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Wright County Board Minutes

DECEMBER 17, 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 12-3-03, seconded by Mattson, carried 5-0.

Petitions were accepted to the Agenda as follows: Item For Consid. #3, "Refer To Committee Discussion RE: Possible Purchase Of Building" (Norman). Eichelberg moved to schedule a Committee Of The Whole Meeting for 1-7-03 at 10:30 A.M., seconded by Jude, carried 5-0. On a motion by Jude, second by Eichelberg, all voted to approve the Agenda as amended.

The Consent Agenda was amended as follows: Item E1B should read, "Approve Request To Rezone From AG & S-2 To R-1 & S-2 For Riparian Lakeshore Lots & R-2 & S-2 For Remainder Of The Property, Donald, David & Larry Maki (Corinna Twp.)" (Salkowski). On a motion by Mattson, second by Sawatzke, all voted to approve the Consent Agenda as amended:


1. Performance Appraisals: R. DesMarais, S. Dilley, D. Engel, E. Kloss, T. Praska, Assr.; R. Hiivala, S. Rief, Aud./Treas.; C. Barnaal, B. Peterson, Ct. Svcs.; N. Carlson, K. Mortenson, J. Putnam, D. Redden, Hwy.; R. Bastien, J. Benn, N. Erickson, B. Kothman, M. Sturm, Sher./Corr.

2. Claim, Appraisal Concepts, Inc., $2,320.00.

3. O/T Report, Period Ending 11-22-02.

4. O/T Report, Period Ending 12-06-02.

5. Acknowledge Termination, Greg Gavel, Hwy. Tech I, Eff. 12-4-02 & Authorize Advertising For Replacement.

6. Obtain Authorization For County Board Signatures On MN Cities Participation Program Application.

7. Charitable Gambling Application, St. Michael Lions Club, Monte Club (Monticello Twp.).

8. Claim, Frank Madden, $2,461.74.

9. Set Mileage Reimbursement Rate For 2003 @ $.36/Mile.


1. Off Sale Beer License, "Lake Center Store," (Corinna Twp.).

2. Tobacco Licenses: Wessman Oil (Cokato City); Dave's Town Club (Delano); SuperAmerica #4479 (Monticello City); SuperAmerica #4554 (St. Michael).


1. Approval Of Municipal Maintenance Payments For Nine Cities.

2. Authorization For Wayne Fingalson & Virgil Hawkins To Attend NACE Annual Conference In Biloxi, Mississippi, March 23-27, 2003, As Budgeted.


1. November Parks Commission Minutes.


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

A. Approve Request To Rezone From AG & S-2 To R-2a & S-2, Doug & Dave Schmidt (Chatham Twp.).

B. Approve Request To Rezone From AG & S-2 To R-1 & S-2 For Riparian Lakeshore Lots & R-2 & S-2 For Remainder Of The Property, David, Donald & Larry Maki (Corinna Twp.).


1. Acknowledge Resignation, Tamara Everett, Communications Officer, Eff. 11-22-02 & Authorize Replacement.

2. Authorize Signatures On RF Control Stations Agreement.

3. Refer To Personnel Committee Discussion RE: Moving Hire Date Of One Position Authorize For

7-1-03 Up To 2-1-03 To Cover For Deputy On Military Leave.

Bob Hiivala, Chief Deputy Auditor, presented the claims listing for approval. Hiivala said that the claim to Software House International, Page 15, will be reviewed by the IT Director to determine whether payment will be made. The claim will be pulled and if it is determined that it should be paid, it will be part of the next meeting's claim listing. Eichelberg questioned a claim on Page 4 to Pakor ($2294.89) for a passport camera. Hiivala explained that this purchase will allow the License Bureau to perform the function of passport photos where in the past this had not been done. Russek referred to Page 5 for a claim for $1400 to the Highway Department for maps. Hiivala explained that the Auditor's Office purchases maps from Road & Bridge for resale. On a motion by Mattson, second by Eichelberg, all voted to approve the claims as listed in the abstract, subject to audit.

