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Wright County Board Minutes

APRIL 17, 2001

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

The following corrections were made to the minutes of 4-10-01: Page 1, Consent Agenda Item D1, the effective date was changed from "4-24-01" to "4-27-01" (Norman); Page 2, 5th paragraph, the Personnel Committee date was changed from "4-4-01" to "4-3-01" (Norman). Russek moved to approve the minutes as corrected, seconded by Eichelberg, carried 5-0.

Petitions were accepted to the Agenda under Items For Consideration as follows: #4, "Correspondence From NMC RE: Nuclear Plant Tour" (Jude); #5, "Newspaper Article" (Mattson); #6, "Park Land Appraisal" (Mattson); #7, "Change To WMTF Bylaws RE: Meeting Dates" (Eichelberg). Eichelberg moved to approve the Agenda as amended, seconded by Mattson, carried 5-0.

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


1. Performance Appraisals: L. Ogden, B. Schaefer, D. Westphal, Aud./Treas.; K. Johnson, V. Hawkins, Hwy.; M. Janckila, MIS; C. Day, B. Gabrelcik, Recorder; B. Williamson, Sheriff, A. Backes, Survey.

2. Approve Uniform Settlement Form, Teamsters Non-Licensed Essential Sheriff Staff.

3. Claim, Frank Madden & Associates, $586.53.


1. Promote Brian Lutes To Assistant Attorney II, Eff. 4-18-01 (Step I).


1. Approve Hire, Michael Woodford, Asst. Building Inspector, Eff. 4-30-01 (Step 4).

2. Approve Attendance By Todd Troskey, Assistant Planner, At Professional Development Seminar In Madison Wisconsin, May 7-9, 2001.

3. Accept Planning & Zoning Office Annual Report For 2000.

4. Accept Findings & Recommendations Of Planning Commission To Amend The Zoning Ordinance To Allow "Bed & Breakfast Units In Single Family Dwellings" As A Conditional Use Permit In The R-2a, Suburban-Residential(a) District & Add A Definition Of "Bed & Breakfast."

The following amendments to the Wright County Zoning Ordinance have been adopted by the Wright County Board of Commissioners. These amendments apply to all pending and future applications and petitions for licenses and permits under the Wright County Zoning Ordinance, with included performance standards.

­ Add a conditional use to the list in the R-2a zoning district, Section 606.a4:

"Bed and Breakfast Units in Single Family Dwellings"

­ Add the following definition to Section 302. Definitions: "Bed and Breakfast - A single family dwelling with furnished bedrooms provided to guests, at which meals may be served to guests by the permanent residents, which is kept, used or advertised as, or held out to the public to be, a place where sleeping accommodations are supplied for pay to guests for transient occupancy as defined in Minn. Stat. §327.70, Subd. 5, but in no case shall continuous occupancy exceed 30 days. There shall be offered for guests no more than four bedroom units per single family dwelling, accommodating not more than two adult persons per unit."


1. Accept Resignation Of Joseph Hagerty From Lieutenant Position and Return To Sergeant Position, Eff. 5-12-01 and Authorize Replacement.

2. Authorize Signatures Of Board Chair & Auditor/Treasurer On Federal Boat & Water Supplemental Grant Agreement.

Doug Gruber, Auditor/Treasurer, requested approval of the March Revenue/Expenditure Guidelines. Richard Norman, County Coordinator, said the Personnel section of each budget may be slightly off due to the Budget 820 transfers not being completed. In addition, the Building Care & Maintenance Budget reflects the high fuel/electrical costs being incurred. Eichelberg noted several departments are above budget for their Repair & Maintenance line item. Eichelberg moved to acknowledge receipt of the March Revenue/Expenditure Guidelines, seconded by Sawatzke, carried 5-0.

