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Wright County Board Minutes

JUNE 10, 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 6/3/2003 minutes as printed, seconded by Heeter, carried 5-0.

Petitions accepted to the agenda were as follows: At Norman's suggestion, a letter and survey from the MN Extension Service was added as #3 for Items for Consideration. At Russek's suggestion, add RCD as #4 Items for Consideration. Russek moved to approve the agenda as amended, seconded by Mattson, carried 5-0.

After review of the consent agenda, Heeter moved to approve the Consent Agenda as presented, seconded by Mattson, carried 5-0


1. Performance Appraisals: A. Berg, Ct. Admin., C. Davis, Hwy.

2. O/T Report, Period Ending 5-23-03.

3. Claim, MCIT, $1,237.00, Added Equipment Coverage Premium.

4. Claim, Buetow & Associates, $2,267.86.

5. Claim, Scott Builders, $2,496.

6. Claim, Nelson Builders, $110.770.

7. Approve & Authorize Signatures On Change Order No. 1, Net Deduct Of $8,926.


1. On Sale Liquor License, "Silver Springs Golf Course," (Monticello Twp.).

2. Annual On/Off Sale Beer License, "Olson's Campground," (Silver Creek Twp.).

3. Tobacco License, "Food 'n Fuel," (Monticello City).


1. Approve Personal Leave Of Absence, Dale Glunz, Hwy. Maint. Person, Eff. 6-10-03 To 12-10-03.


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

A. Unanimously recommend to rezone approximately 11 acres from AG & S-2 to A/R & S-2, Leander Wetter (Rockford Twp.).

B. Unanimously recommend approval of the request to rezone 40 acres from AG to A/R, Terrence J. Olson (Franklin Twp.).

Bob Hiivala, representing the Auditor/Treasurer's Office, referred the three ditch issues to the Commissioners for discussion.

1. Ditch #23- Woodland Twp. Russek indicated he, Mattson, Gruber and Saxton reviewed this ditch as well as #41 last week. It was their consensus this is a minor project and the land owner should be allowed to make the improvement and the clean out with no charge. Mattson stated Kerry Saxton met with them and his recommendation was to stay at the level of the ditch and go no deeper than the original ditch.

Russek moved to allow the landowner (Cliff Borg) to remove trees and brush in accordance with Wright County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) recommendations. A letter to the property owner and Saxton is to be sent, seconded by Mattson, carried 5-0.

2. Ditch #33 - Monticello Twp. Sawatzke noted the property owner, Dee Lasham, is present and provided a map of the problem area off 84th Street. The proposal is to clean out Branch 4 of Ditch 33. The Board had requested review of the water problems 3-4 weeks ago. Sawatzke indicated the consensus was that the problem needs to be solved downstream before addressing it up stream. Once water levels go down, Saxton, SWCD, will further investigate by probing the tile to determine the problem. Sawatzke indicated they agree there is a problem. Sentence to Serve cleaned out much debris in an area of 100-150' in length. Further discussion included when and how Saxton would make the determination on the problems and get bids for the work. Sawatzke suggested getting a couple quotes to keep it competitive and noted two local contractors. Mattson questioned if this drains into farmland or to the Mississippi. Sawatzke indicated the direction is to the river.

Dee Lasham came before the Board. She informed the Board her property is marked as "2" on the map she provided. Water was not a problem when they purchased the property. She felt the problem was created when work was done to 84th Street in 1992. She felt the tiles did not get reconnected. She reviewed where the water comes from and drains to the north and under I-94. She explained the problem has to be solved before they can build a new home.

Sawatzke agreed there are problems and damage to the tiles may have occurred when utilities came through. He recounted a problem in the road pavement resulting from a washout. He estimated an area of 3000 acres drains through here. He suggested referring the matter to Saxton, SWCD, but noted the water will have to go down before this can be done. Russek moved to authorize Saxton, SWCD, to investigate the problem and obtain quotes from Schmitz and Fyle. Corrections to made down stream first, seconded by Sawatzke, carried 5-0. Sawatzke asked Lasham to call when the water is down.

3. Ditch 41 - Cokato Twp. - Mattson reported that he met with Russek, Gruber, Loren Borg and Saxton at the site. A blow-out was found. The problem is minor and Tom Morris had repaired another area and is willing to look at probing this. Replacement of a tile is what is expected and Morris will let them know if more work is needed. Russek moved to approve the work on tile for Ditch 41 as discussed, unless the problem exceeds what is expected, then quotes will be obtained, seconded by Mattson, carried 5-0.

