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Wright County Board Minutes

MAY 8, 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 5-01-01 as presented, seconded by Russek, carried unanimously.

Petitions were accepted to the Agenda as follows: Item For Consid. #3, "Request From State Highway 12 Contractor RE: Ditch Tile" (Mattson); Item For Consid. #4, "Discussion RE: Omnibus Tax Bill, Machinery Tax" (Asleson). Item E1, "Accept Resignation, Tom Haag, Highway Maintenance, Eff. 5-10-01 & Authorize Replacement" was removed from the Agenda (Norman). The Bid Opening time for the Jail Intercom System was incorrectly listed on the Agenda as 10:30 a.m. and was corrected to 10:00 a.m. Russek moved to approve the Agenda as amended, seconded by Eichelberg, carried unanimously.

Eichelberg requested that Consent Agenda Item E3, "Approve Attendance At 2001 Washington Fly-In, June 12-14, 2001" be removed for discussion. On a motion by Eichelberg, second by Russek, all voted to approve the remainder of the Consent Agenda as amended:


1. Performance Appraisals: M. Cyr, A. Hermanson, Ct. Admin.; B. Jans, D. Schmiginsky, Hwy.; A. Riebel, Parks; K. Jopp, P&Z.

2. O/T Report, Period Ending 4-27-01.


1. Approve Hire, Aaron Duis, Assistant County Attorney I, Eff. 6-4-01 (Class C, Step 3).


1. Tobacco Licenses: Little Dukes and Coborn's (Delano City).

2. 2001 Real Estate Taxes: PID's 202-000-083302 & 202-000-172200 (Stemper Property - Fund 34).


1. Accept Resignation, Mary Cyr, Case Intake Supervisor, Eff. 5-31-01 & Authorize Replacement. Authorize filling any subsequent position should the opening be filled from within.

2. Accept Resignation, Roberta Rovnak, Records Clerk, Eff. 4-27-01 & Authorize Replacement.


2.Approve Hire, Roger Week, Highway Mechanic, Eff. 5-9-01 (Step 7).


1. Schedule MIS Steering Committee Meeting For 5-23-01.


1. Approve transfer of Lori Westphal from Auditor/Treasurer Department to Recorder's Department, Office Assistant Position, Eff. 5-22-01 (Class A-4).

Item E3, "Approve Attendance At 2001 Washington Fly-In, June 12-14, 2001" was discussed. On a motion by Eichelberg, second by Russek, all voted to approve attendance at the 2001 Washington Fly-In, June 12-14, 2001, for the Highway Engineer and one County Commissioner.

On a motion by Russek, second by Mattson, roll call vote carried 5-0 to adopt Resolution #01-38 approving the Summary of Designations for the Year ended 12-31-00 as presented by Doug Gruber, Auditor/Treasurer.

On a motion by Russek, second by Eichelberg, all voted to approve the claims as listed in the abstract, subject to audit.

Mattson was contacted by an asphalt contractor working on the State Highway 12 project between Montrose and Howard Lake. The contractor would like to drain Mud Lake to the South side of Hwy. 12. Mattson requested approval to view the area with Gruber. Gruber indicated that this is the same area discussed last year with Ditch #38 and the Duske property. His recollection was that the tile was not found in this area and if it was, it was damaged to the point where it could not be opened up. Russek moved to authorize Gruber and Mattson to review this area and to bring back any recommendations to the Board. The motion was seconded by Eichelberg and carried 5-0.

Kathy Youngquist, Park View Care Center, addressed the Board with a request for approval of a resolution giving final approval for the Park View Care Center Project and the issuance and sale of Health Care Facilities Revenue Bonds by Wright County. Youngquist explained that the construction costs came in $75,000 higher than anticipated. The resolution presented reflects a not-to-exceed limit of $4,600,000. Eichelberg moved to adopt Resolution #01-39 giving final approval for the Park View Care Center Project and the issuance and sale of Health Care Facilities Revenue Bonds by Wright County. The motion was seconded by Sawatzke and carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.

Sawatzke moved to adopt Resolution #01-40 authorizing execution of the Emergency Management Grant Assistance Program Documents, $11,356.00. The motion was seconded by Russek and carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.

