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Wright County Board Minutes

MAY 27, 2003

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

Mattson moved to approve the 05-20-03 minutes as written, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0.

Petitions were accepted to the agenda as follows: Item For Consid. #3. "Schedule Public Hearing On Fees For Services Changes" (Norman); #4. "AMC District 5 Meeting" (Norman); Auditor/Treasurer Item #2. "Approve Plat, Seerti Hills, Maki Development, LLC" (Hiivala); remove from Consent Agenda D.1, "Award Contract For CSAH 14/Bridge Project To Buffalo Bituminous, Inc." (Sawatzke). Russek moved to approve the Agenda as amended, seconded by Sawatzke, carried 5-0.

Russek moved to approve the Consent Agenda with the removal of D.1 "Award Contract For CSAH 14/Bridge Project To Buffalo Bituminous, Inc.," seconded by Sawatzke. The Highway Engineer requested the item be removed as approval has not been received from the EEO Contract Management Office of MN/DOT regarding the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise requirement for federally funded projects. Motion carried 5-0.


1. Performance Appraisals: L. Anderson, Bldg. Maint.; C. Anderson-Kottom, Ct. Admin.; J. Ruder, Hwy.; B. Wall, IT; K. Klatt, Sheriff.


1. Authorize Signatures On Tower Site Lease Agreement With City Of Cokato.


1. On Sale Liquor License, "The Rasset Store," (Chatham Twp.).

2. Tobacco License, "152 Club," (Albertville City).

3. On Sale Beer License, "Whispering Pines," (Corinna Twp.).

4. Claim - McCombs Frank Roos $2,815.00 April Services (Fund 61 - Sewer).


1. Approve Phone System Maintenance Agreements With Hickory/Tech Enterprises - One For Public Works Bldg.; One For Government Center/Human Services Center.


1. Acknowledge Resignation, Deputy Keith Stuart, Eff. 6-1-03, And Refer Replacement Of Position To Personnel Committee.

On a motion by Russek, seconded by Mattson, all voted to approve a plat, "SEERTI HILLS," as submitted by Maki Development LLC, owner of the following property described in part as: Part of Gov. Lot 6 ; and part of the SW1/4 of the SW1/4, Sec. 27, Twp. 121, Rge 27; with all outstanding taxes including green acre liability, if any, having been paid; the park dedication fee has been paid (Rec. #94210); there is a road bond on file with the Auditor; and the title opinion and special assessment agreement, prepared by Timothy L. Young, Esq., have been reviewed by Thomas C. Zins, Assistant Wright County Attorney, who finds that plat to be ready for recording.

The claims listing was reviewed. On Page 7, Russek requested clarification on a claim in the amount of $8,181 to Hennepin Faculty Associates. Captain Torfin, Jail Administrator, clarified the bill is for two surgeries related to dialysis for an inmate. On Page 13, Mattson questioned a claim in the amount of $324 for phone reimbursement to Rivers of Hope. On Page 14, Mattson noted a $2,500 claim would be reimbursed by the nuclear power plant. Russek moved to approve the claims listing subject to audit, seconded by Heeter, carried 5-0.

Marc Mattice, Parks Administrator, requested approval to secure a tax forfeited parcel along the railroad corridor in Silver Creek Township (PID #216100212204) to be held for future trail use between Monticello and Silver Creek. He recommended payment of the $100 minimum price as a trail will not be developed within two years. In response to a question from Sawtzke, Mattice will research whether allowing the public to walk and ride bike on the property meets the public use requirement to waive payment. Russek moved to approve the acquisition of the tax forfeited property, seconded by Heeter. It was clarified the intent is to pay the $100 at a future date if the pubic use requirement is not met. Motion carried 5-0.

Mattice requested approval to enroll property at Ney Park in the general CRP sign up. The County would not receive any payments, but would qualify for a cost share on materials for reclamation. The land rent from this property would be used as the County's cost share of the project. A native grass reclamation along with a direct tree seeding is proposed. Russek moved to authorize Mattice to apply for the CPR sign up, seconded by Heeter, carried 5-0.

Mattice requested approval to develop a policy addressing accommodation of disabled students at the Environmental Field Day. In addition to a liability waiver the policy would also address that an adult be assigned by the individual school district to be responsible for driving the county provided equipment. Norman suggested Mattice also contact John Bower, MCIT regarding liability issues. Sawtzke moved to authorize Mattice to work with the Attorney's Office in the development of a policy and to also contact MCIT, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0.

