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Wright County Board Minutes

JANUARY 27, 2004

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

The following corrections were made to the minutes of 1-20-04: Page 3, 2nd paragraph, 3rd to last sentence, change from “post county fees” to “host county fees” (Russek); Page 4, 2nd paragraph, sentence 5, insert the Ordinance number as “#04-01” (Norman). Russek moved to approve the minutes as corrected, seconded by Heeter, carried 5-0.

Petitions were accepted to the Agenda as follows: Consent Item A5, “Approve Claim, Target, $5080.00, Employee Enhancement Program” (Norman); Consent Item D2, “Approve Hire, Pamela Johnson, Office Assistant, Aud./Treas., Eff. 2-2-04, Step 1” (Norman); Item For Consid. #2, “Alliance Drive In On 2-26-04” (Eichelberg). Sawatzke removed the following item scheduled for 9:05 A.M. and laid it over until the 2-10-04 meeting, “Award Presentation to Sergeant Donald Pribyl for 20 years of volunteer service with the Wright County Sheriff’s Reserves.” Eichelberg moved to approve the Agenda as amended, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0.

On a motion by Russek, second by Heeter, all voted to approve the Consent Agenda as amended:

A. ADMINISTRATION

1. Performance Appraisals: M. Erickson, Atty.; A. Pulvermacher, Bldg. Maint.; R. Marquette, J. Wilson, Hwy.; R. Halverson, J. Kramber, T. Pippo, M. Silbernagel, Sher./Corr.

2. O/T Report, Period Ending 1-02-04.

3. O/T Report, Period Ending 1-16-04.

4. 2003 Employee Turnover Rate.

5. Approve Claim, Target, $5080.00, Employee Enhancement Program.

B. ASSESSOR

1. Approve Promotion, Wallace Peterson, Appraisal Technician to Property Appraiser, Eff. 2-09-04 & Authorize Replacement for Vacant Appraisal Technician Position.

C. ATTORNEY

1. Accept Resignation, Linda Serfling, Legal Secretary, Eff. 2-13-04 & Authorize Replacement.

D. AUDITOR

1. Authorize Signatures On Contract With State Auditor, 2003 Audit.

2. “Approve Hire, Pamela Johnson, Office Assistant, Aud./Treas., Eff. 2-2-04, Step 1.

E. PLANNING & ZONING

1. Accept the findings & recommendations of the Planning Commission for the following rezonings:

A. John S. Stenehjem (Marysville Twp.). Approve request to rezone from AG & S-2 to R-2 & S-2.

B. Investor’s Together (Southside Twp.). Approve request to rezone from AG to A/R.

F. SHERIFF

1. Authorize signatures on State Snowmobile Supplemental Grant Agreement.

On a motion by Mattson, second by Eichelberg, all voted to authorize attendance at the Alliance Drive In on 2-26-04 at the State Capitol.

Doug Gruber, Auditor/Treasurer, distributed material relating to a proposal from Security State Bank in Howard Lake for $600,000 in General Obligation Capital Notes (a portion of the $4,450,000) and a draft resolution. Bruce Kimmel, Springsted, said the process to obtain full bond proceeds at favorable interest rates had been more difficult than anticipated. Formal bid requests were sent to four local banks (Oakley National, First Minnesota, Bank West, and Security State Bank of Howard Lake). The banks were provided the option of submitting bids for a portion or the entire amount. Two banks responded with partial bids, one bank for the entire amount, and one bank declined as they did not have the funds available at this time. After review, the recommendation is to accept the proposal from Security State Bank of Howard Lake for $600,000. The handout relating to the $600,000 in General Obligation Capital Notes from Security Bank was referenced, with the second page outlining repayment of $200,000 in each of the next three years (2004-2006). Interest rates are 1.1% for 2004, 1.5% for 2005, and 1.9% for 2006. The notes have neither an official statement or credit rating as the process needs to be expedited. Kimmel explained the rates were very competitive to receive them without those items. The cost of issuance was estimated at $20,000 but the actual funds available should be closer to $590,000. If timing permits, Kimmel’s recommendation is to place the remainder of the bids out to the competitive bid market. Richard Norman, County Coordinator, questioned whether department heads should be notified not to purchase equipment during the first quarter of 2004. Gruber has been consulting with department heads on financing needs. The Sheriff’s Department ordered vehicles in late Fall due to pricing and will need about $425,000 to fund the purchase. The $600,000 note will cover this expenditure. With regard to the Highway Department, their concern is that their equipment must be received by the Fall. The IT Department has items ordered throughout the year.

