Wright County Board Minutes



APRIL 25, 2006

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

Eichelberg moved to approve the minutes of 4-18-06, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0.

Corrections were made to the Agenda as follows: Page 2, 9:10 A.M. Agenda Item, change from “May 17-13, 2006” to “May 7-13, 2006” (Russek). Russek moved to approve the Agenda as amended, seconded by Sawatzke, carried 5-0.

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


1. Performance Appraisals: M. Nolan, Admin.; J. Hrdlicka, E. Liberato, Atty.; S. Riley, M. Woodford, P&Z; J. Brown, E. Leander, Sheriff.


1. Approve Abatements, PID #110-052-002030 & 110-052-002040, Oakshire Homes, Inc. (City of Maple Lake).

2. Approve Abatement, PID #215-000-084302, Robert & Lisa Krebsbach. (Rockford Twp.).

3. Approve Abatement, PID #104-036-001030, Smith Distributing (City of Clearwater).

4. Approve Abatements, PID #118-500-262205, #118-500-262100, & #118-500-352201, City of Otsego (City of Otsego).

5. Approve Abatement, PID #202-000-341300, The Otten Living Trust (Buffalo Twp.).

6. Approve Abatements, PID #208-200-152200 & #208-200-152201, John & Jane Huncha (Franklin Twp.).


1. Approve Annual On Sale Beer License For Cokato Town & Country Club (Cokato Twp.).


1. Award Contract To Sunblad Construction, Inc., For 2006 Culvert Improvement Project, Contract #0603.


1. Endorse Proceeding With Deployment Of Video Conferencing System.


1. Authorize Signature By County Board Chair On Letter Of Intent To Negotiate Jointly With The City Of Monticello RE: Property In Monticello Township.

2. Authorize County Attorney’s Office To Proceed With Drafting A Joint Powers Agreement RE: Possible Regional Park In Monticello Twp.


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

A. Kenneth Rachel (Maple Lake Twp.). Planning Commission unanimously recommend approval of the request to rezone from AG to R-2a.

Bob Hiivala, Auditor/Treasurer, requested the Board schedule a followup Ditch Committee Of The Whole Meeting. At their last meeting, the Ditch Committee did not set a time and date specific to meet again. Sawatzke moved to schedule a Ditch Committee Of The Whole Meeting for 5-16-06 at 10:30 A.M., seconded by Russek, carried 5-0. Hiivala will draft an Agenda for the meeting.

The claims listing was discussed. Hiivala referenced a claim on page 12 to Wayne Fingalson. Of the total requested amount of $1115.49 for costs associated with the NACE Conference, Hiivala pulled the $89.00 reimbursement request for meal expenses to obtain additional supporting documentation. The remainder of the claim will be paid. Mattson questioned whether these expenses should have been paid by NACE. Richard Norman, County Coordinator, said attendance by Fingalson at the NACE Conference was approved by the Board previously through approval of the Consent Agenda. Fingalson attends NACE meetings in conjunction with the NACO Conference. The NACE portion of the NACO Conference is reimbursed by NACE. Costs associated with the NACE Conference are not reimbursed. It was clarified that the County’s Personnel Policy and Procedure Manual reflects that out of state travel requires County Board approval. It does not reflect language with regard to the Board’s position on only allowing attendance at one out-of-state conference per year. Mattson referenced a claim on page 10 to MTI Distributing Inc. ($17,010.17) for a mower for the Parks Department to be paid from Furniture and Equipment. He questioned whether this was correct. It was the consensus that a large majority of expenses related to this line item would be for equipment rather than furniture. On a motion by Mattson, second by Russek, all voted to approve the claims as listed in the abstract, subject to audit.

Capt. Gary Torfin, Jail Administrator, presented a draft resolution proclaiming May 7-13, 2006 as “Correctional Officers Week.” Norman said it is important to recognize this group of employees because of the outstanding job they do. They are a group that is often times not seen because of their responsibilities and shifts. Mattson moved to adopt Resolution #06-32 declaring May 7-13, 2006 as “Correctional Officers” week in Wright County in honor of the dedicated professionals who supervise the County’s inmate population. The motion was seconded by Russek and carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.

On a motion by Russek, second by Sawatzke, roll call vote carried 5-0 to adopt Resolution #06-33, approving Charitable Gambling Application Form LG214, Central MN Sexual Assault Center, Olson Truck Stop, 4101-148th St. NW, Clearwater MN 55320.

