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Wright County Board Minutes

APRIL 10, 2001

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

Russek moved to approve the minutes of 4-3-01 as presented, seconded by Mattson, carried unanimously.

Petitions were accepted to the Agenda as follows: Consent Agenda Item B1 was amended to include "Tobacco License Approval for Circle C Convenience Center (St. Michael)" (Gruber); Consent Agenda Item C1 was corrected to read, "Acknowledge Hire, Roberta Rovnak, Office Assistant (Records Clerk), Eff. 4-16-01 (Class A, Step 3)" (Norman); Aud./Treas. Item #3, "Claim, Dahlgren, Shardlow & Uban RE: Superior Landfill" (Gruber); Hwy. Engineer Item #3, "Vegetation Management" (Jude); Item For Consid. #4, "Set Bid Opening, Jail Intercom System" (Norman); Item For Consid. #5, "Announcement, Jan Devens" (Jude); Item For Consid. #6, "Park Land Appraisal" (Mattson); Item For Consid. #7, "Update, Superior v. Wright County Trial Dates" (Asleson). Consent Agenda Item E1 was pulled from the Agenda, "Approve Amendment To Allow Bed and Breakfasts Units In Single-Family Dwellings As A Conditional Use Permit In The R-2a Suburban-Residential District" (Norman). Norman requested that the Board recess into Closed Session to discuss litigation after the regular Agenda has been completed. Eichelberg moved to approve the Agenda as amended, seconded by Russek, carried 4-0.

On a motion by Russek, second by Eichelberg, all voted to approve the Consent Agenda with the correction to Item C1 and the removal of Item E1:


1. Performance Appraisals: R. Thielen, Assr.; R. Johnson, Bldg. Maint.; H. Engstrom, B. Holmquist, W. Workman, Hwy.; S. Bjore, D. Nystuen, Sheriff.

2. Acknowledge Receipt Of 2000 Annual Report, Great River Regional Library.

3. O/T Report, Period Ending 3-30-01.

4. Approve Voluntary Leave Without Pay Program, 5-28-01 to 9-28-01.

5. Refer Letter To Building Committee From Don Mleziva RE: Building Concerns.


1. Tobacco License: Hack's Liquor (Albertville City).


1. Acknowledge Hire, Roberta Rovnak, Office Assistant (Records Clerk), Eff. 4-16-01 (Class A, Step 3).


1. Accept Resignation, Greg Loeffler, Mechanic, Eff. 4-27-01 and Authorize Replacement.

2. Approve Termination Of Jeff Andersen, Highway Maintenance Person, Eff. 4-3-01 and Authorize Replacement.


1. Accept Resignation, Brenda Vetsch, Corrections Officer, Eff. 4-14-01 and Authorize Replacement.

Doug Gruber, Auditor/Treasurer, introduced Denise McCalla and Dan Weber as new employees in the Auditor/Treasurer's Office. McCalla previously worked 12.5 years in the Wright County MIS Department and a short time in the Auditor/Treasurer's Office. She left for a short time and is now working as the Property Tax Administrator. Weber has been hired as an Office Assistant to the Property Tax Administrator and will also work in the Treasurer Division.

Gruber requested approval of a claim to Dahlgren, Shardlow and Uban in the amount of $263.61. The claim relates to preparation for the Superior Landfill v. Wright County lawsuit. The majority of the claim ($5,172.67) was paid in late December, 2000. Brian Asleson, Assistant County Attorney, stated that the claims will not be covered by MCIT as the initial contract with Dahlgren, Shardlow and Uban was for assistance with the Ordinance process. Mattson moved to pay the claim out of Professional Services, seconded by Russek, carried 4-0.

The claims listing was reviewed. The following corrections were made: Page 3, MN Counties Computer Coop ($6938.22), should be taken from 6261, Professional Services, instead of 6621, Furniture and Equipment; Page 19, Ryan Motors ($1,014.49) was pulled; Page 18, Derson Manufacturing ($5372.93). The claim is currently coded to Operating Supplies. Gruber will verify whether this should be paid from the Equipment line item. Eichelberg moved to approve the claims as listed in the abstract, subject to audit and coding verification. The motion was seconded by Russek and carried unanimously.

Marc Mattice, Parks Administrator, requested approval of a change order for the Collinwood Park Comfort Station in the amount of $1487.00. The change order is required for electrical work resulting from not knowing the location of the circuits when the specifications were written. The R/V outlets are connected to a circuit board in the Comfort Station. Eichelberg moved to approve the change order with payment from the Capital Fund, seconded by Mattson, carried 4-0.

