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Wright County Board Minutes

AUGUST 5, 2003

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

Heeter moved to approve the minutes of 7-29-03, seconded by Mattson, carried 4-0.

Petitions were accepted to the Agenda as follows: Auditor/Treasurer, #3, "Ditch #10 Culvert" (Mattson). Mattson moved to approve the Agenda as amended, seconded by Heeter, carried 4-0.

On a motion by Heeter, second by Sawatzke, all voted to approve the Consent Agenda.


1. Performance Appraisals: J. Vos, Ct. Admin; J. Wright, Hwy.; G. Lebovsky, P&Z; M. True, Surv.

2. O/T Report, Period Ending 7-18-03.


1. Approve Abatements, PID #118-170-000020, 118-170-001010, 118-170-001011, 118-170-001020, 118-170-001021, Rodney Winter (City of Otsego).


1. Refer To 8-13-03 Transportation Committee Of The Whole Meeting: Discuss Turnback Of A CR 117 Segment To City Of Monticello.


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

A. Approve Request To Rezone From AG To R-2a, Zach Adams (Silver Creek Twp.).

B. Approve Request To Rezone From AG To A/R, Kurt & Heidi Erickson (French Lake Twp.).

Doug Gruber, Auditor/Treasurer, requested approval authorizing the designation of fund balances for year ended 12-31-02. The designations include amounts anticipated for cash flow purposes, compensated absences and anticipated capital outlay. Sawatzke moved to approve the designation of fund balances as presented, seconded by Mattson, carried 4-0.

Mattson stated that approximately six weeks ago authorization was given for Swanson Brothers to trap beaver on Ditch #10. He reported the beaver have been trapped but the culvert is plugged. The culvert is a field crossing and the only access the property owner has to the field. Heeter made a motion authorizing Mattson, Gruber and Kerry Saxton, SWCD, to contact the property owner and investigate further, seconded by Mattson, carried 4-0.

Gruber presented the claims listing for approval. Mattson referenced a claim from Corrections in the amount of $151.12 for a Russian interpreter noting that the individual was operating a trucking business. Mattson moved to approve the claims listing subject to audit, seconded by Heeter, carried 4-0.

Chuck Davis, Environment Health Officer, requested determination that the Environmental Assessment Worksheet for Duininck Bros. Inc. is sufficient to base a decision on the need for an Environmental Impact Statement for a gravel mining operation in Section 28, Monticello Township. Davis stated no comments were received from the public during the public notice period of June 23 - July 23, 2003. Heeter moved to accept the EAW with no need for an Environmental Impact Statement, seconded by Mattson, carried 4-0.

Heeter read the minutes of the Building Committee Of The Whole meeting held on 7-28-03. Mattson moved to approve the minutes as read, seconded by Heeter, carried 4-0.

Phase II, Building Remodeling. Phase II of the remodeling project calls for Planning & Zoning to return to their remodeling office space, Extension to move to their new location and for IT to move across the hall to the remodeled License Bureau office space. These moves are scheduled to take place August 18th. Tom Hovde distributed handouts of the proposed staffing plan recommended by the Extension Committee and a diagram of the office area showing staff office assignments. There was discussion on the proposed staffing plan, budget, and office space needed in light of Wright County not being selected as one of the Regional Offices. It was felt that perhaps part-time staff could share offices which would free up space for other use. Hovde reported University employees are to be notified August 13th regarding positions at the Regional Offices, and those whose employment is to be terminated are to receive notice by the end of November or early December. He stated the County Board needs to determine the services and programs the County feels are critical to offer and to separate those decisions from personnel issues. It was the consensus of the Committee to proceed with moving Extension to their new location as scheduled since all employees will be continuing in their current positions for some time. Recommendation: Proceed with moving Planning & Zoning, Extension, and Information Technology Departments according to the schedule.

Tom Salkowski, Planning & Zoning Administrator, requested acceptance of the Findings & Recommendations of the Planning Commission and signature of the Notice & Order of Denial to rezone from AG GGGeneral Agricultural and S-2 Residential-Recreational Shorelands to R-1 Urban-Rural Transitional and S-2, Dave Gonyen (Southwise Township). Mattson stated the Lake Augusta Association is pleased with the decision of the Planning Commission. Mattson moved to approve the denial and authorize signature of the Notice & Order of Denial, seconded by Heeter. It was noted there was no one in attendance at today's meeting representing Mr. Gonyen. Motion carried 4-0.

A Committee Of The Whole meeting was held 7-22-03. A summary of the minutes follows.

