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Wright County Board Minutes

MAY 13, 2003

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

Russek moved to approve the 05-13-03 minutes as written, seconded by Heeter, carried 5-0.

Petitions were accepted to the Agenda as follows: Items for Consideration, #2. Refer Assessor's Concern To Personnel Committee (Russek); #3. Resolution Proclaiming May 11-17, 2003 Transportation Week (Melvin); #4. Set Transportation Committee Of The Whole Meeting (Melvin); #5. Resolution Approving Charitable Gambling Application (Clear Lake Lions Club) (Melvin); #6. Schedule Technology Committee Meeting (Melvin); #7. Check Rebate From East Central Regional Juvenile Center (Sawatzke), #8. MPCA Letter (Sawatzke); #9 Retractable Curtain In C117/C118 (Mattson). Russek moved to approve the Agenda as amended, seconded by Heeter, carried 5-0.

Russek moved to approve the Consent Agenda, seconded by Heeter, carried 5-0.


1. Performance Appraisals: J. Borrett, Assr.; B. Schlimme, Atty.; G. Gooler, Aud./Treas.; S. Stemm, Ct. Svcs.; J. Corrigan, R. Klocke, Hwy.; S. Bakeberg, M. Flemming, T. Halberg, B.

Helget, M. Wannebo, Sheriff.

2. Claim, Scott Builders, $2,080.00.

3. Schedule Labor/Management Health Insurance Committee Meeting For 5-28-03 @ 9:00 A.M.

4. O/T Report, Period Ending 4-25-03.

5. Claim, Frank Madden & Associates, $1538.58.


1. Approve Abatements, PIN # 118-166-000010, Rhea Company and PID # 118-169-001010, JW Brett Inc. (City of Otsego).


1. Approve Personal Medical Leave For Phyllis DeBoer, April 21, 2003 Through May 16, 2003.

2. Approve Annual On Sale Beer License, Buffalo Gun Club (Buffalo Twp.).


1. Award Contract For CR 123 Improvement Bridge No. 86J111 To Midwest Contracting.


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

A. Approval Of Establishment Of A Rural Planned Unit Development District, Anita Romfo (Franklin Twp.).

Doug Gruber, Auditor/Treasurer, presented the April Revenue/Expenditure Guidelines for review. Adjustments to budgets will appear on the April listing. Mattson expressed concern over the continuing use of temporary help and overtime in some departments. Heeter moved to accept the April Revenue/Expenditure Guidelines as presented, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0.

Gruber presented four requests for approval of the purchase or transfer of tax forfeited parcels. After review and approval by the DNR, Cities are notified of available properties. The City has first option to purchase the parcel at minimum asking price, or if it is for public use can request the property be transferred to them. Russek moved to approve the purchase of tax forfeit parcel 104-010-044010 by Clearwater City, seconded by Heeter, carried 5-0 on a roll call vote. It was clarified by the Attorney's Office that a resolution was not necessary. Russek moved to delete the resolution, seconded by Heeter, carried 5-0. Russek then moved to approve the purchase by Clearwater City, seconded by Heeter, carried 5-0.

Heeter moved to approve the sale of tax forfeit parcels 155-064-003050, 155-064-003060, 155-064-003070 and 155-064-003080 to Monticello City, seconded by Sawatzke, carried 5-0.

Russek moved to approve the transfer of tax forfeit parcel 155-010-001010 to Monticello City for public use, seconded by Sawatzke, carried 5-0.

Sawatzke moved to approve the sale of tax forfeit parcel 103-500-301403 to the MN Dept of Transportation, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0. Gruber clarified the agenda incorrectly listed the MN Dept. of Revenue as the purchaser.

Russek moved to approve the claims listing subject to audit, seconded by Heeter, carried 5-0.

Tom Hovde, U of M Extension Service introduced Gary Weness who is filling in for six months while another staff member is on leave. Weness will be working primarily with small acreage owners.

Tom Salkowski, Planning & Zoning Administrator, requested acceptance of the findings and recommendations of the Planning Commission for denial of the request to rezone from AG & S-2 to A/R & S-2 from Mark Builders (Monticello Twp) and authorize signature of the Notice and Order of Denial. Russek stated this is not in the land use plan and was not approved by the township. Russek moved to accept the findings and recommendation of the Planning Commission and deny the rezoning request, seconded by Mattson, carried 5-0.

Mattson moved to adopt Resolution #03-37 RE: Wright County Snowmobile Association for 2003-2004 Season, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.

Russek moved to refer an item of concern from the Assessor to the next Personnel Committee meeting, seconded by Sawatzke, carried 5-0.

Heeter moved to adopt Resolution #03-38 proclaiming May 11-17, 2003 Transportation Week for Wright County, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0 on a roll call vote. It was noted National Transportation Week was first designated by Congress over 40 years ago to draw attention to the importance and benefits of transportation.

Wayne Fingalson, Highway Engineer, requested a Transportation Committee of the Whole meeting be scheduled. The Buffalo City Police Chief has requested a meeting to discuss the City purchase of fuel from Public Works. Heeter moved to schedule a Transportation Committee of the Whole meeting 05-29-03, 3:30 P.M. following the public meeting on the 5-year transportation plan, seconded by Sawatzke, carried 5-0.