Gruber referenced a blockage in County Ditch 10 which drains into Lake Ann (Victor Township). Gruber spoke with the Township Supervisor and Maintenance Person who indicated that clean out of debris (corn stalks, brush) may be needed where the ditch outlets into Lake Ann. Mattson viewed this area and did not feel much water is being restricted but that minor clean out was needed. Russek moved to authorize Gruber to have the area cleaned out, seconded by Mattson, carried 5-0. It was felt the repair would be minimal and take 1-2 hours.

Gruber received a call from a property owner in Section 3, Buffalo Township, near CR #113. The person felt that there may be a beaver dam restricting water flow in the surrounding area. After discussion, Eichelberg moved to authorize Gruber to contact the property owner whose land is involved in an effort to have the beaver trapped. If possible, the dam could be removed by Parks personnel. Otherwise, Gruber will bring this issue back to the Board. The motion was seconded by Russek and carried 5-0.

The claims listing was reviewed. Mattson cited claims on Page 9, Benton County Treasurer ($9500) and Sherburne County Sheriff ($3,225) for costs associated with boarding of prisoners. He referenced material he had distributed previously to the Board on the costs associated with boarding prisoners at the Wright County Jail. Jude stated that the daily population of the Jail is based on pods and ability to mix certain classifications. Mattson moved to approve the claims as listed in the abstract, subject to audit. The motion was seconded by Russek and carried unanimously.

Tabled from the 3-27-01 Meeting, discussion followed on the correspondence received from the Central MN EMS Council requesting approval of a grant proposal to secure funding for 2001-2003, and the Stearns County meeting held on 4-12-01 to discuss the grant application process, a potential governing structure, and possible activities to be proposed for the Central Region. Jude and Carol Schefers, Wright County Public Health, attended the meeting. Backup documentation from this meeting reflects a $111,000 savings with the Stearns County proposal as opposed to the Central MN EMS proposal. Schefers felt the meeting had good representation from both public health and county boards for the fourteen counties involved. She supported the Stearns County proposal due to the savings in administrative costs. The proposal would offer two levels of administration, including one governing body (all county commissioners) and below that one advisory committee (providers). All fourteen counties would have county commissioner and provider representation. Schefers felt the $450,000 cost to the fourteen counties was fair for the type of training needed for ongoing EMS training and equipment. By saving administratively, funds could be spent more in the fourteen county region. She also supported the sharing of information within the region on other programs. Discussion followed on the administrative costs currently associated with the Central MN EMS region. Sawatzke said the administrative expenses may be as high as 60-70%. Jude said the State Regulatory Board will decide who the grant is given to and Wright County would be required to participate within that group in order to obtain funding. Sawatzke moved to authorize signatures on Resolution #01-33, supporting the EMS grant application submitted by Stearns County on behalf of the fourteen County Central MN EMS Region. The motion was seconded by Russek and carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.

On 1-23-01, the County Board authorized approval of and signatures on the Board Of Soil and Water Resources (BWSR) 2001 Natural Resources Block Grant in the amount of $94,214.00. Today, Kerry Saxton, SWCD, said there are five programs involved with the grant including Local Water Plan, MPCA Feedlot Program, DNR Shoreline Program, ISTS Program and Wetland Conservation Act. At this time, the funding is only for the Local Water Management Plan, Wetland Conservation Act, and DNR Shoreline Program. Funding for the other two will come at a future date. Therefore, the document being submitted for signature today reflects a total of $65,466. Eichelberg moved to authorize signatures on the 2001 Natural Resources Block Grant, seconded by Mattson, carried 5-0.