Marc Mattice, Parks Administrator, informed the Board that two projects were included in the 2006 overlay budget for the Parks Department. These included:

Project ; Budget Amount; Bid Amount; Over Budget

Crawford Lake; $11,500; $19,806.57; $8,306.57

Otsego Trails #1; $40,000; $74,684.37; $34,684.37 (Includes shouldering trail with black dirt, by contractor)

Otsego Trails #2; $40,000; $58,531.35; $18,531.35 (Does not include shouldering trails with black dirt by contractor, Park staff would use gravel)

Possible solutions were discussed. Mattice’s preference was to proceed with the Otsego Trail project. Black dirt shoulders were preferred due to esthetics and maintenance issues. Mattice estimated that an additional $7,000 would be required to proceed with Otsego Trails #2 with Parks staff completing the work. Mattice will research alternatives of obtaining black dirt to reduce costs (use of compost from Compost Facility or elsewhere, topsoil from future Jail site or other projects). After discussion, Sawatzke moved to authorize completion of the Otsego Trail project, Option 2, using black dirt for shouldering with work to be completed by the Parks Department. The motion includes directing the Parks Department to research and use the best method possible to reduce overage costs. It was recognized that the Parks Department line item will exceed budget to cover this expense. The motion was seconded by Mattson and carried 5-0.

Wayne Fingalson, Highway Engineer, requested the Board award the Overlay Contract #0604 to Bauerly Companies, low bid at $2,928,760.76. Bids were opened at the 4-18-06 Wright County Board Meeting. Costs have risen from $28/ton for bituminous in 2005 to $39/ton in 2006 (20% increase). Pictures of road conditions on CR 107 were reviewed. In order to meet budget, Fingalson proposed removal of 4.5 miles of overlay on CR 107 reducing the cost by $600,000. A partnership has been worked out with the Dassel-Cokato School District where they have agreed to fund turn lanes on CR 100 as part of the project. Buffalo Bituminous has indicated that oil prices will increase by at least 20% near the end of Summer, resulting in an increased cost to overlay the portion of CR 107 next year. Fingalson estimated that it would cost $30,000 in patching to maintain the road until it was overlaid next year. He did not feel patching should extend beyond next year. With rebuilding, roadways improved would have 9-ton weight restrictions. Russek said the 4-mile section of CR 107 needs to be improved because of road conditions and weight restrictions. Sawatzke agreed but felt $600,000 was a lot to spend when it wasn’t budgeted. He said that historically, when fuel prices have risen the demand changes and prices come down. However, he recognized that this is now a global economy and the outcome may be different. He questioned alternative sources of road materials. Fingalson said concrete roads require cement as a component which is also experiencing shortages and is more expensive than bituminous. Russek referred to the Board’s decision today to authorize the Parks Department to exceed budget by $7000 for overlaying trails and the discussion on $600,000 for road overlays. He offered the option of bonding for $600,000 for a 3-year period. He felt roads needed to be maintained. Eichelberg said rebuilding of roads would increase the load limit and make it safe for the traveling public, including farmers/equipment. Sawatzke referenced County State Aid Highways and the required funding participation by counties. If this participation were not required, counties would have more funds to improve roadways. Fingalson concurred and hoped the Constitutional Amendment would be adopted this Fall. Norman suggested referring this issue to the Capital Improvement/Finance Committee. Springsted (finance advisor) would be invited to provide their advice on the logical term of a bond issue and other relative issues. Fingalson indicated that bids are good for 30 days and that these prices would not be realized outside of the overlay contract. Mattson moved to award the contract to Bauerly Companies and to meet with Springsted on financing, seconded by Russek. It was clarified that the motion included CR 107. The motion carried 4-1 with Sawatzke casting the nay vote. Russek moved to send the issue of bonding for overlay projects to the Capital Improvement/Finance Committee, seconded by Mattson. Members of this Committee include Heeter, Russek, Auditor/Treasurer, Attorney’s Office representative, and County Coordinator. The meeting will be held on May 10th as part of the regularly scheduled Committee meetings. The motion carried 5-0. Fingalson requested that the motion include awarding the contract to Bauerly Brothers and that it reflect the dollar amount (including Parks). Russek moved to award Contract #0604 to Bauerly Brothers for the 2006 overlays at a cost of $2,928,760.76 plus Alternate 2 for the Parks overlays at a cost of $58,531.35. The motion was seconded by Mattson and carried 4-1 with Sawatzke casting the nay vote.

