Wright County Board Minutes
February 21, 2006
The Wright County Board met in regular session at 9:00 A.M. with Heeter, Sawatzke, Mattson, Russek and Eichelberg present.
Russek moved to approve the minutes of 2-14-06, seconded by Eichelberg, carried 5-0.
Petitions were accepted to the Agenda as follows: Aud./Treas. Item #3, “AT&T Phone Bill” (Hiivala); Aud./Treas. Item #4, “Joint Ditch 14 Update” (Hiivala); Aud./Treas. Item #5, “Schedule Ditch Committee Of The Whole Meeting” (Hiivala); Chief Deputy Atty Item #2, “RFQ/RFP, Jail Project” (Asleson). Eichelberg moved to approve the Agenda as amended, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0.
Russek moved to approve the Consent Agenda, seconded by Sawatzke. Sawatzke requested clarification on changes to the revised GRRL Agreement. Richard Norman, County Coordinator, said changes to the Agreement relate to member terms. The motion to approve the Consent Agenda carried 5-0:
1. Performance Appraisals: R. DeBlois, K. Heaton, Sheriff.
2. Authorize Signatures On Revised GRRL Agreement.
3. Approve Charitable Gambling Application Form LG220 & Waive 30-Day Waiting Period, Minnesota Waterfowl Assoc., Wright/Sherburne Chapter, Silver Springs Golf Course, 1854 County Road 39, Monticello MN 55362 (Monticello Twp.).
4. Claim, Frank Madden, $16,666.50.
1. Sign Approval Of Appointment & Oath For Shane E. Simonds.
1. Authorize Attendance At NACo Annual Conference In Chicago, August 2006.
Bob Hiivala, Auditor/Treasurer, presented a draft resolution establishing a $100 change fund for the Court Services Department. This fund would be established for the purpose of making change for larger denominations. A total of $100 would always be maintained in the fund. Russek moved to adopt Resolution #06-18, seconded by Eichelberg, carried 5-0.
Hiivala said a discrepancy was found on a bill to Southwest Credit for AT&T line charges. It was determined that the County should be responsible for $2,701.21. Payment was delayed to the point where a collection agency is involved. Hiivala consulted with Brian Asleson, Chief Deputy Attorney, and the recommendation was to pay Southwest Credit and seek restitution through the consultant or Qwest. Hiivala said the claim was listed within the abstract. On a motion by Eichelberg, second by Russek, all voted to authorize the payment of $2,701.21 to Southwest Credit. Norman inquired whether this cost will be prorated to all departments. Hiivala affirmed that it would and that reimbursement will be sought from the State for the Court Administration portion as well.
Hiivala provided an update on Joint Ditch 14. He was in contact with Meeker and McLeod counties who concur that a meeting is not necessary on repairs to the Ditch. As Wright County has three Commissioner votes, repair can be authorized up to $20,000 without approval from the other two counties involved. Mattson felt the other counties should always be involved even if expenditures are less than $20,000. This issue was referred to the next meeting for action as it was not listed on the Agenda.
Hiivala requested the Board schedule a Ditch Committee Of The Whole Meeting. The purpose would be to discuss ditch policies in general and a possible joint ditch agreement with the counties of Renville, Kandiyohi, McLeod and Meeker allowing for expenditures for ditch repairs of up to $20,000. Hiivala will also review 2005 ditch action items. Russek moved to schedule a Ditch Committee Of The Whole Meeting for 2-28-06 at 1:30 P.M., Auditor’s Conference Room. The motion was seconded by Mattson and carried 5-0. Steve Jobe, County Surveyor, and Kerry Saxton, SWCD, will be invited to attend the meeting.
The claims listing was reviewed. Hiivala referenced a claim on page 19, University of Minnesota ($30) and clarified that the listing was corrected to reflect “conferences and meetings” instead of “meals.” Russek questioned prorating the telephone bill to Court Administration. Hiivala explained that prior to the State takeover of Court Administration, the State was billed for telephone and postage for the law clerks, jurors and court reporters. Now the bill includes Court Administration as well. On a motion by Mattson, second by Russek, all voted to approve the claims as listed in the abstract, subject to audit.
At their last meeting, the County Board discussed appointments to the Water Management Task Force (WMTF). It was the consensus that Joe Jacobs, SWCD, should forward information on current task force membership to the Board and that discussion should be referred to today’s meeting. The two candidates who expressed interest in the open position were Norman Hanan (Lake Sylvia) and Brian Hall (Beebe Lake). Due to the geographical location of the WMTF members, Mattson felt that Hanan would be the best choice. Mattson moved to appoint Norman Hanan from Lake Sylvia to the WMTF, seconded by Sawatzke, carried 5-0.
