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Wright County Board Minutes

OCTOBER 23, 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 10-16-01, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0.

Petitions were accepted to the Agenda as follows: Item For Consid. #4, Co Rd. 7 & 107 (Jude); Remove Item For Consid. #1, Transportation Alliance Report (Mattson); Item For Consid. #5, Set Budget Committee Of The Whole Meeting Time (Norman); Remove Doug Malchow, U Of M Extension Service from today's Agenda and reschedule for 11-06-01 (Norman). Russek moved to approve the Agenda as amended, seconded by Eichelberg, carried 5-0.

On a motion by Russek, second by Sawatzke, all voted to approve the Consent Agenda.


1. Performance Appraisal: S. Rief, Aud./Treas.; C. Huston, J. Wells, Bldg. Maint.; H. Engstrom, R. Klocke, Hwy.; M. Woodford, P&Z; C. Curtis, Sheriff.

2. O/T Report, Period Ending 10-12-01.


1. Claim, McCombs Frank Roos, Lake Charlotte Sewer Professional Services, $21,002.30 (Sewer Fund 61).


1. Accept Resignation, Stacy Bundy, Case Management Deputy, Eff. 11-1-01 & Authorize Replacement. Authorize Subsequent Replacement Should Position Be Filled From Within.

2. Refer To Building Committee Request To Consider Using Vacant Courthouse Space For Interim Storage For Court Administration And Veterans Services/Civil Defense.


1. Refer to Budget Committee Of The Whole Discussion Of Further Consideration For Approving The 2002-2007 Memorandum Between Wright County And The University Of Minnesota.


1. Accept Resignation, Adie Gilmer, Computer Operator, Eff. 11-1-01 & Authorize Replacement.


1. October Parks Commission Minutes.


1. Appoint Mike Minnick Acting County Surveyor, Eff. 11-1-01, Step 1, Class B.

Jude presented a retirement plaque to Jerry Uhde, Wright County Surveyor and thanked him for 25 years of service to Wright County. Uhde was hired February 1, 1976. Richard Norman, County Coordinator, stated that activity reports from the Surveyor's Department over the past 20 years show a consistent increase in maps sold, plats reviewed and updates to the map system over the previous year. Norman noted that with a small staff Uhde oversaw several large projects over the years including remonumentation, rural addressing, half section maps, and the geographic information system base map. He commended Uhde for his professionalism and being an example by carrying out his duties in an ethical manner. Along with Norman each of the County Commissioners commended Uhde for being an excellent employee and congratulated him on his retirement. Uhde extended his thanks to the County Board noting that he has seen many changes in the County over the past 25 years and that the best part of his job has been working with good people.

Jerry Kritzeck, Wright County Assessor, submitted his resignation effective 11-16-01 to accept the position of Sherburne County Assessor. Kritzeck stated he has enjoyed working at Wright County, but the opportunity presented itself and the timing was right to return to his home county. Kritzeck was a long term employee in the Sherburne County Assessor's Office before coming to Wright County. Each of the County Commissioners stated they were sorry to see him leave, but understood his reasons and thanked him for the excellent job he has done as the Wright County Assessor. Sawatzke moved to accept Kritzeck's resignation effective 11-16-01 and to authorize replacement, seconded by Mattson, carried 5-0.

Doug Gruber, Auditor/Treasurer, requested signature on an Inmate Telephone Service Agreement with Qwest which would authorize Qwest to install the VAC Inmate Control and Recording System at the Jail. This is a three year contract with two one year renewals. Gruber stated this is a revenue source for the County, however, there would be a prorated fee if the County decided not to keep the equipment after six months. The agreement has also been reviewed by Bill Swing, MIS Director, and they recommend moving ahead. Jude questioned a phone at Human Services being included on the phone listing. Gruber stated there are a couple other pay phones tied into this plan as they do not generate sufficient revenue on there own. Gary Torfin, Jail Administrator, stated there is no change in the phones, but it is basically computer equipment that enhances the investigative equipment of the County in monitoring and tracking calls. In response to a question from Sawatzke, Torfin stated inmate calls can be listened in on at any time and only calls to an attorney are not monitored. Sawatzke moved to authorize signature on the Inmate Telephone Service Agreement with Qwest, seconded by Eichelberg, carried 5-0.

