Wright County Board Minutes

August 9, 2005

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

Russek made the following corrections to the minutes of 8-02-05: Page 3, 3rd paragraph, 2nd sentence, change from “Steve Smith” to “Steve Hill”; Page 5, last paragraph, remove the sentence which reads, “His largest concern was with bituminous plants where hauling occurs many hours of the day” and replace it with “When the County issues permits for bituminous plants, this is one of the conditions they don’t allow.” Russek moved to approve the minutes as corrected, seconded by Heeter, carried 5-0.

Petitions were accepted to the Agenda as follows: Aud./Treas. Item #4, “Ditch 7” (Hiivala); Item For Consid. #2, “County Fair Report” (Heeter); Item For Consid. #3, “Proposal from Buetow Architectural Services” (Norman); Item For Consid. #4, “Cancel 8-10-05 Building Committee Meeting” (Norman). 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:


1. Performance Appraisals: E. Adams, C. Flemming, R. Rolfzen, Sher./Corr.

2. O/T Report, Period Ending 7-29-05.


1. Approve Addendum to Memo of Agreement between the U of M and Wright County for providing local Extension programs & employing County Extension staff. The Addendum designates one full-time 4-H Program Coordinator instead of two half-time positions.


1. Approve & Sign Grant Application for Emergency Funds from the Department of Public Safety in the amount of $3,000, for the Victim/Witness Program.

Bob Hiivala, Auditor/Treasurer, distributed information on the current membership of the Clearwater River Watershed District (CRWD) and also a letter from Marvin Brunsell indicating interest in being reappointed. Brunsell’s term expires 8-13-05. Applications were being received through 8-08-05 and Brunsell was the only person who responded. Heeter said Brunsell has served on the CRWD Board for a number of years and has done an outstanding job. She described him as knowledgeable, diligent in his work, and eager to serve. Brunsell currently serves as Chair of the CRWD. Three counties are CRWD members including Meeker, Wright and Stearns. Each County Board makes an appointment to the CRWD Board. Heeter moved to appoint Marvin Brunsell to the CRWD Board, seconded by Sawatzke, carried 5-0.

Hiivala distributed revised population estimates from the Office of the State Demographer. The information reflects 2004 population estimates. In checking with the Department of Administration, the handouts incorrectly list July 15, 2004 and should instead read July 15, 2005. Hiivala also provided a copy dated May 1, 2005 which draws attention to the four cities which experienced the changes, including Dayton, Hanover, Rockford and South Haven. The 2004 total population for Wright County was 106,734. This was presented as an informational item.

Hiivala was contacted by Jim Nelson of Faribault Foods with a request to drain their parking lot into Ditch 7. Initially, they had intended on draining water into a retention pond on the east side of their driveway. This area has been determined to be within a wetland, so they will drain water to the west side of the driveway. The request by Faribault Foods is to clean out Ditch 7 from Highway 12 to the driveway of Faribault Foods. Clean out would not be any deeper than the existing ditch and would be at Faribault Foods’ expense. Mattson has been in contact with Tom Morris to determine the cost to clean out the portion to the east of the driveway. Russek moved to allow Faribault Foods to clean out Ditch 7 between Highway 12 and the west side of the driveway, seconded by Sawatzke. This action is authorized only if the ditch is not dug any deeper. The motion carried 5-0.

The claims listing was reviewed. Eichelberg moved to approve the claims as listed in the abstract, subject to audit. The motion was seconded by Russek. Heeter questioned claims on page 17 out of the nuclear fund. Review of the claims reflects purchase of 22 chairs and miscellaneous office supplies. Sawatzke felt a large portion of the expenditure related to the EOC. Those items would fall under the category of the nuclear fund. The Nuclear Power Plant provides funding to the County each year for such items. Hiivala noted that Fund 23 is used to track these items. The motion carried 5-0.

Russek moved to adopt Resolution #05-44, final acceptance for Contract 9806 with Buffalo Bituminous, Inc. and to authorize final payment of $20,051.67. The motion was seconded by Eichelberg and carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.