Gruber was unsure as to the funding required but suggested the use of tax revenues after the April receipts. Kimmel said this note will be completed and funds transferred by 2-3-04. Norman commented that action by department heads to start the process of purchasing in the Fall prior to approval of the budget in December places an obligation on the County when the budget is not finalized. Eichelberg moved to adopt Resolution #04-05 accepting the proposal from Security State Bank in Howard Lake on the sale of $600,000 General Obligation Capital Notes, Series 2004A, providing for their issuance and levying a tax for the payment thereof. The motion was seconded by Mattson and carried 5-0 on a roll call vote. Gruber will continue to work on options for financing the balance of the equipment note. Sawatzke inquired whether an answer had been obtained as to why the amount of the equipment note had increased. Norman felt the number was consistent with what had been discussed during the 2004 budget process. Gruber said the original figure presented prior to budget discussions was $4,429,500.

The recommendation of the Extension Committee is to appoint Mary J. Anderson as Office Supervisor of the Extension Office. This had been discussed at the past two Extension Committee meetings as there is no longer an Extension Director due to the recent reorganization. Anderson was hired for the 50% FRM (Family Resource Management) position. A written outline was provided outlining the role of the Office Supervisor. The outline was drafted by Anderson and reviewed by Gruber and Norman. Sawatzke questioned whether it was appropriate to have a University employee managing the office. Mattson said in order to have the Extension Office, a University employee must be in the office. Mattson felt another responsibility of the position was that anyone from the regional office must contact Anderson for approval before removing materials from the office. He referenced recent action by a regional employee who destroyed 4-H records as they did not feel they were needed. It was the consensus of the Board that this duty would fall within “General office oversight.” Norman previously sent a memorandum to Tom Hovde indicating that all supplies, equipment and furniture were the property of Wright County and should remain in the Government Center. This issue will be discussed at today’s Extension Committee meeting. Russek moved to appoint Mary Anderson as the Office Supervisor of the Extension Office and to include the responsibilities as outlined. The motion was seconded by Mattson and carried 5-0.

The claims listing was reviewed. Gruber noted that the Target claim petitioned onto the Agenda was included within the signature copy of the warrants. Heeter referenced a claim on page 10, Ernst General Construction ($17,640.00) for steel plates for the jail cells and inquired whether this was the final bill for that project. Those present were unsure. Mattson noted that the project was started by another vendor who did not complete the work and Ernst Construction was hired to complete the project. On a motion by Mattson, second by Russek, all voted to approve the claims as listed in the abstract, subject to audit.

Greg Kramber, Assessor, requested that the dates be established for the 2004 County Board of Appeal and Equalization meetings. MN Statutes provide for two different options for convening county boards of appeal and equalization: 1) the last 10 meeting days in June; or 2) for any 10 consecutive meeting days in June, after the second Friday in June. In no case can the meetings exceed the maximum length of 10 consecutive meeting days. If the board of appeal and equalization completes its work in less than 10 days, it may adjourn at that time. Russek moved to establish the 2004 County Board of Appeal & Equalization meetings as follows (the last meeting held will be recessed until June 22nd for finalization):

June 14, 2004 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.

June 15, 2004 10:30 A.M. until whatever time required up to 4:00 P.M.

June 16, 2004 9:00 A.M. (if needed)

Marc Mattice, Parks Administrator, requested the Board authorize signatures on the 2004 Green View Contract for caretakers at Beebe Lake, Otsego, Clearwater/Pleasant Fairhaven Mill and Ney Park as per the 2004 budget. Eichelberg moved to approve the request, seconded by Mattson, carried unanimously.

Mattice provided the Parks Commission minutes for review (October/November).

