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Wright County Board Minutes

JUNE 24, 2003

The Wright County Board met in regular session at 9:00 A.M. with Eichelberg, Heeter, Mattson, Russek and Sawatzke present. On a motion by Russek, second by Heeter, the minutes for the 6-17-03 meeting were approved with the following corrections: Page 3, 2nd to last paragraph, "Bill Weldele stated water is currently 6" - 12" above the cement landing." corrected to read, "...above the gravel parking lot." Motion carried 5-0.

Petitions were accepted to the agenda as follows: Consent Agenda A.5, "Refer Meeting Room Scheduling To Building Committee," (Norman); C.3, "Annual On Sale Beer License, Albion Ridges Golf Course (Albion Twp.)," (Gruber); C.4, "Claim - McCombs Frank Roos $5,029.00 May Services (Fund 61 - Sewer)," (Gruber); under Auditor/Treasurer, Item #5, "Approve A Plat, Sugar View Heights, (Clearwater Twp.)," (Gruber); #6, Review Beaver Dam Problem On Ditch #10 (Victor Twp.)," (Gruber); #7, "Approve Extended Liquor Sales Hours - Lake Center Bar & Grill (Corinna Twp.)," (Gruber); Item of Consideration, Item #1, "Update Regarding MCPA For ONX FCR Landfill," (Asleson). Heeter moved to approve the Agenda as amended, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0.

Sawatzke requested Consent Agenda Item #F.1, "Request Setting A Transportation Committee Meeting To Discuss CSAH 12 Trail: 1) Bidding Of Project; 2) New Time Lines; 3) Right Of Way Purchases." be pulled for discussion. In response to a question from Heeter on meeting rooms, Norman stated he is looking for direction from the Board in regard to scheduling problems with less meeting rooms. Sawatzke moved to approve the Consent Agenda with the removal of F.1, seconded by Mattson, carried 5-0.


1. Performance Appraisals: A. Buskey, Bldg. Maint.; S. Kuhn, S. Schubert, Ct. Admin.; R. White, Hwy.; J. Rivers, G. Windler, Sher./Corr.

2. Refer Sheriff Contract Fees For 2004 & 2005 To The Ways & Means Committee.

3. Refer Vending Issue To Building Committee.

4. Refer To 7-9-03 Labor/Management Loss Control Committee Meeting: 1) Review Of The 2002 Wright County Safety Report By Special Projects Administrator Patrick Melvin; 2) Review Of The Year 2002 Goals & Establish New 2003-2004 Goals; 3) Discuss Automatic External Defibrillators For County Facilities; 4) Discuss Providing Assessors With Outdated Cell Phones For Emergency Purposes.

* 5. Refer Meeting Room Scheduling to Building Committee. (Norman)


1. Approve Abatement, PIN #216-100-201400, Wright County.


1. Transient Merchant's License, TAP Enterprises, Hanover City.

2. On Sale Liquor License, "Lake Center Bar & Grill," (Corinna Twp.).

* 3. Annual On Sale Beer License, "Albion Ridges Golf Course," (Albion Twp.). (Gruber)

* 4. Claim - McCombs Frank Roos $5,029.00 May Services (Fund 61 - Sewer). (Gruber)


1. Accept Resignation, Gina Anderson, Court Attendant, Eff. 7-3-03. Refer Replacement Of Position To Personnel Committee.


1. Award Contract 0305 (SAP 86-599-024) To Mathiowetz Construction Co. For Bridge Replacement Project In Franklin Township, $1,420,714.94.

Sawatzke referenced pulling F.1, "Request Setting A Transportation Committee Meeting To Discuss CSAH 12 Trail: 1) Bidding Of Project; 2) New Time Lines; 3) Right Of Way Purchases," from the Consent Agenda. He suggested the sale of land adjacent to Ney Park be added as a fourth item and a Parks Committee Of The Whole meeting be scheduled rather than a Transportation Committee meeting. On a motion by Sawatzke, second by Mattson, all voted to add the sale of property adjacent to Ney Park as a fourth agenda item and to schedule a Parks Committee Of The Whole Meeting on 07-15-03, 10:30 A.M.

On a motion by Russek, seconded by Heeter, all voted to approve a plat, "NESSIE SHORES," contingent upon a road bond letter being filed with the County Auditor prior to recording, as submitted by Daniel R. & Jean M. Frie, husband and wife, and John C. Adams, single, owners and proprietors of the following property described as: Tract E. Registered Land Survey No. 26; with all outstanding taxes including green acre liability, if any, having been satisfied; park dedication fee has been paid (#95088); and the title opinion prepared by Gregory V. Smith, attorney, has been reviewed by Thomas C. Zins, Assistant County Attorney, who finds the plat to be ready for recording.