Eichelberg moved to adopt Resolution #06-34 approving the Resolution of Final Acceptance for 2005 Overlays, Contract #0502, with Buffalo Bituminous, Inc. and authorizing final payment of $48,685.24. The motion was seconded by Russek and carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.

A Transportation Committee Of The Whole Meeting was held on 4-17-06. The Committee minutes and discussion at today’s County Board Meeting (in italics) follows:

Discuss Proposed Agreement with Otsego Regarding TH 101.

MacArthur explained how the City of Otsego had made a deal with the landowners along TH 101 to get right of way from them that could be used to cover the local share of the TH 101 project. He said that the City wanted to make it clear that the value of this right of way covers Otsego’s, St. Michael’s, and Wright County’s share of the expenses. The appraisal for this property came in at $10.4 million, which is higher than what Mn/DOT estimated the local share would be, and Otsego has signed an agreement with the State that both entities agree that the value of the right of way covers the local share. MacArthur said that the City is also doing $400,000 in additional work, over and above the TH 101 improvements, some on the frontage road and some on CSAH 39 on the County’s right of way. This is work being done at the request of the City. He said that the City wants the County’s assurance that if the local share goes over the value of the appraisal of the right of way, the County will cover the additional costs. He said that the additional work the City is doing would not be considered part of a local share, but that Otsego will be responsible for this cost. Heidner said that Otsego is giving services in the amount of about $2 million back to the developers in exchange for this right of way, so it is not free to the City. Fournier said that even if the cost of the project goes up to $70 million, the appraised value of the right of way should still cover the cost of the local share. Sawatzke said that he felt it was reasonable for the County to cover any more local costs if the project costs go higher than estimated, and Fingalson said that he agreed with that. MacArthur said that the only problem the City has is that it is signatory to the agreement with the State, even if the risk seems limited because of the language in the agreement. They would like to have an agreement with the County that states that the County will pay for any overages in the local share. This will safeguard Otsego if the contract doesn’t pan out as it says it will. RECOMMENDATION: It was the consensus of the TCOTW that Wright County will cover the overages if the local share of the TH 101 project goes above the local construction cost and above the value of the right of way that has been designated to cover the local share of the costs.

At today’s County Board Meeting, a draft was distributed relating to the agreement with the City of Otsego on the Mn/DOT Hwy. 101 Project. Asleson and Fingalson have reviewed the document language. The bid opening for the project is May 5th. In the scenario that bids come in higher than estimated, Eichelberg suggested bonding for this project as an option. This issue will be referred to the Capital Improvement Finance Committee Meeting on May 10th if needed. Discussion followed on funding requirements set forth by the agreement between the City and State and impacts on the County. Financial implications for the County may not be known until the end of the project. Russek supported the suggestion to discuss bonding for this project if increased project costs are realized. Sawatzke moved to approve the Agreement with the City of Otsego regarding contribution to the local share for the Mn/DOT Highway 101 project, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0.

