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Wright County Board Minutes

AUGUST 13, 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 8-06-02, seconded by Eichelberg, carried 5-0.

Petitions were accepted to the Agenda as follows: Item For Consid. #1, "Recognize Donation Of Flag To Government Center by Betty Erickson, VFW" (Mattson). Jude moved to approve the Agenda as amended, seconded by Mattson, carried 5-0.

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


1. Performance Appraisals: R. Yager, M. Palmquist, J. Zander, Aud../Treas.; A. Seger, Ct. Admin.; G. Monroe, Highway; E. Adams, M. Lindquist, Sheriff; M. True, Surveyor.

2. Claim, Frank Madden, $345.00.

3. Authorize Hire, Mark Wuollet, Custodian I, Eff. 8-14-02 (Step 4).

4. O/T Report, Period Ending 8-2-02.


1. Claim, McCombs, Frank, Roos, $9,624.00 May Services (Fund 61-Sewer).

2. Claim, Utility Systems Of America, $18,430.00 Application Payment #8 (Fund 61-Sewer).


1. Accept Resignation, Lisa Peterson, Court Attendant, Eff. 8-16-02 & Authorize Replacement.


1. Accept Resignation, Cynthia Kangas, Office Assistant, Eff. 8-9-02 & Authorize Replacement.


1. Accept Resignation, Thaddeus Helmers, Deputy Sheriff, Eff. 8-1-02 & Authorize Replacement.

Doug Gruber, Auditor/Treasurer, provided an update on the repair of County Ditches 14 and 15. Gruber, Russek, Fyle's Excavating, Morris Excavating, Schmidt & Sons, and Brent Nyquist met on CR #21 where Ditch 14 flows from the south to the north in the area that is ponding. Nyquist, a Meeker County resident, farms in the area. He used a four-wheel vehicle to view the area where the tubes were replaced at the outlet and it appeared water was moving. The consensus of the group was that there was probably blockage in the tile. Since the water was moving, they also felt that an attempt to repair should not be made until the water level goes down. Gruber said a long term solution may be to start at the lowest point of the tile and repair back from that point or do a redetermination of the ditch and then do repair. He referenced a point west on CR #21 where it meets the County line. To the south of this point, there is water on both sides of the road. He feels tile may be broken in that area also. Gruber submitted a letter from Nyquist requesting repair of the tile in the area of Ditches 14 and 15. The letter included signatures of ten residents. Nyquist told Gruber that the water has been high three times in the past six years and would flood the land. Jude was unfamiliar with the area but felt redetermination may be a consideration. This would allow additional residents to assist with paying for repairs. Gruber said this was an agricultural area and that an alternative would be to return this to an open ditch, installing the correct size of culvert where the water flows under the road. If this were returned to an open ditch, a re-permitting process would be required. Permits are already in place for a tile replacement. Gruber suggested a meeting be held in Cokato to discuss how to proceed on Ditch 14. Meeker and McLeod Counties and area residents will be invited. Gruber noted that these same residents received a prorated charge for the clean out of Ditch 15. The work that was completed last fall has not yet been assessed.

Ditch 15 was also viewed showing several areas of large blowouts where the ditch crosses CR #1. An application has been filed with FEMA for repair and claims can be submitted for up to 18 months. It is unclear whether any reimbursement will be received. Russek referenced repair made to this area approximately two years ago where a berm and 2' tiles were installed. The repairs did not withstand the flooding. Mattson said that when Fyle's Excavating repaired the area, they indicated that the repairs would not withstand a heavy rain. The contractors present requested some type of repair guidelines so that bids would be comparable. Gruber also researched the potential of hiring a helicopter to fly over the area. One passenger would be allowed. Mattson moved to authorize Gruber to proceed with the helicopter fly over and to request a SWCD representative go along and videotape the flight.. The area would be between the gravel pit road and CR #1. The motion was seconded by Jude and carried 5-0. Gruber suggested that this area be sprayed again for noxious weeds as brush is starting to grow. Wright Hennepin will be contacted to see if this fits within their schedule. Mattson moved to schedule a meeting in Cokato to discuss County Ditch 14, seconded by Eichelberg, carried 5-0.

