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Wright County Board Minutes

AUGUST 27, 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 8-20-02, seconded by Mattson, carried 5-0.

Petitions were accepted to the Agenda as follows: Item For Consid. #2, "Report From Transportation Meeting" (Jude). Jude moved to approve the Agenda as amended, seconded by Eichelberg, carried 5-0.

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


1. Performance Appraisals: G. Stoppelman, Bldg. Maint.; P. Forare, R. Marquette, Hwy.; R. Borell, Parks; M. Westover, P&Z; T. Dehmer, C. Engel, D. Nystuen, Sheriff.

2. Authorize Signatures, Memorandum Of Agreement, Teamsters Local 320, Civilian Bailiff Position.

3. O/T Report, Period Ending 8-16-02.


1. Approve & Authorize Signatures On Grant Application For Emergency Funds From The Department Of Public Safety In The Amount Of $4,000 For The Victim/Witness Program.


1. Claim, MFRA, July Services, Fund 61 Sewer, $12,545.40.


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

A. Approve Request To Rezone From AG & S-2 To A/R & S-2, William A. Metz (Franklin Twp.).

B. Approve Request To Rezone Approx. 11 Acres From AG & S-2 To R-2 & S-2, John Adams & Dan Frie (Silver Creek Twp.).

Bob Hiivala, Chief Deputy Auditor, brought forth discussion on County Ditch #38. Mattson spoke with Bob Nibbe, Mn/DOT, who suggested that the 8" sand pipe be removed. The pipe in the trailer park is 20". Russek said he will contact the SWCD to find out whether the pipe can be removed. Mattson indicated that Nibbe also found possible problems with the outlet from Dutch Lake. Mattson moved to lay discussion regarding County Ditch #38 over to the next meeting when the Auditor/Treasurer will be present. The motion was seconded by Jude and carried 5-0.

The State Auditor has completed the draft financial statements and would like to meet with the Board. Eichelberg moved to schedule a Committee Of The Whole meeting for 9-10-02 at 10:30 A.M. regarding the Audit Exit Conference, seconded by Mattson, carried 5-0.

The claims listing was reviewed. Russek noted a correction required on page 7, Thomas Salkowski ($47.26) for mileage. The claim listing incorrectly stated 39 miles and it should be 139 miles. On a motion by Mattson, second by Eichelberg, all voted to approve the claims as listed in the abstract, subject to audit.

Sawatzke moved to adopt Resolution #02-51 approving a Charitable Gambling Application for the Monticello Lions Club at the Monte Club (Monticello Township). The motion was seconded by Eichelberg and carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.

Jude attended a Mn/DOT Transportation Meeting dealing with transporting people to the Year 2023. Jude said the meeting was well attended and informative. Some issues discussed included protecting the environment and community values and preserving existing corridors. Information from the meeting is available on the Mn/DOT website.

Ralph Borell, Parks, presented the 8-20-02 August Parks Commission minutes and recommendations. A summary follows:

Lake Ida School House. A meeting was held on 8-12-02 with Freedom Farm, Woodland 4-H Club and the Parks Department. Freedom Farm feels grants will be awarded and the 4-H Club does not feel there are any objections to proceeding as it will benefit all partners. The letter from MCIT should be reviewed by the Attorney's Office. Planning & Zoning did not feel there would be zoning issues as it is a Park facility. Suggested steps include: 1) Have the Attorney's Office develop use agreements between the three parties; 2) Have the Attorney's Office develop lease agreements; 3) Have the County Board pass a resolution giving Freedom Farm the authority to sign grant agreements; 4) All plans, designs and work schedules to be approved by representatives from each group. The Parks Commission voted to proceed with having the County Board direct the responsible parties to develop agreements and leases.

Regional Trail Planning Meeting. The next meeting will be held on 9-10-02 at 6:30 P.M., Ney Park Nature Center.

At today's County Board meeting, discussion involved the request for the Lake Ida School House by Freedom Farms. Borell said the Parks Administrator felt that Item #3 could be changed to require the County to sign the grant agreements. Borell said the County Attorney's Office did not see any problems but agreements would need to be drafted. Mattson has talked with past students of the school who would like the building left intact but felt the building could be added onto. Borell stated that the original building does need repair. Mattson would like to make sure the structure remains the same. Eichelberg supported proceeding with the grant application and drafting agreements with all parties. In regard to the grant documents, the County would be the fiscal agent and it was felt that the County should sign the grant documents. Sawatzke felt Freedom Farm should be consulted to determine whether having them apply for grant funding may be more desirable due to the perspective that the County may have more funding to draw from. Mattson said that funding may be available for restoring historic sites but the building then could not be occupied. Jude moved to authorize proceeding with the grant application with any agreements to be brought back before the Board. The motion was seconded by Eichelberg and carried 5-0.