On a motion by Heeter, seconded by Mattson, all voted to approve a plat, "SUGAR VIEW HEIGHTS," as submitted by Buffalo 4, LLC, fee owner, and First Minnesota Bank, N.A., mortgagee, of the following property described in part as: That part of the NE1/4, Gov. Lots 1, 2, and 3, all in Sec. 36, Twp. 122, Rge. 27; with all outstanding taxes, including green acre liability, if any, having been paid; the park dedication fee has been paid (#95184); there are no new roads involved; and the title opinion prepared by John Peterson, attorney, has been reviewed by Thomas C. Zins, Assistant Wright County Attorney, who finds the plat to be ready for recording.

Doug Gruber, Auditor/Treasurer reviewed recent legislation allowing for the sale of alcoholic beverages on liquor licensed premises until 2:00 A.M. effective July 1, 2003. He explained since Wright County does not have a liquor ordinance the County has no authority to regulate the closing time. Asleson clarified some cities have their own ordinances, but historically the County has followed State law which is the minimum requirement. Gruber requested approval to sign an application from the Lake Center Bar & Grill in Annandale for extended hours to 2:00 A.M., stating that without an ordinance the Board does not have an option other than to approve. There was discussion on the number of licensed establishments in the County and potential impact on the Sheriff's Department. Russek moved to approve signature on the application, seconded by Heeter. There was additional discussion on the possibility of adopting an ordinance in the future. Motion carried 5-0.

Gruber requested authorization to review blockage on a culvert on Ditch #10 and proceed with beaver trapping if necessary. On a motion by Russek, second by Mattson, all voted to authorize Gruber to proceed.

Gruber referenced the May Revenue/Expenditure Guidelines stating the adjustments to the 2003 Budget would be reflected in the June printout. Mattson moved to acknowledge the May Revenue/Expenditures, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0.

The claims listing was reviewed. Heeter moved to approve the claims listing subject to audit, seconded by Mattson, carried 5-0.

Paula MacMullan, Regional Affairs and Policy Liaison for Senator Norm Coleman, presented a brief overview of their office responsibilities for the north metro area and offered their services and support to the County.

Mary J. Anderson, U Of M Extension Service, requested approval to submit an application for locating a University of Minnesota Extension Regional Center in Buffalo and to adopt a resolution of support. She distributed a listing of nine criteria which will be used in determining the communities where the regional centers will be located. Anderson suggested a revision be made to the application adding that Buffalo has been the host site for various State and Regional events and has the support and facilities to do so. Mattson and Russek were involved in the preparation of the application and noted Wright County meets all nine of the criteria listed by the U of M. They commended Anderson, Moeller and Hovde for their hard work on the application and the quality of the Wright County Extension program. Russek moved to approve the application with the revision suggested by Anderson, seconded by Mattson, carried 5-0. Russek moved to adopt Resolution #03-46 in support of submitting the application for locating a regional center in the Wright County Government Center, seconded by Mattson, carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.

The regular meeting was recessed at 9:45 A.M. for a public hearing on the intent to implement and modify charges for County services effective July 1, 2003. It was clarified a listing of the proposed changes was printed in the Howard Journal Press, the official County newspaper, as required. Gruber requested the Special Assessment Setup Fee and Special Assessment Maintenance charge be effective January 1, 2004. Norman stated the public notice encouraged individuals to submit written comment if unable to attend the hearing. He stated his office did not receive any calls or written testimony. The regular meeting was reconvened at 9:56 A.M. Heeter moved to approve the proposed rate charges effective July 1, 2003 with the Special Assessment Setup Fee and Special Assessment Maintenance charge to be implemented January 1, 2004, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0.

Noel Labine, Wright County Economic Development Partnership, presented proposed business subsidy criteria for review prior to next week's public hearing. Labine will clarify the statement on the creation or retention of jobs, make editing corrections, and have the criteria reviewed by the County Attorney's Office.

Wayne Fingalson, Highway Engineer, presented photos showing the magnitude of the problem of the CSAH 42 slope failure along the Mississippi River. He stated his office is in the process of selecting a consultant to do the design work and is requesting approval to then proceed by obtaining two quotes rather than further delay the work with a 4-5 week advertisement period for bids. It is his understanding a letter is on the way approving the repair for State aid disaster. He explained the cost of the repair and all expenses must be at least 10% of Wright County's state aid allotment, or at least $580,000 to be covered 100% from the State Aid Disaster Account. Asleson stated he reviewed applicable State statutes and does not feel there is a legal problem with waiving the advertising of bids because of the urgency in proceeding with repairs, but felt it was advisable to obtain two quotes for cost comparison. Fingalson stated he has been in contact with the Corp of Engineers and they have recommended hiring a consultant. He added the consultant cost would be included in the overall repair costs. Sawatzke moved to approve proceeding with the repair by obtaining two quotes and waiving the advertisement for bids, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0.

