Wright County Board Minutes

October 4, 2005

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

The following correction was made to the minutes of 9-27-05: Page 3, 7th paragraph, change from “Myron Flicker” to “Marn Flicker” (Heeter). Heeter moved to approve the minutes as corrected, seconded by Eichelberg, carried 5-0.

Petitions were accepted to the Agenda as follows: Aud./Treas. Item #4, “Ditch 39” (Sawatzke). Russek moved to approve the Agenda as amended, seconded by Eichelberg, carried 5-0.

The Consent Agenda was discussed. Heeter referenced Item B1, “Highway: Approve Memo Of Understanding With The City Of Cokato RE: Storage & Purchase Of Sand/Salt.” She thanked Steve Meyer, Wayne Fingalson and other Highway Department staff for working out this Agreement with the City. It has resulted in savings to both the County and City and resulted in a good partnership. Mattson said Item B1 would be removed for discussion. Russek moved to approve the remainder of the Consent Agenda, seconded by Eichelberg. Sawatzke referenced Item D1, “Sheriff, Approve Appointment Of Lt. Rolland Helgeson To The Position Of Chief Deputy Sheriff, Eff. 11-01-05 (Step 9)..” Lt. Helgeson will replace Chief Deputy Don Lindell who will retire 10-31-05. Sawatzke questioned why Lindell’s resignation was not part of the Agenda. Richard Norman, County Coordinator, stated that resignations are no longer placed on the Agenda for approval. Sawatzke acknowledged Lindell’s many years of service. Lindell, hired in 1979, worked from a Deputy to the Chief Deputy of the Sheriff Department. Sawatzke thought Lindell would attend a future Board Meeting prior to his retirement. The motion carried 5-0 to approve the remainder of the Consent Agenda:


1. Performance Appraisals: S. Sandberg, Atty.; L. Pulvermacher, Aud./Treas.; J. Koenig, B. LeeMiller, E. Picht, A. Pribyl, Sheriff.

2. Approve Hire, Mark Nolan, Safety Director, Eff. 10-24-05 (Step 8).


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

A. Larry & Diane Brastad (Maple Lake Twp.). Planning Commission unanimously recommend approval of the request to establish a Rural Planned Unit Development District.

B. River Trail Ranch LLC (Franklin Twp.). Planning Commission unanimously recommend approval of the request to rezone from AG & S-2 to A/R & S-2.


1. Approve Appointment Of Lt. Rolland Helgeson To The Position Of Chief Deputy Sheriff, Eff. 11-01-05 (Step 9).

Item B1, “Highway: Approve Memo Of Understanding With The City Of Cokato RE: Storage & Purchase Of Sand/Salt” was discussed. Mattson sent a copy of the Agreement by fax to the City of Cokato as they had not seen it. It will be presented for approval at their City Council meeting this evening. Heeter moved to approve Item B1, seconded by Russek, carried unanimously.

Bob Hiivala, Auditor/Treasurer, received correspondence from the Indian Lake Improvement District indicating that the LID approved a $45.00 special assessment. Kevin Lindquist, Secretary/Treasurer, for the LID attended the County Board Meeting and explained the assessment would be used for improvements. Hiivala said landowners would be given an opportunity to prepay the amount prior to it becoming a special assessment. Sawatzke moved to approve the $45 special assessment for the Indian Lake Improvement District, seconded by Heeter, carried 5-0.

On a motion by Russek, second by Heeter, all voted to approve a plat, “BIRCH HAVEN,” as submitted by David M. & Ruth Ann Neske, husband and wife, fee owners of the following property described as: The NW1/4 of the NE1/4 and Gov. Lot 1, Sec. 3, Twp. 119, Rge. 26, with all outstanding taxes, including green acre liability, if any, having been paid; a written agreement with Marysville Township is file to accept the roads; the park dedication fee has been paid (#109282); and title opinion, consent to plat, and draft covenants, provided by John P. Peterson, attorney at law, has been reviewed by Thomas C. Zins, Assistant Wright County Attorney, who finds the plat to be ready for recording.

Sawatzke was contacted by the owner of the Silver Springs Golf Course relating to a beaver dam problem. The person felt the problem related to County Ditch #39. Upon research, it was discovered that Ditch #39 is to the east of the natural water way that flows through the Golf Course. Sawatzke will update the property owner of the findings. This was provided as an informational item.

