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Wright County Board Minutes

JUNE 26, 2001

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

Sawatzke moved to approve the minutes of 6-19-01 as presented, seconded by Eichelberg, carried 4-0. Russek abstained from the vote as he was absent from the last meeting.

Petitions were accepted to the Agenda as follows: Consent Agenda Item A2, "Accept Resignation, Craig Madson, Probation Agent, Eff. 7-26-01 & Authorize Replacement" (Norman); Consent Agenda Item A3, "Authorize Hire, Heidi Ulberg, Case Intake Supervisor, Eff. 7-5-01, Class H, Step 3" (Norman); Aud./Treas. Item #5, "Update, County Ditch 13" (Gruber); Hwy. Engineer Item #4, "Place On 7-3-01 Agenda A Request From Rockford For A Speed Zone Check On CR #33" (Russek); Item For Consid. #4, "Letter From MN Department Of Public Safety/Discussion RE: State Shutdown" (Norman). Russek moved to approve the Agenda as amended, seconded by Eichelberg, carried 5-0.

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


1. Performance Appraisals: B. Petersen, Admin.; P. DeBoer, J. Uecker, Aud./Treas.; L. Crawford, Ct. Admin.

2. Accept Resignation, Craig Madson, Probation Agent, Eff. 7-26-01 & Authorize Replacement.

3. Authorize Hire, Heidi Ulberg, Case Intake Supervisor, Eff. 7-5-01, Class H, Step 3.


1. Tobacco License Approvals: 152 Club and Pat's 66 Inc. (Albertville City); West Side Market (Monticello City).

2. On Sale Beer License, "Albion Ridges Golf Course" (Albion Township).

3. On Sale Liquor License, "The Monte Club" (Monticello Township).

4. On/Off Sale Liquor License, "Silver Creek Corner Bar" (Silver Creek Township).

Doug Gruber, Auditor/Treasurer, requested approval of the Sugar Highlands Plat (Corinna Twp.). On a motion by Eichelberg, second by Russek, all voted to approve a plat, "SUGAR HIGHLAND," as submitted by Robert I. & Katherine L. Gruys, Jr., husband and wife; and Richard D. & Rachelle A. Naaktgeboren, husband and wife; and Security State Bank of Maple Lake, mortgagee, the following property described in part as: Part of Gov. Lot 6, Sec. 1, Twp. 121, Rage. 27 AND Part of Gov. Lot 6, Sec. 12, Twp. 121, Rge. 27; with all outstanding taxes including green acre liability, if any, having been paid; the park dedication fee has been paid (#83415); there are no new roads involved; and the title opinion prepared by Timothy Young, Attorney, as been reviewed by Thomas C. Zins, Assistant Wright County Attorney, who finds the plat to be in order for filing and recording.

Peter Wohler was not present for discussion on the Large Group Assembly Permit for Source Ministries (Rockford Township). This was laid over until later in the meeting.

The City of St. Michael sent correspondence requesting that the County enforce the Peddler's License Statute and determine fees. A copy of the Statute was distributed which dates back to 1911. Also distributed was a sample of the registration form the City of Monticello uses. The Statute indicates that the County is responsible for enforcement unless a city wishes to do so. Discussion followed on the definition of hawker, peddler and transient. It was the consensus that the Attorney's Office should research the definition. Sawatzke moved to lay this item over for further review by the County Attorney's Office. This will be placed on an upcoming Agenda when the Attorney has a recommendation. A phone call should be made to the City of St. Michael clarifying what enforcement is desired. The motion was seconded by Mattson and carried unanimously.

Gruber and Eichelberg viewed County Ditch 13 as requested by the property owner. Earlier this year, Sawatzke and Gruber had viewed the same area and found an abandoned beaver dam. Gruber and Eichelberg found that the abandoned dam holds the water level in the area for the occupied beaver dam. Access to the occupied dam would be by boat. The water backup is affecting the landowner's driveway in the low areas. Russek moved to authorize Mattson to contact the Swanson Brothers to request them to trap the beaver, seconded by Eichelberg, carried 5-0.

