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Wright County Board Minutes

JUNE 19, 2001

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

Doug Gruber, Auditor/Treasurer, made the following correction to the minutes of 6-12-01: Page 1, 4th paragraph, insert the following sentence after the 7th sentence, "Green's anniversary date will remain on April 12th." Mattson moved to approve the minutes as amended, seconded by Eichelberg, carried unanimously.

Petitions were accepted to the Agenda as follows: Aud./Treas. Item #5, "County Ditch 13" (Gruber). Richard Norman, County Coordinator, removed the following from the Agenda: Consent Item A3, "Step Increase For Heather Becker From A5 To A6." Eichelberg moved to approve the Agenda as amended, seconded by Mattson, carried 4-0.

Jude acknowledged the retirement of Jean Hafften, Corrections Sergeant (Item C1 of the Consent Agenda). Jude recognized Hafften as an outstanding individual and wished her well. On a motion by Eichelberg, second by Mattson, all voted to approve the Consent Agenda as amended:


1. Performance Appraisals: S. Schwan, Atty.; R. Marquette, Hwy.; D. Lindell, Sheriff.

2. Refer Card Key Issues To Building Committee.

4. Claim, Prairie Country RC&D, $6,230.00.

5. Claim, Frank Madden, $2,707.32.

6. O/T Report, Period Ending 6-8-01.

7. Personnel Board Of Appeals: Reappoint Ozzie Arlien, 3-Year Term, 7/1/01 - 7/1/04.


1. Claim, E.M. Branstrom Associates (Fund 34-Collinwood) $228.72, Services.

2. Claim, Scott Builders Inc. (Fund 34-Collinwood) $11,401.00. Application 6.


1. Acknowledge Retirement, Jean Hafften, Corrections Sergeant, Eff. 6-17-01.

2. Acknowledge Appointment, Judy Rice, Communications Officer, Eff. 6-13-01 (Step 2).

3. Refer To Building Committee Discussion RE: Adding Acoustic Material To Jail Interview Room.

Gruber presented the May Revenue/Expenditure Guidelines for approval. The Guidelines do not reflect the salary settlement adjustments made in June. Norman pointed out that revenues collected from contract cities for Sheriff patrol were behind for the year. Gruber will research the method in which these are billed and whether any payments are behind. Mattson moved to acknowledge the Guidelines, seconded by Eichelberg, carried 4-0.

Gruber presented a claim from Morris Excavating, $4,260.00, for repair of six blowouts on Joint Ditch 15 (Section 30, Stockholm Township). Morris Excavating informed Gruber that additional work may be required due to the age of the tile. It was suggested that possibly a tube be installed at the outlet. Mattson moved to approve the claim, seconded by Sawatzke, carried 4-0.

Gruber received a request from Karen Wilson to repurchase the tax forfeit property (14738 NE 83rd St., Otsego) where Wilson resides. Gruber distributed guidelines for the Board to follow in this consideration. A resolution would be required. Gruber said the repurchase could be completed in one of two ways: 1) All back taxes would be paid up front and a deed would be issued; or 2) A contract could be entered into where the property could be repurchased and the delinquent taxes repaid over a 10-year period. Conditions could be imposed on the property. Gruber said the City does have some concern with the condition of the property. Also discussed was the possibility of involving Public Health to assist with any cleanup. Wilson stated she had contacted the City with a request for a list of what they would require. Due to a busy schedule, the City Building Inspector has not been able to meet with Wilson thus far. Eichelberg moved to direct Sawatzke, Gruber, Asleson and a representative from Otsego to meet and bring back a recommendation. The motion was seconded by Sawatzke and carried 4-0.

Gruber received a call from Joanne Wren relating to a beaver dam causing blockage on County Ditch 13. Eichelberg and Gruber will review this area.