The second issue that Otsego wanted to discuss was the accesses on CSAHs 42, 37, and 36. Wagner said that he had just discussed this with the Council members that were present. They have already been working on a lot of the access issues with Hawkins and Fingalson, and have appreciated the accesses that they have been given. Today, they would like to ask the County to assign a 40 mph speed limit to the roadway design that lies within one-half mile either side of TH 101. If the roadway is designed for 55 mph, this area will become a decision-making area for traffic and more conflict will be created. Curbing would have to be pushed out a bit, which would leave less room for bike trails. Heidner said that as a result of the high appraisals on TH 101, a one-acre parcel is now going for about $1.5 million. Lowering the speed limit would result in a requirement for less right of way. Wagner said that the Council would like to have this road designed as an urban section, where a more moderate speed would be appropriate. As the traffic signals are put up, the traffic will slow down. Currently, traffic travels between 60 – 55 mph. From the intersection of TH 101 and CSAH 39 to TH 101 and CSAH 42, the property will be developed. MacArthur said that development isn’t occurring all at once and that they can’t get the dedication off the plats. They will have to condemn on the west side, but it still not platted and will have to pay out for the easement. Any break on the right-of-way costs will help save them money. Fingalson said that a speed study had been recently completed, but another one will likely be done as more development occurs. Wagner said that they would like to have double left turns and single right turns at every intersection to keep the traffic moving. Sawatzke said that typically the development comes first, adds stress to the roads, and then the County has to pay for the improvements. However, here the City is paying for the improvements and asking the developer for reimbursement, but the County will not to pay for them. He said that for the Albertville project, the County had to pay $500,00 and the City paid even more. He prefers to look to the surrounding property owners for contributions. Perhaps greater consideration could be given to the Cities that are bringing the money to the table for the requested projects. Heidner said that though the City is paying about $2.7 million for various improvements, most of that will be reimbursed by the developers. MacArthur said that the developer of the Super Target will be paying half of the assessments, at the City’s risk, and the remainder will be assessed and probably deferred for a while. Fingalson said that since these are not County improvements, it makes sense that growth pays for itself. The Council members agreed with this. Sawatzke said that Albertville improvements were driven by development, and Hawkins said that the improvement in Albertville was already scheduled on the County’s plan but that Albertville wanted to move the project ahead a bit. Sawatzke said that his point is that it is advantageous when the County is not being asked to contribute. Russek asked if CSAH 42 were going to be designated as urban or rural. Fingalson said that an urban design seems reasonable. Fingalson said that the County Highway Department has been asked to administer the Transportation Plan that is in place. The County, as well as Otsego, Albertville, and St. Michael, have spent a lot of money to have this study done. Growth has been identified, and it is important that the County use this Transportation Plan to do planning that is consistent with the recommendations of the document. Fingalson said that he takes issue with the attempt to ignore the access management part of the Plan. He said that he would prefer to look at each situation as it comes up, and that closer accesses could be a problem in the future. He agrees that the speed limit should be 45 mph. Both Sawatzke and Heeter voiced their opinions that slower speeds dictate closer accesses. Wagner explained that the map handed out today showing a number of accesses is not part of the agreement they want to enter into with the County, so he advised everyone to disregard what is shown on the map. He said that the City is interested in designing for a lower speed now, rather than designing for a higher speed and then having to lower the speed when more traffic is generated by further development. If the roadway is designed for 50 mph, then some drivers are more inclined to drive that fast. Sawatzke said that once stoplights are installed, vehicles won’t be able to travel at 50 mph. Johnson said that he has requested Mn/DOT to coordinate the three signals at CSAHs 42, 39, and 87th with 85th Street, so that traffic can flow freely. Even though he endorses the access guidelines, he feels that the guidelines need to fit the situation. There will be high levels of commercial development along this stretch, and Otsego is trying to be proactive in trying to determine what will be the appropriate speed. Otsego doesn’t want the traffic to back up either, because that will discourage people from shopping there. Wagner said that he had a discussion this morning with some of the City Council and they would like to continue discussing accesses on a case-by-case basis, but they would also like the County to consider designating the speed limit at a lower level than 50 mph so that they can design the road for slower traffic. There will be at least six stoplights between CSAHs 42 and 39, so they would like to design the road for 40 mph. Up until this morning, the Council had intended to discuss accesses, but after further review, they realized that they really wanted to prepare the road design for a lower speed limit. Fingalson said that this was the first time he had seen this request for a different road design speed and would like time to review it with his staff to determine what effect the design might have on the speed limit. Sawatzke said that he didn’t see why the new road design wouldn’t work. He doesn’t think that there is any way that traffic will be able to travel at 50 mph once all the signals are in, and he would like to have a decision made today. Fingalson asked what his opinion was based on, the development that is supposed to take place? Sawatzke said that Otsego is planning for development and they wouldn’t be spending money unless that is what they wanted. Russek said that he didn’t have a problem with a new road design. Why even design a 50-55 mph road when the speed will be slower between stoplights. Hawkins said that the County isn’t opposed to that design if the development goes according to plan. He said that the County is willing to work with the City. Sawatzke said that it wouldn’t make sense to build a road only to have to tear it up again as the needs change. Fingalson said that there needs to be a plan of what is going to be there—is there growth all the way down to TH 101 for six traffic signals? Heidner said that signals were planned for 85th Street, 87th Street, CSAH 39 and CSAH 42, in addition to the ones at TH 101 and at the frontage road. Four will be installed within the next two years, with the one at the Target site on 85th as the top priority. They want this one done and in place before Target opens, which is scheduled for July 2007. Heidner said that the design for 50 mph is wider than the design for 40 mph, and less right of way would be needed for a 40 mph road design. Eichelberg expressed his concern that if the County deviates from its current plan, future commissioners will have to deal with other issues that might contradict the study. Both Sawatzke and Heeter said that they didn’t see a contradiction. Wagner said that if the road were designed for 40 mph now, it would save 8 feet on the roadway and save more land and have a space for the utilities to go in the right of way. Sawatzke said that he would rather not delay the decision and would like to make it Board policy that this road be designed for an urban 40 mph design. Johnson said that the first piece that Otsego is looking at is 85th Street to CSAH 39, and they are designing it to 40 mph. South of 85th Street will stay rural for a year or two, but the City will be submitting plans to the County to design that portion as a 40 mph roadway also. Fingalson said that Otsego may have to go through a state aid variance, but Wagner said that the State Aid Engineer has already approved this. Heidner said that the City has been working with the County on six signals on CSAH 42 and are trying to get the design speed down. If they can do this in the one-half mile area from TH 101, they will be able to save money, possibly as much at $5 – 6 million. Fingalson said that a lower speed design would be reasonable for that stretch of roadway. Sawatzke said that the one-half mile area on CSAH 39 to TH 101 also seemed reasonable for an urban design. Wagner said that he has been talking with Hawkins about a line that Qwest has in the ditch along CSAH 42 on the north and south. Once this road gets widened, it will be in the turn lane and on the shoulder. The fiber optic is in vaults with conduits in between, so they should be able to pull the line out without tearing up the street. The City would like to allow them to stay in the roadway on the shoulder and turn lane and have them adjust the manhole coversso that they are flush with the road surface. Fingalson said that when the County met with the City about this, the City and the County both agreed that the utilities needed to be off the roadway. It’s not a good thing to have manholes in the turn lane, so the City agreed to require that the utility have a 10-foot utility easement. However, Qwest said that they won’t be able to move it for 15 months, and then it will cost the City about $350,000. They said that it is the backbone of their system. Fingalson said that he is not happy about the manhole, but 15 months is too long to wait and the City shouldn’t have to pay $350,000, so the County will allow that to be there, as long as the manhole isn’t in the wheel path. RECOMMENDATION: It was the consensus of the TCOTW to agree with the Highway Department staff that the utility line be allowed to stay under the turn lane and paved shoulder in view of costs.

