Wright County Board Minutes


FEBRUARY 13, 2007

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 2-06-07 minutes as presented, seconded by Heeter, carried 5-0.

Petitions were accepted to the Agenda as follows: Aud./Treas. Item #2, “Approve Deferred Compensation Committee Recommendation To Approve Hardship Withdrawal Request” (Hiivala); Item For Consid. #3, “Request From Senator Amy Koch To Schedule A Meeting On 2-26-07 @ 8:00 A.M. To Discuss Jail Funding” (Norman). Heeter moved to approve the Agenda as amended, seconded by Sawatzke, carried 5-0.

The Consent Agenda was discussed. Heeter referenced Item A5, “Refer Third Floor Annex Remodeling Project To The Building Committee” which included a copy of a bill that is part of the claims listing being presented for approval today. Richard Norman, County Coordinator, said the claim should be paid. The discussion being referred to the Building Committee relates to Federal reimbursement for making improvements to the Human Services area. The vendor should be paid as the work has been completed. On a motion by Heeter, second by Eichelberg, all voted to approve the Consent Agenda:


1. Performance Appraisals: M. Doppenberg, M. Erickson, K. Tilbury, E. Welch, Atty.; C. Marx, Hwy.; J. Bean, M. Fiske, B. Kothman, P. Thinesen, S. Tyznik, A. Weis, Sher./Corr.; M. Pooler, Surv.

2. Schedule Committee Of The Whole Meeting To Discuss Property/Casualty Insurance Coverage, 10:30 A.M., 3-20-07.

3. Authorize Signatures On Minnesota Cities Participation Program Agreement & Authorize Payment Of $15,136.09 To The Minnesota Housing Finance Agency.

4. Authorize AMC Delegates To Attend 2007 Legislative Conference, March 28-29, 2007, St. Paul.

5. Refer Third Floor Annex Remodeling Project To The Building Committee.


1. Authorize Sheriff To Sign Frequency Reconfiguration Agreement.


1. Approve renewal of 2007 Tobacco Licenses for: 152 Club (Albertville City); Millside Tavern, JR’s Pizza & Grill (St. Michael City).


1. Approval Of “Wright County Highway Right Of Way Plat No. 57,” SAP 86-619-30.


1. Authorize Signatures Of Board Chair, Coordinator & Sheriff On The Annual County 2007 Boat & Water Safety Agreement.

Bob Hiivala, Auditor/Treasurer, said a Deferred Compensation Committee meeting was held today to discuss an employee hardship withdrawal request. The Committee recommendation was to approve the request. Based upon the recommendation from the Committee that an unforeseeable emergency exists, Sawatzke moved to approve the withdrawal request. The motion was seconded by Heeter and carried 5-0. The minutes for the Deferred Compensation Committee Meeting will be reviewed at the next Board Meeting.

The claims listing was discussed. Russek referenced a claim on Page 16, Cragun’s ($780.00). Prior to today’s meeting, Russek requested that the claim be researched to determine whether it was a duplicate payment. At the last County Board Meeting, a claim to Cragun’s was approved for the same amount. Hiivala said the signature copy of the claims listing does not reflect a payment to Cragun’s. On a motion by Heeter, second by Mattson, all voted to approve the claims as listed in the abstract, subject to audit.

Sawatzke moved to adopt Resolution #07-11 approving Charitable Gambling Application Form LG 230 for the Monticello Lions Club, Silver Springs Golf Club, 1854 Co. Rd. 39 NE, Monticello MN 55362 (Monticello Township). The motion was seconded by Eichelberg and carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.

Heeter moved to appoint Tami Foote (Silver Creek Township) to the Extension Committee replacing Sue Johnson (Silver Creek Township) who has served her term. The motion was seconded by Mattson and carried 5-0.

Correspondence was received from Senator Amy Koch requesting a meeting with the County Board to discuss Jail funding.

The meeting would also be attended by Representative Bruce Anderson and Representative Tom Emmer. Mattson said he had been in contact with some of the Legislators regarding the 800 Mhz System, the Jail/LEC, and solar/energy issues. Mattson moved to schedule the meeting for 2-26-07 at 8:00 A.M., seconded by Heeter, carried 5-0.

