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Wright County Board Minutes

NOVEMBER 12, 2002

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

Eichelberg moved to approve the minutes of 11-5-02, seconded by Mattson, carried 4-0.

Petitions were accepted to the Agenda as follows: Aud./Treas. Item #4, "County Ditch #36" (Gruber); Aud./Treas. Item #5, "Approve Liquor License For Rasset Bar & Grill" (Gruber); Item For Consid. #3, "Refer To 11-13-02 Technology Committee The Request For Two Telephones, Surveyor" (Norman). Sawatzke moved to approve the Agenda as amended. The motion carried 4-0 on a second by Eichelberg.

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


1. Performance Appraisals: J. Wells, Bldg. Maint.; J. Klein, Ext.; B. Rhineberger, P&Z; M. Froslie, K. Lipelt, Sher./Corr.; A. Backes, Surv.

2. Claim, Buetow & Associates, $6,111.89.

3. O/T Report, Period Ending 10-25-02.

4. HAY Job Description Evaluation Results.


1. Authorize Signature On Quit Claim Deed RE: Turnback Of Old TH 25 To City Of Monticello.


1. Acknowledge Hire, Carol Anderson-Kottom, Case Intake Deputy-Account Specialist, Eff. 11-18-02 (Class C, Step 3).


1. Accept Resignation, Denise Olson, Corrections Agent, Eff. 11-22-02.

2. Promote Brian Stoll From Case Aide To Corrections Agent, Eff. 11-25-02 (Step 1).

3. Approval To Hire Replacement To Fill Case Aide Vacancy.


1. Authorize Signature On Jail Medical Services Contract For Calendar Year 2003.

2. Acknowledge Appointment, Craig Burton, Deputy Sheriff, Eff. 11-13-02 (Grade 5).

3. Acknowledge Appointment, Rebecca Skerbinc, Deputy Sheriff, Eff. 11-13-02 (Grade 5).

Doug Gruber, Auditor/Treasurer, provided an update on the tax forfeiture process. There were approximately 125 parcels when the process started, with most parcels having their first year of delinquency in 1990-1992. Notices were sent to the property owners and the Sheriff's Office served papers that the property would be proceeding to tax forfeiture. The owners were given 60-90 days to pay. These properties are located within townships and the time has not expired for them to enter into tax forfeiture. Gruber referenced a listing of delinquent taxes which have been collected since the process started, totaling approximately $259,000. In response to a question by Russek, Gruber said that if another party does pay the taxes it does not give them a right to the property. In some states, this action would allow for the individual to place a lien against the property. Gruber projected that another tax forfeiture sale would be held in the Spring.

Gruber referenced a draft resolution which would request approval from the DNR to sell 28 tax forfeit parcels. These parcels are located within cities in Wright County. The minimum bid price has not been established. Gruber will meet with the Assessor and two Commissioners on this. In order to move forward, the County needs to obtain DNR approval and a minimum bid price is not required for this step. After the resolution is adopted, the owner cannot pay the delinquent taxes. There are avenues for repurchase under certain circumstances. Mattson moved to adopt Resolution #02-65, seconded by Eichelberg, carried 4-0 on a roll call vote.

Gruber said County Ditch #36 drains north from Rice Lake in Clearwater Township. Jude and Gruber viewed the area (160th Street going north off of CR #75 between the Hasty Truck Stop and Clearwater). A problem was found with blockage in a culvert under the Township road. Jude requested that Gruber petition this onto the Agenda to inform the Board of the situation. Jude asked that the Board not take any action as it appears the Township may be resolving the problem.

On a motion by Mattson, second by Sawatzke, all voted to approve a liquor license for the Rasset Bar & Grill.

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

Gary Torfin, Jail Administrator, requested approval of signatures on a long-distance contract for the Jail inmate phones. When Qwest upgraded the inmate phone system, the long-distance contract was overlooked. The contract would allow AT&T to pay 38% commission to the County on qualifying phones. Sawatzke moved to authorize signatures, seconded by Eichelberg, carried 4-0.

Jim Moy brought forth discussion on the Stone Arch Culvert and 12-Mile Creek. Moy distributed copies of the watershed and said 13 lakes drain through the Waverly Lakes. All of this water comes through the Stone Arch Bridge. Moy has been working with the SWCD monitoring 12-Mile Creek for assistance with cleanup of the river. During the week of August 3rd, they received 3.5 inches of rain which raised the lake water level 5 inches. He was concerned with the potential of a wet Spring. Moy said he had not checked with the SWCD as to whether another culvert could be placed along side the bridge. He did contact the State Historical Society and the Wright County Historical Society and both indicated that the Bridge was not a historic site. It was the consensus that this opinion should be obtained in writing. Discussion followed on installation of a culvert next to the bridge or removal of the bridge and installation of a box culvert. Mattson is awaiting response from BWSR on whether they will work with the Army Corp of Engineers on installation of another culvert. It was the consensus that this issue should be laid over until a response has been received back from BWSR. Russek will contact the SWCD to determine whether an additional culvert or a larger culvert can be installed. Sawatzke said that before discussion evolves on replacement, it will need to be determined what impact there would be on downstream property owners. Mattson said that is why he wanted the Corp of Engineer's involvement. Funding will be another issue.

