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Wright County Board Minutes

NOVEMBER 25, 2003

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

The minutes of 11-04-03 were discussed. At the last meeting, Backes was directed to review the videotape and create more detail of Mattson's points specific to discussion relating to the CSAH 35/Bison Boulevard intersection. This was due to Mattson requesting the inclusion of material he referenced into the minutes. At today's meeting, Sawatzke moved to authorize the insertion of the following into the minutes, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0: "Mattson: Reference to a Wright County Journal Press Article and a report from Brad DeWolf to the Montrose City Council stating it was the consensus of the four Commissioners to move forward, without saying why the other Commissioner was against the proposal. I wanted to thank Karla Heeter for the proactive work on this problem intersection. But there have been seven to eight 4-way stops installed since I have been a Commissioner, in just about all of those intersections where fatalities and major accidents, and that has ceased. Even Mn/DOT has left their portion of a 4-way stop on State Hwy. 25 south of Montrose. I did a little research after I saw what wasn't in the paper: 1) From St. Paul, snapped running light runners, red light runners, 5,378 in a 217 hour time of filming ran a red light. That amounts to 24 vehicles per hour. Anybody can go on the website and find a lot of this. 2) Research, Development and Technology, McLean Virginia. Wondered why we were running red lights. Three states mentioned that they asked to give their proposal or information. Of those states were California, Michigan and Minnesota. Minnesota does not have adequate information concerning traffic volume on cross street intersections. So our expert from Mn/DOT was telling us something but yet when they want to do that research, MN did not come up with anything. 3) Naval Safety Center determined that between 1992 and 1998, there were 5,294 such crashes from running through red lights. The numbers were from 702 to 745 from 1992 1998 - that is a six percent increase in that time period. 4) Midwest Resource Center. Light running accounted for 89,000 crashes, 80,000 Injuries. And nearly 1000 Deaths. The cost to the public is $7 billion per year. 5) According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 1997, there were 1,114 traffic fatalities in intersections where drivers failed to heed Red Light Signals."

The following corrections were made to the minutes of 11-18-03: Page 1, Consent Agenda Item A9 should read, "Cancel 12-09-03 County Board Meeting Due To Attendance At The AMC Conference." (Norman); Page 2, 1st paragraph, the 2nd to the last sentence should read, "Sawatzke moved to lay this issue over to the Budget Committee Of The Whole Meeting, seconded by Russek, carried 4-0." (Russek); Page 3, 3rd paragraph, 5th sentence should read, "These figures are based upon the previous year (November through October)." (Sawatzke). Russek moved to approve the minutes as amended, seconded by Mattson, carried 5-0.

Petitions were accepted to the Agenda as follows: Consent Item A2 amended to include the City of Albertville (Norman); Add Item E1, Auditor, "Approve Application For 2:00 A.M. Closing, Boonedocks (Rockford Twp.)." (Gruber); Aud./Treas. Item #3, "Ditch 33 Update" (Sawatzke); Aud./Treas. Item #4, "Approve Registered Land Survey (Franklin Twp.)" (Gruber). Heeter moved to approve the Agenda as amended, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0.

Sawatzke moved to approve the Consent Agenda with the exception of Item E1, "Approve Application For 2:00 A.M. Closing, Boonedocks (Rockford Twp.)", seconded by Heeter, carried 5-0:

A. ADMINISTRATION

1. Performance Appraisals: C. Anderson-Kottom, S. Baumeister, Ct. Admin.; N. Carlson, H. Engstrom, Hwy.; K. Eich, Parks; C. Curtis, D. Munsterteiger, D. Short, C. Strand, Sher.