4. Claims. Mattson moved to approve the claims as presented subject to audit, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0.

Brian Asleson presented the Resolution on the name changes for Twin Lake and Lake Sylvia. A letter from Lokkesmoe, Director of DNR Waters, was referred to in the third paragraph and made a part of the resolution. The Board has seen this letter and the DNR has agreed on two conditions. 1) the County Board hold a public hearing and a unanimous resolution is passed. 2) The names for both lakes be changed. Asleson stated both conditions have been met. He read the resolution. The Greater Lake Sylvia Association has offered to reimburse the County for expenses. He estimated this may be less than $100. Mattson moved to adopt Resolution #03-44, seconded by Russek, vote carried 5-0.

Asleson updated the Board on recent legislation affecting Wright County. Two bills specifically name Wright County. The County was released of their obligation left on the two million dollar solid waste grant received in 1990. This means the County will have more flexibility in what can be done with the facility and releases our obligation on some reporting to the Department. Eichelberg thanked Asleson for his time and testimony on this matter.

Asleson stated the second bill relates to the title examiner for the County. He informed the Board that because Wright County exceeded the 75,000 population threshold, the County would have been required to have a part-time County employee assume the duties that are currently contracted out to George McDonald. McDonald provides legal advice to the County Recorder. Wright and Scott Counties were exempted and can continue to operate as in the past.

Bill Weldele explained to the Board the parking and traffic problem is ongoing at the public landing for Pelican Lake. Again, the public boat access is under water. This has made a dangerous situation for traffic on the County road. Sawatzke agreed this is not a safe situation and asked Aselson if the public access can be closed temporarily. Asleson stated this issue was raised in 2001. His research and notes from that time indicate the County has the authority to close a road, however, he would expect the DNR or the public would raise issue with that. Enforcement is a problem. People will drive around a barricade which could become more unsafe. He suggested a letter to the DNR if any action to temporarily close the access during highwater periods is considered. (Highwater time period to be a minimum of at least three days.) Signs have been posted in an attempt to limit parking on both sides of the road, and signs prohibiting stopping or backing onto the road. The DNR had posted a sign to inform the public that there is another access. Discussion followed on the history of flooding and small area available for parking. Sawatzke reported that the access is entirely under water and he did not think the DNR would object to closing it temporarily. Mattson suggested a turn lane to improve safety. The County requires this for any new development.

Sawatzke noted as it exists, there is no additional land available. Weldele had contacted the County two years ago about a near hit and he felt an accident is waiting to happen. Eichelberg agreed as long as this access is under water, and there is another lake access that can be used. Weldele explained the other access is owned by the US Fish & Wildlife and located on the north end of the lake. They have allowed the DNR to use this as a boat landing.

Roger Marshall stated he lives directly across the road from the lake access. He recalled a meeting on the public access at Maple Lake hosted by the DNR and US Fish & Wildlife. At that time they were considering an access on the east side of the lake. The public were not given an opportunity to speak. He has counted 53 vehicles on opening day and described the safety hazard this created. Marshall raised other issues regarding inadequate planning on water issues in the City of St. Michael.

Eichelberg brought the discussion back to the issue of Pelican Lake. He agreed something should be done because of the safety issues. Asleson offered two suggestions for the Board's consideration. If the County Board is not comfortable closing the access indefinitely, they direct the County Surveyor to set a water elevation to determine when the access should be closed. This is something that could be defended in Court. Another option is to send a letter to the DNR outlining the plans that would become effective July 1. He noted hunting season appears to create the most safety hazard. This option would give time to obtain information from the County Engineer on proper barricades and information from the Surveyor.

Sawatzke felt they could get something by next week. He would support setting an elevation which could be used to establish when the access will close and reopen. He noted parking is allowed on the side of the road, except where it is posted.

Sawatzke moved to direct Asleson to investigate this issue with the County Surveyor and Engineer and recommend an elevation and standards for closing the public access during periods of highwater. The DNR is to be notified and invited to be present at the next Board meeting, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0.

Eichelberg stated that at a meeting with the City of Buffalo, we reiterated that gas would be offered to them at 5 cents above County cost. Heeter stated she understands they have decided to put in their own pumps.

