Wright County Board Minutes

November 9, 2004

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

The following correction was made to the minutes of 11-02-04: Page 2, 3rd paragraph, third line, remove the sentence “Russek said there is also a trail proposed for CSAH 14.” Russek moved to approve the minutes as corrected, seconded by Heeter, carried 5-0.

Petitions were accepted to the Agenda as follows: Consent Item E1, “Add to Agenda of 11-16-04 Committee Of The Whole Meeting: “TH25/CSAH12 Traffic Signal Modeling in City of Buffalo.” (Sawatzke); F1, “Refer Staffing Issue To Personnel Committee” (Hiivala); Aud./Treas. Item #4, “Set 2005 TNT For 12-02-04, 7:00 P.M.” (Hiivala); Aud./Treas. #5, “Request to Reinstate 11-30-04 Board Meeting” (Hiivala); Aud./Treas. #6, “Accept Final Payment/Settlement, Eden Electronics” (Hiivala); and Item For Consid. #2, “AMC County Achievement Award” (Heeter). Heeter moved to approve the Agenda as amended, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0.

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


1. Performance Appraisals: M. Peterson, Extension; B. Rhineberger, P&Z; S. Anderson, Recorder.

2. Review & Approve Budget Committee Of The Whole Minutes, 2005 Budget Process.

3. Approve Memorandum Of Understanding With 49er’s RE: Automated Mapping Specialist II Position; Authorize Signatures On Same.

4. Cancel Board Meeting of 12-07-04 (AMC Conference).


1. Reschedule Bid Opening, Telecommunications Systems RFP, 11-23-04 @ 9:45 A.M. (Previously Scheduled for 11-16-04 @ 9:30 A.M.)


1. Refer To Building Committee Request To Provide Accommodation For Judge Parking & Improve Security.


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

A. Grand Castle Development, Inc. (Buffalo Twp.). Approve Request To Rezone From AG To A/R.

B. Investor’s Together, Inc. (Southside Twp.). Approve Establishment Of Rural PUD District.


1. Add To Agenda of 11-16-04 Committee Of The Whole Meeting: “TH25/CSAH 12 Traffic Signal Modeling in City of Buffalo.”


1. Refer Staffing Issue To Personnel Committee.

Bob Hiivala, Auditor/Treasurer, stated he and Russek met with Brad Dewolf regarding County Ditch #11 in Howard Lake. The City will discuss at a City Council meeting whether to petition take over of that portion of the ditch which lies within the city limits, or request authorization from the County for the ditch to be cleaned out at the expense of Howard Lake. This was provided as an information update.

Hiivala distributed a 2004 election summary. There was a record 82.30% voter turnout with 59,878 persons voting. Wright County conducted their canvassing on 11-04-04. Counties are still waiting for grant dollars from the SOS to upgrade hardware for elections. MACA has set up a demonstration next week for townships and interested counties to showcase ES&S’s most current technology for touchscreen voting with paper backup. Hiivala reported there were 14,460 election day registrations. According to MS201.171 election-day registrations must be entered into the Secretary of State’s website within 6 weeks of the election. He has calculated at the rate of 2 minutes per registration it will take a total of 482 hours to input the registrations. Hiivala reported he has hired two temporary employees to work full-time on the data entry. The Board and Hiivala commended Gloria Gooler for an outstanding job of handling all the election details. Gooler has worked with elections for 24 years.

Russek moved to set the Truth In Local Taxation Public Hearing for December 2, 2004 at 7:00 P.M. and authorize Hiivala to publish official notification, seconded by Heeter, carried 5-0.

Hiivala requested to reinstate the 11-30-04 Board Meeting in order for claims to be approved because of close proximity to the end of the year. Eichelberg moved to reinstate the 11-30-04 meeting, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0.

Hiivala requested authorization to accept a check in the amount of $12,000 as final payment/settlement for Eden Electronics, leaving a loan balance of $16,500.31 which will not be repaid. Sawatzke stated the Economic Development loan process is currently being reviewed and revisions are anticipated in the near future. Mattson moved to accept the check as final payment, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0.

Mattson moved to approve the claims listing subject to audit, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0.

