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Wright County Board Minutes

JULY 16, 2002

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

Eichelberg moved to approve the minutes of 7-2-02, seconded by Jude, carried 5-0.

Petitions were accepted to the Agenda under Items For Consideration as follows: #5, "Request From Jay Wittstock" (Eichelberg); #6, "Update From Genell Reese RE: Flooding" (Mattson). As requested by Richard Norman, County Coordinator, Consent Agenda Item A5, "Charitable Gambling Application, Crow River Youth Hockey Assoc., Harley's Pub & Eatery (Rockford Twp.)" was moved to Items For Consid. #7. Mattson 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 as amended:

A. ADMINISTRATION

1. Performance Appraisals: L. Martie, Atty.; L. Crawford, Ct. Admin.; T. Hackenmueller, J. Russell, T. Waldron, Hwy.; C. Nelson, I.T.; D. Anselment, J. Carlen, Sher.; T. Eull, M. Miller, Sher./Cr.

2. Claim, Frank Madden, $58.20.

3. Authorize Signatures, Law Enforcement Contract, City Of Otsego.

4. Set Negotiation Committee Meeting, 9:00 A.M., 7/19/02.

6. Sentence To Service Quarterly Report.

B. ASSESSOR

1. Approve Abatement, PIN #103-056-010100, Ronald & Cheryl Ernesti (Buffalo City).

2. Approve Abatement, PIN #208-220-003040, Donald & Mary Keim (Franklin Township).

3. Approve Abatement, PIN #208-200-173103, Jon & Laura Brouwer (Franklin Township).

4. Approve Abatement, PIN #204-100-213400, John & Shirley Weber (Clearwater Township).

C. AUDITOR/TREASURER

1. Tobacco License, Divot's Bar & Grill (Albertville City).

D. PLANNING & ZONING

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

A. Approve a Rural Planned Unit Development District, Darrell Watkins (Maple Lake Twp.).

B. Approve Request To Rezone Approx. 35 Acres From AG To A/R, Rick Anderson (Corrina Twp.).

C. Approve Rezoning From AG And S-2 To R-2 And S-2, Jack & Betty Waldhauer (Southside Twp.).

D. Approve Request To Rezone From AG And S-2 To A/R And S-2, Brian T. Elliott (Chatham Twp.).

E. Approve Request To Rezone From AG And S-2 To A/R And S-2, Lampi Auctioneers (Clearwater Twp.).

Doug Gruber, Auditor/Treasurer, informed the Board of a term expiration for one of the seats on the Clearwater River Watershed District Board of Directors, effective 8-13-02. The Board of Directors is comprised of two representatives from Wright County, two from Stearns County and one from Meeker County. Jude moved to authorize advertising for the open vacancy with a deadline of 8-1-02, seconded by Sawatzke, carried 5-0.

Gruber provided notice of an acknowledgment of confession of judgement for Harold and Sandra Jammes., City of Otsego. Gruber thought that these acknowledgments may not have been presented to the Board in the past but felt it was proper protocol to notify the Board when a resident is in arrears on tax payments. The confession of judgement allows the property owner not to be in tax forfeiture if they pay 10% of the delinquent taxes up front, pay 1/10 of the delinquent taxes per year, and keep the current taxes paid. This was provided as an informational item.

