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Wright County Board Minutes

MARCH 11, 2003

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

Russek moved to approve the minutes of 3-4-03, seconded by Heeter, carried 5-0.

Petitions were accepted to the Agenda as follows: Consent Agenda Item A6, "Authorize Signatures, Teamsters Local 320, Courthouse Unit Contract" (Norman); Consent Item A7, "Authorize Signatures, LELS Contract" (Norman); Item 2, Chief Deputy Attorney, "Update RE: Bill To Forgive SW Obligation" (Norman). Norman also requested that the Chief Deputy Attorney's Agenda Items be moved from 9:10 A.M. to the end of the Board Meeting. Mattson moved to approve the Agenda as amended, seconded by Russek, carried unanimously.

On a motion by Russek, second by Sawatzke, all voted to approve the Consent Agenda as amended:


1. Performance Appraisals: T. Zins, Atty.; R. LaFave, Bldg. Maint.; K. Hayes, IT; R. DuBois, M. Fiske, E. Kunkel, Sher./Corr.

2. Authorize Signatures, Teamsters Local 320, Non-Licensed Essential Employees Unit Contract.

3. Authorize Signatures, IUOE Local 49 Unit Contract.

4. Authorize Signatures, AFSCME, Human Services Contract.

5. O/T Report, Period Ending 2-28-03.

6. Authorize Signatures, Teamsters Local 320, Courthouse Unit Contract.

7. Authorize Signatures, LELS Contract.


1. Approve Abatement, PIN #217-057-000120, Norbert H. Fisher (Southside Twp.).

2. Approve Abatement, PIN #118-163-001010, Patrick W. Corrick & PIN #118-163-001020, Donna M. Smith (Otsego City).

3. Approve Abatement, PIN #118-123-001020, Kathleen M. Lang (City of Otsego).


1. Tobacco License: Uptown Bar & Grill (Waverly City).


1. Approve Cooperative Agreement No. 03-01 With City Of St. Michael For Bridge Improvements & Jurisdictional Changes On CSAH 22 & CR 121.

2. Set Bid Opening For Seasonal Requirements For 4-23-03 @ 10:00 A.M., Ways & Means Committee.


1. Authorize Signatures On Annual County Boat & Water Safety Agreement.

Doug Gruber, Auditor/Treasurer, requested that a meeting date be established for County Ditch #20. As previously directed by the Board, Gruber has been in contact with the DNR, SWCD, and the Maple Lake City and Township. Mattson moved to authorize a County Ditch #20 meeting on 3-19-03 at 10:00 A.M., Commissioners' Conference Room.

The claims listing was reviewed. Russek referenced a claim on page 4, City of Buffalo ($22,087.82). Gruber explained that this is for water, electric and sewer for the Government Center and Human Services Center. Russek said he did not realize that the gas bill was not included in this amount. Norman explained that the City of Buffalo billings have been steadily over $20,000 a month. Mattson referenced a claim on page 9, East Central Regional Juvenile ($3,281.00). Sawatzke explained that per the contract, Wright County has six beds available at the facility at any given time. If all six beds are not used by Wright County and are not rented to others, Wright County must pay for them. Sawatzke felt that the claim was a small amount to pay for the assurance of having the bed space available. Sawatzke noted that the County receives a rebate from the East Central Facility as they have been making a profit, which he felt would be substantially more than what is paid. Russek moved to approve the claims as listed in the abstract, subject to audit. The motion was seconded by Mattson and carried 5-0.

On a motion by Russek, second by Sawatzke, all voted to schedule a Building Committee Of The Whole meeting for 3-18-03 at 10:30 A.M. to review the Government Center remodeling bids. Norman will confirm that the Architect and Owners Representative are available for that meeting.

Norman said he was contacted by the Architect with a request to schedule a Building Committee meeting to review selection of materials for the Government Center remodeling project. Those departments who will be impacted will be invited to attend. It was the consensus that scheduling a Building Committee Meeting for this purpose should be placed on the next County Board Agenda.

Wayne Fingalson, Highway Engineer, presented a draft resolution of support for the Hwy. 55 High Priority Project funding from the new federal surface transportation act. This resolution will go along with the application identifying this as a high priority project for funds for ROW acquisition for the project. Wright County is the fiscal agent for the Joint Powers Board and the Transportation Alliance has been hired as a facilitator. Discussion led to the responsibility for claims. The Wright County Board approves the claims through the claims listing. The only expense thus far is for the Transportation Alliance ($1500). Hennepin County paid their share of $10,000 previously to Wright County. Wright County is responsible for submitting the payment to Transportation Alliance. Fingalson is currently working with the Auditor's Office to determine whether a designated line item can be established for these funds. Norman said the Joint Powers Board was formed under State Statute and questioned who has the authority to approve the expenditures. Tom Kelly, Attorney, said it would be the Joint Powers Board. After further discussion, it was the consensus that the County Attorney's Office review the Joint Powers Agreement language relating to payment of claims. Sawatzke also asked that Asleson review the terms between the Joint Powers Agreement and their bylaws to make sure they are consistent. A report will be brought back to the Board at their next meeting. Russek moved to adopt Resolution #03-18, supporting the Highway 55 HPP funding. The motion was seconded by Mattson and carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.