Wayne Fingalson, Highway Engineer, distributed a tentative agenda for the Highway 55 Expansion Coalition meeting scheduled for 4-27-01 at 9:30 A.M. at the Hennepin County Public Works Building. Fingalson updated the Board on a tentative proposal of the Transportation Alliance with a proposed initial fee of $18,000 of which the counties would fund $12,000. This amount would vary dependent upon whether the corridor is preserved or if construction is involved. Notice of the meeting will be sent this week to cities and the legislative delegation. Mattson said he wanted to speak with the legislative delegation on what influence the MN Transportation Alliance has on projects.

Fingalson reviewed an agreement with Mn/DOT for flashing beacons and highway lighting along TH 55 at CSAH 7 and CSAH 6. The contract has been awarded by the State to Buffalo Bituminous for $2,099,000. The justification for installation of the lights was based upon Wright County's willingness to pay 50% of the construction costs and maintenance of the lights. The total cost to Wright County for lighting at both intersections will be $7000. The County will be responsible for utilities. Eichelberg moved to adopt Resolution #01-31 approving the agreement with Mn/DOT for Highway Lighting at both intersections and the flashing beacon at the CSAH 6 intersection. The motion was seconded by Mattson and carried 4-0 on a roll call vote.

The Vegetation Management Program news release will be sent out this week to residents affected by the program. The news release, reviewed by the County Ag Inspector, differs from past years in that it addresses leafy spurge and the process by which thistles are being treated. Steve Meyer, Highway, stated that spraying of the thistles in the Fall has worked well over the past 3-4 years. The Highway Department attempts to react to thistle reports as soon as possible.

Laid over from the last meeting, the Board addressed a request for sponsorship of a $982,000 bond issue for 180 Degrees, Inc./Bell House Properties Inc. Steve Fenlon, Midwest Healthcare Capital, stated the financial information the Board requested had been provided. If the bond issue is approved, 180 Degrees, Inc. will be able to cancel a lease for monitoring equipment which costs them $250,000/year and purchase new equipment for approximately $60,000/year. The Board had previously voiced concern about the $10 million bonding limit and similar requests which may arise from within the County. Fenlon said that tax exempt bonds are normally sold through a retail distribution firm and it ordinarily takes 4-6 months to complete the financing from the time of the request. In addition, Fenlon said the $10 million threshold can be exceeded. Russek's concern was with the Lake Charlotte/Lake Martha sewer project and making sure that the project gets completed. Mattson thought the entire Board should be present for the vote. Mike MacMillan, Court Services Director, stated their department has used the electronic monitoring services of 180 Degrees, Inc. since 1989. MacMillan felt they were a reputable firm and that sponsorship would be financially advantageous to the County. The Lake Charlotte/Lake Martha sewer project feasibility study indicates a $2.5 million cost. Since this type of bond issue is one where the costs are assessed to property owners, Asleson was unsure whether it would be the same type of bonding. Russek moved to lay this issue over for one week, seconded by Mattson, carried 4-0. MacMillan will contact the Director of 180 Degrees, Inc. with a request for him to attend the next meeting. Asleson was directed to report back on bonding clarification for the Lake Martha/Lake Charlotte subordinate sewer district.

A Personnel Committee meeting was held on 4-3-01. On a motion by Eichelberg, second by Russek, all voted to approve the minutes as presented:

Performance Appraisal - Don Mleziva, Human Services Director. Based on the review of five performance appraisals submitted the Committee recommends an overall rating of "Superior."

Performance Appraisal - Kathy Gramsey, Administrative Clerk. Based on the review of five performance appraisals submitted the Committee recommends an overall rating of "Exceptional."

Asleson presented a draft resolution to send to the MPCA relating to the Metro Dairy manure spill. The resolution was drafted as a result of staff investigation into the manure spill and the response/cleanup by the owner. County staff (Attorney/Planning and Zoning) felt the MPCA should take strict action against Metro Dairy due to the failure to immediately report the incident to the MPCA and the County. Russek thought the leak could have been contained within the Metro Dairy site if immediate action had been taken and that Metro Dairy should pay to have the wells tested in the area for the next two or three years. The following changes were made to the draft resolution: 5th Whereas, change the word "ineffective" to "inadequate"; Item 3, change from "take appropriate steps" to "take other appropriate steps." Russek moved to adopt Resolution #01-32 urging the MPCA to levy appropriate civil penalties against Metro Dairy and to take steps to ensure that Metro Dairy complies with State law, its feedlot permit and the Wright County Feedlot Ordinance in the future. The motion was seconded by Mattson and carried 4-0 on a roll call vote.

On a motion by Mattson, second by Eichelberg, all voted to cancel the 5-29-01 County Board Meeting due to the occurrence of five Tuesdays in May.

Asleson provided an update on the Superior Landfill v. Wright County trial schedule. It appears that the new schedule will be June 4th through June 22nd, with the exception of June 11th and June 12th. Board of Equalization occurs on June 13th, so the court understands that the County Board will not be available that day. The Board Meeting of June 19th may have to be canceled but action on that would be taken at a future date. This was provided as an informational item.

