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Wright County Board Minutes

JANUARY 22, 2002

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

Jude moved to approve the minutes of 1-15-02, seconded by Mattson, carried 5-0.

Petitions were accepted to the Agenda under Items For Consideration as follows: #5, "I-94 Corridor" (Jude); #6, "Lawsuit" (Jude); #7, "Substitute For 1-23-02 Committee Meetings" (Mattson). Eichelberg moved to approve the Agenda as amended, seconded by Sawatzke, carried 5-0.

Sawatzke requested removal of Item C1 of the Consent Agenda for discussion. On a motion by Sawatzke, second by Eichelberg, all voted to approve the remainder of the Consent Agenda:


1. Performance Appraisals: W. Marschel, C. Nelson, R. Yager, Aud./Treas.; S. Meyer, Hwy.; M. Fiske, J. Fox, B. Kothman, B. Petersen, Sheriff.

2. Authorize Signatures, Memorandum Of Agreement, 49er's Union (Park Maint./Nat. Res. Tech).

3. O/T Report, Period Ending 1-4-02.

4. Reimbursement From Buetow & Associates, $840.05 (Public Works Building Soffit Replacement).


1. Approve Tobacco License For Millside Tavern (St. Michael City).

2. Claim, Utility Systems Of America, Payment Request #3, $127,651.49 (Fund 61-Sewer).

Item C1, "Accept Resignation, Alice Hermanson, Case Intake Deputy, Eff. 1-31-02 & Authorize Replacement. Refer To Personnel Committee Request To Change This Position From Case Intake Deputy (Class C) To Case Management Deputy (Class D)" was discussed. Sawatzke felt the request was contradictory in that the request is to replace the position as well as to send it to Committee for reclassification. The consensus was that the position replacement should be completed after Committee recommendation. Sawatzke moved to accept the resignation of Alice Hermanson, Case Intake Deputy, Eff. 1-31-02 and refer to the Personnel Committee the request to change the position from Case Intake Deputy (Class C) to Case Management Deputy (Class D). The motion was seconded by Mattson and carried 5-0.

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

A Building Of The Whole meeting was held on 1-15-02:

Building & Court Security Issue/Badge ID's For Employees: Norman stated the purpose of today's meeting is to combine discussion which has occurred at Building Committee and Personnel Committee Meetings regarding security issues and employee ID badges. The following have been identified as general safety and security issues: monitoring deliveries, ground-floor vents, security cameras, points-of-entry, air filters, barriers - restricting parking, and mail. Discussion included prioritizing security issues, consultant assistance for security camera systems, and funding. There was general consensus to restrict public points-of-entry to the two main doors, jail entrance and the door by the License Bureau. Swing recommended a one card system combining card key access and an employee ID badge with an initial cost of $14,000. Recommendation: Place the one card system for card key access and employee ID badge on the next Board Meeting Agenda for approval and implementation as soon as possible. Authorize Hayes to contact consultants regarding security camera/recording systems for suggested locations and quotes. Refer discussion of other safety and security issues to the Building Committee.

At today's meeting, Jude moved to approve the minutes and recommendations, seconded by Eichelberg. Sawatzke said he was not fully against the recommendation but was disappointed that badge ID's have not been made for employees. He referenced the badge ID equipment which has been located in the EOC for the past eighteen months. This is the same system Sherburne County is using. This equipment, valued at $10,000, was purchased and is owned by NSP. Sawatzke was disappointed that $14,000 would be expended for a badge ID/card key system. He did recognize the ability of the new system to combine the badge ID/card key into one card. Russek responded that there was an overwhelming response from department heads and employees in support of purchasing the system, including the MIS Director who feels it is more advantageous to have one card. The motion carried 4-1 with Sawatzke casting the nay vote.

Brad Wozney, SWCD, requested approval of a resolution authorizing the application, match and signatures on the Natural Resources Block Grant for 2002-2003. The grant totals would be $199,585 in 2002 and $200,270 in 2003. In 2002, the County contributions would be $26,315 County levy; $25,000 cash match to SWCD; and a $51,766 local in kind match. The figures remain the same in 2003 except for the County levy would be $27,000. Mattson moved to adopt Resolution #02-10, seconded by Eichelberg, carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.

