Wright County Board Minutes

January 18, 2005

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

Eichelberg moved to approve the minutes of 1-11-05, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0.

Russek moved to approve the Agenda as presented, seconded by Sawatzke, carried 5-0.

Heeter requested that Consent Agenda Item C1, “Court Administration, Authorize Hire Of Additional Temporary Help In 2005” be removed for discussion. On a motion by Russek, second by Eichelberg, all voted to approve the remainder of the Consent Agenda:


1. Performance Appraisals: R. Bonk, Hwy.

2. Claim, Frank Madden & Associates, $15,381.05.


1. Approve 2005 Tobacco License Renewals: Lake Center Store (Corinna Twp.); Delano American Legion (Delano City); Cub Foods, O’Ryan’s Conoco, Super Express, Maus Foods (Monticello City); Montrose Stop (Montrose City); Smokin’ Joe’s Roadhouse, Petrol Pumper (Silver Creek Twp.); Millside Tavern, Corner Bar (St. Michael City); South Haven Conoco (South Haven City); Pete’s Grocery, Uptown Bar & Grill (Waverly City).


1. Ratification Of MCCC Agreements: Minnesota Property Tax License Agreement; Minnesota Property Tax Maintenance & Support Agreement; and Minnesota Property Tax Stabilization Plan.

Consent Agenda Item C1, “Court Administration, Authorize Hire Of Additional Temporary Help In 2005” was discussed. It was the consensus that this request should be referred to the Personnel Committee for discussion with the Department Head. Heeter moved to refer this issue to the Personnel Committee, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0.

Bob Hiivala, Auditor/Treasurer, presented the claims listing for approval. Hiivala referenced Page 3, State of MN Intertech Group ($3,283.44). A total of $1,500 was budgeted in 2005 for voter registration cards. The State sends cards out to verify addresses. Due to the amount of registrations, this line item will be exceeded in 2005. The line item was under budget in 2004. New addresses are currently being entered into the system so Hiivala anticipates another billing. On a motion by Heeter, second by Eichelberg, all voted to approve the claims as listed in the abstract, subject to audit.

A Civil Defense Committee Meeting was held on 1-12-05. Russek moved to approve the minutes, seconded by Sawatzke. It was clarified that the interview for Berg will occur on 1-26-05. The motion carried 5-0.

Review Proposals for Homeland Security Consulting Services. Four proposals were received for Homeland Security Consulting Services as follows:

1. Kevin Mahle, Crow Wing Emergency Services Director - $48,270

2. Ed Hazelwood, Elert and Associates $25,000-30,000

3. Stephen L. Berg, City of Lester Prairie Emergency Management Director - $30,000

4. Brian Lokkesmoe, Short Elliot Hendrickson Inc. – $40,000

Recommendation: Proceed to schedule interview with Stephen Berg. (End of Civil Defense Minutes)

A Ways & Means Committee Meeting was held on 1-12-05. Sawatzke moved to approve the minutes, seconded by Heeter, carried 5-0:

Wright County Agricultural Society Lease. The Wright County Agricultural Society Lease was reviewed and questions were raised about Section Eleven, Gravel Reservation, as the text for that section is missing. There was also concern regarding the dollar amount set in Section Three, Alterations, Additions and Improvements, that stipulates any work exceeding $1,000 in value must be accompanied by a performance bond to ensure completion of the work free of any liens and in accordance with plans and specifications. Recommendation: Continue this discussion with Asleson at the next meeting. (End of Ways & Means Minutes)

Bill Hunt, NRCS State Conservationist, presented the County Board with SWCD CD discs for the Wright County Soil Survey. Hunt introduced others present today: Tim Wilson (NRCS Area Director), Tom Jackson (NRCS Soil Scientist), Peter Weikle (NRCS Soil Scientist), Mike Zieska (SWCD Board Member) and Mary Wetter (SWCD Board Member). The NRCS inventories soil resources and soil surveys. The field work was completed in 1998 and the information has been digitized and released.

The soil survey is now available on the NRCS website. Copies of the CD may be obtained from the local SWCD office or accessed online from the NRCS website.

Sheriff Gary Miller indicated that representatives from Safe & Sober were unavailable to make the presentation of a squad car video camera to the Sheriff’s Department. Representatives will be available at the next meeting to make the presentation. The camera is being awarded due to the successful participation in the Safe & Sober Program over the past three years. The camera is valued at approximately $4000 for a marked patrol vehicle. The goal is to equip all squad cars with cameras. About 2/3 of the cars have cameras at this time. Sheriff Miller indicated that the cameras are used both for prosecution and training. Mattson inquired about stationary cameras used on roadways. Sheriff Miller said that to have stationary cameras along roads with no human involvement would require a statutory change by the Legislature. Cameras used in squad cars reflect interaction between an officer and the public and have been instrumental in prosecution cases.

On a motion by Eichelberg, second by Russek, roll call vote carried 5-0 to adopt Resolution 05-06 designating a segment of CSAH 39 (from CSAH 8 to CSAH 75) as a 10-Ton Route.

On a motion by Heeter, second by Russek, roll call vote carried 5-0 to adopt Resolution #05-07 designating a segment of CSAH 75 (from W Junction of CSAH 39 to E Junction of CSAH 39) as a 10-Ton Route.

On a motion by Eichelberg, second by Russek, roll call vote carried 5-0 to adopt Resolution #05-08 designating a segment of CSAH 39 (from CSAH 75 to TH 101) as a 10-Ton Route.