The claims listing was reviewed. Mattson referenced page 14, Buttweilers Do All, $19,040.00 for repair of the Waverly shop roof. This expenditure was included in the Highway Department budget. Mattson thought this should have been approved by the Building Committee and that bids should have been received. Sawatzke questioned whether this work was routed through the Purchasing Agent. Norman indicated that it had not been but he did not have a problem with the Highway Department handling the process. He did feel that they should have a file available for review in terms of an audit trail, providing such information as how many quotes were obtained, whether this was the low quote, and how the expenditure compared against the budgeted line item. Hiivala requested the Board approve the claim as part of the claims listing and he will review the claim to make sure all requirements were met. On a motion by Russek, second by Eichelberg, all voted to approve the claims as listed in the abstract, subject to audit.

Brian Asleson, Chief Deputy Attorney, referenced the last meeting where the Board heard two tobacco appeals under the Wright County Tobacco Ordinance. The appeals were for Kirk’s Travel Plaza (Cokato City) and Quick Shop 66 (Delano). In both cases, a representative of the establishment came in and admitted that the sales had occurred. Eichelberg moved to approve the Findings and Order for a Tobacco Ordinance violation for Quick Shop 66 (Delano), seconded by Russek, carried 5-0. Russek made a motion to approve the Findings and Order for a Tobacco Ordinance violation for Kirk’s Travel Plaza in Cokato City, seconded by Eichelberg. Mattson said he would vote against the motion as he felt the Ordinance should be tightened up. He referenced the violation by Kirk’s Travel Plaza and the action by the owner to attempt to stop the person from leaving after they had purchased the cigarettes. He said if the person would have stolen, it would have been okay to stop him. Since he had purchased the cigarettes and was underage, it did not matter. The motion carried 4-1 with Mattson casting the nay vote.

Marc Mattice, Parks Administrator, brought forth discussion on making application to the State of Minnesota Department of Finance for 2006 Capital Budget Requests. The total request from the State would be $6 million for three potential land purchases. These would include a Regional Park in the SE portion of the County, expansion of the Stanley Eddy Regional Park, and purchase of land in Monticello Township. The County would be required to match funding passed in the 2006 State bonding bill. Mattice said matching funds may be obtained from Monticello Township leaving the County with about $1.5 million in matching funds. Park dedication fees may be utilized as well. Heeter moved to adopt Resolution #05-54 supporting the request for State appropriations for Capital Improvement Projects. The motion was seconded by Eichelberg and carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.

A Building Committee Meeting was held on 9-28-05. The following corrections were made to the minutes: Item I, Security Measures at Sheriff’s Impound Lot, 2nd paragraph, change from “Site Development” to “Site Improvements.” Heeter moved to approve the minutes as corrected directing staff to check to verify costs related to light and security proposals for the impound lot. The motion was seconded by Sawatzke and carried 5-0. Following the County Board Meeting, staff researched and made the following correction to the minutes: Item I, Security Measures at Sheriff’s Impound Lot, 2nd paragraph, replace 2nd and 3rd sentence with the following: “Russell’s Security provided two options for lighting and security cameras with Option 1 at $60,855 and Option 2 at $72,855. Olson & Sons provided a quote of $21,000 and Loberg Electric for $28,600 for lighting only.” The minutes, as corrected, follow:

Security Measures At Sheriff’s Impound Lot. Hoffman presented a request from the Sheriff’s Department to enlarge the Impound Lot and add approximately 400 feet of new fencing and a swing gate for snow removal. Bids were received from D&H Fence for $11,210; Countryside Fence for $8,200; and Erickson Fence for $7,694. The increase would accommodate approximately 50-60 additional vehicles. Recommendation: Approve the bid from Erickson Fence for $7,694 with funding from Site Improvements.

Hoffman also presented a proposal for lighting and security for the Impound Lot. Russell’s Security provided two options for lighting and security cameras with Option 1 at $60,855 and Option 2 at $72,855. Olson & Sons provided a quote of $21,000 and Loberg Electric for $28,600 for lighting only. Discussion followed on security issues, incidents, and costs. Hayes mentioned the bandwidth to Public Works does not have the capacity to provide security camera monitoring from the Government Center. Mattson felt motion detector lighting would be a better option to explore. Recommendation: Obtain additional information.

