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Wright County Board Minutes

FEBRUARY 13, 2001

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

Eichelberg moved to approve the minutes of 2-6-01 as presented, seconded by Russek, carried unanimously.

Petitions were accepted to the Agenda as follows: Aud./Treas. Item #4, "Update, Stemper Property Purchase" (Asleson); Item For Consid. #3, "Cancel 2-14-01 Building Committee Meeting" (Jude); Item For Consid. #4, "Discuss AMC Platform requesting for County Recorder Positions to become appointed" (Jude); Item For Consid. #5, "Remodel Procedures" (Mattson); Item For Consid. #6, "Buffalo Herd" (Mattson); Item For Consid. #7, "AMC Legislative Conference" (Eichelberg). Russek moved to approve the Agenda as amended, seconded by Eichelberg, carried 5-0.

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


1. Performance Appraisals: A. Mohaupt, C. Throndset, Atty.; Denise Banyai, Court Admin.; W. Augustin, R. Miller, Hwy.; M. Fiske, L. Goenner, P. Heitland, B. Petersen, M. Rhodes, K. Walker, Sheriff.


1. Claim, Facility Systems, $13,665.00 (Fund 34, 4th Floor Furniture).


1. Acknowledge promotion of Mary Mortezaee from Court Attendant to Case Management Deputy at Class D, Step 1 in accordance with union agreement effective 2-14-01.

2. Accept Resignation, Kate Sterricker, Office Assistant (Records Clerk), Eff. 2-16-01 & Authorize Replacement.

3. Acknowledge Hire, Janelle Webb, Case Intake Deputy, Eff. 2-14-01 (Class C, Step 3).


1. Authorize Signatures On State Of MN Satellite Office Agreement.


1. Acknowledge Resignation, Michael Skoog, Communications Officer, Eff. 2-17-01 & Authorize Replacement.

2. Refer to Building Committee the discussion of the move of Sheriff's personnel into the area vacated by the County Attorney's Office.

3. Acknowledge Hire, Nancy Borrett, Corrections Officer, Eff. 2-20-01 (Step 3).

Doug Gruber, Auditor/Treasurer, requested that the County purchase a microwave for use in the Employee's Lunchroom, 1st Floor Annex. Sawatzke moved to authorize Hayes to purchase a microwave with funding from the Site Improvement line item. The motion was seconded by Russek and carried 5-0. Gruber asked that the Board consider replacing the refrigerator in the same location.

Several weeks ago, the Board reviewed a draft resolution in support of legislation relating to drainage and water management for County agricultural drainage ditch systems serving developed areas. At that time, discussion was laid over to allow Brian Asleson, Assistant County Attorney, an opportunity to compare the draft Sherburne County had adopted to the draft received from Rinke-Noonan. Asleson said the draft resolution being reviewed today was the most recent received from Rinke-Noonan supporting an amendment to MN Statutes, Section 103E.005. Asleson preferred this draft due to Subdivision 2 of the document allowing cities to petition for a transfer of the drainage system if the ditch lies within the boundaries of a city (instead of the 51% of landowner requirement). The consensus of the Board was that counties which are experiencing growth will benefit from the amendment whereas counties which are predominantly agricultural based may be opposed to any amendments to this law. Sawatzke moved to adopt Resolution #01-11 in support of the amendment to MN Statutes, Section 103E.005, adding Subd. 29, Water Management Authority. The motion was seconded by Eichelberg and carried 4-1 with Mattson casting the nay vote.

Asleson requested authorization for the County Board Chair and Coordinator to sign the purchase agreement and the contract for deed for the Stemper property located North of the Public Works site. Russek moved to authorize signatures on the purchase agreement and contract for deed contingent upon the title work being in order, seconded by Eichelberg, carried 3-2 with Sawatzke and Mattson casting the nay votes.

