Wright County Board Minutes

January 3,2006

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

Bob Hiivala, County Auditor/Treasurer, called the meeting to order and asked for an election of the Chairperson for the coming year. On a motion by Mattson, second by Russek, all voted to elect Heeter as Chairperson for 2006; and then Commissioner Heeter presided at the meeting.

On a motion by Sawatzke, seconded by Eichelberg, all voted to elect Russek as Vice Chairperson for 2006.

On a motion by Russek, second by Eichelberg, all voted to dispense with the reading of the minutes of 12-27-05 and approve them as written/revised.

On a motion by Sawatzke, second by Russek, all voted to transfer back any unused funds in the County Attorney’s Contingency Fund, the Sheriff’s Contingency Fund, and the Incidental Fund to the Revenue Fund.

On a motion by Eichelberg, second by Sawatzke, all voted to recall all unused clerk hire and unused budgets for 2005.

On a motion by Russek, second by Sawatzke, all voted to set the County Board’s regular sessions for every Tuesday for 2006. The meetings shall be called to order at 9:00A.M.

The Chairperson presented the 2005 list of committee memberships and asked the members of the County Board to convey their preferences and suggestions regarding committee designations for 2006. Eichelberg indicated that a new representative will need to be appointed to the Great River Regional Library Board as the bylaws of that Board indicate an appointee can only serve two three-year terms. Eichelberg has just completed his second term. Sawatzke was willing to serve. On a motion by Russek, second by Eichelberg, all voted to approve the listing as presented with the exception of appointing Sawatzke to the GRRL Board. The motion includes that the appointments of Committees for 2006 be made by the Chairperson with the approval of the Board and that the first member named act as Chairperson of the Committee and the County Coordinator act as Secretary. Alternates are designated on the Committee by ( ).

The following is a list 2006 appointments:


Area Transportation Planning (ATP); Mattson

Budget; Russek, Mattson, Aud./Treas., (Ex-Officio), Norman, (Sawatzke)

Budget Committee Of The Whole; All Commissioners

Building, Furniture & Equipment; Heeter, Mattson (Eichelberg)

Capital Improvement/Finance Committee; Heeter, Russek, Aud./Treas., Attorney, Norman (Eichelberg)

Central MN Jobs & Training Jt. Powers Board (JTPA) Workforce Center; Eichelberg

Civil Defense; Heeter, Sawatzke

Committee to Inspect Roads; All Commissioners

Committee to Inspect Ditches; Two Commissioners as appointed by Board, Aud./Treas.

Compost Finance; Russek, Sawatzke, C. Davis

County Extension Svc.; Russek, Mattson

Court Security; Mattson, Norman

Deferred Compensation; Heeter, Sawatzke

Delegates to AMC; All Commissioners, Aud./Treas., Coordinator, Hwy. Engineer

Detention Facilities; Mattson, Heeter, Court Administrator, Sheriff, Court Services Director, Norman

Drug Task Force; Mattson

EMS Joint Powers Board (Regional); Heeter (Sawatzke)

Forfeited Tax Sales; Russek, Mattson

Great River Regional Library Board; Sawatzke

Highway 55 Coalition; Heeter, Russek (Fingalson)

Labor/Mgmt. Health Insurance; Russ-ek, Eichelberg, Coordinator (Mattson)

Labor Management/Loss Control; Mattson, Eichelberg,Coordinator, Civil Def. Dir., Spec. Proj. Admin., 1 Rep. from Teamsters/LELS, AFSCME, 49’ers and Teamsters

Law Library Board; Eichelberg

Legislative Matters; All Commissioners

Personnel & Employee Relations; Eichelberg, Sawatzke (Heeter)

Planning & Zoning; Russek

Public Works Labor/Management; Russek, Norman (Mattson)

Purchasing Steering;Eichelberg, Matt-son, Purchasing Agent (Heeter)

Solid Waste Task Force; Eichelberg, Sawatzke

Technology; Eichelberg, Heeter, IT Director, Aud./Treas., Highway Engineer, Human Services Rep., Sheriff Rep. (Russek)

Transportation; Eichelberg, Mattson, Highway Engineer

7W Transportation; Mattson

Union Negotiations; Russek, Sawatzke (Eichelberg)

Water Management Task Force; Eichelberg

Ways & Means; Mattson, Sawatzke (Russek)

Wright County Community Action Council; Heeter, Eichelberg, City Representative

Discussion followed on 2006 appointments to Advisory Boards. Richard Norman, County Coordinator, referenced the Safe Schools Committees and recent discussion by the Board as to whether this should be added to the Advisory Board listing. After discussion, it was the position of the Board that the Safe Schools Committees should not be added to the Advisory Board listing as their role is not to fill a specific position on that Board. On a motion by Sawatzke, second by Russek, all voted to accept the Advisory Board (Ex-Officio Member) appointments as recommended:


Clearwater Watershed District; Heeter

C.R.O.W.; Russek (Mattson)

East Central Joint Powers Board; Sawatzke, MacMillan

Economic Development Partnership Board; Sawatzke

Historical Society; Sawatzke

M.E.A.D.A. (Meth Education Drug Awareness); Heeter

Mid Minnesota Mississippi River RC&D; Russek

Parks; Eichelberg

Safe Communities of Wright County; Heeter

Soil Conservation; Russek

Wright County Ag Society; Heeter

On a motion by Russek, second by Sawatzke, all voted to approve the Consent Agenda as presented:


1. Performance Appraisals: R. DesMarais, D. Engel, E. Kloss, Assr.; K. Maas, M. Pacelli, B. Petersen, T. Pippo, K. Walker, J. Winkelman, Sher./Corr.