Third Floor Offices, Extension & Human Services. The Building Committee approved use of Rooms 322 and 314 on the 3rd Floor by the Extension Office at the 9-2-05 meeting. At today’s meeting there was a request for Human Services to retain 322 and 314 for use by Human Services because of closer proximity to other Human Services staff and for supervision; and for Extension to move into Rooms 315 and 302. Recommendation: Approve.

Office For New Lieutenant. Information was not available for today’s meeting. Recommendation: Lay over for next meeting. (End of Building Committee Minutes).

At 9:30 A.M., Mattson closed the bid process for the CSAH 37/CR 117/CR 119 Safety Improvements. Wayne Fingalson, Highway Engineer, said the County received $200,000 in safety grant funding from Mn/DOT on CSAH 37/CR 117 and as an alternate, CSAH 37/CR 119 (bypass lane). The Engineer’s estimate for the project is $265,000 including $224,000 for the CR 117 project and $41,000 for the CR 119 project. The bids were opened and read:

Bidder; Addendum; Bid Bond; Amount of Bid

Mathiowetz Construction Company; Yes; Yes; $271,766.00 CR 117; $62,677.70 CR 119

Hardrives, Inc; Yes; Yes; $303,053.60 CR 117; $62,072.85 CR 119

Fingalson asked that the bids be laid over for review and brought back at 9:55 A.M. today. The bids include construction costs but do not include ROW costs. The ROW for the CR 117 project has been secured but not paid for. Mattson questioned why the bids are over the Engineer’s estimate for the project. Fingalson said factors impacting the bids include the lateness of the bid process and fuel prices.

A Transportation Committee Of The Whole Meeting was held on 9-21-05. The minutes follow along with discussion at today’s County Board Meeting (in italics):

Discuss Albertville Truck Station: Fingalson said that he had just received an option agreement (no amounts listed) from the City of Albertville that proposes that the City purchase the County’s current shop site and then allows Wright County to share the City’s facility until the County is able to move into a new facility of its own. Fingalson has made numerous attempts to contact Lucinda Gardner of the Kittridge Crossing development, but he has not received a response from her. At this point, there are two other locations that are being considered for the future highway shop site, one next to the current City of Albertville shop site and the other in the Scharber Industrial Park northwest of the outlet mall. The Scharber site is preferred because of its location, but no water and sewer is currently available. The price is running $2.75/square foot. Russek expressed his desire to choose the most favorable site for use, and Meyer said that he felt that the Scharber site is better than the one next to the City’s site, due to location, but that the City site would provide opportunities to partner with the City for salt and sand, etc. Fingalson said that the County Highway Department just completed a year’s agreement with the City of Cokato for salt and sand and that it worked well enough to consider renewing the agreement for this coming year. A partnership with both Otsego and Albertville could be considered for fueling vehicles as well as for sharing salt and sand supplies. At this time, both Cities are coming all the way to Buffalo to pick up their sand/salt supplies. The agreement that Albertville offered did not state the amount that they are willing to pay for Wright County’s current site. If the County chooses to work directly with the City, then a bidding process won’t be necessary. Fingalson said that he believes the property’s value is higher when able to be used in conjunction with the adjoining property. The County has 1.56 usable acres available for sale. There was some discussion about the value of this property compared to the value of the property north of I-94. Meyer said that he would like to see about 4 acres purchased for the new site, as that should be sufficient for future expansion as the demand for services grows in that area of the county. Sawatzke said that he would like to charge $8/sq ft for the current site, based on the 1.56 useable acres, which would bring in just under $600,000. Sawatzke suggested that Otsego be contacted to see what and how restrictions might affect the Scharber property. Fingalson has a letter indicating that the property can be purchased, but it is not an actual purchase agreement. Sawatzke suggested that Fingalson get a purchase agreement from Scharbers stating the cost of purchasing that site and then bring the purchase agreement before the Board for their review and approval. He indicated that he would like to have that purchase agreement in hand, along with any others they are considering, before a decision is made. There is no known hazardous waste on the current shop site, and the City has asked (in the proposed agreement) to enter the property at its own expense to conduct a study. Mattson said that the PETRO fund would be available to cover 95% of the cost of cleanup if cleanup becomes necessary. Meyer commented that it might be possible to be in a new shop by the end of July if everything is ready to go when the frost goes out in the spring. It was suggested that a vacancy date of August 15 be put in the contract for the sale the County’s property and then negotiate if the City needs the site before that date. If the property is sold directly to the City of Albertville, no bids will be needed. Meyer suggested that another meeting be planned to talk about a new building once a purchase agreement is approved. RECOMMENDATION: It was the consensus of the TCOTW that Fingalson contact Scharbers, the Kittridge Crossing developers, and the City of Albertville and ask for a purchase agreement from each stating cost/square foot for the purchase of the associated properties. Fingalson will then bring all purchase agreements received from the above-named sources before the Board for their approval and/or rejection. It was also recommended that Fingalson be authorized to meet with the Albertville City Administrator and negotiate an agreement for the City purchase of the present County property at the Junction of CSAH’s 18 and 19.

