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Wright County Board Minutes


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

The following corrections were made to the minutes of 8-28-01: Page 4, 2nd paragraph, 1st sentence, from "Lundberg" to "Lindberg" (Sawatzke); Page 4, 5th paragraph, 5th sentence should read, "The Ordinance does provide for clerks to be fined as well and they could be charged criminally" (Asleson); Page 4, 7th paragraph, change from "Nordum" to "Nardo" in all instances (Asleson); Page 6,1 st paragraph,2nd sentence should read, "Sawatzke moved to waive the license violation and fine as recommended, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0." Mattson moved to approve the minutes of 9-4-01 as corrected, seconded by Russek, carried unanimously.

Petitions were accepted to the Agenda as follows: Consent Agenda Item C2, "Add To 9-10-01 Transportation Committee Of The Whole Meeting Agenda, CSAH 35/TH 55 Project In Buffalo" (Jude); Item For Consid. #2, "Refer Tobacco Compliance Checks To Ways & Means Committee For Review" (Jude); Item For Consid. #3, "Rental Of Land Purchased For Ney Park" (Mattson); Item For Consid. #4, "Stemper Property" (Mattson). Consent Agenda Item C1, "Approve The Maintenance Agreement With The City Of Buffalo for CR 134" was moved from the Consent Agenda to a 9:10 A.M. Agenda Item per the request of Marc Weigle, St. Michael City Planner. Russek moved to approve the Agenda as amended, seconded by Mattson, carried 4-0.

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


1. Performance Appraisals: D. Weber, Auditor; J. Palm, Bldg. Maint.; N. Aarvig, K. Lipelt, Sheriff.


1. Approve Hire, Kayla Ahlm, Office Assistant, License Bureau, Eff. 10-1-01 (Step 1).


2. Add To 9-10-01 Transportation Committee Of The Whole Meeting Agenda, CSAH 35/TH 55 Project In Buffalo.


1. Accept Findings & Recommendations Of Planning Commission For The Following Rezonings:

a. Establishment Of A Rural Planned Unit Development District, Gary & Vickie Hoglund (Silver Creek Twp.).


1. Acknowledge Appointment, Ben LeeMiller, Deputy Sheriff, Eff. 9-4-01 (Grade 5).

On a motion by Mattson, second by Russek, all voted to approve a plat, "CARPENTERS ADDITION," as submitted by Raymond W. & Carol A. Carpenter, husband and wife, fee owners of the following property described in part as: That part of the SE 1/4 of SE 1/4 of Section 34, Township 119, Range 28, commencing at the SE corner; with all outstanding taxes, including green acre liability, if any, having been paid; the park dedication fee has been paid (#84538); there is a road bond on file with the Auditor; and the title opinion prepared by Charles E. Paschke, attorney, has been reviewed by Thomas C. Zins, Assistant Wright County Attorney, who finds the plat to be ready for recording.

Bob Hiivala, Chief Deputy Auditor/Treasurer, said the State Auditors have completed the 2000 financial statement audit and have requested an exit meeting. Sawatzke moved to schedule the exit interview on 9-18-01 at 10:30 A.M. The motion carried 4-0 on a second by Russek.

The claims listing was reviewed. Mattson questioned the claim to Hickory Tech Enterprise Solutions ($10,358.61), Non Departmental. In review of the claim, it was verified that this was for Human Services, telephone maintenance agreement. Mattson referenced page 7, Association Of MN Counties ($106.18) for a salary survey. Last year the same purchase was made for $84.00. Norman indicated that the Administration Office receives a complimentary copy of the same material and the Sheriff's Office can review it if so desired. Russek moved to approve the claims as listed in the abstract, subject to audit. The motion was seconded by Mattson and carried unanimously.

The Board addressed Consent Agenda Item C1, "Approve Agreement With City Of St. Michael For Highway Improvements Associated With S.E. Area Development" which was moved to the regular Agenda at the request of Marc Weigle, St. Michael City Planner. Weigle said the improvements are for CSAH 19 at 15th Street and 16th Street. He requested the Board approve of the following changes to the Agreement: Page 2, Item 1, should read, "The County and City, by approval of this agreement, mutually agree that the City of St. Michael will be responsible to make the necessary improvements to CSAH 19 as identified below in Items 3-6 due to the impact the Southeast Development will have on the County's highway system"; Page 3, Item 6, should read, "A traffic control signal system at 15th Street NE and CSAH 19, if it is determined to meet any of the signal warrants by the Wright County Highway Department within the next five (5) years of approval of the completed access for 16th Street NE, shall be installed by Wright County with the City of St. Michael covering 75% of the cost." Weigle explained that the City of Hanover owns 25% of the land at this intersection and it would be logical for them to be responsible for that portion. Virgil Hawkins, Assistant Highway Engineer, supported the request for changes. The agreement calls for the proposed funding policy if the signal is warranted in the next five years. He said the normal funding policy is a 50/50 split within City limits. Hawkins did not anticipate Hanover having a problem with the 25% funding requirement as he said generally cities come to the County wanting signals and a warrant analysis is completed. Russek moved to approve the agreement with the City of St. Michael with the changes as recommended, seconded by Sawatzke, carried 4-0.

A Communications Committee meeting was held on 8-27-01. At today's meeting, Mattson requested that the sentence, "In the future these requests should be added to the consent agenda" be removed from the minutes under the recommendation for Item 1, Discuss Additional Trunk To System. He thought a Communication Committee meeting should be held to discuss the request. Sawatzke moved to approve the minutes as amended, seconded by Mattson, carried 4-0:

Discuss Additional Trunk To System. Swing stated that a traffic study was done on the switch and we have blockages due to an overload of incoming calls. There is a one time cost of $280 and a monthly cost of $80.00 to add a trunk. Recommendation: Approve an additional trunk.