2. Authorize Signatures On Law Enforcement Contracts: Otsego, Rockford, Waverly & Albertville.

3. Claim, Frank Madden, $725.18.

4. Claim, Nelson Builders, $105,428.15.

5. O/T Report, Period Ending 11-07-03.

B. ATTORNEY

1. Authorize Signatures On Quit Claim Deed To Resolve Title Problem On Property In Rockford Twp.

C. HIGHWAY

1. Approve Maintenance Agreement With City Of Monticello For CR 117.

2. Renew One-Year Agreement With Functional Industries, Inc., RE: Use Of Wash Bay In Public Works Building, Eff. 1-1-04.

3. Approve Extension Of Personal Leave Of Absence, Dale Glunz, Eff. 12-11-03 to 6-11-04.

D. SHERIFF

1. Accept Resignation, Kimberly Mass, Part-Time Juvenile Holdover Attendant, Eff. 12-02-03 & Authorize Replacement.

Item E1, "Approve Application For 2:00 A.M. Closing, Boonedocks (Rockford Twp.)" was discussed. The process for approval of this type of request was discussed. Doug Gruber, Auditor/Treasurer, stated that the application must be signed by the County and the decision on whether to grant approval rests with the State. Tom Kelly, Attorney, said it is unclear why the County is required to sign. If the County does not sign the application, it will still proceed to the State for approval. Sawatzke moved to approve Item E1, "Approve Application For 2:00 A.M. Closing, Boonedocks (Rockford Twp.)," seconded by Russek, carried 5-0.

Gruber presented the October Revenue/Expenditure Guidelines for approval. Mattson moved to acknowledge receipt, seconded by Heeter. Mattson questioned when distribution of the gravel tax will occur. Gruber indicated this will be completed after collection of the tax has been completed for the final quarter. The gravel tax payments are on an honor system. Included in the notices sent out is a request for information on active pits. The motion carried 5-0.

Sawatzke provided an update on Ditch 33. Fyle's Excavating is completing the repair work on the Ditch. Sawatzke referenced CR #18 and work completed a few years ago. In the road right-of-way where the new tile meets the old tile, there is some type of blow out. One of the area residents contacted Sawatzke with concern for snowmobilers in this area. Sawatzke felt that if the problem is related to the reconstruction of the road, the Highway Department should correct the problem. Sawatzke moved to direct the Highway Department to have them locate and repair the problem and/or report back to the Board as needed. The location is on the north side of CR #18 west of Barry Hanson's farm. The motion was seconded by Russek and carried 5-0. Sawatzke will contact Fingalson or Meyer.

On a motion by Russek, seconded by Heeter, all voted to approve a Registered Land Survey No. 37 submitted by Ellestad & Services, MN License #17549, for their clients, Kim M. Tuma, and Marcella E. Babcock and Patrick M. and Sabrina K. Steer, owners of said property described as: Lots 26 & 29, Block 1, Melquist's Fountain Lake Peninsula; with all outstanding taxes and fees having been paid, and the Registered Land Survey has been reviewed and signed by Jerome C. Wittstock, Wright County Surveyor.

The claims listing was reviewed. Heeter noted that approximately $20,000 was expended in boarding prisoners in Kandiyohi and Meeker Counties. Mattson referenced expenditures for an inmate through the Allina Healthcare System. On a motion by Mattson, second by Russek, all voted to approve the claims as listed in the abstract, subject to audit.

Gene Branstrom, E.M. Branstrom Associates Architects, Inc., distributed tabulation results from the bid opening which occurred at the last County Board meeting. Bids were accepted for Base Bid 1 (Entire project); Alternate A1 (Deduct of the Museum or Display Area); and Base Bid 2 (Multi Purpose Room). The results reflect the five lowest bidders in Base Bid 1 and Base Bid 2. The two lowest bidders, Pfeifer Construction and W. Gohman Construction did not include fire protection systems. The estimated cost is $15,000. Branstrom contact Pfeifer Construction and they indicated they misinterpreted the documents to represent a fire alarm system. G. Gohman Construction deleted this on their bid form, indicating they were not including the item. With regard to the Ebert Construction bid, Branstrom said both the person who delivered the bid and another from Ebert Construction indicated that their intent was for the Base Bid 2 number to reflect $210,625.00. The other bids which were received included a fire protection system in their bid but the cost was not broken down. Branstrom suggested that the fire protection system either be handled through a change order or bid separately versus asking Pfeifer Construction to change their bid at this point. Branstrom indicated that Pfeifer Construction will include the fire protection system at a cost of $15,000. Norman said the County should receive a written, not-to-exceed cost from the contractor.

