include the areas recommended by Swing except the vacated Attorney and Court Services areas. Fund out of Budget 820, Site Improvement line item.

A Personnel Committee meeting was held on 1-10-01. Eichelberg moved to approve the minutes, seconded by Sawatzke, carried 5-0. At today's Board Meeting, Norman indicated that the Application Specialist Position has been negotiated into the collective bargaining unit and placed into Class C.

Application Specialist Position. Currently this position is in the Sheriff Department budget. Swing presented a draft organizational chart which will centralize the Application Specialist positions in the MIS Department. Miller and Torfin are both in agreement with this proposal. Norman will analyze the points-to-pay relationship for this job classification. If it is not currently in the collective bargaining agreement, a negotiation session will need to be scheduled. Recommendation: Transfer the budgeted amount for this position from the Sheriff Department to the MIS Department.

Staffing Change In Jail Administration. Miller and Torfin are requesting that the Secretary position in Jail Administration be reclassified to Confidential/Administrative Secretary. Torfin stated that the reason for this request is that the individual in this position will be dealing with confidential personnel issues and the County's financial system. Norman summarized for the Committee the definition of a "confidential employee" as defined in the Minnesota Public Employers Labor Relations Act. Also, the individual in this position does not have supervisory responsibilities. After discussion, it was the consensus of the Committee that the reclassification procedure outlined in the Personnel Policy Procedure Manual be followed.

A Ways & Means Committee meeting was held on 1-10-01. On a motion by Mattson, second by Eichelberg, all voted to approve the minutes as presented:

Memorandum Of Understanding, Howard Lake Water Tower. Officials from Howard Lake were unable to attend today's meeting. This item will be on the next Committee meeting agenda (January 24th).

Mileage Reimbursement, Parks Commission. Recommendations: Reimburse mileage at a rate of $.34/mile, effective January 1, 2001. Deny request of Parks Board member for mileage reimbursement for 2000 because prior authorization for reimbursement was not approved by the County Board. Analyze and discuss per diems for various advisory boards and commissions at the next Committee meeting.

Alternate On Planning Commission. Zins stated that there is nothing in our Ordinance or in State law that provides for an alternate. Also, there has not been an alternate appointed for other Planning Commission members. Recommendation: Do not appoint an alternate.

On a motion by Mattson, second by Russek, roll call vote carried 5-0 to adopt Resolution #01-07 authorizing approval of and signatures on the Board Of Soil and Water Resources (BWSR) 2001 Natural Resources Block Grant. The grant was submitted by Kerry Saxton, SWCD, and is for $94,214.00.

On a motion by Eichelberg, second by Sawatzke, all voted to appoint Jude to the Central MN Jobs & Training Jt. Powers Board (JTPA Workforce Center). This committee appointment was omitted from the appointments made at the first meeting in January.

Sherburne County has requested a joint meeting with their County Board to discuss the long range plans of the River Rider Program. The "County Day at the Capitol" will also be discussed. Norman verified that 2-13-01 is the tentative date scheduled. A specific time and location will be presented at a future meeting.

Commissioner Eichelberg will substitute for Commissioner Mattson at the Court Security Committee meeting scheduled for 1-31-01 at 3:30 P.M. Commissioner Russek will substitute for Commissioner Mattson at the Communications Committee meeting scheduled for 1-24-01 at 1:30 P.M.