Gruber presented three proposals received for clean out of Joint Ditch #15 as follows: Fyle's Excavating & Honey Wagon - $9,875.00; J.L. Schmitz & Sons - $8,540.00; and Morris Excavating, Inc. - $10,172.00. Gruber gave a brief explanation of the area to be cleaned out and stated that Russek and Mattson have been to the site. Russek moved to award the work to J.L. Schmitz of Monticello with the low bid of $8,540.00, seconded by Mattson, carried 5-0. Gruber questioned whether the Board wanted to stipulate the work be done before Spring runoff. Mattson asked if the bid could be held until next Spring if bad weather this Fall were to prevent the work from being done this Fall. Gruber and Sawatzke stated the County has previously had work done by all three of the contractors and that all three have reputations for good work. Russek amended his motion to stipulate the work be done before Spring runoff, seconded by Mattson, motion carried 5-0.

Gruber stated there were 3 claims under Court Administration that were pulled for incorrect coding and have been returned to the Department to be recoded. They are listed correctly on the signature copy. Mattson moved to approve the claims as listed in the abstract, subject to audit, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0.

Kritzeck, County Assessor, requested approval for an abatement in the amount of $169.97 for PIN #109-010-016040, Leo Gagnon (Howard Lake). This parcel was formerly owned by Lynette R. Coldiron-McIllree and the taxes, penalties and interest were unpaid since 1992. Mr. Gagnon recently paid the unpaid balance of $20,590.03 and purchased the property with the intent of future sale to the City of Howard Lake. The abatement request is to forgive penalties and interest for the years 1999, 2000, and 2001. Sawatzke questioned whether this is consistent with policy and past practice. Kritzeck stated there was a similar situation in Maple Lake and the County's interest is in getting the property back on the tax rolls. Gruber stated that in 1992 the house on the property was partially burned and the City tore it down and assessed the cost against the property. He said the property was going to tax forfeiture and it is discretionary to forgive interest and penalty for the current year plus two years back. He felt it is advantageous to the County to assist in the purchase of property by approving an abatement as opposed to going to tax forfeiture. Mattson moved to approve the abatement in the amount of $169.97 for years 1999, 2001, and 2001, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0. In response to a question from Jude, Kritzeck stated there were some pending cases and felt he would be able to provide some assistance with those after his resignation date.

Craig Hayes, Purchasing Agent, presented four quotes received to replace the 15 row section of bleachers next to the grandstand at the Fairgrounds. He stated the County hired building consultants to prepare detailed specs which were sent to six companies. The bleachers will be aluminum and require a concrete pad which was included in the specs. The source of funding will be Site Improvement. The quotes received are as follows: GEH, Watertown - $56,900, Seating & Athletic Facility Enterprises, Ellendale - $41,032, A&1 Construction, Inc., Maple Grove - $57,500, and American Liberty Construction, Inc., Rockford - $59,886. Eichelberg moved to accept the low bid from Seating & Athletic Facility Enterprises, Ellendale, Minnesota in the amount of $41,032 subject to meeting specifications and providing bond, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0.

Jude reported a Quad County Meeting will be held on 10-30-01 at the Stearns County History Museum at 10:00 A.M. The issues of Regional Airport, Labor Relations (Labor Contracts) and Jail Space are on the agenda. This was provided as an information item.

At last week's meeting a claim from the City of St Michael for the Lake Charlotte/Martha Sewer Project in the amount of $881,651.82 was laid over for further information. The claim relates to hook up fees and costs of main trunk lines. Jude had questioned whether the hook up fees should be paid up front. Asleson recommended paying the hook up fees in anticipation of a 3% increase in 2002. Discussion continued at today's meeting regarding the number of hook ups and fees. Asleson clarified that at this time we do not have a contractual agreement with St. Michael and that the hook up fees would be at the existing rate. Russek noted that new homes in St. Michael are paying a higher hook up charge. Sawatzke felt that language should be included in an agreement with St. Michael that guaranteed 190 hook ups for Rockford Township. Asleson concurred that with St. Michael growth there should be something in writing stating that 190 hook ups are guaranteed for this project. Sawatzke recommended payment be made this year, the day before the due date. Asleson stated a meeting is scheduled for 10/31/01 with US Filter and the City of St. Michael and felt the issue of 190 guaranteed hook ups could probably be discussed at that meeting. It was felt there would not be an advantage to delay payment as interest earned would not offset the 3% increase in 2002. There was consensus to lay this issue over for a few more weeks for Asleson to work on a letter of understanding with the City of St. Michael guaranteeing 190 hook ups.