The project commenced in June 2001. At that time, the construction cost projection was $439,000 ($85/sq. ft.) based upon a structure that was 200' larger. The results of the bid process put the cost at approximately $57/sq. ft. He felt if at all possible, the Board should approve Base Bid 1 ($309,000) plus the fire protection system. If the County would wait until Spring, he projected costs as much as $50,000-$100,000 more due to what is occurring in the market. Branstrom said the bids do not include the fire alarm system, security system, and minor items. In addition, Branstrom's fees will be approximately $23,000. The cost to complete Base Bid 1 is about $350,000. Norman said $200,000 is earmarked in bond proceeds for the addition and the Heritage Center has $50,000 in their Capital Account. This would result in about a $100,000 shortfall. The Auditor's Office researched bond proceeds. With the liabilities associated with the remodel project, Schroeder Park and Public Works, there will be an undesignated balance of about $15,000 (out of $2.5 million). The Capital Projects fund balance is about $225,000. A payment is due in 2004 for the Stemper Property ($107,000) out of this fund.

When asked about the potential of the Historical Society raising funds toward the shortfall, Ruben Bonk said this would be a very limited campaign. They had already raised $50,000 toward incidentals. Bonk recommended the County proceed with the entire project. He referenced upcoming events including a Smithsonian Institute presentation in 2004 and the 150-Year Celebration of Wright County in 2005. Norman suggested use of the balance of the Capital Fund after the final payment for the Stemper property in April 2004.

Sawatzke moved to accept Base Bid #1 to Pfeifer Construction at a cost of $309,000 plus $15,000 for the fire protection system (total of $324,000). The $15,000 fire protection system cost is a not-to-exceed figure. The County will expend $300,000 toward the project and the Historical Society will be responsible for costs beyond that figure. This motion is contingent upon approval by the Historical Society. The motion was seconded by Russek. Sawatzke elaborated that the County's expenditure will be capped at $300,000. If any change orders occur or additional items are needed (furniture, displays, etc.), the Historical Society will be responsible for those expenses. The motion carried 5-0. Branstrom will attach to the contract a signed document from Pfeifer Construction relating to the fire protection system.

At 9:50 A.M., the regular meeting was closed for the 2004 Solid Waste Debt Service Charge Public Hearing. A draft resolution and analysis of the Solid Waste Fund was distributed. Principal and interest totals for 2004 are $1,313,105. With the requirement to assess 105% of this amount, the total required is $1,378,760.25. Different scenario's were discussed. Russek didn't want to reduce the assessment too much and cause a shortage, which would result in having to raise the assessment in future years. The figures do not include the lease of the Compost Facility to the City of Hutchinson. It has not been determined which fund will realize this revenue. Russek moved to adopt Resolution #03-72, seconded by Sawatzke, which reflects an assessment of $32.00 for A, B & C. Mattson questioned the assessment to apartment units. Brian Asleson, Chief Deputy Attorney, indicated that the cost if $32.00 each for 4+ units. Those with less than 4 units will be assessed at $32.00 for all units. This is done because of the way properties are taxed. The motion carried 5-0 on a roll call vote:

RESOLUTION 03-72

WHEREAS, Wright County has solid waste management authority under Minnesota Statutes Chapter 400; and

WHEREAS, The Wright County Board of Commissioners has adopted a Solid Waste Management Service Charge Ordinance pursuant to the provisions of Minnesota Statutes Section 400.08; and

WHEREAS, This Solid Waste Management Service Charge will be imposed against all parcels of real property as well as against certain personal property located within Wright County, unless said property is otherwise exempted by action of the County Board; and

WHEREAS, The Wright County Solid Waste Management Service Charge Ordinance specifies that the County Board shall establish the amount of the service charge by Resolution;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED:

1. That the Wright County Board of Commissioners hereby imposes a Solid Waste Management Service Charge for 2004 upon real and personal property located in Wright County as follows:

(A) All real property parcels containing structures, except those containing apartment buildings with four or more units; $32.00

(B) Real property parcels containing apartment buildings with four or more units; $32.00 (per unit)

(C) Manufactured homes and other structures taxed as personal property parcels; and $32.00

(D) Bare land and any other type of property not listed above. $0.00

2. That, insofar as the Solid Waste Management Service Charge produces revenue used to pay off the cost of the bonds for the Wright County Compost Facility, this service charge shall be designated on the tax statements as the "Solid Waste Debt Service Charge".

