var sid = 454; var aid = 3;

Wright County Board Minutes


DECEMBER 11, 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 11-27-01, seconded by Sawatzke, carried 5-0.

Petitions were accepted to the Agenda as follows: Item For Consid. #8, "Discuss Setting Transportation Committee Of The Whole Meeting" (Norman). Eichelberg moved to approve the Agenda as amended, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0.

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


1. Performance Appraisals: A. Duis, Atty.; K. Horsch, Aud.; A. Berg, Ct. Admin.; D. Schmiginsky, Hwy.; D. Anderson, M. Gardner, L. Westphal, Recorder; J. Benn, G. Findley, R. Howell, D. Scherber, D. Short, Sheriff; D. Evjen, Surveyor.

2. Approve Non-Union Compensation Plan For 2002.

3. Authorize Signatures, Law Enforcement Contracts, St. Michael, Hanover & Maple Lake.

4. Schedule Labor/Management Health Insurance Committee Meeting For 12-19-01 @ 9:00 A.M.

5. Approve Appointment, Jerome "Jay"Wittstock, County Surveyor, Eff. 1-7-02, Step 9. Begin Vacation Accrual @ 7-Year Accrual Rate (17 Days/Year).

6. Approve Charitable Gambling Application, Church Of St. Luke (Clearwater Twp.) & Waive 30-Day Review Period.

7. Authorize Signature On 2002 Minnesota Cities Participation Application (First Time Homebuyers Program).

8. O/T Report, Period Ending 11-23-01.

9. Claim, Buetow & Assoc., Inc., $9,805 (Phase II, Master Plan).


1. Tobacco License Approvals: Heidi's Market, Albertville LLC, Pat's 66 (Albertville City); Lantto's Store (French Lake Twp.); Lake Center Store (Corinna Twp.); Tom Thumb #564, Dave's Town Club, Tobacco Warehouse, Delano Bowling Center (Delano City); Tom Thumb #586 (Hanover City); Maple Lake VFW Post #7664, Cenex Lake Region Coop, Elletson Bowl & Rec. Ctr., H&H Outdoor Outfitter & Sports Shop, Madigan's Pub & Grill (Maple Lake City); Monty Tobacco, Westside Market, O'Ryan's Conoco, Maus Foods, Superamerica #4479, Tom Thumb #583 (Monticello City); Silver Springs Golf Club (Monticello Twp.); D&R Liquor, Riverview Liquorette, Tom Thumb #287 (Otsego City); Dale's Wines & Spirits, Tom Thumb #296, St. Michael American Legion Post 567, Jubilee Foods, Hi 101 Liquor (St. Michael City); Pete's Grocery, Rocky's Bar & Grill (Waverly City).


1. Approval Of Municipal Maintenance Payments For Eight Cities.

Doug Gruber, Auditor/Treasurer, presented a request for a Cokato Township plat and Joint Ditch 15. The plat has been split into six different parcels. He requested approval to spread the assessment to the six parcels in place of the one parcel being deleted. Mattson moved to approve the request, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0.

Gruber received a tobacco license renewal from A&M Liquor. A&M Liquor still owes a $75 fine for violating the Ordinance. Brian Asleson, Chief Deputy Attorney, indicated that the Ordinance allows the County to not issue a renewal based on a violation in the past five years. His suggestion was to approve the license for 2002 and he will attempt to collect the fine through other means. Discussion followed on the time parameters for A&M Liquor to file an appeal. Asleson said he was unsure but felt that period was about to expire if it had not already. Sawatzke wanted to know the appeal process timeline to allow A&M Liquor an opportunity to file if so desired. Russek moved to lay this issue over for one week to allow Asleson to research the issue, seconded by Mattson, carried 5-0. It was clarified that the motion includes Asleson sending correspondence to A&M Liquor informing them that the Board was considering not renewing their license.

Gruber requested approval of a resolution which would transfer a tax forfeit parcel to Clearwater Township. The parcel is on the Southeast side of Fish Lake and provides access to several neighboring properties. Gruber supported the action as it would ensure that those parcels would not be blocked off. Sawatzke moved to adopt Resolution #01-83, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.