Gary Miller, Sheriff, requested signature on a Joint Powers Agreement with Sherburne County to form a Justice Initiative Group. The Agreement will formalize a mutual aid policy with Sherburne County that the County operates under with surrounding agencies. The Agreement will also allow the counties to share resources including jail space. Russek moved to authorize signature on the Agreement, seconded by Heeter. Norman stated he did not see an insurance provision in the Agreement covering the Joint Powers Board. Miller will have the Attorney’s Office review the insurance provision. Sawatzke noted a date correction on the signature page. Motion carried 5-0.

Tom Zins, Assistant County Attorney, requested approval of legal action and Order for Abatement of a Hazardous Building owned by Cynthia and Leroy Lene for a burned residence at Lot 1, Block 3 Hartwigs River Road Acres. The remains of the structure pose a hazard because of physical damage, unsanitary conditions and abandonment. The property owners were warned of the hazardous condition of the property in a 6-16-04 letter from the Wright County Environmental Officer requesting the property be cleaned up. There have been repeated follow-up contacts with the property owners, however, no cleanup has been done. Chase Manhattan Bank has a lien against the property. Zins referenced State statute which provides for the Board to take action for cleanup with the cost to be assessed back to the property or for court action for a judgement against the property owners. The owners have thirty days from the date of service of the Order to have the property cleaned up. Russek moved to authorize the Attorney’s Office to proceed with the Order and subsequent legal action if necessary to get the property cleaned up, seconded by Heeter. Zins questioned whether authorization was restricted to a particular dollar limit. Russek stated authorization is for the cost of cleanup and to obtain competitive bids. Motion carried 5-0.

Tom Salkowski, Planning & Zoning Administrator, requested the Board accept the findings and recommendations of the Planning Commission for denial of a request from Joseph Charles Gunnary (French Lake Twp.) to rezone ten acres in the northwest corner from AG General Agricultural and part R-1 to B-2 General Business and the balance of the land to A/R Agricultural-Residential, and to authorize signature of the Notice and Order of Denial. Russek stated the Planning Commission felt the request is ahead of it’s time and is not consistent with the Township land use plan. Russek moved to accept the findings and recommendations of the Planning Commission and to authorize signature of the Notice & Order Of Denial, seconded by Mattson. It was requested the minutes reflect that Mr. Gunnery is not present at today’s meeting, but that he was present at the Planning Commission meeting and is aware of the Planning Commission’s recommendation and reasons for the denial. Motion carried 5-0.

Brian Asleson, Chief Deputy Attorney, requested a public hearing be set for Lake Ridge Care Center of Buffalo, Inc. or Elim Care, Inc., conduit financing. A resolution was adopted by the Board on 5-04-04 to approve the issuance of revenue bonds to finance a 65-bed nursing home and 28-unit assisted living facility in Buffalo. Eichelberg moved to set a public hearing for 11-30-04 at 9:15 A.M., seconded by Russek, carried 5-0.

Eichelberg moved to approve signature on the Minnesota Department of Trade and Economic Development (DTED) application for approval of a proposed Industrial Development Bond for Lake Ridge Care Center, seconded by Heeter, carried 5-0.

Eichelberg moved to adopt Resolution 04-71 relating to the issuance and sale of Health Care Facilities Revenue Bonds, Series 2004, and authorizing signature on documents relating to the issuance of the bonds, seconded by Heeter. Motion carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.

A Committee Of The Whole meeting was held 11-02-04. Russek moved to approve the minutes, seconded Heeter, carried 5-0:

Discuss Issues Raised By Mayors. A meeting has been scheduled with Wright County and the Cities of Wright County for Monday, November 8, 2004. The Mayors of Wright County requested a response from the County in regard to the following issues: 1) transportation, 2) bonding and finance, 3) annexation and land use planning, 4) services, and 5) economic development. At today’s meeting department heads addressed the issues that fell primarily within their area of responsibility. Transportation issues will be discussed further at a Transportation Committee Of The Whole meeting scheduled for Friday, November 5, 2004. It was noted that collaborative efforts are currently underway in the following areas: 1) information access through the web portal, 2) common law enforcement system, and 3) trail system. (End of minutes)

Heeter reported M.E.A.D.A. (Methamphetamine Education and Drug Awareness) Coalition of Wright County has been named one of the AMC County Achievement Award winners and will be recognized at the annual AMC conference in December. Sawatzke stated it is a rather exclusive award and commended those involved for their efforts.