The claims listing was reviewed. Mattson referenced Page 4, B&D Plumbing & Heating ($962.47) and questioned whether the repair was related to inmate vandalism. The claim did not indicate. Mattson questioned the claim on Page 5, City of Buffalo ($31,210.64). It was explained this was for one month of utilities. Mattson referenced page 9, Consulting Radiologists LTD ($62.00), and pointed out additional bills incurred for a Jail inmate. Mattson requested that Gruber verify that a claim on Page 12, Buffalo Glass & Lock ($53.25), should be paid from Vehicle Maintenance for a sink and mirror. Jude referred to claims on Page 10, Anoka County Juvenile Center ($6,270) and East Central Regional Juvenile Center ($16,087.69) for juvenile detention costs which are under contract. He stated the actual cost for juvenile care is $135/day. Russek moved to approve the claims as listed in the abstract, subject to audit. The motion was seconded by Mattson and carried 5-0.

Dennis Moeller, U of M Extension Service, introduced Heide Ludwig, President of the Wright County Master Gardeners, who explained the Master Gardener Program. The purpose of the program is to assist in educating residents of Minnesota in the area of Horticulture. In exchange for the college credit Master Gardener Core Course at a reduced cost, volunteer hours are returned to the County. There are 29 active full-fledged Master Gardeners in Wright County who have volunteered 1,378 hours back to Wright County and are reaching 16,000+ people. Ludwig expressed thanks to the Board on behalf of the Master Gardeners for the financial support of the University of MN Extension Service Programs. She said it makes it much easier to provide information to residents at no cost. Moeller introduced Krishona Martenson, a new Extension Educator, who was hired to fill the horticulture position. Martenson was welcomed.

A Ways & Means Committee Of The Whole meeting was held on 2-6-01. Russek moved to approve the minutes, seconded by Mattson, carried 5-0:

Discuss Land Adjacent To Ney Park. Mattice stated that the owner's realtor would consider an offer from the County to purchase the 237.6 acres. After discussion it was the consensus of the Committee that any offer would have to be contingent on the County receiving a matching grant from the State at sixty percent or fifty percent and receiving substantial donations from service organizations. Several questions will need research in order to answer them. It was decided to recess the Committee meeting until 10:00 A.M., February 13, 2001.

On a motion by Sawatzke, second by Eichelberg, roll call voted carried 5-0 to adopt Resolution #01-12 approving a Charitable Gambling Application for the Knights of Columbus Council 9140 (Monticello Township).

On a motion by Mattson, second by Eichelberg, all voted to cancel the Building Committee Meeting scheduled for 2-14-01 at 2:00 P.M. The meeting was canceled as the Court Administrator will be unable to attend. The issue will be referred to the next Committee meeting date.

Jude informed the Board that the AMC Platform supports a bill requesting authorization for all counties to have the choice as to whether their Recorder position, Auditor and Treasurer positions remain elected or become appointed. Mattson spoke with Senator Dille on this issue. Dille has historically voted against making elected positions appointed as he does not like to eliminate elected positions. Jude stated that making these positions appointed would bring stability to the offices. The positions would not make policies but rather report to the County Board. Jude said these positions are highly technical. With the Board's ability to interview and hire, they would be able to choose the best qualified candidate. Currently, the Assessor, Highway Engineer, and Veterans Services Officer are appointed for a four-year term. Richard Norman, County Coordinator, stated that both Senator Ourada and Representative Kielkucki will introduce bills on behalf of making the Wright County Recorder position an appointed one. It was pointed out that referendums are being passed in many of the townships making the township clerk an appointed position.

Mattson referenced the vacated Attorney's Office and remodel of the East wall. Mattson understood that remodeling would not be completed in this area until Spring to see if leakage occurred. Norman responded that he regarded the repair of the wall as a building maintenance item due to mold which had developed on the wall. They proceeded with repair of the wall to prevent a potential health hazard. Sawatzke referenced the approval of the Consent Agenda today approving the request to refer to Building Committee discussion relating to the Sheriff's Office personnel moving into this area. He felt the Board should be cautious about moving personnel into this area due to potential remodeling of the area in upcoming months and having to move personnel back out if leaks occur. This issue will be discussed at an upcoming Building Committee meeting.

Mattson spoke with Senator Dille regarding problems associated with the herd of buffalo owned by Daniel Tapio. Mattson could not recall the County making payment of the claim to the Minnesota Federated Humane Society. It was the consensus of the remainder of the Board that the bill had been approved and paid at an earlier date. Asleson provided an update on this case, stating there are two court actions active (civil and criminal) and are contingent for a period of one year (through September 2001). During this time, Tapio is required to follow certain conditions, including making a payment reimbursement to the County which has been completed. The County's obligation at this point is serving as the animal control authority.