Laid over from the last meeting, the Board addressed the request for the sponsorship of a bond issue for 180 Degrees, Inc./Bell House Properties Inc. in the amount of $982,000. Steven Fenlon, Midwest Healthcare Capital, requested the County hold a public hearing as part of the requirement. The funds would be used for refinancing the company and for the purchase of an electronic monitoring system. The financing is being renegotiated with the existing lender and does not involve certificates or bonds which would be offered to the public. The refinancing is a portion of overall action steps that 180 Degrees, Inc. has identified to restore profitability. Tom Zoet, Executive Director for 180 Degrees Inc., said their company has been providing correctional services since 1973. These services include a halfway house in Minneapolis, a Reporting Program, and Electronic Monitoring. In most cases, the client pays all or a large portion of the monitoring costs. Presently, 180 Degrees Inc. provides electronic monitoring for approximately 180 individuals in 44 counties across the State with approximately 30 of these individuals residing in Wright County. In response to a question by Eichelberg on setting a precedence by approving this request, Fenlon said State Law indicates that a nonprofit group must establish the direct benefit to the community before the request can be made. Mike MacMillan, Court Services Director, said 180 Degrees, Inc. has been a good provider and they plan to continue using their services. MacMillan and Zoet have agreed to a three-year continued service right with guaranteed pricing. Sawatzke said he would support the request for a public hearing. He said 180 Degrees, Inc. has responded to all information requests including providing a full financial audit. Asleson stated that future requests which may come before the Board would be on a case by case basis. Relative to a question from the last meeting, Asleson said the current tax exempt bonding requests total approximately $8 million (Parkview Care Center, Lake Charlotte/Martha Project, and 180 Degrees Inc.) and would count toward the $10 million limit. In talking with Mary Frances Skala, bond counsel for 180 Degrees, Inc., Asleson understood that the County would have to indicate that they do not anticipate bonding for over $10 million this year in order to proceed with the request. However, the County could exceed the $10 million limit if the County needs to provide essential government services. In terms of establishing a connection with 180 Degrees, Inc., Asleson felt the benefit Wright County citizens receive through regular use of the services had been shown. The request is for the Board to pass a resolution setting a public hearing date to consider the issuance of the bonds. The Board will consider approval of the request after the public hearing has been held. The public hearing notice must be published 14-30 days prior to the public hearing. Sawatzke moved to adopt Resolution #01-34 setting a public hearing for 5-15-01 at 9:30 A.M. to consider the bond issue for 180 Degrees, Inc. The motion was seconded by Russek and carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.

At 9:59 A.M., Jude closed the regular meeting and opened the Public Hearing to consider the sale of bonds for planned improvements at the Parkview Care Center in Buffalo. Kathy Youngquist, representing Parkview Care Center, said there will be approximately 1600 square feet added to the new facility to include a new entrance and coffee shop area for families. The kitchen area will also be enlarged. Resident rooms will be downsized and the space will be used to create more common areas. Nursing home populations have declined during the past three years due partially to other options such as home health care and assisted living. The County would act as a conduit for the financing and incur no expense. No public comment was received. The Public Hearing was closed at 10:05 A.M. Eichelberg moved to adopt Resolution #01-35 giving preliminary approval for health care facilities revenue bonds and a project under the Minnesota Municipal Industrial Development Act, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.

At 10:10 A.M., Jude closed the regular meeting and opened the Public Hearing to consider the request by Gerald Lapp for detachment and annexation of approximately 1.5 acres of Parcel No. 114-500-332200 from ISD 877 to ISD 885. Gruber sent letters to the Superintendents of Buffalo School District and St. Michael School District with no response. Statutes indicate that bond indebtness remains with a property until it is paid off. Lapp has agreed to pay up front the bond indebtness for the life of the bonds. The 1.5 acres is part of a 60-acre tract that is classified as agricultural. Gerald Lapp said the purpose of the request is to allow an expansion of the residence parcel so it is conforming in size for sewer requirements. The properties will also be combined into one tax statement. No other public comment was made. The Public Hearing was closed at 10:13 A.M. and the regular meeting was reconvened. Eichelberg moved to grant the request and to direct the County Attorney's Office to draw up the appropriate documents. The motion includes authorizing signatures on these documents. The motion carried 5-0 on a second by Mattson.