John Sander, Springsted, presented the recommendations for the competitive negotiated sale of the $3,105,000 General Obligation Jail Refunding Bonds, Series 2002A and the $6,510,000 General Obligation Capital Improvement Plan Refunding Bonds, Series 2002B. The purpose of combining the two bond issues would be to realize a savings on the cost of issuance. Sander recommended the sale date and time to be 8-19-02 until 1:00 P.M. with award by the County Board on 8-20-02 at 9:00 A.M. Adopting the two resolutions today giving authorization to proceed with the sale would not commit the County, but Sander recommended moving forward due to interest rates. The bonds are being issued pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 475. The Jail Refunding Bond proceeds will be used to refund the 2-1-04 through 2-1-10 maturities of the County's General Obligation Jail Refunding Bonds, Series 1992B, dated 11-1-92. The CIP Refunding Bond proceeds will be used to refund the 12-1-03 through 12-1-10 maturities of the General Obligation Capital Improvement Plan Refunding Bonds, Series 1993A, dated 1-1-93. Included in the Terms of Proposal is a provision permitting the County to increase or reduce the principal amount of the Issue in any of the maturities, by up to $75,000 for the Jail Refunding Bonds and by up to $100,000 for the CIP Refunding Bonds. For the Jail Refunding Bonds, the first interest payment is due 8-1-03 and the principal is due 2-1-04 through 2-1-10. For the CIP Refunding Bonds, the first interest payment is due 6-1-03 and the principal is due 12-1-03 through 12-1-10. Both issues will be general obligations of the County, repaid from general ad valorem tax levies. The new call date is 2-1-08 for the Jail Refunding Bonds and 12-1-07 for the CIP Refunding Bonds. Under Federal Tax Law, financial institutions cannot deduct from income for federal income tax purposes expense that is allocable to carrying and acquiring tax-exempt bonds. However, there is an exemption for bank qualified obligations if the issuer does not issue more than $10 million of tax-exempt obligations in a calendar year. Current refunding must be closed within 90 days of the call date. Sander said it is more cost effective to sell both Bond Issues together to realize savings. It may result in an approximate 0.05% increase in interest rates. The estimated savings on the Jail Refunding Bonds is approximately $282,000. The estimated savings on the CIP Refunding Bonds is approximately $726,000. Sander said this equates to just over $1 million in future value of taxpayers savings or $883,000 in today's dollars.

Eichelberg moved to adopt Resolution #02-44 providing for the competitive negotiated sale of $3,105,000* General Obligation Jail Refunding Bonds, Series 2002A. The sale date and time will be 8-19-02 until 1:00 P.M. with an award by the County Board on 8-20-02 at 9:00 A.M. The motion was seconded by Jude and carried 5-0 on a roll call vote. The resolution reads as follows (the attachments referred to in the resolution are attached to the resolution and not to these minutes):

A. WHEREAS, the County Board of Commissioners of Wright County, Minnesota (the "County"), has heretofore determined that it is necessary and expedient to issue its $3,105,000* General Obligation Jail Refunding Bonds, Series 2002A (the "Bonds") to refund the February 1, 2004, through February 1, 2010 maturities of the County's General Obligation Jail Refunding Bonds, Series 1992B, dated November 1, 1992; and

B. WHEREAS, the County has retained Springsted Incorporated, in Saint Paul, Minnesota ("Springsted"), as its independent financial advisor and is therefore authorized to sell these obligations by a competitive negotiated sale in accordance with Minnesota Statutes, Section 475.60, Subdivision 2(9).

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the County Board of Commissioners of Wright County, Minnesota, as follows:

1.S Authorization; Findings. The County Board hereby authorizes Springsted to solicit bids for the competitive negotiated sale of the Bonds.

2. Meeting; Bid Opening. This County Board shall meet at the time and place specified in the Terms of Proposal attached hereto as Exhibit A for the purpose of considering sealed bids for, and awarding the sale of, the Bonds. The County Auditor or his designee, shall open bids at the time and place specified in such Terms of Proposal.

3. Terms of Proposal. The terms and conditions of the Bonds and the negotiation thereof are fully set forth in the "Terms of Proposal" attached hereto as Exhibit A and hereby approved and made a part hereof.

4. Official Statement. In connection with said competitive negotiated sale, the County Auditor and other officers or employees of the County are hereby authorized to cooperate with Springsted and participate in the preparation of an official statement for the Bonds, and to execute and deliver it on behalf of the County upon its completion.

