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Wright County Board Minutes

MAY 21, 2002

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

Mattson moved to approve the minutes of 5-14-02, seconded by Eichelberg, carried 5-0.

Petitions were accepted to the Agenda as follows: Consent Agenda Item A6, "Approve Leave Of Absence, Greg Gavel, Highway, Eff. 5-3-02" (Norman); Schedule Wayne Fingalson, Highway Engineer after the 9:30 A.M. Bid Opening to "Set A Transportation Committee Of The Whole Meeting" (Norman); Item For Consid. #7, "Highway 55 Corridor Information" (Jude); Item For Consid. #8, "Wayne Kessler, St. Michael Mayor" (Kessler). The 9:40 A.M. item where Sheriff Gary Miller was scheduled to meet with the Board regarding a COPS Grant was pulled from the Agenda and referred to the next County Board meeting. Jude moved to approve the Agenda as amended, seconded by Eichelberg, carried unanimously.

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


1. Performance Appraisals: L. Miller, Bldg. Maint.; B. Wall, MIS, S. Guffey, Recorder.

2. 1st Quarter Training Reports.

3. O/T Report, Period Ending 5-10-02.

4. Approve & Authorize Signatures, Separation Agreement, Korb Schwietering.

5. Sentence To Service Quarterly Report.

6. Approve Leave Of Absence, Greg Gavel, Highway, Eff. 5-3-02.


1. Approve Abatement, PIN #113-040-001010, Shark Industries LTD (City of Rockford).


1. Tobacco License For South Haven Conoco (South Haven City).


1. Refer To Technology Committee: 1) Purchase Of IBM E-Series 820 To Replace AS 400; 2) Review Of Quickpad Keyboard, Human Services; 3) Satellite Update.

Richard Norman, County Coordinator, introduced Personnel staff who successfully completed a seven-course offering through the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota and received a Public Sector Human Resources Certificate. This training was approved in the 2000 budget. Staff presented with certificates were Barb Petersen, Lori Pawelk, Judy Brown and Richard Norman. They were commended for the excellent service they provide.

A Personnel Committee Of The Whole meeting was held on 5-14-02. At today's meeting, Jude moved to approve the minutes, seconded by Sawatzke, carried 5-0:

Discuss Flexible Benefit Plan. Sherman gave a presentation using several overheads (attached). Basically, a true cafeteria plan has more complications when an employee leaves; i.e., what was withheld pre-tax versus taxed. Also, it is more susceptible to adverse risk selection. Thus, the programs selected by employees will have the most claims. The upside is that employees get to select the benefits that best fit their needs. An alternative to a cafeteria plan is our flexible benefit plan. It might be possible to offer additional selections under the current model. Sherman suggested surveying counties that have been using a cafeteria plan to see what their experience has been over time.

On a motion by Sawatzke, second by Jude, all voted to schedule a Long-Range Planning/C.I.P. Committee Meeting for 6-4-02 at 10:30 A.M.

At 9:11 A.M., Russek recessed the regular meeting and opened the Public Hearing on the Wright County Commissioners' Redistricting Plan and District Terms. Brian Asleson, Chief Deputy Attorney, said the Public Hearing was not required by Statute but he felt it appropriate to solicit public comment. Comment was taken from the public. Charlie Nelson, Mayor, Montrose, referenced the proposed plan and use of 2000 census figures. He felt it more appropriate to use today's actual population figures. He used Montrose as an example, where the population has risen from 1,143 in 2000 to 1,600 in 2002. Nelson also referenced § 375A.09, Modification of the Number and Method of Election of the County Board. Nelson said this

Statute allows for a County Board to consist of 3, 5, 7 or 9 members and suggested potentially going to a 7-member Board in Wright County. The other Statute referenced, § 375.056, Seven-Member Board, indicates that a county may adopt a resolution providing for a seven-county board if the population is 100,000 or more. Asleson said further research would be required to determine whether a public hearing or referendum would be required to move to a seven-member board. Sawatzke questioned whether this could even be considered due to the 5-28-02 deadline to establish districts. Asleson recommended the County follow the 2000 census figures as that is what the State used for redistricting. Use of current population figures could also subject the County to challenge. The Public Hearing was closed at 9:17 A.M. and the regular meeting was reconvened.

Sawatzke moved to adopt Resolution #02-33 adopting the Redistricting 2000 Findings and Terms, seconded by Mattson, carried 3-2 on a roll call vote (Eichelberg and Jude casting the nay votes):

Resolution #02-33




WHEREAS The data provided as a result of the 2000 Census indicates that the current County Commissioner districts are greatly unequal in population, with a total range of over 34% from high to low districts; and

WHEREAS The Wright County Board of Commissioners desires to fulfill its obligation under Minnesota Statutes, Section 375.025 to redistrict the County so as to better meet the standards set out therein; and

WHEREAS The Wright County Board of Commissioners has carefully considered the redistricting criteria contained on the following page;

NOW, THEREFORE, the Wright County Board of Commissioners hereby adopts the redistricting plan contained on the attached map and listing of precincts.

