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Wright County Board Minutes

JUNE 12, 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 6-5-01 as presented, seconded by Mattson, carried unanimously.

Petitions were accepted to the Agenda as follows: Consent Agenda Item A3, "Approve Hire, Carol Turnquist, Office Assistant, Auditor, Eff. 6-25-01, Step 1" (Gruber); Item For Consid. #2, "June 27th Ways & Means Committee Meeting" (Norman); Item For Consid. #3, "Schedule Committee Meeting RE: Lake Charlotte/Lake Martha Sewer Project" (Asleson); Item For Consid. #4, "Statutes RE: Board Of Equalization" (Asleson); Item For Consid. #5, "Request From Genell Reese To Schedule Meeting" (Mattson). Russek moved to approve the Agenda as amended, seconded by Eichelberg, carried unanimously.

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


1. Performance Appraisals: J. O'Dowd, Sheriff.

2. O/T Report, Period Ending 5-25-01.


1. On/Off Sale Beer License, "Cokato Town & Country Club," (Cokato Township).


1. Approval Of Two Highway Easements For Wright County:

a. Public Works Site For 2001 Overlay Work.

b. Albertville Truck Station For CSAH 18 Project.


1. Accept the findings and recommendations of the Planning Commission for the following rezoning:

a. Approve request to rezone approximately 40 acres from AG & S-2 to A/R & S-2 and establish a Rural Planned Unit Development District, Investor's Together (Silver Creek Twp.).

Doug Gruber, Auditor/Treasurer, requested approval of a resolution relating to the Extension Budget appropriation for 2001. Annually a resolution is passed and is forwarded to the University Of Minnesota Extension Service. The draft resolution reflects a figure of $265,975 plus 2001 salary adjustments to be the figure set apart from the General Revenue Fund for the Extension budget. Richard Norman, County Coordinator, stated that the salary adjustments have been made so that the figure of $276,909 should be inserted in place of what was reflected in the draft. Russek moved to adopt Resolution #01-46 noting the change in the amount to $276,909, seconded by Mattson, carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.

Gruber referenced past action which combined clerical positions in the Auditor/Treasurer's Office into Office Assistant positions. At the time of the action, internal promotions and external hires occurred. The external hires were started at Step 3 of the Salary Schedule. As a result, those promoted internally had a lower rate of pay for approximately half of the year. One person has since resigned and Kathy Green will be moved laterally to fill the position. Green is one of the internal employees who was affected during the reclassification. Gruber requested that Green be given a step increase during this lateral transfer, effective June 5, 2001. Green's anniversary date will remain on April 12th. Jude requested that the minutes reflect that this does not set a precedent and that the approval would be done on this individual basis so that it doesn't interfere with the Union contract. Norman indicated that he supported the request as Green was affected negatively when job classes were combined. The key is that the step increase is not due to the lateral transfer but due to how Green was affected by contracts negotiations. Sawatzke moved to approve the request noting it meets the approval of the Personnel Director, effective June 5, 2001. The motion was seconded by Russek, carried 5-0.

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

Norman stated that the bill introduction giving the County Board authorization to appoint the County Recorder was approved during this Legislative Session. One requirement would be for the Board to conduct a public hearing on the issue. Russek moved to set a public hearing for 7-10-01 at 9:15 A.M. for the purpose of making the Recorder an appointed position, seconded by Eichelberg, carried 5-0.

A Ways & Means Committee meeting is schedule for 6-27-01. One of the scheduled agenda items is the encroachment by Bauerly Companies gravel pit on the Stanley Eddy Park. Norman was contacted by Bauerly Companies with a request to reschedule the issue to 7-11-01 at 9:00 A.M. Sawatzke moved to approve the request, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0.

Brian Asleson, Chief Deputy Attorney, presented a draft resolution authorizing condemnation for a drainage easement adjacent to CSAH 6 (North of Howard Lake). Staff from the Highway Department and the Attorney's Office have been trying to resolve the drainage issue since last year. The County has a drainage inlet and corresponding outlet for a centerline culvert on private property. The County intends to continue negotiations with the landowner, but the authority for condemnation will be used if negotiations are unsuccessful. Asleson said the landowner has environmental concerns with the drainage including ag drainage and the possibility of failing septic systems in the area. Both the DNR and Planning & Zoning have been involved. Asleson has been in contact with the landowner's attorney. Mattson had not been informed of the situation prior to today's meeting. Eichelberg moved to adopt the resolution authorizing condemnation for drainage easement adjacent to CSAH 6. The motion failed due to the lack of a second. Russek moved to lay this issue over for two weeks, seconded by Mattson, carried 5-0. Asleson was directed to send the landowner a letter informing him that this issue will be discussed in two weeks.

Marc Mattice, Parks Administrator, requested the Board schedule a meeting to tour Collinwood Comfort Station, Schroeder, Beebe Lake, Dustin Monument, Betty T. Mason & Heagle Roost. Russek moved to schedule a Committee Of The Whole meeting for 6-26-01 following the County Board meeting, seconded by Eichelberg, carried 5-0.

Wayne Fingalson, Highway Engineer, said at the last TH55 Corridor Coalition Group meeting, Wright County was appointed as the lead agency to map and preserve right-of-way for a future four-lane improvement of Highway 55 between I-494 and Annandale. A recommendation from the Coalition Group was to send a letter to Mn/DOT seeking State bonding support in the 2002 State of Minnesota Capital Investments Program. Fingalson will send the letter unless the County Board expressed an objection. Eichelberg and Fingalson plan to travel to Washington this week in an effort to seek a portion of the $5 million available to assist with the study for the scoping document and environmental impact statement. With any federal money obtained, a local share is required. Mattson stressed the importance of involving District 3 in this effort. Fingalson said that District 3 has shown much interest and has been excellent to work with. Although the Highway 55 project is an important one, there is a lot of competition with the Metropolitan District's requests. Fingalson said it is not just a capacity issue but a safety issue. The next meeting of the Coalition is scheduled for 6-29-01.