Mattson moved to adopt Resolution #02-45 providing for the competitive negotiated sale of $6,510,000* General Obligation Capital Improvement Plan Refunding Bonds, Series 2002B. The sale date and time will be 8-19-02 until 1:00 P.M. with an award by the County Board on 8-20-02 at 9:00 A.M. The motion was seconded by Sawatzke and carried 5-0 on a roll call vote. The resolution reads as follows (the attachments referred to in the resolution are attached to the resolution and not to these minutes):

A. WHEREAS, the County Board of Commissioners of Wright County, Minnesota (the "County"), has heretofore determined that it is necessary and expedient to issue its $6,510,000* General Obligation Capital Improvement Plan Refunding Bonds, Series 2002B (the "Bonds") to refund the December 1, 2003, through December 1, 2010 maturities of the County's General Obligation Capital Improvement Plan Refunding Bonds, Series 1993A, dated January 1, 1993; and

B. WHEREAS, the County has retained Springsted Incorporated, in Saint Paul, Minnesota ("Springsted"), as its independent financial advisor and is therefore authorized to sell these obligations by a competitive negotiated sale in accordance with Minnesota Statutes, Section 475.60, Subdivision 2(9).

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the County Board of Commissioners of Wright County, Minnesota, as follows:

1. Authorization; Findings. The County Board hereby authorizes Springsted to solicit bids for the competitive negotiated sale of the Bonds.

2. Meeting; Bid Opening. This County Board shall meet at the time and place specified in the Terms of Proposal attached hereto as Exhibit A for the purpose of considering sealed bids for, and awarding the sale of, the Bonds. The County Auditor or his designee, shall open bids at the time and place specified in such Terms of Proposal.

3. Terms of Proposal. The terms and conditions of the Bonds and the negotiation thereof are fully set forth in the "Terms of Proposal" attached hereto as Exhibit A and hereby approved and made a part hereof.

4. Official Statement. In connection with said competitive negotiated sale, the County Auditor and other officers or employees of the County are hereby authorized to cooperate with Springsted and participate in the preparation of an official statement for the Bonds, and to execute and deliver it on behalf of the County upon its completion.

*subject to change.

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

Genell Reese, Civil Defense Director, said Wright County was declared a disaster area this morning. There will be a meeting held on 7-18-02 at 9:00 A.M., Government Center, to assist the cities and townships with completing the paperwork for the different agencies. Reese indicated that if the public has questions relating to damages, they should contact FEMA or go to the Disaster Relief Center in Howard Lake. (Note that this meeting date was changed later in today's meeting).

Tom Salkowski, Planning & Zoning Administrator, requested that the Board accept the findings and recommendations of the Planning Commission for denial of the request to rezone from AG to R-2a, Dean & Kathleen Spike (Clearwater Twp.). and authorize signature on the order of denial. Salkowski said that since the Spikes were not present today, the order of denial will be mailed to them. Jude previously indicated to Spike that the County would probably deny the request as the request does not fall within the Land Use Plan. The Town Board was split on the decision and their Plan will be reviewed in the near future. Sawatzke moved to accept the findings and recommendations of the Planning Commission to deny the request, seconded by Mattson, carried 5-0.

A Building Committee Meeting as held on 7-10-02. A summary of the minutes follows:

Concrete Repairs. The concrete and vapor barrier have deteriorated at the South entrances. Substantial repair work will be required. The possibility of putting in heat coils and taking out some of the planters will be analyzed. Hayes is requesting that we hire Building Consultants, Inc. to evaluate the situation and give us cost estimates. Recommendation: Hire Building Consultants, Inc.

Paint Jail Outdoor Recreation Area. The overhead steel in the outdoor recreation area needs sandblasting and painting. Corrosion is the main problem. Hayes has one quote and is seeking at least one more. Recommendation: Layover until next Committee meeting.

Card-Kay Access System. Nordeen stated the need for photo ID's with key access for judges and their staff who come here for cases. After discussion it was agreed that two Non-ID/Key Cards would be issued for "Sherburne Court Reporter" And "Sherburne Law Clerk". Access for the Court Reporter and Law Clerk would be limited to 7:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M., Monday - Friday. Fingalson is asking for card-key access for four doors at the Public Works Building. The Committee feels that only the exterior doors need card-key access at this time. Recommendation: Approve Nordeen's request. Hayes will get a quote from KNR Communication Services, Inc. for card-key access at the two exterior doors.