On a motion by Jude, second by Sawatzke, all voted to approve the Truth In Local Taxation Minutes from 12-5-02.

Brian Asleson, Chief Deputy Attorney, referenced Board action approximately one month ago terminating an agreement with Sherburne County for the storage and maintenance of the River Rider Bus. Asleson presented for approval a Joint Powers Agreement with Sherburne County. The Highway Engineer has reviewed and approves the Agreement. The Bus will be stored in the new facility in Big Lake during the winter months and at the Public Works site during the summer months. Jude moved to authorize signatures on the Agreement, seconded by Mattson, carried 5-0.

Asleson presented a draft resolution which would convey County Ditches 9 & 21 to the Cities of Albertville and St. Michael. In 2000, the Minnesota Legislature passed special legislation providing for this action. Both cities have taken the necessary action. Mattson said he hoped the Cities involved would recognize the farming community while dealing with water issues. Asleson responded that very minimal ag land is involved. Jude noted that the County is transferring responsibility of the ditches, not changing the rules which apply to them. Eichelberg moved to adopt Resolution #02-69 conveying County Ditches 9 and 21 to the Cities of Albertville and St. Michael, seconded by Jude, carried 5-0 on a roll call vote. A second motion relating to the conveyance of these ditches was made on a motion by Eichelberg, second by Mattson, carried 5-0. After review of the documents, the second motion was rescinded on a motion by Eichelberg, second by Jude, carried 5-0, as conveyance of both ditches was included with the adoption of Resolution #02-69.

A draft resolution setting the 2003 Certified Taxable Levy and 2003 Budget was presented for approval. Mattson referenced the positions included in the Budget with a 7-1-03 hire date and said that he brought up a hiring freeze in December. He felt the freeze should be in effect due to the State's budget deficit. Russek said the County would have that option until July. On a motion by Jude, second by Eichelberg, all voted to adopt Resolution #02-70:

BE IT RESOLVED that the Wright County Board of Commissioners hereby establishes the 2003 Certified Taxable Levy as follows:


General Revenue, $17,192,459

Road and Bridge, $3,132,207

Human Services, $5,868,500

Debt Service, $1,815,017

Lake Pulaski LID, $48,700

TOTAL: $28,056,883

Less: HACA, $2,595,544

NET TAXABLE LEVY: $25,461,339

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Wright County Board of Commissioners hereby establishes the 2003 Budgets as follows:


General Revenue, $29,336,892

Road and Bridge, $20,980,895

Human Services, $21,311,700

Debt Service $1,815,017

Lake Pulaski LID, $48,700

TOTAL BUDGET: $73,493,204

Tom Salkowski, Planning & Zoning Administrator, brought forth a recommendation from the Planning Commission (6/1 vote) for denial of a rezoning request to rezone from AG to A./R, Todd Lewis (Clearwater Township). Todd Lewis explained that his request is associated with an attempt to financially assist a relative through rezoning. This rezoning would also allow Lewis and his wife to build on the acreage. Lewis said the land to the north of this property is zoned for 2.5 acre lots. It was explained that the property is not included within the Land Use Plan recently updated by Clearwater Township. Salkowski said Plans normally aren't updated annually and felt it may be a few years before it would be revisited again. Sawatzke moved to accept the recommendation of the Planning Commission and to support the denial of the request, seconded by Mattson, carried 5-0. Salkowski provided Lewis with a Notice and Order of Denial.

Wayne Fingalson, Highway Engineer, introduced Richard Walters, the Executive Director of the MN Asphalt Pavement Association. Walters presented a 2002 Merit Award for Construction Excellence for the CSAH 39 Project to Buffalo Bituminous and the following members of the Wright County Highway Department: Virgil Hawkins, Kevin Johnson, Wes Workman, Dave Pullis, Pete Forare, Bill Cordell and Bill Augustin. The project competed with projects from throughout Minnesota. The CSAH 39 project runs from CSAH 8 to 3rd Street in Monticello.

