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Wright County Board Minutes

FEBRUARY 26, 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 2-19-02, seconded by Mattson, carried 5-0.

Petitions were accepted to the Agenda as follows: Consent Agenda Item A3, "Grant Step Increase For Larry Unger, Recorder. Move From Step B-8 To Step B-9, Eff. 2-5-02" (Norman); Consent Item E1, Auditor, "Claim, MFRA, $1,848.50, Engineering Services-January 2002, Lake Charlotte/Martha Sewer Project" (Gruber); Consent Item E2, "Claim, Utility Systems Of America, $83,212.69, Payment #4, Lake Charlotte/Martha Sewer Project" (Gruber). Mattson moved to approve the Agenda as amended, seconded by Eichelberg, carried 5-0.

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


1. Performance Appraisals: L. Thingvold, Assr.; E. Liberato, K. Mottl, D. Snyder, T. Zins, Atty.; C. Barthel, R. Hagel, Bldg. Maint.; L. Schallock, Recorder; N. Borrett, R. DuBois, R. Halverson, P. Loch, K. Schwietering, Sher./Corr.

2. Charitable Gambling Application, Friendship Ventures (Corinna Twp.).

3. Grant Step Increase For Larry Unger, Recorder. Move From Step B-8 To Step B-9, Eff. 2-5-02.


1. Schedule Technology Committee Meeting RE: GIS Update, Application For NACO/ESRI Technology Foundation Grant, Record Management Project Update, Remove Caller ID On County Trunks.


1. Approve Hire, Julie Gutknecht, Office Assistant, Eff. 3-4-02 (Step 1).


1. Acknowledge Appointment, Lee Mayer, Deputy Sheriff, Eff. 3-6-02 (Grade 5).


1. Claim, MFRA, $1,848.50, Engineering Services-January, 2002, Lake Charlotte/Martha Sewer Project.

2. Claim, Utility Systems Of America, $83,212.69, Payment #4, Lake Charlotte/Martha Sewer Project.

At 9:05 A.M., Claire Solien was honored for her service to Wright County. She will retire effective 2-28-02. Solien was hired as a temporary employee in the Auditor's Office in approximately 1969, working full-time from 1971 to 1972 and from 1985 to the present. She moved to Lead Clerk in the Assessor's Office in May, 1986 and has remained in that office ever since. Her most recent position was Assessment Assistant. Doug Gruber, Auditor/Treasurer, spoke highly of Solien's work habits describing them as timely, organized and accurate. Gruber said he was honored to know Solien as a friend and coworker. Randy DesMarais presented Solien a plaque recognizing her for her dedicated service.

Gruber said that address changes on 106th Street NW (from 7602-7854) should be referred to committee for discussion. These properties are mostly seasonal and are located on Sugar Lake Beach in Corinna Township. The County shows the property addresses to be Maple Lake but the Post Office reflects them as Annandale. When an address change involves a city change, it affects the E-911 address. Gruber said the MIS Director did not feel this issue was appropriate for the Technology Committee. At the first meeting in 2002, the County Board approved the formation of the Technology Committee, combining the Communications and MIS/Steering Committees into one. The consensus of the Board was that when these Committees were combined, the newly formed Technology Committee was to take the place of both Committees. Jude moved to send this issue to the Technology Committee which will be held on 3-13-02. This issue would be the last Agenda item, allowing those serving on the Committee, but not involved with the issue an opportunity to leave the meeting at that time. The motion was seconded by Sawatzke and carried unanimously.

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

Randy DesMarais, Deputy Assessor, received correspondence from the Department Of Revenue indicating the County Board of Appeal & Equalization dates must be set between 6-17-02 and 6-28-02. Eichelberg moved to establish the dates for 6-17-02 @ 9:00 A.M., 6-19-01 @ 9:00 A.M. (if needed), and 6-25-02 @ 8:30 A.M. (to finalize). The motion was seconded by Jude and carried 5-0. Mattson noted that he will not be present on 6-17-02. Gruber is a voting member and can vote in Mattson's absence.

Marc Mattice, Parks Administrator, reviewed the February Parks Commission minutes and recommendations. The Parks Commission voted in favor to proceed with mailing out a letter to landowners next to regional parks (Beebe Lake, Collinwood, Ney, Stanley Eddy, Bill Anderson, Harry Larson, Clearwater/Pleasant). The letter provides education to landowners on conservation practices for land protection. The Parks Commission recommended requesting a committee meeting to discuss a public random sampling survey. The survey would request input on potential park acquisition/development/

improvements, and provide information on roads, Jail, Government Center expansion, bike paths, zoning rules and other related issues. It was the consensus of the County Board that Mattice provide information to all department heads on the concept and bring their response back to the Board. As an informational item, Mattice announced a Regional Trail Planning Meeting being held at Ney Park on 3-26-02 @ 7:00 P.M.

