Wright County Board Minutes

September 7, 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 8-31-04, seconded by Mattson, carried 5-0.

Petitions were accepted to the Agenda as follows: Consent Agenda Item B3, “Approve Hire, Debra Lamp, Office Assistant, Eff. 9-13-04, Step 1” (Hiivala); Aud./Treas. Item #3, “Request By City Of Howard Lake RE: Ditch 11” (Hiivala). The 9:15 A.M. Planning & Zoning Agenda item was removed and laid over for one week, “Accept The Findings & Recommendations Of The Planning Commission For Denial Of The Following Rezoning & Authorize Signature Of The Notice & Order Of Denial: Robert & Barbara Esse (Silver Creek Twp.). Planning Commission unanimously recommend denial of the request to rezone from AG to A/R.” (Norman). Heeter moved to approve the Agenda as amended, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0.

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


1. Performance Appraisals: J. Bresin, Assr.; S. Poirier, G. Torfin, Sher./Corr.; R. Benedict, Surveyor.

2. Charitable Gambling Application Form LG220, Rivers of Hope, Silver Springs Golf Course (Monticello Twp.).


1. Tobacco License: Snyder Drug Store #5032 (City of Monticello).

2. Transient License Renewal, “Homier Distributing” (Buffalo American Legion).

3. Approve Hire, Debra Lamp, Office Assistant, Eff. 9-13-04, Step 1.


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

A. Approve Establishment Of Rural Planned Unit Development District, Kenneth Dale Beise (Rockford Twp.).


1. Approve & Authorize Signatures On Joint Powers Agreements Between Wright County Sheriff’s Office & The Police Departments Of Buffalo & Annandale Relating To The Issuance Of Permits To Carry Handguns.

2. Jail Inspection Report.

Bob Hiivala, Auditor/Treasurer, received correspondence from Clem Matter on a request for repair on County Ditch #34 due to water drainage problems on his property. The area involved is Branch 1, Ditch 34. Eichelberg moved to authorize Russek and Hiivala to review the area and provide a report back to the Board. The motion was seconded by Russek and carried 5-0.

Hiivala was contacted by Brad DeWolf on behalf of the City of Howard Lake. Their request is to clean out a portion of Ditch #11 within the City limits. The City would complete the repairs at their expense and indicated they would not alter the flow of the ditch. Russek moved to authorize Hiivala and Mattson to review the area, seconded by Heeter, carried 5-0. Mattson said that if it is felt that the area needs to be reviewed by Kerry Saxton, SWCD, they will contact him as well.

The claims listing was reviewed. Sawatzke referenced a claim on page 13 to Silver Creek Township for an aggregate tax refund and inquired whether that represented the net refund to them. Hiivala said there may be an additional claim pending staff verification of the pit location. Mattson referenced page 7 and claims to Central MN Mental Health Center ($190.00). Sawatzke felt the claims dealt with chemical dependency or mental illness evaluations. Russek moved to approve the claims as listed in the abstract, subject to audit. The motion was seconded by Mattson and carried 5-0.

Marc Mattice, Parks Administrator, requested the Board schedule a Parks Tour to enable the Commissioners to view projects which have occurred over the past several years. The tentative agenda was provided and Mattice said other areas could be reviewed as requested by the Board. Russek moved to schedule the Parks Tour for 9-29-04 at 9:00 A.M., seconded by Mattson. The motion was rescinded due to a schedule conflict. Russek then made a motion to schedule the Parks Tour for 10-12-04 at 1:00 P.M., seconded by Mattson, carried 5-0.

The meeting was recessed at 9:19 A.M. and reconvened at 9:27 A.M.

Eric Vogel, U of M Extension Service, provided a report on the Youth Matters Program. With the changes that occurred with the Extension Service, Vogel will provide service to Wright County in the area of community youth development. Vogel’s efforts focus on youth programs (up to age 18) for the time they are out of school. Information was provided on the “Youth Work Matters: Promoting Youth Development Training” being offered to anyone who has association with children (educators, parents, volunteers, etc.). The Family Service Collaborative is sponsoring attendance by staff from each of their member agencies. The cost for the training, being offered in September and October, is $95.00. Mattson said funding provided to the Family Service Collaborative is pass through money. He questioned expenditures on possible duplication of services. He felt the services provided by the Family Services Collaborative were similar to those Vogel was explaining. Vogel said he has experience with the Collaborative and their purpose is not to duplicate services. Sawatzke referenced the Stride Program sponsored by the Monticello Rotary Club. The Program works with high school seniors who may not graduate. The Program has been successful and Sawatzke suggested potentially expanding this program to other school districts. Discussion followed on the role of the U of M with the 4-H Programs.

Richard Norman, County Coordinator, reported that the County sponsored an employee blood drive last week and over 60 employees participated.

Bills Approved

A & J Gun Shop $325.00

Advon Incorporated 440.60

American Health Care Supply 261.86

American Institutional Supply 397.52

Ameripride Linen and Apparel 213.15

AMI Imaging Systems, Inc. 350.00

ANCOM Communications Inc. 913.24

ANCOM Technical Center 312.52

Apec Corporation 483.81

Auto Glass Center Inc. 501.06

Bob Barker Co. 279.80

Blaine Lock & Safe Inc. 180.00

BLM Technologies Inc. 783.47

BP Amoco 670.60

Brothers Fire Protection Co. 1,800.00

Buffalo Hospital-Otpt Comm. 1,745.40

City Buffalo 41,241.39

Central MN Mental Health 190.00

Clinnet Solutions LLC 152.00

Commissioner of Transp. 29,211.62

Delegard Tools 499.15

Dental Care Assoc. of Buff. 465.00

Diamond Mowers Inc. 252.98

Emergency Physicians PA 521.00

Josh Erickson 249.37

Gateway Companies Inc. 1,102.96

Todd Gau 204.75

Janet Gholson 153.00

Hardings Towing 165.08

Karla Heeter 166.88

Hewlett Packard 510.14

Hillyard Floor Care Supply 1,961.03

Intereum 586.82

J Craft Div of Crysteel Mfg. 15,561.43

Junction Towing/Auto Repair 276.50

LaPlant Demo Inc. 509.10

Michael MacMillan 607.50

Marco Business Products 1,469.17

Anthony Mattson Electric 745.00

Mid-Minnesota Hot Mix Inc. 878.31

Nathan Miller 106.03

Minnesota Supreme Court 218.00

MN Assn of Probrate Registrars 330.00

Monticello Ford Mercury Inc. 1,283.43

Nelson Ford 32,380.00

Nextel Communications 1,951.10

North Suburban Towing Inc. 110.00

Office Depot 1,767.58

Omann Brothers Inc. 1,380.77

Performance Office Papers 855.73

Precision Prints of Wright Co. 1,103.34

Qwest 391.75

John Reid and Assoc. 395.00

Roberts Painting 750.00

Russell Security Resource 3,541.98

Silver Creek Township 1,544.83

SKC Communication Products 188.32

Specialty Turf & Ag 117.58

Sprint 155.99

Brian Stoll 198.00

Streichers 977.67

Thermal Technologies Inc. 267.00

Tires Plus 456.14

Total Printing 724.74

Matthew Treichler 174.31

U.S. Postal Service 210.85

Uniforms Unlimited 169.56

Verizon Wireless 252.51

Wright Co. Highway Dept. 137.64

Keith Wurm Construction 450.00

Zack’s Inc. 146.62

25 payments less than $100 $1,427.23

Final total $161,501.91

The meeting adjourned at 9:40 A.M.