FURTHER, the Wright County Board of Commissioners makes the following FINDINGS regarding the plan adopted:

1. First and foremost, the plan forms districts that are nearly equal in population, with a total range of 4.80% from the largest to smallest district.

2. No district varies in population more than 10% from the average for all districts in the County.

3. A majority of the least populous districts contain a majority of the County's population, nearly 60%.

4. All districts are bounded by precinct boundaries.

5. Each district is made up of contiguous territory and is as compact as practicable. Several of the proposed plans were rejected because they were much less compact than the plan adopted or had contiguity problems.

6. Although the City of Buffalo is not preserved in one district, the proposed plans which accomplished that goal were much more unequal from a population standpoint or were much less compact. In honoring the higher ranking criteria, it became impossible to keep the entire city in the same Commissioner district. All other political subdivisions are preserved in one district by the plan adopted.

7. Communities of interest are preserved: District 5 is primarily rural; District 3 is rural with growth along its eastern edge; Districts 2 and 4 are along growth corridors; and District 1 contains many of the finest lakes in the County.

8. The plan is neutral towards incumbents with no pairing of Commissioners and most districts retaining a significant portion of their previous territory.

9. Under the plan adopted, there shall be a new election of Commissioners in all districts at the next general election.

10. At the next general election, Commissioners for Districts 1 and 3 shall be elected for two- year terms and Commissioners for Districts 2, 4 and 5 shall be elected for four-year terms, so as to provide for staggered terms on the County Board.

On a motion by Eichelberg, second by Mattson, all voted to acknowledge receipt of the April Revenue/Expenditure Guideline Reports.

The claims listing was reviewed. Bob Hiivala, Chief Deputy Auditor, made the following corrections: Page 1, American Business Forms ($4,598.14) for traffic citations was incorrectly coded to 6233, Photocopying, and will be corrected to 6411, Operating Supplies; Page 2, Tab Products Co. ($2,735.83), was incorrectly coded to 6261, Professional Services, and will be corrected to 6621, Equipment. Mattson moved to approve the claims as listed in the abstract, subject to audit. The motion as seconded by Eichelberg and carried unanimously.

Mattson moved to approve participation in the Cooperative Purchasing Venture Program for 2002-2003 and to approve payment of the claim for the Comprehensive Subscription, $1,500, allowing participation by cities and townships at a cost of $40/year. The motion was seconded by Sawatzke and carried 5-0.

Correspondence from AMC relating to the 2001/2002 NACo Steering Committee Nominations was discussed. It was the consensus that if a Commissioner desired to be nominated, they could place it on a future Agenda for discussion.

At 9:30 A.M., Russek closed the bid process for the 2002 Bituminous Overlay Program for CSAH 39, CR 120, CR 144, and various County patching. Engineer's estimate was $1,416,522.09. On a motion by Jude, second by Sawatzke, all voted to lay the bids over until later in the meeting:

Bidder; Bid Bond; Bid Amount

Buffalo Bituminous, Inc.; Yes; $1,549,999.58

Duininck Bros.; Yes; $1,754,217.28

Bauerly Companies; Yes; $1,640,228.64

On a motion by Sawatzke, second by Mattson, all voted to schedule a Transportation Committee Of The Whole Meeting for 5-29-02 at 9:00 A.M. Agenda Items will include: 1) Review/Recommend Approval of TH 12/CSAH 16/CSAH 17/CSAH 30 Layout in Delano; 2) Discuss Agreement with City of Otsego for Waterfront Development; 3) Discuss CSAH 14 Issues; 4) Snow/Ice Control Written Policy Status.

Correspondence was received from John Danielson on behalf of the Buffalo Days Committee requesting use of the County parking lot located at the corner of Lake Blvd. and Central Ave. from 4:30 P.M. on 6-14-02 through 6-16-02. Mattson moved to approve the request, seconded by Sawatzke, carried 5-0.

Jude moved to adopt Resolution #02-34 authorizing signature on grant applications to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources for development and maintenance funds for the Wright County Snowmobile Association for the 2002-2003 season. The motion was seconded by Mattson and carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.

Jude said that Governor Ventura signed into law a transportation policy bill which includes the Highway 55 corridor project. Although no funding is designated at this time, MnDOT is directed to map this corridor. A Highway 55 corridor meeting will be held on 5-24-02 at Wright Hennepin Electric. Jude said he appreciated the work of Senator Ourada on this project and it shows what can be accomplished when people work together.