The claims listing was reviewed. Gruber referenced page 4, MACO ($1,800.00). The claim will be deferred to 2002. Gruber referred to page 13, Photo I ($986.81). The claim was incorrectly coded to vehicles purchased and will be corrected. Mattson referenced the claims on page 14 and 15 for jail medical expenditures. He will check with Capt. Torfin regarding whether these are outside of the contract for jail medical services. Russek moved to approve the claims as listed in the abstract, subject to audit. The motion was seconded by Eichelberg and carried 5-0.

At 9:15 A.M., Jude closed the regular meeting and opened the public hearing for the Solid Waste Management Service Charge. Annually a public hearing is held to accept public comment relating to the debt service at the Compost Facility. The debt service for 2002 is $1,294,281. The County is required to levy 105%. The estimated cash balance at the end of the year in this fund will be $251,000. If $100,000 of this fund is utilized, approximately $1,259,000 will need to be raised. There are an estimated 37,500 parcels which will be assessed. Gruber recommended setting the service charge at $34.00 per parcel. No public comment was received. Jude closed the public hearing at 9:19 A.M. On a motion by Russek, second by Sawatzke, roll call vote carried 5-0 to adopt Resolution #01-84 setting the solid waste management service charge for 2002 at $34.00 per assessable unit.

Harold Stelton, Wright County Fair Board President, said he and members of the Fair Board were present to relay concerns they had relating to recent activity in local newspapers on the Howard Lake water tower which is built on County property. Copies of material relating to this issue were distributed. Stelton felt the major point of discussion was the agreement between the Fair Board, City of Howard Lake and the County Board on what was going to transpire in order for the City to build on the County's property. He said the Fair Board was surprised that the City constructed the tower on the property without a signed agreement and that they did not seek to lease or purchase the property. Stelton was concerned that no certificate of insurance is held indemnifying the City or County should an accident occur on this property. Their understanding is that all other structures belonging to the County are insured.

Stelton referenced page 2 of the documents distributed which outlines positive impacts the Fair has on both the City of Howard Lake and Wright County. He did not feel these were addressed in the letter from the City nor in the newspaper articles. If the City had opinions on use of the property, the entire story should be analyzed. Stelton pointed out that in the letter to the County from the City (dated 11-21-01) and the newspaper articles, the County made a payment to the City for $60,000 in the mid 1990's for water line assessments.

The Fair Board would like to have a positive working relationship with the City and the County, and would like to see the City fulfill their original agreement. Mattson suggested the Fair Board make the same presentation at a City Council meeting. The water tower issue will be discussed at the 12-12-01 Ways & Means Committee meeting. It was suggested that representatives from the City and the Fair Board be present for discussion. Russek said the water meter was installed due to mandates by the DNR. Russek was one of the Board members who originally negotiated with the City of Howard Lake and felt that an agreement had been reached. However, City personnel have changed. He understood that if the County let the City build the water tower on County property, that the City would provide free water to the Fairgrounds in exchange. The City is allowed to put snow in the Fairgrounds during the winter. It was suggested that the history regarding this issue be researched in the Board minutes. Richard Norman, County Coordinator, said this has already been completed and will be presented at the Ways & Means meeting.

Dennis Beise, Fair Board Secretary, referenced a serious problem with the overpass by the west end of the Fairgrounds. Since the approach was removed near the railroad tracks large truck traffic has been using the gravel road in the Fairgrounds. This road has a 3-4 ton limit. Sawatzke moved to refer this issue to the Transportation Committee, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0.

Ruben Bonk, Wright County Historical Society, provided an update on their building plans. They propose to add onto the north side of the present building a structure 112' long (one end width will be 44', the other 48'). The new building will not have climatized air as the present lobby will hold some of the artifacts and paper materials. The new portion will take over as the lobby area. The mandate on additional restrooms was overcome by making the current one bi-gender and handicapped accessible. Two furnaces and air conditioners will be used. The back portion will not be air conditioned as it will be used for small ag displays. The building will have a slant roof, minimum windows and the front of the building will be recessed about 4' to balance the two buildings esthetically. Each year, 1800 school age children tour the facility. Bonk said that they are not asking for funding for the building today but would present their request in the future due to the status of the economy.

Wayne Fingalson, Highway Engineer, requested approval to award the Sign Truck Body Bid to Truck Utilities Mfg. Co. of St. Paul, $72,262. The addition of the cabin chassis would increase the price to $116,218. This is more than what is budgeted but Fingalson said money has been saved on major equipment purchases. Even with the bid award, he said they will experience a variance to the positive of approximately $37,000. Eichelberg moved to approve the bid award to Truck Utilities Mfg. Co. for $72,262, seconded by Mattson, carried 5-0.