The claims listing was reviewed. At the request of Norman, Gruber will investigate a coding error found on page 4, Jim Borrett ($31.85) for tape measures. The claim was coded to Travel but should be charged to Operating Supplies. Mattson moved to approve the claims as listed in the abstract, subject to audit. The motion was seconded by Eichelberg and carried unanimously.

Genell Reese, Civil Defense/Nuclear, requested that the Board schedule a meeting with the Nuclear Management Company and the State of MN, Department of Emergency Management. The purpose of the meeting would be for the entities to explain the current contract and the County's involvement with the Monticello Nuclear Plant. They are trying to head off a breach of contract if changes are made in the Civil Defense (Emergency Management) Program in Wright County. Reese felt explanation was required due to the recent request from the EMS Advisory Council to consider creating a County position for Risk Management/Emergency Management. Reese stated that the entire program needs to be managed in one area. Sawatzke commented that Reese has directed the program since 1979 and felt it should stay in this area. He felt involving Human Services in the Civil Defense/Disaster Planning would be a duplication of effort. Jude responded that Public Health is intricately involved and felt the request should be addressed during budget sessions. He said the decision would be made by a majority of the Board. Eichelberg moved to schedule a Committee Of The Whole Meeting on 7-3-01 at 10:30 A.M. for the purpose of receiving information on emergency management. The motion was seconded by Mattson and carried 4-0.

Norman requested that a meeting be held to discuss the recent emergency evacuations. Norman witnessed both the drills and an actual tornado evacuation. He would like to address the procedures, security and improved ways of communication. Sawatzke moved to refer this issue to the Civil Defense Committee, seconded by Mattson, carried 4-0. The motion includes holding the meeting on the next regular Committee date (6-27-01) and inviting key people involved in the process including representation from the Human Services Center and the Highway Department.

Wayne Fingalson, Highway Engineer, reviewed the 6-1-01 Transportation Committee Of The Whole Minutes. Commissioner Mattson left the County Board meeting during the presentation of the TCOTW Minutes and was absent for the remainder of the meeting. On a motion by Sawatzke, second by Eichelberg, the motion carried 3-0 to approve the minutes. A summary of the minutes and today's Board action follows:

Discuss Request From City Of Buffalo For CR 134: The City has requested a turn back of the portion between the intersection of Pulaski Road and 22nd St. NE. This is consistent with the County's Transportation Plan. The TCOTW's recommendation was to authorize Fingalson to proceed with developing an agreement with the City of Buffalo to identify the official turn back portion of CR 134, and authorize him to work on an agreement with the City of Buffalo for the maintenance of CR 134 from 22nd St. NE to CSAH 35. At today's Board meeting, Jude felt that the maintenance agreement should be addressed at the same time as the turn back. It was the consensus that the County has maintenance agreements with other entities and that maintenance would be addressed when that resolution is presented for approval. Fingalson made the following corrections to the draft resolution: 4th paragraph, from "...the County Highway located in the City of Buffalo..." to "...the County Road located in the City of Buffalo..."; last paragraph, remove "subject to the conditions of a Cooperative Agreement, if any,". Eichelberg moved to adopt Resolution #01-47 approving the turn back of CR 134 to the City of Buffalo between the intersection of Pulaski Road and 22nd St. NE, seconded by Sawatzke, carried 4-0 on a roll call vote.

Discuss Request From City of Montrose For CSAH 12: The City discussed the need for an upgrade on CSAH 12 from TH 12 to the north end of the Epple Farm (soon to be in the Montrose City limits). The City would like to upgrade this portion to an urban design with curb and gutter. The City is considering constructing a new sanitary sewer under the roadway and is requesting to move up in the Five-Year Plan. The City would take the lead following cost participation outlined in the County's policy. State-aid municipal dollars can be used to help with the costs of an urban design but are available to be spent only within City limits. The TCOTW's recommendation was to authorize Fingalson to notify the City of Montrose that the City portion of the CSAH 12 project can be moved up to 2002 on the County's Five-Year Plan; and to work with the City on a cooperative agreement subject to feasibility study results. At today's meeting, Mattson moved to approve the recommendation, seconded by Sawatzke. It was noted that this action is contingent upon annexation into the City. Fingalson noted that any reduction in annexation reduces the size of the project. The motion carried 4-0.