At today's meeting, Sawatzke questioned the card keys for the court reporter and law clerk. It was clarified that the keys will have access but no photograph so Nordeen can issue and monitor the keys. Jude moved to approve the minutes, seconded by Mattson, carried 5-0.

A Personnel Committee Meeting was held on 7-2-02. On a motion by Sawatzke, second by Eichelberg, all voted to approve the minutes and recommendation.

Christina Bernstetter's Request To Work Half-Time While On Education Leave, September 1, 2002- June 1, 2003. The County currently does not have a policy for allowing employees to go half time while completing their education and nor does this request fit within the parameters of the Personal Leave Policy, 602, which grants employees up to six months of personal leave to fulfill personal obligations. The cost to hire a part time contract employee to assume a portion of this employee's work load would be more expensive then what a full time regular employee is paid. Other issues that were discussed include the additional benefits that an employee with a MA Degree in the Child Services Department might offer, the value of retaining high quality employees, as well as alternate scenarios that would allow an employee to continue his/her education. There was discussion as to the precedence that would be set if this request was approved and how subsequent requests would be evaluated. Recommendation: This request does not fit within the guidelines of the County's Personal Leave Policy and would place a greater financial burden on the County, therefor this request is denied.

Alan and Jim Moy, Marysville Township residents, were present to discuss what they felt was an undersized culvert on 12-Mile Creek just below the culvert on CR #8. Jim Moy said that in 1978, Wright County installed a 169"w x 110"h culvert on CR #8. Approximately 300' downstream, the culvert is 90"w. Jim Moy felt the smaller culvert was causing the water to be backed up, resulting in flooding of about 115 homes on Waverly Lake and Little Waverly Lake. He said there was a 4' difference in water level from one side of the culvert to the other and that 47.3 square miles drains through this culvert. Photographs of the area were presented to the Board. The Moys have met with the DNR and the Department of Dam Safety. Both groups have indicated that something needs to be corrected. The Moys suggested possibly installing another culvert alongside the one that is currently in place. Wayne Fingalson, Highway Engineer, said that an analysis was performed by Mn/DOT when this culvert was installed indicating that the hydraulic capacity was the same. Fingalson's understanding was that even though there is a smaller culvert downstream, the backwater area was to serve as storage. Discussion followed on what effect repair would have on downstream properties, potential FEMA assistance, and involving the appropriate agencies. It was explained that this request would be considered a ditch improvement and WACA requirements must be followed. Waverly Mayor Charles Bush estimated damages at over $100,000. Adrian Duske, who serves on the Waverly Planning Commission, said they plan to send a letter to the SWCD and the County Board regarding the flooding and the culvert being undersized. He said the 47 miles of watershed either needs to be taken care of through diversion or water retention projects. He anticipated the problem to get worse due to development and the water flow upstream needed to be reduced. Mattson referenced discussion at the Township Association Meeting where it was suggested that trouble spots around the County be identified and reviewed by a hydrologist. Jude suggested creating a watershed district for the Waverly area. Retention projects could be completed with the assistance of grant funding. It would be a solution that would look at the whole area comprehensively. Jim Moy responded that both the large and small picture need to be reviewed. Alan Moy said his largest fear is that the issue is forgotten about when the water level recedes. He requested coordination of the repair. Brian Asleson, Chief Deputy Attorney, previously discussed the issue with Kerry Saxton, SWCD, who indicated that a hydrological study would have to be performed. Saxton said the SWCD did not have the expertise to cover the 47 miles. Mattson moved to direct Asleson to send a letter to the DNR, Army Corp of Engineers, and the Department of Dam Safety in an effort to bring together all groups for discussion on this issue. Saxton was also to be contacted to obtain a written opinion on the matter. The entire County Board will attend the meeting. The motion was seconded by Jude and carried 5-0.

Genell Reese, Civil Defense Director, said officials from the cities and townships are unable to attend the 7-18-02 meeting to assist them with paperwork relating to flood damage. The meeting has been rescheduled for 7-19-02 at 9:00 A.M., and will be held in the Community Room, Wright County Government Center.

