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Wright County Board Minutes

FEBRUARY 6, 2001

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

Russek moved to approve the minutes of 1-30-01 as presented, seconded by Eichelberg, carried unanimously.

Petitions were accepted to the Agenda as follows: Consent Agenda Item D3, "Acknowledge Appointment, Daniel Lang, Deputy, Eff. 1-20-01" (Norman); Item For Consid. #2, "Buffalo Days Committee Letter" (Eichelberg); Item For Consid. #3, "State Capitol Hearing RE: Gravel Tax" (Norman); Item For Consid. #4, "Refer Radio Frequencies To Communications Committee" (Mattson). Russek moved to approve the Agenda as amended, seconded by Mattson, carried 5-0.

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


1. Performance Appraisals: M. Kaczmarek, B. Kothman, E. Kunkel, Sheriff.

2. Approve and Authorize Signatures On Law Enforcement Contract Amendment, City of Albertville.

3. Notice Of Joint Board Meeting With Sherburne County, February 13, 2001 at 12:00 P.M., Sherburne County Board Room.

4. Claim, Prairie Country RC&D, $1,618 (Budget 820-Professional Services)-Crow River Watershed Budget Shortfall Through 3-31-01.


1. Claim, Scott Builders (Fund 34 Courthouse) $575.00-January Consulting.

2. Tobacco License: Lake Region Coop (Maple Lake City).


1. Appointment of Kevin H. Titus, Probation Agent, Eff. 2-20-01 (Step 1).


1. Accept Resignation, Frank Caruso, Deputy, Eff. 2-10-01 and Authorize Replacement.

2. Accept Resignation, Tracie Paumen-Hogrefe, Half-Time Juvenile Holdover Attendant, Eff. 2-8-01 and Authorize Replacement.

3. Acknowledge Appointment, Daniel Lang, Deputy, Eff. 1-20-01.


1. Set Bid Opening For 2-27-01 at 10:00 A.M. - 2001 Wright County Aerial Photos.

At 9:05 A.M., the Board welcomed the new County Recorder, Larry Unger. Unger is the former Itasca County Recorder appointed by the County Board to fill out the current term of office, effective February 5, 2001.

Doug Gruber, Auditor/Treasurer, presented the claims for approval. On a motion by Mattson, second by Russek, all voted to approve the claims as listed in the abstract, subject to audit.

Sawatzke moved to adopt Resolution #01-10 designating CSAH 8 as a 10-ton route. The motion was seconded by Eichelberg and carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.

Heidi Peper, Economic Development Partnership, requested a $25,000 Enterprise Fund application approval for Shark Industries. The Enterprise Fund Loan Committee and Board of Directors have approved the application. Approval of the request was based on the establishment of a new business in Rockford, the creation of 41 jobs ($10.72/hr. average wage), and that Shark Industries has received approval from the Small Business Association and Wells Fargo. Shark Industries is a manufacturer of abrasive products and packager of automotive products and welding supplies. Russek moved to approve the request, seconded by Eichelberg, carried unanimously.

On a motion by Eichelberg, second by Russek, all voted to approve use of the County parking lot (located at the corner of Lake Blvd. and Central Ave.) by the Buffalo Days Committee. The lot will be utilized from 6-15-01 (after 4:30 P.M.) through 6-17-01.

Richard Norman, County Coordinator, distributed copies of two Bills (H.F. 269 and H.F. 271) being introduced as part of the 2001 Legislative Session on behalf of Wright County. The bills relate to Wright County's ability to impose a production tax on aggregate materials. The bills will be heard on 2-7-01 at 12:30 P.M. in the State Office Building. After discussion, Commissioner Jude indicated that he would be willing to attend on the County's behalf. Eichelberg moved to authorize Jude and any other County Board members to attend and testify at the hearing. The motion was seconded by Sawatzke and carried 5-0.

Sawatzke moved to direct Norman to draft a letter to the Legislative Delegation representing Wright County asking for response on the status of changing the Wright County Recorder from an elected to an appointed position. The motion was seconded by Russek and carried 5-0.