Bills Approved

Air Power Equipment Corp 202.39

AMI Imaging Systems, Inc. 262.50

AMOCO Oil Company 105.26

ANCOM Technical Center 721.00

Andy's Towing Service Inc 479.25

Annandale Advocate 121.75

Aspen Equipment Company 304.98

Assn. of Training Ofcrs. of MN 579.00

AT&T 3,812.69

Patrick Atkins 150.00

Automatic Garage Door Co. 604.50

B & D Plumbing & Htg. 272.96

Diana Bates 113.60

Beaudry Oil Co. 2,414.35

Benton County Treasurer 2,050.00

Best, Inc. 10,526.70

Betmar Languages Inc 601.35

Biolectron, Inc. 2,500.00

Branstrom Associates Architect 1,078.08

Buff 'N' Glo Inc 198.00

Buffalo Clinic 109.50

Buffalo Drug 835.36

City Buffalo 281.04

Charles Burton MD 1,825.99

Catholic Charities 3,796.97

CDW Government Inc. 295.86

Central Glass 318.55

Central Lock & Safe 248.50

Central McGowan, Inc. 584.59

Central MN Mental Health Cnt. 260.00

Cintas Corp. No. 748 105.84

Citizens Communication 116.04

Climate Air 616.40

City Cokato 1,073.78

Columbia Propane 770.35

Comm. of Transportation 3,544.33

Consulting Radiologist LTD 241.00

Deatons Mailing Sys. 107.18

Decorative Designs Inc 175.53

Delano Municipal Utilities 108.42

Department of Public Safety 7,680.00

Dept. of Natural Resources 110.00

Diers Electric 841.19

Enterprise & Dispatch 130.00

EPA Audio Visual Inc 13,705.52

Ernst General Construction I 14,788.00

Tom Feddema 115.70

Forensic Pediatric Cons. 400.00

Franklin Township 2,192.80

G & K Services 1,056.84

Gateway 2000 3,117.28

Glock, Inc. 935.07

W. Grainger Inc 366.93

Greenview Inc. 195.60

Hickory Tech .677.26

IMC Salt Inc. 6,196.75

Initiative Foundation 7,500.00

Interstate Automotive 101.20

Interstate Batteries 133.02

Chris Jahnke 435.83

Brian Jans 150.00

Keepers Inc. 239.95

Richard Kotasek .500.00

Kris Engineering Inc. 1,256.70

Lab Safety Supply Co 143.47

Lake Region Coop Oil 24,379.02

Lakeland Transmission 726.35

LaPlant Demo Inc. 1,629.00

Lawson Products Inc .696.99

Lexis Law Publishing 106.18

Lightning Powder Co. Inc 236.23

Loaf & Ladle 242.85

Loberg Pluming & Heating Co 362.95

Greg Loeffler 175.00

Loffler Business Systems Inc. 2,258.13

MACO 660.00

Marco Business Productions .2,092.85

Marks Standard Parts 1,782.24

Martin­Mcallisters Consulting 609.00

MASYS Corporation 2,503.95

MHSC ­ Adv.Driving Facility 392.00

MILE 450.00

Roger Millner 239.00

Minncomm Paging 819.31

Minnesota Bookstore 1,491.00

Minnesota Copy Systems 227.41

MN Assn of City Adminstrators 150.00

MN Assn. of Probate Reg. 135.00

MN Assoc. for Court Admin.r 150.00

MN Ass. of Assessing Officers 510.00

MN Counties Computer Co-op 14,111.48

MN Deputy Registar Assoc 360.00

MN Div. of Emergency Mng. 110.00

MN Pollution Control Agency 100.00

MN Recreation & Park 180.00

MN State Auditor 2,214.85

MN Transportation Alliance 2,440.00

Monticello Ford Mercury Inc. 223.05

Monticello Times 397.20

Monticello Township 1,394.20

Mostca 300.00

Motorola Inc. 2,822.25

Mountain Stream Sports/Appa 3,774.00

Nat'l Soc of Professn'l Engnrs 232.00

Office Depot 2,533.20

Olsen Chain & Cable Co. Inc 267.83

On Site Monitoring 6,589.00

Pats 66 116.00

Dave Peterson Monticello Ford 295.63

Phillips Petroleum Company 894.97

Pitney Bowes 160.55

Pizza Hut-Sky Ventures LLC. 112.12

Precision Prints of Wright Co. 133.45

Qwest 8,069.02

Reliant Energy Minnegasco 17,896.87

Rockford Township 2,305.60

Royal Tire St. Cloud 2,263.60

Russells Lock & KeY 133.52

Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge 709.14

Ryan Motors Inc. .247.22

Scott Sandberg 100.00

Douglas Schmiginsky 150.00

Scott Builders Inc. 34,328.00

Sensible Land Use Coalition 200.00

Sigma ­ Aldrich Inc. 197.85

Sirchie 128.65

Snowplows Plus. 140.31

Software House Intl. Inc. 993.80

City of South Haven 427.60

St. Cloud Stamp & Sign. .112.14

State of Minnesota ITD 142.54

State of MN Intertech Group 1,660.08

Sweeney Brothers Tractor 158.04

Terminal Supply.Co. 169.60

Time Maintenance. 475.00

Tires Plus. 161.97

Total Printing 1,531.81

The Travel Gallery 1,549.25

United Parcel Service 123.30

University of Minnesota 100.00

Chuck Van Heel 666.72

Carol Vander Kooi .4,091.00

Verizon Wireless. 1,634.22

C Walker Trucking 504.00

Waste Management TC West 308.73

James Weinberger 146.25

West Sherburne Tribune 168.00

Winsted Publishing, Inc. 768.52

Jeremy Wirkkula 190.99

Wright Co. Highway Dept. 24,600.59

Ziegler Inc. 5,609.30

69 Paymernts Less Than $100 3,148.38

Final Total: $306,143.38

The meeting adjourned at 10:01 A.M.

ATTEST: Richard Norman, County Coordinator

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