A Building Committee meeting was held on 4-11-01:

Revise Lighting, 4th Floor Conference Room. The request of Kelly and MacMillan is to provide dimmer control to nine fluorescent light fixtures at an estimated cost of $1,750. An alternate would be to add six incandescent fixtures with dimmer for a price of $680. Recommendation: Accept quote from Loberg Electric, Inc. to add six incandescent fixtures with dimmer, $680. Fund out of Building Care & Maintenance budget.

PWB Roof Problem. Scott showed pictures of the ice buildup on both sides of the roof. He referenced a letter from Randy Engel, Project Architect. Engel suggests removing a portion of the soffits to determine whether blockage is evident. Blockage may occur if solid wood framing was used to support the edge soffits rather than the intermittent framing designed. It is also stated in his letter that "the forming of ice dams and icicles at roof areas adjacent to the south wall of the Shop Building may be due to a lack of sufficient insulation at the linear perimeter of the PWB." Scott referenced M.S. 541.051, limitation of action for damages based on services or construction to improve real property. The Committee recommends that Scott coordinate the activities necessary to resolve these issues. There may be some associated costs relating to the inspection/correction of the situation. The County's Attorney's Office should write to Buetow and KUE Construction regarding these issues.

At today's meeting, Eichelberg moved to approve the minutes and recommendations, seconded by Russek. Mattson questioned whether the ice buildup at the PWB had to do with the winter conditions experienced this year. Jude responded that the contractor was put on notice that there may be a problem as this is the second year that ice buildup has occurred. The motion carried 5-0.

A Communications Committee meeting was held on 4-11-01. Mattson moved to approve the minutes, seconded by Eichelberg, carried 5-0:

Phone Access Codes. Swing suggested that we use one code for out-of-state access. The code could be changed every six months. Use of a code restricts out-of-state access by employees. Recommend-ation: Approve request.

WHLINK Amendment To 911 Agreement. Helgeson stated that with deregulation, companies like Lakedale can now provide phones in Rockford. Agreements have to be modified to reflect the new level of service. Recommendation: Authorize signatures on the First Amendment to the 911 Agreement. Future requests from other telephone companies will be placed on the Consent Agenda. (Additional Recommendation: Combine the Communications Committee and MIS Steering Committee as part of the Board's annual organizational meeting).

Brian Asleson, Assistant County Attorney, met with Doug Borglund, Howard Lake City Administrator, regarding the Howard Lake water tower issue as well as other issues relating to the Fairgrounds. When the agreement relating to the water tower was sent back to the County, it included changes which the City had made. One change related to safety fencing around the water tower. Asleson stated that as there is no way to ascend the water tower, the City eliminated that from the agreement. Another change related to the antenna placement on the water tower. The original agreement called for the County and City to share the proceeds of any revenue from such placement. The change made by the City to the agreement would not provide any sharing of proceeds by the County. Asleson was informed that there is one private antenna already on the tower and the City is being compensated $200/month rental. Asleson said he and Borglund recommend a meeting be held with City representatives to discuss this issue. Russek moved to authorize Asleson to obtain several potential meeting dates from the City and to invite Shelly Reddeman, Mayor Smith and Doug Borglund. The motion was seconded by Mattson and carried 5-0.

Correspondence was received from NMC inviting the County Board to tour the Monticello Nuclear Generating Plant on 5-3-01 at 6:30 P.M. Mattson moved to authorize attendance, seconded by Eichelberg, carried 5-0.

Mattson referenced a newspaper article in which Commissioner Jude accused Mattson of acting on his own representing the County Board without the Board having knowledge of it. The comment relates to the Howard Lake water tower issue not being resolved. Mattson said that the County Board minutes document what has transpired and that the matter had been referred to Asleson to follow up on. Mattson felt the newspaper article should be corrected. Jude responded that he does not write the articles or control them but the statement was true. He said the water tower is located in Mattson's District and that the issue needs to be resolved.