A proposal from Buetow & Associates Architects was reviewed. The proposal is for professional services to remodel portions of the Government Center. The construction cost for 2002 is estimated to be $450,000 plus or minus 10%. Architectural services would be a lump sum fee of $49,500 plus reimbursable expenses. Jude moved to approve the proposal, seconded by Eichelberg, carried 5-0.

On a motion by Mattson, second by Eichelberg, all voted to schedule a Technology Committee Meeting for 7-31-02 at 9:00 A.M. Agenda items will include: 1) Geographic Information System (GIS) Plan; 2) Record Management Project.

Jude moved to adopt Resolution #02-46 approving the Resolution of Final Acceptance and authorizing first and final payment ($151,316.80) to Allied Blacktop Co. for Contract No. 0203 (Seal Coat). The motion was seconded by Sawatzke and carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.

The Board discussed a request from Jay Wittstock, Surveyor, asking that he be allowed to teach two courses at North Hennepin Community College in its GIS Technician Certificate Program in the fall and winter semesters. It was suggested that this arrangement be approved for one year and that the time missed would be made up. Jude moved to conceptually agree to the request, directing the Personnel Committee to refine the specific requirements. The motion was seconded by Sawatzke and carried 5-0.

On a motion by Sawatzke, second by Eichelberg, roll call vote carried 5-0 to adopt Resolution #02-47 in support of the Charitable Gambling Application (LG214 Premise Permit Application) for the Crow River Youth Hockey Association, Harley's Pub & Eatery (Rockford Twp.).

Norman referenced his mother recently passing away and thanked the Board for their support and understanding during the past several months. Jude stated that Ruth Homuth, past supervisor for Human Services, passed away. The wake will be held on 7-17-02 at St. John's Church in Annandale.