Wayne Kessler, St. Michael Mayor, read a letter to the Board supporting the request by the City of Albertville to fund improvements to CSAH 19 through tax abatement. This request was discussed at the 5-14-02 County Board meeting. Kessler felt that tax abatement could also be used to fund the Naber Avenue Interchange. The estimated cost of the Interchange is $15 million. Kessler felt that upgrade of the roads would provide an economic boost to the entire area. He asked that the Board keep an open mind and have vision when exploring the benefits of tax abatement. Discussion followed on the reasoning behind the Board's decision to not support the request. Not only would requests tie up future funding but many cities may be interested in use of the tax abatement funding. If a third of this project was funded through tax abatement, no other city could request use of funding for that year as there is a $5 million limit. In addition, all County taxpayers would be levied. Sawatzke said the City and School can abate their portion of the funding and designate it toward the project. Kessler felt the County should be willing to contribute to the project as it is a County road. Jude said that the County does need to have safe roads; however, residents in the western side of the County may not have their roads upgraded as often due to the growth in the eastern portion of the County. Sawatzke suggested a traditional TIF district due to the value of the land. Kessler requested that this issue be discussed further during a future Transportation Committee meeting.

Discussion resumed on the 2002 Bituminous Overlay Program bids. Fingalson confirmed there were no errors and recommended award to Buffalo Bituminous, $1,549,999.58. Fingalson said the prevailing wage increased from $16/hour to $27/hour which was not taken into account in the Engineer's Estimate and is another unfunded mandate. Jude moved to award the bid to Buffalo Bituminous, $1,549,999.58, seconded by Mattson. Norman questioned how much was budgeted in 2002 for overlay projects. Fingalson did not have his budget figures available but indicated he could provide a spreadsheet reflecting the funding status of projects. This project would borrow against next year's State Aid allocation. It was the consensus that the "Review of the Funding Situation" should be added to the upcoming Transportation Committee Of The Whole agenda. The motion carried 5-0.

Bills Approved

American Bio Medica Corporatio 354.00

American Business Forms 4598.14

American Institutional Supply 357.44

Ancom Communications, Inc. 421.74

Annandale Rock Products 817.78

APEC Corporation 477.28

AT&T 4871.52

BEST, Inc. 4355.81

Bristows Kawasaki & Polaris 1477.08

Budget Printing 258.29

Buff'N'Glo, Inc. 253.85

Buffalo Hospital 7250.00

Buildings Consulting Group, Inc. 5056.30

Catholic Charities 10,636.22

Clearwater City 482.00

Commissioner of Transportation 1865.72

Computer Training International 2047.02

Decorative Designs, Inc. 175.53

Delano Municipal Utilities 300.00

Demarais, Richard 102.68

Exxon Mobil 340.93

GCI Systems 299.27

Hance Utility Services, Inc. 194.90

Hickorytech-Wireless 659.98

Hillyard Floor Care Supply 173.45

Interstate Battery Sys of Mpls 456.24

Jahnke, Chris 267.56

J Johnson Sales & Services 880.00

Lake Region Co-op Oil 101.81

LaPlant Demo, Inc. 212.50

Laser Patrol L.L.C. 150.00

Lawson Products, Inc. 430.45

Loaf & Ladle 127.95

M-R Sign Company, Inc. 2233.70

Marco Business Products 298.31

MinnComm Paging 660.73

MN Board of Assessors 295.00

Monticello Ford Mercury, Inc. 350.66

Monticello Times 442.61

Motorola, Inc. 2918.96

Mpls. Community College 600.00

National Neiborhood Watch Inst. 239.63

Norman, Richard 255.06

Northern Tool & Equipment Co. 363.05

Office Depot 2368.31

Phillips Petroleum Company 1204.16

Qwest 7557.79

Record Preservation, Inc. 398.71

Royal Tire, Inc. 3047.55

Russells Lock & Key 215.85

Specialty Seeds, Inc. 193.50

St. Cloud Times 400.31

State of Minnesota ITD 261.49

Streichers 892.28

Tab Products Co. 3035.83

Total Printing 151.34

Tri State Surplus Co. 717.98

Uniforms Unlimites 173.28

University of Minnesota 340.00

Unlimited Electric, Inc. 277.91

Verizon Wireless 1594.32

Viking Coca-Cola Bottling Co. 310.50

Webb, Conrad 100.00

Woodland Township 1222.60

Wright-Hennepin Electric 3456.16

Xcel Energy 159.58

38 Payments less than $100 2022.27

Final Total $89,212.87

The meeting adjourned at 10:05 A.M.

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