Eichelberg moved to designate the Commissioners, Wayne Fingalson, Doug Gruber and Richard Norman as the AMC Voting Delegates for the AMC Annual Conference. The motion was seconded by Sawatzke and carried 4-0.

On a motion by Mattson, second by Eichelberg, roll call vote carried 4-0 to adopt Resolution #02-66 approving the Resolution of Final Acceptance and authorizing final payment ($15,756.40) to Macey Construction Co. for Contract No. 0202 (Aggregate Stockpiling).

On a motion by Eichelberg, second by Sawatzke, all voted to add to the 11-13-02 Technology Committee Agenda the request for two telephones as requested by the Surveyor.

Bills Approved

Allina Behavioral Health Srvc 452.25

Ancom Communications, Inc. 349.85

Ancom Technical Center 878.50

Annandale Rock Products 407.04

B&D Plumbing & Heating 310.00

Beckius Truck Repair, Inc. 171.39

Benton County Treasurer 1,050.00

Best, Inc. 4,606.53

Bogart Pederson & Assoc, Inc. 1,440.00

Brock White Co. LLC 2,027.76

Budget Lock & Key 506.75

Buffalo Clinic 107.00

Buffalo Communications, Inc. 697.58

Buffalo Hospital-OTPT Commerci 210.90

City Buffalo 31,142.98

Burlington Northern SF RR 19,200.00

Carlson Printing Co. 705.14

CDW Government, Inc. 248.82

Center Point Energy 5,484.00 Centra Sota Lake Region LLC 25,790.04

Central Lock & Safe 193.50

Central MN Mental Health Cntr. 150.00

Climate Air 9,675.00

Commodity Credit Corporation 100.00

Compaq Computer Corporation 268.38

Computer Training Internationl 1,084.51

Copy Equipment, Inc. 188.24

Corner House 225.00

Dakota Cty Technical College 300.00

Dales 66 101.18

Dental Care Associates Of Buff 129.00

Karen Determan 204.68

Diamond Mowers, Inc. 294.60

Document Destruction Service L 303.00

Enterprise Dispatch 115.50

Josh Erickson 118.66

Fall Maintenance Expo 450.00

Force America, Inc. 230.00

Gateway Companies, Inc. 117.10

Todd Gau 282.76

GCS Service, Inc. 198.00

Raymond Glunz 100.00

Granite City Ready Mix Co. 314.75

Douglas Gruber 173.92

H&R Const Co. 15,572.50

Chris Hanson 184.10

Josh Hinton 325.00

Holiday 1,857.89

Imperial Fastener Co., Inc. 405.00

Kandiyohi Cty Sheriffs Departm 16,445.00

Klatt True Value Electric 251.25

Tammy Klimmek 109.02

Kris Engineering, Inc. 3,710.33

Lakedale Telephone Company 456.26

LaPlant Demo, Inc. 698.00

Lawson Products, Inc. 255 61

Loffler Business Systems, Inc. 2,024 57

Macey Construction Company 15,756.40

Mahin Walz, Inc. 422.50

Maple Lake Lumber Company 398.07

Marco Business Products 1,664.53

Marks Standard Parts 3,357.79

Martin-Mcallisters Consulting 700.00

Mezzenga Distributing Co. 465.09

Middleville Township 1,214.50

Minnesota Cle 179.99

Minnesota Elevator, Inc. 122 00

W Counties Ins. Trust 130 00

Monticello Ford Mercury, Inc. 3,253.84

Mostca 100.00

Mpls Community College 1,200.00

Mumford Sanitation 140.03

Margaret Munson 110.50

Nextel Communications 1,211.51

Office Depot 1,672.02

Omann Brothers, Inc. 173 55

Oryans Conoco 105 00

Pats 66 148.00

Performance Office Papers 274.77

Photo I 711.31

Pmi Computer Supplies 372.80

Powerplan 469.93

Royal Tire, Inc. 2,179.32

Jack Russek 123.42

Scott County Jwenile Facility 250 00

Sheriffs Youth Program Of W 1,608 75

Software House Internatonal In 232.17

Sprint 162.07

Star Tribune 225.16

Stationers, Inc. 458.37

Sterling Drug 5,790.15

Sweeney Brothers Tractor 117.77

Tab Products Co. 8,434.61

Total Printing 1,359.48

United States Plastic Corp. 798.20

University Of Minnesota 175.00

Verizon Wireless 1,719.97

Waste Management TC West 665.28

The meeting adjourned at 9:32 A.M.

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