Wright County Board Minutes

March 8, 2005

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

The following corrections were made to the minutes: Page 2, last paragraph, 4th sentence, change from “Monticello and Buffalo” to “Montrose and Buffalo” (Norman); Page 3, 2nd to last paragraph, 2nd to last sentence should read, “Fingalson said that a variance has been obtained in areas where a home or wetland would be involved to maintain the 6’ spacing” (Norman). Discussion occurred on page 2 of the minutes, 2nd paragraph, 3rd to last sentence, which reads, “Dennis Beise, Rockford Township, said their township elected to perform their own planning & zoning so they could control the growth into the township.” Sawatzke inquired whether the minutes should be changed to reflect that the Township adopted subdivision ordinances. After discussion, it was the consensus to leave the language in the minutes as drafted. Mattson referenced discussion at the 3-01-05 Board Meeting involving the potential loss of future Federal funding if the CSAH 12 project did not move forward. At that meeting, reference was made to a bridge project in Buffalo where the City declined Federal funding. This impacted their ability to obtain funding for five years. At today’s meeting, Mattson said the City did not have matching funds for that project. If they had indicated to the ATP earlier in the process that the project would not be completed, Federal funding could have been applied to another project. Mattson said this did not affect the CSAH 12 project at all. On a motion by Sawatzke, second by Eichelberg, all moved to approve the minutes of 3-01-05 to include the two changes outlined by Norman.

Bob Hiivala, Auditor/Treasurer, requested that Item C2 of the Consent Agenda be corrected to read, “Approve Public Display Of Fireworks Permit, Fantasy Fireworks (Silver Creek Twp.).” The Agenda previously reflected Monticello Twp. On a motion by Russek, second by Sawatzke, all voted to approve the Agenda as corrected.

Eichelberg moved to approve the Consent Agenda, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0:


1. Performance Appraisals: W. Marschel, Aud.; C. Webb, Hwy.; K. Hayes, IT; R. Dubois, T. Hallberg, J. Hermansen, L. Mayer, J. Olson, T. Wachter, Sher./Corr.; R. Bonk, VS/CD.

2. Review 4th Quarter, 2004 Training Reports.

3. O/T Report, Period Ending 2-25-05.


1. Acknowledge Hire, Lori Thingvold, Property Appraiser, Eff. 3-28-05 (Class G, Step 5).


1. Approve Precious Metal Dealer License, Michael A. Wanchena (Delano).

2. Approve Public Display Of Fireworks Permit, Fantasy Fireworks (Silver Creek Twp.).

3. Approve Seasonal On Sale Beer License, St. Mary’s Mens Club (Franklin Twp.).


1. Request To Hire Temporary Help, Eff. 3-07-05.


1. Authorize Assignment Of Internal Extension Number For Installation Of Phone In The Court Administration Vault Area.


1. Set Letting Date For 2005 Culvert Replacement Contract, 4-12-05 @ 9:30 A.M.

2. Set Bid Opening For Seasonal Requirements, 4-13-05 @ 9:00 A.M., Ways & Means Committee.

3. Authorize Hire, Brian Severson, Engineering Technician, Eff. 3-28-05 (Step 4).


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

A. O’Brien Properties (Silver Creek Twp.). Planning Commission unanimously recommend approval of a Rural Planned Unit Development District.


1. Refer To Personnel Committee Discussion Of Deputies, Equipment & Supervision Required To Accommodate Increase In Contract Hours.


1. Authorize County Board Chair & County Coordinator Signatures On Contract With GE Energy, $46,000, For 2005 Aerial Photography.

Hiivala received a letter from Scott and Sheri Carlen requesting repair of County Ditch #30. Today, Scott Carlen explained there have been beaver problems in this area since the early 1990’s. Some of the beaver have been trapped but problems have resulted with drainage due to dams and disrepair. Carlen said that although the letter requests an engineer be appointed to examine the drainage system and make a repair report, he would be comfortable with the drainage authority trying to correct the situation. He requested that the entire ditch be reviewed. Carlen suggested that review of the Ditch be delayed until the end of March due to snow and ice buildup. Mattson suggested that review of the Ditch be completed by two Commissioners, Hiivala, and Kerry Saxton (SWCD). Scheduling the date for this review will be referred to a future Board Meeting.

Sue Rief, License Bureau Supervisor, requested adoption of a draft resolution supporting a fee increase for Deputy Registrars. The Department of Transportation and Governor are requesting a $1.50 increase for Motor Vehicle Long Forms and Drivers License Applications. The State has moved to internet registrations and require counties to perform the data entry transactions. With the online method, the State receives $4.50 that would have otherwise gone to the county. For 2005, the Deputy Registrar Association will propose $10.50 for Long Forms ($3.50 increase) and $7.50 for Drivers Licenses ($4.00 increase). Once adopted, the Resolution would be forwarded to the Legislature. All clerks who work with the Long Applications must be certified to register new vehicles. The State will not perform this function any longer. The fee remains the same whether completed online or in person. However, the State takes the County’s portion of the fee if registration is done on line. Russek moved to adopt Resolution #05-16 supporting a fee increase for Deputy Registrars, seconded by Sawatzke, carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.

On a motion by Russek, second by Sawatzke, all voted to approve the claims as listed in the abstract, subject to audit.

Tom Salkowski, Planning & Zoning Administrator, presented for approval proposed amendments to the Wright County Zoning Ordinance. A Public Hearing was held at the Planning Commission level on 2-02-05 and the recommendation of the Planning Commission was to adopt the amendments as presented. The amendment proposed under Item #1 below will allow the division of property zoned AG for the creation of a parcel for use as a Township Hall, without using a residential “entitlement” as defined by the Ordinance. The amendments proposed under Item #2 below were accidentally omitted from past amendments. Sawatzke moved to adopt Ordinance #05-02 approving the following changes to the Wright County Zoning Ordinance, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0:

1. Add to the AG District, Section 604.6(6): “The Planning Commission shall waive the requirement for a deed restriction if the division is solely for the creation of a site for a Township Hall.”

