Wright County Board Minutes

March 14, 2006

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

A moment of silence followed in honor of former County Commissioner Ken Jude who recently passed away.

Russek moved to approve the minutes of 3-07-06, seconded by Eichelberg, carried 5-0.

Petitions were accepted to the Agenda as follows: Item For Consid. #2, “MCIT OSHA Meeting” (Russek); Item For Consid. #3, “Invitation To Upcoming MEADA Meeting” (Heeter). Eichelberg moved to approve the Agenda as amended, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0.

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


1. Performance Appraisals: B. Severson, Hwy.; K. Hayes, IT; L. Goenner, R. Nevala, T. Strege, Sheriff.

2. Refer To 3-22-06 Civil Defense Committee Discussion RE: Emergency Evacuation Notification Procedures.

3. Refer List of Building Repairs To Building Committee.

4. Refer Job Description Evaluation Consultant Services To Personnel Committee.

5. 4th Quarter (2005) Training Reports.


1. Revise action item for proposed Right-Of-Way Ordinance. The Board previously scheduled a Public Hearing for 4-04-06 at 9:15 A.M. A Public Hearing is not required so the County will only publish a Notice of Intent to adopt the Ordinance.


1. Set Letting Date For 2006 Culvert Replacement Contract, 4-18-06 @ 9:20 A.M.

2. Set Letting Date For 2006 Overlay Contract (0604), 4-18-06 @ 9:30 A.M.

3. Set Bid Opening For Seasonal Requirements, Ways & Means Committee, 4-12-06 @ 9:00 A.M.


1. Parks Department 2005 Year End Report.

Bob Hiivala, Auditor/Treasurer, requested setting a Personnel Committee to discuss the Auditor/Treasurer office reorganization. Russek moved to refer this issue to the Personnel Committee, seconded by Sawatzke, carried 5-0.

Hiivala asked that a Budget Committee Of The Whole Meeting be scheduled to discuss the 2005 Budget. He requested that the Board reschedule the Ditch Committee Meeting set for 3-21-06 at 10:30 A.M. and hold the Budget Committee Meeting at that time. After discussion, Sawatzke moved to establish a Budget Committee Of The Whole Meeting on 3-21-06 at 10:30 A.M. and to reschedule the Ditch Committee Meeting to 4-18-06 at 10:30 A.M. The motion carried 5-0 on a motion by Russek.

On a motion by Mattson, second by Russek, all voted to acknowledge receipt of the January Revenue/Expenditure Guidelines.

The claims listing was reviewed. Sawatzke referenced a claim on page 1, City Administrators of Wright County ($300), for annual dues. Richard Norman, County Coordinator, has been invited to be a member of their organization which meets monthly. He has attended several meetings on a guest basis. Norman viewed this as part of the ongoing effort to improve the relationship between the County and cities. Heeter said this would also be another way to work together and also be informed of what other entities are doing. Russek felt cooperation with cities was important, especially because of the work on the Land Use Plan. Sawatzke questioned the group’s mission and purpose of the membership fee. Norman said he would be better able to address this after joining the group. Russek moved to approve the claims as listed in the abstract, subject to audit. The motion was seconded by Eichelberg and carried unanimously.

Marc Mattice, Parks Administrator, introduced Bev Johnson from the Wright County Horticulture Society. The County was presented a $1,000 donation from the Horticulture Society to be used for shade trees in various regional parks in Wright County. Mattice said the funds will be used to plant trees in parks that experienced storm damage in the past few years. The Horticulture Society was thanked for their donation. A thank you letter will be sent to the Horticulture Society and will be signed by the Board Chair on behalf of the Commissioners.

Mattice requested that the Board schedule a Parks Committee Of The Whole Meeting to discuss a partnership with the City of Monticello for regional parks. The Parks Commission has discussed the concept but not in great detail. Russek felt their recommendation was important on this issue. Sawatzke said the County Board should decide whether they find the concept appealing. Upon their recommendation, the Parks Commission would then work on more of the details. Sawatzke moved to schedule a Parks Committee Of The Whole Meeting for 3-27-06 at 11:00 A.M. The motion was seconded by Mattson and carried 5-0.

Steve Jobe, Surveyor, requested the Board adopt a resolution proclaiming March 19-25, 2006 as National Surveyor’s Week for Wright County. Jobe invited the County Board and public to visit the Public Works Building during that week. Refreshments will be served and information will be provided on issues such as growth, subdivisions, and land values. Russek moved to adopt Resolution #06-25 proclaiming March 19-25, 2006 as National Surveyor’s Week in Wright County. Eichelberg seconded the motion and it carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.

Tracy Janikula, Feedlot Administrator, requested the Board schedule a Public Hearing on a variance for a feedlot to road setback. The request is for a new barn on the Roy Marschall farm (Marysville Township). The barn would replace an existing barn that does not meet the 100’ setback from centerline to road. The Township will also be contacted. On a motion by Mattson, second by Sawatzke, all voted to set a Public hearing for 4-04-06 at 9:45 A.M.

A Building Committee Meeting was held on 3-08-06. Mattson moved to approve the minutes, seconded by Sawatzke, carried 5-0:

Parking For IT Staff. Swing requested a reserved parking spot in the East parking lot to be shared by the two IT techs assigned to provide technical support to the Human Services Center and Public Works. Use of the spot would be coordinated between the two techs, however the tech assigned full-time to Human Services would have priority based on frequency of trips and number of employees at the Human Services Center. Hayes provided drawings of the parking lots for review. It was the consensus of the Committee that a designated parking spot is justifiable based on transporting computer equipment between buildings. Recommendation: Designate one parking spot in the East lot for use by the two IT techs with the exact location to be determined, effective with the change in signage. (End of Building Committee Minutes)

Information was received from MCIT on a meeting being held on 4-13-06 in St. Cloud, “Minnesota OSHA: What You Need To Know.” Russek moved to authorize attendance, seconded by Sawatzke, carried 5-0.

