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Wright County Board Minutes

JULY 23, 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 7-16-02, seconded by Mattson, carried 5-0.

Petitions were accepted to the Agenda as follows: Aud./Treas. #7, "FEMA Funding-County Ditches" (Mattson); Items For Consid. #2, "Jail Fees" (Sawatzke); Item For Consid. #3, "Schedule Committee Of The Whole Meeting RE: Flooding, Waverly Lakes Area" (Asleson). Aud./Treas. Item #4 was amended to "2003 Budget Hearing Date-Truth In Taxation Hearing."

The Consent Agenda was reviewed. Sawatzke questioned whether Item For Consid. #3, "Refer Discussion RE: Park Fund To Budget Committee Of The Whole" could be discussed during one of the upcoming Budget meetings. Richard Norman, County Coordinator, indicated that this issue would be discussed during the Parks Administrator's budget presentation. On a motion by Mattson, second by Sawatzke, all voted to approve the Consent Agenda:


1. Performance Appraisals: H. Becker, C. Turnquist, Aud./Treas.; T. Decker, R. Erickson, Hwy.;

B. Kral, K. Davis, C. Flemming, R. Helgeson, P. Mackie, S. Wirth, Sheriff.

2. Quad County Meeting Agenda, 7-30-02, Sherburne County Government Center.

3. Refer Discussion RE: Park Fund To Budget Committee Of The Whole.

4. O/T Report, Period Ending 7-5-02.


1. Claim, Utility System Payment Request No. 7, $129,580.63 (Fund 61-Sewer).

Doug Gruber, Auditor/Treasurer, requested the Board set interview dates for the candidates for the Clearwater River Watershed Board (CRWS). Applications must be received by 8-1-02. Jude, Sawatzke and Gruber will interview the candidates. Jude moved to establish the dates of August 6 @ 3:30 P.M. and August 7 @ 3:30 P.M. for interviews. If there is only one applicant, there may not be a need for an interview. If this is the case, Gruber will provide the application and resume' information to Jude and Sawatzke. Russek was appointed as the alternate. The motion was seconded by Sawatzke and carried 5-0.

The Revenue/Expenditure Guidelines were presented for review. Gruber referenced page 25 reflecting that collection of delinquent property taxes is up to 200% for the year (collected $227,000-County's portion). Gruber also referred to page 25, Budget 820, line item 6100, and said the $1,300,000 reflected is for adjustments made annually for salary settlements, etc. An updated Revenue/Expenditure Guideline will be distributed reflecting these adjustments prior to the budget sessions. Mattson moved to accept the Guidelines, seconded by Eichelberg, carried 5-0.

The Board reviewed the revised Census 2000 Population and Household Counts prepared by the Minnesota State Demographic Center. The overall total did not change but there were some adjustments made to Delano City and Franklin Township. This was provided as an informational item.

On a motion by Mattson, second by Sawatzke, all voted to set the 2003 Truth In Local Taxation Hearing for 12-5-02 at 7:00 P.M.

On a motion by Jude, second by Eichelberg, roll call vote carried 5-0 to adopt Resolution #02-48 approving the Summary of Designations for the Year Ended 12-31-01 as presented by Doug Gruber, Auditor/Treasurer.

Mattson attended the FEMA meeting on 7-19-02. He thought the County should submit claims on some of the ditch blowouts that have occurred. It was the consensus that Gruber contact Genell Reese to determine what paperwork needs to be filled out. Gruber will also check into utilizing a helicopter through the Sheriff's Department to view problem areas.

The claims listing was reviewed. Mattson referenced page 16, Greenview Inc. ($11,202.26) and questioned the time period for the payment. Response was that this was for the periods ending 6-4-02 and 6-18-02 (4 weeks). On a motion by Jude, second by Mattson, all voted to approve the claims as listed in the abstract, subject to audit.

Brad Wozney, SWCD, indicated that one position on the Water Management Task Force (WMTF) needs official appointment due to the vacancy created by John Uecker. At the 7-1-02 Township Association meeting, Bruce Sobotta (Clearwater Township) was nominated as their representative. Jude moved to appoint Bruce Sobotta to the WMTF, seconded by Eichelberg, carried unanimously.

Marc Mattice, Parks Administrator, brought forth the 7-16-02 Parks Commission Minutes and recommendations for discussion. Due to cuts made in the bonding bill, there will be no funding given to grant programs. The reclamation grant for Ney Park was denied. Approval was obtained to farm the property for another year provided the rental revenue is placed in a separate account for Ney Park. Jude moved to authorize signatures on the agreement allowing the Ney Park land to be farmed and to place the revenue in an account to be utilized for replacement of the cover crop. Mattice will contact the current renter to inquire whether they are interested in farming the land for another year. If so, Mattice will report this back to the Board. If not, Mattice and Asleson are to proceed with working on advertising for bids. The motion was seconded by Eichelberg and carried 5-0. With regard to the polling project, the Parks Commission made a motion recommending that with the denial of the grant, the County could look at using the $25,000 budget proposed in line 01-521-6615 in the 2003 budget as the matching requirement, and look at the remaining for park improvements or starting a fund for septic repairs. This will be discussed during the budget sessions.