Discuss Safety Audit For CSAH 35/Bison Blvd. In Buffalo: The TCOTW Committee heard concerns from Tom Nelson, District 877 Superintendent, and Nick Miller, Buffalo High School Principal, on the safety of this intersection and the desire to find a solution. A student letter outlining concerns was also submitted. Glenda Ridley, Buffalo Police Officer/High School Resource Officer, stated the City has passed a resolution in favor of a traffic light and is willing to pay its fair share. Ralph Ordorff, Buffalo Township Chairman, supported the installation of a traffic signal. A safety audit team made up of representatives from the Minnesota Department Of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration performed a safety audit of this intersection. The results of this study were not available at the TCOTW meeting. The recommendation of the TCOTW Committee was that further discussion about the future of the intersection of CSAH 35 and Bison Boulevard will continue as soon as the safety audit report is completed and submitted to Wright County.

Discuss Status Of CSAH 22 Bridge Project; Discuss Regional Transportation Issues In This Area: The TCOTW Committee reviewed the proposed layout for the bridge project and road realignment on CSAH 22 which is shared with Hennepin County. Hennepin County did not receive as much funding through the ATP as they had hoped, receiving $1 million toward a $3 million project. The remaining $2 million will be funded by Wright and Hennepin Counties. This cost does not include road changes,

Transportation Of The Whole Minutes (cont.): so Wright County's anticipated cost is $2 million. The project will be let in the Fall of 2002. A neighborhood meeting on this project will be held on 6-19-01. Mn/DOT has set up an ambitious schedule to determine where interchanges are going to be approved on the I-94 corridor between Maple Grove and St. Cloud. At today's Board meeting, Jude said the State should decide on these interchanges prior to the County proceeding on the project. Fingalson stated that the bridge is in bad condition and with the waterway opening requirements, the new bridge would be required in a different location. That is what is prompting the road change. The bridge will be a 2-lane bridge. Fingalson anticipated that Mn/DOT will decide on interchanges this Fall.

Fingalson and Eichelberg provided an update on the Washington D.C. Fly-In they attended on June 12-14, 2001for the TH 55 Coalition. Fingalson distributed a copy of the Highway 55 Corridor Coalition handout. The goal was to potentially obtain funding in the present authorization bill. It was found there was not funding available. Fingalson said that they started the process of making this project a higher priority. Eichelberg complimented Fingalson on his presentation at the Fly-In and added that support was received from Senator Ourada, Fred Corrigan (Transportation Alliance) and Mn/DOT. The importance of representation at future Fly-In's was stressed. This was provided as an informational item.

A Building Committee Of The Whole meeting was held on 6-11-01. The Committee discussed long and short range planning as well as short range space needs. Suggestions will be incorporated into a new floor plan by the Architect. Another Committee meeting will be scheduled at that time. At today's meeting, Eichelberg moved to approve the minutes, seconded by Sawatzke, carried 3-0.

A Building Committee Of The Whole meeting was held on 6-12-01. The Committee discussed long range facility needs, County rate of growth, use of current Government Center Building, Human Services Center, gravel reserves, and the Jail. Other items discussed included maintaining status quo, freeing up space in the existing facility, acquiring existing structures, and whether building should be considered. It was agreed that the primary consideration has to be given as to how the public can best be served. The consensus of the Committee was that Russek, Sheriff Miller and Norman meet with City of Buffalo staff to discuss any plans the City might be considering and to share with them the discussions to this point. The Committee will meet again on 7-17-01 at 10:30 A.M. At today's meeting, Sawatzke moved to approve the minutes, seconded by Eichelberg, carried 3-0.

