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Wright County Board Minutes

FEB. 27, 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 2-20-01 as presented, seconded by Russek, carried unanimously.

Petitions were accepted to the Agenda as follows: Consent Agenda Item F3, "Authorize Promotion Of Jodi Bean To Corrections Sergeant, Eff. 2-21-01, Step 5, $18.22/hr." (Norman); Item For Consid. #6, "Resolution, Charitable Gambling Application, CHOPS, Inc. (Rockford Twp.)"; Item For Consid. #7, "Alternates For Mattson At 2-28-01 Committee Meetings" (Mattson). Russek moved to approve the Agenda as amended, seconded by Mattson, carried 5-0.

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


1. Performance Appraisals: D. Snyder, Atty.; M. Franke, L. Pulvermacher, Auditor/Treasurer; C. Webb, Hwy.; T. Janikula, P&Z; J. Carpenter, T. Pippo, Sheriff.

2. Set Bid Opening For 3-20-01 at 10:00 A.M. For Repairs/Maintenance To Exterior Of Government Center Building.

3. O/T Report, Period Ending 2-02-01.

4. O/T Report, Period Ending 2-16-01.

5. Refer Update On Fair Ground Bleachers To Building Committee.

6. Authorize Signatures, Letter Of Understanding RE: Communications Shift Supervisor Wage Schedule.

7. Authorize Signatures, Indirect Cost Allocation Plan Contract (2 Yrs. at $11,000 Each Year).


1. Transient Merchant's License, TAP Enterprises, Varios Tool Auctions.

2. Tobacco Licenses: Albertville Off Sale (Albertville); Cokato Lake Campground (Cokato Twp.); Delano American Legion (Delano); Lake Region Coop (Maple Lake City); Superamerica #4479; Monticello Country Club (Monticello City); St. Michael American Legion Post 567; Superamerica #4554 (St. Michael).


1. Accept Resignation, Jessica Moe, Calendar Coordinator, Eff. 3-8-01. Authorize Filling Any Subsequent Position Should This Opening Be Filled From Within.


1. Approve Hire, Jessica Moe, Senior Clerk II, Eff. 3-8-01.


1. Approval Of Direct Inward Dial (DID) Phone Jack To Accommodate New Fax Machine.


1. Acknowledge Appointment Of Communications Officer Pamela Loch To The Position Of Communication Shift Supervisor, Eff. 3-3-01, $19.18/Hr.

2. Refer Probation Period Extension For Corrections Officer To Personnel Committee.

3. Authorize Promotion Of Jodi Bean To Corrections Sergeant, Eff. 2-21-01, Step 5, $18.22/hr.

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

Eichelberg moved to approve appointing Bob Ruona to the Wright County Water Management Task Force, replacing Mark Bauman. The motion was seconded by Mattson and carried unanimously.

Jude referenced correspondence received from Veit Companies expressing interest in purchasing or operating the Wright County Compost Facility. The letter requested meeting with the Solid Waste Task Force (SWTF) to discuss options the County would consider and their past request to purchase the Facility. Sawatzke stated that Veit Companies had made a presentation in 1999 to the SWTF. At that time, the SWTF did not take a position due to the lack of information provided. Veit Companies was asked to provide more descriptive and specific information. Subsequently, the Committee was informed that Veit was not interested in pursuing their request. Brian Asleson, Assistant County Attorney, suggested having staff meet with Veit Companies to inform them of the County's situation relating to use of the Facility. After discussion, Mattson moved to request that Chuck Davis and Brian Asleson send a letter to Veit Companies requesting more detail about their request and expressing the County's concerns. A Committee Of The Whole meeting will be scheduled upon receipt of this information. The motion was seconded by Sawatzke and carried 5-0.

Brian Asleson, Assistant County Attorney, said legal counsel and MCIT have requested that a Closed Session be scheduled relating to the Superior litigation, which is scheduled for trial in April, 2001. Mattson moved to schedule a Closed Session on 3-6-01 at 10:30 A.M., seconded by Russek, carried 5-0.

Mike MacMillan, Court Services Director, reviewed the East Central Regional Juvenile Center 2000 Annual Report. The report reflects utilization at an average of 5.41 bed days out of a 6-bed contract, compared to 4.03 bed days in 1997. A total of 215 youth used the facility for 1978 bed days. Annual reconciliation reflects Wright County was 218 days short on contract beds for a total of $10,518.50. MacMillan expects to receive a rebate check for approximately $14,000. Detention space is in the most demand with 122 placements in 2000 (111 males and 11 females). MacMillan said very few are in long term placement. Long term placement facilities include Woodland Hills, Austin Boys Ranch, Waverly Group Home and the St. Cloud Group Home. Both MacMillan and Sawatzke spoke positively about the management of the East Central Regional Juvenile Center, especially with the financial management. Sawatzke was also impressed that the Center has met their financial and operational goals made 6-7 years ago. Discussion led to future bed space. It was felt that Wright County could potentially increase their contract for bed space due to other counties not fully utilizing their contracts.

MacMillan requested Board direction on two grants through the Minnesota Department of Corrections. Response must be submitted by 3-15-01. The Juvenile Restitution Grant is for up to $25,000 per year for a total of $250,000 to establish programs to provide and finance work for juveniles who have monetary restitution obligations to victims. MacMillan envisioned applying for a total of $6000, requiring a $3000 cash match to the $3000 State contribution, with funding of the County match from Fees For Service. This pool would be used to pay restitution to victims. Sawatzke had concern with using taxpayer funds to offset the match and thought juveniles should be responsible for the restitution. MacMillan felt that the Fees For Service would generate more than what is budgeted to cover the $3000 match. By both law and office practice, juveniles cannot be discharged without paying restitution to the victim. Mattson moved to authorize MacMillan to proceed with the RFP for the Juvenile Restitution Grant. The motion was seconded by Russek and carried 5-0.