Evaluating RFP's Compost Facility. Chuck Davis, Planning & Zoning, summarized the proposals from Chamness Technology, Inc., Blairsburg, Iowa and the City of Hutchinson and stated both were complete in meeting the requirements in the RFP. Representatives from the City of Hutchinson were present at the meeting. The City of Hutchinson has a contract with the City of Minneapolis for yard waste and proposes to be operational by the middle of September, 2003. The meeting was recessed to 7-29-03 to allow Chamness Technology, Inc. an opportunity to respond to questions raised by the Committee.

The Committee Of The Whole meeting reconvened 7-29-03. A summary of the minutes follows.

Evaluating RFP's Compost Facility. Gary Chamness, provided a slide presentation of Chamness Technology, Inc.'s background in organic waste management. Chamness Technology, Inc. anticipates a six month period of time to acquire contracts, obtain permits, negotiate an agreement with the County, etc. It was noted revenue will not be significant from either organization in regard to overall debt reduction of the compost facility, and that the County needs to clearly identify long term goals and the best use of the facility in regard to service to Wright County residents. It was felt the Committee should narrow the focus and goals and then present the proposals to the Solid Waste Task Force. It was recommended the meeting be recessed to 8-11-03, 2:30 P.M. for further discussion on long range plans and to allow time to tour Chamness Technology, Inc. Sawatzke moved to approve the minutes of 7-22-03 and 7-29-03, seconded by Heeter, carried 4-0.

Brian Asleson, Chief Deputy Attorney, requested a date and time be set for a public hearing at the request of the City of Monticello regarding Ditch #33. The proposed development, Carlisle Village, is located in the southeast corner of Monticello, and is currently part of Monticello Township. Phil Elkin, Project Engineer representing the City of Monticello, and Dave Nash, Farr Development, were present at today's meeting. In the proposed plan approximately half of the 121 acres would be routed away from Ditch #33 through the City of Monticello's storm sewer system. Asleson stated two different drainage statutes govern the request and both require published notice and a hearing. In response to Sawatzke, Asleson clarified the recent public hearing notice on another portion of Ditch #33 was published in the Monticello newspaper, but that he did not find anything in the statute that addresses the applicant assuming the publication and notification costs. Sawatzke questioned the 10 year and 100 year rainfall amounts referred to in a letter from WSB & Associates, Inc. noting rainfall amounts the past couple years and drainage problems. Sawatzke noted the poor condition of Ditch #33 and stated it is a disaster waiting to happen to allow 63 acres of housing development to rely on drainage into the ditch. There was discussion on the recent flooding situation in the housing developments in Albertville. It was noted the ditch system in Albertville is an open ditch where Ditch #33 is entirely tile. Mattson questioned potential County liability since it is a County ditch. Sawatzke felt potential home buyers in the proposed development should be made aware up front of the condition of the ditch, likely drainage problems and the potential for large ditch assessments. Heeter moved to set a public hearing 9-2-03, 9:30 A.M., seconded by Mattson, carried 4-0.

Marc Mattice, Parks Administrator, stated he has been contacted by two parties with properties adjoining County parks who are interested in possibly selling land to the County. Owners of a 61 acre parcel adjoining Ney Park are interested in selling approximately 40 acres to the County. The remaining acreage contains the house and another building entitlement. The other is a 30 acre parcel adjacent to the North Unit of Stanley Eddy Park and is partially listed on the Biological Survey. Mattice requested approval to continue discussions with the potential sellers and to proceed with negotiations, appraisals and options. He stated the intent would be to include the 40 acre parcel at Ney Park with the 140 acre parcel in the grant request which was recently approved for negotiations with the Public Land Trust. In response to a question from Mattson, Mattice stated grant money cannot exceed the appraised value and the land must be used for park purposes only. The parcel at the Stanley Eddy Park would qualify for the Natural and Scenic Area Grant Program and the properties at Ney Park for the Regional Parks and Outdoor Recreation fund grants. Sawatzke stated he is also aware of an additional parcel adjoining park land which may be available and recommended further discussion at a committee meeting on these properties along with exploring creative ways to possibly fund park land acquisition. Heeter and Eichelberg concurred to refer the matter to committee for discussion. Sawatzke moved to refer this item to the Budget Committee Of The Whole session scheduled with the Parks Department, seconded by Heeter, carried 4-0.

Mattson moved to approve Resolution # 03-55 authorizing expenditure of Road & Bridge funds for survey field work and R/W plat presentation on CSAH 6 by the County Surveyor, seconded by Heeter, carried 4-0 on a roll call vote. CSAH 6 and Bridge No. 7098 over the North Fork of the Crow River between 15th St. SW and 10th St. SW is identified on the County's 5-Year Plan for improvement work starting with right-of-way acquisition in 2003.

