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Wright County Board Minutes

MARCH 13, 2001

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

The following change was made to the minutes of 3-6-01: Page 2, 2nd paragraph, remove the sentence, "Uhde stated that if additional work were performed, the County would have the ability to bid the work" and replace it with, "Uhde stated that with Option 1 if additional work were performed, the County would not have the ability to bid the work but would have to purchase the information from Horizons." Eichelberg moved to approve the minutes as corrected, seconded by Mattson, carried 4-0.

The following items were petitioned onto the Agenda: Consent Agenda A4, "Approve Lateral Transfer Of Bruce Leinonen, Permit Technician, & Authorize Replacement Of His Position" (Norman); Aud./Treas. Item #5, "Proposed Modification To TIF 5-1 & Request To Waive 30-Day Comment Period, City Of Maple Lake" (Gruber); Item For Consid. #4, "Deferred Compensation Committee Report" (Norman). Eichelberg moved to approve the Agenda as amended, seconded by Russek, carried unanimously.

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


1. Performance Appraisals: L. Peterson, Ct. Admin.; K. Hayes, MIS.

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

3. Authorize County Board Chair To Sign MN Cities Participation Program Agreement and Payment Of $20,651.80 To MN Housing Finance Agency.

4. Approve Lateral Transfer Of Bruce Leinonen, Permit Technician, and Authorize Replacement Of His Position.


1. Tobacco License: Circle C Convenience Center (Clearwater City).

2. Annual Off Sale Beer License: Lake Center Store (Corinna Twp.).

3. Claim, $575.00, Scott Builders, Inc. (February 2001 Consulting Fund 34-Courthouse).


1. Acknowledge Hire, Stacy Bundy, Case Management Deputy, Eff. 3-26-01 (Class D, Step 3).

2. Approval For Two Internal Phones.


1. Authorize Signatures Of Board Chair & Auditor/Treasurer On Annual County Boat & Water Safety Agreement.

Russek moved to establish a Budget Committee Of The Whole meeting on 3-27-01 at 10:30 A.M., seconded by Mattson, carried 4-0.

Mattson moved to adopt Resolution #01-23 approving a Charitable Gambling Application as submitted by the Corcoran Lions Club (Monticello Township). Russek seconded the motion and it carried 4-0 on a roll call vote.

The Board discussed correspondence and a draft resolution received from the MN Secretary Of State requesting support of a voting system upgrade. Doug Gruber, Auditor/Treasurer, distributed a separate resolution which his office drafted for review. Gruber had reservations with supporting the upgrade due to the uncertainty of funding as well as the numerous bills relating to election changes. An election machine costs approximately $2600 plus programming costs of approximately the same amount. He did not envision it being practical for small townships to fund such an expenditure. Gruber requested this issue be laid over as there is a meeting on March 15th to discuss election funding issues. Mattson moved to lay this issue over for one week, seconded by Russek, carried unanimously.

On a motion by Eichelberg, second by Mattson, all voted to schedule a Communications Committee meeting on 4-11-01.

Russek moved to approve the January & February Revenue/Expenditure Reports, seconded by Eichelberg, carried 4-0.

Carried over from the last meeting, the Board addressed the request by Gerald Lapp to set a public hearing regarding his request for detachment and annexation of a parcel from ISD 877 to ISD 885. It was hoped that Lapp could work out an arrangement with the City of St. Michael on his request. However, the restrictions placed on the 1.38 acres of land he wants to acquire would restrict him from placing an accessory building on it. State law requires that any bonds which are liens against the property have to stay with that property. Gruber suggested that the bond amount could be calculated for Lapp to pay up front. The property could then be combined into one parcel identification number. Gruber has received a letter from John Siefert, Buffalo School District, indicating that they will support the request if the debt concerns are met. Russek moved to schedule a Public Hearing on 4-17-01 at 10:00 A.M., seconded by Mattson, carried 4-0.