3. That the Wright County Board of Commissioners intends this Resolution to be effective immediately with the "Solid Waste Debt Service Charge" to be collected through the 2004 property tax statements issued by the County.

Asleson said the request for a setback variance from the Feedlot Ordinance requirement for Craig Lindberg was first discussed by the Board on 10-28-03. A public hearing was held and the Board voted to continue discussion to today's meeting. The Board also made a site visit since the 10-28-03 meeting. Today, Mattson referenced the action of the Cokato Township Board on 10-13-03 approving the request for Lindberg to build a home less than 500' from a feedlot located on Scott Carlen's property. He felt there was no one better to approve a variance than the Township Board. Mattson said he would support approval of the variance for Lindberg. Eichelberg stated he respected the opinion of the Township Officers. However, the County took the time to create a Feedlot Ordinance. He felt 500' was a lower requirement than other counties, stating some were 1000+ feet. He did not see a hardship in this situation and that is one of the parameters for approval.

Tracy Janikula, Wright County Feedlot Officer, said the feedlot permit was issued the end of September. The permit for the home was applied for on August 28th and revised September 9th. The home application came in prior to the feedlot permit being issued but not prior to the feedlot existing. The feedlot was registered in July, 2000 but the permit was issued after the house permit application came in. The house permit application made its way through the Planning & Zoning office for different approvals and was delivered to Janikula after the feedlot permit was issued. The new feedlot permit application is for expansion. Russek stated he normally would not act swiftly on granting a variance. However after the site visit, he felt the proposed location was ideal with cover between it and the feedlot. He supported the Township's approval.

Asleson did not feel timing was relevant as the feedlot was registered with the County. Sawatzke responded that the proposed home would meet the 500' setback of the current feedlot. Only with expansion of the feedlot would the home fall within that setback. Janikula stated that if the house had been built last Fall, the variance would not have been required as it meets setbacks. Janikula referenced the meeting of 10-28-03 and the required setbacks based on the number of animal units. The threshold for registration by July 1, 2000 was set at 10 animal units or more.

Scott Carlen indicated he had applied and paid for a permit for expansion last Spring. Prior to this, he had worked with Janikula on the large volume of paperwork required for this process. He referenced the Township Board and stated that out of the three voting members on this issue, not one of them makes their living from farming. The Treasurer of the Township Board did express concern that it would be easier for Lindberg to move a house location versus moving of a feedlot. Carlen referenced State Statutes and neighboring counties being logistically the same distance with the same issues. Since this was the first feedlot issue before the Board, he felt everyone needed to be educated. He verified the Board received copies of his Exhibits 1-7 and a letter previously distributed by Janikula on her position on the variance request. In summary, Carlen wanted it made clear for public record that he was opposed to the variance request for Lindberg and wanted to be considered an aggrieved person on this issue. He said the Carlen farm has a registered feedlot and there are future plans in the development stages for a 600-800 unit hog barn operation. There will be manure distributed on that property and there will be an odor. Carlen wanted to make this clear for the public record before anybody has a permit that puts a house in this location. If the variance is approved, Carlen wanted the Lindbergs informed of the odor issue before the house is built and requested this be addressed in the variance.

Carlen read a portion of the letter from Janikula (dated 10-23-03). In summary, the letter states Lindberg's property has about 34.5 acres with 19 tillable acres and a grove of trees in the NE corner where the residence is proposed. There doesn't appear to be hardship involved, the feedlot owner objects, and there is ample room on the site to locate the home where it will meet setbacks. Staff did not feel a variance was justified in this case. The letter further states that the setback distance between feedlots and residences reduces the odor complaints and granting the variance may set a precedence for more residences encroaching on feedlots and vice versa. Carlen contacted neighboring counties to find out how they address feedlots. Compared to Stearns, McLeod and Carver Counties, Wright County has the smallest and shortest setbacks (Stearns 700', McLeod 1320', and Carver 1000').