On a motion by Mattson, second by Eichelberg, all voted to approve a Partnership Agreement with Mn/DOT, authorizing the County Engineer to execute the contract. This agreement will allow funds to be reimbursed directly to the District Office performing the work instead of to the Central Office. Example services will include materials testing, bridge maintenance services, box culvert inspection, and pavement condition data.

On a motion by Jude, second by Eichelberg, all voted to adopt Resolution #02-71 requesting the Commissioner of Transportation to perform a speed zone study on CR 119 in St. Michael. This was prompted by a request from the City of St. Michael.

On a motion by Sawatzke, second by Mattson, all voted to adopt Resolution #02-72 requesting the Commissioner of Transportation to perform a speed zone study on CSAH 42 from the City of Dayton to the City of Elk River. The segment is currently zoned at 55 mph and was prompted by citizen calls. A school was recently built in this area.

Mattson moved to approve Agreement No. 02-04 with the City of Montrose for CSAH 12 improvements, moving the project up in the schedule at the request of the City. The City has approved the Agreement and the originals will be forwarded to the County once signed. The motion was seconded by Sawatzke and carried 5-0. In response to a question by Sawatzke, Fingalson stated the bike trail will be included in the next phase of the project.

Bills Approved

A-1 Marine 202.33

AAA Striping Service, Inc. 20,223.90

Alberg, Kelleen 259.04

American Bio Medica Corporation 354.00

American Business Forms 255.60

American Institutional Supply 118.21

Ancom Technical Center 2344.41

Anderson, Earl, Inc. 582.30

Anderson, Pennie 125.00

Annandale Advocate 225.50

Annandale City 1372.25

Assn. of Minnesota Counties 1950.00

Auto Glass Center, Inc. 550.71

Automatic Garage Door Company 1760.23

B&D Plumbing and Heating 174.00

Backes, Joe 213.78

Beaudry Propane, Inc. 1278.40

Best, Inc. 4575.16

Bogart Pederson & Assoc., Inc. 632.50

BP Amoco 183.68

Briggs & Morgan 3800.00

Bristows Kawasaki & Polaris 176.99

Buffalo Clinic 258.00

Buffalo Hospital 7250.00

Buffalo Hospital-OTPT Commerci 413.70

Buffalo Township 493.00

Buffalo City 24,975.90

Burdas Towing 411.46

Carlson, Nick 100.00

Carver County Treasurer 435.00

Catco Parts Service 509.52

Cellular 2000 of St. Cloud 300.76

Center Point Energy 8023.32

Centra Sota Lake Region, LLC 17, 102.40

Central Lock & Safe 223.50

Central McGowan, Inc. 423.91

Central MN Mental Health Cntr 587.50

Central MN Sane Program 4000.00

Chamberlain Oil Co. 209.38

Climate Air 3552.62

Cokato Equipment, Inc. 101.87

Cokato City 1668.49

Commissioner of Transportation 1489.52

Consulting Radiologists LTD 132.00

H Cragg Co. 784.97

Delano City 5453.39

Demarais, Richard 172.72

Denos Excavating & Drainage In 10,411.14

Dental Care Associates of Buff 396.00

Determan, Karen 178.50

East Central Regional Juvenile 8586.00

Election Systems & Software In 22,900.87

Elk River Concrete Products 354.65

Engstrom, Hans 100.00

Facility Systems, Inc. 2141.12

Fleet Computing International 675.00

Force America, Inc. 1586.36

G&K Services 1495.82

Gateway Companies, inc. 12,790.69