Bills Approved

Abrahamson, Brian 178.84

Allied Blacktop Co. 151,316.80

Allina Hospitals and Clinics 300.00

American Road & Trans. Builder 125.00

Ancom Technical Center 1216.74

Anderson Engineering LLC 5367.12

Anderson, Orval 4383.00

Annandale Advocate 159.00

Auto Glass Center, Inc. 973.42

Automatic Garage Door Co. 369.96

Avnet 2183.25

Backes, Joe 207.40

Bakeberg, George 376.16

Bob Barker Co. 217.15

Benton County Treasurer 7360.00

Berg Bag Company 12,166.56

Best, Inc. 4582.46

Bogart Pederson & Assoc., Inc. 1670.00

Bowman Sheet Metal 387.38

Boyer Truck Parts 117.56

Buffalo Hospital 7300.35

Buffalo Hospital-OTPT Commerci 162.00

Buffalo City 30384.62

Cellular 2000 of St. Cloud 262.19

Centra Sota Lake Region LLC 15,000.00

Central Lock & Safe 268.50

Central MN Sane Program 5175.00

Cintas Corp. No. 470 273.78

Climate Air 3810.55

Commissioner of Transportation 388.41

Compaq 824.67

Corinna Township 252.00

Country Chevrolet 26,395.86

Dental Care Associates of Buff 269.00

Department of Public Safety 8430.00

Design Electric, Inc. 150.00

Dixon, Lorraine 10,933.00

Dunn, M Co. 1783.04

Dustcoating, Inc. 1330.76

E-Z Flush 387.28

Emery's Tree Service, Inc. 3127.92

Enterprise Dispatch 105.75

Erickson, Josh 163.88

Eulls Manufacturing Co., Inc. 111.83

Feddema, Tom 168.30

First State Tire Recycling 1414.73

G&K Services 1618.45

Gateway Companies, Inc. 8935.98

Geyer Signal 575.10

Granite Electronics 339.50

Gray Automotive Products 897.00

Hance Utility Services, Inc. 844.55

Hansen, Darren 5404.00

Hanson, Thomas DDS 270.00

Hennepin County Sheriff 182.20

Herald Journal Publishing, Inc. 374.63

Hickman Service, Inc. 169.93

Hickorytech - Wireless 526.62

Hillyard Floor Care Supply 3077.81

Holiday 2051.57

ICMA 207.68

Industrial Supply Co. 239.77

Ingleside 150.00

Interstate Battery Sys of Mpls 161.78

Interstate Companies, Inc. 225.28

J Craft, Inc. 111,778.47

JR's Appliance Disposal, Inc. 1315.00

Kirscht, Bernard 458.48

KNR Communications Services, In 10,747.00

Koch Materials Co. 3714.56

Lake Management, Inc. 200.00

Lake Region Co-op Oil 310.57

Lakedale Telephone Company 470.58

LaPlant Demo, Inc. 1055.89

Little Falls Machine 527.26

Loberg Electric 1137.98

Major Appliance Repair 108.81

Maple Lake Lumber Company 334.75

Maple Lake Messenger 118.39

Marco Business Products 5372.20

Martin Marietta Agregates 320.36

Marks Standard Parts 2373.90

Martin-McAllisters Consulting 350.00

Masy's Corporation 2903.87

Meeker County Sheriff 12,551.03

Metro Group, The Inc. 5282.06

Mid-Minnesota Hot Mix, Inc. 73,378.60

Midwest Forensic Pathology, PA 420.00

Midwest Playscapes 186.35

Millner, Roger 361.20

MinnComm Paging 155.87

Minnesota Copy Systems 225.34

MN Recreation & Park Ass'n, Inc. 440.00

MN Resort Association 596.00

MN Transportation Alliance 1780.00

Mobile Vision 16,700.00

Modern Office 367.99

Monticello Ford Mercury, Inc. 15,126.39

Monticello Times 556.80

Munson, Margaret 205.02

Newcomb, Angela 102.00

Nextel Communications 876.31

Office Depot 5650.67

Oryans Conoco 145.00

Parker, Anne 306.34

Pats 66 164.00

Performance Office Papers 236.70

Photo I 831.86

Pitney Bowes 160.55

Plansight LLC 600.00

Plumbery, The 170.35

Powerplan 318.98

Precision Prints of Wright Co. 136.94

Prosource One 4095.82

Proven Force 438.28

Fred Pryor Seminars 195.00

Qwest 2196.23

Record Preservation, Inc. 151.16

Red's Auto Electric 199.80

Reliant Energy Minnegasco 2162.14

Retrofit Recycling, Inc. 3462.60

Ross, Eugene 100.00

Royal Tire, Inc. 1769.82

Russek, Jack 126.48

Russell's Lock & Key 168.13

Scenic Signs 723.13

Schermann, Robert 620.68

Schmidt, Donald 431.96

Secretary of State 121.68

Setina Mfg. Co., Inc. 523.50

Seven Corners Ace Hardware 127.75

Sherwin-Williams 132.35

Simplex Grinnell LP 118.22

SKC Communication Products 176.00

Software House International, In 341.87

Southside Township 637.20

Specialty Seeds, Inc. 270.00

Sprint 153.07

St. Cloud Times 440.62

State of MN Intertech Group 1369.54

Stratus Technologies Ireland 8068.00

Superior FCR Landfill, Inc. 766.11

Superior Ford 20,613.00

Superior Service - Central MN 915.73

Tire Centers 463.87

Total Printing 139.52

Uniforms Unlimited 1493.25

United Rentals 184.14

United Rentals-HT Branch 229 368.36

Unlimited Electric, Inc. 110.00

Verizon Wireless 3128.81

Vibes Technologies, Inc. 454.17

Victory Corps 190.76

Viking Coca-Cola Bottling Co. 151.25

Voss Lighting 316.02

Wal-Mart Community Brc. 216.64

Wal-Mart Store 01-1577 489.41

Waste Management TC West 788.79

Wessman Oil Co. 105.48

Westside Equipment 1164.05

Wright County Journal Press 158.68

Wright Cty Court Administrator 1734.00

Wright-Hennepin Electric 3798.61

Wright Lumber & Millwork, Inc. 279.99

Xcel Energy 201.95

ZEP Manufacturing Company 203.10

Zylstra, David 481.60

74 payments less than $100 3650.99

Final Total $692,933.32

The meeting adjourned at 10:11 A.M.


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