Tom Salkowski, Planning & Zoning Administrator, requested that the Board accept the findings and recommendations of the Planning Commission for denial of a request to rezone from A-2 to I-1, Robert Perry (Franklin Twp.) and authorize signatures on the Notice and Order of Denial. Russek stated this was another spot zoning request and therefore the recommendation was to deny the request. Eichelberg moved to deny the request and authorize signatures on the Notice and Order of Denial, seconded by Mattson, carried 5-0.

Brian Asleson, Chief Deputy Attorney, presented the Contract for Dangerous Dog Services with Crossroads Animal Shelter (CAS) for the period of 7-1-02 through 12-31-02. He referenced Item #7 relating to impoundment, stating that this would not include services for dog pickup. At this time, CAS is not staffed to provide 24-hour service. The Sheriff's Department made contact with several people who will provide this service. Any costs incurred will be outside of this contract. CAS hopes to be able to provide this service in January. Asleson referenced Item #19 which states that the County is to pay CAS $1000 for services during the term of this contract. In previous action, the County Board had authorized the payment of $1500 to CAS and $1500 to Wright County Humane Society for dangerous dog services. The Humane Society has since returned the donation of $1500 to the County as they will not be providing this service. Asleson said that the County will therefore not realize expense above what was already authorized. Jude moved to authorize signatures on the Contract, seconded by Eichelberg, carried 5-0.

Wayne Fingalson, Highway Engineer, said a quote from Latour Construction, Inc. for $19,348 was the lowest of two quotes received for the salvaging and reinstallation of an existing culvert under CSAH 6 (1/4 mile south of CR 107). The other quote was from Mathiowetz Construction at $22,646. Per Statute 375.22, authorization from a majority of the Board allowed work to begin on 7-19-02. Eichelberg moved to authorize signatures on the contract with Latour Construction, Inc., seconded by Mattson, carried 5-0.

Fingalson requested approval of a Cooperative Agreement with the City of Otsego for improvements to CSAH 39 and CSAH 42, associated with the proposed development of the Water Front Development as discussed at a previous Transportation Committee Of The Whole meeting . The Agreement was approved by the City at their meeting on 7-22-02. The Agreement will provide the County protection as the road authority over accesses. There is an option for the City to request that CSAH 42 north of CSAH 39 be turned back to the City. Sawatzke moved to authorize signatures on the Agreement, seconded by Eichelberg, carried 5-0.

Fingalson requested approval of Funding Participation and Construction Agreement with Franklin Township for replacement of Township Bridge L8115 over BN/SF Railroad. The Agreement has been approved by Franklin Township. The Agreement was changed to reflect the policy allowing the County and Township to obtain funding from the Town Bridge Account for engineering and other work. A change was made to the Agreement on page 2, Article 1, removing the language "and other associated costs" from the last sentence. Mattson moved to approve the Agreement, seconded by Sawatzke, carried 5-0.

On a motion by Eichelberg, second by Jude, all voted to appoint Jude and Russek to the State Highway 55 Corridor Joint Powers Board.

A draft Budget Committee Of The Whole schedule was reviewed. The following changes were made: Delete Road & Bridge from 8-5-02 @ 10:30 A.M. and reschedule for 8-19-02 @ 1:00 P.M.; Move Human Services to 10:30 A.M. on 8-5-02; Delete Historical Society on 8-13-02 @ 1:30 P.M. and reschedule for 8-19-02 @ 10:30 A.M.; Delete Economic

Development Partnership from 8-13-02 @ 2:00 P.M. and reschedule for 8-19-02 @ 11:00 A.M.; Delete Extension from 8-13-02 @ 2:30 P.M. and reschedule for 8-19-02 @ 11:30 A.M. Eichelberg moved to approve the schedule as amended, seconded by Jude, carried 5-0.

Maribel Fernandez, U of M Extension Service, presented a report on farming in Zambia and how it contrasts with Wright County. Fernandez visited Zambia in August 2001. She thanked the Board for voicing their support to the University to keep her position in Wright County. She felt that their support made the difference. Four Farm Bill Workshops will be scheduled in Wright County as soon as the FSA ends their training (September/October). Fernandez highlighted some of the past and upcoming tours. A Waste Pesticide Collection will be held on 7-25-02 at the Sherburne County Garage. This is organized every two years by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and will be for Wright and Sherburne residents.