Capt. Gary Torfin requested that a Building Committee Of The Whole Meeting be scheduled to discuss Building Commissioning and the FF&E Budget for the Jail/LEC. Commissioning involves inspection of the building and of the life safety systems (smoke evacuation, fire alarms, and related systems). This is a requirement for occupancy and may reduce or eliminate the need for changes orders. With regard to the FF&E Budget, the Sheriff would like to discuss the budget as it relates to furnishings and equipment for the Jail/LEC. Sawatzke brought forth discussion on whether commissioning should be part of the architect’s scope. Torfin explained that the engineering firm completes the drawings and design and does not have the expertise in this area. Torfin wants to make sure that the design includes what is required. Scott County had some problems with mechanicals and paid for a commissioning agent at the end of their project for life safety items. The commissioning agent would be an advocate for the County and if hired early in the process, may prevent change orders. Mattson said at the time of the architect interviews, KKE was viewed as the most experienced. He didn’t feel the County should have to look to another firm because of this experience. With all of the jail projects KKE has experience with, it bothered Mattson that things keep coming up. Heeter moved to schedule a Building Committee Of The Whole Meeting for 3-05-07 at 9:30 A.M. to discuss Building Commissioning and the FF&E Budget for the Jail/LEC, seconded by Mattson. Sawatzke requested that Torfin bring to that meeting information on what other counties have done. Torfin stated that he has only been in contact with Scott County and has those figures to work with. Torfin has been in contact with KKE and A&P and they are both supportive of the County hiring a commissioning agent. He hopes to obtain from A&P information on possible vendors. The motion carried 5-0.

The Board discussed the adoption of the Official Map Ordinance. Brian Asleson, Chief Deputy Attorney, said a public hearing was held on 1-23-07. Since that time, he has met with staff from the offices of Planning & Zoning, Highway and Parks. He also met with Survey staff on the practical implications of how this will be entered in to the GIS System and with the Recorder on recording of the official map. Because of the meeting with the Survey and Recorder staff, Asleson said he would need to make further revisions to the draft Ordinance. Asleson outlined the changes that have been made to the draft that was presented for review today. Asleson will follow up with the Auditor/Treasurer on whether that office has adequate space to store the official maps. In response to a question by Mattson, Asleson explained that there is a process in Statutes and in the Ordinance for appeals when a landowner is turned down on a request to build in a corridor area. The landowner would appeal to the Board of Adjustment. If approved by that body, the County Board would then make a decision on the request. The County Board would have the option of proceeding through acquisition if they did not feel the land should be built upon. Sawatzke said a more likely scenario would be the County requesting that building plans be revised to place buildings outside of an area designated for road expansion.

Dean Mahlstedt, Cokato Township, suggested that the long term solution of a 4-lane roadway for TH 55 is short sighted. He felt the Ordinance was vague and allows for broad power but does not fix the long term solution. He suggested a limited access expressway on TH 55 because of its proximity to US 12, which will probably be an extension of 394, and the I-94 corridor. He favored the Ordinance being limited to roadways (not to include trails) and for it to be specific to the TH 55 Corridor. With that said, he felt property owners may be taxed at an inequitable rate as they are limited in property use. He felt there was an integrity problem relating to Section 8, as the first portion of that section would give the County interest in limiting property use and taxing them at a higher rate. Mahlstedt also had a problem with the end of Section 7; he felt there was vagueness in the process of preparation and filing of maps. He did not feel the Ordinance should be passed without addressing this and without thinking about future generations.

Sawatzke questioned whether passing the Official Mapping Ordinance would map the TH 55 Corridor or specifically create a right to do this. After the Official Mapping Ordinance is passed, he presumed maps would be forwarded on the TH 55 Corridor and a series of hearings would follow. Asleson said that was correct. The County would be required to go through a process of mailing notice to those affected and within a half mile of the TH 55 Corridor. The Official Mapping Ordinance is generic and would set up the process. Sawatzke said that typically when a road expands, the adjacent property values increase. He felt this was especially true with TH 55. He felt the same would be true in a township, as the road creates value with the ability to access properties. He felt the only scenario would be if a property were so narrow that it once had a use, but no longer did after the area was mapped. Asleson said the Board of Adjustment could review this type of situation and issue a permit. There may be situations where a property cannot be developed if the future corridor is taken into account. The question would be whether government could prevent development of the property prior to the corridor development. Asleson will make further revisions to the draft and bring it back for review in the next couple of weeks. No action was required.

