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Wright County Board Minutes

MAY 22, 2001

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

Mattson referenced previous discussion relating to funding for District 3. The top five project proposers produce resolutions of support/funding commitments of local monies or projects will be dropped, which would require them to reapply. Mattson clarified this has nothing to do with State or Federal money. Jude responded that the loss would be to that community and that was the intent of what he had said. Russek moved to approve the minutes of May 15, 2001 as presented, seconded by Eichelberg, carried unanimously.

Petitions were accepted to the Agenda as follows: Consent Agenda Item F1, "AUDITOR, Annual On/Off Sale Beer License, Olson's Campground, Silver Creek Township" (Gruber); Aud./Treas. Item #6, "Tobacco Compliance Checks" (Asleson); Item For Consid. #6, "Fish Lake Flooding" (Jude). Gruber removed Aud./Treas. Item #1, "Plat, Longbow Lake, (Buffalo Township)" from the Agenda. 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: T. Frazier, Atty.; K. Anderson, Aud./Treas.; B. Wall, MIS; A. Richardson, Rec.; E. Leander, Sher.

2. Claim, Frank Madden $178.80.


1. Acknowledge Hire, Annette Berg, Records Clerk, Eff. 6-04-01 (Class A, Step 3).


1. Approve Movement Of Amy Hertzog From Case Aide To Probation Agent, Eff. July 1, 2001 & Authorize Replacement.


1. Approve Funding Participa-tion/Construction Agreement With City Of Albertville For CSAH 18 Improvements.


1. Termination, Dan Lang, Eff. May 16, 2001; Authorize Replacement.


1. Annual On/Off Sale Beer License, Olson's Campground, Silver Creek Township.

Doug Gruber, Auditor/Treasurer, recommended approval for Ted Klaas to remove the blockage in Ditch 10 at a cost of $225.00. Mattson moved to approve the recommendation, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0.

Gruber was contacted by Fyle's Excavating who is scheduled to repair some blowouts on Ditch 33. The work has not been completed. Fyle's Excavating feels there may be blockage under CR 18. After discussion, Gruber was directed to contact the Highway Engineer to make sure he is aware of the tile in this area due to upcoming highway work.

The Revenue/Expenditure Report (through April 2001) was reviewed. Richard Norman, County Coordinator, said the report does not reflect the personnel transfers from Budget 820. These transfers will be reflected in the June report. Mattson suggested that the jail medical costs be reviewed during budget sessions. Russek referenced the temporary overtime line item for Court Administration. Norman said temporary staff has been utilized with the position vacancies which have occurred. Russek moved to approve the report as presented, seconded by Mattson, carried 5-0.

The claims listing was reviewed. Mattson questioned whether there was a bid process for pharmaceutical needs of jail inmates. Captain Gary Torfin said there was not. Torfin explained that they attempt to obtain reimbursement through inmates' medical insurance. They also request that inmates' families fill prescriptions if possible. They are working with Human Services on a potential grant to fund a social services staff person who would act as both mental health intake and resource coordinator for the jail. Currently, the jail nurse is performing these services. Eichelberg moved to approve the claims as listed in the abstract, subject to audit. The motion was seconded by Mattson and carried 5-0.

Brian Asleson, Assistant County Attorney, said the county adopted a tobacco ordinance in 1998. As part of ordinance requirements, tobacco compliance checks are to be performed once a year. This is the first year the full program is in place. Asleson referenced a memo from Jon Young, Public Health, which stated that the County was divided into thirds for compliance checks. Results of the first compliance check reflect 18 of the 31 retailers failing the check. The remaining two checks will be performed in May. Asleson said the failure rate is greater than that of approximately three years ago. This is discouraging as they have been trying to educate retailers through the licensing process. The civil penalty under the county's ordinance is $75 for the first offense. The county could fine the clerk as well. This was provided as an informational item.