A County Board/Department Head Retreat was held on May 3rd at Ney Nature Center. A consensus was reached that a Board Of The Whole meeting should be scheduled to meet with department heads to discuss formation of a committee to discuss long and short range space needs. Sawatzke questioned whether this should be addressed by the Board Of The Whole as in the past or whether a separate committee needed to be formed. Jude said it was the consensus from the retreat that the department heads be involved. Any final vote would be made by the County Board. Sawatzke felt the Board Of The Whole should also address the water problems in the area vacated by the County Attorney. Tom Kelly, County Attorney, said he and the Sheriff felt that long range planning (15-20 years) needed to be discussed. Russek moved to schedule a Building Committee Of The Whole meeting on 5-15-01 at 10:30 a.m., seconded by Eichelberg, carried 5-0. Kelly will not be able to attend the Building Committee Of The Whole meeting but would like to serve on any committee that is formed.

Wayne Fingalson, Highway Engineer, requested approval of a resolution proclaiming May 13-19, 2001 as Transportation Week for Wright County. Eichelberg moved to adopt Resolution #01-41, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.

Fingalson requested that a Transportation Committee Of The Whole meeting be scheduled with the following agenda items: 1) Approve layout for CSAH 22 Bridge (Bernings' Mill Bridge) project as proposed by Hennepin County; 2) Discuss request from Buffalo Safe Schools Community Committee; 3) Discuss request from Montrose for CSAH 12; 4) Discuss request from City of Buffalo RE: CR 134. Fingalson and Eichelberg attended a Safe Schools Committee meeting last week where the intersection at the Buffalo High School was discussed due to a recent fatal accident. The Safe Schools Committee would like to meet with the County Board. Fingalson said a Safety Audit of the intersection will be performed by Mn/DOT Transportation Engineers and he hopes to have that information available for the meeting. Item 3 involves a request from Montrose to modify the 5-Year Plan, as they want to improve Highway 12 using municipal construction funds in 2002 as opposed to 2004. Item 4 involves a turnback request from the City of Buffalo for CR 134. Russek moved to schedule a Transportation Committee Of The Whole meeting for 6-1-01 at 1:30 p.m., seconded by Mattson, carried 5-0.

Fingalson requested approval of a resolution relating to the local match for the CSAH 12 project (for Year 2004). Fingalson said the ATP was successful in obtaining $872,000 in Federal funding toward this project and would require Wright County to commit to the local match necessary to complete the project. Richard Norman, County Coordinator, questioned committing future levy dollars against the project and whether the resolution should reflect usage of state aid money. Fingalson responded that the resolution should reflect local and/or state aid funding for flexibility. Jude stated that Stearns County was emphatic that counties need to commit funding or the federal project dollars could be lost. Mattson moved to adopt Resolution #01-42, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0.

At 9:30 a.m., the Bid Opening was held for the 2001 Overlays (Contract 0101 Bituminous Overlay Improvements and Patching). The Engineer's Estimate is $961,267.00. Sawatzke moved to lay the bids over for an award later in today's meeting, seconded by Eichelberg, carried 5-0. The bids received were:

Bidder; Bid Bond; Bid Amount

Bauerly Companies; Yes; $853,407.53

Buffalo Bituminous, Inc.; Yes; $933,786.77

Jerry Kritzeck, Assessor, provided an update on the Omnibus Tax Bill relating to personal property tax on machinery. Kritzeck participated in a conference call to discuss the bill which would eliminate the personal property tax. A portion of the bill called for state bonding in the amount of $425 million. The interest proceeds would be applied toward replacing the lost revenue from removal of the personal property tax on machinery and other related items in the taxation of utilities. When the bill went to the House, the House removed the permission for creating the bonding. They instead want to address the issue of the reduction of taxation of utilities by reducing the rate from 3.4 % (current) to 1.7 % with no provision for replacing lost revenue to counties. The coalition is opposed and feels that if there is no bonding, there should be no bill. The Senate worked over the weekend to prepare a draft. Testimony is being taken today. Kritzeck was contacted by Dean Moe who indicated that elected officials should be contacting their representatives voicing support for the bill in its original draft (including the bond). This was provided as an informational item.

Jude and Eichelberg attended a tour of the Monticello Nuclear Plant. Both Jude and Eichelberg felt the tour was excellent. They were impressed with the security and back up systems.

The meeting recessed at 9:48 a.m. and reconvened at 9:59 a.m. Fingalson said the 2001 Overlay bids were checked and found to be accurate. At the recommendation of Fingalson, Russek moved to award the bid to Bauerly Companies, $853,407.53. The motion was seconded by Sawatzke and carried 5-0.