The City of Maple Lake is proposing to modify a plan for TIF District 5-1, which is a downtown redevelopment district. The request from the City is to waive the 30-day comment period for the modification. John Meyer, City of Maple Lake Development Advisor, said a necessary modification is required for a slight enlargement of the district and funding. The City will hold a public hearing on 3-20-01. Eichelberg moved to approve the request and waive the 30-day comment period, seconded by Russek. At the suggestion of Brian Asleson, Assistant County Attorney, the motion was amended to include written notification from the County Board to the City stating they have no comment. The motion carried 4-0. Gruber will provide the written notice to the City.

The claims listing was reviewed. A correction was made on Page 7, Thomas Salkowski. The amount of the claim was changed from $79.90 to $79.56. On a motion by Eichelberg, second by Russek, all voted to approve the claims as listed in the abstract, subject to audit.

Marc Mattice, Parks Administrator, requested approval of signatures on a Mn/DOT Landscape Partnership Grant for Dustin Monument. This grant is in addition to funding received to redesign the site once it was relocated. The grant is for landscaping and the only cost to the County will be labor. Russek moved to adopt Resolution #01-24, seconded by Eichelberg, carried 4-0.

Kathy Youngquist and Ann Dierks presented a request for the County Board to consider approval of tax exempt bonding for the Parkview Care Center. As the City of Buffalo has plans to utilize their tax exempt bonds for 2001 ($10 million limit), the request is being presented to the County. The County would act as a conduit for the financing and would incur no liability. The estimated bond size is $4,285,000 but they request approval for $4,350,000 to provide a cushion as they are still in the process of obtaining bids. The funding would be used to remodel the 40-year old facility, including replacement of the fire alarm, nurse call, and door security systems. Asleson indicated the request would not count against the County's debt limits due to the type of financing requested. The City of Buffalo must consent to the request. He did not feel the Lake Charlotte/Lake Martha SSD project would require the same type of funding. Mattson moved to acknowledge conceptual approval of the request and for the Park View Care Center to come forward at a future meeting to present the paperwork. The motion was seconded by Eichelberg and carried unanimously.

Thomas and Sandra Knudson requested that the Board consider change to the current ordinance regulating the issuance of temporary conditional use permits for portable hot mix plants. The main purpose would be to insure that these portable plants not become permanent and that the rules of operation are clear and fair for both neighbors and the companies. Thomas Knudson felt this problem will only get worse due to the gravel reserves in Wright County. He was concerned with the effect gravel removal has on hydrology. He thought the County should impose a gravel tax on all material leaving the County. This tax could then be used toward road construction and repair. He referenced the noise, smell, and pollution associated with the hot mix plant near his home. The hot mix plant was installed three years ago on a temporary permit and is still operating. He and his wife have attended Planning Commission meetings ever since. A baghouse was installed last year which helped the situation immensely. However, conditions grew worse when blacktop was recycled. He felt such activities belong in an industrial setting and that temporary permits should be used only for that purpose. Sandra Knudson outlined suggested changes to the ordinance which included stipulating that portable hot mix plants be moved from site to site, that these plants not be allowed to remain in the same site year after year, and that an appropriate industrial site be established where all companies could operate their plants with fewer restrictions. The changes to the ordinance could also include prohibiting the mixing of recycled blacktop and clarify the hours of operation. She stated the main purpose of their request is to assure that plants do not become permanent under temporary conditional use permits. She requested a public hearing on the matter. Russek moved to refer this discussion to a Committee Of The Whole meeting to discuss the issue with Tom Zins, County Attorney, and Tom Salkowski, Planning & Zoning Administrator. It is anticipated that this meeting will be scheduled in May. The motion was seconded by Eichelberg and carried 4-0.