At that meeting, a motion was made (passed 6-1) to open both the North and South Units of Stanley Eddy Park for horse traffic for a period of five years or until the Ney Park Trail expansion is usable for horse traffic. Included with the motion is for the Parks Administrator to perform trail maintenance without obtaining prior approval. At today’s Board meeting, discussion involved the safety of mixing pedestrian and horse traffic. Mattice felt trail etiquette education was the key. Sawatzke referenced a situation at Stanley Eddy Park where his family was hiking and met up with horse traffic. The horses were uncomfortable when they saw the stroller and backed off. The situation turned out fine but Sawatzke suggested separation of the pedestrian and horse trails. Mattice said there are 30 miles of pedestrian trails and this would be the only trail for horses. In response to a question by Sawatzke, Mattice explained that the reason the trail may be switched to Ney Park is that Ney Park land is connected and would provide better use. All trails would be shared in Stanley Eddy Park. The only way to split the trails would be to split the North and South Units. Russek said this issue has been discussed by the Parks Commission for 3-4 years and felt the Board should support their recommendation. Russek moved to approve the recommendation, seconded by Eichelberg, carried 4-1 with Sawatzke casting the nay vote. Heeter requested that Mattice extend thanks to the Parks Commission for their work on this issue.

Mattice presented a request by the Clearwater Lake Property Owners Association to locate a severe weather warning tower on Parks property on Clearwater Lake. The land currently has a garage located on it. The elevation would be correct for placement of the tower and a utility line runs through the property. The Association would purchase all materials and is working with Stearns and Wright Counties on the alert system. Wright Hennepin would install the system. Mattice contacted John Bower, MCIT, who indicated that a contract would be required to hold the County harmless, that the Association would need to provide $1 million in insurance coverage, and the contract should reflect who is responsible for what and if rental costs are involved. Brian Asleson, Chief Deputy Attorney, requested that the County be added to their comp liability for additional insurance for that piece of land. Norman requested that if the Board elects to move on this request, that it be contingent on the following being in place: A lease agreement with the Association, a certificate of insurance, and an agreement with MCIT. Eichelberg moved to request legal counsel to draft a lease agreement to bring forward to the Board contingent upon obtaining the agreements Norman cited. The motion was seconded by Heeter and carried 5-0.

Mattice presented a request by the Annandale Area Community Team to have the County take over maintenance of trail segments outside of the City limits of Annandale once trails have been funded and constructed, as part of the Regional Trail System. At the most recent Transportation Committee Meeting, a trail plan was presented for T21 funds. The group is also seeking other funding sources. As part of their next grant application, they need to indicate what agency will perform maintenance. The Parks Commission reviewed the request and felt once the trails are funded and constructed, the Parks Department would be the proper agency to complete routine maintenance. Sawatzke referenced resolutions passed recently by the Board relating to these trails which indicated maintenance would be the responsibility of the cities. Wayne Fingalson, Highway Engineer, felt this was correct. Sawatzke questioned the justification of requiring taxpayers to pay for maintenance within city limits while maintenance outside of city limits would be covered by all County taxpayers. Heeter viewed this as an opportunity to build on the Regional Trail System. The trail would be constructed and paid for by another entity and the County could take over maintenance. The technical panel will review funding requests on 2-13-04 but it will be May or June before it is known what projects were approved. Sawatzke felt closer review of the Trail System was needed. He felt the County could receive many similar requests and brought up the issue of costs associated with overlays in the future. Russek moved to refer this issue to the TCOTW, seconded by Heeter. It was requested that a map outlining the Trail System be brought to the meeting. Mattice explained it would be a map outlining the concept of the Trail System. The motion was seconded by Heeter and carried 5-0.

A Transportation Committee Of The Whole (TCOTW) meeting was held on 1-08-04. A summary of the minutes and discussion at today’s meeting follows:

Review/Prioritize Federal Funding Candidates from Cities/Townships for FY 2007. Three cities have submitted applications for 2007 funding. The Board must choose which project(s) they will recommend for approval and also indicate a top choice.