Carlen read Exhibit 2, a letter from Stearns County Environmental Services Department. In summary, this letter reflects that in Stearns County, residential setbacks are 700' from a feedlot and new residential subdivisions require a 850' setback. Carlen read Exhibit 3, a letter from McLeod County Planning & Zoning and Environmental Services. In summary, the setback requirement in McLeod County for a new house to a permitted or registered feedlot of 120 animal units is 1320 feet. Carlen read Exhibit 4, a letter from the McLeod U of M Extension Service. In summary, the letter recommends the Board reconsider the request of Lindberg due to safety and odor. In McLeod County, a new residence must meet a 1320' setback from a feedlot. Carlen referenced these opinions and said those providing them are college educated, pro-community and have a farm background. He felt the Board should strongly consider these positions. Carlen read Exhibit 5, a letter from Gilbert Dick Insurance Agency. Mr. Dick provides insurance to Carlen. The letter states "It is a higher liability risk having residential areas near farming operations. Claims are a serious factor in future rates and liability coverage. Residential areas and the curiosity of children around cattle, horses, and calves could create more claims." Carlen referenced Exhibit 6, Legal Perspectives on County Zoning Ordinances As Applied To Feedlots from the 2001 County Feedlot Officer Conference. He referenced page 2 which states that variances may only be granted when there is an undue hardship. It was Carlen's understanding that a self imposed hardship is not considered a hardship. He felt when the Lindberg's built a road to get close to his feedlot, that was a self imposed hardship. Exhibit 7 reflects problems which arise out of feedlot issues.

Carlen referenced Wright County Ordinance 502.03. In summary, this states the granting of a variance will not be in conflict with the Comprehensive Plan. He said Section 5 of Cokato Township is zoned ag and the Lindberg's are moving an entitlement from another 40 acres to this 40 acres, which already has a building site that was sold. They would be stacking two residences on 40 acres and although this can be done, he felt it was a self imposed hardship. In Findings #2 of the Ordinance, it states that the property will not yield a reasonable return if used in compliance with the Ordinance. Carlen said that is what they have to prove. He thought there were multiple building sites on the 34.5 acres and if they use the Ordinance it will yield a reasonable return. In Findings #3, Carlen said they have to prove that the conditions causing the hardship are undue and are not shared by neighboring properties in the same zone.

In response to Russek, Janikula explained that Carlen does have a permit for feedlot expansion. The applications from Lindberg and Carlen were in the Planning & Zoning Office at the same time. The permit for expansion was not in place at the time Lindbergs asked for their building permit. Russek felt that if the feedlot permit had not been issued, there was no reason why the building permit was not automatically granted as they met the setbacks from the old feedlot. He requested a legal opinion on the situation. Discussion followed on the status of each permit. Janikula referenced the date of 9-15-03 and said neither of the permits were issued as of that date but both applications were in the Planning & Zoning Office. Carlen's application was received first but it takes time to process it. Russek felt the Lindbergs had met the required distances from the existing feedlot as the new feedlot permit had not been issued, and therefore they should be issued a building permit. The permit for Lindberg's driveway was approved and put in last year prior to the feedlot application. Sawatzke felt issuing this permit and building the road shows intent to build a home. Sawatzke told Carlen he did not want to deny him the opportunity to farm. However, after the tour he was able to determine that the home application met the setback from the original feedlot. He felt the timing was relevant and that neither of them should be denied. Sawatzke said if the feedlot expansion had commenced two years ago, the request for a house permit maybe would be denied. However, the timing reflected to him that the Lindbergs planned to build a home prior to the feedlot being within 500'. Carlen said he obtained permits from Planning & Zoning to build a shed over two years ago. The feedlot issue required him to start over with the paperwork. Sawatzke said anyone could obtain a permit and not act upon it for 10 years which would be unfair to neighbors. Sawatzke felt the Lindbergs applied and initiated the process to build a home prior to the feedlot expansion. The request also saves farmland as opposed to taking tillable acreage. In addition, the Township approved of the request. Tom Kelly, Attorney, said he would concur that a variance would not be needed if the timing of what was discussed is correct. Asleson requested the Board lay the issue over for findings to be drawn by his office. Dates of things that transpired could be included in the findings. Heeter voiced concern with Carlen's reference to the potential of Lindberg having children (safety issue due to close proximity to feedlot) and the odor. Heeter said it does not matter where the manure is spread, as the odor will exist. Heeter pointed out that Carlen also has a child. Tom Salkowski, Planning & Zoning Administrator, stated he was the one who made the determination that a variance was required. All applications were simultaneous. He recommended that if the Board intends to grant the variance that it be done today and that it could be placed into the record that there will be an odor. He said the Lindbergs have received ample warning there will be odor. Salkowski said whoever receives the variance, the other one will be automatically granted. If the variance is granted to Lindberg, the record should indicate there is a feedlot next door.