At 10:00 a.m., the bid opening occurred for the replacement of the jail intercom system. Craig Hayes, Purchasing Agent, said nine Request For Proposals were mailed and four vendors attended the pre-bid meeting. Today, one bid from Technical Solutions was received for $74,975.66 including materials and labor. The estimate was $80,000. A bid bond was not included as part of the bidding specifications but a performance bond will be required when the contract is signed. At the recommendation of Hayes, Russek moved to lay the bids over for one week for review by the Jail Administration staff. The motion was seconded by Sawatzke and carried 5-0.

Bills approved

ABC Lettering 872.70

ACS Gov. Information Ser. 3175.00

Albertville Body Shop, Inc. 314.80

American Institutional Supply 584.18

Ancom Technical Center 721.00

Anoka County Court Admin. 264.00

Audio Communications 510.89

B & D Plumbing and Heating 542.50

Baer's Body Shop 444.00

Best, Inc. 8029.69

Betmar Languages, Inc. 2608.44

Big D's Carriage 300.00

Bowman Distribution 566.47

City Buffalo 27909.80

Cambridge Educational 192.19

Campbell Abstract 109.00

Carver County Juv. Detention 145.00

Case Credit 150.01

Cassidy Realty & Appraisal, Inc. 2925.00

Central Glass Co. 660.15

Climate Air 7500.00

Columbia Propane 563.65

Commissioner of Transport. 5267.24

Computer Training Intl. 4293.00

Construction Bulletin Magazine 143.44

Cummings Chrysler-Dodge, Inc. 19565.00

Dahlgren Shardlow and Uban 990.00

Data Transmission Network 908.28

Delano Eagle 432.40

Franklin Denn 336.04

Department of Public Safety 3180.00

Karen Determan 136.68

DHS-VA Investigation Conferen. 180.00

Diamond Mowers, Inc. 19413.50

Domino's Pizza 112.70

East Central Regional Juv. 17106.25

Elmer Eichelberg 108.46

Emery's Tree Service, Inc. 3010.00

Enterprise Dispatch 349.00

Facility Systems, Inc. 180.00

Wayne Fingalson 749.63

Forestry Suppliers, Inc. 133.91

Freestyle Camera 1567.00

Gateway Companies, Inc. 133.13

Todd Gau 186.32

Janet Gholson 348.98

Glock, Inc. 4632.75

Howard Green 2481.79

Hartman & Hallet Interpreters 852.50

Hickorytech 528.95

Hillyard Floor Care Supply 1430.72

Holiday 2062.18

Holiday Inn - Rochester 340.80

Holiday Inn - St. Cloud 140.38

IDEXX Laboratories, Inc. 784.49

Keepers, Inc. 268.91

Greg Kramber 109.48

Lake Superior College 150.00

LaPlant Demo, Inc. 556.00

Little Falls Machine 940.94

M-R Sign Co., Inc. 28812.56

Maple Lake Messenger 424.50

Marco Business Products 902.47

Anthony Mattson Electric 1208.00

Meridian Aggregates Co. LP 2782.19

MinnComm Paging 309.55

Minnesota Copy Systems 264.65

MN Assoc. of Assess. Officers 550.00

Dennis Moeller 287.12

Monticello Ford Mercury, Inc. 237.76

Moon Motor Sales, Inc. 2554.94

Margaret Munson 105.40

Office Depot 1520.85

Anne Parker 194.14

Parr Emergency Product Sales 701.84

Performance Office Papers 287.79

Professional Portable Xray, Inc. 625.00

Pryor Resources, Inc. 149.00

RDO Equipment Co. 3676.38

Reliant Energy Minnegasco 8963.27

Roche Diagnostic Systems 500.00

Ryan Motors, Inc. 236.07

Sharon Schubert 167.62

Sherwin-Williams 224.19

Southside Township 640.40

Sprint 152.21

Star Tribune 365.80

State Supply Co. 204.80

Taylor Technologies, Inc. 675.00

Transcor America, Inc. 386.38

Unlimited Electric, Inc. 557.50

C Walker Trucking 216.00

Wal-Mart Store 01-1577 524.90

Waste Management TC West 305.77

City Waverly 109.51

Wright County Aud.-Treas. 716.00

Wright County Journal Press 442.81

Xcel Energy 981.35

Yahoo 100.00

Glenna Zitzloff 102.00

47 payments less than $100 2065.37

Final Total 217430.41

The meeting adjourned at 10:03 a.m.

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