Heeter distributed a report reflecting the ticket sales for the Wright County Fair, which were up from last year. The total sales were $146,389, which is up approximately $10,000 from last year. The report also reflects information from prior years. This was provided as an informational item.

Richard Norman, County Coordinator, presented a proposal from Buetow and Associates Inc. Architects to perform the space study for a Sixth District Court Judge, a Sixth Courtroom and attendant spaces within the existing Government Center. Phase I (planning) and Phase 3 (bidding & construction) would be on an hourly basis. Phase 2 (construction documents) would be a lump sump fee negotiated between the architect and Wright County. With approval of the document, Randy Engel would plan to visit the Government Center on 8-10-05. Eichelberg moved to approve the proposal, seconded by Heeter, carried 5-0.

Norman requested that the Building Committee Meeting scheduled for 8-10-05 at 1:30 P.M. be cancelled. The Agenda item was to address Court Administration space issues. As Randy Engel, Buetow & Associates, will not visit the Government Center until 8-10-05, the issue would be rescheduled to the Building Committee Meeting held the last Wednesday of the month. Heeter moved to approve the request, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0.

Bills Approved

American Instit. Supply. $314.45

Ancom Communications Inc. 2,500.00

Conrad Anderson 241.79

Aramark Correct. Services 5,488.53

Assn. of MN Emerg. Managers 240.00

B & D Plumbing/Heating 295.00

Bear Graphics Inc. 1,236.64

BLM Technologies Inc. 1,559.00

Breezy Point Resort 960.00

Bryan Rock Products 133.28

Buffalo Bituminous 20,051.67

City Buffalo 40,623.23

Burdas Towing 133.13

Burnsville Police Dept. 1,100.00

CDW Government Inc. 850.00

Consolidated Container Corp. 351.25

Corrections Products Co. Ltd. 169.10

CPS Technology Solutions 195.00

Franklin Denn 511.62

Josh Erickson 115.43

ESRI 1,293.44

Gateway Companies Inc. 9,015.00

Amy Gauer 142.35

GCS Service Inc. 177.00

Janet Gholson 132.84

Granite City Ready Mix Co. 174.73

Hardings Towing 436.65

Robert Hiivala 794.33

Hillyard Floor Care Supply 2,519.83

Neal Huemoeller 118.95

Klatt True Value Electric 149.10

Greg Kramber 103.62

Lakedale Telephone Co. 401.54

LaPlant Demo Inc. 1,211.85

Lunda Construction Inc. 17,091.53

M & G Companies, LLC 27,217.00

Michael MacMillan 1,815.84

Maple Lake Lumber Co. 1,817.21

Marco Business Products 2,015.49

Minnesota CLE 470.00

MN State Bar Association 441.86

MN Assn. of Co. Prob. Ofcrs. 200.00

MN Counties Comp. Co-op 1,764.00

MN County Attorneys Ass’n 190.00

MN CVSO Secretaries Assn 130.00

Margaret Munson 1,326.63

Nat’l Business Sys. Inc. 1,277.00

Nextel Communications 1,229.99

Lois Nichols 5,000.00

N. Suburban Towing Inc. 133.13

Northland Embroidery 714.00

Office Depot 11,110.49

Olsen Chain & Cable Co. Inc. 106.50

PC Solutions Inc. 446.70

Tom Praska 213.03

Precision Prints of Wright Co. 168.28

Qwest 1,580.14

RS Eden 5,089.75

SBC Paging 238.44

Sherry Schliesing 238.95

Sprint 155.83

St. Cloud Hospital 525.00

Streichers 2,173.72

Tab Products Co. 1,143.29

Total Printing 318.38

University of MN 2,440.00

Verizon Wireless 156.23

Waste Management TC West 1,430.49

Keith Wurm Construction 850.00

33 Payments less than $100 1,789.04

Final total $186,749.09

The meeting adjourned at 9:25 A.M.