Captain Gary Torfin requested authorization of signatures on the FY 2002-2003 Sentencing To Service contract with the MN Department of Corrections. The contract language remains the same as previous years. The cost will increase from $58,750 to $62,600 over a two-year period. Russek moved to authorize signatures on the contract, seconded by Eichelberg, carried 5-0.

Marc Mattice, Parks Administrator, requested that the board schedule a Ways & Means Committee meeting to discuss a proposal by Mathowitz Construction to mine sand out of the Highland Pit. The second item would be to discuss the encroachment by an adjacent gravel pit on Stanley Eddy Park. A land survey was completed and Mattice has verbally notified the owners to cease activity in that area. Russek moved to request the County Attorney's Office to send a letter to Bauerly Companies referencing the encroachment and that activity must cease, seconded by Eichelberg, carried 5-0. Russek moved to schedule a Ways & Means Committee meeting on May 30 at 9:00 A.M. The motion was seconded by Mattson and carried 5-0.

Mattice requested that the Board adopt the seasonal camping reservation policy for 2001. Last year, a lottery system was used on a trial basis for seasonal sites. A total of twelve applications were mailed out upon request and six were returned to be included in the lottery. Mattice said those present at the last Park Commission meeting supported continuing with the lottery system as it provides an equal and fair opportunity for all. Eichelberg moved to approve the request, seconded by Sawatzke, carried 5-0.

The board reviewed the Parks Commission minutes of May 15 were which provided as an informational item. One issue discussed at that meeting was the citizen group which has been formed to explore the possibility of bike trails connecting the City of Clearwater to Monticello and Clearwater to Warren Lake in Stearns County, eventually leading into the Lake Wobegon Trail. At the last citizen group meeting, discussion included potentially applying for a grant through the Initiative Foundation.

On a motion by Eichelberg, second by Russek, all voted to authorize attendance at the AMC Leadership Summit on August 15-17, 2001 in International Falls.

Correspondence was received from AMC stating that NACO is seeking nominations for membership on its steering committee. Nominations must be submitted to AMC by June 1. AMC must approve and submit all nominations to NACO. This was provided as an informational item.

Correspondence was received from NACO relating to the 66th Annual Conference being held July 13-17, 2001 in Philadelphia. According to NACO bylaws, in order to vote, a county must have paid its membership dues and have one paid registrant for the conference. NACO requests submittal of a voting delegate/alternate or authorization for the State Association to pick up the credentials on July 16th. It was the consensus that Jim Mulder, AMC, could pick up the credentials for Wright County if Wright County does not send a delegate.

On a motion by Eichelberg, second by Mattson, roll call vote carried 5-0 to adopt Resolution #01-45 adopting resolution of final acceptance and authorizing final payment ($3,650.00) to Electrical Installation & Maintenance Corporation for Contract No. 9910 (St. Michael Signal Project).

A Building Committee Of The Whole meeting was held on May 15. At today's county board meeting, Mattson moved to approve the minutes, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0. A summary of the minutes follows:

The committee reviewed feedback on a retreat held with department heads and county commissioners. Also discussed was the committee structure to deal with short and long term space needs. The committee's recommendations are as follows:

1. Form a committee that will deal with short-range space needs. Members on this committee will be the Building Committee Of The Whole, Sheriff Miller, Genell Reese, LaVonn Nordeen, Dennis Moeller, Doug Gruber, and Bill Swing. The first meeting of this committee will be held at 10:30 A.M., May 25, 2001, in the Commissioner's Board Room.

2. Have a long-range visioning session with the Building Committee Of The Whole and all department heads. This meeting will be held at 10:30 A.M., June 12, 2001, in the commissioner's board room.