Sawatzke said that there is a new law which allows counties to bill inmates for room and board in jails. He referenced a recent newspaper article indicating that Sherburne County will charge inmates starting in August. Sawatzke thought Norman could contact Sherburne County and let them know that the Board is interested in discussing this issue when they attend the Quad County Meeting on 7-30-02. Norman indicated that the law is effective 8-1-02. Dakota County Jail has also discussed implementation of the law. The fee which can be assessed is for sentenced inmates only. The majority of prisoners in County jails are awaiting sentence. The cost of collection versus the revenue generated will have to be reviewed. Norman said it was another creative way to help offset the cost of operating jail facilities.

Brian Asleson, Chief Deputy Attorney, referenced discussion at the last Board Meeting directing him to coordinate the establishment of a Committee Of The Whole (COTW) meeting to discuss Waverly Lakes flooding. He has since been in contact with the DNR, Army Corp of Engineers, SWCD, and has left a message for the Department of Dam Safety in an attempt to coordinate a meeting date. The Board established the following dates to work with: 9-11-02 (P.M.), 9-17-02 (P.M.), and 9-18-02 (P.M.).

Bills Approved

American Bio Medica Corporatio 312.16

Ancom Technical Center 145.37

AT&T - Universal Biller 2131.45

Auto Glass Center, Inc. 633.75

Bauman, Lawrence 635.34

Best, Inc. 4639.85

BLM Technologies, Inc. 455.18

Borrett, Jim 108.80

Bowman Distribution 556.45

Bristows Kawasaki & Polaris 1038.38

Buff'n'Glow, Inc. 100.00

Buffalo Bituminous 743,079.70

Buffalo Communications, Inc. 1203.45

Buffalo, City 7249.51

Catco Parts Service 907.47

Catholic Charities 5303.34

Central Lock & Safe 216.00

Central MN Mental Health Cntr 587.50

Commissioner of Transportation 2349.21

Computer System Products, Inc. 781.52

Computer Training Internationl 1234.51

CPS Technology Solutions 54,205.56

Dales Auto Service, Inc. 129.50

Decorative Designs, Inc. 175.53

Demarais, Richard 164.56

Department of Public Safety 120.00

Dixon, Winston Estate 9153.50

EPA Audio Visual, Inc. 101.18

Exxon Mobil 367.30

Federated Propane 1116.62

Gordys Foods 216.82

Grafix Shoppe 573.85

W Grainger, Inc. 205.65

Grand View Lodge 209.98

Greenview, Inc. 11,202.26

Jim Hatch Sales Company, Inc. 712.46

Heart of the Lakes Pumping 860.00

Hickory Tech 199.24

Hickory Tech Enterprise Soluti 22,043.88

Hillyard Floor Care Supply 464.32

Info Logic 2447.50

International Personnel Mngmnt 1255.00

Johnson, Paul 338.99

Junction Towing & Auto Repair 107.66

Keepers, Inc. 379.48

Kittock, Burnard 7600.00

KNR Communications Services, In 195.00

Lakeland Truck Center, Inc. 375.05

Lee's Farm & Garden Store 146.08

Lund Industries, Inc. 1265.90

M-R Sign Company, Inc. 244.29

Marco Business Products 726.53

Martin Marietta Aggregates 2063.41

Mattson Well Company 190.00

Menards 244.30

Metro Cash Register Systems 146.43

Miller, Nathan 333.20

MinnComm Paging 592.38

Minncor Central 374.00

Minnesota CLE 310.00

Minnesota Spring & Suspension 492.00

MN Highway Safety and Research 392.00

MN Sheriffs Association 190.21

Monticello-Big Lake Hospital 280.00

Mundo Corporation 163.85

Office Depot 688.34

Otto, Lawrence 14,661.00

Phillips Petroleum Company 653.57

Phoenix International SC 446.00

Pleasant Hills Saddle Shop, Inc. 245.17

Qwest 5521.23

R&G Towing 117.15

Record Preservation, Inc. 489.75

Russells Lock & Key 9225.65

Seating & Athletic Facility En 41,032.00

SEH 394.43

Setina Mfg. Co., Inc. 523.50

Software House International, 25,821.36

St. Cloud Times 169.00

State of Minnesota ITD 299.16

State of MN Intertech Group 731.35

Stepp Mfg. Company, Inc. 2280.00

Streichers 3519.83

Survivalink Corporation 4112.30

Thingvold, Lori 149.60

Tires Plus 107.98

Total Printing 121.68

Tree Top Clearing, Inc. 5625.00

United Rentals-HT Branch 229 2866.77

Unlimited Electric, Inc. 315.30

Utility Systems of America 129,580.63

Webber Recreational Design, In 4520.92

Weber, Daniel 167.28

West Publishing Payment Ctr. 331.16

West Sherburne Tribune 132.00

Wright County Highway Dept. 175.86

Xcel Energy 217.59

Zach's, Inc. 807.27

35 payments less than $100 2024.33

Final Total $1,154,818.57

The meeting adjourned at 10:37 A.M.

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