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Wright County Board Minutes

FEBRUARY 12, 2002

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

A correction was made to the minutes of 2-5-02 on Page 2, Paragraph 4, to read Tammi Dahlman. (Mattson). Mattson moved to approve the minutes as corrected, seconded by Eichelberg, carried unanimously.

Petitions were accepted to the Agenda as follows: Consent Agenda Item A.6, "Approve Claim, $12,045.89, First Time Home Buyers Program" (Norman); Item For Consid. #6, "Joint Powers Agreement For Operation Of River Rider Transit System" (Norman). Jude moved to approve the Agenda as amended, seconded by Mattson, carried 5-0.

Sawatzke requested Item F.1. of the Consent Agenda be removed for discussion. On a motion by Jude, second by Eichelberg, all voted to approve the remainder of the Consent Agenda with the addition of A.6.


1. Performance Appraisals: J. Brown, Admin.; J. Merritt, Atty.; J. Webb, Court Admin.; J. Bean, M. Silbernagel, Sher. Corr.; R. Bonk, VS/CD.

2. Charitable Gambling Application, St. Mary Of Czestochowa (Franklin Twp.).

3. O/T Report, Period Ending 2-1-02.

4. Authorize AMC Delegation To Attend AMC Legislative Conference, March 26-28, 2002.

5. Approve Building Official Services Contract With Albertville.

*6. Approve Claim, $12,045.89, First Time Home Buyers Program. (Norman)


1. Increase Hours & Pay Of John McCooley, Wright County Law Librarian.


1. Approve New Tobacco License For Smackdown's Sports Bar & Grill (Albertville City).


1. Authorize Hire, Greg Gavel, Highway Technician I, Eff. 2-19-02 (Step 3).

2. Recommend Accepting The Low Bid For the Purchase Of A Used Boom Truck From A.B.M. Equipment (Hopkins, MN), $75,378.57.


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

A. Approve Request To Rezone Approximately 39 Acres From AG to A/R, Robert V. Carlson (Silver Creek Twp.).

Item F.1, "Refer Discussion Of Courthouse Security/Part Time Bailiffs To The Building Committee" was discussed. Sawatzke stated that these positions are not in the current budget and in light of the budget situation feels it is inappropriate to send it to the Building Committee at this time. Sawatzke moved to lay this item over until budget sessions this Summer, seconded by Mattson, carried 5-0.

Doug Gruber, Auditor/Treasurer, requested approval for payment of a claim in the amount of $9,575.00 to J. L. Schmitz & Sons, Monticello, for clean out of County Ditch #10. He stated there was a meeting with the contractor and property owners to discuss some concerns of the property owners. Mattson stated silt was removed from the bottom of the ditch with trees dragged out of the ditch and left for the property owners to take the trees, as requested. He mentioned that if sloping is wanted the job needs to be bid differently. Gruber stated that there will need to be further discussion this Spring regarding stump removal and spraying to prevent regrowth. Mattson moved to approve the claim, seconded by Sawatzke, carried 5-0.

As a point of information, Gruber stated that on Page 8 of the claims listing, the claim to Ryan Motors for duplicate keys appears rather large due to the cost of keys with program chips. On a motion by Mattson, second by Eichelberg, all voted to approve the claims as listed in the abstract, subject to audit.

Brad Wozney, SWCD, recommended Supervisor Mark McNamara be appointed to replace Supervisor Duane Dahlman as the representative on the Water Management Task Force. Mr. Dahlman chose to step down after the completion of his term on December 31, 2001. On a motion by Mattson, second by Eichelberg, all voted to appoint supervisor Mark McNamara to the Water Management Task Force.

