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Wright County Board Minutes

JUNE 4, 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 5-28-02, seconded by Eichelberg, carried 5-0.

Petitions were accepted to the Agenda as follows: Aud./Treas. #3, "Proposal For Two Workstations, Auditor/Treasurer Office" (Gruber); Item For Consid. #1, "Award Bid, Sewer Grinder Pump" (Norman). Mattson moved to approve the Agenda as amended, seconded by Eichelberg, carried 5-0.

Sawatzke requested that Consent Item A4, "Auction Results" be removed for discussion. Sawatzke said there was a discrepancy in the figures presented. The County's portion of the costs to administer the auction were not the same as those of the Cities. This item will be laid over for one week to allow the Purchasing Agent to address the discrepancy. On a motion by Jude, second by Mattson, all voted to approve the remainder of the Consent Agenda (not including Item A4):


1. Performance Appraisals: J. Borrett, Assessor; A. Berg, Ct. Admin.; J. Adelman, IT; L. Hellerud, J. Mackereth, P. Seaman, T. Strege, Sheriff.

2. Claim, $5,886.00, MCIT 2001 Automobile Final Adjustment.

3. O/T Report, Period Ending 5-24-02.

5. Refer HAY Job Description Evaluation Results To Negotiation Committee.


1. Claim, Utility Systems Of America, $120,600.50, Payment #6 (Sewer Fund).

2. On Sale Liquor License, "Silver Springs Golf Course" (Monticello Twp.).


1. Approve Revised Right Of Way Schedule For CSAH 14 Project As Presented AT The 5-29-02 Transportation Committee Of The Whole Meeting.


1. Refer To Upcoming Technology Committee Meeting: 1) Centerline Maintenance Agreement With The Lawrence Group; 2) Budget 2003.


1. May Parks Commission Minutes and Ney Park Report.


1. Acknowledge Appointment, Kari Klatt, Communications Officer, Eff. 6-3-02 (Step 1).

Doug Gruber, Auditor/Treasurer, brought forth discussion on the renewal of the On/Off Sale Beer License for the Cokato Town & Country Club in Cokato Township. The application has been signed by the Sheriff and the County Attorney but is lacking signature of Cokato Township. Tom Kelly, Attorney, indicated that §340A.410, License Restrictions, indicates that counties may not issue a retail license to sell any alcoholic beverages unless the governing body of the town/township has consented. Tom Ollig, Cokato Town & Country Club Board Of Directors, said a motion was made to approve the license at the Township level but the motion failed as it was not seconded. He contacted the Township for a reason or response and has not received one. He said they have never had a negative incidence at the Club. The license is required for rental of the Club for weddings, birthdays, etc. The license expires the end of June. Ollig thought that the Township Board may be reviewing whether the Township should be dry (no alcohol). Kelly suggested that the Club possibly obtain a petition with signatures supporting the request and present it to the Township. The County Board informed Ollig that the Township could hold a special meeting to address the request so the license does not expire. Mattson moved to approve the license contingent upon Township approval, seconded by Jude, carried 5-0.

Gruber requested two workstations for the Auditor/Treasurer's Office at a cost of $5,292.62. The workstations would accommodate two staff members who perform a lot of keyboarding/data entry. They are currently working from a standard desk. Gruber requested that the purchase be taken from Budget 820, line item 6605 (Site Improvements). Mattson moved to refer the request to the Building Committee, seconded by Jude, carried 5-0.

The claims listing was reviewed. Eichelberg referenced page 10, Minnesota Copy Systems ($162.19) and questioned whether the fax toner should be coded to postage (6205) as reflected or possibly supplies (6409). Gruber will research and code to the appropriate line item. Mattson referenced page 13, Centra Sota, and questioned whether the claims listing printed in the Howard Lake Herald reflects the expense for propane for the Cokato shop as "outlying shops." He felt it should more appropriately read "Cokato P/W." On a motion by Mattson, second by Eichelberg, all voted to approve the claims as listed in the abstract, subject to audit.

Wayne Fingalson, Highway Engineer, presented a draft "Letter To The Editor" regarding Transportation Funding. The letter which would be sent to newspapers was drafted by the Minnesota Transportation Alliance and serves as a political move to keep the pressure on for transportation funding. Discussion followed on possible changes to the draft, including those made by Richard Norman, County Coordinator, and Attorney Tom Kelly. It was felt that the last paragraph should either be eliminated or approached in a more positive fashion. Mattson voiced opposition to what the gas tax would actually fund, stating that the Road & Bridge fund would be lucky to receive 1%-2%. Fingalson said a gas tax increase has not occurred since 1988. He referenced the serious problems with funding identified at the last Transportation Meeting. Sawatzke felt the letter could be redrafted with the suggested changes by Kelly and Norman and then be sent by the Transportation Alliance to the County newspapers. He did not feel the tone was that which should be coming from the County Board or Fingalson. Fingalson felt a letter from the County Board would have more impact than that of the Transportation Alliance. Jude moved to table this issue for one week, seconded by Eichelberg. Mattson referenced when Russek came forward with a letter to legislators regarding same sex insurance. The Board was advised by Frank Madden, Labor Law Attorney, that the Board should not be involved in this type of issue. Mattson said he did not want the letter to reflect his name. He thought that the $.03 gas tax could have been passed if they would have agreed on the Road & Bridge funding and not attached other project funding. The motion carried 4-1 with Mattson casting the nay vote.