July 8, 2003 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. was scheduled for a tour of roads. Fingalson will provide the schedule of roads.

Russek moved to accept the 5-29-03 minutes for the Transportation Committee of the Whole and recommendation as presented, seconded by Sawatzke, carried 5-0.

Sawatzke moved to approve Agency Agreement No. 85164 with MN/DOT and Resolution for same, seconded by Mattson, carried 5-0. Mattson moved to adopt Resolution 03-45, seconded by Heeter, carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.

Letter from UM Extension Service and Survey was presented to the Board by Norman. The County has been invited to respond to a survey and the deadline was noted. Commissioners concurred to refer the survey to Moeller and the two Commissioners on the Extension Committee and anyone wanting to fill out their own could do so. The survey will be used in determining locations for twenty Regional and other Satellite offices for the State Extension offices. It was felt the more response the better.

Bills Approved

Ancom Technical Center 1209.60

Anderson Engineering, LLC 1290.30

Augustin, William 100.00

Auto Glass Center, Inc. 345.71

AVF Rail-Tie, LTD 459.00

Ayres, Richard 4253.82

B&D Plumbing & Heating 274.00

Backes, Joe 182.88

BLM Technologies, Inc. 2413.72

Bristows Kawasaki & Polaris 2138.72

Brock White Co., LLC 3834.00

Buffalo Bituminous 536,236.47

Buffalo Communications, Inc. 133.13

Buffalo City 24,521.31

Buildings Consulting Group, Inc. 2672.75

Carver County Treasurer 290.00

CDW Government, Inc. 572.00

Center Point Energy 3468.97

Centra Sota Lake Region, LLC 10,278.92

Central MN Mental Health Cntr 350.00

Commissioner of Transportation 335.50

Contech Construction Product 3899.04

Dakota Cty Technical College 350.00

Determan, Karen 202.68

Diers, Carter 426.24

E-Z Flush 542.28

Ehlinger, Ben 144.72

Erickson, Josh 162.32

Facility Systems, Inc. 195.79

Gau, Todd 156.24

Gilson Company, Inc. 323.57

Glunz, Raymond 200.00

Going Under Dive Center 1026.47

Gould Bros. Chev-Olds 154.09

Hance Utility Services, Inc. 324.83

Hatch, Jim Sales Company, Inc. 237.50

Herald Journal Publishing, Inc. 134.53

Hertzog, Amy 146.52

Hillyard Floor Care Supply 1739.55

Holiday 1793.70

Interstate Battery Sys of Mpls 251.18

J Craft Div. of Crysteel Mfg. 144.49

Jerrys Towing & Repair 250.00

Keeprs, Inc. 125.35

Koch Materials Co. 3867.39

Lakedale Telephone Company 136.48

LaPlant Demo, Inc. 564.54

M-R Sign Company, Inc. 1096.06

Maple Lake Lumber Company 640.10

Marco Business Products 3200.08

McLeod Treament Programs, Inc. 486.27

The Metro Group, Inc. 4874.51

Mid-America Business Systems 20,828.21

MN State Auditor 3402.94

MN Supreme Court 218.00

MN Transportation Alliance 395.00

Monticello Ford Mercury, Inc. 498.90

Nebs, Inc. 228.09

Office Depot 3177.60

Pawelk, Lori 377.25

Performance Office Papers 222.80

Powerplan 292.57

Protective Services, Inc. 474.70

Rider Bennett Etal 198.00

Royal Tire, Inc. 2342.87

RS Eden 1071.00

Software House International, In 584.69

Southfork Recreational Parts 1364.00

Specialty Seeds, Inc. 193.83

Star Tribune 210.60

Stieg, Theresa 180.00

Streichers 1252.44

Thermal Technologies, Inc. 197.94

Tires Plus 107.98

Truk-Mate Toppers, Inc. 372.75

Unlimited Electric, Inc. 1298.93

Verizon Wireless 2095.05

Vollbrecht, Shawna 125.00

Wright County Highway Dept. 2004.77

Wright County Journal Press 124.69

Wright Cty Court Administrator 100.00

Wurm, Keith Construction 4100.00

40 payments less than $100 $1943.63

Final Total $673,141.55

The meeting was adjourned at 10:26 a.m.

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