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Wright County Board Minutes

March 16, 2004

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

Russek moved to approve the minutes of 3-9-04, seconded by Mattson, carried 5-0.

Petitions were accepted to the Agenda as follows: Item For Consid. #3, “Quad County Meeting Announcement” (Norman). Heeter moved to approve the Agenda as amended, seconded by Eichelberg, carried unanimously.

On a motion by Russek, second by Mattson, all voted to approve the Consent Agenda:


1. Performance Appraisals: R. Ross, Hwy.; K. Heaton, L. Mayer, R. McKay, R. Mitchell; R. Nevala, T. Wachter, D. Weed, Sheriff.


1. Tobacco License: Cash Wise Liquor (St. Michael City).

2. On Sale Beer License Renewal, “St. Mary’s Mens Club” (Franklin Twp.).


1. Set Letting Date For SAP 86-635-30 (CSAH 35 In Buffalo Area) On 4-20-04 @ 9:30 A.M.

2. Set Letting Date For Overlay Projects On 4-20-04 @ 9:40 A.M.

3. Set Bid Opening For Seasonal Requirements 4-14-04 @ 9:00 A.M., Ways & Means Committee.


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

A. Curtis Christensen (Franklin Twp.).

1. Planning Commission unanimously recommend rezoning of the Rebecca Lindsay property (appx. 10.5 acres) from AG & S-2 to AIR & S-2.

2. Planning Commission unanimously recommend establishment of a Rural PUD District for the Lindsay Property and the applicant’s 80 acre parcel rezoned AIR on 12-16-03.

B. Precedence Homes (Rockford Twp.).

1. Planning Commission on a 6/1 vote recommend approval of the request to rezone from AG to R-2a.

Doug Gruber, Auditor/Treasurer, referenced correspondence received from Marvin Lahti requesting a Ditch 19 lien apportionment. In the past two years, work has been completed on Ditches 16, 19, 33 and 38. Assessment letters were sent to affected properties. Some individuals feel they are paying too much in comparison to their neighbors and have requested a review of benefitted acreage. Gruber anticipates receiving another request for a ditch lien apportionment and requested that the Board lay Lahti’s request over so both requests could be heard at the same time. Mattson moved to lay Lahti’s request over until more information is received, seconded by Russek. Gruber said with regard to the Lahti request, it appears that the assessment is correct and changes will not be made. However the abatement process can be used if something incorrect is discovered. Gruber said the review of past ditch information is extensive and not always easily available. The ditches in Wright County, both administratively and physically, have not received the attention they should have in the past 20 years. The motion carried 5-0.

On a motion by Russek, second by Eichelberg, all voted to approve the claims as listed in the abstract, subject to audit.

A Building Committee meeting was held on 3-10-04:

Remodel Proiect Update. Randy Engel provided an update on the project. March 17th Engel will review the final inspection of phase 6 and the punch lists for the first five phases. Air quality reports on the first, second and third floors will be provided at the completion of the project. There was discussion on heating/cooling concerns in the Auditor/Treasurer’s Department. Buskey stated Climate Air feels the problem is with the reversing valve. Engel will contact the mechanical engineer and Pete Nelson from Nelson’s Construction to discuss heat pumps 11, 12 and 16. He also mentioned contacting the manufacturer for an extension to the one year warranty. Engel stated the issue raised by Climate Air regarding capacity also still needs to be resolved. Buskey requested Climate Air be included in next week’s meeting when discussing the heat pumps. Engel stated a claim for $617 from the mechanical contractor for installing an additional fire damper has been revised to approximately $412 and will be included in the fmal pay order. At an earlier meeting Engel referenced 4-5 areas identified by the building inspector and fire marshal for additional fire alarms. He anticipates cost to be around $3,000. Joe Scott requested Engel ensure that Hayes receive a detailed report showing that each device has been tested and works properly for the County’s insurance representative. There was discussion on the coiling doors in the Assessor’s and Recorder’s Departments. As the doors are an older style, the consensus was to leave the doors as they are. Engel stated the fire marshal did not require they be added to the alarm system. Hayes stated there is a noticeable flaw in the carpet in the VS/CD Office area. The flaw is less noticeable in the hallway areas on the second floor by Court Administration and the County Coordinator’s Office. The carpet representative has offered a cost deduction of $2,500 to accept as is. Following an inspection of the carpeted areas Heeter and Mattson agreed the carpet flaw in the VS/CD Office is unacceptable and needs to be replaced; that Engel seek a larger deduction than $2,500 for accepting the flawed carpeting which has already been installed in the hallways on the second floor; and that the carpeting which remains to be installed on the first and second floors be inspected prior to installation and if those carpet rolls are flawed to obtain new rolls which are not defective. (End of Committee Minutes)

At today’s meeting, Heeter explained that the carpeting flaw involved a section of darker material 12” wide that ran the length of the carpeting. Richard Norman, County Coordinator, said that since the meeting carpeting was to have been laid on the First Floor. However, the flaw was also evident in that carpeting and so they were instructed not to continue. With regard to temperature problems in the Auditor/Treasurer’s Office, Norman said this will be an issue discussed at the weekly construction meeting. Mattson moved to approve the minutes, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0.

