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Wright County Board Minutes

JANUARY 29, 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 1-22-02, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0.

Petitions were accepted to the Agenda as follows: Consent Agenda Item A3, "Request Authorization To File For A 60-Day Extension To Fill Assessor Position" (Russek); Item For Consid. #4, "Discuss Resolution From St. Michael RE: Crosswalk on CSAH 19 at Ash Avenue" (Eichelberg). Eichelberg moved to approve the Agenda as amended, seconded by Sawatzke, carried 5-0.

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


1. Performance Appraisals: D. Engel, E. Kloss, Assr.; M. Erickson, L. Serfling, Atty.; G. Bernards, Ct. Admin.; B. Johnson, M. Rhodes, Sheriff.

2. Schedule Employee Recognition Ceremony, 2-19-02 @ 10:00 A.M.

3. Request Authorization To File For A 60-Day Extension To Fill Assessor Position.


1. Tobacco License Approvals: Casey's General Store (Albertville); Cub Foods (Monticello City).


1. Adjust Non-Contract Right-Of-Way Appraisers' Salaries For 2002.


1. January Park Commission Minutes.


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

a. Approve Request To Rezone From AG To A/R, Mike & Joy Yonak (Maple Lake Twp.).

Doug Gruber, Auditor/Treasurer, presented a repair petition from Michael J. Wadsworth for County Ditch #33. Sawatzke explained Wadsworth owns a one-acre parcel adjacent to a large holding area of Ditch #33. The parcel is often substantially under water, making it a non-buildable lot. The request is for repair to the entire ditch, not specific areas. Sawatzke referenced a study completed by Mn/DOT from seven years ago which reflects an estimated repair cost of approximately $2 million in 1984. It was determined the assessments would exceed the value of the properties assessed in many cases. The DNR had previously indicated they would fund their share of the repairs. However, this would be a small percentage of the total amount. Sawatzke said it appears the MnROAD project was built to specifications but many feel the ditch system did not drain as well after the project was completed. He felt that this concern should have been addressed in the 1980's when the permit was given. Jude thought Wadsworth deserved input, that he should be informed why the request may be denied, and that Wadsworth's property should be viewed to determine if it were a buildable lot. Jude also felt more petitioners and a hearing process would be required for major repairs to the ditch. Mattson moved to refer the request to Committee, seconded by Jude, carried 5-0. Wadsworth will be invited to attend.

The claims listing was reviewed. Gruber made a correction to Page 3, Total Printing. The listing originally reflected $274.77 for envelopes but was changed to $393.00. The claim for $274.77 was for envelopes for Human Services and the correct amount of the claim for the Auditor's Office was $393.00. Jude moved to approve the claims as listed in the abstract subject to audit with the correction as noted, seconded by Mattson, carried 5-0.

Mattson received a phone call regarding repair work on Ditch #10. He will place this issue on the next County Board Agenda.

A Building Committee meeting was held on 1-23-02. Eichelberg moved to approve the minutes, seconded by Jude, carried 5-0:

Letter From Mleziva RE: Equipment/Building Maintenance.

a. Third Floor Lunch Room Area. Hayes researched the possibility and cost of installing a sink in the "lunch room" area. Hayes stated that just the plumbing would cost $5,564 if installed on the West end of the floor and $3,318 if installed on the East side. The Committee didn't feel that this provided a long-term solution since the Third Floor has to be discussed as part of any major remodeling project.

b. Security Issues. Any concerns about security on the Third Floor will be discussed as part of the County's overall strategy for addressing security needs.

c. Replace Current County Vehicle. Human Services would like to replace the current used vehicle with two newer, used vehicles. In response to a question from Norman, DeMars stated that the costs to operate two vehicles was not part of the 2002 budget. He went on to state that there might be a savings if the relatively high amount of mileage some employees receive is considered in the equation. The Committee asked DeMars to perform a cost-analysis comparing paying mileage to having a County-owned vehicle. All three issues will be discussed at a Committee meeting on February 27th.