Wozney, SWCD, requested appointment of a "Citizen-at-Large" to the Water Management Task Force, replacing William Seefeldt.. A press release was sent to all countywide newspapers at the end of December soliciting interested aplicants to send a letter of intent to the SWCD by January 31, 2002. Letters of intent were received from: Ms. Rebecca Dirscoll, Mr. Curtis Forst, Mr. Tom Hammer, Ms. Patty Hickman, Mr. Daryll Stenberg, and Mr. Chuck Wilson. Russek suggested Tom Hammer be appointed, stating he was aware his involvement in water quality issues. Jude questioned the distribution of current members in order to have representation from throughout the County. Mattson stated three of the letters are from his district and he knows Tom Hammer conducts seminars on water management issues. Mattson moved to appoint Tom Hammer as Citizen-at-Large to the Water Management Task Force, seconded by Sawatzke. Sawatzke stated they were all good candidates and he could vote for any of them, but questioned the process and whether there should be interviews. Eichelberg stated he did not know any of the applicants, but was pleased to see so many qualified applicants express interest. Jude stated he did not have a problem with appointing Tom Hammer, but expressed concern with not having a process to follow in fairness to other applicants with good qualifications. Motion carried 5-0.

Marc Mattice, Parks Administrator, requested a resolution be adopted authorizing the DNR Outdoor Recreation Grant Program Application and that a public hearing date be set. In response to a question from Jude regarding matching funds, Mattice stated this was previously discussed and is for seeding. Jude moved to adopt Resolution #02-17 authorizing the Outdoor Recreation Grant Program Application, second by Eichelberg. Mattson questioned whether there were any additional hidden costs associated with the grant. Mattice stated it was an exact dollar match. Motion carried on a roll call vote 5-0. Mattice suggested a public hearing be set for 9:30 A.M., March 5, 2002. Eichelberg moved to schedule a public hearing for 9:30 A.M., March 5, 2002, seconded by Jude. In response to a question from Norman clarifying responsibility for placing the public hearing notice in the paper, Mattice stated he would place the notice in the Howard Lake and Maple Lake papers. In response to a question from Mattson, Mattice stated the notice would include the option of submitting a written statement by those who cannot be in attendance at the public hearing. Sawatzke stated there is no requirement for legal notice in the Maple Lake paper and might be more readable as an article or block ad. Motion carried 5-0.

Brian Asleson, Chief Deputy Attorney, requested approval on a resolution authorizing condemnation for a drainage easement on the Nichols property adjoining CSAH 6 (North of Howard Lake). He stated that staff from the Highway Department and Attorney's Office have been trying to resolve this issue since last year, and that his office learned this past week that Mr. Nichols has discharged his attorney. Asleson stated he is requesting to proceed with condemnation which requires a resolution, but with the intent to continue discussions with Mr. Nichols in hopes of resolving the matter. Some concerns relate to possible liability on the part of the County. Jude moved to adopt Resolution # 02-18 authorizing condemnation for a drainage easement based on the recommendation of the Attorney's Office, seconded by Eichelberg. Mattson expressed concern regarding a grayish/white water he has seen in that area. Russek stated Planning & Zoning ran a dye test in September and it did not indicate that any neighboring sewer systems were connected, but could request that the other side of the road be checked to see if there is some type of seepage. There was discussion on the history of this drainage area as a cattle pass under CSAH 6. Motion carried on a roll call vote 4-1, with Mattson opposed to the condemnation.

Asleson, Chief Deputy Attorney, requested signatures on an extension to the Memorandum of Understanding between Wright County and Peter Fisher for parking at the Wright County Fairgrounds. Mr. Fisher owns a 100 foot strip of property on the north side of the railroad immediately adjacent to the fairgrounds. He has plans to develop multi-family housing on the eastern portion of that property in the future, but the western portion is not currently planned for development. Mr. Fisher is willing to extend use by the County for parking purposes, with the County assuming responsibility for cutting the grass and undertaking weed control. Sawatzke questioned whether Mr. Fisher has been asked if he would be interested in selling that portion of the property to the County. Asleson stated that Mr. Fisher is aware of the County's interest in the property. On a motion by Sawatzke, second by Jude, all voted to authorize signatures on the extension to the Memorandum of Understanding with Mr. Fisher.