Phone System Study, Schald & Associates. Swing stated that in reviewing the study results it became apparent that the consultant included local service and cellular use in her recommendations. These were to be outside the scope of the study. The problem arises in that she told Swing that if we implement any of her recommendations we owe her per terms of the contract. Swing disagrees with her but stated that there is value in what she has done; for instance, we have been paying for some dead circuits. Recommendation: Analyze the contract and discuss these issues with Brian Asleson.

Addressing Concerns. Helgeson said there is a problem along 55th Street. Apparently the road was changed somewhat and 3 or 4 cabins all have the same address. Recommendation: Investigate the situation, with input from Jerry Uhde, and come back to the next Committee meeting with a recommendation.

On a motion by Sawatzke, second by Russek, all voted to refer the issue of Tobacco Compliance Checks to the 10- 10-01 Ways & Means Committee meeting. A group which will be led by Brian Asleson, Chief Deputy Attorney, and is to include other appropriate individuals, will meet and bring forth recommendations to the Committee. The motion was seconded by Russek and carried 4-0.

Mattson was contacted on whether the County will rent the land which was recently purchased for Ney Park. Jude responded that the Parks Director will review this after closing. Asleson indicated that if the land is rented, it will be taxable. It was felt that if more than one party were interested, a bid process would be followed.

Mattson referenced the property north of the Public Works site recently purchased from Jim Stemper and questioned whether the County should be selling the buildings. It was the consensus that the Board will review this at the time the property is vacated by the Stempers. The land is rented out through this year and this will also need to be addressed.

Sawatzke said that he will be unable to attend two meetings tomorrow. As Russek is the Ways & Means Committee alternate, he will attend the meeting to review Stanley Eddy Park at 10:00 A.M., Public Works Site. The other meeting is scheduled with Sherburne County to discuss Joint Transit at 1:00 P.M. Jude will be attending the meeting and the other Commissioners were invited to attend if they so desired.

At 9:30 A.M., Jude closed the regular meeting and opened the Public Hearing to address the intent to implement and modify charges for services. Norman said the issue was sent to the Ways & Means Committee in July to review a request from the County Assessor to charge for property data information when the request does not originate from the property owner and involves Wright County staff time. Norman said the Notice of Public Hearing was advertised and he did not receive any written or oral comments. The way the schedule was presented, other County offices with similar requests can implement the fees as well. Jude said the one comment he did receive was supportive of implementing fees for services and was from a person who utilizes these services. Jerry Kritzeck, County Assessor, stated that appraisal businesses or closing agencies ask for information relating to home dimensions, year built, lot size/dimension, and characteristics of the home. This research is time consuming. The Assessor's Office has followed a practice of only completing three such requests at a time. However, some agencies take advantage of this practice by requesting information from another staff person for additional properties. Kritzeck stated that all of this information is available at no charge if the agency wants to send their own staff person to complete the research. In discussions with Bill Swing at MIS Steering Committee meetings, Kritzeck has learned that some information may be available on line in the not too distant future. He understands it will be limited to estimated market value and property taxes. The Public Hearing was closed at 9:37 A.M. and the regular meeting was reconvened. Mattson moved to adopt the charges for services as presented, seconded by Russek, carried unanimously.

Bills Approved

Aho, Laurie 300.00

Albertville Body Shop, Inc. 1106.57

American Institutional Supply 1022.34

Annandale Rock Products 11,639.01

Association of Minnesota Ctys 106.18

Auto Glass Center, Inc. 902.40

B&B Electronics Mfg. Co. 128.63

B&D Plumbing & Heating 310.06

Best, Inc. 4144.42

Boyer Truck Parts 748.71

Buffalo Bituminous 226,036.77

Bureau of Criminal Apprehensn 100.00

Case Credit 362.84

Cellular 2000 of St. Cloud 617.45

Chamberlain Oil Co. 338.35

Clearwater City 471.60

Commissioner of Transportation 443.67

Corinna Township 3990.00

Dales 66 101.18

First State Tire Recycling 2332.08

Gateway Companies, Inc. 4090.00

Graybar Electric, Inc. 221.68

Gruber, Douglas 148.28

Jim Hatch Sales Company, Inc. 1220.23

Hickory Tech Enterprise Sol. 20,968.85

HickoryTech 812.25

Hillyard Floor Care Supply 835.83

Identicator 136.22

Interstate Battery Sys of Mpls. 393.78

Jerry's Towing & Repair 441.99

Lakeland Transmission 190.12

LaPlant Demo, Inc. 359.00

Marco Business Products 3137.01

Marysville Township 1339.60

Merwin, Todd 234.96

Mile 225.00

Minnesota Copy Systems 438.72

MN County Attys Association 212.25

MN Highway Safety and Research 392.00

Monticello Ford Mercury, Inc. 1332.80

Monticello City 16,663.63

Monticello Township 1444.40

Montrose City 536.80

NADA Appraisal Guides 150.00

Nagle, Debra 135.76

North Star Ice 797.04

Office Depot 1574.54

Otsego City 2527.00

Prosource One 2790.49

Record Preservation, Inc. 375.40

Rockford City 1994.20

Royal Tire-St. Cloud 369.98

Scenic Signs 176.75

Software House International, In 233.24

Specialty Seeds, Inc. 216.00

Tennant 352.82

US Cavalry 206.83

Verison Wireless 397.61

James Weinberger 246.84

Wright County Highway Dept. 274.96

Xcel Energy 166.71

Zep Manufacturing Co. 201.87

48 payments less than $100 2500.07

Final Total $326,665.77

The meeting adjourned at 9:38 A.M.

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