Jude brought forth discussion on flooding which has occurred at Fish Lake. A committee was formed that included representation from Clearwater Township, Fish Lake residents and Jude to address the flooding. Also consulted were Public Health, Environmental Health, City of Clearwater and the Emergency Coordinator. The flooding involved contaminated wells and outhouses. The request Jude presented today was for the County to waive the $25 cost (per sample) for water testing of wells and the Lake due to the public health issue. Flood insurance is not an option as Fish Lake is not in a flood plain. The next step the Committee will take is to work with the SWCD and WMTF in an effort to obtain a grant to study the area's hydrology. If it is not already being done, Jude thought that the regulating of water flow through dams above and below this area should be coordinated. Sawatzke felt that additional information was needed from staff as to past practice on the waiver of testing fees. Jude responded that the environmental health officer said these fees have been waived in the past. Mattson suggested consulting the Extension Office about their Lakeshore Program. It was pointed out that the fees could possibly be turned in for reimbursement if the county is declared an emergency county with the recent flooding that occurred. It was the consensus that more information was desired and this issue could be placed on an upcoming agenda.

Mattson stated that a recent story on Channel 11 News indicated that computers sold by the City of Minneapolis contained private information. Mattson noted that when computers are sold by Wright County at its auction, all information has been cleared from the computer's memory.


Advantage Water Conditioning 189.32

Allina Health Systems 314.71

Allina Hospitals & Clinics 101.01

Pennie Anderson 100.00

Annandale Advocate 105.00

Arch Wireless 246.75

AT&T 4709.83

B&D Plumbing and Heating 579.00

Best, Inc. 8093.56

Betmar Languages, Inc. 941.53

Breezy Point Resort 350.00

Buff'N'Glo, Inc. 209.50

Vuffalo Clinis 193.00

Buffalo Communications, Inc. 230.00

Buffalo Drug 1015.26

Tim Cameron 125.00

Catholic Charities 11775.22

Central Micro Systems, Inc. 1024.00

Citizens Communications 116.14

Climate Air 284.00

Commercial Asphalt Co. 436.99

Community Intervention, Inc. 204.12

Compaq Computer Corp. 1003.68

Construction Bulletin Magazine 430.32

Melanie Courrier 199.65

Emery's Tree Service, Inc. 1280.00

Dale Engel 123.42

Facility Systems, Inc. 1202.31

Gateway Companies, Inc. 615.58

Grafix Shoppe 225.83

W Grainger, Inc. 121.38

H & H Sport Shop 168.00

Hartman & Hallet Interpreters 220.00

Interstate Automotive 233.94

Keepers, Inc. 635.05

Lake Region Co-op Oil 12543.98

Lee's Farm and Grdn. Store 3121.64

Marco Business Products 4988.47

Denise McCalla 100.00

Meridian Aggregates Co. LP 117.94

MN Assn. for Court Mangmnt 100.00

MN Cty. Attys Assn. 115.00

Murray County Recorder 110.00

Richard Norman 409.21

Northern Tool & Equipment Co. 149.07

Office Depot 2444.40

One on One Computer Training 238.00

Pats 66 172.00

Phillips Petroleum Co. 106.01

Precision Prints of Wright Co. 125.46

Qwest 1696.77

Genell Reese 187.68

RS Eden 1108.80

Ryan Motors, Inc. 1005.48

Sand Creek Group LTD 2700.00

SE International 365.75

Smith Micro Technologies, Inc. 803.75

Software House Intl., Inc. 1329.13

Spectra Precision, Inc. 780.38

St. Michael Veterinary Clinic 244.69

Star Tribune 453.40

State of Minnesota, LTD 421.22

Lanae Stephens 231.25

Kevin Titus 238.00

Total Printing 2161.10

Treadway Graphics 146.25

Tod Troskey 232.07

United Rentals 151.94

Verison Wireless 2160.08

Vibes Technologies, Inc. 378.43

Viking Coca-Cola Bottling Co. 227.50

West Publishing Company 1503.25

47 Payments less than $100 1989.68

Final Total 83,160.88

The meeting adjourned at 9:53 A.M.

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