Fournier said that he wanted the commissioners to know that both Fingalson and Hawkins have been very good to work with. They stick to the rules but have been good at working out compromises, and he thanked them for their cooperation. The commissioners also expressed their appreciation to Otsego for covering the entire local share of the TH 101 project cost. Fingalson asked if Otsego and Albertville have come to an agreement about the interstate accesses, and Johnson said that they have been working on it. Otsego staff met with the Albertville City Administrator and SEH, and they have found a design that will probably work for both of them, but the funding split is an issue at this point. There are about five different agreements that need to be worked out. RECOMMENDATION: It was the consensus of the Committee that CSAH 42 between CSAH 39 and TH 101 be designed as an urban 40 mph road, subject to State Aid approval. Both of the immediately previous recommendations are to be incorporated into the agreement with the City of Otsego.

Status of CSAH Changes.

Fingalson said that a day-long meeting with the Screening Board Mileage Sub-Committee is set for Monday, April 24, for Wright County. He pointed out a number of administrative changes that have been made, working with Kelvin Howieson and the State Aid Office. These are:

CR 144 was added to the system, because it is a natural extension of CSAH 33 and will tie in nicely with the future bridge crossing and with TH 610. This change could possibly even draw bridge needs.

CSAH 21, which had been considered for removal from the system, was kept on the system because it ties in with another CSAH in the adjoining county.

Dague Avenue SE serves as a connection between CSAH 13 and CSAH 14.

CR 137 was added as an extension of CSAH 31.

CR 101 was added as an extension of CSAH 39.

CR 136 was added as an extension of CSAH 3.

