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Wright County Board Minutes

SEPTEMBER 24, 2002

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

The minutes of 9-17-02 were corrected as follows: Page 3, 2nd paragraph, the last sentence should read: "Sawatzke moved to appoint Norman as HIPAA Coordinator; Mleziva, Schefers, Reese, Swing, Kelly, Miller, MacMillan, and Norman to the work team; Miller, Mleziva, and Asleson to serve as HIPPA data privacy officers; and to file for an extension of the deadline for EDI implementation by October 15, 2002."(Norman). Eichelberg moved to approve the minutes as corrected, seconded by Mattson, carried 5-0.

Petitions were accepted to the Agenda as follows: Aud./Treas. Item #3, "Review Date Set For Tax Forfeit Parcels" (Gruber); Aud./Treas. Item #4, "County Ditch 15 Washouts & County Ditch 38" (Gruber); Item For Consid. #2, "Resolution Supporting Application For AMC Award" (Norman). Jude moved to approve the Agenda as amended, seconded by Eichelberg, carried 5-0.

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


1. Performance Appraisals: S. Sandberg, L. Winterhalter, Atty.; A. Gillham, P. Terveer, Aud./Treas.; G. Gavel, Hwy.; J. Klein, P&Z; A. Fashant, G. Findley, Sheriff.

2. O/T Report, Period Ending 9-13-02.


1. September Parks Commission Minutes.


1. Refer To Building Committee Discussion RE: Bids For Fencing, Sheriff's Impound Area.

Doug Gruber, Auditor/Treasurer, distributed a draft resolution dealing with reimbursement bond proceeds associated with the remodeling project. Gruber recommended that the Board wait on adoption of the resolution until more definite costs have been determined associated with the project list. The County will be required to list expected expenditures and reimbursements. There was no action taken on this item due to the Auditor's recommendation. This item will be brought forth at a future meeting.

At the request of Gruber, Jude moved to cancel the 10-2-02 meeting scheduled for review of tax forfeit parcels. The motion includes rescheduling the meeting for 10-7-02 at 9:00 A.M. The motion was seconded by Mattson and carried unanimously.

County Ditch 15 was discussed. In October, 1997, bids were let for repair. Subsequently five 24" tubes were installed in the ditch with 6" tubes underneath. During the 2002 storms, all but one of the tubes were washed out. Gruber was in contact with Kerry Saxton, SWCD, who was comfortable with repair with the same size tubes as these tubes had lasted five years. FEMA plans to have their work completed in Wright County on 10-11-02 and would like to obtain estimated costs of repair as soon as possible. Gruber suggested sending requests for proposals (RFP) this week to the three contractors who reviewed the ditch and presenting the results at the 10-8-02 meeting. Mattson moved to direct Gruber to send RFP's to contractors to bid on the work, seconded by Jude, carried 5-0.

Gruber said work to clean out County Ditch 38 (from Clementa Avenue west 400') was underway yesterday. He understands that the railroad would like to place a 30" tube under the tracks as the water may be undermining the railroad bed. Mattson has been in contact with Bob Nibbe, MnDOT, and Cliff Duske about the potential of temporarily diverting water onto the Duske property. Mattson made a motion calling for Russek, Mattson, Saxton and Gruber to review the Duske site with a person from the Burlington Northern construction crew. The review must be completed this week due to the railroads repair timeline. The motion was seconded by Sawatzke and carried 5-0.

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

Brian Asleson, Chief Deputy Attorney, presented a draft resolution which would impose additional assessments in relation to the Lake Charlotte/Lake Martha Sewer Project. One basic trunk fee was assessed to the wrong parcel when the original lists of charges was adopted (James L. & Lisa A. Barsness). Three changes relate to decisions by property owners to connect to the project after they had initially declined (Stacie M. Budig, Carl R. Chalupsky, Audrey Hennen). They will be assessed the basic trunk charge plus additional costs to run the line through the yard and the grinder pump costs. Two changes relate to increased work regarding the grinder pump and septic system. Although these changes will add to the overall cost of the project, the cost will be recovered from those affected. Those properties will be assessed for 19 instead of 20 years so that the assessments all end at the same time at an interest rate of 6.5%. Eichelberg moved to adopt Resolution #02-53, seconded by Sawatzke, carried 5-0 on a roll call vote. The Board commended all those who worked on the project, citing the benefits gained through this environmental project and the cooperation between all parties involved. Asleson said that approximately half of the hookups have been completed with the remainder being completed by sometime in November. The storms have caused some delays but it appears that everything has been going well.