Discussion of adding the Official Mapping Process to the Transportation Committee Agenda will be discussed at the next Board meeting.

At 9:35 A.M., the Board meeting was recessed and the Public Hearing was held for the Ney Park and Clearwater Pleasant Park Grants. Marc Mattice, Parks Administrator, said the Ney Park project will be for trails and native plant community establishment. The project is scheduled to start in 2004 with full completion in 2005. Cost of the project is approximately $50,000 ($30,000 Grant, $16,000 Land Rental and $4000 In-Kind Labor & Equipment). There will be no additional costs to area residents and future costs will be handled through the regular operating budget. The second grant for Clearwater Pleasant Park involves the removal and replacement of the old play structure, design of a 9-hole disc golf area and archery range. The project will be completed by the Fall of 2004. The total project cost is $65,000 ($39,000 Grant, $25,000 Cash Match from General Revenue or Parks Dept. budget for 2004, and $1,000 In-Kind Services). There will be no additional costs to area residents and any additional maintenance will be handled by staff. No public comment was received. The Public Hearing was closed at 9:41 A.M. and the Board Meeting was reconvened. No action was taken by the Board as continuation of the grant process was approved at an earlier meeting.

Alan E. Olson, DNR Metro Area Program Forester, requested approval of a resolution of support for the establishment of the Big Woods Heritage Forest. This was passed by the State Legislature and is now being presented to counties for support to preserve the Big Woods. Olson has worked with Hennepin, Carver, and Scott Counties for 23 years and will now be a Forester in Wright County as well due to the reorganization of the DNR. Olson also serves on the Big Woods Forestry Committee. The Big Woods Forest once covered over 3000 square miles of south-central Minnesota and less than 7% of the Forest remains today. The DNR would like to identify blocks of forest that meet the Big Woods definition to try to conserve those areas. They will work with private land owners or public agencies on management plans that would incorporate the Big Woods into their development. They will use this as a tool to educate people on this important resource that is quickly going by the wayside. It will be a voluntary program. Olson explained that their work priorities will be set based upon whether counties are supportive of the program. Olson said this is a quality of life issue due to the growth being experienced in this area. Sawatzke moved to adopt Resolution #03-19, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.

Willard Kreitlow was presented with a plaque honoring his 42 years of service with the Parks Advisory Board, from 1961-2003. Mattice provided an overview of his career, explaining that Kreitlow became involved in conservation early on through 4-H and learning from his parents. In 1949, he became part of the Wright County SWCD Board where he served for 43 years. He thanked Willard for giving so much to Wright County in terms of the natural environment. Kreitlow felt those that have worked in the Parks should be honored and he spoke of their enthusiasm and hard work. Mattice explained that at their February meeting, the Parks Commission decided to dedicate Highland Hill as Willard Kreitlow Winter Recreation Area, due to all of the contributions of Kreitlow. Kreitlow was thanked for his years of outstanding service.

Brad Wozney, Wright SWCD Water Resource Specialist, informed the Board that two appointments to the WMTF (Water Management Task Force) are required due to term expiration. The positions were advertised and letters of application were received as follows:

1) Cities/Development Community Representative. The current representative, St. Michael City Administrator, Bob Derus, wishes to be reappointed. The following citizens sent letters of intent for this position: Nancy Johnson-Dent of Hanover, Sue Roskowiak of Delano, and Tim Young of Annandale.

2) Lake Association Representative. The current representative, Bill Lieb of the Indian Lake Association, wishes to be reappointed. The following citizens sent letters of intent for this position: Scott Greenfield of the Deer Lake Association, and Tim Young of the Sugar Lake Association. If the WMTF remains fully funded, the focus area will be ditches. There will possibly be non-engineering studies performed, looking at an enhanced buffer initiative, storm water management and erosion control. Another area may be the study of arsenic in well water and associated health concerns. With regard to the applicants, the consensus of the Board was that all who applied were good candidates. They spoke of the unique value Lieb would offer as he serves on the Board of Adjustment. Russek moved to reappoint Bill Lieb and Bob Derus to the WMTF, seconded by Heeter, carried 5-0. The Board requested that Wozney send letters to each of the applicants thanking them for their interest. The Board hoped that this would not discourage citizens from applying in the future. Wozney was directed to obtain a letter from the Mayor's Association with regard to reappointing Mayor Kessler to the WMTF.

