Wright County Board Minutes

December 27, 2005

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

Eichelberg moved to approve the minutes of 12-20-05, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0.

Petitions were accepted to the Agenda as follows: Remove “9:15 A.M. Genell Reese, VetServices/Civil Defense, 1. Adopt Resolution Authorizing Wright County’s Participation In The All-Hazard Mitigation Planning Grant.” Eichelberg 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: P. Melvin, L. Pawelk, Admin.; L. Lehmberg, IT; R. Broadhead, C. Schulz, P&Z; J. Carpenter, S. Halonen, B. Johnson, M. Koscianski, Sher./Corr.

2. Schedule Employee Recognition Ceremony For 2-14-05.

3. Approve/Authorize Signatures On Law Enforcement Contract, City of Hanover.

4. Approve Increasing Employer’s Contribution Toward Insurance For Non-Union Employees by $40/Month, Effective 3-01-06.


1. Tobacco License Renewals for 2006: Clearwater Ashland, Clearwater Travel Plaza, Short Stop (Clearwater City); The Marketplace (Cokato City); Delano Wine & Spirits, Delano Quik Shop (Delano City); Tom Thumb Superette (Hanover City); Madigan’s Pub & Grill (Maple Lake City); Maus Foods, Monticello American Legion Post #260, Jalapeno’s, Super Express, Tom Thumb Superette (Monticello City); Sandy’s & Sally’s (Montrose City); Black Woods Grill & Bar (Otsego); Woody’s On Main, Rockford Quik Shop (Rockford City); Olson’s Truck Stop (Silver Creek Twp); South Haven Municipal Liquor (South Haven); Millside Tavern (St. Michael City); Pete’s Grocery (Waverly).


1. Add To 1-04-06 Transportation Committee Of The Whole Agenda: 1) CSAH 19 Reconstruction/Improvement Project; and 2) Possible Uses For The Chouinard Property.

A Committee Of The Whole Meeting was held on 12-21-05. Russek moved to approve the minutes, seconded by Heeter, carried 5-0.

Proposed Feedlot Ordinance Amendments Mattson reconvened the 12-13-05 meeting at 1:49 P.M. Wetter requested clarification on zoning districts, construction permit timelines, and definition of major growth areas from discussion at the last meeting. Proposed revisions to Pages 15 - 26 were reviewed. Asleson, Janikula and Salkowski will meet regarding the revisions that are to be made to the final copy. Salkowski will provide a final copy to the County Board for review prior to placement on the County Board Agenda for referral to the Planning Commission for a public hearing to be scheduled. A copy will also be mailed to the Wetters for their information. (End of Committee Of The Whole Minutes)

A Deferred Compensation Committee Meeting was held on 12-20-05. Sawatzke moved to approve the minutes, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0:

Review Deferred Compensation Plan Wright County’s Deferred Compensation Plan was reviewed and updated in 2002. Asleson distributed copies from Valic summarizing their plan document changes to use as a reference in reviewing Wright County’s Plan. Asleson reviewed each section of the handout highlighting those sections which should be discussed further for revision of Wright County’s Plan. The meeting was recessed to Wednesday, January 11, 2006, 9:00 A.M. Asleson will obtain additional information on some of the sections and meet with Hiivala prior to the next meeting date. (End of Deferred Compensation Committee Minutes)

Bob Hiivala, Auditor/Treasurer opened and read three bids received for the 2006 Official County Newspaper:

Line Length Pica, Lines Per Inch In Legals, Length of Lower Case Alphabet (1 ca) in Points, Cost Per Column Inch for Legals

Herald Journal: 12 , 8, 103, $.09

Enterprise Dispatch: 12, 8, 103, $1.99

Annandale Advocate:12, 8, 102, $2.80

Hiivala requested to tabulate the bids and return before the end of the meeting for the award of the newspaper bid. The claims listing was reviewed. Mattson noted an expenditure on Page 13 was for a prisoner in the Wright County Jail. Russek questioned where road salt is identified in the budget as income when reimbursement is received from the townships. Hiivala will verify the listing in the Road & Bridge Budget with Ellis. Russek moved to approve the claims listing subject to audit, seconded by Heeter, carried 5-0.

A Personnel Committee Meeting was held on 12-20-05. Eichelberg moved to approve the minutes, seconded by Russek. In response to Sawatzke, Norman stated the item would be placed on a future Personnel Committee Agenda once details have been finalized. In response to a question from Mattson, Eichelberg noted staff would likely be involved later. Carried 5-0.

Assessor Department Reorganization Plan. Kramber presented a reorganization plan for the Assessor Department and explained the goals and objectives he hopes to gain (Organization Chart attached). After discussion, it was the consensus of the Committee to recommend approval of the concept with the details to be worked out between Kramber, Norman and Frank Madden. (End of Personnel Committee Minutes)

Norman presented a memo regarding appointments to the Wright County Planning Commission and Board of Adjustment for Tom Salkowski, Planning & Zoning Administrator. The following members’ terms expire at the end of 2005, and need to be re-appointed or replaced in January 2006:

Board Of Adjustment - Bill Lieb (1st District), Don Schmidt (4th District)

Planning Commission - David Pederson (1st District), Ralph Douglas (At Large), Jack Russek (2005 County Board Member)

Each individual has been contacted and is willing to serve another term. Eichelberg moved to re-appoint Lieb, Schmidt, Pederson, Douglas, and Russek as recommended, seconded by Heeter, carried 5-0.