City of Rockford: The City is applying to complete a pedestrian trail that will eventually connect the entire city. TH 55 divides the City and the population (1/3 of population on south side of the City). The City would like a trail for residents to safely travel from one part of the City to another. The trail would cross the railroad bed and over TH 55 at Autumn Oaks Drive (a future traffic signal will be installed). Warrants are not yet met but is anticipated over the next few years due to traffic volume. The proposed trail is 3550’ in length and 6’ wide. Estimated cost is $125,000. The City would pay for 20% or $25,000 and is seeking funding for the remaining 80% or $100,000. Maintenance will be the City’s responsibility after installation.

City of Maple Lake: TH 55 also divides Maple Lake into two sections. A current traffic signal is in place at TH 55 and CSAH 8. There is currently difficulties in getting to other resources in the City. The public school will be connected to Ney Park as part of Phase I and they would like to connect the City to the public beach. The City is making provisions for new residential developments to have park dedication fees to assist with the development of a complete trail system. Estimated cost of Phase II would be $207,000 with a funding request for $154,000. The City was granted funds for 2005 for developing Phase I. Plans are nearing completion and the funding will be available on 7-1-04. Phase I includes a trail from the public schools to Ney Park (parallels CSAH 8 on the east side).

City of Annandale: The development of a trail system has been identified as a community need. The plan has three phases, beginning at CSAH 5 south of Ash Street, heading west along CSAH 38 to Nevins; continuing north across TH 55, heading north to CR 101; and turning east on CSAH 39, eventually ending at Clearwater/Pleasant Park. The trail along CSAH 38 fits in with the County-wide trail system and will improve safety due to CSAH 8 being narrow. The City is trying to connect this to the regional parks . The proposed trail system is supported by Southside Township. The goal is to develop a “Heart of the Lakes” trail system. The City Council has expressed unanimous support but it was unknown what the official vote was at the meeting. The TCOTW discussed the above requests. This is the second time that Maple Lake has requested funds for Phase II. Mattson felt if they are turned down again, the technical committee may not consider them in the future. Russek said the stoplight in Rockford will probably be in place before the trail is constructed so lack of a safe crossing will not be a hindrance. The Parks Administrator felt that the Annandale and Maple Lake projects fit in better with the regional plan. Rockford’s plan is good for the community and will tie in to the Hennepin County system. Heeter would probably recommend Annandale’s plan as it fits well with the County plan and because Maple Lake has received funds in the past. Mattson said the 7-W Committee would probably support the Maple Lake request as it involves Phase II of a previously approved Phase I plan. Both Annandale’s and Rockford’s plan need to tie in with the Mn/DOT signal system to be workable. Maple Lake is set to go in this regard. Mattson wanted a commitment on a signal system before he would consider supporting the Rockford plan. The City has met with Mn/DOT and the proposed crossing meets warrants at certain times of the day. With development on the north side, it will not be long until they are met but Mn/DOT won’t install a signal until then. Eichelberg leaned towards the Maple Lake project because of the lack of appropriate signals with the other two requests. It also fits with Ney Park. Russek said Maple Lake would be his next choice after Rockford and Sawatzke agreed. Recommendation: It was the consensus of this Committee that the project proposed by Maple Lake City, Phase II, be recommended as the top priority to receive TEA-21 federal funds for the FY 2007. However, all submitted projects will be approved at next week’s Board meeting for submittal to Mn/DOT for further consideration.

At today’s Board meeting, Mattson moved to recommend the Maple Lake City, Phase II, as the top priority to receive T-21 federal funds for the FY 2007, as there is no guarantee of the signal system in Annandale or Rockford. The project from the City of Annandale is the second priority. The motion was seconded by Heeter and carried 5-0.