At today’s County Board Meeting, Fingalson said he heard back from a representative from Kittridge Crossings and they are not interested in selling the property to the County. With regard to the Scharber property, there are three partners involved. One of the partners has received a tentative agreement for sale of the entire 20 acres. The status of this sale will be known on October 12. Fingalson met with the City of Albertville on the City purchase of the present County property. The City is willing to purchase the property at $8/sq. ft. for all property. Fingalson recommended this issue be referred to the next TCOTW Meeting for discussion on a future County site, pending assessments ($64,000 or $1/sq. ft.) which will be imposed this month, and cleanup of the current site. After further discussion, Russek moved to set a TCOTW Meeting for 10-12-05 at 10:00 A.M., Public Works Building. The motion was seconded by Eichelberg and carried 5-0. The Agenda items will include: 1) Access Issue on CSAH 35 in Buffalo; 2) Access Issue on CSAH 36 in Otsego; 3) Discuss Request from French Lake Township for Storage & Purchase of Sand/Salt; 4) Naming of the CSAH 6 Bridge; 5) Comprehensive Safety Program Central Fund; 6) Discuss Albertville Truck Station Issue. With regard to the CSAH 36 Access Issue, Sawatzke received a call from a member of the Otsego City Council. Apparently their Engineers are in disagreement with the County Engineer on acceptable standards. Russek made a motion for Sawatzke, Eichelberg and Fingalson to do a site inspection of CSAH 36 on 10-05-05 at 10:30 A.M. The motion was seconded by Heeter and carried 5-0. On a motion by Russek, second by Eichelberg, all voted to approve the TCOTW Minutes as presented. (End of TCOTW Minutes)

Fingalson said that every 12 minutes in this country, one person is killed on a roadway accident (120 people/day). Last year, more than 42,000 people died in tragic and possibly preventable accidents. He requested approval of a draft resolution proclaiming, “Put The Brakes On Fatalities Day on 10-10-05.” He said the emphasis is on the four “E’s”, including Engineering, Enforcement, Education and EMS. The proclamation outlines safer driving behaviors such as seat belt use, concentrating on driving, obeying traffic laws, and not driving while consuming alcohol. Mattson referenced past speed studies conducted by the State in which speed limits have increased. Eichelberg moved to adopt Resolution #05-55 proclaiming 10-10-05 as “Put The Brakes On Fatalities Day,” seconded by Russek, carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.

Discussion resumed on the bids received for the CSAH 37/CR 117/CR 119 Safety Improvements. Fingalson recommended that this issue be laid over to the next County Board Meeting. Russek moved to approve this recommendation, seconded by Heeter, carried 5-0.

At 10:00 A.M., the Public Hearing occurred on the petition by Bogart, Pederson & Associates to outlet into County Ditch 20. Brian Asleson, Chief Deputy Attorney, indicated two State statutes are involved. The first relates to the petition by a city to use a county ditch as an outlet for storm water, and the second deals with using a county ditch as an outlet for undeveloped property. The second statute may come into play with a couple of parcels petitioned that are not currently slated for development. Today, the Board would receive input from the owners of the proposed development and other landowners on the Ditch. He said they should look at the capacity and whether Ditch 20 can handle the storm water. If the Board would grant approval, they would need to find it a necessity to use the ditch as an outlet. There would likely be terms and conditions attached to the approval.