A Committee Of The Whole meeting was held on 9-17-02. A correction was made to the minutes as follows: Change "Linda Peterson" to "Lynda Peterson" (Mattson). Mattson moved to approve the minutes as corrected, seconded by Sawatzke, carried 5-0. A summary of the minutes follows:

The purpose of the meeting was to discuss possible solutions to the flooding in the Waverly Lakes area. Jim Moy, Little Waverly Lake, referenced discussion with the Board in July relating to an undersized culvert on 12-Mile Creek, resulting in 115 homes being flooded on both Lakes. The area has been reviewed by the DNR and the Department of Dam Safety who have indicated there is a problem caused by the culvert. There are 47.3 square miles in the watershed which drain through this culvert. Moy said the dam is solid but felt the culvert was the problem. He inquired whether another culvert could be placed next to the Stone Arch Bridge. Patty Fowler, DNR, said the culvert is in a protected waterway and a permit would be required from the State to add another culvert. Russek thought residents would prefer placement of an additional structure next to the Bridge to subsidize capacity. Fowler felt an additional crossing could be a consideration. The Dam Safety person, who was unable to attend today's meeting, indicated that the back up of water caused by the arch culvert preserved the integrity of the dam. Repair of the dam would be financed through the State with funding from the Legislature. These funds are placed on a priority listing. Local funding would be required for culvert repairs. Moy said he has resided in this area for 30 years and felt that even a 2" downpour would have been a problem. He felt more water was flowing through this area. Mattson voiced frustration with the process, stating he had started making contact with various government departments in July to attempt to have someone at this meeting who could provide answers. Mattson said he has talked with the Army Corp of Engineers, BWSR and the DNR. Dale Homuth, DNR Regional Hydrologist, said the Legislature has withheld the authority of dam repairs from them as the State wants to approve repairs on an individual basis. Homuth estimated the dam was constructed in approximately 1940-1950. Dams are replaced exactly as they are unless a study shows otherwise. The Dam Safety person's opinion was that if the downstream culvert had been increased to capacity, the dam probably would not have withstood the last flood. Requests for repair would need to be presented to the Legislature during their next regular session. Comments were received from concerned residents about problems and possible solutions. Mattson anticipates the program that the Surveyor and Lynda Peterson are working on will help to identify problem areas in the County. Russek said the Stone Arch Bridge by Waverly will be reviewed to see what can be done and the Board will wait for recommendations from those working on this issue.

Richard Norman, County Coordinator, presented a draft resolution supporting the application for a 2002 Association of Minnesota Counties Achievement Award for the Lake Charlotte/Lake Martha Sanitary Collection Sewer Project. The application must be submitted by 10-1-02. Jude moved to adopt Resolution #02-54, seconded by Eichelberg, carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.

Bills Approved

Albertville Body Shop, Inc. 6049.35

Ancom Communications, Inc. 7200.22

Ancom Technical Center 1134.86

Anderson, Pennie 125.00

Arctic Glacier, Inc. 269.28

AT&T - Universal Biller 3107.06

Avtex, Inc. 30,672.00

Benton County Treasurer 7705.00

BLM Technologies, Inc. 743.75

Buffalo Hospital 7250.00

Buffalo Hospital-OTPT Commerci 364.45

Cameron, Tim 125.00

Catholic Cherities 9735.10

Central MN Mental Health Cntr 262.50

Compaq Computer Corporation 2633.75

Decorative Designs, Inc. 175.53

Eich, Kurt 100.00

Exxon Mobil 357.03

First State Tire Recycling 767.95

Gall's, Inc. 186.99

Gateway Companies, Inc. 1208.79

Grafix Shoppe 272.50

Herc-U-Lift 328.12

Hickory Tech 251.44

Inn on Lake Superior, The 178.54

Interstate All Battery Center 254.80

JR's Appliance Disposal, Inc. 1130.00

Lakedale Telephone Company 156.60

LaPlant Demo, Inc. 545.00

Little Mountain Feed, Inc. 222.64

Loberg Electric 461.22

Lorenz, Richard DDS 422.00

Madden, Frank & Associates 680.77

Marco Business Products 1266.18

Marlin Leasing Corporation 1069.86

Masys Corporation 2628.87

Meeker County Sheriff 2900.00

Metro Group, The, Inc. 3172.85

Mile 225.00

MinnComm Paging 714.97

Minnesota Corrections Assn. 345.00

MN State Auditor 10154.98

Mobile Vision 230.00

NADA Appraisal Guides 150.00

National Camera Exchange 577.44

Office Depot 1334.00

On Site Monitoring 6208.00

Phillips Petroleum Company 591.13

Qwest 1791.57

RS Eden 1606.50

Scharber & Sons, Inc. 961.80

Seton Identification Products 848.45

Sherburne County Sheriff 3075.00

Software House International, In 585.75

Specialty Seeds, Inc. 270.00

St. Cloud Stamp & Sign 382.36

St. Michael Veterinary Clinic 136.80

St. Michael City 5136.50

State of Minnesota ITD 175.45

State of MN Intertech Group 1031.35

Titus, Kevin 121.21

Total Printing 178.13

Verizon Wireless 653.67

Vollbrecht, Shawna 125.00

Waverly City 3260.02

Weinberger, James 366.86

Wright County Highway Dept. 211.30

Wright-Hennepin Electric 1353.17

28 payments less than $100 1522.38

Final Total $140,438.79

The meeting adjourned at 9:43 A.M.

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