Mattice requested permission to begin septic system design for Schroeder Park and to obtain estimates. Funding for this project was included in the Capital Improvement Bond. Mattson moved to authorize Mattice to begin design work and obtain estimates, seconded by Russek. The intent is for the work to be done in the fall after the main camping season. Motion carried 5-0.

Noel Labine, Wright County Economic Development Partnership, requested a public hearing be scheduled to adopt a business subsidy policy for awarding business subsidies in compliance with Minn. Statute 116J.994. Labine will develop a draft policy for review prior to the public hearing. Russek moved to schedule a public hearing on Tuesday, July 1, 2003, 9:30 A.M., seconded by Heeter. Norman stated his office would publish the public notice. Motion carried 5-0.

Russek presented Resolution #03-41 to be adopted supporting participation in a Resource Conservation and Development Steering Committee. This was presented as an informational item at last week's County Board meeting. Russek stated he would be willing to continue as liaison with the proposed RC&D. The intent is to avoid duplication of efforts by other groups and have identified the Mississippi River and the trail system as two areas of focus. Russek moved to adopt the resolution, seconded by Heeter. In response to a question by Norman, Russek stated the proposed membership fee is $300-$350/year and will be discussed further at the 6-19-03 meeting to be held at Ney Park. Eichelberg clarified that the motion included Russek to continue to serve as Wright County's representative. Motion carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.

Heeter moved to reappoint Dan Dawson to a three-year term as public sector representative on the WCCA Board of Directors, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0.

Norman requested a public hearing be scheduled for proposed Fees For Services changes to be effective July 1, 2003. Heeter moved to schedule the public hearing on June 24, 2003 at 9:30 A.M., seconded by Russek, carried 5-0.

Norman reported the AMC District 5 meeting date has been changed from June 16 to June 23, 2003. The meeting will be held at the Wright County Government Center. This was provided as an informational item.

Bills Approved

Abrahamson, Brian 344.16

Advanced Bar Code Solutions In 542.10

Ancom Communications, Inc. 1105.47

Annandale Advocate 205.00

Aramark Correctional Services 4900.68

Armor Holdings Forensics, Inc. 199.60

Automatic Garage Door Company 335.00

Bachman Printing 626.75

BLM Technologies, Inc. 4077.89

Breezy Point Resort 762.09

Bristows Kawasaki & Polaris 5824.64

Buffalo Communications, Inc. 1666.73

Buffalo Hospital-OTPT Commerci 964.20

Bureau of Criminal Apprehensn 180.00

CDW Government, Inc. 1290.90

Central Lock & Safe 196.00

Climate Air 1245.33

Ernst General Construction, Inc 2272.00

Gateway Companies, Inc. 1346.00

GCS Service, Inc. 622.34

Granite Pest Control Services 115.02

Hardings Towing 213.00

Hennepin Faculty Associates 8181.00

Hertzog, Amy 750.00

Hillyard Floor Care Supply 1119.74

Jahnke, Chris 167.04

JR's Appliance Disposal, Inc. 930.00

Junction Towing & Auto Repair 176.26

Lakedale Telephone Company 109.92

LaPlant Demo, Inc. 1240.45

Glen Litfin Transfer 106.50

Maple Lake City 574.80

Marco Business Products 115.77

Marlin Leasing Corporation 1069.86

McCombs Frank Roos Associates 2815.00

Metro Group, The, Inc. 1013.88

Middleville Township 1191.70

Midland Corporate Benefits Svc. 744.25

Minnesota Chemical Company 1744.26

Minnesota State Bar Ass'n 132.06

Office Depot 3350.79

Phillips Petroleum Company 907.46

Qwest 394.66

Record Preservation, Inc. 418.82

Rivers of Hope 324.31

Software House Internations, In 2623.10

Sourcecorp 420.00

St. Michael Veterinary Clinic 142.81

State of MN 303.38

State of MN Intertech Group 315.30

Sterling Drug 1542.22

Streichers 633.68

T&M Towing and Snow Plowing 138.45

Total Printing 1739.50

West Group Payment Center 476.00

Western Container Company 1117.40

32 payments less than $100 1748.11

Final Total $68,641.53

The meeting was adjourned at 9:43 A.M.

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