John Bower, Minnesota Counties Insurance Trust, presented the 2003 Member Report for Wright County. MCIT is a self insuring risk pool with membership consisting of 81 of the 87 counties which formed a joint powers entity. Collectively the members self-insure losses and purchase reinsurance for catastrophic losses. Bower stated he works closely with Pat Melvin, Special Projects Administrator, on risk management claims and that Richard Norman, Wright County Coordinator, serves as a member of the MCIT Board of Directors. He provided an overview of risk management services, loss control services, and resources such as the Employee Assistance Program.

Russek moved to adopt Resolution #03-39 to approve a charitable gambling application for the Lions Club of Clear Lake (Monticello Twp.), seconded by Mattson, carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.

Mattson moved to schedule a Technology Committee for 05-28-03, seconded by Heeter, carried 5-0. The requested agenda items were: 1. Voice Mail for Sheriff Deputies; 2. Fee for Centerline Image; 3. Fee for Internet Access to GIS; and 4. "800" access from local calling area.

Sawatzke stated a rebate check in the amount of $13,555.57 was received from East Central Regional Juvenile Center. This was provided as an informational item.

Sawatzke stated a letter was received from the MPCA dated May 9, 2003 advising of a recent violation at the Onyx FCR Landfill, Inc.

Mattson expressed concern on the cost of installation of the retractable curtain in C117/C118 noting it has been discovered that ductwork is in the way and would need to be moved. He recommended the curtain not be installed at an approximate savings of $12,500. Discussion followed on the anticipated use of the room by the Sheriff's Department as well as possible general use by other departments. Russek and Eichelberg felt installation of the curtain would provide additional meeting room space which is in short supply. There was discussion on whether removal of the curtain item would in fact result in a savings of $12,500. Mattson moved to not install the retractable curtain, seconded by Heeter. The meeting was recessed at 10:21 A.M. for the Commissioners to view the room. The meeting was reconvened at 10:26 A.M. Sawatzke stated he would vote in favor of Mattson's motion but wanted to reconsider installation of the curtain if there was not an actual deduct of $12,500 from the project. Motion carried 3-2 to not install the curtain with Eichelberg and Russek voting against the motion.

Bills Approved

Albertville Body Shop, Inc. 4071.05

American Business Forms 1087.82

AMI Imaging Systems, Inc. 2300.00

Ancom Technical Center 838.48

B&B Products, Inc. 1487.77

B&D Plumbing & Heating 1019.63

Barthel, James 108.84

Buff'N'Glo, Inc. 160.00

Buffalo Clinic 107.00

Buffalo Communications, Inc. 10,212.55

Buffalo Township 791.60

Buffalo City 22,723.73

CDW Government, Inc. 247.99

Center Point Entergy 6720.40

Central MN Mental Health Cntr. 370.00

Climate Air 8743.40

Cokato Township 572.40

CPS Technology Solutions 6336.91

Dental Care Associates of Buff 536.00

Desmarais, Randal 128.16

Determan, Karen 141.12

Eichelberg, Elmer 189.00

Emedco 143.04

EPA Audio Visual, Inc. 258.11

Erickson, Josh 187.92

Feddema, Tom 136.80

French Lake Township 567.60

G&K Services 1239.20

Gateway Companies, Inc. 1737.03

Greenview, Inc. 216.80

H&H Sport Shop, Inc. 114.00

Hardings Towing 239.63

Heeter, Karla 142.92

Herlad Journal Publishing, Inc. 252.21

Interstate All Battery Center 192.82

Jerry's Towing & Repair 101.19

Kandiyohi Cty Sheriffs Departm 14,405.00

Kramber, Greg 226.80

Lakedale Telephone Company 426.55

LaPlant Demo, Inc. 562.12

Libertel Associates 196.07

Loffler Business Systems, inc. 2060.23

MacMillan, Michael 512.60

Maple Lake Lumber Company 175.66

Marco Business Products 1463.59

Martin-McAllisters Consulting 700.00

McCalla, Denise 235.48

Miller, Nathan 466.42

Minnesota Chemical Company 246.00

MN Assn of Cty Probation Ofcrs 165.00

MN Board of Assessors 295.00

MN Commerce Dept. 120.00

MN Counties Computer Co-op 1745.00

Monticello Times 244.20

Nextel Communications 1430.43

Office Depot 963.54

Oryans Conoco 110.00

Pats 66 179.25

Photo I 931.09

Praska, Tom 189.36

Precision Prints of Wright Co. 549.55

Record Preservation, Inc. 242.99

Reichels Catering Service 200.48

Rockford City 2478.40

Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge 243.52

Software House International, In 1655.01

Sprint 160.22

Tom's Towing Service 191.70

University of Minnesota 1640.00

Varner Sheet Metal, Inc. 115.00

Verizon Wireless 1914.41

Waste Management TC West 527.72

Wessman Oil Co. 123.06

Westside Wholesale Tire 121.15

Willmar Police Dept. 390.00

Wright County Highway Dept. 882.70

Wright County Journal Press 202.40

Wright Lumber & Millwork, Inc. 105.61

29 payments less than $100 1233.44

Final Total 116,171.29

The meeting was adjourned at 10:30 A.M.

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