The next item brought forth for discussion by the Parks Department was a proposed PUD by Ralph Goelz. Jude indicated that discussion at the County Board level may be premature as the request has not yet been presented to the Planning Commission. Russek met with Ed Otto, Ralph Goelz and Tom Salkowski last week regarding the request and said that the property would have to be rezoned. Borell said that once the issue gets to that point, they would like to work with the developer.

Krishona Martinson, U of M Extension Service, provided a report on the Master Gardeners activities. At the Wright County Fair, approximately 200 people per day visited the Butterfly Garden. There were 150 families present when the butterflies were released. In past years, approximately 80 people per day visited the Master Gardeners. The Master Gardeners are also working on the first Spring Garden Bonanza projected for April, 2003. The event will be held at the Monticello Community Center. Upcoming classes will include pesticide application training recertification. A class will be held in Wright County on 10-11-02. Martinson's role has changed from serving only Wright County to serving twelve counties. In the past, 40% of her time was spent responding to individual homeowner calls. She will work toward more community based programming in an effort to provide information to people. There are 30 Master Gardeners in Wright County and 365 in the State. Martinson distributed information on who to contact with home gardening questions and upcoming Master Gardener plans for programs.

Tom Salkowski, Planning & Zoning Administrator, requested the Board adopt an amendment to the Wright County Land Use Plan for Clearwater Township. The Township Board previously appointed a Land Use Committee which worked on the Plan in 2000 and 2001 with a recommendation for approval to the Township Board in November, 2001. The Township held a public informational meeting on 1-16-02. On 4-9-02, there was a joint meeting between the Committee and the Township Board where adoption of the Plan was recommended. The Wright County Planning Commission held hearings in June, 2002. A second meeting was held with adoption in July, 2002. Salkowski met informally with the Township Board today and said the Plan receives their support. Salkowski pointed out an error made by the Planning & Zoning Office on one of the maps used at a number of informational meetings and at the Planning Commission meetings. The written and verbal recommendations have always cited the correct area, not making any changes to the previous Land Use Plan except: 1) The orderly annexation area adjacent to the City of Clearwater and 2) A small commercial area at the Hasty Freeway Interchange. Records of those that have attended meetings reflect that none of the landowners were from either of these areas. The correct map was reviewed with the Township Board this morning. The map provided with the Board packet was also correct. Jude moved to approve the amendment to the Wright County Land Use Plan for Clearwater Township, seconded by Mattson, carried 5-0. A primary feature of the plan is a map which cannot be readily published. Copies of the map can be obtained from the Wright County Office of Planning and Zoning (682-7338). A narrative text accompanies the amended plan which can also be obtained from the Wright County Office of Planning and Zoning. The primary purpose of the plan is to designate future land use districts for Clearwater Township, which will serve as a guide for the application of official controls by Wright County

Brad Wozney, SWCD, introduced Sheila Grow, MN Department of Health, who made a presentation on the Wright County Nitrate-Nitrogen Probability Map. The map was developed to assist with water quality planning efforts. The map identifies probability levels of nitrate concentrations in groundwater drinking supplies. Data from well index information submitted to the Department of Health is used to assist with identifying well locations. Groundwater flow, sand and clay content, and contaminants are some of the variables which can affect nitrate levels. Two reasons for elevated nitrate concentrations include well construction problems and aquifer conditions. Grow has also worked with Brown, Nicollet and Cottonwood Counties on the development of nitrate databases. Data in those studies has been collected for fifteen years. In 1991, a work group (educators, state agency representatives, local groups, SWCD) was formed to develop maps and land types were ranked by the PCA. Irrigated land has the highest potential for nitrates. Unsewered residential and non-irrigated ag were ranked next, followed by residential with sewer and residential, followed by forest and undeveloped land. Salkowski said the Planning & Zoning Office had input data into the well index prior to the SWCD taking over water management duties. Grow stated that it is important that counties develop their own water quality databases and she will assist Wright County in developing one. The EPA will provide a grant to create the groundwater database. The Planning & Zoning base line water quality data will be used. Salkowski suggested that the Department of Health include on their well reports and index forms a requirement for a property identification number. Wozney said that nitrates are harmful and potentially fatal to infants. They intend to send a mailing to those with newborns in the area north of CSAH 37 as this has been identified as an area with high nitrate levels. It is up to the resident whether they want to participate in the program. There is a free certified test for nitrate levels. Grow said all public water supplies are tested. The SWCD will apply for a grant to establish a program.