Norman requested that a Negotiation Committee Of The Whole meeting be scheduled on 7-10-01 at 10:30 A.M. to meet with Joan Grotjahn of Meadowbrook Insurance. Grotjahn will make a presentation on cafeteria plans, survey information and other options. On a motion by Eichelberg, second by Sawatzke, all voted to approve the request.

Bills Approved

ANCOM Comm., Inc. 1640.71

ANCOM Tech. Center 140.00

Brian Asleson 150.92

AT&T 4767.68

B&D Plumbing & Heating 186.15

Bauerly Bros. Companies 208,641.97

Beaudry Propane, Inc. 1336.19

Betmar Languages, Inc. 287.18

Boyer Truck Parts 3735.41

Branstrox Assn. Architect 228.72

Buff'n'Glo, Inc. 210.00

Buffalo Clinic 1343.00

Buffalo Township 480.00

Centra Sota Co-Op 352.33

Citizens Comm. 292.82

Climate Air 130.50

Cokato Equipment, Inc. 257.51

Cokato Township 501.20

Custom Manufacturing, Inc. 8653.13

Terry Dehmer 262.50

Richard DeMarais 192.78

Dickinson Spring Garden Ctr. 1654.05

Bridget Falbo 344.00

Fyles Excavating & Honey Wgn. 110.00

G&K Services 1317.40

Going Under Dive Center 809.75

Gloria Gooler 173.36

Green Espel Law Firm 398.73

Grinnell Fire Protect. Sys. 642.50

Douglas Gruber 184.60

City Hanover 1012.60

Healthcomp Evaluation Serv. 235.00

Hello Direct 149.98

Robert Hiivala 107.42

Robert Hill Co. 213.15

Hillyard Floor Care Supply 940.61

IFCO-ICS Minnesota, Inc. 199.00

IPMA-Central Region 515.00

Lakeland Truck Ctr., Inc. 104,174.00

LaPlant Demo, Inc. 311.00

Loberg Electric 688.73

Daniel Lynch 7525.78

Marco Business Products 2290.37

Masys Corporation 6327.90

Denise McCalla 134.85

Middleville Township 1310.50

Midland Corp. Benefits Svc. 689.00

MinnComm Paging 514.75

Minnesota Elevator, Inc. 789.50

MN Asphalt Pavement Assn. 112.38

MN Counties Comp. Co-Op 3186.93

MN Police & Peace Ofcrs. Assn. 150.00

Monticello Auto Body 759.58

Margaret Munson 154.36

Murray County Recorder 150.00

Michael Newman 7321.00

North Central Radar 332.88

North Star Ice 354.44

Office Depot 1005.23

OSI Environmental, Inc. 410.00

Precision Prints of Wright Co. 122.80

Qwest 7541.33

Wayne Rains 36,187.70

Anthony Rasmuson 158.44

Reliant Energy Minnegasco 103.45

Jack Russek 184.52

Russells Lock & Key 609.36

Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge 180.00

Scott Builders, Inc. 11,401.00

Peter Servaty 4823.30

Smith & Wesson 408.00

St. Cloud Fire Equipment, Inc. 196.73

St. Cloud Times 675.58

City St. Michael 2873.40

State of Minnesota, LTD 250.39

Streichers 3594.38

Superior Service - Central MN 453.00

T&M Towing and Snow Plowing 107.57

Top Notch Homes 900.00

Carol Vander Kooi 3846.84

Verizon Wireless 264.20

Viking Coca-Cola Bottling Co. 243.75

Winsted Publishing, Inc. 298.78

Wright County Hwy. Dept. 20,080.39

Wright County Surveyor 2043.72

Wright Hennepin Electric 241.04

Wright Soil and Wtr. Cons. Dist. 615.69

Gregg Zachman 9633.50

34 Payments less than $100 1685.16

Total 496,296.33

The meeting adjourned at 10:09 A.M.

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