Wright County Board Minutes

MAY 2, 2006

The Wright County Board met in regular session at 9:00 A.M. with Mattson, Russek and Eichelberg present. Heeter and Sawatzke were absent due to their attendance at the NIC Training in Colorado. The training relates to managing a jail project. Commissioner Russek chaired the meeting.

The 4-25-06 Board Minutes were discussed. Russek referenced the1st page, last paragraph, and inquired whether the sentence was correct which reads, “Costs associated with the NACE Conference are not reimbursed.” Richard Norman, County Coordinator, explained that the sentence is correct as written. The costs for the NACE portion of the NACO Conference are covered. However, costs for the NACE Conference held in Michigan were not covered by NACE. Eichelberg moved to approve the minutes as written, seconded by Mattson, carried 3-0.

Petitions were accepted to the Agenda as follows: Consent Item A5 “Approve Memorandum Of Understanding With Local 49 RE: Summer Work Schedule” (Norman). Mattson moved to approve the Agenda as amended, seconded by Eichelberg, carried 3-0.

The Consent Agenda was discussed. Russek noted that the performance appraisal for Jeanie Dinsmore was not signed by the supervisor and questioned whether it could be approved. Norman said that the performance appraisal could be approved. The appraisal provides a rating for the employee to pass through the probationary period and also receive a step increase. The supervisor and employee should work toward resolution on outstanding issues. Eichelberg moved to approve the Consent Agenda with the addition of Item A5, second by Mattson, carried 3-0:


1. Performance Appraisals: J. Dinsmore, Ext.; B. Haynes, Hwy.; K. Jopp, P&Z; R. Pool, Sher.

2. Overtime Report, Period Ending 4-07-06.

3. Overtime Report, Period Ending 4-21-06.

4. Approve Agreement Between The County & IUOE, Local 49 For 2006-2008.

5. Approve Memorandum Of Understanding With Local 49 RE: Summer Work Schedule.


1. Approve Seasonal On Sale Beer License For Clearwater Lions Club (Clearwater Twp.).

Gloria Gooler, Administrative Confidential Secretary, presented two sets of Ditch Committee Of The Whole Minutes for approval. Eichelberg moved to approve the minutes of 2-28-06 and 4-18-06 as presented, seconded by Mattson, carried 3-0.

On a motion by Mattson, second by Eichelberg, all voted to approve the claims as listed in the abstract, subject to audit.

Marc Mattice, Parks Administrator, presented a resolution adopted annually relating to the Wright County Snowmobile Association. If adopted, the resolution would be submitted for the State Grant In Aid Program for the 2006-2007 season. Mattson moved to adopt Resolution #06-35, seconded by Eichelberg, carried 3-0 on a roll call vote.

Mattice presented a draft letter for approval which would be sent to the Capital Investment Conference Committee Members requesting support of a $5 million bonding bill for Local Initiative Grants. The program would help protect natural resources (lakeshore, rivers, woodlands, high priority park lands) and conserve land for people statewide. Funding for regional park land in Wright County did not make the bonding bill. Eichelberg moved to authorize the Vice Chair’s signature on the letter, seconded by Mattson, carried 3-0.

Wayne Fingalson, Highway Engineer, requested approval of a draft resolution of final acceptance for the CSAH 6 Bridge project, Contract #0402, with Lunda Construction Company. Eichelberg moved to adopt Resolution #06-36, seconded by Mattson. Mattson was in contact with a landowner who is experiencing some flooding problems that he stated were not occurring prior to the project. Fingalson has been in contact with this person and will follow up to discuss his concerns. The motion to adopt Resolution 06-36 carried 3-0 on a roll call vote. On a motion by Eichelberg, second by Mattson, all voted to authorize final payment of $38,685.36 to Lunda Construction Company.

Fingalson referenced the Memorandum of Understanding with Local 49er’s relating to the Summer work schedule approved as part of the Consent Agenda today. He asked for the opportunity to discuss this issue at today’s Board Meeting. Norman stated that the Agreement was negotiated between the Local 49er’s and the Employer (County Board). Concerns of the Highway Engineer were discussed during the negotiation session held on 5-01-06. Fingalson said there were specific language changes that both labor and management wanted to see. Norman said the language remains the same as in the past. The Agreement can be terminated by either party with a seven day notice. The Agreement was not discussed with the Labor/Management Committee prior to approval and not communicated to the 49er’s until recently.