Discuss Letter from City of Maple Lake RE: CSAH 8/CSAH 37 All-Way Stop Request. The County has to follow existing guidelines when determining what type of traffic control is best suited for an intersection. All-way stops are often put in prior to the installation of a traffic signal system. Consideration is also given to an intersection when crashes in the previous 12-month history would likely have been eliminated or dramatically reduced with a traffic signal (right and left angle crashes). A minimum volume of traffic must also be met (300 vehicles/hr. on the main road & 200 vehicles/hr on the side road, for 8 hours in a 24 hour period). As of now, no warrants have been met for the all way stop at CSAH 8 & CSAH 37. Mn/DOT was consulted regarding additional fuel and time costs if an all way stop were installed. Additional fuel required ($12,067/yr) in stopping and starting and additional time delays ($44,614/year) add up to over $56,000/year in real costs to motorists. Other problems can occur when signs are installed where they don’t belong. The resulting crash rate is actually higher for all stops than for through stops. The County is afforded some leeway in decisions for stop signs and there are federal guidelines which the State has adopted for use in Minnesota. The City’s main objective for requesting stop signs is to slow traffic down. The Highway Engineer felt increased enforcement of the current 30 MPH speed limit is the best approach. A stop sign should never be used in this manner. A Local Road Research Board video outlined the factors to study for stop signs (speed, traffic volume, site distance & accident history). Further discussion included development, vehicle speed, annoyances to the neighborhood, and the potential of the City installing the signs as the intersection is within the City limits. The Highway Engineer had concerns that the safety will actually decrease if signs are installed. Sawatzke was opposed as he didn’t feel the signs were warranted and crashes may increase. He felt the additional costs of stops and starts should also be considered. The County Attorney indicated the County could be more susceptible to lawsuits if the County allows installation of an all way stop against the recommendation of its own Highway Department. Sawatzke did not recommend installation of stop signs. Eichelberg agreed but would like to reconsider at a future date when traffic increases. Mattson favored installation of stop signs and felt there was proof that they will stop problems and prevent fatalities. Russek also wanted to support the City’s request. Heeter wanted to support the request but felt there was validity to the studies presented. She didn’t feel should could support the request at this time but wanted to revisit at a future date. The City will contact the Sheriff Department regarding speed issues in the area. Recommendation: On a split recommendation, it was the consensus of this Committee to deny at this time the City of Maple Lake’s request for an all-way stop at the intersection of CSAH 8 and CSAH 37, with the intention of revisiting this issue at a later date after traffic counts have increased at this location.

At today’s County Board meeting, Mattson questioned statistics brought forth at the TCOTW meeting relating to the number of cars that run stop signs (4 of out 5). He referenced the success of the 4-way stop at the intersection of TH 25 and Montrose Boulevard. Fingalson said that intersection was warranted for stop signs. What the statistics relate to are those intersections where stop signs are placed when not warranted. Sawatzke said the 4-5 vehicles who do not stop have varying degrees of not stopping. Mattson would not agree with the recommendation on this as the City has requested stop signs. He felt it opened the County to liability. Eichelberg moved to approve the recommendation of the TCOTW Committee, seconded by Heeter, carried 3-2 with Mattson and Russek casting the nay votes.

Discuss Results From NE County Transportation Study. SRF Consulting addressed the Committee regarding the purpose of the Transportation Study that had been completed. The cities of Albertville, St. Michael, and Otsego were involved in the study, along with Mn/DOT and Wright County. The purpose was to identify and protect important transportation corridors that would be a factor in future growth and development. The study shows that traffic counts are expected to double in the next 40 years. The study focused on an intent to improve the disbursement of traffic from east to west and with an intent to suggest at least one additional and possibly two north/south routes. Additional lanes will be needed on I-94 and recommendations are to have 10 lanes out to TH 101 in Rogers and 8 lanes from Rogers to Monticello. Mattson exited the meeting at this time. In order to implement a successful plan for future transportation needs, there needs to be a reconfiguration of the entire County network with an exchange between the Cities and the County. This plan focuses on CSAH 19 and TH 241, trying to improve the circulation around I-94, in addition to adding another crossing at the Mississippi River somewhere between Monticello and Elk River. A portion of the study may need to be redone relating to the Naber connection as tremendous growth is expected in 20-25 years. Fingalson recommended the County wait on taking action on this item to see what the cities come up with. The cost of the recommended changes is about $200 million. St. Michael will hold an open house for this plan on 1-21-04 and the Planning Commission will hold a public hearing in February. After those two events, the City Council will consider accepting the results of the study. Eichelberg said the three cities should return to the Board after their individual hearings have been completed. The study cost Wright County $25,000. St. Michael paid the largest share. Recommendation: There was no action taken or necessary at this time.

Discuss Funding Issues.

*The City of St. Michael would like to move the funding of the TH 241/CSAH 35/CSAH 19 turnlane project up to 2004 from 2005. Funding was approved at the August, 2003 TCOTW meeting and this proposed $68,000 could be covered with state aid funds.