2. O/T Report, Period Ending 12-16-05

3. Claim, MCIT, $408,983 (2006 Workers’ Comp. Premium).

4. Claim, MCIT, $504,254 (2006 Prop./Casualty Premium).

5. Claim, NACO, $1,469 (2006 Dues).


1. 2006 Tobacco License Renewals: Cub Foods (Monticello City); JR’s Pizza, Pub & Grill (St. Michael City).


1. Refer To 1-11-06 Technology Committee Meeting: Law Enforcement System Upgrade Agreement With Masys Corporation.

The following items were petitioned onto the Agenda: Aud./Treas. Item #3, “Reinstate 1-10-06 County Board Meeting” (Hiivala). Russek moved to approve the Agenda as amended, seconded by Sawatzke, carried 5-0.

Bob Hiivala, Auditor/Treasurer, provided an update on the HAVA (Help America Vote Act) Equipment Plan Submission, which was recently sent to the Secretary of State. Comments should be received back by 1-06-06. At that time, the Plan will be modified and a public hearing will be set to consider its adoption. The County met the compliance requirements as of 1-01-06. This was provided as an informational item.

Hiivala said that Wayne Fingalson, Highway Engineer, has requested the 1-10-06 County Board Meeting be reinstated. The County Board previously cancelled the 1-10-06 Meeting due to the occurrence of five Tuesdays in January and chose this date at the request of Hiivala. Hiivala said the consolidation of the general ledger will take place that day and that was the reason for the request. He did not have a problem with reinstating the meeting but noted there will be no claims presented for approval that day. Fingalson said a Transportation Committee Of The Whole Meeting is scheduled for 1-04-06 to review transportation projects to be submitted for Federal funding for 2009 and 2010. The intent would be for the Board to adopt resolutions in support of these projects at the 1-10-06 meeting, as the application deadline is 1-13-06. Fingalson attempted contacting the State but was unable to receive a response as to whether the application could be submitted without resolutions. The application would include County projects, as well as projects for townships and cities (under 5000 population). Mattson referenced the letter sent by the Highway Department on 12-12-05 to cities and townships and did not feel this was adequate time for them to bring this issue forth at one of their meetings and still meet the State deadline. Fingalson said the original letter is sent to the cities and townships by Mn/DOT. The letter sent by the Highway Department serves as a reminder and informs the entity that applications can be obtained through them. It was the consensus that the Highway Department should mail these letters earlier next year (end of November). Eichelberg moved to reinstate the 1-10-06 County Board Meeting and to cancel the 1-31-06 County Board Meeting (due to the occurrence of five Tuesdays in January). The motion was seconded by Russek and carried 5-0.

The claims listing was reviewed. Sawatzke referenced a claim on page 8, Association of MN Counties ($7,318.66) for 2006 Annual Dues. He questioned why a portion of the claim was being paid from Department 820, Waste Management. Hiivala responded that due to the change in the chart of accounts, the listing inaccurately reflects Waste Management. The funding for the claim is split equally between General Revenue, Human Services and Highway. On a motion by Russek, second by Mattson, all voted to approve the claims as listed in the abstract, subject to audit.

Norman presented a draft resolution establishing a Merit System of Personnel Administration. This will be the final step needed to implement the County Merit System, eliminating the use of the State Merit System. The effective date would be 1-03-06. Russek moved to adopt Resolution #06-01, seconded by Eichelberg, carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.

As this is an election year, Norman said the County Board must set a minimum salary for elected Department Heads at their first meeting of 2006. Eichelberg moved to adopt Resolution #06-02, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0 on a roll call vote:


BE IT RESOLVED, that the minimum salaries for elected Department Heads is hereby established as follows:

Auditor/Treasurer $71,048

Sheriff $71,048

Attorney $96,470

(End of Resolution)

Bills Approved

Assn. of MN Counties. $21,956.00

BLM Technologies Inc. 1,866.00

BP Amoco 1,384.60

Buffalo Hospital-Otpt. Comm. 1,022.44

Central MN Mental Health 175.00

Ed Claessen Construction 3,160.00

Climate Air 5,481.85

ECO Education 717.06

Elk River Ford 17,562.50

Girards Business Machines 4,237.95

Greenside Up 988.69

Jane Hackenmueller 344.00

Karen Hayes 124.28

Michael Laurent 344.89

MACO 1,800.00

Marco Business Products 2,747.60

MN Counties Comp. Co-op 13,426.52

MN Office of Enterprise Tech. 965.00

MN Recreation & Park Assn. 168.00

Nextel Communications 3,439.91

Office Depot 1,155.29

The Raptor Center 250.00

SRF Consulting Grp. Inc. 976.52

Star Tribune 724.60

Structural Buildings Inc. 62,000.00

Tension Envelope Corp. 1,978.77

Total Printing 143.78

Wright Hennepin Electric 338.16

Walmart Store 01-1577 400.48

11 Payments less than $100 475.07

Final total $150,500.66

The meeting adjourned at 9:30 A.M

Published in the Herald Journal Jan. 30, 2006.