Due to the time constraints of today's Agenda and the Budget Of The Whole Meeting scheduled for 10:30 A.M., it was the consensus to delay discussion of the budget situation for the SWCD and Water Management to the next County Board meeting.

Brian Asleson, Chief Deputy Attorney, brought forth discussion on the Examiner of Titles position. Currently, Wright County does not employ this position. Statute requires this when the population threshold of 75,000 is exceeded. As Wright County's population has passed this amount, it no longer qualifies under the exemption. Scott County is experiencing the same situation. An attempt will be made to either increase the numerical threshold in the Statute or specifically name Wright County as has been done with Stearns, Dakota and Olmsted Counties. Asleson requested approval to proceed. Sawatzke questioned whether the County is operating under any liability. Asleson did not feel this was the case. As the situation exists, George MacDonald is currently being retained as the Examiner of Titles and is compensated monthly for miscellaneous advice. Russek moved to authorize the County to pursue some type of legislative fix for the Examiner of Titles position, seconded by Mattson, carried 5-0.

Asleson discussed a bill which has been introduced which would forgive the outstanding financial obligation of the County with regard to the Compost Facility. The Office of Environmental Assistance has suggested an amendment which deals with counties who may find themselves in a similar situation in the future. Asleson said the amendment would not affect Wright County. There will be a hearing on the bill on 3-12-03 at 12:30 P.M., Environment & Natural Resources Committee. Asleson requested that the Ways & Means Committee meeting and Committee Of The Whole meeting scheduled for the same day be rescheduled to allow him to attend the bill hearing. Russek moved to cancel the meetings and reschedule them for 4-9-03, seconded by Sawatzke, carried 5-0.

Bills Approved

American Bio Medica Corporation 189.37

American Health Care Supply 311.20

American Institutional Supply 143.15

American Planning Association 319.00

American Public Works Assoc. 143.75

Ancom Communications, Inc. 2503.68

Ancom Technical Center 1025.08

Annandale Advocate 283.85

Arrow Terminal LLC 118.52

Arrowwood Radison Resort 170.00

B&D Plumbing & Heating 239.00

Best, Inc. 5152.31

BLM Technologies, Inc. 955.10

Boyer Truck Parts 1211.28

BP A,pcp 140.45

Buffalo Hospital-OTPT Commerci 371.10

Buffalo City 22,707.02

Cabinets Unlimited, Inc. 149.10

Catco Parts Service 448.75

Center Point Energy 12,860.02

Centra Sota Lake Region LLC 26,995.82

Central Lock & Safe 223.50

Chanhassen Veterinary Clinic 181.05

Dales Auto Service, Inc. 335.65

Data 911 Systems 5242.00

Dental Care Associates of Buff 299.00

Determan, Karen 156.24

East Central Regional Juvenile 3281.00

Eastman, Nicholas 125.00

Enterprise Dispatch 171.00

Erickson, Josh 126.88

Feddema, Tom 142.20

Glunz, Raymond 450.00

W Grainger, Inc. 282.15

Herald Journal Publishing, Inc. 450.44

Hewlett Packard Company 8303.81

Hillyard Floor Care Supply 625.82

Holiday 2260.09

Industrial Supply Co. 508.57

Klimmek, Tammy 113.04

Lakedale Telephone Company 426.06

LaPlant Demo, Inc. 528.44

Latest Products Corporation 950.49

Lawson Products, Inc. 381.69

Letta 500.00

M Litfin & Sons, Inc. 159.75

M-R Sign Company, Inc. 21,138.67

Malcolite Corporation 165.86

Maple Lake Lumber Company 333.22

Maple Lake City 561.40

Marco Business Products 6604.65

Marks Standard Parts 1490.12

Mattson, Richard 104.04

MN Assn of Jail Programs & Srvs. 150.00

MN Chapter IAAI 340.00

MN Highway Safety and Research


MN State Auditor 1172.00

Monticello Ford Mercury, Inc. 2121.16

Monticello Times 426.45

National Business Systems, Inc.


Office Depot 1175.78

Oryans Conoco 105.00

Pats 66 172.00

Photo I 616.35

Press & News Publications 156.00

Rigid Hitch Incorporated 193.38

Road Machinery & Supplies Co. 683.56

Ryan Motors, Inc. 176.52

Scharber & Sons, Inc. 24,249.41

Snap-On Industrial 103.45

Sprint 161.16

Thermal Technologies, Inc. 168.00

Total Printing 304.11

The Travel Gallery 521.00

Truk-Mate Toppers, Inc. 511.04

Victory Corps 409.01

Weinberger, James 260.28

Wells Fargo Insurance 250.00

Wright County Auditor-Treas. 150.00

Wright County Highway Dept. 1039.53

Wright County Journal Press 261.35

Wright Lumber & Millwork, Inc. 171.83

37 payments less than $100 1446.54

Final Total $183,734.29

The meeting adjourned at 10:40 A.M.

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