Eichelberg referenced a letter he received from the Hanover Economic Development Authority requesting the County develop a Tax Abatement Policy which would provide finite information to development prospects requesting tax abatement assistance from the city and/or Wright County. Hanover Economic Development Authority has received an application for financial support for an expansion project requesting tax abatement assistance from the city which also indicates interest in requesting participation in the abatement from the County. Eichelberg read Wright County Resolution 98-03 which states “NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the Wright County Board of Commissioners hereby adopts a policy stating that Wright County will not grant economic development tax abatements under the provisions of Minnesota Statutes, Sections 469.1812-469.1815.” Sawatzke moved that Norman draft a letter to the Hanover Economic Development Authority including a coy of Resolution 98-03 for signature by Eichelberg, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0.

Hiivala distributed a tabulation of bids for the 2006 Official County Newspaper. The Howard Lake Herald Journal submitted the lowest bid. Russek moved to accept the Herald Journal as the Official County Newspaper for 2006, seconded by Sawatzke. For County citizens who do not subscribe to the Herald Journal, Sawatzke noted that Wright County Board Agendas and Minutes are available on the County’s website at www.co.wright.mn.us. The motion carried 5-0.

Russek moved to schedule a Building Committee Of The Whole Meeting RE: Jail/Sheriff Admin. Building meeting on 1-24-06, 10:30 A.M., seconded by Eichelberg, carried 5-0.

Russek thanked Dick Mattson for serving as the 2005 Wright County Board Chair.

Bills Approved

Albertville Body Shop Inc. $2,768.66

City Albertville 47,416.38

Allina Hospitals & Clinics 1,100.50

American Instit. Supply 532.27

Ameripride Linen and Apparel 319.10

Ancom Technical Center 193.37

Aramark Correctional Serv. 5,250.20

Arrow Terminal LLC 363.00

Auto Glass Center Inc. 981.22

B & D Plumbing & Heating 1,258.00

Paul Baertschi 200.00

George Bakeberg 204.30

Lawrence Bauman 435.30

Black Box Resale Services 348.26

Darnell Brethorst 136.29

Buffalo Auto Value 127.59

Buffalo Bituminous 26,584.80

Buffalo Hosp.-Otpt. Comm. 270.14

Cargill Inc.- Salt Div. 2,548.06

Carver Co. Treasurer 145.00

CCP Industries Inc. 106.20

CDW Government Inc. 263.02

Center Point Energy 4,329.35

Centra Sota Lake Region 18,919.95

Central MN Mental Health 610.00

Change Masters 2,500.00

Comm. of Transportation 445.88

Cons. Radiologists Ltd. 264.00

CPS Technology Solutions 110.00

Crow River Tools 1,405.80

Cub Pharmacy 2,456.47

Deatons Mailing Systems Inc. 279.99

Decorative Designs Inc. 184.31

Carter Diers 294.43

Diversified Networks Inc. 13,330.61

Ralph Douglas 445.00

Ben Ehlinger 165.87

Dale Engel 100.88

Environ-Con Inc. 21,785.40

Josh Erickson 164.90

Debbie Ernst 252.66

ESRI 6,733.25

Facility Systems Inc. 555.18

Farm-Rite Equipment Inc. 1,278.00

Fed. Emerg. Mgmt. Agency 4,000.00

Federal Signal Corp. 2,126.55

Maria Felger-Ramos LLC 270.00

Gateway Companies Inc. 7,772.00

Larry Geer Welding 105.00

Grainger 116.38

Amy Hertzog 252.69

Hillyard Floor Care Supply 1,414.07

Home Solutions 346.02

Neal Huemoeller 204.92

Imagetech Services 124.47

Initiative Foundation 100.00

International Public Mngmt. 315.00

Interstate Battery Sys. of Mpls 641.77

Klatt True Value Electric 300.39

Lakedale Telephone Co. 112.70

LaPlant Demo Inc. 1,270.02

Loberg Plumbing & Heating 265.61

Lorman Education Serv. 179.00

Michael MacMillan 674.77

Major Appliance Repair 510.56

Marco Business Products 2,773.27

Marks Standard Parts 3,448.88

Meteorlogix 852.00

MN Assn. of Assessing Offcrs. 150.00

MN Counties Ins. Trust 2,858.20

Morse Watchmans Inc. 106.00

MPELRA 150.00

Margaret Munson 388.00

Nebs Inc. 271.84

New Horizons Computers 2,953.50

Nextel Communications 157.41

N. American Salt Co. 15,520.42

Office Depot 5,132.39

Tom Praska 295.36

Prosource 1,179.00

Quetel Corporation 995.00

Qwest 455.83

Qwest Communications 150.00

Rhodes Lock & Glass 110.00

Rowekamp Assoc. Inc. 2,409.52

Royal Tire Inc. 576.53

Jack Russek 362.46

Ryan Motors Inc. 809.68

Pat Sawatzke 371.88

Sherry Schliesing 379.75

SEH 940.53

Soc. for Human Resource Mgt. 160.00

Software House Int’l 4,552.87

Sprint-Local Telecom Div. 187.14

SRF Consulting Group Inc. 1,942.82

Star West 4,872.38

State of MN-Info Tech Div. 109.50

Streichers 171.09

Tool Warehouse Inc. 886.77

Total Printing 1,142.53

Uniforms Unlimited 240.58

Unique Truck Equipment 150.00

Vergin Sales 467.54

Verizon 1,430.32

Wright Co. Hwy. Dept. 1,814.01

Wright Lumber & Millwork 656.75

Xcel Energy 1,825.26

Ziegler Cat 1,278.00

47 Payments less than $100 2,593.13

Final total $257,542.95

The meeting adjourned at 9:23 A.M

Published in the Herald Journal Jan. 23, 2006.