A Transportation Committee Of The Whole (TCOTW) meeting was held on 11-27-01. Eichelberg moved to approve the minutes, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0. A summary of the minutes and action at today's meeting follows:

Review/Approve Layout for Crow River Bridge Crossing Project; Discuss Agreement with St. Michael. Discussion involved the most current alignment proposal for rebuilding of the Crow River Bridge Crossing Project. All preliminary planning and preparation must be completed by the Fall of 2003 to qualify for federal funding, and that is only with an approval for extension of the current deadline of the Fall of 2002. The current proposal shifts the roadway off the gun club property. The proposal calls for the bridge to be widened adding an additional cost of $700,000 to the project. The St. Michael City Engineer presented another design proposing 40th St. NE be brought straight through the landowner's farm and not curve as the plan reviewed earlier today reflected. A draft agreement was discussed

Transportation Committee Of The Whole Minutes (cont.): additional right of way. There was a consensus of the Transportation outlining the proposed changes and suggested cost sharing. Also discussed was the estimated cost of $3.3 million and the acquisition of

Committee of the Whole that the original Task Force for this issue meet on Friday, December 7, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Michael City Hall and bring a report on their discussions back to the County Board and, if need be, the Transportation Committee.

At today's Board meeting, Fingalson referenced the meeting held on 12-7-01 at the City. The City's suggestion was that the City's 50% cost share be changed to a $200,000 maximum figure. Wayne Kessler, St. Michael Mayor, said the City Council discussed the issue at their meeting on 12-10-01 but felt they could not finalize their action until the Board met. Mark Weigle, City Planner, said the City would like to put together a proposal. Draft minutes of the 12-7-01 meeting will be sent to the Board. Fingalson said the City is willing to consider $200,000 toward extra bridge costs, split 50/50 on things such as median, street light, and curb/gutter. The City is willing to place a temporary light at TH 241 and Nabor Avenue. The City proposes a 50/50 split on ROW acquisition. Road construction costs will be discussed at a future meeting. Mattson moved to schedule a TCOTW meeting for 12-19-01 at 1:30 P.M. to discuss this issue, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0. The City and Mn/DOT will be invited to the meeting. It was thought that funding could be sought from the State as well.

Discuss Agreement with City of Buffalo and Klatt Development for CSAH 35 Improvements. The issue revolves around the realignment of CSAH 35 with a new intersection on TH 55. The developer prefers a different alignment of the road and six accesses. He does not prefer to use the property up front as frontage road. Klatt is requesting that his property be annexed into the City. The TCOTW recommendation is for Fingalson and Krecklau to meet with Klatt to discuss the required spacing for accesses and see if they can reach an agreement.

At today's Board meeting, Fingalson distributed a revised agreement with the City and Klatt. This agreement reflects the County's access requirements and reflects the new alignment of CSAH 35 and TH 55. The agreement will not be signed by Klatt until it is approved by the City. Mattson moved to lay this agreement over for one week to see if it is approved by the City, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0.

Proposed CR 106/Cahill Avenue Project in Monticello Township * Discuss Funding Splits. The estimated cost of intersection improvements is approximately $46,000 (original estimate of $20,000). The Township Board is unanimously supporting the improvement but is unsure whether they could fund their additional share. Discussion involved issues such as safety, funding and the cost of the project not including turn lanes. The TCOTW recommendation was to have Denn go back to the Township Board and discuss the project and its increased cost with the Board members. A letter will be sent to Denn as soon as these minutes are approved by the County Board.

At today's Board meeting, Sawatzke moved to request Fingalson to notify the Township that the County would like to participatewith 50/50 funding on this project, seconded by Eichelberg, carried 5-0.

Discuss Rural Intersection Street Lighting Policy. The Highway Engineer proposed following a different street lighting policy than Mn/DOT's due to Mn/DOT's policy being very restrictive. The crash reductions as a result of better lighting at rural intersections outweigh the costs by 15 to 1. Issues discussed were solar lighting and cost sharing by the person who requests the intersection lighting. Sawatzke expressed his desire to alter the policy so that a person or institution is not responsible for part of the cost just because they report the need for lighting. It was suggested that the local pay only if they don't meet the new criteria but still want the lighting. Recommendation: The proposed 'Wright County Rural Intersection Street Lighting Policy' will be altered and brought back to the County Board for further review.