Jon Bogart and Chris Otterness were present from Bogart, Pederson & Associates Inc. Asleson said the process started over a year ago and the issue had been presented to the Parks Commission, as there was concern on the impacts of the development on Lake Mary and the Ney Park Reserve. Bogart provided an overview of maps of the area. The property proposed for development is 130 acres and in the City of Maple Lake. The land slated for development currently releases water to Ditch 20. Several options were reviewed to reduce the flow from the development to the Ditch including installation of a dam structure and impounding water in Ney Park. They discovered the structure was there in the form of a road so they abandoned that idea. Their current proposal includes a 12-acre pond which will reduce the runoff rate from their project to half of the rate from the current fields. They discovered that a lot of water from Maple Lake came through the development. The proposed development is not considered a benefitted landowner on the Ditch. The proposal has been reviewed by Kerry Saxton, SWCD. Saxton was unavailable for today’s meeting. Bogart said Saxton had one concern relating to water on the west side of the development. He felt the model reflected too much water coming in under existing conditions. Bogart had not heard any other comments from Saxton. Bogart explained that as part of the improvements, they will install a check valve on the end of the culvert running underneath the township road by Ney Park, improving things for Lake Mary. He felt water levels in Lake Mary would drop slightly.

Joe Jacobs, SWCD, said they have been working with the developers and engineers on this project, analyzing different models provided to them. Their concern was not increasing the water flow downstream. There is a significant amount of water going through this system. The pond size proposed is more than adequate to handle the 100+ acres of development. In addition to this 100 acres, there is another 1000+ acres running through the system. State rules indicate that the water must be treated. The developer will need to address water quality and release issues. There are 600 acres running through this area regulated by the 24” pipe on the subject property. Their concern with the models is the water which bypasses the 24” pipe and enters a series of culverts under 65th Street NW. The plan calls for an open ditch which would have significantly more capacity than a 24” pipe. That is one thing they would want to avoid, as it would drain faster and increase the volume and the rates. The current conditions reflect that the water is restricted by that 24” pipe and backs into the wetland west of the development. The backup created is the existing condition that they are trying to maintain. Bogart said there is actually a 54” pipe under CSAH 7. In the model shown, the water is flowing full through the 54” pipe. They would construct the ditch to allow the water to pass into the pond and it would be released at one-half the release rate of existing conditions. They would be willing to put in a 24” pipe to replace the open ditch system. The restriction from the 24” pipe would continue to allow that water to back up. In the case of more water flow, they would like to the land to remain at the same elevation so that the 24” pipe fills up and spills over the land and into the pond.

Jacobs said the SWCD desires to keep and not increase the existing conditions. MPCA rules indicate that the pond must be able to treat all water going into it for water quality issues. They would like the pond sized to treat the 1000+ acres of water. With ag systems, the storm water is separated and bypasses the system. Bogart said they would be willing to do that. They could direct all the water coming under CR 7 into a 24” pipe which would be allowed to bypass through to the County ditch (not into the storm water pond). This would be with the provision that if they were wrong, any excess would flow over the land to the lake. Jacobs indicated that the SWCD would support this action.

Bogart requested that the issue be tabled until such time as they are able to present a formal proposal reflecting how this system would work. He felt their proposal would release less water into the ditch than current conditions and result in less water flowing to Lake Mary.

Russek questioned what impact there would be upstream by restricting the flow to a 24” pipe. Bogart said with their current proposal, the ditch system would handle more than what the 54” pipe would bring. If the County Board decision were to keep the hydraulics the same, the conditions would remain the same as all of their water would move downstream. The 24” pipe would be designed so water flow would be the same as it is currently. Jacobs said there is currently a 24” pipe there. Their desire is for the water to flow the same capacity as current and not increase. What the SWCD is recommending is to maintain the current outlet so volumes are not increased downstream and there would be no more restriction of what is currently there. Russek said there will be more runoff with hard surfaces. Jacobs said their proposal is to keep the water west of CR 7 the same. The outlet would be completely independent of the system being proposed. There would be two separate pipes. Bogart requested that Saxton be involved with future discussions for his input on the entire area.

Don Bruns lives in the area. He questioned what will happen to the water between 65th Street NW and CR 8 during heavy rainfalls. He referenced existing flooding problems and asked how much longer it would take to drain the area. Bogart said the proposal is for the water to pond at a slightly lower elevation. Water would be retained in the pond and system long enough so the water elevation would be lowered. The release rate would be approximately one-half.