The Intensive Probation For Repeat DWI Offenders grant was discussed. Three or more grants of up to $75,000 per year ($250,000 total) are available for the purpose of establishing, expanding or continuing intensive probation programs for repeat DWI offenders. MacMillan explained the program has been in place nationally for 15 years and in Minnesota for approximately 7 years. Minnesota has 25 counties currently using the program. In Wright County, there are 51 offenders with 4+ DWI convictions and 35 offenders with 3+ DWI convictions. If the grant were received, the agent involved would work late nights and weekends, use electronic monitoring, and have the ability to arrest and detain offenders. Currently, a 4-time offender receives 180 days in jail. With the Program, the offender would receive 130 days jail time and 4 years probation. MacMillan said if approved, he would only proceed if the grant would cover the agent's costs (salary, phone, mileage, car, etc.). Tom Kelly, County Attorney, said his concern lies with the amount of monitoring which can be done, but felt that the program would be better than what is currently in place. In response to a question by Sawatzke, MacMillan estimated an 80% success rate with the Program in comparison to approximately 65% in Wright County through current efforts. MacMillan will provide Sawatzke with program figures from other counties. In response to Sawatzke, MacMillan stated he intends to retain the agent after the two-year grant period as additional agents will be needed. Mattson moved to approve the grant application for the Intensive Probation For Repeat DWI Offenders grant with the stipulation that the grant will cover all expenses of the agent, seconded by Russek. Russek said he supported this effort since the State will totally fund the program for two years. After that time, the agent can work in other areas of probation. The motion carried 3-2 with Sawatzke and Eichelberg casting the nay votes. Sawatzke and Eichelberg felt additional monitoring of other counties using the program should be completed first.

Jude brought forth discussion on the Solid Waste Management Plan Update. One of the local newspapers had a notice of intent to approve the Update. He questioned whether this had been approved. Sawatzke said that this was done approximately one year ago. Since that time, a misunderstanding occurred with the OEA and so the process of updating the Plan had to start over again. Asleson said an update to the Plan is required every five years and estimated that the County is two years into this cycle. Once the Plan is approved, the Wright County funds held by the OEA will be refunded. No action was taken on this item.

On a motion by Sawatzke, second by Russek, all voted to schedule a Negotiation Committee Meeting on 3-12-01 at 9:00 A.M.

Sawatzke moved to adopt Resolution #01-16 approving a Charitable Gambling Premise Permit Application for CHOPS, Inc. (Rockford Twp.). The motion was seconded by Mattson and carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.

Mattson stated he will be unable to attend Committee Meetings scheduled for 2-28-01. Eichelberg will substitute at the Building Committee meeting scheduled for 10:00 A.M. and Sawatzke will substitute at the Budget Committee meeting scheduled for 1:30 P.M.

At 10:00 A.M., Commissioner Jude closed the Bidding Process for the Aerial Photos. Craig Hayes, Purchasing Agent, and Jerry Uhde, Surveyor, opened and read the bids. Six proposals were sent out and two were received back. Part of the proposal requirements were the inclusion of product samples which will be used to determine quality when awarding the bid. Two bids were requested, one allowing the bidder to retain ownership of the negatives and one allowing the County to retain ownership of the negatives. On a motion by Russek, second by Mattson, all voted to lay the bids over for one week. The aerial bids are as follows:

Company; Bid Security; Bid Option 1 (Bidder Owns Negatives); Bid Option 2 (County Owns Negatives)

MARKHURD; Yes; $74,548.94; $89,999.96

Horizons, Inc.; Yes; $65,075.00; $70,975.00

Bills Approved

Ancom Communications 9,286.30

Apec Corporation 586.12

Aspen Equip. Company 447.30

AT&T 5,206.02

Jeremy Baker 155.35

Beaudry Propane, Inc. 2,584.53

Best, Inc. 3,581.53

Climate Air 3,616.86

Cole Papers, Inc. 457.42

CPS Technology Solutions 260.50

Decorative Designs Inc. 175.53

Enterprise Dispatch 139.50

Gateway Companies Inc. 4,747.79

Hillyard Floor Care Supply 1,211.02

HTE, Inc. 720.00

IPCO-ICS, Minnesota, Inc. 161.76

International E-Z Up Inc. 1,485.00

J. Johnson Sales & Serv. 880.00

Kenneth Jude 230.52

Keepers Inc. 609.87

Gerald Kritzeck 169.34

Lab Safety Supply Inc. 179.59

Marco Business Prod. 1,589.80

MASYS Corp. 225.00

Minnesota Bookstore 724.20

Minnesota Chemical Co. 613.10

Minnesota Corrections Assn. 240.00

MN Counties Comp. Co-op 1,579.00

Mobil Oil Corporation 298.51

Moore Medical Corp. 177.67

Motorola Inc. 2,918.96

North Central Radar 1,610.00

Office Depot 882.66

Olivia Chrysler Center 20,209.39

Select Homes by Warner 150.00

St. Cloud Stamp & Sign 214.55

St. Cloud Times 261.74

Verizon Wireless 323.69

Western Container Comp. 421.69

Wright Co. Highway Dept. 2,005.42

Wright-Hennepin Electric 273.00

33 payments less than $100 1,438.00

Final total $73,330.23

The meeting adjourned at 10:06 A.M.

ATTEST: Richard Norman, County Coordinator

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