Wright County Board Minutes

October 26, 2004

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

The following correction was made to the minutes of 10-19-04: Page 6, 2nd paragraph, 1st sentence, change from “Personnel Committee Of The Whole” to “Personnel Committee” (Russek). Russek moved to approve the minutes as corrected, seconded by Eichelberg, carried 5-0.

On a motion by Eichelberg, second by Russek, all vote to approve the Agenda.

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


1. Performance Appraisals: S. Block, B. Saboe, Ct. Admin.; J. Benn, M. Koscianski, B. Petersen, Sher./Corr.

2. Approve Hire, Richard Jenson, Custodian I, Eff. 11-01-04 (Step 2).

3. MN Department of Natural Resources Audit Report, Boat & Water Safety Program, 2002-2003.

4. Authorize Signatures On Memorandum Of Agreement With LELS RE: Investigator’s Standby Pay.

5. Cancel Meeting On November 30, 2004.


1. Approve Abatement, PID #103-026-003070, Gerald & Rosemary Wodtke (City of Buffalo).


1. Approve Hire, Linda Riordan, Court Clerk, Eff. 10-27-04 (Class D, Step 2).

2. Approve Promotion Of Stacey Ericksen To Court Clerk, Eff. 11-15-04 (Class D, Step 1). Authorize Replacement Of Court Attendant Due To Promotion Of Stacey Ericksen.

3. Refer To Technology Committee Request To Reallocate Budgeted Funds To Imaging Project & Approve Specific Vendor Recommendation.


1. Change Meeting Time Of Transportation Committee Of The Whole Meeting To 11-05-04 at 9:00 A.M.

Bob Hiivala, Auditor/Treasurer, brought forth discussion on Ditch #28. Russek read the minutes from the 10-20-04 County Ditch #28 Meeting: A meeting was held at the Franklin Township Hall on 10-20-04 at 7:00 P.M. Purpose of the meeting was to review bids to clean a portion of the ditch from Darrow Ave. to the City of Delano portion approximately 1/2 mile. Elton Schuette had petitioned for the cleanout. Three bids were received to do this: Fyles Excavating $34,480, Morris Excavating $34,500, and Schmitz & Sons $54,450. Those in attendance spoke against the project because of the cost and no benefits to them. After discussion it was decided to not proceed, with Elton Schuette in agreement. Recommendation is to do nothing.

At today’s meeting, Russek moved to approve the recommendation, seconded by Mattson, carried 5-0. Hiivala will contact those who submitted bids to let them know the petition has been dropped.

The September Revenue/Expenditure Guidelines were reviewed. Mattson said the Professional Services line item for 4-5 departments were over 100%. Sawatzke said that if this happens, departments do not generally make additional expenditures through the end of the year. Mattson moved to approve the Guidelines as presented, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0.

The claims listing was discussed. Mattson referenced page 4, County Attorney’s budget, and the expenditures associated with a witness (mileage, meals and lodging). It was explained that a witness was brought to Wright County from out of State for a trial. These costs are not recoverable through restitution. On a motion by Mattson, second by Russek, all voted to approve the claims as listed in the abstract, subject to audit.

A Committee Of The Whole meeting was held on 10-19-04. Mattson moved to approve the minutes, seconded by Eichelberg, carried 5-0:

Multi-Media Recommendation, County Board Room. The Committee discussed updating the audio/visual systems in the County Board Room. Due to sound system problems and noise associated with heat pumps in the Community Room, it has been suggested that the Planning Commission and Board Of Adjustment meetings be held in the County Board Room. A quote of $40,938 was received from EPA Audio Visual to update the County Board Room. The quote calls for additional microphones in the Board Room to accommodate seven Planning Commission members but Salkowski felt the current five microphones may work for the seven members. His priority was the acoustics and the ability to record meetings. Upgrades would allow use of an Elmo to project computer maps and images at meetings. Many cities have state-of-the-art systems. However, Salkowski explained that cable companies do assist cities with costs to bring these systems up to date. Swing said that if upgraded, the Board Room would offer VCR, internet, website and satellite capabilities. The audio recording system could be upgraded to digital. Swing would like to research the ability to connect the multimedia box to the network, enabling the County to webcast meetings. Technology would be used that would not require a technician to operate it. Swing suggested obtaining additional information before proceeding with the EPA quote. Hayes will meet with another vendor on 10-20-04. Recommendation: It was the consensus that if upgraded, the Board Room should be utilized for more meetings requiring this type of equipment. Swing and Hayes are to further research options for update of the Board Room and bring back recommendations for review. (End of Committee Of The Whole Minutes)

Eichelberg moved to adopt Resolution #04-66 approving final payment to Ridgedale Electric, Inc. and resolution of final acceptance for Contract #0405 (CSAH 35/Bison Blvd. signal). The motion was seconded by Russek. Heeter noted that the County’s portion is 25% of the total amount. Mattson recently was at this intersection and indicated that there should have been a better design when the school was built. He said the sun made it so he was unable to see the signal system. The motion carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.