In order to bond for remodeling, Gruber indicated that the Capital Improvement Plan must be updated. He has been in contact with Springsted and the cost may be approximately $5000. The update would not obligate the County to bonding but Gruber felt that if bonding were a consideration, the County should move forward with this process. Jude moved to authorize Gruber to update the Capital Improvement Plan with funding from Professional Services, seconded by Mattson. In response to a question by Sawatzke, Gruber indicated that the last Plan was updated in May 1998 and was completed by Springsted. An update would require a Capital bonding issue to be incorporated into the Plan. Richard Norman, County Coordinator, stated that there are required time lines for this process under the Capital Improvement Bond Statute. Once the information is submitted to the State of Minnesota, there is a 90-day window for review and comment. The motion and second were amended to include scheduling a Committee Of The Whole meeting with the date and time to be determined dependent upon the availability of staff from Springsted. Gruber is to bring back several dates for the Board to consider. The motion carried 5-0.

The claims listing was reviewed. Gruber made a correction to page 9, Fred Pryor Seminars ($195.00). The claim was incorrectly coded to 6235, Publications & Brochures, and will be coded to 6804, Staff Training. Mattson referenced page 10, Joint Powers Board ($75.23). Gruber said this claim was for three months of sewer system fees for Beebe Lake. Gruber said the claims listed on the Consent Agenda have been included with the claims signature copy for a more efficient process. Jude moved to approve the claims as listed in the abstract, subject to audit. The motion was seconded by Eichelberg and carried 5-0.

Greg Kramber, Assessor, introduced Tom Praska who was recently hired as a Property Appraiser in the Assessor's Office. Praska was welcomed.

Kramber said Wright County received three State increase this year at the State Board of Equalization:

1. Buffalo Township received a 10% increase on residential and seasonal property, land only.

2. Albion Township received a 5% increase on residential and seasonal property, land only.

3. Wright County received a 5% county wide land increase on the agricultural market value in the cities only.

Jude stated that the increases reflect that the Assessor's Office has not been over inflating property values. The State has indicated the County values are too low in these areas and imposed an automatic increase.

Genell Reese, Civil Defense, requested the Board authorize signatures on the Emergency Management Performance Grant in the amount of $13,962.00. Norman questioned the grant period as the document reflects 10-1-01 through 9-30-02. Reese will contact the State to determine if an error was made or if this is the correct time period. Jude moved to authorize signatures on the grant document, seconded by Eichelberg, carried 5-0.

Reese requested the Board authorize signatures on the Domestic Preparedness Grant (Weapons of Mass Destruction) in the amount of $27,636.84. Eichelberg moved to authorize signatures on the grant document, seconded by Mattson. Norman questioned whether any of the grant monies could be used for additional staff assisting with emergency preparedness. Reese responded that the grant is for equipment only and is distributed to the fifteen fire departments within the County. The motion carried unanimously.

The Board extended thanks to Betty Erickson, VFW, for the flag which was donated to the Government Center and is located in the Lobby.

The meeting recessed at 9:41 A.M. and reconvened at 9:46 A.M.

The Board recognized Public Health staff for the "Excellence In Immunization" Award they received. Carol Schefers, Public Health Director, recently flew to Washington D.C. to accept the award on behalf of Public Health for their work with the W.O.W. (Wellness On Wheels) Van. The award is given by the National Health for Mothers & Babies Coalition and the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases and funded by the Centers for Disease Control. Their goal is to increase national awareness for adult and child immunizations and promoting immunizations through an individual's life span. Schefers became aware of how unique the W.O.W. Van was after discussing their efforts with others in Washington. Schefers recognized the following Public Health nurses who work in the van: Nadine Myers, Jan Bjore, Mary Bajari-Hesch, Jan Nordell, Joy Boser, Peg Plaggerman, and Jan Vanderlinde. Registered nurses who primarily administer the immunizations are Sharon Berning and Delores Ingersoll. Patrice Bogart, who is a Monticello School Nurse, occasionally works in the van. Schefers recognized Rosemary Prudhomme, Case Aide, who completes much of the legwork including making appointments and copies, answering questions, and inputting immunization information into software. Schefers mentioned the efforts of two former staff members, Marge Provo and Joan Budde, who were employed at the inception of the W.O.W. Van. She thanked the Human Services Board and said without their support this project would not have happened. Schefers also recognized Don Mleziva, Human Services Director, for maintaining the perspective that prevention programs are an integral part of Public Health. Denice Tracy, Disease Prevention and Control Coordinator, was cited for her efforts in assuring that the County has vaccines and providing immunization services that are some of the best in the State. Immunization rates for children up to 20 months of age have increased from 43% to 56% in just several years.