Representatives from Wright Hennepin (WH) Electric met with the Board to discuss ditch ROW services. Brent Morningstar indicated that WH can provide services for trees, brush control, mowing and spraying which may represent savings to the County. Mike Hofmann, WH Response Coordinator, explained that their division has affiliations with experienced contractors to provide these services and could provide services at a reduced cost if WH has scheduled work in an area. If there is not service in a particular area, they can provide estimates to perform the work. They are FEMA approved for storm cleanup providing 24 hour/day availability. Stan Meyer, WH, said they know in advance where their crews will be working so any services could be coordinated ahead of time with the Highway Department. Crews will be working in the northern half of Wright County this year for ROW clearing and spraying. Jude moved to refer this issue to the Transportation Committee, seconded by Mattson, carried 5-0.

Sheri Harris, Central MN Housing Partnership, Inc., (CMHP) said the CMHP is a nonprofit organization providing affordable housing in a sixteen-county region. Information was made available on the various programs offered. In 1999, the County Board passed a resolution supporting the CMHP's role in administrating the HOME program on behalf of the County with approval granted through 2003. The HOME Program is utilized by private and nonprofit owners to rehabilitate rental properties. Harris explained that the MHFA has requested that all county resolutions be updated for a new four-year time period. Since 1996, Wright County has received more than $1 million through the program. Jude moved to adopt Resolution #02-20 authorizing the CMHP to submit an "Application for Administrative Authority" to the MHFA for participation in the Home Rental Rehabilitation Program. The CMHP will be the administrator on behalf of the County for a four-year period. The motion was seconded by Eichelberg and carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.

A Gravel Tax Task Force meeting was held on 2-21-02. A summary of the minutes and discussion at today's meeting follows:

The committee meeting was summarized as follows: Recommend an implementation date of 7/1/02 with anything bid prior to that date being exempt; initially distribute the 30% to cities and townships according to where the gravel originated with review after the first year; use the Gravel Tax Task Force as an advisory committee to review the development of policies and operating procedures; and set and publish a public hearing date. It was suggested that in addition to a published notice regarding a public hearing that an informational sheet be prepared which could be mailed to gravel haulers, contractors and cities/townships which would provide general information in advance of the hearing. Asleson stated he would work with Gruber to prepare a summary of what is being proposed. Gruber stated he envisions compiling a list of contractors with a form sent out quarterly. Bonk indicated he would prefer to pay on a monthly basis. It was clarified the tax would apply to when gravel is extracted and not when a contractor receives payment.

At today's Board meeting, Jude explained that it is recommended to move forward with the public hearing. After the hearing, other issues which will need to be addressed include: 1) Date of implementation; 2) Allow exemptions for contracted bids; 3) Decide where the 30% township money will go. Jude said departments have indicated that additional staffing will not be required to implement the gravel tax. Various implementation dates are being reviewed. If an earlier date is selected, allowances may be made for contracts already bid. Brian Asleson, Chief Deputy Attorney, indicated a 60-day notice to implement the tax was discussed. Once the hearing has been set, he will publish the notice and distribute it to as many operators as possible. Sawatzke made a correction on page 2, 1st paragraph, 2nd sentence, change the word "equally" to "proportionately." Jude moved to pass the minutes and recommendation noting the correction, seconded by Sawatzke, carried 5-0. On a motion by Jude, second by Mattson, all voted to schedule the Gravel Tax Public Hearing for 4-9-02 at 10:00 A.M. The public notice will include a notation that written comment will be accepted.

Chuck Davis, Environmental Health Officer, brought forth a recommendation that based upon the Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) completed for Tiller Corporation's Silver Creek Sand & Gravel Mine that an Environmental Impact Study (EIS) is not required. The operation was permitted in 1967 and if granted, the approval for continued operation of the mine would authorize excavation of over forty acres to a depth in excess of ten feet. The EAW was prepared on 12-7-01. Notice of the availability of the EAW was published in the EQB Monitor soliciting comments. The EAW was also distributed to the EQB's distribution list as required by law. The only comments received were from the SWCD and the DNR, and a response has been sent. Davis explained that the mining of the additional forty acres will occur in pasture land with a 700' buffer from the river. Very few complaints have been received on this pit. Davis was confident in the reclamation plan as it must be coordinated with Excel Energy and submitted to the Planning Commission in order for mining to proceed. Mike Caron, Barton Sand & Gravel, explained their plans for reclamation. Jude moved to accept the recommendation from Davis to sign the EIS decision document recommending that an EIS not be completed. The motion was seconded by Mattson and carried 5-0.

