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Wright County Board Minutes

MAY 7, 2002

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

Sawatzke moved to approve the minutes of 4-30-02, seconded by Eichelberg, carried 5-0.

Petitions were accepted to the Agenda as follows: Item For Consid. #2, "Discussion With Bonestroo & Associates RE: Bio Solids" (Russek). Jude moved to approve the Agenda as amended, seconded by Eichelberg, carried unanimously.

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


1. Performance Appraisals: K. Jopp, P&Z; Bernard Williamson, Sheriff.

2. AMC Dist. V Meeting, 6-3-02, Princeton.

3. Claim, Briggs & Morgan, $728.50.

4. O/T Report, Period Ending 4-26-02.

5. Refer Short-Term Remodeling Project To Building Committee.

6. Refer Long Range Planning/C.I.P. To Committee.


1. Approve Tobacco Licenses: Albertville Mobil LLC (Albertville City); and Finish Line Grill & Bar (Cokato City).

2. Approve Renewal Seasonal On Sale Beer License For Clearwater Lions Club (Clearwater Twp.).


1. Approve Hire, Brian Stoll, Case Aide, Eff. 5-13-02 (Step 1).


1. Reappoint Wayne Fingalson As County Engineer For Four-Year Term; Approve Bond Payment Per Statute 163.07.

As part of Boy/Girl County Day, students attended a portion of today's meeting to learn more about County Board proceedings. The County Board introduced themselves and their districts.

Brian Asleson, Chief Deputy Attorney, distributed a draft Tattoo and Body Piercing Ordinance for review. The State Department of Public Health does not regulate these activities. The County will consider passing this Ordinance due to concerns raised by public health authorities. Asleson explained the purpose is not to prohibit these activities but to regulate them from a public health standpoint. The Ordinance would require an annual fee and set procedures relating to keeping the premises and equipment clean. The main focus is to prevent blood borne pathogen diseases. Cities and townships can adopt their own ordinances but they must be at least as strict as what the County adopts. The Ordinance will call for a person to be 18 years of age for body piercing or tattooing. If the person is under 18 years of age, they can obtain piercing with written consent from their parents and the parents must be present. The Ordinance would prohibit tattooing and permanent cosmetics for anyone under 18 years of age, even with parental consent. The draft Ordinance is not yet ready for adoption as additional language changes will be made. These changes relate to license fees, obtaining permits from the local land use authority, language prohibiting other types of body art, insurance and business location (cannot be mobile). A public hearing will not be required on the proposed annual license fee as it is not a fee for service but rather a licensing fee.

On a motion by Jude, second by Mattson, all voted to approve a plat, "DICKINSON SPRING INDUSTRIAL PARK 2ND ADDITION," as submitted by Valhalla Land Company, LLC, a Minnesota Limited Liability Company (Bradley J. Hayes & Bradley J. McKown, officers), fee owner of the following property described as: Lot 2, Block 1, DICKINSON SPRING INDUSTRIAL PARK, according to the record plat thereof. Has caused the same to be surveyed and platted as DICKINSON SPRING INDUSTRIAL PARK 2ND ADDITION; with all outstanding taxes having been paid; all platting fees have been paid; the roads are already in place; and a title letter from Bradley W. Solheim, Attorney at Law, has been reviewed by Thomas C. Zins, Assistant County Attorney, who finds the plat ready to be recorded, along with the Consent to Plat letter submitted by Citizens State Bank of Norwood-Young America, who holds a lien on the property.

Doug Gruber, Auditor/Treasurer, presented the claims listing for approval. Gruber made a correction on page 7, Bill Stephens ($34.68). The claim was coded as Per Diems (6114) and will be corrected to Mileage (6331). On a motion by Eichelberg, second by Mattson, all voted to approve the claims as listed in the abstract, subject to audit.

Wayne Fingalson, Highway Engineer, presented a resolution proclaiming May 12-18, 2002 as "Transportation Week For Wright County." Jude moved to adopt Resolution #02-28, seconded by Sawatzke, carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.

A Transportation Committee Of The Whole meeting was held on 4-23-02. A summary of the minutes and action at today's meeting follows:

Presentation from City of Albertville Regarding Transportation Issues. Discussion centered around a traffic study completed by SEH reflecting traffic projections in the Albertville mall area and what will happen in the Albertville area if nothing is done to improve the situation. The Albertville City Council may consider requiring additional frontage when building. Growth in the area will continue as their moratorium has expired. This was provided as an informational item.

Presentation from City of St. Michael Regarding Their Recent Traffic Study. A study was performed by SRF on the downtown and town center area. Improvements will include widening of TH241 to four-lane, new turn lanes and additional traffic signals. Also discussed were plans for a possible bridge crossing over the Crow River into Hennepin County at CR 144 and CSAH 20, alleviating pressure on the St. Michael area roadways. This was provided as an informational item.

Regional Trail Planning-Marc Mattice. A plan was adopted by the County Board for bikeways in 1992 which provides for paved shoulders on all highway improvement projects with traffic volumes over 1000 vehicles/day. The River County Bike Trail Club is developing a concept plan for a regional trail (a trail detached from the highways) system at the county, township and city levels by incorporating the current trails into that plan. Many of the proposed trails follow the road system and Mattice would like to tie them in with the Highway Department's Five-Year Plan so they could be included in construction plans. Concern was expressed with regard to the incompatibility of motorized vehicles and non-motorized vehicles. Suggested was separate trails for each. The recommendation was that Marc Mattice should continue working on a plan for a regional trail system and bring it back to this Committee when it is further developed.

