Wright County Board Minutes

February 15, 2005

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

The minutes of 2-07-05 were discussed. Mattson said that although he was not present at that meeting, he felt the issue of a proposed trail along CSAH 17 was similar to that of CSAH 12. He did not want the residents taken out of the picture and hoped the Board would listen to their concerns. Mattson was contacted by a resident about the CSAH 17 trail discussion that was laid over to today’s meeting. He said residents are under the impression that the discussion on this trail will resume at the 2-22-05 Board Meeting, not the meeting today. Russek responded that action was taken at the last County Board Meeting laying the issue over to today. Residents were present when that action was taken. The Board took a tour of the area on 2-11-05. After discussion, it was the consensus that laying the CSAH 17 issue over to the 2-22-05 Board Meeting would be discussed with the Parks Administrator later in the meeting. The following corrections were made to the minutes of 2-07-05: Page 1, 1st paragraph, 2nd sentence should read, “Commissioner Mattson was absent due to a family funeral” (Mattson); Page 4, 4th paragraph, change from “Tom Linderman” to “Tom Lemmerman” (Russek); Page 6, 1st paragraph, 1st sentence, change from “1-15-05” to “2-15-05” (Sawatzke); Page 6, 1st paragraph, add to the end of the first sentence, “seconded by Russek, carried 5-0” (Russek). Russek moved to approve the minutes as corrected, seconded by Eichelberg, carried 5-0.

Petitions were accepted to the Agenda under Items For Consideration as follows: #5, “Reschedule Detention Committee Of The Whole Meeting” (Heeter); #6, “7W Meeting Update” (Mattson); #7, “Update RE: Pelican Lake Property” (Asleson). Russek moved to approve the Agenda as amended, seconded by Eichelberg, carried 5-0.

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


1. Performance Appraisals: M. Erickson, Atty.; D. Banyai, Ct. Admin.; M. Fiske, J. Fox. P. Loch, B. Petersen, T. Sandin, M. Silbernagel, D. Weed, Sher./Cr.

2. Claim, DLR Group, $327.93.

3. Authorize Signature On Minnesota Cities Participation Program Agreement & Authorize Payment Of $18,531.63 To Minnesota Housing Finance Agency.

4. Approve Charitable Gambling Application, Form LG220, St. Mary of Czestochowa (Franklin Township).


1. Refer To 2-23-05 Technology Committee: Aerial Photography RFP Responses (Surveyor); Partnership With Wright County Cities; CAREFACTS System For Public Health Unit.


1. Distribution of Parks Department 2004 Year End Report.


1. Refer To Building Committee Purchase And Installation Of Three Video Cameras In Hallway Outside Courtrooms.


1. Refer To Technology Committee Addressing & Emergency Vehicle Routing Along Amery Ave. NW On The South Side Of Lake Ida.

Gloria Gooler, Administrative Confidential Secretary, requested approval of a plat for Arbor Ridge. On a motion by Russek, second by Heeter, all voted to approve a plat, “ARBOR RIDGE,” as submitted by Paumen Properties LLC, a limited liability company and fee owner of the following property described in part as: That part of the NW1/4 of the NW1/4, commencing at the NW corner, Sec. 35, Twp. 121, Rge. 28; with all outstanding taxes, including green acre liability, if any, having been paid; the park dedication fee has been paid (#104500); there are no new roads involved; and the title opinion prepared by Jan C. Larson, attorney, has been reviewed by Thomas C. Zins, Assistant Wright County Attorney, who finds the plat to be ready for recording.

Gooler asked the Board to set a Committee Of The Whole Meeting to discuss options for Ditch 33. This meeting is being scheduled at the request of the Auditor and Kerry Saxton, SWCD. Brian Asleson, Chief Deputy Attorney, said his impression was that Saxton wanted to convey possible options to the County Board as ditch authority. A public meeting may be scheduled thereafter. Russek moved to schedule a Committee Of The Whole Meeting for 3-01-05 at 10:30 A.M. The motion was seconded by Sawatzke and carried 5-0.

The claims listing was reviewed. Mattson referenced a claim on page 13, Mid-America Business Systems ($15,634.71), for a filing system. Richard Norman, County Coordinator, indicated that the request for this system was approved last year by the Building Committee for the Sheriff Department. On a motion by Sawatzke, second by Russek, all voted to approve the claims as listed in the abstract, subject to audit.

Sheriff Gary Miller presented an award to Sgt. Keith Schuft for 25 years of volunteer service with the Wright County Sheriff’s Reserves and Sheriff’s Office. Deputy Joel Mackereth said Schuft performs an insurmountable amount of work and is always available for service. The Board extended thanks to Schuft.