Dennis Moeller, University of MN Extension Service, presented plaques to Steve Johnson and Kay Bakeberg. Johnson was presented with a plaque for dedicated service to the Extension Committee from May, 1995 to December, 2000. Bakeberg was presented with a plaque for dedicated service as a member and officer of the Extension Committee from July, 1995 to December, 2001. Moeller said volunteers make an important contribution to the Extension programs and County. Johnson and Bakeberg were invited to attend an Extension Meeting being held in St. Cloud on 1-23-02 to discuss State budget cuts to the Extension program. The Board welcomed their attendance at this meeting due to their experience. Johnson and Bakeberg were thanked for their service.

On a motion by Mattson, second by Eichelberg, all voted to schedule a Personnel Committee Of The Whole meeting on 1-28-02 at 1:00 P.M. to discuss the vacant Assessor position.

On a motion by Jude, second by Mattson, roll call vote carried 5-0 to adopt Resolution #02-11 declaring a negative need for an E.I.S., CSAH 14 Highway Reconstruction & Bridge Replacement Project.

A Quad County meeting will be held on 1-29-02 at 10:00 A.M. in the Commissioners' Board Room. As part of the meeting, Jim Mulder, AMC Executive Director, will discuss the upcoming legislative session. A notice was sent to County department heads informing them that the County Board Agenda for that day must be kept to a bare minimum.

Jude attended an I-94 Corridor Meeting on 1-17-02. Discussion included the expansion of I-94 from Maple Grove to St. John in the Year 2025. A final draft will be written. One alternative, at a cost of $3.6 billion, will be eight lanes from Interstates 494/694 to TH 25 in Monticello and six lanes to Hwy. 24 in Clearwater. Prior to the I-94 Corridor meeting, the technical panel met with engineers and designers who discussed another alternative which would add 10 lanes to Monticello and eight lanes to Clearwater. The estimated cost was not provided. By 2007, two additional lanes will be added to the 494/694 intersect to accommodate traffic. This was provided as an informational item.

Jude referenced a notice received by the Board relating to the County being sued by a private party. The lawsuit relates to an accident on a State Highway located in Corinna Township. The Township, County and State are all being named in the lawsuit. The statute of limitations had nearly expired when the lawsuit was filed. Since the time of the accident, the intersection had corrective work done. Jude referred to recent Board action to remove a crosswalk on CSAH 19 in St. Michael due to liability reasons. Jude said this reflects that the County can be sued even if the road is not owned by the County.

Mattson will be unable to attend the Building and Transportation Committee meetings scheduled for 1-23-02 due to an Extension Committee meeting being held in St. Cloud. The alternate was instructed to attend in Mattson's absence.

Bills Approved

Affiliated Community Medical C 190.70

Allina Health Systems 258.83

AMI Imaging Systems, Inc. 13,857.50

Ancom Technical Center 421.00

Anderson, Pennie 125.00

AT&T 3858.62

BEST, Inc. 3519.98

BLM Technologies, Inc. 351.05

Bowman Distribution 287.18

Buffalo Clinic 107.00

Buffalo Drug 294.06

Buffalo Hospital 6691.25

Compaq 1003.68

Compaq Computer Corporation 2735.99

Dales 66 101.18

E Central Regional Juvenile 12,534.89

Edens Group 160.00

Exxon Mobil 105.85

Grafix Shoppe 545.00

Hennepin County Sheriff 167.00

Info Logic 1537.50

KNR Communications Services 377.75

Laurent, Michael 178.59

Maple Lake Lumber Company 313.17

Marco Business Products 1305.40

McLeod Treatment Programs 4590.79

MinnComm Paging 2295.35

Northwestern University 700.00

Office Depot 1358.51

Pawelk, Lori 348.90

Phillips Petroleum Company 443.11

Pitney Bowes 160.55

Power-Phone, Inc. 189.00

Prairie Lake Detention Center 1278.00

Precision Prints of Wright Co. 463.28

Qwest 7283.71

John Reid and Associates 225.00

S&D Door Repair Ins. 2184.83

Scenic Signs 198.79

Sheriffs Youth Program of MN 9984.37

Software House International In 9193.20

Southside Township 617.40

St. Cloud Times 169.00

State of MN Intertech Group 542.31

Stieg, Theresa 270.00

Streichers 289.37

Time Maintenance 500.00

Uniforms Unlimited 789.72

Utility Systems of America 127,651.49

Viking Safety Products 134.07

Voss Lighting 273.08

Waste Management TC West 352.03

West Group Payment Center 379.68

Wright County Auditor-Treas. 150.00

Wright Cty Court Administrator 180.00

Wright-Hennepin Electric 1213.76

Yackel, Mara 295.45

32 payments less than $100 1,728.35

Final Total $227,461.27

The meeting adjourned at 9:34 A.M.

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