Bills Approved

Ace Hydro Seeding 9,500.00

American Institutional Supply 2,856.38

Ancom Technical Center 1,872.40

Anderson Engineering LLC 2,545.50

Annandale Rock Products 3,158.82

Arctic Glacier, Inc 854.08

AT&T Universal Biller 2,726.52

Auto Glass Center, Inc 429.11

Bob Barker Co. 272.81

Best, Inc. 8,846.56

BLM Technologies, Inc. 1,345.33

Bowman Distribution 562.97

Boyer Truck Parts 134.78

Buffalo Drug 1,323.11

Buffalo Hospital OTPT Commerci 114.30

Building Fasteners 105.44

Buildings Consulting Group, Inc. 392.00

Burdas Towing 124.61

Case Credit 755.99

Catco Parts Service 1,199.36

Centra Sota Lake Region LLC 10,603.64

Central Mn Mental Health Cntr. 300.00

Chamberlain Oil Co. 1,390.49

Cintas Corp No. 470 576.87

Climate Air 2,793.75

Commissioner Of Transportation 155.00

Compaq 999.09

Compaq Computer Corporation 3,732.83

Construction Bulletin Magazine 337.35

Consulting Radiologists LTD 152.00

Contech Construction Product 7,411.60

Copy Equipment, Inc. 215.42

CPS Technology Solutions 446.14

Cragun's Lodging & Conference 460.00

Cummins Npower LLC 681.70

Decorative Designs, Inc. 175.53

Diamond Mowers, Inc. 999.39

Julie Eaton 338.49

Elk River Concrete Products 295.54

Emery's Tree Service, Inc. 479.25

Epa Audio Visual, Inc. 226.15

Exemplar International, Inc. 190.00

Exxon Mobil 462.63

Facility Systems, Inc. 700.77

Ronald Flaherty 4,286.00

Frontier Precision, Inc. 143.19

Gard Specialists Co., Inc. 200.53

Gateway Companies, Inc. 2,392.00

Gcs Service, Inc. 483.06

Greenview, Inc. 16,885.64

Greif Brothers Corporation 1,272.55

Chris Hanson 100.98

Hickman Service, Inc. 233.13

Hillyard Floor Care Supply 3,082.75

Holiday Inn - Rochester 147.40

John Holmquist 325.00

Identix Incorporared 4,132.00

Intoximeters, Inc. 1,065.00

J Craft Div Of Crysteel Mfg 14,803.21

KNR Communications Services In 195.00

Kustom Signals, Inc. 1,822.31

Lake Region Coop Oil 119.04

LaPlant Demo, Inc. 843.00

Marco Business Products 625.16

Marlin Leasing Corporation 1,069.86

Masys Corporation 2,628.87

Mccombs Frank Roos Associates 12,545.40

Meeker County Sheriff 9,100.00

The Metro Group, Inc. 4,382.16

Midwest Playscapes 186.35

Patricia Miller 192.49

Mn Cvso Secretaries Assn. 179.00

Mn Gis Lis Conference 190.00

Mn Sheriffs Association 300.00

Mn State Auditor 366.00

Mn Transportation Alliance 772.56

Monticello Ford Mercury, Inc. 2,112.77

MTI Distributing, Inc. 191.55

Myers Tire Supply Company 1,293.29

North Fork Farms, Inc. 292.00

Office Depot 1,996.61

Otto Landscaping, Inc. 9,999.99

Jeffrey Otto 8,140.00

Anne Parker 152.66

PD Mounted Police Trining Cent 1,625.10

Performance Office Papers 550.07

Phillips Petroleum Company 693.33

Pick's Manufacturing & Welding 211.78

Powerplan 1,627.84

Precision Dynamics Corporation 1,780.30

Precision Prints Of Wright Co. 232.17

Qwest 262.68

R&G Towing 106.50

Reds Auto Electric 242.24

Reliant Energy Minnegasco 678.99

Royal Tire, Inc. 7,190.42

Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge 180.00

Ryan Motors, Inc. 329.45

George Schaust 15,133.50

Joyce Schlagel 15,482.50

SEH 216.42

Sherwin Williams 155.86

Silver Creek Township 1,854.10

Software House Internatonal, In 3,744.56

Specialty Seeds, Inc. 273.00

Sprint-Local Telecom Division 304.03

State Of Minnesota-Building Co. 140.00

State Of Mn Intertech Group 782.65

Stepp Mfg. Company, Inc. 19,883.55

Sweeney Brothers Tractor 3,060.77

Taylor Technologies, Inc. 1,100.00

Tennant Sales And Service Co. 148.41

Tires Plus 1,066.19

Tools Unlimited 575.37

Total Printing 874.42

Trimin Systems, Inc. 17,909.45

United Rentals, Inc. 7,826.25

Lambert Vanlith 7,517.00

Vibes Technologies, Inc. 136.80

Viking Coca Cola Bottling Co. 155.35

Waste Management TC West 330.82

Westside Equipment 160.99

Westside Wholesale Tire 108.63

Wright County Highway Dept. 28,535.55

Wright Hennepin Electric 4,594.91

Keith Wurm Construction 3,618.00

Xcel Energy 1,370.32

Zep Manufacturing Company 325.89

37 Payments Less Than $100 1,936.18

Final Total $337,524 55

The meeting adjourned at 10:10 A.M.

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