Heeter announced a meeting being hosted by MEADA on 3-20-06 from 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M., Waterstone Restaurant (formerly Wild Marsh) in Buffalo. The public is invited to attend. This will be a brainstorming session to address what can be done to fight meth. On 3-28-06, a community-wide meth awareness night will be held in Maple Lake. It will include an hour presentation and a panel of recovering addicts.

Russek noted that more than two Commissioners may attend the Mayo’s dinner at the Jerry Zachman home (St. Michael) on 3-19-06.

Bills Approved

Adams Mark. $928.16

Advance Auto Parts 757.30

Advon Incorporated 189.60

Ameripride Linen/Apparel 490.27

Ancom Technical Center 1,430.17

City Annandale 225.00

Aramark Correctional Serv. 5,630.34

Arrow Terminal LLC 311.57

Artdirections Inc. 289.00

Aspen Equipment Company 2,474.00

Kirk Asplin Oil Company 127.84

Atom 900.00

Auto Glass Center Inc. 535.96

B & B Products-Rigs & Sqau 140.00

Bachman Printing 270.96

Joe Backes 182.89

Best Western Trail Lodge 132.76

BLM Technologies 239.59

Bogart Pederson & Assoc. 647.50

Darnell Brethorst 145.93

Brock White Co. LLC 26,994.01

City Buffalo 538.00

Ryan Busch 173.10

Tim Cameron 125.00

Car-Truck City 26,110.80

Cardiac Science 1,077.71

Catco Parts Service 458.31

CDW Government Inc. 220.45

Center Point Energy 3,690.00

Centra Sota Lake Region 64,204.33

Chamberlain Oil Co. 3,076.10

City Administrators of Wright 300.00

Continental Safety Equipment 388.76

Corporate Express 331.20

Culligan of Buffalo 223.13

D & H Fencing 295.00

City Delano 292,101.89

Dental Care Assoc. of Buff 643.00

Carter Diers 466.36

Diversified Networks Inc. 4,082.66

DLT Solutions Inc. 504.00

Nicholas Eastman 125.00

Electric Pump 473.37

Excel Systems Inc. 5,126.35

Tom Feddema 211.82

Force America Inc. 366.10

Gateway Companies Inc. 620.00

GCS Service Inc. 177.00

Janet Gholson 161.98

Raymond Glunz 200.00

Goodpointe Technology 285.75

Greenview Inc 680,.13

Greif Brothers Corporation 979.06

H & H Sport Shop Inc. 161.00

Hillyard Floor Care Supply 2,387.43

Gregory Howell 277.24

Interstate All Battery Ctr. 541.47

Keeprs Inc. 107.90

Kennametal Inc. 9,154.83

Kustom Signals Inc. 445.68

Lake Superior College 225.00

Lakedale Telephone Co. 538.44

Lilia Lantto 270.00

Lawson Products Inc. 100.18

Little Falls Machine 463.03

Little Jims Sports 202.24

Loberg Electric 259.38

Major Appliance Repair 246.95

Marco 199.97

Marco Business Products 1,315.07

Marks Standard Parts 1,487.88

Martin-McAllisters Consult 700.00

MASYS Corporation 2,628.87

Midland Corp. Benefits SVC 750.00

Millers Sewage Treatment Sol. 450.00

MN Assn. of Women Police 175.00

MN CLE Inc. 330.00

MN Sex Crimes Invest. Assn. 100.00

Mobile Vision 399.77

Morrell Towing Inc. 117.15

Morries Buffalo Ford Merc 3,654.55

MTI Distributing Inc. 144.86

National Business Sys. Inc. 14,880.00

National Public Safety Info 250.20

National Rep Conference 400.00

Nextel Communications 1,371.83

N American Salt Co. 78,018.78

Office Depot 2,479.60

Photo 1 641.82

Powerplan OIB 132.32

Precision Prints of Wright Co. 3,575.74

Reds Auto Electric 275.57

Reed Business Information 769.56

Royal Tire Inc. 1,192.72

RS Eden 5,938.75

RTVision Inc. 7,689.30

Jack Russek 213.15

Russells Security Resource 2,114.93

Ryan Motors Inc. 187.53

Sherburne Co. Treasurer 144.00

Software House Int’l Inc. 636.88

Tammi Solarz 105.91

Sprint 156.69

SRF Consulting Group Inc. 227.08

St Cloud Times 221.00

State of Minnesota 407.49

State Supply Co. 331.50

Super Express 264.12

Tennant 308.61

Test Mark Industries 257.19

Tool Warehouse Inc. 212.99

Total Printing 1,524.65

The Travel Gallery 801.20

Uniforms Unlimited 1,317.39

University of MN Law Sc 195.00

Verizon 887.22

Walmart Community BRC 436.65

Waste Management TC W 664.24

Weighing Sys.& Services 1,095.25

West Payment Center 440.92

Wright Co. Highway Dept. 33,322.61

Wright Co. Journal Press 570.14

Wright Hennepin Electric 395.41

Xcel Energy 1,873.15

Zack’s Inc. 3,598.76

49 Payments less than $100 2,437.62

Final total $652,258.57

The meeting adjourned at 9:32 A.M

Published in the Herald Journal April 10, 2006.