Discuss Options for Albertville Truck Station. Recommendation: This will be put on a future Transportation Committee of the Whole meeting agenda when a specific proposal has been presented to the County.

Discuss Bid Opening Options * Board Meeting vs. Committee. Recommendation: Bid openings will continue to be scheduled for County Board meetings.

Asleson referenced a Memorandum of Agreement between the City and County relating to the Lake Charlotte/Marth SSD. The agreement was previously approved by both entities. Changes have been made to include the County being responsible for collection of future hook up fees from landowners. The payment to the City will be whatever the current hookup fees are at that time. There has been a new paragraph added (#6) stating the County is to have the same contractor as the City. Asleson has met with US Filter and they are able to provide the same service (pager numbers, 24 hour service). Russek moved to approve the Memorandum of Agreement with the changes, seconded by Eichelberg, carried 5-0. Russek moved to authorize payment from the bond proceeds of $881,651.82 to the City of St. Michael. This payment is being made to avoid increases in the hookup charges. The motion was seconded by Eichelberg and carried 5-0.

The meeting recessed at 10:16 A.M. and reconvened at 10:28 A.M.

Discussion followed on the request for a license to operate a sanitary landfill/demolition landfill by Superior-FCR Landfill, Inc. Russek noted that this Agenda item was scheduled for 10:10 A.M. and that the lawyers and court reporter hired by Superior Landfill had been present since the meeting started at 9:00 A.M. He voiced opposition to their time, prior to this discussion, being billed to MCIT.

Tom Salkowski, Planning & Zoning Administrator, said Wright County was ordered by the US District Court, District of Minnesota, to issue a license for the expansion of the landfill. In review of the license application, staff sent a letter to Superior dated 11-7-01 explaining disagreements on measurement of setbacks from the landfill. In subsequent discussions, an agreement was not reached on this issue. He referenced the document, "License to Operate a Sanitary Landfill-Demolition Landfill, Superior-FCR Landfill, Inc." and said that it was prepared by counsel for the County. Salkowski said the discussion today relates to the first condition of this document calling for Superior to reformulate their drawings and present conforming plans honoring the setback requirements specified by the County. Salkowski felt the history and the Ordinance is clear as to how setbacks are measured, but Superior does not agree. Salkowski recommended adoption of the license as written and presented. This recommendation is supported by the Attorney's Office and MCIT counsel.

Bob Cattanach, Attorney for Superior, said the issue from their perspective is one of fairness and consistency. He said before the trial, Superior had agreed to give up their right to damages of approximately $15 million. In return, Superior would be allowed to construct the landfill expansion onto the south 40 acres if the jury found in their favor. The order from Judge Tunheim says the license is to be granted.

Referencing the "License to Operate a Sanitary Landfill-Demolition Landfill, Superior-FCR Landfill, Inc.", Cattanach said he had just received it and had not had time to review the document. In brief review of it, he said it proposes additional conditions on the license that were not warranted under the terms of the Ordinance, it is inconsistent with the past intent of the Ordinance, and violates the order. He said the issue in dispute is the limits of the waste (odor and litter) in the 200' setback area. The Ordinance says that a sanitary landfill setback will be 200' away. Cattanach said that when the County enacted the Ordinance, they wanted to be consistent with the MPCA rules. He said the 200' buffer area did not include waste or a cap, that only berming and landscaping are in this area. When Superior first received a letter from the County indicating a problem with setbacks and a cap extending into this area, Cattanach said they responded by checking and found this was not correct. He said there was no waste or cap extending into the 200' area. If someone did not know what the contours referred to on the drawings, he felt this could have been a reasonable assumption. After explanation, however, the issue was not resolved. Cattanach referenced drawings and said that from the beginning, the south 40 expansion had limits of waste along the line from the old landfill as well as the partial horizontal expansion. He said all drawings ever submitted reflected this. If the Ordinance requirements were looked at, he thought it could be interpreted that even the berming had to be within the 200' setback per the Ordinance requirements.