Steve Meyer, Highway, brought forth a request from the Public Works Safety Committee to fund protective clothing for chainsaw activity. OSHA logging standards must be followed requiring the employer to assure that all employees who operate chain saws wear foot protection that is constructed of cut-resistant material. The request is for boots ($254/each) and 10 chaps ($80/each) for a total cost of $6230.42. Meyer referenced the $30,000 Safety Budget breakdown and stated the protective clothing requirement came after budget sessions. On behalf of the Committee, Meyer requested that this expenditure be approved in addition to the budget. The Board referenced the expenses associated with the purchase of the land North of the Public Works site, the potential purchase of land near Ney Park, salt expenses and overtime hours. The 2001 Safety budget provides for the purchase of seven truck box liners at a total cost of $21,000. Meyer said there is the potential to recoup half of this expenditure through a grant. However, the money for the liners must be expended prior to applying for grant funding and there is no guarantee that it will be received. Discussion followed on possibly reducing the number of bed liners purchased in 2001 to fund the purchase of the protective clothing. Sawatzke also felt that half of the Highway Department staff could be equipped this year. If a situation arose where increased chainsaw activity was required, staff from the Parks Department could be called upon to assist. Russek moved to allow the purchase of the protective clothing if the purchase can be funded from the current Safety line item with no additional funding, seconded by Eichelberg, carried 4-0.

Wayne Fingalson, Highway Engineer, brought forth discussion on the sale of two tractor/mowers. Larger tractors have been purchased for efficiency. Fingalson has been contacted by one city who is interested in purchasing both of the units. The consensus was that the units should be offered to local government entities through a sealed quote process. Russek moved to authorize the Highway Engineer to send correspondence to all local units of government indicating that the County will be accepting quotes for the two tractor/mowers. The language in the documents will contain a statement that the County has the right to reject any or all quotes. The motion was seconded by Mattson. The motion was amended authorizing the notice to be provided to the cities and townships within the County and carried 4-0.

At the request of Fingalson, Russek moved to set a Transportation Committee Of The Whole Meeting on 3-23-01 at 9:00 A.M., Public Works Building. The motion was seconded by Mattson and carried 4-0. Issues which will be discussed include: 1) Highway 55 Expansion from Buffalo to Medina; 2) Franklin Township Bridge Request; 3) Howard Lake Proposal RE: Hwy 6 & School Status; 4) Relocation Of Truck Station In Albertville; 5) Rural Intersection Lighting Policy; 6) Public Works Building Needs; and 7) Construction Program.

Fingalson presented a draft resolution which would approve Traffic Control Signal Agreement #01-01 with the City of Albertville. The traffic control signal is required due to the growth at the Albertville Outlet Mall and will be funded 100% by the City of Albertville. The only County involvement relates to Article 5 on the maintenance of the signal controller. Eichelberg moved to adopt Resolution #01-25, seconded by Mattson, carried 4-0 on a roll call vote.

A Deferred Compensation Committee meeting was held at 8:30 A.M. today. Norman said the Committee's recommendation is to approve the request of an employee for the withdrawal of funds for a personal hardship. Russek moved to approve the recommendation, seconded by Eichelberg, carried 4-0. The minutes will be brought forth for approval at the next meeting.