Russek moved to adopt Resolution #04-67 approving final payment to Veit & Company and resolution of final acceptance for Contract #0309 (CSAH 42-Gabion Wall Failure). The motion was seconded by Eichelberg and carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.

Mary Anderson, U of M Extension Service, said there will be an upcoming vacancy on the County Extension Committee. The Committee is made up of a representative from each of the Commissioner Districts and one representative at-large. Dr. Keith Wilts from St. Michael is the current at-large member and will be completing his 2nd three-year term at the end of 2004. Wilts suggested Jeff Burns from Monticello as the at-large replacement and this was also the recommendation of the Extension Committee. Mattson moved to appoint Jeff Burns as the at-large member on the County Extension Committee for a three-year term effective January, 2005. The motion was seconded by Heeter and carried 5-0.

Norman and Russek attended the Planning & Building Better Communities in Minnesota’s Growth Corridor on 10-20-04 in Monticello. Russek said the main point of the speaker was that counties should be meeting with the MET Council. A packet of information was brought back for review. This was provided as an informational item.

Eichelberg reminded residents to exercise their right to vote on 11-02-04.

Bills Approved

Advantage Water Cond. $179.00

Albertville Body Shop Inc. 2,926.26

Allina Health Sys. 1,000.00

American Business Forms 251.06

American Instit. Supply 495.41

Ameripride Linen and Apparel 197.89

ANCOM Technical Center 132.43

Anoka Co. Court Adminis. 460.00

Anoka Co. Juvenile Center 1,677.00

Aramark Correctional Serv. 15,546.17

B & D Plumbing & Heating. 346.00

Louis Beauchane 360.87

BLM Technologies Inc. 575.26

Buffalo Hospital 8,400.00

Buffalo Hosp.-Otpt. Comm. 209.30

Paul Burke 174.00

Rachael Buschman 505.92

Cadd Engineering Supply 5,288.79

Center Point Energy 966.58

Chatham Township 952.00

Country Inn 1,193.50

CPS Technology Solutions 195.00

Decorative Designs Inc. 175.53

Delegard Tools 152.82

E. Central Reg. Juvenile 15,840.00

Debbie Ernst 101.19

Force America Inc. 248.50

Franklin Township 2,666.20

Frontier Precision Inc. 740.88

Gateway Companies Inc. 1,936.95

Gen. Rental Ctr. of Monti. 101.18

Heart of the Lakes Pumping 1,370.78

Herco Systems 234.00

Hewlett Packard 5,821.29

ID America 251.92

Interstate All Battery Ctr. 552.52

Interstate Battery Sys. of Mpls. 620.49

Jerry’s Frame Inc. 130.65

Kari Klatt 417.59

Cheryl Klinger 100.00

LaPlant Demo Inc. 1,197.45

Rosemary Linderman 1,250.00

M-R Sign Company Inc. 472.54

Marco Business Products 1,240.52

Mariposa Publishing 290.74

Marlin Leasing Corp. 1,069.86

Marysville Township 1,686.40

MASYS Corporation 2,628.87

Meeker Co. Sheriff 2,365.00

MN Counties Inc. Trust 2,500.00

MN Recreation & Park Assn 300.00

MN State Auditor 3,782.76

Monticello Auto Body Inc. 202.36

Monticello Comm. Education 1,500.00

Monticello Ford Mercury Inc. 2,020.83

N. American Salt Co. 72,381.58

Office Depot 2,141.56

David Pederson 269.50

Qwest 1,187.14

Radisson-Duluth 158.00

Reds Auto Electric 147.93

Reed Business Information 265.49

Paul Reitman 1,250.00

Ridgedale Electric Inc. 14,423.30

Royal Tire Inc. 1,965.56

Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge 1,904.28

Service Unlimited 2,126.80

Shell Fleet Plus 997.68

Sheriffs Youth Program of MN 3,072.22

M Smith Publishers 197.00

Sprint-Local Telecom Div. 186.81

St. Cloud Stamp & Sign 100.65

State of MN-Info Tech Div. 422.39

Stratus Tech. Ireland L. 7,574.00

Streichers 161.40

Total Printing 2,380.98

Unlimited Electric Inc. 1,196.53

Veit & Company 56,010.88

Voss Lighting 543.95

City Waverly 431.00

West Publishing Pymt. Ctr. 716.72

Wright Hennepin Electric 4,631.38

Wright Lumber & Millwork 238.14

Keith Wurm Construction 1,500.00

Xcel Energy 197.18

34 Payments less than $100 2,058.86

Final total $276,841.17

The meeting adjourned at 9:21 A.M.