Cattanach said the other theme he has heard is being a gracious winner. He said Superior attempted to compromise with the County before the trial and none was reached. The jury then reached their decision. He felt it inappropriate and unfair to change the rules of the game after the fact. Cattanach said the County created the Ordinance which said there must be a 200' setback to the sanitary landfill. He said the way the MPCA interprets it is that there must be 200' setback to the limits of the waste. He indicated that the County has said numerous times in depositions that they want to be consistent with MPCA. He referenced the ambiguity present and questioned if the County's interpretation would be different if there were a clean slate. The Courts have indicated that if there is any ambiguity, they would rule in the favor of the applicant. He said they have asked for a response from the County on interpreting the Ordinance differently today than when it interpreted it in the context of the partial horizontal expansion. They have not received a response in this regard.

Cattanach referenced maps of the partial horizontal expansion which reflects grading and berming in the 200' setback area in the Southeast corner. This partial horizontal expansion was approved by the County. He explained that the County's consultant reviewed this and felt it would make sense from an engineering standpoint. It was Cattanach's opinion that it didn't violate the Ordinance. He questioned the inconsistency with approving the request in the horizontal expansion and Superior's request for landscaping and berming in the setback of the South 40. He cited inconsistency with the Ordinance and the approach of the MPCA. Cattanach said Superior's opinion was that this did not comply with the Court's order and anticipated going back to Court to seek contempt or have the jury determine damages. Cattanach requested the Board approve the license and drawings as submitted, as this was consistent with past interpretation as well as with the terms of the Ordinance.

Sawatzke questioned Cattanach on the MPCA setback requirements for a landfill from a residential lot. Cattanach was unsure but felt it was less than 1000'. Sawatzke referenced Cattanach's comment that the County follows MPCA standards. Sawatzke said the MPCA standards call for the residential dwelling setback to be less than 1000 feet away and yet the County adopted a stricter standard of 1000 feet. Cattanach said the issue is 1000 feet from what. Sawatzke questioned whether Superior had considered not even building in the black area referenced on the display. Cattanach said they could have a major structure at that point, but instead chose to have berms and contours in an effort to blend in. He said otherwise it would be a structure fortress with near vertical walls. Sawatzke questioned the potential of garbage falling from near vertical walls and said something would need to hold the garbage back. Cattanach responded that he was unsure from an engineering standpoint. He believed it wouldn't be difficult to engineer a structure so that it had significant strength in order to prevent that from happening. It was approved in the other expansion and he said they have asked five times for clarification on the distinction without response. Cattanach requested that today.

Tom Salkowski, Planning & Zoning Administrator, said he felt the answer was a matter of interpretation in their minds. He suggested that the Board keep in mind that Cattanach is representing his client. Two letters were distributed addressing Cattanach's question which makes it clear that the way the County and Barr Engineering understand setbacks has not changed. The partial horizontal plans were changed by Barr Engineering in response to discussions on what was felt to be part of the facility and where it was located. He felt these letters and other records of past hearings demonstrate that the County consistently said anything necessary to support, maintain, and be a part of the landfill is part of the facility and that is where the setback is measured from. He felt the County has been consistent with all dealings with Superior in that regard and that the letters demonstrate that this position was made clear long before the trial. Barr Engineering also understood it in this manner and revised their plans accordingly. He did not doubt there would be ambiguity if this went to court. He was unsure what the judge would decide, but felt the County's position has been consistent throughout. That is why the recommendation was made to adopt what was presented. Salkowski said that they did not want to go back to court but it was simply a matter of the way the Ordinance was interpreted. He didn't know why the County should change its position because the last court case was lost.

Russek moved to follow the recommendation of staff and legal advice and to approve the permit with the conditions as presented by County staff, seconded by Mattson. Sawatzke said he would vote against the motion. He supported the staff's position as they were attempting to follow the Ordinance as written. He recognized that the Judge requires the County to pass the necessary license application. In his mind a necessary license application is one that follows County Ordinance and that the application should not be passed contingent upon meeting the requirements at a later date. He would vote no for that reason and his vote had nothing to do with whether he was for or against the landfill. The motion carried 4-1 with Sawatzke casting the nay vote.