Correspondence was received from Chris Basgall, General Manager of Onyx FCR Landfill, requesting the Board appoint a contact person(s) to meet with Onyx on a possible Host Fee Agreement. Russek moved to refer the issue to the Ways & Means Committee, seconded by Mattson. Chuck Davis, Environmental Health Officer, and Brian Asleson, Chief Deputy Attorney, were instructed to attend as well. Sawatzke will coordinate scheduling of the meeting and notify the Administration Office of the date and time. The motion carried 5-0.

Norman said the next Quad County Meeting is scheduled for 3-24-04 at 4:00 P.M. at the St. Paul Radisson, MN West Room. It will be held in conjunction with the AMC Legislative Conference

Bills Approved

Allina Medical $1,484.25

American Planning Association 334.00

Ameripride Linen and Apparel 291.10

Ancom Communications Inc. 4,315.00

Ancom Technical Center 1,203.27

Annandale Rock Products 3,080.81

Apec Corporation 477.21

B & D Plumbing & Heating 947.00

Beaudry Propane Inc. 2,425.64

Ralph Borell 100.00

Boyer Truck Parts 185.02

Branstrom Associates Arch. 2,506.99

Bryan Rock Products 893.95

Buetow and Associates Inc. 1,307.67

Buff ‘N ‘Glo Inc. 145.00

Buffalo Communications Inc. 430.46

Buffalo Hospital 8,400.00

Buffalo Hosp.-Outpt Commerci 1,213.80

City Buffalo 648.91

Bunniss Enterprises 2,200.00

Bureau of Crim. Apprehension 125.00

Tim Cameron 125.00

Catco Parts Service 689.82

Cellular One 759.27

Center Point Energy 2,240.06

Centra Sota Lake Reg. LLC 16,605.94

Central Lock & Safe 259.75

Central Mn Mental Health Ctr 140.00

Charter Communications 1,000.00

Climate Air 10,006.00

Comm. of Transportation` 1,306.62

Dealer Automotive Serv. 325.53

City Delano 9,629.90

E. Central Regional Juvenile 165.00

Emerg. Physicians Prof. 634.00

Hans Engstrom 540.90

Debbie Ernst 126.10

Thomas Fedor 100.00

Wayne Fingalson 268.69

G & K Services 1,074.21

Raymond Glunz 200.00

Greenside Up 888.36

Greenview Inc. 555.73

GS Direct 166.54

Holiday 3,142.57

Holt Motors Inc. 238.13

Info. Systems Corp. 554.61

Kandiyohi Cty. Sheriff’s Dept. 9,515.00

KNR Communications Serv. 6,716.00

Lakedale Telephone Co. 246.45

Bethany Landman 121.32

Michael Laurent 525.15

Law Enforcement Tech. Gro. 73,872.30

A Leonard Inc. 188.92

Little Falls Machine 475.86

Sheri Lumley 200.00

M-R Sign Company Inc. 24,133.46

Marco Business Products 1,548.22

Martin Marietta Aggregates 2,218.96

Marks Standard Parts 153.76

Martin-McAllisters Cons. 350.00

MASYS Corporation 2,628.87

McCarty Water & Waste 1,364.50

McMaster-Carr Supply Co. 157.28

Meeker Cty. Memorial Hosp. 190.00

Meteorlogix 439.64

Metro Cash Register Sys. 624.00

Minnesota Women Lawyers 225.00

MN Dept. of Corrections 300.00

MN Pollution Control Agency 400.00

MN Transportation Alliance 400.00

Monticello Ford Mercury Inc. 204.34

City Montrose 618,203.53

National Business Sys. Inc. 15,262.50

Natl. Businesswomens Leader 278.00

North American Salt Co. 9,560.02

Office Depot 801.62

Pfeifer Construction 77,654.00

Photo I 143.46

Prairie Lakes Detention Ctr. 152.00

Quartermaster Inc. 558.38

Qwest 3,935.01

Record Preservation Inc. 485.27

Reds Auto Electric 102.46

Royal Tire Inc. 1,751.39

Jack Russek 172.87

Safeshred 138.40

Pat Sawatzke 192.60

SBC Paging 1,775.00

Scott Builders Inc. 1,404.00

Shell Fleet Plus 987.68

Sherburne Cty. Sheriff 7,760.00

Software House International 2,042.68

St. Cloud Times 221.00

State of MN Intertech Group 114.11

State of MN-Info Tech Div-R HA 692.28

Strategic Equip and Supply 100.54

Streichers 616.69

Uniforms Unlimited 399.74

United Rentals Highway Techno. 649.20

United Rentals Inc. 204.23

Verizon Wireless 1,323.33

Vibes Technologies Inc. 111.83

Shawna Vollbrecht 125.00

Waste Management TC West 681.36

Weighing Sys. & Services 810.00

Wright Hennepin Electric 3,311.81

Wright Soil & Water Cons. . 66,923.00

Xcel Energy 203.99

Zep Manufacturing Co. 315.57

Zee Service Company 111.79

49 payments less than $100 2,436.04

Final total. $1,034,369.72

The meeting was adjourned at 9:21 A.M.

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