Bills Approved

Albertville Body Shop. $240.00

City Albertville 148.00

Allina Hospitals & Clinics 851.88

Allina Medical Laboratories 301.40

American Messaging 650.60

Ameripride Linen and Apparel 346.75

Ancom Technical Center 1,094.33

Annandale Rock Products 5,924.99

Aramark Correct. Services 5,322.01

Arrow Terminal LLC 374.77

Kirk Asplin Oil Company Inc. 193.08

B & B Prod. - Rigs & Squa 3,477.55

Joe Backes 224.07

Barnes Distribution 836.38

Boyer Truck Parts 567.32

Chris Brazelton 169.40

Brock White Co. LLC 33,456.82

Brothers Fire Protection Co. 310.00

Buffalo Transmission 127.79

City Buffalo 31,681.43

Ryan Busch 217.77

Business Ware Solutions 662.29

Cargill Inc.–Salt Division 44,176.40

Center Point Energy 17,784.23

Centra Sota Lake Region 20,062.61

Central McGowan Inc. 237.00

Chamberlain Oil Co. 2,068.63

Childrens Hospital & Clinics 400.00

City Clearwater 630,000.00

Climate Air 2,036.12

City Cokato 350.00

Commissioner of Transp. 1,451.04

Continental Safety Equip. 313.76

Corrections Prod. Co. Ltd. 657.91

Crow River Tools 377.98

DLT Solutions Inc. 10,213.60

Edens Group 300.00

Dale Engel 400.00

Ernst Gen. Construction 5,920.00

First State Tire Recycling 350.17

Force America Inc. 1,714.27

Gilson Company Inc. 406.91

Glock, Inc. 150.00

Raymond Glunz 100.00

Grainger 1,054.77

Greenview Inc. 597.20

H & H Sport Shop Inc. 164.72

Harper Cleaning Products 238.96

Hillyard Floor Care Supply 127.03

Rebecca Howell 189.74

HSBC Business Solutions 261.93

Integrated Fire & Security 788.12

Int’l Public Management 330.00

Interstate All Battery Ctr. 234.14

J Craft Div. of Crysteel Mfg. 163,161.10

Kramers Hardware 182.30

Lakedale Telephone Co. 437.28

M & M Express 307.52

M-R Sign Company Inc. 3,918.30

Maple Lake Messenger 254.16

Marco Business Products 1,578.42

Mariposa Publishing 341.49

Marks Standard Parts 3,480.32

Martin-McAllisters Cons. 700.00

Richard Mattson 304.58

Menards - Buffalo 169.82

Steve Meyer 125.00

Mid-America Business Sys. 177.46

Midland Corp. Benefits Svc 997.75

Richard Miller 125.00

MN Assn. of Co. Prob. Ofcrs 225.00

MN Assn. of CVSO 120.00

MN Bookstore 660.30

MN Counties Comp. Coop. 2,761.77

MN Legal Register 135.00

Morries Buffalo Ford Merc 1,091.76

Motorola Communication 3,162.45

MSPE 300.00

MTI Distributing Inc. 476.49

Nextel Communications 1,009.58

Office Depot 2,183.82

City Otsego 301.00

Precision Prints of Wright Co. 268.38

Qwest 158.29

Qwest Interprise America Inc. 319.50

Redneck Trailer Supplies 416.06

Redwood Biotech Inc. 332.50

Stoffel Reitsma 500.00

Royal Tire Inc. 2,888.30

Jack Russek 176.05

Ryan Motors Inc. 1,127.11

Scharber & Sons Inc. 101.30

Sears Roebuck & Co. 127.79

Tammi Solarz 160.53

SRF Consulting Grp. Inc. 64,151.87

Streichers 468.49

Super Express 293.94

Thermal Technologies Inc. 2,231.78

Timber Resources LLC 750.00

Tires Plus 346.98

Total Printing 579.47

Trans Languages LLC 250.05

Trimin Systems Inc. 2,492.99

Twin City Seed Company 117.32

University of Minnesota 135.00

Unlimited Electric Inc. 256.15

Waste Management TC W 859.91

West Payment Center 1,148.61

Michael Woodford 750.00

Wright Co. Hwy. Dept. 62,172.00

Wright Co. Journal Press 579.60

Jim Wright 119.95

Xcel Energy MP 8 50,000.00

Zack’s Inc. 254.04

53 Payments less than $100 2,609.47

Final total $1,216,466.97

The meeting adjourned at 9:49 A.M

Published in the Herald Journal March 19, 2007.