Marc Mattice, Parks Administrator, said the Ways & Means Committee met on 2-09-05 to discuss the possible purchase and grant application for land adjacent to Ney Park. An agreement had been reached with the landowner. As a result, a purchase agreement was drafted by the Attorney’s Office. Mattice has not obtained signatures of the seller on the purchase agreement as they now want an extra building entitlement. The total purchase price is $1,009,022.40. The appraised value is $995,008.20. The County can apply for 60% in grant funding toward the purchase, for a total County share of $412,017.48. Russek moved to authorize signatures on the purchase agreement for a total purchase price of $1,009,022.40 as previously agreed upon. A response from the landowner must be received by 9:00 A.M. on 2-22-05. The motion was seconded by Eichelberg and carried 5-0.

Laid over from the last meeting, Mattice presented a draft resolution supporting a Regional Trail Grant Application for a trail along CSAH 17. Mattson was contacted by Bob Baumen, Franklin Township Supervisor, who thought the discussion had been laid over until the 2-22-05 Board Meeting. Mattson asked that this issue be laid over until that time so residents could be present for discussion on this issue. Mattice indicated that the resolution will need to be mailed 2-24-05 and a lot of mapping work would need to be completed prior to that date. The maps are site level maps reflecting the connections to the Delano system and Luce Line system. The detail of the maps would be similar to that reviewed at the 2-08-05 Board Meeting. Sawatzke questioned whether Mattice felt the Board would have the ability to approve a trail which could include a section bringing the trail up on the shoulder of the road. Mattice said that would have to be addressed during the design process through the Highway Department. If a design exception were approved, the grant would not pay for that section as it would not be an off-road trail. Sawatzke moved to lay this issue over to the 2-22-05 Board Meeting, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0.

A Committee Of The Whole Meeting was held on 2-08-05. At today’s Board Meeting, the following correction was made to the minutes: Page 1, paragraph 1, 1st sentence, change from “Southwest side” to “Northwest side” (Russek). Heeter moved to approve the minutes, seconded by Eichelberg, carried 5-0:

Property For Sale Next To Fairgrounds. The County has been advised of a 27.6 acre parcel of land for sale on the Northwest side of Howard Lake adjacent to the County Fairgrounds. The asking price is $26,500/acre for a total cost of $731,000. Kelly Bahn stated the City of Howard Lake has discussed the property and is not interested. Dave Perry, Coldwell Banker Burnet, stated the price is comparable to other real estate sold in the area for development. The County feels the price is too high for property that is essentially landlocked. The acreage would essentially double the size of the Fairgrounds. Access to the property was discussed and whether there is access other than through the Fairgrounds. Asleson stated the landowner currently is accessing the property through another property to the north which he is renting. He stated the issue of 1st Street through the Fairgrounds also still needs to be further researched. Members of the Fair Board stated there is an immediate need for additional parking space, but would not have use for the entire parcel at this time. The County would need to provide an easement through the Fairgrounds if the entire portion were not purchased. Sawatzke suggested pursuing a lower purchase price with the owners in exchange for the ability to continue to farm the land for an agreed upon number of years. Recommendation: Have Greg Kramber, County Assessor, provide an opinion regarding the property valuation with a restricted access. Mr. Perry will contact the Gruenhagens and discuss the County’s position on the price and whether they are receptive to a lower price in exchange for farming the land for an agreed upon period of time.

A Ways & Means Committee Meeting was held on 2-09-05. At today’s Board Meeting, Sawatzke moved to approve the minutes, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0:

Review Property Appraisal, Ney Park Area. Mattice presented an appraisal for a parcel of land adjacent to Ney Park. There was discussion on the number of building entitlements, zoning restrictions, comparable properties, and the asking price. The property meets grant application eligibility for acquisition of park land with reimbursement up to 60% of the purchase cost. Mattice stated the status of legislation affecting grant money would be known by July 1st. Following discussion, Mr. Potter accepted an offer of $7,200/acre on a three year contract for deed at 5% interest, with the ability to farm the land for three years rent free, and contingent upon the County receiving the grant. A survey of the property will be completed by the Wright County Surveyor’s Office. Payment to be made as follows: one third to be paid at the time of closing, one third plus accrued interest 18 months later, and the final one third plus remaining interest approximately 18 months later or before the end of the grant period. Recommendation: Mattice and Mr. Potter to meet with the Attorney’s Office to write up the terms of the offer to be presented at the 2-15-05 County Board Meeting for approval.