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

The Board addressed the Large Group Assemblies request by Peter Wohler, Director of Source Ministries. Source Ministries is a nonprofit organization established to empower alienated and at-risk young people to build strong foundations for healthy futures. They will hold an event on 7-21-01 at 8708 10th St. SE, Buffalo and are expecting anywhere from 200-2000 people. Source Ministries requests a waiver of the following permit requirements: 1) The $500 fee; 2) An ambulance on location (they will provide a staffed medical first-aid tent); 3) Submitting permit 60 days before the event. Wohler said Rockford Township referred him to the County for the permit. In reference to the $500 fee, Brian Asleson, Chief Deputy Attorney, explained that the fee was set by separate resolution and the Ordinance does not provide any reference to a waiver. The Board would have to conduct a hearing in order to do so. The Ordinance does allow a waiver of certain things if safety requirements are met. Sawatzke moved, Russek seconded, to approve the Large Group Assemblies permit for Source Ministries noting that the ambulance requirement will be waived provided the group has a staffed medical first-aid tent. The motion includes waiving the 60-day application process period as the applicant approached the County within the 60-day time frame. The motion also includes the requirement of the $500 fee as well as the other conditions of the Ordinance. Asleson said the delay in the 60-day application process was partially due to the County not having the application form prepared. Another delay was providing notice to the Township and Highway Department. Asleson requested that any motion include satisfying any Highway or Township concerns in regard to signage or access to public roads or Environmental Health concerns. Asleson said there should be continued communication between the applicant and the County. In reference to the bond, it can be waived. The purpose of the bond is to hold the County harmless from any liability. Sawatzke offered a friendly amendment to the motion that further conditions include the applicant presenting a signed application including the original signatures of both the applicant and the owner of the property. The amendment includes waiving the bond requirement if proof of insurance is provided to the Auditor's Office, and that any conditions relating to traffic, parking or environmental concerns from the Highway, Township or Planning & Zoning are met. The friendly amendment was accepted by Russek and the motion carried 5-0.

Mary Anderson, U of M Extension Service, presented two requests for additional staffing for assistance with the County Fair. Anderson stated the Auditor did not want to make an actual shift of budget line items but rather approval for the part time and overtime line items to be exceeded, noting that the overall budget will stay within the 2001 budgeted amount. The first request is for additional hours for Pat Miller utilizing part-time funding. Russek moved to acknowledge that the part-time line item will exceed budget, with utilization through the end of August, seconded by Mattson, carried 5-0. The second request relates to overtime hours for Mary Ann Peterson. Peterson previously worked 70 percent as a 4-H Program Assistant and the budget allowed 48 hours of regular pay to accomplish work at the Fair. Since Peterson has since become a full-time employee and uses the other 30 percent of her time on the Parenting Through Divorce Program, the 48 hours will be required at overtime pay. Sawatzke moved to approve 48 hours of overtime pay for Peterson, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0.

Brian Asleson, Chief Deputy Attorney, brought forth discussion relating to a resolution authorizing condemnation for a drainage easement adjacent to CSAH 6. This issue had been laid over from the 6-12-01 Board meeting. At the request of Asleson, Russek moved to refer this issue to a Transportation Committee Of The Whole Meeting, seconded by Mattson, carried 5-0.

On a motion by Russek, second by Eichelberg, all voted to schedule a Transportation Committee Of The Whole meeting for 7-16-01 at 9:30 A.M. The Agenda will include: 1) Safety Audit-Bison Boulevard/CSAH 35 Intersection; 2) Darrell Kelly Family; 3) Public Works, Cokato; 4) Ted Nichols Property. Fingalson said the Board could also review the layout changes for TH 12 in Delano. Russek informed Fingalson that the request to have a speed check performed in Rockford on CR #33 will be discussed at the next County Board meeting.