Dean Mahlstedt, Cokato Township Supervisor, confirmed that the Treasurer did have some reservations about the request at the Township Meeting. The opinion of the Treasurer and Clerk are taken into consideration when an issue is reviewed. He thanked the Board for taking the time to make a site visit. To clarify, he said that each of the three Township Supervisors do farm. It may not be to the extent that Carlen does. Mahlstedt said he farms organically and works with his father on his farm. He said Carlen has never provide the number of animals on the property. Last week, a special meeting was held by the Township to try and come to some sort of reconciliation for Lindberg and Carlen. The purpose was to consider any new evidence to see if they should reconsider their recommendation to the Board. He said none was presented that would change their decision and that is reflected in their minutes. Mahlstedt said Gilbert Dick is also his father's insurance agent. Mahlstedt has four children who visit his father's farm and Mr. Dick has never expressed to him that there was an issue with children on the farm. With regard to either the Lindberg's or a future owner complaining of odor or cattle on the Carlen Farm, Mahlstedt stated he would testify for Carlen that there was agreement that the two neighbors could get along in this situation. They all agreed that they would support future endeavors (neighbors with houses in the future and Carlen's future farming practices).

Russek moved to approve the request for a variance. The motion includes directing the Attorney's Office to draw up Findings of Fact with the approval contingent on these being approved at the next meeting. The motion was seconded by Mattson. Sawatzke suggested the Findings include that the Lindbergs created an intent by putting in a driveway prior to the application, that their building permit was applied for prior to the feedlot permit being received, that the proposal will save farmland, that the Township approved, and that the Lindbergs are put on notice that the place may create odor problems in the future. Russek said it should be added that the timing has not been figured yet. The motion and second were amended to have the Findings of Fact presented at the 12-16-03 Board Meeting. Carlen stated that he was in the middle of his presentation and not allowed to finish. Russek responded that the packet of information that Carlen was reading from had been furnished to the Board previous to the meeting. Carlen stated that if the variance is granted, there will be an appeal. The motion carried 4-1 with Eichelberg casting the nay vote.

The Metropolitan Council 2030 Regional Development Framework Briefing was sent to the County for review. The full document is available in the Administration Office. An invitation was extended for Board Chairs (or designees) and County Administrators to attend an informal Framework briefing on 12-5-03 from 1:00 P.M.-3:00 P.M. On a motion by Sawatzke, second by Russek, all voted to authorize attendance at the meeting.

Laid over from the last meeting, the Board addressed the request from the GRRL for the County Board to appoint two vacancies on the GRRL Board of Trustees. At the last meeting, the County Board voted to reappoint Richard Nolan. Since that time, notification was received that Nolan's term does not expire until 12-31-04. Russek moved to delay the one appointment to the 12-16-03 County Board Meeting, seconded by Sawatzke, carried unanimously. On a motion by Mattson, second by Russek, all voted to rescind the motion reappointing Richard Nolan to the GRRL Board of Trustees.

Russek moved to adopt Resolution #03-73 approving Agency Agreement No. 82698 with Mn/DOT. This will allow Wright County to enter into a Work Order Contract with the State and BRW, Inc., to have a Phase I historical evaluation completed at and around the CSAH 6 bridge site before the bridge reconstruction begins. The total work order contract amount is not to exceed $11,875.09. The State will pay 80% of the project costs (up to $9,500.07) and the County will pay 20% of the project costs (up to $2,375.02). The motion was seconded by Heeter and carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.

Norman said that he anticipated having the December Medica billing in hand by today but that was not the case. Medica is granting a one-time discount on the December health insurance premium payments. They will be cut in half. As the December premiums have already been deducted from employee's paychecks, Norman proposed that those individuals who have family coverage realize the savings. The County is realizing the savings for coverage for single employees, as the County picks up the cost of that insurance. About 25-30% of employees have family coverage and are paying approximately $400/month above and beyond the County's contribution of $510.40. The top family rate is approximately $900/month. Sawatzke moved to accept the recommendation, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0.