Bills Approved

A-1 Marine 126.72

Air Hydraulic Systems, Inc. 400.98

Albion Township 14668.99

American Business Forms 231.78

American Institutional Supply 582.50

American Public Works Assn. 137.50

Ancom Technical Center 2768.01

Annandale Advocate 477.50

Assn of Metropolitan Cty Office 100.00

Automatic Garage Door Co. 118.96

B & D Plumbing and Heating 1387.93

Bankers Advertising Co. 224.30

Barton Sand & Gravel Co. 4185.72

Batteries Plus 402.36

Matthew Bender & Co. Inc 227.91

Benton Co. Treasurer 12250.00

Best Inc. 3509.72

Bowman Distribution 413.97

Bridge World Language Ctr. 189.18

Buff 'N Glo, Inc. 225.85

Buffalo Clinic 344.00

Buffalo Glass Inc 156.61

Buffalo Township 14113.06

City of Buffalo 23094.16

Charles Burton MD 9409.05

Cellular 2000 of St. Cloud 155.55

Central Glass Co 554.78

Central McGowan Inc. 508.91

Central Micro Systems Inc 3253.08

Chatham Township 9935.75

Cintas Corp No 748 323.74

Clearwater Township 12305.29

Climate Air 824.99

Cokato Township 14641.59

Columbia Propane 599.01

Commissioner of Trans. 606.59

Corinna Township 21881.03

Crow River Tools 1034.81

Danko Emergency Equip. 481.50

Data Transmission Network 1088.28

City Delano 5729.20

Dental Care Assoc. of Buff. 105.00

Dupont Flooring Systems 475.50

Ebert Construction 1717.00

Elmer Eichelberg 137.36

En Pointe Technologies 2174.84

Enterprise Dispatch 272.00

EPA Audio Visual Inc. 1316.85

Finken's Water Center 930.28

Darlene Ford 300.00

Franklin Township 25980.60

French Lake Township 13496.69

G & K Services 1138.10

Gateway 231.31

Gateway Companies Inc. 1483.56

Raymond Glunz 400.00

Gould Bros Chev-Olds 101.18

Scott Halonen 383.25

Holiday 1709.96

City Howard Lake 844.00

IMC Salt Inc. 19765.48

Int'l Assn of Assessing Ofcrs 130.00

International Personnel Mgmt 364.00

Kieger Enterprises 17557.32

Klatt True Value 147.39

L.N Sickels Company 13131.45

Ladens Business Mach.Inc 160.00

Lakedale Telephone Co. 343.54

Lakeland Transmission 944.65

LaPlant Demo Inc 376.00

Lawson Products Inc. 801.24

Lee's Farm & Garden Store 187.69

Little Falls Machine 1986.23

Loberg Electric 100.10

Loberg Plumbing and Heating 123.87

Maple Lake Township 19392.13

Marco Business Products 901.74

Marks Standard Parts 5892.00

Marysville Township 17637.27

MASYS Corp. 2503.95

Middleville Township 13625.60

Nathan Miller 384.44

Minnesota Copy Systems 391.32

MN Chapter IAAI 585.00

MN Counties Comp. Co-op 3081.93

MN Society of Prof. Surveyors 230.00

MN Transportation Alliance 100.00

Monticello Ford Mercury 2216.18

Monticello Times 841.60

Monticello Township 30225.77

Moore Medical Group 285.00

Motorola Inc 274.69

MPELRA 150.00

MTI Distribution 120.00

Mumford Sanitation 140.03

National Recreation & Parks 150.00

Northstar Repro Prod. 269.56

Office Depot 2461.00

Panther Electronics 105.00

Photo I 319.66

Public Safety Equipment Co 1610.55

Jeff Putnam 100.00

Reliant Energy Minnegasco 29937.82

Resource Training & Solutions 257.00

Rest Room World 186.14

Rockford Township 26553.81

Royal Tire- St. Cloud 221.72

Jack Russek 193.12

Ryan Motors, Inc 638.92

Donald Salverda& Assoc. 382.75

Scenic Signs 745.50

Scott Builders Inc. 575.00

Sherwin-Williams 390.63

Silver Creek Township 21860.64

Simplex Time Recorder Co 908.45

Southside Township 12624.13

Sprint 151.92

St. Cloud Stamp & Sign 534.11

Star Tribune 395.00

Stockholm Township 12754.07

Strategic Technologies 1000.00

Streichers 3882.13

Superior Ford 316340.00

Survivalink Corp. 1774.43

Target 100.75

Technical Solutions 6075.00

Thein Well Co. 325.87

Tools Unlimited 1252.27

Total Printing 439.00

Uniforms Unlimited 115.95

University of Minnesota 525.00

Carol Vander Kooi 5077.07

Verizon Wireless 1849.00

Victor Township 14437.55

Walmart Store 01-1577 263.48

Waste Mgmt TC West 413.80

Westside Equipment 421.46

Winsted Publishing 771.60

Woodland Township 12850.03

Wright Co. Highway Dept 24630.66

Wright County Journal Press 588.14

Wright Hennepin Electric 2858.64

Wright Lumber & Millwork 194.76

Xcel Energy 2359.40

Zep Manufacturing 130.54

51 payments less than $100 2526.10

Final Total 887,851.32

The County Board meeting adjourned at 10:50 A.M.

ATTEST: Richard Norman, County Coordinator

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