Sawatzke said that normally people are congratulated after a win. In this case, the County was defeated. However, he extended thanks to those who were involved. He felt the neighbors handled the entire process well, coming forward and dealing with the County process in a professional manner. The neighbors treated Superior well even though Superior desires to bury 5-6 million tons of garbage next to their homes. They brought solid evidence as to why Superior should not be located near them. He thanked staff from the Planning & Zoning Office, including Davis and Salkowski who spent countless hours on this issue. He said the Attorney's Office staff did a remarkable job, citing the efforts of Zins, Kelly, Asleson and former County Attorney Wyman Nelson. Sawatzke felt there was great contracted support and outstanding legal advice from John Baker, Mehmet Konan-Steenberg, Larry Espel, Jack Perry and Tim Thornton. He commended their legal aids also. In closing, he thanked Mattson and Russek for their courage to do what was right even though the landfill is not in close proximity to their districts. He said it would have been easier for them to pass constituents along to other Board members but instead listened and made the right decisions.

A Building Committee meeting was held on 11-28-01. Mattson moved to approve the minutes, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0:

Request To Use Board Room For Court Activities. Nordeen stated that we currently have 4.5 FTE Judges assigned to Wright County. A needs analysis shows that 4.7 FTE's are currently needed and this will only increase in the years ahead. Currently, a Judge from Sherburne County comes on Mondays. Starting in January the Judge will be coming for a week at a time. There is also the need for space to conduct Child Support Magistrate Hearings. These are held one Thursday per month. The request is to use the Board Room one Thursday per month. The need for further use may come in the future. Recommendation: Approve the request using the standard procedures being used to reserve other meeting rooms.

A MIS/Communications Committee meeting was held on 11-28-01. Eichelberg moved to approve the minutes, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0:

Laptop Computers and Palm Pilots. Swing explained the process for purchasing computer hardware and software. The standards are established by MIS. The needs of departments are discussed prior to the development of their draft budgets. These requests are weighed against other requests presented to the Budget Committee Of The Whole. He feels that the placement of laptops has been done in a reasonable manner. However, we pay a relatively high price for this portability. The system being used by Court Services can be incorporated in to Palm Pilots. Swing reviewed Personnel Policy 804 - Use Of Computers and Related Equipment. The Committee feels the need to assure the security of information and that equipment will only be used to conduct County business. Recommendation: Swing will revise Policy 804 and bring a draft to the next Committee meeting.

A Personnel Committee meeting was held on 11-28-01. Mattson moved to approve the minutes, seconded by Eichelberg, carried 5-0:

Recognition Of Volunteers, Sheriff Department. Mackereth stated that they would like to incorporate reserves in to the County's Employee Recognition Program. There are 35 Reserve Officers, 45 Water Patrol, 15 Mounted Patrol, and 100 jail program volunteers. Each volunteer is asked to put in at least 120 hours per year. There are four vehicles used by volunteers. The Committee feels that it would be appropriate to hold a Volunteer Recognition Program as part of a regular Board Meeting. Recommendation: Sheriff Department staff will develop a Volunteer Recognition Policy for presentation at a future Committee meeting.

Russek said he received an inquiry on whether the County would be willing to process bio solids. This issue will be discussed at the Mayor's Association Meeting. Russek presented this to inform the Board that he may request this issue is referred to the Solid Waste Task Force.

The allocation to the Humane Society/Crossroads Animal Shelter was addressed. On 11-6-01, the Board moved to offer $3000 to both facilities for assistance with dangerous dog containment. If both facilities accepted the donation, the motion would stand. Asleson said that in discussing the issue with Julie Vergin, Humane Society, (present for today's meeting) they would be willing to accept the donation for dangerous dogs. He wanted the Board to understand that this did not address strays or animal cruelty cases and the County would be billed for those calls. Sawatzke understood the County was not responsible for strays. Asleson said that most townships have a contract with the Humane Society for strays. Sawatzke said that in the past, the $6000 to the Humane Society included strays and did not understand why the $3000 would not also. In response to Sawatzke, Julie Vergin indicated that the licensed investigators are paid staff members. It was the consensus that this donation could be discussed at budget sessions in 2002 if so desired. Eichelberg moved to allocate $1500 in January and $1500 in July to each organization. The motion was seconded by Sawatzke and carried 5-0.

The meeting recessed at 11:12 A.M. and reconvened at 11:13 A.M.