Laid over from the last meeting, the Board addressed applicants for the open positions on the Water Management Task Force (WMTF). There have been eight applicants. The Board previously took action to readvertise for the open positions in an effort to select from applicants with a farming background. Mattson said in review of the current members, there is not representation from the central and western portion of the County. After review, Mattson moved to appoint Charles Krause to the WMTF, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0. Brad Wozney, SWCD, is to be notified of the appointment and directed to contact all the applicants and thank them for their interest.

Bills Approved

A-l Marine 176.54

Abm Equipment & Supply Inc. 1,819.35

Aladdin Temp Rite Llc 149.14

Albertville Body Shop Inc 1,953.62

Allina Health Systems 300.00

Ameripride Linen And Apparel 218.51

Krista Anderson 117.38

City Annandale 1,214.40

Apec Corporation 382.34

Aramark Correctional Services 9,259.83

Auto Glass Center Inc 260.53

Bob Barker Co 1,001.47

Beaudry Oil Co 1,276.86

Ralph Borell 211.94

Buffalo Hospital Otpt Commerci 380.80

CDW Government, Inc 161.49

Central Lock & Safe 922.00

Central Mn Mental Health Cntr 290.00

City Clearwater 322.20

Climate Air 789.26

Cokato Equipment Inc 1,536.34

Commissioner Of Transportation 250.00

The Copy Shop 2,206.32

H Cragg Co 4,836.29

Decorative Designs Inc 175.53

Clarence Eull Appraisal 607.20

Exxon Mobil 542.47

Flickers T V & Appliance 785.97

Gall's Inc 152.99

GCS Service, Inc 484.38

Granite Pest Control Services 115.02

Chris Hanson 142.92

Hennepin County Sheriff 309.80

Hickorytech Wireless 292.42

Imageware Systems Inc 8,952.76

Information Systems Corporatio 1,026.59

Kandiyohi Cty Sheriffs Departm 8,965.00

Keeprs Inc 107.90

Lake Region Coop Oil 226.70

Laplant Demo Inc 557.20

M-R Sign Company Inc 345.32

Marco Business Products 495.77

Marlin Leasing Corporation 1,069.86

Meeker County Sheriff 10,868.00

Midland Corporate Benefits Svc 760.50

Midway Iron & Metal Co Inc 2,765.07

Mn Assn Of Cty Probation Ofcrs 100.00

Mn Assn Of Secondary School Pr 110.00

Mn Sheriffs Association 1,850.00

Mn Transportation Alliance 300.00

Monticello Ford Mercury Inc 645.97

Motorola Inc 2,918.96

Office Depot 2,490.55

Onsite Medical Service Inc 428.00

PC Solutions, Inc 297.12

Phillips 66 271.89

Postmaster-Buffalo 400.00

Prosource One 672.94

Qwest 1,711.77

Royal Tire Inc 4,550.37

RS Eden 828.45

Jack Russek 147.60

Russell Security Resource Inc 801.91

Safety League Inc 3,531.50

Robert Schermann 279.56

Shell Fleet Plus 124.50

Sherburne County Sheriff 179.20

Snap-On Industrial 206.02

Linda Splettstoeszer 921.60

Sprint-Local Telecom Division 186.89

State Of Mn-Info Tech Div-R Ha 254.65

Streichers 329.94

Thomas Mfg Co Inc 1,403.40

Tom's Snowmobile & Small Engin 188.35

Total Printing 1,450.48

Truck Utilities Mfg Co 432.30

United Rentals Highway Technol 4,166.48

University Of Minnesota 450.00

Unlimited Electric Inc 2,050.42

Vibes Technologies Inc 962.35

Victor Township 971.80

West Group Payment Center 476.00

Wright County Highway Dept 21,971.86

Wright Hennepin Electric 931.75

Xcel Energy 484.01

28 Payments Less Than $100 1,370.49

Final Total $131,635.06

The meeting adjourned at 11:04 A.M.


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