Fingalson referenced a letter from the Otsego City Administrator regarding the proposed traffic signal at TH101 and CSAH 37 stating they had not budgeted for this cost in their 2003 budget and feel the need for the intersection is driven more by regional traffic increase than development in Otsego. Wright County's Traffic Signal Funding Policy which has been in effect since April, 1984, states that the County and city shall each pay fifty percent (50%) of the local share. Fingalson stated the Otsego City Council met Monday evening but had not received an update. He noted State funding is available until June, 2004 for the signal. The consensus of the Board was to proceed according to policy in the hope that the City can work out a payment arrangement with MnDOT.

Chuck Davis, Planning & Zoning, reported RFP's for the Solid Waste Composting Facility were received from Chamness Technology, Inc., Blairsburg, Iowa and the City of Hutchinson. At the 04-22-03 County Board Meeting the deadline was extended to 06-23-03. Davis will review the RFP's for completeness and distribute them for review by the end of the week.

On 4-8-03 the County Board moved to present a written response to the MCPA in response to an expansion permit application from Onyx FCR Landfill, Inc., and to request an opportunity to address the MPCA Citizen's Board. Brian Asleson, Chief Deputy Attorney stated appearance before the MPCA Citizen's Board is scheduled for this afternoon following their regular meeting and that he and Chuck Davis, Planning & Zoning, would be attending. Asleson clarified it is not a special meeting of the County Board, but it is possible there could be a quorum of the County Board present depending on whether any Commissioners planned to attend. Sawatzke acknowledged a representative from ONYZX FCR Landfill, Inc. was present at today's Board Meeting and asked whether she wished to comment, however, she declined. This was provided as an informational item.

Bills Approved

Albertville Body Shop Inc. 457.00

American Health Care Supply 311.18

Ancom Technical Center 197.03

Aramark Correctional Services 9,702.59

AT&T Universal Biller 4,119.11

B&D Plumbing & Heating 218.00

Barnes Distribution 337.67

BLM Technologies Inc. 372.75

Bowman Distribution 378.54

Buffalo Hospital 7,897.00

Buffalo Hospital Otpt. Commercial 609.00

Burdas Towing 148.03

Center Point Energy 1,241.72

Centra Sota Lake Region LLC 3,895.83

Central McGowan Inc. 259.34

Central MN Mental Health Center 300.00

Chamberlain Oil Co. 802.39

Chief Supply Corporation 161.98

Climate Air 187.41 Cokato Equipment Inc. 235.10

Cokato, City of 252.74

Commissioner of Transportation 298.77

Compton, Karen M. 549.40

Concept Seating Inc. 2,195.00

Contech Construction Product 13,304.40

Crysteel Distributing Inc. 243.44

Decorative Designs Inc. 175.53

Demers, George 758.58

Dental Care Associates of Buffalo NA


Diamond Mowers Inc. 593.21

East Central Regional Juvenile Center


Emergency Physicians Professionals


Exxon Mobil 462.59

Flanagan Sales Inc. 215.66

Grega, Judith K. 549.40

Gruenhagen, David V. 326.75

Gruenhagen, Kevin G. 326.75

Hay Group 896.00

Heartland Services Inc. 285.94

Hickorytech Wireless 162.98

Interstate All Battery Center 106.23

Johnson, Barbara A. 549.40

Kandiyohi Cty. Sheriffs Department


Karels Towing 105.88

M-R Sign Company Inc. 518.63

Mark's Standard Parts 1,571.70

Martin McAllisters Consulting 350.00

Masys Corporation 2,628.87

McDowall Company 1,470.00

Meeker County Sheriff 1,265.00

Midland Corporate Benefits Svcs. 744.25

Minnesota Supply Company 351.32

MN Resort Association 666.00

MN Transportation Alliance 2,328.80

Monticello Ford-Mercury Inc. 822.76

Monticello-Big Lake Hospital 1,000.00

Morris Excavating Inc. 626.70

Mpls. Community College 600.00

MTI Distributing Inc. 260.28

Office Depot 1,646.80

Omann Brothers Inc. 516.19

Peavey Company, Lynn 415.30

Phillips Petroleum Co. 1,732.72

Qwest 2,440.36

Record Preservation Inc. 379.68

Redden, Dwight 100.00

Royal Tire, Inc. 1,524.87

SBC Paging 609.34

SEH 770.10

Sherburne County Sheriff 4,640.00

Simplex Grinnell LP 484.90

Simplex Grinnell LP 3,396.00

Smith, Everrett W. 660.50

Specialty Seeds Inc. 225.48

Tires Plus 536.68

Total Printing 190.21

Uniforms Unlimited 424.42

Victor Township 1,097.80

Voss Lighting 217.26

Waste Management TC West 370.51

Wright County Highway Department


Wright Hennepin Electric 3,229.03

Wright Soil & Water Conservation Dist.


Excel Energy 284.37

Zack's Inc. 1,443.92

32 claims under $100 1,326.70

Total $141,382.99

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

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