Wayne Fingalson, Highway Engineer, said a neighborhood meeting was held relating to the CSAH 22 Bridge Project. Issues such as funding and project schedule need to be addressed by the City Council and County Board. Fingalson stated either a meeting of the full Board and full Council could be scheduled or a task force with two representatives from each body could be formed. The recommendation would then be brought back to each full Board. Mattson questioned how this project, estimated at $5 million, could be moved ahead of the CSAH 6 project, as the CSAH 6 project was held up due to cost. Fingalson said this project has been on the Five-Year Plan for 6-7 years. Hennepin County has taken the lead on this project. The estimate provided by them was low. In response to the concern of the CSAH 6 project, Fingalson said that project is still on the Five-Year Plan. Fingalson estimated the project will place the County in a $4 million deficit over five years in the State Aid Account. He was concerned with advance encumbering that amount. Even though $1 million of federal funding will be used, the County does not have the funding for this project. Mattson moved to appoint Eichelberg and Russek to represent the County at a meeting with the City on 7-10-01 at 5:00 P.M., seconded by Sawatzke, carried 5-0. The motion includes appointing Mattson as the alternate.

On a motion by Sawatzke, second by Mattson, all voted to schedule a Committee Of The Whole meeting on 7-10-01 at 1:30 P.M. and to cancel the Committee Of The Whole meeting scheduled for 7-3-01 at 10:30 A.M. The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss emergency management.

Russek left the meeting at 10:00 A.M.

Sawatzke moved to approve sending the Maintenance Agreement for a segment of CR 134 to the City of Buffalo, seconded by Eichelberg, carried 4-0. The originals will be sent to the City for approval and then will be presented for approval by the County with all of the other maintenance agreements.

Mattson moved to adopt Resolution #01-48 requesting the Commissioner of Transportation to investigate the reasonable and safe speed on CSAH 39 from CSAH 75 in the City of Monticello to TH 101 in the City of Otsego. The motion was seconded by Eichelberg and carried 4-0 on a roll call vote.

Richard Norman, County Coordinator, said that MCIT received notice that the Workers Compensation Reinsurance Association (WCRA) had declared a $310 million distribution of excess funds to all members and workers compensation policy holders. This excess was realized through better than expected claims experience and superior investment performance over the last few years. WCRA indicated that the distribution of excess funds is not guaranteed and will only be made when appropriate. MCIT was advised that their share is $2,852,841. On 5-11-01, the MCIT Board of Directors voted unanimously to distribute this share to all members based on the most recent workers compensation distribution formula. Wright County received a check in the amount of $66,677.00 based on that formula. At the recommendation of Norman, Sawatzke moved to place the dividend check into the General Fund, Miscellaneous Revenue line item. The motion was seconded by Mattson and carried 4-0.

Norman indicated that correspondence was received from the MN Department Of Public Safety relating to the possible State shutdown on 7-1-01 and the subsequent closing of the Motor Vehicle Licensing Office if this does occur. At the Human Services Board meeting on 6-25-01, a Special Meeting was scheduled for 7:00 A.M. on 7-2-01 if the Legislature is still in Special Session. Norman recommended the County Board also hold a Special Meeting at 7:00 A.M. on 7-2-01 with all Department Heads present. The Board could take action based upon the recommendation of Department Heads. Eichelberg moved to establish a Special Meeting of the County Board on 7-2-01 at 7:00 A.M., seconded by Sawatzke, carried 4-0.