Brian Asleson, Chief Deputy Attorney, requested approval of two resolutions memorializing restrictions on use at Montissippi and Otsego Parks to satisfy conditions attached to the receipt of grant funds from the Minnesota DNR. The County already owns the property so the restrictions cannot be placed through a deed. The resolutions will be recorded and copies provided to the DNR. The restrictions relate to the properties being managed and maintained for outdoor recreational purposes and that prior written approval from the DNR must be obtained for any other purpose. Eichelberg moved to adopt Resolution #02-12 placing restrictions on use at Montissippi Park, seconded by Sawatzke, carried 5-0 on a roll call vote. Jude moved to adopt Resolution #02-13 placing restrictions on use at Otsego Park, seconded by Mattson, carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.

A Committee Of The Whole meeting was held on 1-22-02. Eichelberg moved to approve the minutes, seconded by Mattson, carried 5-0.

Personal Rapid Transportation Presentation. State Representative Anderson introduced Dr. Ed Anderson, Chief Engineer of Taxi 2000 and stated he has been working on this project since the late 1960's. Taxi 2000 was founded at the University of Minnesota and has won three international design competitions in the area of personal rapid transportation. Dr. Anderson's video presentation of Taxi 2000, The Urban Transit Solution, included a working explanation into the design of the truss system, vehicles, smart card, and station operation. He feels personal rapid transportation presents a solution to the major problem of ever increasing congestion by providing a system which is safe, reliable, affordable, fast, and convenient. He provided comparisons between the Twin Cities Metro Council Transit Plan and Taxi 2000 in the areas of construction costs, subsidy vs. profit, number of stations, speed, personal security, accessibility for handicapped and elderly, pollution , and energy use. Taxi 2000 is currently in the process of raising $1,000,000 to build a prototype and is working with the Legislature to provide bond funds to build a Test System. Interest in the system has been expressed by some major cities in the United States as well as other countries. Additional information is available on their website at

A Transportation Committee meeting was held on 1-23-02:

Truck Traffic, Fair Grounds. Asleson said he researched three questions that were raised at the last Committee meeting. The first dealt with the responsibility of Howard Lake to keep a street in good condition. He didn't find anything relating to this in city statutes. The second question concerned restricting tonnage. He said this can be done if the condition of the road warrants a restriction. They could set a weight restriction, post accordingly, and then enforce the restriction. The third question was whether the road could be posted for cars only or no truck traffic. He said this could be done if the City had an ordinance on designating roads. After discussion, the consensus is to have Asleson write to the City of Howard Lake asking them to post the road for no truck traffic or for a restricted tonnage.

At today's meeting, Mattson stated that large carnival trucks use this road during the Fair and this could pose a problem. Jude responded that there are alternative entrances to the Fairgrounds. The motion carried 4-1 with Mattson casting the nay vote.

A Ways & Means Committee meeting was held on 1-23-02. Sawatzke moved to approve the minutes, seconded by Eichelberg, carried 5-0. A summary of the minutes follows:

Bauerly Co. Pit, Southside Township. The issue relates to the encroachment on Stanley Eddy Park land by Bauerly Bros. At the 9-12-01 meeting, the Committee consensus was that a written document on the land settlement and warranty deed be prepared. Work was to continue on agreements relative to hours of operation and a reclamation plan by Bauerly Bros. At the 1-23-02 meeting, a draft agreement was reviewed but lacked the attachment of a reclamation plan. Bauerly Co. was informed in December that the County was awaiting receipt of the plans. Bauerly Co. is mining beyond what their expired permit allows. Recommendation: Zins is to send a letter to Bauerly Co. with the agreement indicating that the reclamation plans, including the Park reclamation, should be submitted to the County by 2-13-02. The agreement is to include the sunset provision.

Contracting For Dangerous Dog Duties. The definition of a dangerous dog includes those that attack humans and other animals. Statute definition names the animal control authority as the local governmental subdivision which exercises animal control. By virtue of providing law enforcement in much of the County, the County has become that authority. During the last legislative session, the County Auditor was removed from the statute as the office with whom dangerous dogs are registered. Statute changes also require dangerous/potentially dangerous dogs to have a microchip implanted by the owner. The animal control authority takes responsibility to have this done if the owner does not. The cost is assessed to the owner. Options discussed included contracting with another political subdivision or person to provide the services and whether the funds donated to the

Humane Society & Crossroads Animal Shelter would assist with services required. Recommendation: The Sheriff's Office will establish a list of procedures involved with handling dangerous/potentially dangerous dogs and provide a projection on numbers of complaints. This information will be brought back to the 2-27-02 Committee meeting for review.