CR 117 and recently improved Farmington Avenue will tie in with CR 116. There have been some problems with water rising from Pelican Lake rising over CR 117. The maintenance crew raised the grade a bit last fall and it did not have to be closed. It would be nice to get it back on the state aid system so that it has another funding source. Currently, Wright County is restricted to using local funds for any improvements on CR 117. The road may have to be raised again, as it will be at least three or four years before the lake will be lowered, an action that is currently be sought by concerned citizens working with the DNR.

CR 115 should be a logical change to the CSAH system as it connects TH 55 and TH 25.

Extending the CSAH 7 route [over 40th Street SW] to CSAH 5 could be harder to accept, but it does have good arguments for taking traffic off TH 12.

Fingalson said that the advantage of having more miles on the CSAH system is that the County is then able to draw more needs, which results in more funds being available. The Mileage Sub-Committee will look at the roads, spend a few hours considering the requests, and make a recommendation to the Screening Board. The results of their decision should be available by June.

Status of Roundabout Issue in Monticello

Fingalson said that the City of Monticello will be dealing with the issue of the Board’s decision to allow a roundabout on Monday, April 24. He said that he did convey to the City Engineer and the Consulting Engineer that the Board approved the roundabout or a full intersection at Meadow Oak if the School and the City agreed to it. Fingalson said that he had talked with the Consulting Engineer who told Fingalson that he was mistaken when he told the TCOTW that the intersection met the warrants for a traffic signal. He meant to say that it would meet the warrants if a certain type of development were to happen on the north side of Meadow Oak. Fingalson said that he would like to get a justification report even if no state aid money is involved and then assign a state aid number so that the County can get “credit for local effort.” He repeated that neither a full intersection nor a roundabout fits the recommendations of the engineering staff and is a violation of County policy, but he was working with the City Engineer to follow the direction given from the Board.

At today’s County Board Meeting, Fingalson relayed that the City Council approved proceeding with the roundabout at their meeting on 4-24-06. The County Highway Department will work closely with the City on the design. Final approval is required by State Aid. From a safety standpoint, it was agreed that the roundabout will not work with a pedestrian crossing. Fingalson and his assistant recently attended a Roundabout training held by the University of Minnesota. City Engineers attended as well. Fingalson reiterated that he did not support the roundabout at this location as it went against the principles set up in the Transportation Plan. Although against his recommendation, he said he will work with the City on this project.

Discuss Option for Former Chouinard Property.

Fingalson said that there has not been a big response to the “For Sale” signs that are posted at the former Chouinard property in St. Michael. Information is also on the County website. There have been only three inquiries so far, but this could be because the traffic is limited there because of the bridge construction. He said that the house is in pretty good shape and there is roughly 25,000 yards of granular material for mining under the buildings. The gravel might be worth about $50,000, but Fingalson said that he thought the property would be more attractive if the gravel were removed. He suggested that the commissioners go and take a look at it. The bridge will be opened in July, and there might be more interest shown as the traffic increases. Sawatzke suggested that the buildings should be left on the property and let the new owner make the decision what to do with them. Fingalson said that an informational meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., Thursday, April 20, at Delano and Albertville respectively, to give interested bidders an opportunity to look at the sites, prior to the May 2 bid opening. RECOMMENDATION: It was the consensus of the TCOTW that it would be best to wait until the middle of the summer to advertise for bids for the sale of the former Chouinard property.

At today’s Board Meeting, Sawatzke made the following corrections to the Transportation Minutes: Page 1, reverse titles of Vern Heidner and Larry Fournier; page 2, 4th paragraph, 4th sentence, change from “...but the County will not to pay...” to “...but the County will not be asked to pay.. “; and change all references in minutes from Heidner to Fournier and vice versa. Russek moved to approve the minutes as corrected with the remainder of the recommendations, seconded by Mattson, carried 5-0.

(End of Transportation Of The Whole Minutes)

Russek will add the Washington Fly In to next week’s County Board Agenda.

As part of the approval of the Consent Agenda today, the Board authorized signature on a Letter of Intent to negotiate jointly with the City of Monticello regarding property in Monticello Township. Mattice stated that Asleson had reviewed the document and suggested a change on page 1, 2nd paragraph, 2nd sentence, to read, “The City and the YMCA have proposed to enter into negotiations regarding the conveyance of the Property from the YMCA to the City and County.” Mattson moved to authorize the change to the Letter of Intent, seconded by Sawatzke, carried 5-0. Mattice said the City of Monticello approved the concept of the document at their 4-24-06 City Council Meeting. The City will be provided a copy of the revised document.