On a motion by Russek, second by Mattson, all voted to schedule a Bid Opening for the Jail Intercom System on 5-8-01 at 10:00 A.M.

Jude announced that Jan Devens, former Human Services Director, passed away. The service is scheduled on 4-11-01 at the First Covenant Church in St. Paul.

Mattson researched appraisals of land near the acreage East of Ney Park which the County may purchase. Mattson said that one property sold for $1600/acre in 1998 and resold for $1900/acre in 2000. Another property sold for $1726/acre in 2001. He did not feel the $3600/acre estimated value of the land East of Ney Park was correct. Jude suggested he contact the person who performed the appraisal. Mattson felt a meeting should be held.

The meeting recessed at 10:10 A.M. into Closed Session relating to litigation.

Bills Approved

ANCOM Technical Center 295.50

Pennie Anderson 100.00

Annandale Advocate 243.00

George Bakeberg 312.56

Baldy Sanitation Inc 350.00

Lawrence Bauman 345.90

Beaudry Propane Inc 2350.88

Berntsen International Inc 633.41

Best Inc 4054.16

Betmar Languages Inc 379.32

Black Hills Ammunition 538.00

Darnell Brethorst 102.68

Buffalo Clinic 114.00

Buffalo Collision Repair Inc 852.68

Buffalo Communications Inc 190.00

City of Buffalo 26905.78

Buildings Cons. Group Inc 1384.76

Catco Parts Service 295.78

CDW Government Inc 514.09

Cellular 2000 of St. Cloud 360.85

Cintas Corp. No 748 299.76

Civic Research Inst. Inc. 159.95

Climate Air 8207.87

Compar Inc. 471.68

Derson Manufacturing Inc. 5372.93

Karen Determan 111.18

Doubletree Park Place Hotel 246.14

Ralph Douglas 351.00

Enterprise Dispatch 228.00

Facility Systems Inc 3215.45

Tom Feddema 268.60

Federated Propane 686.39

Wayne Fingalson 106.57

Raymond Glunz 100.00

Going Under Dive Center 6533.51

Douglas Gruber 182.57

Hance Locating 694.88

Hickory Tech Enterprise Sol. 271.63

Hillyard Floor Care Supply 211.85

Holiday 446.20

Johnson Emerg. Veh. Serv. 3850.42

Kenneth Jude 588.70

KMA Assoc. International 425.00

Jason Kramber 335.96

Lake Region Coop Oil 575.10

Lakedale Telephone Co. 375.60

Lakeland Transmission 1386.11

LaPlant Demo Inc 346.00

Michael Laurent 185.49

Loberg Electric 417.68

M-R Sign Company 628.83

Marco Business Products 908.45

Marks Standard Parts 1727.74

Martin-McAllisters Cons. 609.00

MATCO Tools 288.78

Marc Mattice 100.00

Richard Mattson 299.06

The Metro Group, Inc 6457.52

Minnesota Bookstore 426.00

MN Alcohol Traf. Safety Assn. 890.00

MN Co. Computer Co-op 6938.22

MN Dept. of Revenue 188.00

MN Society of Prof. Surveyors 110.00

Monticello Ford Merc. Inc. 1033.58

NASRO 425.00

Ann Norlander, DDS 375.00

Richard Norman 135.75

Office Depot 2181.38

Pats 66 200.00

Photo I 1088.99

Precision Prints of Wright Co. 235.37

Press and News Publications 179.60

Quality Inn- Fargo 113.88

Quartermaster Uniforms and Eq. 270.75

Anthony Rasmuson 167.96

Reliant Energy Minnegasco 14286.52

Southfork Recreational Parts 412.93

Special Operations Training 580.00

Sprint 152.17

St. Cloud Stamp and Sign 352.58

Stamp Fullfillment Services 195.20

Star Tribune 863.00

State of MN- General Fund 130.75

Terry Strege 106.14

Streichers 438.55

Sweeney Brothers Tractor 2991.50

Technical Reproductions, Inc 106.00

Kevin Titus 145.42

Total Printing 765.36

Tri State Surplus Co. 1489.94

United Rentals 202.13

Unlimited Electric Inc 2624.47

Chuck Van Heel 399.28

Carol Vander Kooi 5971.92

Verizon Wireless 2126.17

Warning Lites 680.63

Waste Management TC West 642.55

Weighing Systems and Serv. 230.00

Westside Equipment 2508.37

Winsted Publishing 503.95

Wright County Auditor-Treas. 1787.24

Wright County Journal Press 298.82

Wright Cty. Bag Co. 2100.00

Wright Lumber and Millwork Inc 177.35

Xcel Energy 168.23

40 payments less than $100 1710.67

Final Total $168,273.93

ATTEST: Richard Norman, County Coordinator

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