On a motion by Eichelberg, second by Russek, all voted to authorize the AMC Voting Delegation (Commissioners, Aud./Treas., Highway Engineer & County Coordinator) to attend the AMC Legislative Conference on March 28th and 29th.

Bills Approved

Albinson Reprographics 242.16

Amoco Oil Company 179.79

Ancom Technical Center 1,049.17

Douglas Anderson 298.17

Annandale Advocate 397.20

Anoka Co. IS Dept. 130.00

Anoka Co. Juvenile Center 6,270.00

Assn. of Minn. Counties 28,630.00

B & D Plumbing & Htg. 962.47

Barton Sand & Gravel Co. 6,437.64

Benton Co. Treasurer 2,850.00

Best, Inc. 3,591.43

Buffalo Clinic 328.00

Buffalo Hospital-OTPT Comm. 103.75

City Buffalo 32,045.01

Cargill Inc.-Salt Division 12,692.87

Catco Parts Service 746.28

CCP Industries Inc. 325.80

Central Lock & Safe 224.75

Chamberlain Oil Co. 1,387.16

Civic Research Institute Inc. 159.95

Climate Air 8,755.76

Cokato Township 518.20

Commissioner of Transp. 7,336.82

Cragun's Lodging & Conf. 560.06

Crow River Tools 187.12

CYS Uniforms 383.25

D & D Distributing Inc. 119.25

Dales Auto Service Inc. 310.98

Richard Demarais 147.22

Dental Care Assoc. of Buffalo 105.00

Dept. of Public Safety 7,560.00

Karen Determan 206.38

Diers Plumbing & Htg. Inc. 853.81

E. Central Regional Juvenile 16,087.69

Edens Group 260.00

Enterprise Dispatch 336.00

Ernst General Construction 883.30

Facility Systems Inc. 13,665.00

Federated Propane 951.63

Force America Inc. 209.02

G & K Services 1,250.50

Gateway Companies Inc. 7,726.59

Healthcomp Evaluation Serv. 243.00

Hickorytech 118.48

Hillyard Floor Care Supply 1,713.05

J. Craft Inc. 127.73

Greg Kramber 100.02

Lakedale Telephone Co. 382.78

Daniel Lang 300.00

Lawson Products Inc. 314.48

Loberg Electric 3,329.28

Maple Lake Messenger 227.22

City Maple Lake 1,383.70

Marco Business Products 1,111.11

Marks Standard Parts 2,426.92

MIJJ 100.00

Minncor Industries Central 1,711.00

MN Counties Computer Co-op 368.94

Monticello Ford Mercury Inc. 1,641.16

Monticello Times 716.26

City Montrose 469.40

Neopost 208.65

Norix Group Inc. 1900.87

Northern Tool & Equip. Co. 211.68

Office Depot 1,951.64

Parr Emergency Prod. Sales I 140.42

Pats 66 144.00

Photo I 622.64

RDO Financial Services Co. 217.87

Reliant Energy Minnegasco 30,760.72

Royal Tire-St. Cloud 2,106.77

Ruffridge-Johnson 284.90

Ryan Motors Inc. 226.96

Sheriff's Youth Prog. of MN 2,943.16

Shoplifters Alternatives 994.64

Silver Creek Township 985.13

Simplex Time Recorder Comp 144.41

Skillpath Seminars 399.00

Snowplows Plus 133.13

City St. Michael 4,619.20

Star Tribune 380.40

Streichers 2,114.17

Surveyors Module Int'l 305.00

Thermo Dyne Inc. 1669.51

Total Printing 206.08

Trimin Systems Inc. 184.47

Unlimited Electric Inc. 1,360.79

Verizon Wireless 300.76

Waste Management TC West 339.63

City Waverly 122.65

West Suburban Industrial 350.09

Winsted Publishing Co. 703.65

Wright Co. Journal Press 314.59

Wright Henn. Electric 2,272.49

Wright Lumber & Millwork, Inc. 577.27

Zep Manufacturing 196.24

50 payments less than $100 2,596.08

Final totals $247,738.56

The meeting adjourned at 9:47 A.M.

ATTEST: Richard Norman, County Coordinator

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