Noel LaBine, Wright County Economic Development Partnership, requested approval of the updated Wright County Enterprise Loan Fund Policies and Procedures. A copy was provided highlighting the changes. Sawatzke said the main reason for the revisions was the Board’s concern of the business losses that had occurred. LaBine said the Policies and Procedures used to be two documents and are now merged together. Bankers were involved in the revision process to address language in the document with regard to collateral and liens. LaBine estimated that the County had written off $27,000-$28,000 thus far in loans. Sawatzke felt the revisions would provide more protection than in the past. Item Q in the document now provides for liens on assets. LaBine said that the State made funding available for gap financing for entrepreneurs but many banks are not willing to participate. LaBine said there has not been one of these loans in Wright County since he has held his position. One application is currently pending. On a motion by Sawatzke, second by Eichelberg, all voted to approve the Wright County Enterprise Loan Fund Policies and Procedures as updated. It was noted that the Economic Development Partnership Annual Meeting will be held on 1-21-05 and more than two Commissioners may be in attendance.

Marc Mattice, Parks Administrator, provided an overview of the January Parks Commission Minutes. This included a recommendation by the Parks Commission that the Memorial/Recognition Policy be reviewed by the County Board. Mattice presented the Policy for review. The Policy outlines the process for memorials including Donations, the Bench or Table Memorial Program, and the Tree Memorial/Recognition Program. A survey of other counties’ policies was completed. It was found that many do not have a policy in place. Eichelberg moved to approve the Memorial/Recognition Policy, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0.

Mattice requested the Board schedule a public comment session on the Delano to Luce Line Trail along CSAH 17. Letters will be mailed to residents along the route informing them of the session. Russek moved to establish the public comment session as part of the County Board Meeting on 2-08-05 at 9:30 A.M., seconded by Sawatzke, carried 5-0. It was the consensus of the Board that discussion on the resolution in support of the grant application for the CSAH 17 Trail be placed on the 2-08-05 Board Meeting after the public comment session has been held.

Heeter announced the M.E.A.D.A. group was invited to the State Capitol on 1-19-05 for Meth Awareness Day at the Capital. The group will meet with Senator Julie Rosen, who is working on a meth bill, and possibly the Governor.

Mattson extended sympathy to the family of George Karels who passed away. Karels owned K&K Recycling and was also involved with the demolition derby at the Wright County Fair.

Bills Approved

Ability One Corporation $520.61

Adult & Pedriatic Urology 125.00

Albertville Body Shop Inc. 3,067.84

American Bio Medica Corp. 442.50

American Institutional Supply 148.73

Ameripride Linen and Apparel 180.05

Annandale Advocate 147.00

Aramark Correctional Serv. 4,888.95

Joe Backes 211.87

Bob Barker Co. 333.62

Bear Graphics Inc. 627.64

Beaudry Propane Inc. 2,380.69

BLM Technologies Inc. 1,642.23

Boyer Truck Parts 531.22

Brock White Co. LLC 30,021.84

Judy Brown 100.00

Buff ‘N’ Glo Inc. 227.60

Buffalo Hospital 8,402.00

Buffalo Hosp.-Otpt. Comm. 2,751.23

City Buffalo 5,106.52

Burdas Towing 149.10

Cellular One 123.66

Center Point Energy 19,921.79

Centra Sota Lake Region LLC 3,065.82

Central MN Mental Health Ctr. 825.00

Chamberlain Oil Co. 302.31

Collins Brothers Towing 202.88

Culligan of Buffalo 600.00

Dales 66 133.13

Dealer Automotive Services 325.53

Delano Municipal Utilities 100.00

Chad Elness 299.50

Emergency Medical Prod. Inc. 115.82

Federal Signal Corp. 7,133.03

Franklin Township 816.50

Gateway Companies Inc. 1,532.00

GCS Service Inc. 887.07

Government Training Serv. 920.00

W Grainger Inc. 497.02

Greenview Inc. 230.40

H & H Sport Shop Inc. 112.00

Todd Hoffman 190.91

Holiday 3,463.94

Int’l Assn. of Assessing Ofcrs. 175.00

Intereum 3,035.46

Interstate All Battery Ctr. 242.61

Kandiyohi Co. Sheriff’s Dept. 1,650.00

Kustom Signals Inc. 7,317.72

M-R Sign Company Inc. 279.44

Marco Business Products 867.77

MASYS Corporation 2,628.87

McLeod Co. Treasurer 126.71

Mid-States Organized Crime 300.00

Midland Corp. Benefits SVC 750.00

MN Assn. Co. Probation Ofcrs. 225.00

MN Counties Comp. Co-op 1,242.85

MN Co. Engineers Assn. 400.00

MN Hwy. Safety and Research 864.00

Mobile Vision 140.19

Monticello Ford Mercury Inc. 1,013.77

Office Depot 938.93

Photo I 1,124.25

Prosource One 155.76

Qwest 3,929.45

Reds Auto Electric 207.57

Royal Tire Inc. 626.41

RS Eden 5,689.00

Ryan Motors Inc. 136.83

Sherburne Co. Sheriff 40,012.20

Software House Int’l Inc. 102.24

Sports Supply Group Inc. 136.77

St. Joseph Equipment-Mpls. 610.74

State of MN Intertech Grp. 3,283.44

State of MN-Info Tech Div-R HA 654.82

State Supply Co. 154.33

Super Express 108.63

Tri-K Sports 6,884.16

University of Minnesota 260.00

Verizon Wireless 1,080.39

Vibes Technologies Inc. 291.82

C Walker Trucking 280.00

Allen Weis 360.87

West Central Industries 1,154.99

West Payment Center 585.90

Wright Co. Auditor-Treas. 300.00

Wright Co. Highway Dept. 1,000.00

Wright Co. Auditor-Treas. 100.00

Wright Hennepin Electric 2,438.48

Xcel Energy 106.33

34 Payments less than $100 1,643.47

Final total $199,421.72

The meeting adjourned at 9:52 A.M.