*The costs involved with putting a signal system at CSAH 35 & Bison Blvd. was discussed. Wright County will be responsible for 1/4 of the total cost, expected to be $200,000 to $220,000 including engineering.

*Mn/DOT has been considering several interchanges on TH 101 between Rogers & Elk River as part of the accelerated bonding projects. Initially, Mn/DOT said Wright County would not have to share in the cost but the State has been reevaluating their policy and may recommend that Wright County, St. Michael and Otsego pay as much as 10-20% of the cost (Wright County’s share $9-$18 million). The projects were planned for 2013 but now are on the list of accelerated projects for Mn/DOT. Wright County has no money allocated to cover any of the cost at this time.

*The Hazard Elimination Safety Program has looked at the intersection of CSAH 37 & TH 25. A realigned intersection was considered for safety improvements but since plans by Mn/DOT to reconstruct this highway will result in significant grade changes at that location in 2009, this improvement will not be done. The $100,000 allocated for that improvement may now be used for the installation of a temporary traffic light at the intersection of CSAH 12 and TH 55. Realignment of this intersection may be an option in the future.

*If the Legislature approves the MCEA-proposed Rural Road Safety Program, Wright County could gain up to $300,000 for projects like TH 55/CSAH 12.

*The timber bridge on CSAH 12 south of Buffalo, included in the CSAH 12 construction project, is eligible for research funding. It is likely that the bridge can be upgraded (without rebuilding) to accommodate 10-ton loads at one-tenth of the cost of rebuilding the bridge.

At today’s County Board meeting, Sawatzke questioned the County’s authority on the alignment of the CSAH 37 and TH 25. Fingalson said Mn/DOT would be receptive to reviewing any concerns the County has. Sawatzke said the proposed alignment has made a substantial impact on one property. Fingalson said the difficulty for Mn/DOT is balancing what is best for the motoring public versus impacts on the resident’s property. Mn/DOT will work with Wright County and listen to concerns but they technically can make the determination on how to proceed. Since the TCOTW meeting, the Governor has proposed an amount far less than the needs for the Rural Road Safety Program. Research funding in the amount of $10,000 was secured for the timber bridge improvements.

Review Pavement Management Evaluation. This shows what work should be done on the County Highway system to maintain its present level of service. Since the County it not keeping pace with needed improvements, it is incurring a $5 million deficit each year. Price for repairs will most likely be even higher in years to come. The cost of repairing smaller deficiencies is less than waiting until more damage has occurred.

Recommend County Project(s) for Federal Funding Submittal. Fingalson recommended that the CSAH 19 expansion project for federal funding for 2007 along with the enhancement project discussed earlier in the meeting. If approved, the federal funding will cover up to 80% of the cost and at least 20% would have to be state aid or local money. A funding agreement would have to be worked out with the City of St. Michael. Highway staff recommended this be the project submitted for federal funding as it ranks the highest of projects on the 10-year work plan. Recommendation: It was the consensus of Committee members present to recommend the CSAH 19 expansion project (between Albertville & St. Michael) be submitted for federal funding for 2007.

At today’s Board meeting, Eichelberg moved to approve the recommendation, seconded by Heeter, carried 5-0.

Review/Recommend 5-Year CIP. The 5-Year Plan handout was referenced including a cash-flow summary. Fingalson asked the Committee if they would like to reconsider the planned route and proposed improvements of CSAH 9 through Waverly. An amount of $556,000 has been designated for this improvement but there is actually very little benefit to the County for the proposed changes. Russek said the County told the City to wait with utility improvements until 2005 and it would be hard to pull the support now. Fingalson said it will be necessary to cut back on programs or cut projects in order to meet budget unless more revenue is added. Bonding could be considered for higher priorities. Fingalson would like the Board to approve the 5-Year Plan at the 1-27-04 Board meeting. The overlay schedule and the importance of making necessary repairs was discussed. The schedule was cut back due to lack of funding. The use of bonding was suggested as a means to fund overlays. Eichelberg said a 3-year plan could be presented for overlays and bonding, and then funding could be loosened up for several other projects. Recommendation: It was the consensus of Committee members present that discussion of bonding to obtain funds for necessary highway improvements/maintenance be continued at a meeting sometime in mid-February.