At the 6-22-04 Board Meeting, DLR Group was authorized to proceed with a space study to provide a County-wide Master Plan and Needs Analysis. At today’s meeting George Fantauzza, DLR Group, distributed copies and gave a formal slide presentation of the Plan to the County Board. Throughout the process periodic committee meetings were held with DLR Group for discussion, data gathering, and updates. DLR Group proposed a number of options for consideration by the Board. Questions and discussion followed the slide presentation. Heeter moved to set a Building Committee Of The Whole for 11-23-04, 10:30 A.M., to review and discuss the Master Plan and Needs Analysis, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0. DLR Group stated they would be available if their attendance at the meeting is desired.

Bills Approved

Brian Abrahamson $208.13

Ameripride Linen and Apparel 186.94

Ancom Technical Center 895.44

Armor Holdings Forensics Inc. 170.00

B & D Plumbing & Heating 534.16

Blaine Lock & Safe Inc. 285.00

BLM Technologies Inc. 1,094.01

BP Amoco 572.47

Buffalo Clinic 337.00

City Buffalo 35,961.06

Bureau of Crim. Apprehens. 135.00

Craig Canton 450.87

Center Point Energy 4,787.29

Central MN Mental Health Ctr. 230.00

Climate Air 12,807.00

Dales Auto Service Inc. 219.50

Franklin Denn 508.50

Dental Care Assoc. of Buffalo 156.00

Carter Diers 641.63

Direct Safety Co. 169.37

Emergency Physicians PA 369.00

Ernst Gen. Const. Inc. 1,140.00

Excel Systems LLC 630.00

Greenview Inc. 4,193. 95

H & H Sport Shop Inc. 105.00

City Hanover 1,653.10

Hardings Towing 106.50

Henn. Co. Treasurer 4,730.00

Hewlett Packard 292.88

Holiday 4,263. 25

Kristen Hoyne 121.50

Intereum 1,764. 91

Int’l Personnel Mngmt 626.50

Tracy Janikula 138.62

Paul Johnson 174.00

Kenneth Kangas Jr. 360.87

Lakedale Telephone Co. 364.37

LaPlant Demo Inc. 510.14

Loffler Business Sys. Inc. 2,024.58

Maple Lake Lumber Co. 433.35

Marco Business Products 3,155.59

MASYS Corporation 2,628.87

Richard Mattson 169.13

Mid-America Business Sys. 2,927.01

Midland Corp. Benefits SVC 1,500.00

Midwest Forensic Pathology PA 500.00

Nathan Miller 145.00

MN Sheriffs Association 221.36

City Monticello 150.00

Office Depot 1,592.95

Olson & Sons Electric 131.85

On Site Monitoring 10,501.00

Photo I 564.25

Tom Praska 614.20

RS Eden 2,741.55

Jack Russek 213.00

Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge 336.54

Savance 500.00

SBC Paging 649.77

Schedule Soft 375.00

Sharon Schubert 148.14

Software House Int’l Inc. 145.91

Sprint 259.95

SRF Consulting Group Inc. 4,049.88

St. Cloud Orthopedic Assoc. 877.21

St. Cloud Stamp & Sign 696.64

Star Tribune 215.80

State of MN Intertech Group 965.00

State of MN-Info Tech Div. 295.02

Stockholm Township 739.80

Streichers 340.69

Total Printing 300.33

Tree Top Clearing Inc. 4,952.25

Univ. of Minnesota 800.00

Verizon Wireless 1,950.73

James Weinberger 342.75

West Group Pymt. Center 371.69

Wright Co. Highway Dept. 1,200.78

Wright Soil & Water Cons. Dist. 210.02

27 Payments less than $100 1,342.82

Final total $134,174.37

The meeting was adjourned at 11:23 A.M.