Richard Norman, County Coordinator, referenced two resolutions received from Douglas County. Their request is that Wright County adopt the resolutions granting counties the authority to enact official controls regulating zoning and land subdivision matters. The legislature has also granted this authority to cities and townships. The Planning & Zoning Administrator has reviewed the resolutions and supports them. Sawatzke moved to adopt Resolution #02-14 requesting the legislature to grant the following (summarized): 1) The power to require that a reasonable portion of any new subdivision be dedicated to the public for use as a park, recreational facility, playground, trail or open space or to be preserved for conservation purposes; 2) The power to require that if paragraph 1 would not serve public interest, to require an equivalent amount in cash from the applicant to be used solely for acquisition or maintenance of those items listed in paragraph 1. The motion was seconded by Mattson and carried 5-0 on a roll call vote. Sawatzke moved to adopt Resolution #02-15 requesting the legislature to grant the following (summarized): The power to grant landowners "interim use permits" that would permit certain conditional uses of land until a specific date, occurrence or particular event, or until zoning regulations no longer permit it. The motion was seconded by Eichelberg and carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.

At 9:30 A.M., Russek closed the bid process for the used boom truck. Wayne Fingalson, Highway Engineer, opened and read the bids. On a motion by Jude, second by Mattson, all voted to lay the bids over for one week:

Bidder; Bid Bond; Type of Vehicle; Bid Amount

Aspen Equipment; No; 2000 MTI Saturn; $81,019.87

A.B.M. Equipment; Yes; 2000 Versalift; $75,378.57

L-Z Truck Equipment; No; 2000 Saturn; $87,005.18

Eichelberg moved to appoint Jude to the I-94/TH 10 Interregional Connection River Corridor Advisory Committee, seconded by Jude. Mattson thought Russek should be appointed due to his experience with Planning Commission, C.R.O.W., E.A.W./E.I.S. proceedings, and because he is Board Chair. Russek said he would support the motion as it was Jude's district. The motion carried 4-1 with Mattson casting the nay vote.

The Board reviewed a resolution from the City of St. Michael requesting that Wright County approve a crosswalk on CSAH 19 at Ash Avenue. Eichelberg said the City doesn't feel the signaled intersection at the TH241/CSAH 19 intersection provides adequate time to cross. Wayne Fingalson, Highway Engineer, was asked for his perspective. Fingalson said Highway staff strongly recommends not allowing another crosswalk and maintains the safest crossing is at the signal where the pedestrian indicator is located. Mn/DOT will modify the timing if so desired. Fingalson received the schedule of times the school uses the crosswalk and said that one concern he has is the morning period during rush hour. Highway staff feels that placing a crosswalk at Ash Avenue will provide a false sense of security and pose more of a safety problem than if there were no crosswalk at all. Fingalson said the mid-block crossing was previously determined unsafe and the City did not dispute that determination. Eichelberg responded that pedestrians will cross at Ash Avenue whether or not it is designated a legal crossing. If motorists were notified of the crosswalk, he felt it would make it safer for both the motorists and the pedestrians. Eichelberg understood that there will be flag people to assist with the crosswalk during school. Russek felt allowing the crosswalk at Ash Avenue would provide a compromise with the City. Mattson said he supported the request. He said accident history does not show a problem. Fingalson said there have been many near accidents. Fingalson said he couldn't emphasize safety enough. In discussing this area with Mn/DOT and those familiar with the area, it was felt that the crosswalk could cause a safety problem. He supported the school and church using a flag person and rolling light to assist with crossing the road. Fingalson strongly recommended that they instead work with Mn/DOT to adjust the pedestrian indicators. Fingalson maintained the safest area to cross would be at the signal.