Bills Approved

AAA Striping Service, Inc. 5924.92

Ag Week Magazine 374.88

Albinson Reprographics 158.66

Allina Hospitals and Clinics 657.68

ANCOM Technical Center 713.23

Annandale Rock Products 20,242.57

AT&T 755.80

Audio Communications 717.44

B&D Plumbing and Heating 236.86

Bob Barker Co. 683.94

Batteries Plus 191.63

Benton County Treasure 4400.00

Best, Inc. 8450.26

Bowman Distribution 464.83

Brown Cty. Evaluation Ctr., Inc. 560.00

Buffalo Drug 1573.57

Buffalo Flooring & Design 545.00

Buffalo Hospital 6691.25

City Buffalo 609.20

CDW Government, Inc. 965.08

Central Glass Co. 339.93

Central Lock & Safe 201.00

Central McGowan, Inc. 162.49

Central MN Juvenile Center 390.00

Chamberlain Oil Co. 271.41

Contech Construction Product 889.36

CPS Technology Solutions 276.14

Crow River Industrial Coatings 170.00

Decorative Designs, Inc. 175.53

E Central Regional Juvenile 5206.25

Elk River Bituminous, Inc. 2368.58

Hans Engstrom 514.55

Mark Erickson 115.43

Facility Systems, Inc. 2633.44

Foremost Sales and Services 112.16

Gateway Companies, Inc. 5768.08

General Pallet, Inc. 200.00

Raymond Glunz 100.00

Goodpointe Technology 2000.00

W Grainger, Inc. 191.98

Howard Green Co. 5820.64

Grinnell Fire Protection Sys. 3396.00

Haegele Underground, Inc. 1000.00

Hance Locating 198.54

Rolland Helgeson 118.85

Hickman Service, Inc. 453.75

Hillyard Floor Care Supply 133.88

Holt Motors, Inc. 723.98

Hudek Sewer Service 136.00

Info Logic 1140.00

Jerry's Towing 106.50

Kenneth Jude 327.04

Keepers, Inc. 100.90

Kris Engineering, Inc. 817.69

Gerald Kritzeck 130.90

Lake Region Co-Op Oil 24,925.99

Lakeland Transmission 106.96

LaPlant Demo, Inc. 1120.75

Lawson Products, Inc. 996.46

M-R Sign Company, Inc. 9839.36

Marco Business Products 1934.30

Marks Standard Parts 1734.34

Roger Mattila Electric 170.80

Meridian Aggregates Co LP 1450.06

The Metro Group, Inc. 3880.01

Mid-Minnesota Hot Mix, Inc. 1062.77

Midway Iron & Metal Co., Inc. 143.39

Minnesota Chemical Co. 404.53

Monticello Ford Mercury, Inc. 1100.24

Morris Excavating, Inc. 650.00

MTI Distributing, Inc. 499.34

Mumford Sanitation 140.03

Munson Lakes Nutrition 297.45

Office Depot 2397.61

On Site Monitoring 7210.00

Parr Emergency Product Sales 615.98

Prosource One 3895.76

Qwest 580.61

R&G Towing 174.61

Red Line Medical Supply, Inc. 123.91

Ricmar Industries 134.68

Rowekamp Associates, Inc. 1000.00

Royal Tire-St. Cloud 234.30

Ryan Motors, Inc. 250.98

Scharber & Sons, Inc. 131.61

Sherburne County Treasurer 1782.76

Sheriffs Youth Program of MN 1730.96

Specialty Seeds, Inc. 633.58

St. Cloud Times 385.30

St. Michael Veterinary Clinic 230.62

Star Tribune 950.60

State of MN 148.69

Stepp Mfg. Company, Inc. 130.88

Theresa Stieg 270.00

T&S Trucking 8106.00

Tires Plus 368.34

Kevin Titus 234.94

Total Printing 952.22

Townsend Chemical Division 239.50

Larry Unger 406.36

Uniforms Unlimited 145.05

United Rentals-HT Branch 229 865.35

University of Minnesota 1175.00

Verison Wireless 317.63

Village Ranch, Inc. 2280.00

West Publishing Company 416.89

Wright Hennepin Electric 3812.19

Xcel Energy 298.19

Zep Manufacturing Company 101.94

51 Payments less than $100 2527.14

Final Total 190,047.03

The meeting adjourned at 10:08 A.M.

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