2. Add as a Conditional Use Permit in the Agricultural Residential A/R District and in the General Agriculture AG District:

603.4 Essential Services in accord with Section 725.

604.4 Essential Services in accord with Section 725.

(End of Ordinance)

A Committee Of The Whole Meeting was held on 3-01-05. Sawatzke moved to approve the minutes, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0:

Discuss Ditch #33 Options. Saxton presented maps and photos of Ditch #33 for review. He outlined the various problem areas, repairs that have been done, presented options for consideration, and requested direction from the County Board. Discussion followed on assessment costs, benefitted acres, tile condition, development areas, and the reoccurrence of natural ponding. Sawatzke suggested forming a group comprised of 3-5 residents from the ditch area, Hiivala, Saxton and himself to tour Ditch #33 in the early Spring for the purpose of explaining options and obtaining input from residents. Recommendation: Proceed with forming a group to tour Ditch #33 and review options.

(End of Committee Of The Whole Minutes)

Russek moved to adopt Resolution #05-17 for final acceptance of Contract #0305 with Mathiowetz Construction and to authorize final payment of $67,413.46. The motion was seconded by Eichelberg and carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.

Bills Approved

Nadine Aarvig $143.00

Aladdin Temp Rite LLC 1,919.36

American Health Care Supply 481.08

American Institutional Supply 596.13

Ameripride Linen/Apparel 381.42

ANCOM Communications Inc. 619.35

ANCOM Technical Center 1,246.83

Anoka Co. Juvenile Ctr. 115.00

Daniel Anselment 233.58

Aramark Correctional Serv. 10,483.24

Auto. Garage Door & Firepl. 190.16

B & D Plumbing & Heating 513.00

Bob Barker Co. 211.28

Barnes Distribution 195.37

Bills Gun Shop & Range 339.74

Blaine Lock & Safe Inc. 130.00

Boyer Truck Parts 291.43

BP Amoco 518.67

Darnell Brethorst 106.47

Buffalo Clinic 160.00

Buffalo Hosp.-Otpt Comm. 121.00

City Buffalo 22,593.90

Centra Sota Lake Region 19,107.65

Civic Research Inst. 169.95

Climate Air 4,254.14

Comm. of Transportation 244.35

Design Electric Inc. 2,480.00

Distagage.com 434.15

E. Central Reg. Juvenile 21,330.78

Elmer Eichelberg 182.52

Emedco 142.15

Tom Feddema 125.19

Force America Inc. 1,735.00

Todd Gau 177.84

Janet Gholson 154.44

Raymond Glunz 200.00

Denny Hecker’s Mont. Ford 1,062.07

Karla Heeter 203.19

Henn. Co. Treasurer 825.00

Hennepin Faculty Assoc. 630.00

Interstate Automotive 106.50

Interstate Battery Sys./Mpls. 1,387.63

Interstate Companies Inc. 112.08

J Craft Div of Crysteel Mfg. 284.36

JMD Manufacturing Inc. 4,241.18

Justex Systems Inc. 129.00

Keeprs Inc. 225.45

Klatt True Value Electric. 111.37

Tammy Klimmek 113.88

LaPlant Demo Inc. 505.00

Lawson Products Inc. 362.07

Malcolite Corporation 337.82

Marco Business Products 3,237.49

Martin Marietta Aggregates 47,563.91

Marks Standard Parts 2,505.54

Jim Martinson 100.00

Mathiowetz Construction 67,413.46

Richard Mattson 201.14

McLeod Co. Treasurer 947.06

Mezzenga Dist. Co. 145.57

Minnesota Chemical Co. 741.26

MN Chapter IAAI 180.00

The Mobile Washer 739.56

Monticello Ford Mercury 262.06

Monticello Times 246.38

Morrie’s Buffalo Chrysler 221.89

Mountain Stream Sports/App. 542.36

Museum Products 100.70

Nat’l Highway Institute 1,200.00

Nextel Communications 530.02

Office Depot 2,991.33

Patrick OMalley 642.74

Photo I 658.39

Edward Picht 100.92

Prairie Lakes Youth Programs 304.00

Redneck Inc. 442.77

Reds Auto Electric 217.81

Renodis.Net.Inc 3,966.66

Road Machinery/Supplies 131.31

Royal Tire Inc. 1,448.39

RS Eden 8,194.05

Scharber & Sons Inc. 27,144.19

ScherrySchliesing 270.66

Setina Mfg. Co. Inc. 3,110.30

Shaded Image 1,164.18

Sheriffs Youth Program of MN 508.76

Sprint 155.12

SRF Consulting Grp. Inc. 8,639.41

St. Cloud Stamp & Sign 297.60

Storm Contracting 3,195.00

Terry Strege 347.98

Streichers 850.98

Tom’s Snowmobile/Sm. Eng. 395.43

Total Printing 257.84

Traffic Technologies LLC 217.26

Uni-Hydro Inc. 9,630.16

United Rentals Hwy. Tech. 174.55

University of MN 285.00

Vibes Technologies Inc. 970.22

Walmart Store 01-1577 379.98

Janelle Webb 114.27

Westside Equipment 426.50

Woodland Township 822.86

Wright Co. Hwy. Dept. 30,094.07

Wright Co. Journal Press 480.00

Xcel Energy 1,257.60

Zack’s Inc. 546.25

44 Payments less than $100 2,126.16

Final total 342,857.87

The meeting adjourned at 9:33 A.M.