Jerry Uhde, Surveyor, requested approval of a plat correction to the Shady Nook Plat. The survey work was completed by Tony Ellestad. Ellestad referenced the two previous plat corrections completed and approved for this area. What was submitted for approval today was the area remaining from the previous two corrections. The plat is located on the Lake Sylvia Peninsula. Ellestad said the correction will validate legal descriptions so properties can be transferred. No property lines were shifted. Mattson moved to approve the plat correction to the Shady Nook Plat, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0.

Uhde requested acceptance of the County Surveyor Department 2000 Activity Report. Mattson moved to accept the report, seconded by Eichelberg, carried 5-0. When questioned about the aerial photos, Uhde stated that advertising the new aerial photos would increase sales of the tax parcel maps. A 14% increase in total plats and a 45% increase in total lots was realized for 2000 compared to 1999. Norman referenced the report and noted that the plat approvals are in areas emphasizing our strong land use plan and zoning ordinance.

Another issue discussed was the need for vertical control markings (permanent monument referencing elevation above zero degrees). Uhde feels that the County should consider these benchmarks along County roads.

Also discussed was placing surveyor information on the County's web site.

On a motion by Mattson, second by Russek, all voted to refer discussion of radio frequencies to the Communications Committee.

Bills Approved

City of Albertville 2,626.00

Albinson Reprographics 143.14

American Institutional Supply 663.53

AMI Imaging Systems,Inc. 961.10

ANCOM Technical Center 686.30

APEC Corporation 373.33

Assn. of Training Ofcrs. of MN 800.00

Bob Barker Co. 412.15

Best, Inc. 7,311.22

Betmar Languages Inc. 132.50

Buffalo Bituminous 77,950.69

Buffalo Communications Inc. 480.00

CDW Computer Centers Inc. 620.72

Cellular 2000 of St. Cloud 667.33

Chatham Township 425.40

Citizens Communication 176.68

City Clearwater 477.80

Climate Air 384.25

CPS Technology Solutions 140.00

Cragun's Lodging & Conference 336.52

Ecolab 538.49

Farm Rite Equipment 3,300.00

GE Capital Info Tech Solutions 157.56

W. Grainger, Inc. 423.21

Beth Hane 124.48

Harper Cleaning Products 222.38

Hillyard Floor Care Supply 708.78

Holiday 3,568.90

Imageware Software Inc. 345.00

Kenneth Jude 148.78

Kustom Signals Inc. 9,111.53

Lee's Farm & Garden Store 1,304.63

Marco Business Products 3,224.87

Mark's Standard Parts 106.99

Minnesota Bookstore 285.62

Minnesota Elevator Inc. 850.00

Minnesota State Bar Assn. 106.50

MN Counties Computer Co-op 1,579.00

MN Division of Emer. Mngmnt. 330.00

Morberg Controls, Inc. 4,780.00

Motorola Inc. 16,029.32

National Tactical Officers Assn. 244.00

Northern Tool & Equipment Co. 282.11

Office Depot 2,371.67

City Otsego 2,184.00

Charlotte Pavliks Custom Frame 194.88

Lynn Peavey Company 124.10

Press & News Publications 215.80

PSC Supply 179.15

Jack Russek 138.97

Scenic Signs 228.60

Sheraton Inn-Sioux Falls 183.15

Southside Township 649.40

Sprint 152.17

Sprint-Local Telecom Division 460.53

Stratus Computer 1,633.95

Survivalink Corporation 11,637.00

Target 1,912.00

Telluride Alpine Rock 234.00

Total Printing 2,327.02

Walmart Community BRC 410.46

Wheeler Lumber Operations 432.96

Wright Co. Highway Dept. 28,219.09

22 payments less than $100 1,061.70

Final total $198,491.41

Meeting adjourned at 9:40 A.M.

ATTEST: Richard Norman, County Coordinator

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