The State Aid variance request was approved for the CSAH 75 project in Monticello. The task force for this project met last week. A meeting with the City Council is scheduled for 7-9-01. The tentative public hearing date is 8-9-01 at 5:00 P.M. The City has completed the work and assumed costs associated with the variance, and will also be looking at utility improvements. The County will be responsible for survey work to be completed in the Fall. Construction is scheduled for 2002. Fingalson said that the traffic counts meet the warrants for a traffic signal at the intersection of CSAH 75 and CSAH 39, adding an approximate $150,000 to the cost of the project. Discussion followed on County standards as they apply to road accesses. Jude felt that County policies should be stated up front. This was provided as an informational item.

LouAnn Jopp, Wright County Extension Service, provided a report on the "Occasional Quantity Cooks" and "Hook, Line & Supper" Programs. The "Occasional Quantity Cooks" Program dealt with food safety issues when cooking for large groups, targeting those who volunteer to work at church functions, etc. The "Hook, Line & Supper" Program was held to address food safety issues relating to handling of fish. On 6-12-01, an "Ethnic Foodways: Food Practices & Meaning Across Cultures" Program will be held at the College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph.

Brian Asleson, Chief Deputy Attorney, requested that the Board schedule a Committee Of The Whole meeting to discuss issues related to the Lake Martha/Lake Charlotte sewer project. This was a topic of discussion at the last County Board meeting. Asleson will contact Brian Oakley, MFRA, with a tentative date of 6-27-01 at 1:30 P.M. The Board will not schedule the meeting until it is confirmed that Oakley can attend.

At the request of Gruber, Asleson researched the State Statutes on Board of Equalization requirements. At the 6-13-01 Board of Equalization meeting, there will be three commissioners in attendance. Gruber is also a member of the Board of Equalization so he has the authority to vote. The final ratification of the Board of Equalization decisions is made on 6-26-01. If a 2-2 vote arose, Asleson said the meeting could be recessed to a later Board of Equalization date. At that time, the petitioners would be given another opportunity to be heard. If a 2-2 vote arose and no further action was taken, the Assessor's classification would stand.

Mattson was contacted by Genell Reese, Veterans Service/Civil Defense Director, requesting a meeting to discuss a potential lawsuit. Jude suggested that Reese put her concerns in writing and submit it to the County Attorney's Office.

Bills Approved

ANCOM Technical Center 1045.82

Pennie Anderson 100.00

Annandale Advocate 147.50

Assn. of Training Ofcrs or MN 145.00

B&D Plumbing and Heating 417.00

James Barthel 109.68

Bauerly Brothers Co. 73,610.96

BEST, Inc. 4169.04

Betmar Languages, Inc. 510.38

Boger's Hardware 110.21

Ralph Borell 100.00

Buffal Clinic 386.00

Buffalo Communications, Inc. 980.00

Buffalo Hosp.-OTPT Commer. 246.20

City Buffalo 28,383.11

Building Consulting Group, Inc. 132.00

Careertrack 258.00

Carver County Treasurer 290.00

CDW Government, Inc. 127.49

Chain of Lakes 760.00

Dales Auto Service 234.57

Sean Deringer 274.98

Al Dressen 150.00

E-Z Flush 441.95

East Central Regional Juv. 11,453.75

Electrical Installation & Main 3650.00

Enterprise Dispatch 160.00

Facility Systems, Inc. 1128.00

Family Dentistry 196.00

Todd Gau 174.76

GCS Service, Inc. 167.00

Grafix Shoppe 727.27

Granite City Ready Mix Co. 194.90

Greenview, Inc. 6063.37

H&H Sport Shop 198.00

Joseph Hagerty 302.48

Hance Locating 165.45

Hillyard Floor Care Supply 2086.11

Holiday 2036.69

Gregory Howell 292.48

KMA Associates International 2900.00

KNR Communications Svc. 14,859.28

Jason Kramber 274.98

Gerald Kritzeck 162.86

Kubasch Excavating 145.00

Lakedale Telephone Co. 538.82

LaPlant Demo Inc. 449.80

Craig Madson 114.24

Malcolite Coporation 247.40

MARCO Business Products 622.51

Richard Mattson 122.74

Minnesota State Bar Ass'n 1334.00

Minnesota Supreme Court 200.00

Mobil Oil Corporation 348.64

Dennis Moeller 248.72

Monticello Times 257.05

Office Depot 1530.73

Oryans Conoco 145.10

Pats 66 176.00

Phillips Petroleum Company 503.51

Press & News Publications 127.20

Pro Sporting Goods, Inc. 110.29

Reflection Irrigation 462.00

Reliant Energy Minnegasco 3938.25

Sand Creek Group, LDP 850.00

Software House International 491.55

SW Suburban Publishing 121.75

Sprint 101.00

Star Tribune 775.40

Total Printing 550.87

Truck Vault 1321.54

Uniforms Unlimited 730.64

Verizon Wireless 1691.96

Village Ranch, Inc. 114.00

Wase Management TC West 306.75

Wheeler Lumber Operations 336.51

Winsted Publications, Inc. 136.85

Wright County Journal Press 130.60

Wright Lumber & Millwork, Inc. 536.12

Xcel Energy 130.72

36 Payments less than $100 1856.25

Final Total 182,127.78

The meeting adjourned at 10:16 A.M.

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