On a motion by Eichelberg, second by Mattson, all voted to reappoint Mary Beth Carlson to a three-year term on the Parks Commission.

Jude moved to adopt Resolution #02-19 regarding spring load restrictions, seconded by Eichelberg. Mattson referenced the 2002 Weight Restriction Map and noted it would be nice to have balance throughout the County. Jude stated there isn't money to upgrade all the roads to the same tonnage. Mattson mentioned that the road restrictions cause a hardship for agricultural vehicles who need to use the roads. There are changes in road restrictions to CSAH 18 & 37 (between I-94 and CSAH 42) due to 2001 road improvements. The 2002 map will be put on the County's website and sent to townships and cities for display purposes. Jude stated the effective date is dependent upon weather and is coordinated with the State. Motion carried on a roll call vote 5-0.

Jude made a motion authorizing attendance at the MCIT 2002 Planning & Zoning workshop, March 14, 2002 at the St Cloud Holiday Inn, seconded by Sawatzke. Russek mentioned that was the date set for the quad county day at the Capital. Norman stated Benton County has a conflict for that date and was suggesting an alternative date. Motion carried.

It was requested by local State Legislators that counties pass a resolution opposing same sex insurance coverage. Wright County's labor/negotiations attorney has advised this not be done as a Board, but to respond individually.

Mattson initiated discussion on the issue of a hiring freeze stating that with the uncertainty of funding from the Legislature, that department heads should be alerted to the possibility of looking at a hiring freeze. Norman stated it was discussed at last week's Leadership Team Meeting of department heads and that the County could be facing a deficit this year and next year. He felt it is premature to take action now, but should wait and see what comes from the Legislature. Jude stated it's critical to fill some positions and some positions bring in money. Mattson stated he has never seen any documentation showing positions that actually bring in money. Russek mentioned Stearns County has already imposed a hiring freeze. Norman said they have activated a committee from the early 90's and each vacancy is referred to that committee for recommendation as to whether it is filled. Sawatzke noted that Benton County is also doing something and that Sherburne County is asking each department to cut five percent from their budgets. Sawatzke stated that he does not favor a blanket hiring freeze, but felt that any new positions for 2002 that have not been filled should be left unfilled until information is received from the Legislature. He also suggested the possibility of a committee to look at vacant positions on an individual need basis. Mattson stated he was not looking at a blanket hiring freeze, but would like to see more accountability. It was mentioned that Carver County had enough surplus to balance their budget. Russek felt the County should budget what is needed and that surplus money belongs to taxpayers. Jude suggested discussing hiring at the Budget Committee Of The Whole Meeting scheduled for later this morning. Norman stated he did not think anything would happen in the Legislature until the February forecast is out, and that local units can make short-term cuts to balance the budget, but ultimately as State aid decreases property taxes increase. Sawatzke requested a list of new positions for 2002 identifying which positions have not yet been filled.

Norman stated at yesterday's Human Services Board Meeting there was an unanimous vote by the Board to refer to today's County Board Meeting support for entering into a Joint Powers RiverRider Program Agreement with Sherburne County. Jude stated there is a meeting today at 1:00 P.M. with RiverRider which he and Sawatzke will attend. He said there are a number of things which need to be addressed; including by-laws, personnel issues, which County will serve as the fiscal agent, insurance, and an effective date. Sawatzke stated he did not have a problem giving conceptual approval today, or it could be laid over until after today's meeting. Asleson stated he does not see a problem with the language in the agreement, but is a matter of working out details regarding employees. Russek noted that no action would be taken at today's Board Meeting.