Marc Mattice, Parks Administrator, requested the Board establish a Public Hearing regarding the Regional Park Grant Application and Remediation Grant Application. The Board approved submission of the grant applications on 1-24-06. The Public Hearing would be held to receive input on the possible acquisition of land near Stanley Eddy Park and is required to submit the grant applications. On a motion by Sawatzke, second by Mattson, all voted to schedule the Public Hearing for 3-07-06 at 9:30 A.M.
Brian Asleson, Chief Deputy Attorney, was contacted by bond counsel for Courage Center relating to the issuance of revenue bonds. Courage Center owns Camp Courage, located in Wright County. Courage Center is working with the Minneapolis Community Development Agency on the issuance of bonds to finance improvements at their headquarters in Golden Valley as well as at Camp Courage. Since part of the project is located in Wright County, the statutes require a Public Hearing and County Board authorization for issuance of the bonds. Russek moved to schedule the Public Hearing for 3-21-06 at 9:30 A.M., seconded by Eichelberg, carried 5-0.
Asleson reported that he was unable to finalize the documents related to the RFQ/RFP for the Jail project as directed. The current RFQ/RFP document, Section A2, reflects that responses from architects must be submitted by 3-17-06 at 4:30 P.M. He suggested that the RFQ/RFP document be revised to reflect 3-24-06. On a motion by Russek, second by Eichelberg, all voted to move the submittal date to 3-24-06 as requested. Interviews will be conducted on April 4th & 5th as planned.
Albion Township. $15,579.67
Allina Health Systems 500.00
Ameripride Linen/Apparel 416.88
Ancom Technical Center 336.75
Andys Midtown Auto 194.86
Aramark Correctional Serv. 5,327.92
BLM Technologies Inc. 720.61
Darnell Brethorst 126.83
Buffalo Township 16,327.37
Burdas Towing 181.05
CDW Government Inc. 117.14
Center Point Energy 19,891.25
Centra Sota Lake Region 26,640.67
Central McGowan Inc. 224.28
Chatham Township 11,166.74
Clearwater Township 13,281.06
Climate Air 1,306.43
Cokato Township 16,061.93
Cole Information Services 534.95
Comm. of Transportation 587.59
Computer Prof. Unlimited 4,333.47
Corinna Township 23,507.74
Crow River Tools 224.94
Cub Pharmacy 1,034.55
Decorative Designs Inc. 184.31
Duluth Trading Company 100.76
Maria Felger Ramos LLC 112,25
Franklin Township 26,174.32
French Lake Township 14,509.46
Gateway Companies Inc. 5,950.00
Gopher State One Call 144.95
Gov. Training Services 895.00
H & L Mesabi 1,254.36
Harper Cleaning Products 306.39
Heartland Appraisal 910.00
James Hill Inc. 2,375.00
Neal Huemoeller 208.71
Identi-Kit Solutions 708.00
Imageware Systems, Inc. 7,916.00
Int’l Code Council 180.00
KNR Communications 5,679.72
Kustom Signals Inc. 140.93
Law Enforcement Tech. 691.50
Loberg Electric 517.90
M-R Sign Company Inc. 898.78
Maple Lake Township 20,226.40
Marco Business Products 2,514.27
Martin Marietta Aggregates 152.25
Martin-McAllisters Cons. 350.00
Marysville Township 18,08152
Middleville Township 14,064.50
MN Dept. of Health 263.75
MN Elevator Inc. 220.00
MN Hwy. Safety/Research 2,198.00
MN Housing/Finance 15,720.81
MN Office of Enterprise Tech 370.00
MN Sheriffs Assoc. 4,189.00
Mobile Vision 6,182.80
Monticello Township 27,879.55
Morries Buffalo Ford Merc 178.38
Office Depot 2,404.28
Olsen Companies 798.75
Powerplan OIB 890.02
Tom Praska 132.39
Precision Prints of Wright Co. 713.56
Reds Auto Electric 119.11
Rockford Township 26,957.17
Setina Mfg. Co. Inc. 4,583.00
Silver Creek Township 23,781.62
Southside Township 14,127.81
Southwest Credit Systems 2,701.21
State of MN-Info Tech Div. 4,880.23
Stockholm Township 13,367.45
Structural Buildings Inc. 63,487.00
Super Express 231.11
William Swing 151.93
Thermal Technologies 4,850.00
Total Printing 1,097.60
Uniforms Unlimited 1,099.32
United Locating Services 120.00
United Rentals Hwy. Tech. 873.75
University of Minnesota 11,230.00
Varner Sheet Metal Inc. 168.75
Victor Township 14,801.19
Voss Lighting 120.35
West Payment Center 603.48
Woodland Township 13,104.50
Wright Co. Highway Dept. 3,483.50
Wright Hennepin Electric 2,867.01
Xcel Energy 1,824.96
37 Payments less than $100 1,736.32
Final total $573,613.31
The meeting adjourned at 9:23 A.M
Published in the Herald Journal March 20, 2006.