Mattson was in contact with a certified land appraiser in Wright County relating to the acreage near Ney Park which the County may purchase. The appraiser estimated a value of $2100/acre to $2200/acre for bare ag land. To a developer, the land may be of higher value. Mattson questioned why the original appraisal was done by an appraiser from Sherburne County. Jude responded that the appraiser was hired by the Parks Administrator who was not given direction on whether to hire from within Wright County. Mattson said the Appraiser he spoke with would be willing to discuss this with the Board if so desired.

Eichelberg said the Water Management Task Force meets quarterly, the third Monday at 7:30 P.M. At an earlier meeting, he had given incorrect information in this regard. Eichelberg moved to make the correction to the WMTF bylaws that they meet quarterly, the third Monday at 7:30 P.M. The motion was seconded by Russek and carried 5-0. Asleson said public notice of the change is not required as long as the WMTF approves of the change.

Bills Approved

Advanced Graphic Systems, Inc. 169.34

Albertville Body Shop Inc. 2975.00

City Albertville 2400.93

Allina Health Systems 244.20

American Health Care Supply 598.92

Ancom Technical Center 543.83

AT&T 4794.38

B&D Plumbing & Heating 349.60

Bob Barker Co 178.78

Best Inc. 4040.51

Betmar Languages Inc. 380.70

Breezy Point Resort 192.82

Buffalo Hosp.-OTPT Commer 1797.96

Bureau of Crim. Apprehension 360.00

Chamberlain Oil Co. 2129.62

Cintas Corp No. 748 149.88

Climate Air 497.16

Coxprendium Prof. Devlo. 149.00

Computer Intelligent Assoc. 152.49

Crow River Tools 414.97

Decorative Designs Inc. 175.53

Dept. of Public Safety 5040.00

Dominos Pizza 122.60

Robert Erickson 100.00

Maribel Fernendez 164.66

Franklin Township 2085.10

Frontier Precision Inc. 239.63

Gateway Companies Inc. 4218.47

GCS Service Inc. 567.06

Going Under Dive Center 2083.13

Greenview Inc. 378.88

Jim Hatch Sales Co. Inc. 885.03

Hello Direct 111.98

Hillyard Floor Care Supply 2229.47

Chris Jahnke 379.10

Lou Jopp 119.76

Gerald Kritzeck 134.86

Kurtti Construction Inc. 267.00

Lake Region Coop Oil 27590.18

Loaf & Ladle 116.18

M-R Sign Company Inc. 1923.33

Marco Business Products 1703.16

Minnesota CLE 370.00

MN Assn. of Cty. Prob. Ofcrs. 970.00

MN Co. Attys. Assoc. 113.00

MN Highway Safety/Research 392.00

MN Sheriff's Assoc. 250.00

Mobil Oil Corporation 608.98

Mobile Vision 10245.00

Dennis Moeller 204.36

Monticello Township 1337.40

Mumford Sanitation 140.03

Nat'l Practice Institute 200.00

Office Depot 2755.69

Olsen Chain/Cable Co. Inc 111.83

Lynn Peavey Co. 131.25

Mary Peterson 163.74

Pioneer Rim & Wheel Co. 880.58

Qwest 912.96

RDO Equipment Co. 146521.00

Reliant Energy Minnegasco 6591.13

Royal Tire-St. Cloud 3664.63

Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge 402.94

Ryan Motors Inc. 242.55

Snap-On Industrial 427.52

Spectra Precision Inc. 282.09

St. Cloud Fire Equip. Inc. 577.24

St. Michael Veterinary Clinic 126.27

Standard Spring Co. 271.29

State of MN 1489.67

Stratus Computer 7391.00

Tires Plus 323.09

University Extension 385.00

University of Minnesota 335.91

West Publishing Co. 399.22

Winsted Publishing Co. 3010.00

Wright Co. Highway Dept. 273.07

Wright-Hennepin Electric 4367.78

Xcel Energy 248.32

Zee Service Company 467.85

49 payments less than $100 2158.30

Final total $272,897.89

The meeting adjourned at 10:33 A.M.

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