Bills Approved

Allina Medical 546.75

Ancom Technical Center 1129.04

Anderson, Pennie 125.00

Annandale Advocate 139.50

Arrow Terminal, LLC 187.41

Aspen Equipment Company 175.58

Audio Communications 4484.71

Auto Glass Center, Inc. 888.92

Bakeberg, George 625.12

Barker, Bob Co. 292.51

Bauerly Brothers Companies 3898.90

Beaudry Propane, Inc. 1989.21

Best, Inc. 3885.67

Bogart Pederson & Asoc., Inc. 1207.50

Buff'N'Glo, Inc. 165.00

Buffalo Clinic 107.00

Buffalo Hospital-OTPT Commerci 1315.50

Buffalo City 19,688.56

Catco Parts Service 734.44

Central Lock & Safe 224.75

Chamberlain Oil Co. 2239.92

Cintas Corp No. 748 175.92

Climate Air 13,135.76

Cole Papers, Inc. 457.68

Commissioner of Transportation 13,584.65

Compaq 6895.88

H Cragg Co. 161.90

Cragun's Lodging & Conference 702.78

Dales 66 159.75

Determan, Karen 112.20

Enterprise-Dispatch 243.00

Finken's Water Centers 887.15

G&K Services 1531.12

General Rental Center 1377.88

W Grainger, Inc. 421.29

H&H Sport Shop 150.00

Herald Journal Publishing, Inc. 403.40

Hickorytech 672.53

Hillyard Floor Care Supply 1354.49

Holiday 953.95

Holt Motors, Inc. 640.96

Indelco Plastics Corp. 303.35

International Personnel Mngmnt 599.00

J Craft, Inc. 358.91

Jahnke, Chris 330.82

Klatt True Value Electric 202.35

Kramers Hardware 117.89

LaPlant Demo, Inc. 473.00

Lawson Products, Inc. 695.67

Lee's Farm & Garden Store 159.64

Little Falls Machine 2483.51

Loffler Business Systems, Inc. 1834.73

Lund Industries, Inc. 610.65

M-R Sign Company, Inc. 1460.61

Maple Lake Messenger 172.75

Marco Business Products 1519.52

Marks Standard Parts 2857.83

Martin-McAllisters Consulting 600.00

Masys Corporation 475.00

Meeker County Sheriff 2900.00

The Metro Group, Inc. 689.59

Miller, Nathan 228.72

MinnCor Industries Central 675.10

MN Counties Computer Co-op 1500.00

MN Society of Prof Surveyors 150.00

MNATSA 565.00

Monticello Ford Mercury, Inc. 859.52

Monticello Times 490.80

Motorola, Inc. 2918.96

Mountain Stream Sports & Appar 190.21

Mumford Sanitation 140.03

Munson, Margaret 101.66

North American Salt Co. 26,881.97

Northern Safety Technology 1617.10

Office Depot 2385.56

One on One Computer Training 206.96

Oryans Conoco 145.00

Parker, Anne 334.22

Parts Associates, Inc. 199.46

Pats 66 188.00

Phoenix International SC 1341.00

Powerplan 997.98

Prairie Lake Detention Center 1136.00

Reliant Energy Minnegasco 8345.66

Ryan Motors, Inc. 186.13

Scenic Signs 121.95

Schliesing, Sherry 200.94

Shoplifters Alternatives 1144.64

Simplex Time Recorder Company 929.21

Skillpath Seminars 149.00

Software House International In 977.68

Sprint 153.01

St. Michael City 3392.60

Stamp Fullfillment Services 195.20

Star Tribune 478.00

Streichers 159.52

Target 200.00

Transcor America, Inc. 2033.70

Uniforms Unlimited 1369.86

United Rentals-HT Branch 229 390.45

University of Minnesota 1050.00

Unlimited Electric, Inc. 139.28

Verizon Wireless 1710.90

Visionics Corporation 1460.00

Voss Lighting 219.39

Waste Management TC West 687.09

Weinberger, James 111.52

Westide Equipment 417.46

Wright Co. Radiator Repair 162.95

Wright County Highway Dept. 22,105.63

Wright County Journal Press 389.29

wRight Lumber & Millwork, Inc. 297.82

Xcel Energy 274.17

55 payments less than $100 2873.40

Final Total $202,935.63

The meeting was adjourned at 9:57 A.M.

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