Teresa Bruns resides directly across from the proposed development. She referenced heavy rains in recent years and the effect on the Ditch and fields. She questioned how the water from the development would impact the Ditch. Bogart said one of the things the SWCD is concerned with is water quality. That is the reason why the SWCD has suggested that they pipe some of the water all of the way through. Bruns questioned where the wetlands were located. Jacobs showed the path of the water on the maps. With regard to impact on homes, the SWCD didn’t see any problems with buildings being threatened. He reiterated that the SWCD does not want the water quality or quantity to change.

Sawatzke questioned safety issues with regard to holding ponds. Bogart responded that a 10:1 slope will be used for ponds. Bogart said Mr. Carlson would like to increase the size of the drainage pipe under the county road, so that it drains his property more quickly. His first proposal did not work as it drained water more quickly than what was planned. He then looked at a smaller pipe. Bogart had assumed the 54” pipe was flowing full. In talking with the SWCD, they didn’t believe there was that much water coming through the pipe. If that is true, he said additional capacity would be available in the pond to potentially handle Carlson’s property. This would be addressed at a later time (not part of this petition).

Jim Wurm felt the problem was in the County Park. He said he tried for years to have the ditch cleaned in the County Park. Bogart said he andSaxton walked the ditch and it appeared the water was flowing fairly well. When they run their model, it appears that water fills the basins and then backs up into Lake Mary. Under their proposal, Bogart said water would move slower reducing flood stages in all three areas. They would install a flood gate at the end of the culvert to prevent water from backing up into Lake Mary. Wurm said too much water flows through the culverts under the town line road. Bogart said that was another issue. Bogart said they would be willing to look at cleaning the area in the County Park out.

Mattice said the area includes DNR protected waters. Some cleaning occurred a few years back. He agreed that this area needed better maintenance for the inlet/outlet for Lake Mary. The Lake Association had talked about installing a back flow gate to prevent the water from flowing back to Lake Mary. He thought the outlet needed to be cleaned out to provide better drainage and the area downstream should be looked at where the ditch ends and flows into Silver Creek.

Mattson asked whether the Ditch would have to be cleaned before the project. Bogart stated that they are proposing to lower the flood stage in all three areas. They are not requesting any more capacity for the Ditch as Bogart said they are actually directing water into the Ditch at a slower rate.

Heeter questioned why the proposal would impact the trail when there is water coming slower into the system. Bogart said it was a request from the Parks Department to raise the trail up as a benefit, which may not need to be done for their proposal. When they originally started working with the Parks Department, they agreed to additional amenities and so they will follow through with this. Mattice said that during high water, they currently lose part of the trail. They are still concerned about more water in this area and the impact on the trail and Park. The developer has agreed to supply materials to raise the trail to 6” within the 100 year flood mark. The developer would be responsible for surveying and permitting. Mattice felt the installation of a flap gate would help the Lake Association with water levels but some cleaning of the out let will need to be done, which is part of the agreement. When the trail was originally put in, the DNR required the County to install culverts with an overflow design. The developer will install larger culverts to carry a larger capacity of water and less restriction of the outlet to Lake Mary. This would have to be approved by the County Board, SWCD, and others before it is completed. Mattson questioned water table levels in the Park. Bogart said the improvements would allow the trails to be more dry more often.

Discussion followed on the process. Asleson will bring back an agreement as to the parks improvements to be amended to what the Board may adopt for approval to outlet storm water into the Ditch. The agreement would outline conditions imposed for approval. Sawatzke referenced the time line of the request, as he understood there was no rush due to its tie to the resolution of the sewer issue in Maple Lake. Bogart responded that there is sewer capacity anticipated in Maple Lake in 2007, when this project would come online. However, there is an issue involving financing issues between the developer and landowner, calling for the obligations to be met in a timely manner. This requires the approval of the preliminary plat for a bank loan, so the plan to outlet storm water into Ditch 20 must be approved as well.

Gary Swearingen, who owns 46 acres in the area, had concerns that current tiles lines are included in the plan. Bogart said he would work with those who have tile lines. Swearingen added that repairs made by the County to the tile line have resulted in larger wet areas and water backing up.