At today’s Board meeting, Russek moved to schedule a TCOTW meeting on 2-9-04 at 9:30 A.M. to discuss the 5-Year CIP and the request by the Annandale Area Community Team to have the County take over maintenance of trail segments outside of the City limits of Annandale once trails have been funded and constructed, as part of the Regional Trail System. The motion was seconded by Heeter and carried 5-0.

Official Mapping Ordinance Status. Meetings have been held to develop a County-wide official mapping ordinance to aid in future development and zoning. An open house for TH 55 was held on 11-13-03. An ordinance should be adopted prior to adoption of any official mapping. The main complication is figuring out how to integrate an official County mapping ordinance with local zoning ordinances and subdivision ordinances. Asleson said it would work best for each municipality to have their own ordinance but the County should have one that would affect projects such as the TH 55 project which will cross the entire County. There may be some who refuse to abide by the official mapping and that it why it is important to have an ordinance in place first. Asleson hopes to have the ordinance ready for a public hearing to be held in the Spring of 2004.

Review Agreement with McLeod County for McLeod CR 56 (Wright County CR 103). There has never been a written agreement outlining the responsibilities on this county line road. The standard agreement will be submitted with these minutes for the Board’s review and approval. Costs could be about $15-$20,000 higher than originally thought due to additional culvert work that must be done. The resurfacing maintenance will be done on a 4-mile stretch between Wright County’s CSAH’s 5 & 6. Recommendation: Review & approve (if satisfactory) agreement for McLeod CR 56.

At today’s Board meeting, Heeter moved to refer this issue to the TCOTW meeting scheduled for 2-9-04 at 9:30 A.M., seconded by Russek, carried 5-0. On a motion by Russek, second by Eichelberg, all voted to approve the TCOTW minutes as presented. (end of TCOTW minutes)

Mattson said the Extension Committee will meet today to discuss the hire of Maribel Fernandez as the Ag/Hort Tech. Advisor (50% position). Fernandez has experience working with Krishona Martinson on this program. Martinson is working in the Hanover area. It will be recommended that Fernandez be hired as a University of MN Extension Service employee. If the University doesn’t accept the recommendation, the County could review other options if desired. Mattson moved to request the University of Minnesota to contract with Wright County to hire Maribel Fernandez as the Ag/Hort. Tech. Advisor (50% position), seconded by Russek, carried 5-0.

Sawatzke announced that former Wright County Commissioner Paul McAlpine passed away yesterday. He was a County Commissioner for approximately 15 years and helped to create an outstanding organization. McAlpine also served previously as President of AMC, as the County Ag Inspector, and as a member on the Soil & Water Conservation Board.

Bills Approved

Albertville Body Shop, Inc. 554.83

Ancom Communications, Inc. 189.04

Ancom Technical Center 640.67

Apec Corporation 1910.29

AT&T - Universal Biller 3319.98

Beaudry Propane, Inc. 2627.78

Buffalo Clinic 142.00

Buffalo Communications, Inc. 5425.00

Chatham Township 910.60

Decorative Designs, Inc. 175.53

Deringer, Sean 108.22

Diers, Carter 546.03

Ernst General Construction, Inc. 17,640.00

Glass Masters, Inc. 1950.00

Gruber, Douglas 243.33

Kremer, Kenneth 100.83

LaPlant Demo, Inc. 1062.90

Lund, Charles 184.80

Marco Business Products 613.15

Norhthern Tool & Equipment Co. 416.11

Office Depot 757.10

Olson & Sons Electric 105.12

On Site Monitoring 10,407.00

PC Solutions, Inc. 193.50

Qwest 652.17

Record Preservation, Inc. 528.90

Simplex Grinnell LP 1622.50

State of MN Intertech Group 965.00

Target 5079.99

Total Printing 323.76

Unger, Larry 385.14

Uniforms Unlimited 237.24

Verizon Wireless 379.37

Stewart Wirth 177.97

West Group Payment Center 476.00

23 payments less than $100 1023.14

Final Total $62,508.02

The meeting adjourned at 11:09 A.M.


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