Norman said the Wright County Economic Development Partnership has requested the 2005 Allocation payment of $36,000. In previous years, the allocation has been split into two payments. This proved to be beneficial to the County when budget cuts were made, as the Partnership was one that had realized a slight cut in allocation. Sawatzke discussed this with Noel LaBine, Economic Development Partnership, and indicated that the payment may be able to be made at one time. All cities and townships make their payments to the Partnership in one check. However, the County’s payment is larger. Sawatzke moved to authorize payment of the entire allocation of $36,000 to the Wright County Economic Development Partnership, seconded by Eichelberg. Russek asked Norman whether any word has been received on possible State reductions. Norman stated the February forecast will be made public on February 28th or March 1st, which will help to provide insight on whether things have deteriorated or improved. The motion carried 5-0.

On a motion by Sawatzke, second by Russek, all voted to schedule the Boy/Girl County Day for 4-12-05.

Eichelberg moved to adopt Resolution #05-10, Charitable Gambling Application Form LG230, Buffalo Lions Club, Monte Club (Monticello Township). The motion was seconded by Russek and carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.

A Detention Committee Of The Whole Meeting was scheduled for 1:00 P.M. on 2-15-05 to discuss the Public Input Process for the proposed new Jail. Several of the Board members have a conflict with this meeting, so it was decided that it should be rescheduled. Heeter moved to reschedule the Detention Committee Of The Whole Meeting to 2-22-05 at 1:30 P.M. The motion was seconded by Russek and carried 5-0.

Mattson attended a 7W Transportation Meeting last Friday. Mattson said the number one issue on moving forward with a signal system per Wright County and State policies is crash data. He referenced the proposed signal at CSAH 12 and TH 25 and said there is no crash data to support the signal. He felt the Board was given poor advice and were told things that were not correct. Mattson referenced other intersections in the County where crash data has determined placement of a signal system.

Brian Asleson, Chief Deputy Attorney, was in contact with Dave Lindberg, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Lindberg plans to nominate the Wright County Board for a National Land Protection award because of their assistance to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service in acquiring 290 acres of land at Pelican Lake. This was provided as an informational item.

Mattson was invited by Representative Dean Urdahl to attend the Committee Hearing for the U of M Extension Report on 2-23-05. Mattson serves on the State AMC Extension Committee.

The meeting was recessed at 9:47 A.M. and reconvened at 10:00 A.M. for the Employee Recognition Ceremony. Employees were recognized for 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 and 35 years of service. The Individual Achievement Award was presented to Deputy Joel Mackereth, who was nominated by Civilian Bailiff Chuck Fradella. Fradella spoke of the outstanding performance by Mackereth who is responsible for training and coordinating weekend schedules of 35 licensed deputies for snowmobile and water patrol. He also recruits and assists with training 35 reserve volunteers. They receive more intensive training than just water patrol, as they assist with street patrol for parades, fests, etc. Mackereth coordinates the training of 50 volunteer water patrol people who live on various Wright County lakes. In addition, he conducts water rescue training for local fire and rescue units. Mackereth said he was humbled by the award and thanked the Committee for selecting him. He felt many employees were deserving of this award. Mackereth said the work he completes is done with the assistance of others, including Fradella. Before Fradella became a Civilian Bailiff, he donated 600+ hours per year as a reservist. Mackereth was congratulated on his award. The Group Achievement Award was presented to the Remodeling Team for their efforts in the remodel of offices in the Government Center. The Remodeling Team includes Brian Wall (IT), Karen Hayes (IT), Michael Janckila (IT), Kathy Bennig (IT), Craig Hayes (Administration), and the following members of the Building Care & Maintenance staff: Al Buskey, Annette Pulvermacher, Gaylen Bicking, Leone Anderson, Charles Barthel, Dorene Chapman, Roland Hagel, Richard LaFave and Jerry Wells. The group was nominated by Commissioner Heeter, and Bill Swing and Cheri Nelson from Information Technology. Heeter said the group has been nominated more than once. This group of people were behind the scenes of the remodel and kept it in motion. She felt Swing and Nelson should also be listed as those instrumental in carrying out the remodel. Swing said the key to the success of the remodel was the collaboration between

departments. He complimented the Building Care Staff for their efforts with other projects as well. He extended appreciation to the IT staff. Swing provided an overview of the magnitude of the remodel which included six separate