Jude moved to adopt Resolution #02-35 and the Quit Claim Deed revoking to the City of Buffalo a segment of CSAH 35 (located in the City of Buffalo). The segment is located on the curve where the Buffalo Motel was located allowing setback requirements for the landowners. With the proposed schedule for realignment of CSAH 35, this section would revert back to the City anyway. The motion was seconded by Eichelberg and carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.

At 9:36 A.M., Russek recessed the meeting and opened the Public Hearing to receive public input on the proposed fees under the Wright County Tattoo and Body Piercing Ordinance. The proposed fees are $200 for the initial application and plan review and $200 for the annual permit fee. No public input was received. The Public Hearing was closed at 9:37 A.M. and the regular meeting was reconvened. On a motion by Mattson, second by Sawatzke, roll call vote carried 5-0 to adopt Resolution #02-36 establishing the fees under this Ordinance.

Bids for the Sewer Grinder Pump Project were opened at the last meeting and laid over for review. Norman recommended awarding the project to the low bidder, Holm Brothers, $57,550. The engineering consultant has reviewed the bid and recommends approval. Funding would be from Budget 820, Site Improvements. Eichelberg moved to award the bid, seconded by Jude, carried 5-0.

Bills Approved

ABM Equipment & Supply, Inc. 1160.71

Albertville Body Shop, Inc. 914.44

ANCOM Communications, Inc. 172.48

ANCOM Technical Center 367.79

Area Map Service 159.50

Arrow Terminal LLC 270.86

Assn. of MN Emergency Managers 130.00

Automatic Garage Door Company 277.73

Baers Body Shop, Inc. 1310.73

BEST, Inc. 4584.10

Bowman Distribution 235.86

Breezy Point Resort 691.65

Brethorst, Darnell 121.38

Burlington Northern SF RR 19,200.00

Catco Parts Service 696.20

Cellular 2000 of St. Cloud 454.07

Centra Sota Lake Region LLC 32,226.68

Central Lock & Safe 188.50

Cintas Corp No 748 273.78

Clearwater City 1322.50

Climate Air 1230.40

Commissioner of Transportation 1896.62

Contech Construction Product 10,754.00

Election Systems & Software In 169.75

Gateway Companies, Inc. 379.00

Gilson Companies, Inc. 193.44

Going Under Dive Center 874.75

Gould Bros. Chev-Olds 106.50

Grafix Shoppe 123.01

Howard Greene Co. 475.33

H&R Const. Co. 1900.00

Helmers, Thaddeus 338.49

HTE, Inc. 852.00

Intoximeters, Inc. 224.18

J Craft, Inc. 720.44

Klatt True Value Electric 111.90

Kustom Signals, Inc. 150.50

Lakeland Truck Center, Inc. 478.89

Lee's Farm & Garden Store 103.52

Little Falls Machine 738.23

Marco Business Products 1183.17

Marlin Leasing Corporation 1069.86

MinnComm Paging 364.80

Minnesota Copy Systems 162.19

MN County Recorders Assoc. 125.00

MN Safety Council 1350.00

Mobile Vision 705.00

Morrie's Buffalo Chrysler 782.22

Morris Excavating, Inc. 255.00

Motorola, Inc. 2947.25

Office Depot 820.36

Olsen Chain & Cable Co., Inc. 137.39

Powerplan 8108.81

Prairie Country RC&D 6230.00

Press & News Publications 126.80

Red's Auto Electric 128.26

Reliant Energy Minnegasco 2583.49

Royal Tire, Inc. 532.50

Russells Lock & Key 252.62

Specialty Seeds, Inc. 162.00

Stepp Mfg. Company, Inc. 607.65

Trimble Navigation, LTD 1394.64

Uniforms Unlimited 445.36

Unique Photo 816.20

Utility Systems of America 120,600.50

Verizon Wireless 682.88

Victory Corps 451.06

Voss Lighting 130.87

Wal-Mart Store 01-1577 492.62

Wright County Highway Dept. 23,527.43

Xcel Energy 643.54

40 payments less than $100 2292.84

Final Total $266,692.22

The meeting adjourned at 9:40 A.M.

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