The program commenced through a grant from Allina to pay for the first van. The County had a good partnership with the Buffalo Hospital and the program would not have started without them. When a larger van was purchased, much of the funding was through outside resources. Mary Bonlender, Human Services, suggested that Family Services Collaborative Funding be utilized to fund what could not be raised through other sources. Special permission was granted to use these funds and they continue to pay off the lease. Schefers thanked all who have supported the W.O.W. Van. Norman said Schefers should be recognized for her vision, leadership and advocacy in this area.

Bills Approved

A Great Floor 160.92

Accurate USA 116.50

Auto Glass Center, Inc. 340.73

B&B Products, Inc. 1843.14

B&D Plumbing & Heating 341.87

Buff'N'Glo, Inc. 150.00

Buffalo City 34,539.89

Burda's Towing 120.35

Catco Parts Service 946.38

Central MN Sane Program 3000.00

Climate Air 7650.00

Contech Construction Product 5561.60

Deluxe Business Forms & Suppli 150.22

Demarais, Richard 159.46

Determan, Karen 143.48

Diamond Mowers, Inc. 981.95

E-Z Flush 387.28

Erickson, Josh 139.40

Eulls Manufacturing Co., Inc. 133.13

Finken's Water Centers 833.00

Foremost Sales and Service 366.36

Foremost Tool Sharpening 146.36

G&K Services 1657.33

Gau, Todd 218.28

Glunz, Raymond 100.00

W Grainger, Inc. 698.79

Gullings Excavating 9470.00

Herald Journal Publishing, Inc. 283.99

Hickorytech-Wireless 557.58

Holiday 2939.52

Idexx Laboratories, Inc. 831.40

The Inn on Lake Superior 178.54

Junction Towing & Auto Repair 125.87

Lab Safety Supply, Inc. 179.97

Lakedale Telephone Company 498.85

LaPlant Demo, Inc. 572.00

Loberg Electric 1262.32

M-R Sign Company, Inc. 156.93

Macey Construction Company 14,941.60

Marco Business Products 4800.53

Marks Standard Parts 3357.18

McCombs Frank Roos Associates 9624.00

McMaster-Carr Supply Co. 155.40

Minnesota CLE 440.00

Minnesota Copy Systems 424.79

Minnesota Corrections Assn. 230.00

Mitchell 1 461.46

MN Assn for Court Management 550.00

MN Counties Ins. Trust 135.00

National Business Systems, Inc. 497.54

Northern Power Products 465.72

Office Depot 1799.24

Onyx Environmental Services 933.73

Pats 66 136.00

Portable Computer Systems, Inc. 2764.30

Fred Pryor Seminars 195.00

PSC Supply 124.58

Reliant Energy Minnegasco 807.30

Russells Lock & Key 8576.79

Ryan Motors, Inc. 383.89

Simplex Grinnell LP 3071.00

SKC Communication Products 352.00

State Supply Co. 182.27

Total Printing 1576.05

Uniforms Unlimited 258.43

Utility Systems of America 18,430.00

Verizon Wireless 258.43

Viking Coca-Cola Bottling Co. 276.00

Wast Management TC West 486.10

Waverly City 434.20

Wright Lumber & Millwork, Inc. 351.92

38 Payments less than $100 1988.70

Final Total $159,635.19

The meeting adjourned at 10:02 A.M.

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