moves. Given the difficulty of these moves, there was not much disruption in operations. He felt Wright County was unique in the way departments work together to accomplish a goal. Nelson spoke of the effort extended including the technical work, the space design, and the physical move. She said the planning, coordination and communication was what made the job successful. She extended thanks to the entire staff of IT as they assisted in other areas so that the Remodeling Team could focus on the project. Mattson recognized the efforts of Chuck Huston on this project, a former Building Maintenance employee. The Board also recognized those who were nominated for the Individual and Group Achievement Awards. Those nominated for the Individual Achievement Award include: Jeremy Baker (Sheriff); Al Buskey (Bldg. Maintenance); Jane McNamara (Human Services); Mary Nesseth (Public Health); and Ed Picht (Sheriff). The Children’s Services Unit of Human Services was nominated for the Group Achievement Award: Lori Achman, Tamara Chiglo-Wilson, Brandi Cook, Tina Hausladen, Deborah Nelson, Tammy Peterson, Sharon Schlick, Jill VanBeusekom, and Julie Stangl. The Board expressed congratulations and thanks to all employees and recognized the Awards Review Committee Members for their work in selecting this year’s recipients. A reception was held in the Community Room following the Board meeting.

Bills Approved

Advantage Emblem, Inc. $1,525.20

Albertville Body Shop Inc. 596.02

Albion Township 15,788.61

Ameripride Linen/Apparel 210.48

Ancom Communications Inc. 40,555.20

Ancom Technical Center 274.01

Kirk Asplin Oil Co. Inc. 100.12

B & D Plumbing/Heating 1,835.00

Bachman Printing 286.22

Joe Backes 187.98

Big D’s Carriage & Trolley Rid 500.00

Bills Gun Shop & Range 247.08

Buff ‘N’ Glo Inc. 120.00

Buffalo Township 16,667.39

Center Point Energy 20,969.53

Chatham Township 11,279.00

Clearwater Township 13,538.71

Climate Air 1,461.76

Cokato Township 16,214.33

City Cokato 3,050.00

Corinna Township 24,011.50

E-Z Flush 130.00

Ergomate Shoes Inc. 296.67

Ernst Gen. Construction 340.00

Excel Systems LLC 7,530.00

Tom Feddema 186.42

Franklin Townshp 26,310.06

French Lake Township 14,749.04

Gateway Companies 8,005.00

Janet Gholson 140.40

Greenview Inc. 503.22

Herald Journal Publishing Inc. 278.73

Hillyard Floor Care Supply 439.85

Holiday 3,728.63

Intereum 284.36

Karels Towing 171.85

Keeprs Inc. 175.80

Lakedale Telephone Co. 435.25

Maple Lake Township 20,593.35

Marco Business Products 677.69

Martin-McAllisters Cons. 1,400.00

Marysville Township 18,423.95

MASYS Corporation 2,628.87

The Metro Group Inc. 1,131.56

Mid Minn. Dev. Comm. 150.00

Mid-America Bus. Sys. 15,634.71

Middleville Twp. 14,250.00

Minnesota Bookstore 979.80

Minnesota Elevator Inc. 176.31

MN Counties Comp. Co-op 1,764.00

MN Dept. of Public Safety 165.00

MN Sheriff’s Association 221.26

MN Society of Prof. Surveyors 420.00

MN Viewers Assoc. 125.00

Monticello Township 28,491.17

City Montrose 675,971.78

National Camera Exchange 1,129.97

National Playground Safety Ins.100.00

Oakley National Bank 132.85

Office Depot 803.79

Performance Office Papers 553.80

The Phoenix Group Inc. 2,500.00

Photo I 859.51

PO 34525 598.00

Precision Prints of Wright Co. 3,359.01

Qwest 1,943.35

Rockford Township 27,399.94

Thomas Salkowski 720.00

SBC Paging 751.64

Sherry Schliesing 185.25

Silver Creek Township 24,123.79

SKC Communication Products 178.90

Smith Micro Tech. Inc. 1,456.34

Software House Inter’l Inc. 2,608.20

Southside Township 14,426.65

SRF Consulting Group Inc. 3,416.59

St. Cloud Stamp & Sign 179.63

Stockholm Township 13,550.09

Stratus Technologies Ireland 7,574.00

Total Printing 1,214.21

Uniforms Unlimited 2,718.78

Victor Township 15,000.61

C Walker Trucking 1,102.00

Waste Management TC W 404.32

Woodland Township 13,383.71

Wright Co. Journal Press 297.75

28 Payments less than $100 1,203.26

Final total $1,160,203.91

The meeting adjourned at 10:39 A.M.