Asleson said the acreage of the proposed development is not a part of the assessed and benefitted acreage of the Ditch. However, there is an opportunity to have positive things occur. He anticipated meeting with the developer and SWCD and also obtaining input from Kurt Deter. He would then bring forth an agreement in two weeks for Board review. Eichelberg moved to set the continuation of the Ditch 20 Public Hearing to 10-18-05 at 9:45 A.M., seconded by Russek, carried 5-0. The Public Hearing closed at 11:05 A.M.

A Civil Defense Committee Meeting was held on 9-28-05. At today’s Board Meeting, the following change was made to the minutes: Item II, 1st paragraph, 1st sentence, change from “7-27-95” to “7-27-05.” On a motion by Sawatzke, second by Heeter, all voted to approve the minutes as corrected:

Report From Steve Berg. Berg distributed and reviewed his work plan for the period of time from July 27, 2005 to September 28, 2005 (attached). Filipek stated the County’s Emergency Operations Plan needs to be updated and reviewed annually. This is done on a four-year cycle with the first year review to be completed by the County Board, second year by a nine member review committee, third year by a peer county, and the fourth year by the State. The 9-30-05 review deadline by the County Board was discussed. Filipek authorized a six week extension for updating the EOP and review by the County Board.

Define Responsibilities Of Reese And Berg. Discussion continued from the 7-27-05 meeting on the delineation of responsibilities between Reese and Berg. Berg reviewed a handout on his view of Wright County’s current emergency management activities, additional items that he feels should be included, and his suggestions for organization and delineation of duties between Reese and himself. Filipek stated the recent hurricane disasters will result in changes to requirements in emergency management. She mentioned Wright County is in line for consideration for a grant to complete the mitigation plan. Sawatzke requested a breakdown of duties which would be carried out by Reese and Berg in the event of specific disasters such as a tornado, flooding, train derailment carrying hazardous materials, etc. Recommendation: Schedule a meeting for 10-26-05, 11:00 A.M. to continue discussion of responsibilities. Request the Sheriff, Carol Schefers (Public Health), and a representative from the fire chiefs, and from the EMS Council attend the next meeting. (End of Civil Defense Minutes)

A Committee Of The Whole Meeting was held on 9-26-05. At today’s County Board Meeting, Russek moved to approve the minutes, seconded by Eichelberg. Russek said his concern is belonging to two lobbying groups who may be in conflict with one another. He also said those involved with MICA are not strictly metro counties. Heeter responded that the uniqueness of this group is they are fast growth counties, which would include some of these counties that are not surrounding the metro area. She said Wright County is about the only fast growth county that is not a member of MICA. Mattson referenced the cost of $30,000 annually. The motion carried 5-0 to approve the minutes:

MICA Presentation. MICA (Metropolitan Inter-County Association) is a voluntary organization of urbanized and developing counties in Minnesota. Current membership includes Anoka, Blue Earth, Carver, Dakota, Olmsted, Rice St. Louis, Scott, Sherburne, Stearns, Washington and Anoka Counties. The main purpose of MICA is to represent the interests of member counties at the Legislature and to provide a venue for counties to share common issues of concern. Through MICA, member counties are able to influence State programs in order to solve common problems, produce and share information on indicators and issues of common concern, increase public understanding of county government, and secure and exchange cooperation among counties in areas of mutual interest. Material was distributed outlining the purpose and benefits of belonging to MICA, as well as a 2005 Legislative Review (attached). Each member county has two commissioners who serve on the MICA Board of Directors. Bylaws do not demand unanimity, but MICA does not bring issues forth that a County strongly opposes. Discussion followed on the group’s connection with AMC and issues they lobby for. It was explained that due to the diversity of AMC (87 member counties), they may be unable to take a position on an issue. MICA Membership is comprised of growing counties with similar issues so they are able to present issues based upon direction from the group. MICA also assists member counties with their own unique issues as long as they are not in conflict with the group as a whole. Wright County Board Members were invited to attend an upcoming MICA Board Meeting. Recommendation: The Legislative Delegation will be contacted for their perspective on MICA. (End of Committee Of The Whole Minutes)

A Technology Committee Meeting occurred on 9-28-05. At today’s County Board Meeting, Eichelberg moved to approve the minutes, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0:

Request For Road Name Change, Osland Ave. N.W. Swing reviewed the process for address changes which was approved at the 3-25-05 Technology Committee. Thinesen reviewed the location of two Osland Avenues in close proximity to each other in the Lake Sylvia area. The request is to change that portion of Osland Ave. N.W.that intersects with Osborn Ave. from the west. The other Osborne Avenue is a dead-end and is separated from Osborn on the east by a parcel of land. There are approximately 14 residents on Osland Avenue N.W. The four permanent residents have signed a petition in support of the name change to Osborn. Merrill cited an incident where an individual on Osland had a stroke and the ambulance had difficulty finding the residence. Recommendation: Approve the name change from Osland Ave. N.W. to Osborn Ave. N.W.. Merrill will notify the other permanent residents of the necessity to obtain new drivers licenses and contact the post office for an address change. Melvin will contact Barry Rhineberger, P&Z regarding the name change for review of the house numbers. The Auditor/Treasurer’s Office will also be notified of the name change for property tax purposes. (End of Technology Committee Minutes)

Bills Approved

Air Compressors Plus LLC $5,496.94

American Instit. Supply 403.52

City Annandale 300.00

Aramark Correct. Serv. 5,364.06

Auto Glass Center Inc. 415.01

Auto. Garage Door & Firepl. 274.50

B & D Plumbing & Heating 131.00

Lawrence Bauman 361.45

Big B’s Towing & Recovery 133.25

Black Bear Casino & Hotel 468.64

BLM Technologies Inc. 443.62

Buffalo Hosp. Otpt. Comm 388.78

Buffalo Quality Feed Mill 864.81

Buttweilers Do All 19,040.00

Cardiac Science 262.00

Catco Parts Service 471.07

CDW Government Inc. 125.66

CE & D 258.00

Childrens Medical Center 500.00

Climate Air 4,269.02

CNH Capital 108.39

Collins Brothers Towing 170.40

Comm. of Transportation 1,170.00

Contech Constr. Product 9,468.74

CPS Technology Sol. 24,804.50

Dales Auto Repair & Towing 133.13

Dental Care Assoc. of Buff 335.00

DLT Solutions Inc. 3,373.60

Elness Design Studio 420.68

James Engstrom 5,439.76

Excel Systems LLC 394.54

Farm & Home Publishers 106.52

Freestyle Photo Supplies 1,258.99

Gateway Companies Inc. 3,555.70

Todd Gau 168.89

Glock, Inc. 300.00

Gordys Foods 247.34

Hawthorn Suites Duluth 507.37

Hillyard Floor Care supply 598.15

Hirshfields Decorating Ctr. 128.15

Todd Hoffman 255.30

Information Systems Corp. 1,057.96

Intereum 471.96

Interstate Automotive 133.12

J Craft Div of Crysteel Mfg. 559.13

Jerrys Towing & Repair 143.78

Bernard Kirscht 300.52

Kustom Signals Inc. 345.93

Kenneth Kutz 111.20

William Lieb 437.45

Little Falls Machine 354.66

M-R Sign Company Inc. 1,208.18

Maple Lake Lumber Co. 106.44

Marco Business Products 5,103.69

Richard Mattson 308.31

The Metro Group Inc. 4,414.37

Mid-Minnesota Hot Mix Inc. 222.80

MN Corrections Assn. 580.00

MN Dept. of Corrections 150.00

MN Hwy. Safety and Research 740.00

MN Office of Enterprise Tech. 300.00

Morries Buffalo Ford Merc 1,714.28

Nat’l Business Systems Inc. 12,000.00

Nextel Communications 2,621.45

Office Depot 973.48

Omann Brothers Inc. 984.68

OSI Environmental Inc. 310.00


Prosource 3,740.00

Prosource One 1,502.78

Reds Auto Electric 102.45

Rhodes Lock & Glass 486.04

Rinke-Noonan 1,296.00

Robert Schermann 508.30

Donald Schmidt 383.23

Software House Int’l Inc. 1,121.47

SRF Consulting Group Inc. 7,578.01

St. Joseph Equipment-Mpls 227.85

Structural Specialties Inc. 182.84

Sweeney Brothers 219.74

Total Printing 282.23

United Locating Services 240.00

Verizon Wireless 130.05

Voss Lighting 303.53

Walmart Store 01-1577 494.11

Keith Wurm Construction 1,450.00

Xcel Energy 1,165.13

4 M’s Communications Co. 128.25

25 Payments less than $100 1,070.22

Final total $151,599.43

The meeting adjourned at 11:15 A.M