A Personnel Committee Meeting was held on 4-26-06. The following correction was made to the minutes: Change the date of the minutes from “2007” to “2006”. Mattson moved to approve the minutes, seconded by Eichelberg, carried 3-0:

Custodian Staffing. There was discussion on work restrictions, use of subs, physical requirements of the position, and staffing coverage needed throughout the day. There was also brief discussion of custodial services which will be needed for the new Jail/Law Enforcement complex. Recommendation: Approve hiring a full time custodian with funding to be covered with a transfer from the Personnel Services line item. (End of Personnel Minutes)

Discussion followed on hosting a Quad County Meeting on May 30, 2006. At the last Quad County Meeting, it was the consensus that Wright County would host the next meeting. Norman discussed the issue with the Sherburne and Benton County Administrators. It was suggested that if the Legislature adjourns prior to May 30th, that an AMC representative could be invited to the meeting to provide a report. Russek stated the AMC District 5 Meeting will be held on June 1st and this type of report will be provided at that meeting. Norman will send a letter to the Sherburne County Administrator indicating the Board has elected not to hold a Quad County Meeting at this time because of the redundancy of meeting about the same issue.

Russek brought forth discussion on attendance at the Washington Fly-In. Fingalson stated that $4 million has been awarded to the TH 55 Corridor Coalition for the traffic signals in Buffalo located at CSAH 12/TH 55 and CR 134/TH 55. The language in the bill earmarked the funds for environmental documents, ROW acquisition, and safety improvements. In order to save space on the bill, abbreviations were made which impacted the Wright County projects. The bill does not reflect “safety improvements.” Fingalson felt that whoever was sent to Washington could address this issue at the National level. A total of 80% of the funding was to come from this source. Mattson moved to lay this issue over to the next meeting, seconded by Eichelberg, carried 3-0.

At 9:30 A.M., Russek closed the bid process for the sale of the Delano Shop/Property and the sale of the Albertville Shop Building. Fingalson opened and read the bids:

Albertville Shop Building

Bidder; Total Bid

Berens, Jeff (Bloomington MN); $1,000.00

Gutknecht, Dan (Buffalo MN); $5,104.00

Premier Excavating (Buffalo MN); $1,251.00

On a motion by Eichelberg, second by Mattson, all voted to lay the Albertville Shop Building bids over for one week for review by the Highway Department. Fingalson then opened and read the bids for the Delano Shop:

Delano Shop

Bidder; Total Bid

Kowalski, Jim (Independence MN); $210,000

Mueller, Michael Remax (Mound MN); $227,500

On a motion by Mattson, second by Eichelberg, all voted to lay the bids over for one week for review by the Highway Department.

On a motion by Mattson, second by Eichelberg, all voted to adopt Resolution #06-37 authorizing the Sheriff Department to participate in the 2007 Safe & Sober Grant.

Eichelberg moved to reappoint Dan Dawson as the Public Sector Representative on the Wright County Community Action (WCCA) Board of Directors for a three-year term, effective 5-14-06.

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

Bills Approved

Advantage Water Cond.. $355.45

American Instit. Supply 467.40

American Soc. for Public Ad 100.00

Ameripride Linen/Apparel 231.19

Armscorp USA 170.00

B & D Plumbing/Heating 1,782.00

BP Amoco 1,996.98

Buffalo Bituminous 137,777.99

Buffalo Glass Inc. 675.21

Catco Parts Service 1,036.15

CDW Government Inc. 6,846.39

Center Point Energy 5,312.93

Centra Sota Co-op 207.94

John Coolen 100.00

Crow River Tools 6,270,72

Design Electric Inc. 1,535.90

EPA Audio Visual Inc. 3,303.63

Excel Systems LLC. 153.71

Grainger 144.49

Hance Utility Services Inc. 481.45

Hillyard Floor Care Supply 2,523.15

HSBC Business Solutions 115.00

J Craft Div of Crysteel Mfg. 78,864.32

J’s Appliance Disposal Inc. 1,070.00

Lilia Lantto 112.50

LaPlant Demo Inc. 726.16

LexisNexis 110.00

Lunda Construction Inc. 38,685.36

M-R Sign Company Inc. 466.85

Marco 352.52

Marco Business Products 2,774.34

Martin Marietta Aggregates 7,641.08

McDowall Company 897.00

The Metro Group Inc. 537.83

MN Alcohol Traffic Safety 215.00

MN Elevator Inc. 361.78

Monticello Auto Body Inc. 299.26

Nat’l Business Systems Inc. 12,496.93

Nextel Communications 2,648.37

Richard Norman 142.87

N American Salt Co. 65,384.62

Office Depot 2,125.02

David Pederson 163.35

John Reid and Assoc. 500.00

RTVision Inc. 1,597.50

Russells Security Resource 325.00

SEH 8,766.69

Sherburne Co. Sheriff 22,373.07

SRF Consulting Group Inc. 5,772.92

Clark Stine 394.98

United Rentals Hwy. Tech. 254.87

Varner Sheet Metal Inc. 175.00

WalMart Community BRC 132.42

City Waverly 203,800.01

Wright-Hennepin Electric 675.00

Zack’s Inc. 530.05

4 M’s Communications 171.38

27 Payments less than $100 1,355.35

Final total $635,300.10

The meeting adjourned at 9:39 A.M

Published in the Herald Journal May 22, 2006.