Discuss Resolutions Requested from Mn/DOT for the Three IRC Studies. Three Inter-Regional Corridor projects have been approved by Mn/DOT. The concept of the IRC group is to connect the trade centers, based on different sized cities, and preserve them to their highest economic vitality. The Committee recommendation was to approve the three resolutions of support for the three IRC studies relating to the I-94 Corridor Plan, the TH 10/TH 24 Interregional Corridor Management Plan, the TH 101/TH 169 Corridor Management Plan.

Discuss Development of Written Snow/Ice Control Policy. The policy would be used as a guideline for service. Increase in traffic and growth has started to affect the level of service provided. The Committee recommendation was to have the Highway Department staff check with the County's legal staff and MCIT regarding development of a policy.

Discuss Options for 5-Year Public Meeting/Road Tour. Fingalson recommended the public meeting be delayed until Fall due to the uncertain outcome of the legislative action on transportation funding. The Committee agreed the Fall would be a better time for the 5-Year Public Meeting and road tour.

At today's County Board meeting, the resolutions relating to the MnDOT IRC studies were adopted. On a motion by Jude, second by Mattson, roll call vote carried 5-0 to adopt Resolution #02-29 endorsing the I-94 Corridor Plan. On a motion by Sawatzke, second by Eichelberg, roll call vote carried 5-0 to adopt Resolution #02-30 adopting the TH 10/TH 24 Interregional Corridor Management Plan. On a motion by Eichelberg, second by Mattson, roll call vote carried 5-0 to adopt

Resolution #02-31 adopting the TH 101/TH 169 Interregional Corridor Management Plan. Jude moved to approve the Transportation Committee minutes, seconded by Mattson, carried 5-0.

Laid over from the last meeting, the lease agreement with the Department of Public Safety was discussed. The agreement expires 7-1-02. They are requesting a three-year contract effective 7-1-02 through 6-30-05 with an option to extend the agreement an additional year. County space needs were discussed during the recent Leadership Team Retreat and Building Committee meetings. The consensus was to not renew the agreement. Eichelberg noted that the Post Office will not be delivering mail to individual departments any longer. This will result in the need to move forward on short range plans to accommodate security and space for the mail. Sawatzke suggested allowing a short term extension of the agreement with the Department of Public Safety in an effort to provide convenience for the public. The room is utilized by them on Tuesday and Wednesday. Sawatzke inquired whether the room could be used for meetings on the days it was not being used by the State. It was the consensus that this would not be an option as the State stores some of their materials in this area. Jude moved to authorize the extension of the agreement until 12-31-02, seconded by Eichelberg. The motion includes authorizing Norman to work with the Department of Public Safety on this issue. The motion was seconded by Eichelberg. Sawatzke felt that the County could possibly find another shared space in the building which the State could utilize on Tuesday and Wednesday and the County could use on the other days. Eichelberg stated the motion deals with the current space only. The motion carried 4-1 with Sawatzke casting the nay vote.

Russek was contacted by Mark Nordgard, Bonestroo & Associates, regarding a bio-solid plan for 4-5 Wright County cities. Use of the Compost Facility was discussed. Russek explained that the County is in the process of developing a RFP for that purpose. He did inform Nordgard that the PCA previously indicated that the Facility was not permitted for bio-solid use. Nordgard would like to schedule a Board tour of a bio-solids plant in Ellsworth, Wisconsin.

Bills Approved

Advantage Water Conditioning 169.76

Albertville Body Shop, Inc. 1,149.19

Allina Health Systems 294.00

Allina Medical 490.00

American Bio Medica Corporatio 126.64

Ancom Technical Center 443.50

Andys Towing Service, Inc. 265.25

AT&T 163.52

B&D Plumbing & Heating 152.00

Beaudry Propane, Inc. 1,808.37

City Buffalo 24,123.23

Centra Sota Lake Region LLC 362.88

Climate Air 472.00

Cokato Township 454.60

Franklin Denn 392.16

Randal Desmarais 122.06

Elmer Eichelberg 317.07

Enterprise Dispatch 264.00

Epa Audio Visual, Inc. 142.50

Gateway Companies, Inc. 165.00

Todd Gau 182.24

W Grainger, Inc. 357.47

Rich Halvorson 399.86

Hardrives, Inc. 292.88

Hickman Service, Inc. 223.45

Hillyard Floor Care Supply 1,496.96

Holiday 1,956.71

Holt Motors, Inc. 125.00

Icma Distribution Center 207.68

Junction Towing H Auto Repair 119.81

Lab Safety Supply, Inc. 114.72

Lilia Lantto 110.00

Loffler Business Systems, Inc. 2,211.47

Maple Lake Lumber Company 602.26 Marco Business Products 1,985.89

Mariposa Publishing 110.76

Marties Farm Service 106.50

Denise McCalla 150.36

Midwest Bank Note Company 155.75

Nathan Miller 369.58

Minnesota Chemical Company 271.72

Neopost 197.03

Nextel Communications 995.94

Richard Norman 123.90

David Nystuen 338.49

Office Depot 1,654.25

Anne Parker 328.10

Performance Office Papers 428.34

Precision Prints Of Wright Co. 135.58

Press & News Publications 165.00

Public Safety Equipment Co. 2,287.85

Record Preservation, Inc. 415.50

Reliant Energy Minnegasco 4,737.06

Rihm Kenworth, Inc. 15,876.28

St Cloud Medical Group Pa. 259.58

Stationers, Inc. 458.37

Total Printing 1,520.29

Varner Sheet Metal, Inc. 115.00

Wheeler Lumber Operations 319.50

Wright County Highway Dept. 22,526.28

Wright County Journal Press 259.05

30 Payments Less Than $100 1,612.24

Final Total $98,182 43

The meeting adjourned at 10:20 A.M.

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