Gau, Todd 126.48

Gholson, Janet 335.12

W Grainger, Inc. 150.77

Greenside Up 888.36

Greenview, Inc. 209.50

Hanson, Chris 116.96

Herald Journal Publishing, Inc. 406.90

Hertzog, Amy 135.32

Hillyard Floor Care Supply 2205.04

Holiday 1976.18

Howard Lake City 1552.83

Indelco Plastics Corp. 148.26

Interstate Battery Sys of Mpls. 219.22

Jerry's Sport Center, Inc. 258.07

JR's Appliance Disposal, Inc. 640.00

Junction Towing & Auto Repair 249.22

Kandiyohi Cty Sheriffs Departm 9350.00

Kramber, Gregg 229.05

Lake Region Coop Oil 122.40

Lakedale Telephone Company 524.69

Lantto, Lilia 112.50

LaPlant Demo, Inc. 563.00

Law Enforcement Targets, Inc. 1114.72

Lawson Products, Inc. 266.80

M-R Sign Company, Inc. 16,771.57

Maple Lake Lumber Company 132.52

Maple Lake Messenger 147.65

Maple Lake City 1194.90

Marco Business Products 3908.27

Marks Standard Parts 1097.32

Martin-McAllisters Consulting 360.00

McDowall Company 298.00

Metro Group, The, Inc. 689.59

MinnComm Paging 569.13

Minnesota Bookstore 273.97

MN Assn of Cty Probation Ofcrs 300.00

MN Dept. of Transportation 269.98

MN Highway Safety and Research 784.00

MN State Auditor 3959.73

MN Transportation Alliance 895.00

Monticello Ford Mercury, Inc. 427.67

Monticello Times 298.10

Monticello City 11,596.12

Montrose City 935.73

National Business Systems, Inc. 1340.09

Nature Watch 409.10

Nelson, James 100.00

Nextel Communications 971.84

North American Salt Co. 26,175.06

Office Depot 4755.93

Oryans Conoco 140.00

Pakor 2294.89

Parker, Anne 170.34

Pats 66 124.00

Peavey, Lynn Company 421.95

Photo I 864.77

Powerplan 7131.83

Praska, Tom 276.42

Precision Prints of Wright Co. 248.35

Prosource One 432.05

Quilification Targets 393.99

Qwest 4884.87

Rasmuson, Anthony 233.58

Record Preservation, Inc. 385.87

Rockford Transport & Recovery 543.15

Royal Tire, Inc. 2085.86

Ryan Motors, Inc. 134.79

Sawatzke, Pat 246.16

Schedule Soft 375.00

Seton identification Products 215.50

Sherburne County Sheriff 6176.24

Sheriffs Youth Program of MN 8167.50

Sirchie 139.47

Skerbinc, Rebecca 338.49

M Smith Publishers 247.00

Software House International In 1537.86

Speedwell Targets 366.10

Sprint 159.17

Star Tribune 111.80

State of MN 133.99

State of MN Intertech Group 2070.69

Stepp Mfg. Company, Inc. 175.73

Stericycle, Inc. 612.48

Sterling Drug 1838.74

Stoll, Brian 131.24

Super 8 Motel Shakopee 147.75

Surveyors Supply Co. 160.45

Syntax, Inc. 1405.80

T&M Towing and Snow Plowing 159.75

Taylor Technologies, Inc. 149.99

Thompson Publishing Group, Inc. 298.00

Tires Plus 746.87

Total Printing 730.32

Trimble Navigation, LTD 389.60

United Rentals Highway Technol 544.22

University of Minnesota 786.00

Unlimited Electric, Inc. 113.67

Verizon Wireless 1563.58

Vibes Technologies, Inc. 411.57

Westside Equipment 324.31

Whitmore Sales 2240.86

Wright County Highway Dept. 2258.51

Wright County Journal Press 246.47

Wright County Public Health 125.00

Wright-Hennepin Electric 2195.48

Xcel Energy 214.66

Ziegler, Inc. 5460.91

10,000 Lakes Chapter ICBO 100.00

60 Payments less than $100 3442.17

Final Total $350,635.54

The meeting adjourned at 9:50 A.M.

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