On a motion by Mattson, second by Eichelberg, roll call vote carried 5-0 to adopt Resolution #01-85 setting the County Commissioners Salary for 2002:

WHEREAS, Minnesota Statutes, Section 375.055, provides the procedures for fixing the County Board compensation for the next year;

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that as of January 1, 2002, members of the Wright County Board of Commissioners shall have an annual salary, exclusive of per diem payments, of $30,730. Said salary shall continue in effect until such time as this resolution is amended or otherwise modified.

Sawatzke moved to adopt Resolution #01-86 setting the County Commissioners Per Diems at $40 for 2001. The motion was seconded by Russek and carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.

The Board reviewed a draft resolution establishing the salaries for the elected Department Heads and Court Administrator for 2002. Norman said the same formula was used that was approved for all collective bargaining units and the non-union agreement approved on the Consent Agenda today. When questioned whether those affected were notified of this change, Norman said the Agenda reflected the issue. Also, it was brought forth at the last Leadership Team meeting and the three elected department heads were in attendance. Russek moved to adopt Resolution #01-87, seconded by Mattson, carried 5-0 on a roll call vote:


BE IT RESOLVED that the 2002 salaries for elected department heads and the Court Administrator shall be as follows:

County Attorney $95,648

Sheriff $90,375

Auditor/Treasurer $90,375

Court Administrator $74,901

Norman requested that the Law Enforcement Contracts for the cities of Monticello and Montrose be referred to the Personnel Committee as the contracts were returned with revisions in the hours of service. The Sheriff has indicated there may be additional cities with the same request which could impact the budget. Mattson moved to refer this issue to the Personnel Committee, seconded by Eichelberg, carried 5-0.

Norman was contacted by Rep. Bruce Anderson who requests the setting of a TCOTW meeting for the purpose of a presentation on a personal rapid transit system. The Outlet Mall area in Albertville may be considered for a test site. Eichelberg moved to authorize Norman to coordinate setting the meeting which should be scheduled after a Board meeting. The motion was seconded by Sawatzke and carried 5-0. The invitation will be sent to elected city officials.

A compliment on the County's property information system found on our website was received by a person who works with property appraisals. Norman said the offices of MIS, Assessor and Auditor/Treasurer should be congratulated for a job well done.

Russek moved that the County Board minutes serve as the official minutes of the meeting and not those taken by the court reporter present on behalf of Superior Landfill. The motion was seconded by Sawatzke and carried 5-0.

Mattson requested that the information which was provided by the Fair Board relating to the water tower issue be sent to the City of Howard Lake.