Heeter and Sawatzke will not be present at the next County Board Meeting due to their attendance at the NIC Training in Colorado. The training relates to managing a jail project.

Norman announced a Leadership Team Retreat at Ney Nature Center on 5-03-06 and will be attended by the County Board and Department Heads.

Bills Approved

Advanced Graphix Inc.. $6427.13

Albertville Body shop Inc. 630.91

American Solutions for Bus. 7,412.55

Ameripride Linen and Apparel 501.62

AMI Imaging Systems, Inc. 330.88

Ancom Communications Inc. 553.80

Ancom Technical Center 577.02

Anoka Co. Juvenile Ctr. 405.00

Aqua Green Lawns 125.00

Aramark Corr. Services 9,888.48

Arrowwood 272.79

Auto Glass Center Inc. 292.24

B & B Products - Rigs /Squa 4,210.13

B & D Plumbing & Heating 504.00

Barnes Distribution 254.99

Bogart Pederson & Assoc. . 3,192.50

Buffalo Bituminous 48,685.24

Bureau of Crim. Apprehen. 805.00

Center Point Energy 1,643.16

Centra Sota Lake Region 19,272.05

Chamberlain Oil Co. 2,661.12

Cintas First Aid & Safety 107.54

Clinical & Forensic Psychol 1,250.00

Culligan of Buffalo 220.76

Decorative Designs Inc. 184.31

Franklin Denn 462.30

Department of Public Safety 5,490.00

E. Central Reg. Juvenile 16,380.00

Fairview Northland 803.24

Wayne Fingalson 1,026.49

First State Tire Recycling 383.22

Force America Inc. 328.06

Gateway Companies Inc. 1,320.60

Gordys Foods 178.79

Grainger 417.44

Brad Haynes 100.00

Hegle Door Co. 170.53

Hewlett Packard 1,717.85

Hillyard Floor Care Supply 308.32

Interstate All Battery Center 673.08

Lakedale Telephone Co. 112.70

Michael Laurent 466.08

M & M Express 214.03

M-R Sign Company Inc. 402.62

Marco Business Products 1,300.90

Masys Corporation 2,628.87

Menards - Buffalo 118.71

Mies Outland Inc. 133.85

MN Assn. of Assess. Of. 1,290.00

MN Assn. of Co. Probation Of. 600.00

MN Co. Attorneys Assoc. 105.00

MN Hwy. Safety/Research 810.00

MN State Auditor 3,684.65

Morries Buffalo Ford Merc 1,755.22

MTI Distributing Inc. 17,303.91

Nagell Appraisal & Cons. 600.00

Nat’l Business Furniture 1,736.00

N. American Salt Co. 132,931.37

N. Suburban Towing Inc. 186.37

Office Depot 1,656.92

Powerplan OIB 457.76

Precision Prints of Wright Co. 426.00

Qwest 456.91

Redstone Const. Co. Inc. 194,710.00

Reed Business Info 928.56

John Reid and Assoc. 535.00

Royal Tire Inc. 5,320.81

RS Eden 715.05

Shell Fleet Plus 4,124.68

Sheriffs Youth Program/MN 2,014.09

Darcey Sloneker 118.49

Software House Int’l 145.91

Springsted Inc. 3,935.14

Sprint-Local Telecom Div. 101.38

St. Cloud Fire Equipment 773.80

St. Michael Vet Clinic 358.18

Stepp Mfg. Company Inc. 22,224.49

Streichers 348.73

Sunsource 537.85

Timber Resources LLC 750.00

Total Printing 505.02

University of Minnesota 11,530.78

Unlimited Electric Inc. 3,229.51

US Bank 1,618.75

Utility Truck Services 599.59

Verizon 750.30

Waste Management TC West 205.12

Gordon Weber 294.50

West Payment Center 625.48

Wright Co. Auditor Treasurer 1,954.00

Wright Hennepin Electric 3,462.70

Xcel Energy 948.38

Zack’s Inc. 129.04

Zep Manufacturing Co. 202.47

39 Payments less than $100 1,810.33

Final total $575.044.84

The meeting adjourned at 10:23 A.M

Published in the Herald Journal May 15

, 2006.