Jim Becker, St. Michael Church Parish Administrator, agreed that the present mid-block crosswalk presented a safety issue. The one challenge from his viewpoint was that he was not sure that everything had been done from an enforcement standpoint. He felt moving the crosswalk to Ash Avenue was a fair compromise. It will allow them to funnel those attending religious education or mass to that crosswalk. Becker requested lighting at the Ash Avenue intersection. He has also been in contact with the City Administrator relative to changing the length of the stoplight. Eichelberg moved to approve the request for a crosswalk on CSAH 19 at Ash Avenue in St. Michael, seconded by Jude, carried 5-0. Sawatzke said he supported Fingalson's previous recommendation to remove the mid-block crosswalk. After fielding comments from residents, he feels there needs to be another crosswalk (other than the one located at the intersection of CSAH 19/TH 241). Although it may not be the safest spot, it will be a legal crosswalk. He said motorists should be placed on notice that people will be crossing there.

Bills Approved

Advanced Filing Concept, Inc. 278.01

American Institutional Supply 2191.96

AT&T 1054.23

B&D Plumbing & Heating 1233.77

Best, Inc. 4055.82

Bowman Distribution 806.29

Buffalo Hospital 1175.00

Central McGowan, Inc. 412.18

Central MN Mental Health Crtr 150.00

Cintas Corp No 748 338.12

Climate Air 5729.68

Contech Construction Product 5091.40

Corinna Township 971.40

CPS Technology Solutions 276.14

Decorative Designs, Inc. 175.53

Department of Public Safety 8430.00

Diamond Mowers, Inc. 444.00

Diers Plumbing & Heating, Inc. 356.96

Franklin Township 2495.80

Gateway Companies, Inc. 1360.00

Gholson, Janet 175.44

W Grainger, Inc. 124.58

Gruber, Douglas 234.21

Hickman Service, Inc. 237.26

Hillyard Floor Care Supply 982.12

Jans, Brian 100.00

Karels Towing 169.22

KNR Communications Services, In 496.25

Lake Region Coop Oil 13,191.10

LaPlant Demo, Inc. 439.10

Lee's Farm & Garden Store 744.52

Lightning Powder Co., Inc. 223.54

Loberg Electric 2094.22

Marco Business Products 1279.93

Marlin Leasing Corporation 3209.57

Masys Corporation 237.50

McCombs Frank Roos Associates 2797.10

Mid-America Business Systems 7733.96

Mitchell 1 744.75

MN Assn for Court Management 300.00

MN Assn of Cty Adminstrators 350.00

MN Division of Emergency Mngmn 300.00

MN Highway Safety and Research 392.00

MN Sheriffs Association 2579.00

MN Transportation Alliance 750.00

National Assn of Cty engineers 750.00

NCITE 150.00

Neil's Floor Covering 2057.58

Northern Tool & Equipment Co. 109.10

Northstar Repro Production, Inc. 137.59

Office Depot 2295.01

Peavey, Lynn Company 419.95

Persian Business Equipment 350.00

Precision Prints of Wright Co. 190.64

Record Preservation, Inc. 706.48

Reliant Energy Minnegasco 4548.15

Research Engineers, Inc. 1016.88

Rockford Township 2640.70

Royal Tire, Inc. 1393.53

RS Eden 865.00

Safety League, Inc. 1200.00

Sawatzke, Pat 219.64

SEH 3208.68

Snap-On Industrial 265.55

St. Cloud Stamp & Sign 257.93

Strategic Technologies, Inc. 1065.00

Stumpf Acoustics 295.00

Target 1340.00

Total Printing 1911.52

Unger, Larry 302.50

University of Minnesota 170.00

Unlimited Electric, Inc. 555.70

Varitech Industries, Inc. 505.88

Varner Sheet Metal, Inc. 5419.76

Victor Township 1016.80

C Walker Trucking 108.00

Wall, Brian 173.40

Waste Management TC West 328.67

Week, Roger 107.84

White Beary Lake City 395.00

Wright-Hennepin Electric 455.74

Xcel Energy 1241.48

48 Payments less than $100 1925.32

Final Total $117,881.44

The meeting adjourned at 9:53 A.M.

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