Bills Approved

Abrahamson, Brian 174.08

Advanced Filing Concepts, Inc. 428.42

Albertville Body Shop, Inc. 9747.89

Alcopro 728.65

American Institutional Supply 740.73

AMI Imaging Systems, Inc. 1401.90

Ancom Technical Center 892.80

Anderson, Pennie 100.00

Annandale Advocate 194.50

Aspen Equipment Company 177.30

Bob Barker Co. 173.04

Bauerly Brothers Co. 41,816.41

Beaudry Propane, Inc. 145.40

Benchmark Computer Learning 1495.00

Best, Inc. 16,182.79

Bisco Clean Air 12,685.26

Borell, Ralph 477.28

Bowman Distribution 433.94

Bucyrus Blades, Inc. 2499.30

Buffalo Bituminous 262,396.67

Buffalo Communications, Inc. 240.00

Buffalo Drug 1015.62

Buffalo Hospital-OTPT Comm. 240.00

Buffalo City 23,144.87

Building Fasteners 385.27

Carver County Treasurer 145.00

Cassidy Realty & Appraisal, Inc. 600.00

Catco Parts Service 2271.49

CDW Government, Inc. 125.68

Celllar 2000 of St. Cloud 741.08

Central Lock & Safe 458.85

Chamberlain Oil Co. 2771.17

Cintas Corp. No. 748 169.06

Comko, Inc. 180.00

Command & Control 1151.40

Corner House 895.00

Corrections Products Co. LTD 1291.05

CPS Technology Solutions 276.14

Crow River Tools 164.50

Crysteel Distributing, Inc. 5719.06

Dales Auto Service, Inc. 157.00

Dental Care Associates of Buff 123.00

Desmarais, Randal 188.02

Determan, Karen 128.52

Dubois, Robert 156.40

East Central Regional Juv. 10,561.25

Edens Group 300.00

Enterprise Dispatch 785.72

Erickson, Josh 109.14

Exemplar International, Inc. 152.00

Exon Mobil 684.99

Falbo, Bridget 1250.00

Fleet Computing International 675.00

Force America, Inc. 1056.90

Gateway Companies, Inc. 2374.00

Gholson, Janet 205.18

Gordy's Foods 344.00

W Grainger, Inc. 603.90

Greenview, Inc. 1843.20

Gruber, Douglas 140.45

Hardings Towing 213.01

Hawthorn Suites Duluth 100.57

Hickman Service, Inc 110.76

Hickorytech 684.76

Hillyard Floor Care Supply 2308.07

Holiday 1336.30

House of Lo 374.79

Int'l Conference of Bldg Offcl 195.00

Interstate Battery Sys of Mpls 204.97

J Craft, Inc. 1785.32

Johnson Emergency Vehicle Serv 4491.31

KNR Communications Services 522.50

Kramers Hardware 118.03

Lakedale Telephone Co. 297.69

Lakeland Truck Center, Inc. 36,483.00

Lances Tire & Repair Div. of WI 480.86

Lawson Products, Inc. 1186.42

LeClaire, Kimberly 1100.00

M-R Sign Company, Inc. 249.22

Maple Lake Lumber Company 613.33

Maple Lake Messenger 118.71

Marco Business Products 3749.36

Martin Marietta Agregates 412.59

Marks Standard Parts 2248.76

Marysville Township 1454.80

Masys Corporation 2503.95

Matthew Hall Lumber Company 368.43

McLeod County Auditor 175.00

Menards 339.65

Midwest Forensic Pathology PA 160.00

Minnesota Elevator, Inc. 521.64

MN Assn of Cty Probation Ofcrs 375.00

MN Counties Computer Co-op 7588.22

MN Counties Ins Trust 2500.00

MN County Recorders Assoc 175.00

MN Hospital & Healthcare Partn. 100.00

MN Transportation Alliance 750.00

Monticello Ford Mercury Inc. 625.71

Monticello Times 428.80

Northern Tool & Equipment Co. 160.43

Northstar Repro Products, Inc. 294.43

Office Depot 2642.84

On Site Monitoring 10,695.00

Parker, Anne 107.10

Photo I 986.81

Precision Prints of Wright Co. 144.21

Press & News Publications 173.40

Pribyl, Robert 150.00

Record Preservation, Inc. 708.11

Reds Auto Electric 161.77

Reliant Energy Minnegasco 4344.56

Royal Tire - St. Cloud 1670.56

Russek, Jack 220.60

Ryan Motors, Inc. 209.94

Sawatzke, Pat 983.33

SEH 1223.01

Seton Identification Products 994.95

Sheriffs Youth Program of MN 5519.08

Signcad Systems, Inc. 633.13

Southfork Recreational Parts 373.09

Southside Township 1257.00

Sprint 153.04

St. Cloud Stamp & Sign 431.45

Standard Spring Company 391.22

Star Tribune 453.40

State of MN Intertech Group 862.70

Streichers 378.09

Superior FCR Landfill, Inc. 132.00

Superior Striping, Inc. 195.00

T&M Towing and Snow Plowing 458.21

Time Maintenance 205.00

Total Printing 865.85

Trueman Welters, Inc. 326.05

Unlimited Electric, Inc. 1065.01

Verizon Wireless 837.32

Walmart Store 01-1577 312.93

Wastequip Rayfo 1577.95

Weinberger, James 206.04

West Group Payment Center 251.35

West Publishing Company 330.16

West Suburban Industrial Suppl 320.08

Westside Equipment 129.02

Woodford, Michael 112.20

Wright Cty Highway Dept. 23,179.20

Wright County Journal Press 213.03

Wright-Hennepin Electric 837.05

Wright Lumber & Millwork, Inc. 579.48

Zach's Inc. 2048.16

Ziegler Cat 1054.35

2nd Wind 643.26

65 Payments Less than $100 2,983.66

Final Total $569,383.51

The meeting adjourned at 11:21 A.M.

Return to Wright County Menu | Return to Government Table of Contents

Howard Lake-Waverly Herald & Winsted-Lester Prairie Journal
Stories | Columns | Obituaries
Community Guides | Special Topics | Cool Stuff | Search | Home Page