On a motion by Sawatzke, second by Eichelberg, all voted to adopt Resolution #02-21 approving a Charitable Gambling Application for the Monticello Lions Club (Monticello Township).

Eichelberg moved to authorize attendance at the Local Government Forum on 3-6-02, Stearns County History Museum. The motion was seconded by Mattson and carried 5-0. Jude felt that the program should be coordinated with the St. Cloud Council on Aging.

Sawatzke will make available the East Central Regional Juvenile Detention Center Annual Report. He anticipated a rebate due to more beds being used than what was budgeted. This was provided as an informational item.

Bills Approved

Advantage Emblem, Inc. 955.67

Allina Medical 483.00

Anderson, Earl, Inc. 561.86

Annandale Rock Products 7559.40

Ardea Communications 256.25

AT&T 1266.64

B&D Plumbing & Heating 240.00

Bear Graphics, Inc. 268.34

Best, Inc. 3883.33

Bound Tree Parr, LLC 1826.35

Boyer Truck Parts 1378.39

Brock White Co., LLC 10,574.05

Brown Cty Evaluation Center, In 840.00

Buffalo Drug 1170.77

Buffalo Hospital-OTPT Commerci 602.30

Case Credit 115.41

Central Lakes College 1000.00

Central MN Sane Program 2000.00

Cintas Corp No 748 175.92

Climate Air 1849.56

Cole Papers, Inc. 1142.85

Columbia Propane 423.76

Commissioner of Transportation 8442.20

CPS Technology Solutions 276.14

Crow River Tools 350.91

Data 911 Systems 5609.35

Decorative Designs, Inc. 175.53

Delano Municipal Utilities 122.37

Erickson, Randolph 122.74

Frontier Precision, Inc. 320.78

Gateway Companies, Inc. 1136.00

Goodhue County Adult Detention 1276.16

Granite Pest Control Services 104.37

Howard Green Co. 2520.43

Hansen Advertising Specialties 392.95

Hawkins, Virgil 100.00

Hickory Tech 127.38

Hickory Tech Entreprise Soluti 1911.84

Indelco Plastics Corp 106.20

Janikula, Tracy 100.57

Kinderprint Co., Inc. 438.94

Kustom Signals, Inc. 161.54

L.N. Sickels Company 12,604.28

Lake Region Coop Oil 24,261.25

LaPlant Demo, Inc. 404.80

Loberg Electric 169.28

MACPZA 17.00

Maple Lake Lumber Company 325.89

Marco Business Products 309.76

McMaster-Carr Supply Co 105.86

Menards 537.23

Midland Corporate Benefits Svc 689.00

Miller, David 148.05

MN Pollution Control Agency 240.00

MN Society of Prof Surveyors 410.00

MN Transportation Alliance 796.18

Monticello Ford Mercury Inc. 1079.39

Morrie's Buffalo Chrysler 158.20

Motorola, Inc. 2775.00

National Business Systems, Inc. 13,748.00

National Recreation & Park Ass 150.00

NEBS, Inc. 204.00

North American Salt Co. 27,605.17

Office Depot 2611.87

Phillips Petroleum Company 423.70

Precision Midwest 207.00

Precision Prints of Wright Co. 436.00

Qwest 115.72

Record Preservation, Inc. 314.00

Reliant Energy Minnegasco 4705.36

Royal Tire, Inc. 1658.39

Sandberg, Scott 121.41

Secretary of State 1006.56

SEH 1082.88

Setina Mfg. Co., Inc. 1001.87

Sirchie 215.95

Special Operations Training As 580.00

St. Cloud Times 210.66

Standard Spring Company 311.46

Star Tribune 478.00

State of MN Intertech Group 421.75

Streichers 952.45

Thermal Technologies, Inc. 1984.00

Tools Unlimited 784.84

Total Printing 2177.71

Uniforms Unlimited 1604.71

C Walker Trucking 216.00

A Weege Construction, Inc. 370.00

West Group Payment Center 1270.42

Wright County Auditor-Treas. 124.00

Wright County Highway Dept. 17,272.77

Wright-Hennepin Electric 3067.74

Xcel Energy 1128.32

Zack's, Inc. 1270.03

ZEP Manufacturing Company 259.52

26 payments less than $100 1602.43

Final Total $119,349.14

The meeting adjourned at 10:12 A.M.

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