Jude stated he has received calls regarding road damage to Co Rd 7 and 107 caused by the heavy volume of trucks. Russek mentioned Bauerly's had extra trucks hauling in an effort to get a contract with the State done. Mattson stated Meyer from the Wright County Highway Department is meeting with the State today regarding reimbursement for damages. This was provided as an informational item.

Sawatzke moved to set a Budget Committee of the Whole Meeting for 11-6-01 at 11:30 A.M. to discuss the Attorney's Office budget for 2002, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0.

Bills Approved

Abrahamson, Brian 228.82

Allina Hospitals and Clinics 486.50

American Institutional Supply 113.32

AMI Imaging Systems, Inc. 2066.00

Ancom Technical Center 355.13

Annandale City 964.20

Anoka County Information Servi 130.00

Assn of Minnesota Counties 2005.00

Association of MN Counties 275.00

AT & T 4085.53

Benton County Treasurer 2550.00

Buffalo Cleaners and Launderer 108.63

Buffalo Clinic 121.00

Buffalo Drug 1736.44

Building Fasteners 624.18

Clearwater Interiors 1357.65

Climate Air 206.00

Cokato Equipment, Inc. 852.00

Contech Construction Product 6230.80

CPS Technology Solutions 476.14

Dales 66 287.56

Decorative Designs, Inc. 175.53

Deluxe Business Forms & Sup. 130.32

Dominos Pizza 104.35

Earthchem, Inc. 503.26

East Central Regional Juvenile 9073.75

Franklin Township 2391.10

Frazier, Terry 100.30

Fyles Excavating & Honey Wagon 2000.00

Gateway Companies, Inc. 3561.00

Gholson, Janet 187.76

Going Under Dive Center 146.45

Gordy's Foods 143.76

W Grainger, Inc. 128.93

Howard Green Co. 7968.62

Hanson, Chris 149.60

Hello Direct 252.97

Hickorytech 126.85

Hillyard Floor Care Supply 1655.03

IMC Salt, Inc. 5269.12

J Craft, Inc. 104,541.18

JMD Manufacturing, Inc. 3124.18

J Johnson Sales & Services 880.00

Paul Johnson 457.47

JRS 120.35

Lake Region Co-op Oil 194.55

LaPlant Demo, Inc. 862.52

Loberg Electric 107.39

Marco Business Products 2639.13

Masy's Corporation 475.00

McCombs Frank Roos Associates 21,002.30

Meeker County Sheriff 11,650.00

The Metro Group, Inc. 707.16

Mid-America Business Systems 367.86

Mid-Minnesota Hot Mix, Inc. 6897.31

Middleville Township 1287.70

Minnesota Chemical Company 218.29

Miracle Recreation Equipment 2236.50

MN County Attorneys Ass'n 210.00

MN Transportation Alliance 470.00

Monticello Auto Body 135.00

Monticello Ford Mercury, Inc. 131.63

National Ass'n of Counties 1315.00

North Star Ice 1018.36

Office Depot 2732.71

Omann Brothers, Inc. 171.74

On Site Monitoring 6265.00

Performance Office Papers 915.18

Phillips Petroleum Company 1144.84

Precision Prints of Wright Co. 287.55

Qwest 1582.55

Record Preservation, Inc. 445.57

Reliant Energy Minnegasco 124.83

Rhineberger, Barry 160.42

Royal Tire - St. Cloud 1191.29

Silver Creek Township 1784.80

Software House International, Inc. 1431.36

South Haven City 424.60

St. Cloud Stamp & Sign 249.31

St. Michael Veterinary Clinic 141.41

State Supply Co. 224.57

Sunrise Specialty Contract. 68,802.50

Survivalink Corporation 1919.02

Technical Solutions 250.00

Thomas Mfg. Co., Inc. 1804.00

Tom's Towing Service 264.75

Wal-Mart Store 01-1577 364.43

Waste Management TC West 309.35

Weinberger, James 260.04

West Group Payment Center 556.46

Wright Co. Radiator Repair 1219.05

Wright-Hennepin Electric 1985.42

Wright Soil & Water Cons. Dist 183.93

Xcel Energy 105.83

Ziegler, Inc. 5568.48

40 Payments less than $100 2148.42

Final Total $327,697.30

The meeting was adjourned at 9:51 A.M.

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