Sawatzke moved to approve Resolution # 03-56 authorizing final payment of $14,414.86 to Macey Construction Co. for Contract No. 0302 for seasonal aggregate stockpiling, seconded by Heeter, carried 4-0 on a roll call vote.

Mattson moved to approve Resolution # 03-57 authorizing expenditure of Road & Bridge funds for survey field work and R/W preparation on CSAH 22 and CR 121 by the County Surveyor, seconded by Heeter, carried 4-0 on a roll call vote. CSAH 22 and Bridge No. 27A92 (Hennepin County number) between the south county line and Trunk Highway 241 in the City of St. Michael is identified on the County's 5-Year Plan for improvement work starting with right-of-way acquisition in 2003. Work will include the platting of County Road 121 for future relocation to the City of St Michael. Eichelberg noted this was previously approved, but Hennepin County had a one year delay.

Heeter moved to cancel the 9-30-93 County Board Meeting due to five Tuesdays in the month of September, seconded by Sawatzke, carried 4-0.

Norman referenced a request from Itasca County for Wright County to adopt a resolution in support of a Right To Practice Forestry Act. It was felt that since the Board is unfamiliar with the Forestry Act and since Wright County is not involved in commercial forestry that it would be best to abstain from passing a resolution. Heeter moved to take no action, seconded by Sawatzke, carried 4-0.

The City of Monticello, MnDOT, and private developers have begun the planning process associated with construction of a freeway interchange at CSAH 18 and I-94. The City of Monticello has requested a representative from the County Board be appointed to serve on a Policy Advisory Committee. Heeter moved to appoint Pat Sawatzke as the County Board representative, seconded by Mattson, carried 4-0. Norman was requested to notify the City of Monticello of the appointment.

Bills Approved

Abrahamson, Brian 170.64

Acme Window Cleaning Co 1,491.00

Allina Health Systems 300.00

American Institutional Supply 146.86

Aramark Correctional Services 8,392.68

Assn Of Minnesota Counties 175.00

Bob Barker Co 1,031.11

Betmar Languages, Inc 151.12

Brewsters Sea & Ski 1,213.40

Buff'N'Glo, Inc 110.00

Buffalo Hospital 8,017.20

Buffalo Hospital-OTPT Commerci 2,239.30

City Buffalo 2,595.00

Buildings Consulting Group, Inc 1,694.09

CDW Government, Inc 326.49

Cellular 2000 Of St. Cloud 217.45

Central Lock & Safe 243.09

Central Mn Mental Health Cntr 120.00

The Copy Shop 908.36

Dakota County Sheriffs Ofc 100.00

Dales 66 101.18

City Delano 5,057.50

Carter Diers 181.44

SE 250.00

ESRI 6,709.50

Facility Systems, Inc 1,991.66

Federated Propane 1,386.23

GCS Service, Inc 180.44

Glunz, Raymond 1,380.00

W Grainger, Inc. 326.96

Grand View Lodge 218.00

Hickman Service, Inc 238.56

Hickory Tech Enterprise Soluti 150.00

Hillyard Floor Care Supply 247.08

Info Logic 1,530.00

Jerrys Towing & Repair 101.18

KNR Communications Services, In 495.00

LaPlant Demo, Inc 1,068.04

Michael Laurent 169.68

Loffler Business Systems, Inc 2,060.23

Macey Construction Company 14,414.86

Maple Lake Lumber Company 232.39

Marco Business Products 1,345.44

Martin-McAllisters Consulting 850.00

Meeker County Sheriff 246.96

Menards 459.90

The Metro Group, Inc 3,327.91

Middleville Township 1,195.00

Minnesota State Bar Ass'n 310.00

MN Dept Of Corrections 16,250.00

Mobile Vision 229.52

Monticello Township 4,453.60

City Montrose 973.55

Morrison Cty Sheriff 3,931.83

Nextel Communications 2,516.22

Office Depot 837.36

On Demand 400.00

Pakor, Inc 271.58

Precision Prints Of Wright Co 188.94

Record Preservation, Inc 707.35

Resource Training & Solutions 267.00

Sherry Schliesing 231.12

Schluender Construction, Inc 4,020.00

Sherwin Williams 320.78

Software House Internatonal, In 292.88

Sprint 159.01

State Of MN-Info Tech Div-Dale 151.17

T & M Towing And Snow Plowing 223.65

Total Printing 118.22

Wright County Highway Dept 27,399.04

Zep Manufacturing Company 210.23

28 Payments Less Than $100 1,234.46

Final Total $141,255.44

The meeting was adjourned at 10:08 A.M.

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