Wright County Board Minutes

JULY 29, 2008
The Wright County Board met in regular session at 9:00 A.M. with Heeter, Sawatzke, Mattson, Russek and Eichelberg present.
The minutes of 7-22-08 were corrected as follows: Page 2, last paragraph, 17th line, change from “Russek asked how the DNR can drain 1000’ of wetland” to “Russek asked how the DNR can drain 1000 acres of wetland” (Russek). On a motion by Russek, second by Sawatzke, the motion carried 4-1 to approve the minutes as corrected. Heeter abstained from the motion as she was not present at the last County Board Meeting.
Petitions were accepted to the Agenda as follows: Aud./Treas. Item #2, “Ditch 31” (Russek); Aud./Treas. Item #3, “Renewal Of 3.2 Liquor License, Albion Ridges Golf Course” (Hiivala); Item For Consid. #2, “NACO Conference” (Eichelberg); Item For Consid. #3, “Wright County Fair” (Heeter). Richard Norman, County Coordinator, requested that the 9:30 A.M. Agenda Item, “John Dearing, Corinna Township Chair RE: Township Procedures In Administering Land Use Regulations” be pulled from the Agenda. He was contacted by Ben Olson, Community Growth Institute, who asked (on behalf of the Township) that this item be withdrawn from the Agenda. The issue to be discussed is considered moot due to the resolution adopted by the County Board on 7-08-08. Russek moved to approve the Agenda as amended. The motion was seconded by Sawatzke and carried unanimously.
On a motion by Heeter, second by Russek, all voted to approve the Consent Agenda:
1. Performance Appraisals: W. Stephens, P&Z; H. Gerads, S. Kunkel, Sher./Corr.
2. O/T Report, Periods Ending 6-27-08 & 7-11-08.
3. Refer To Building Committee Of The Whole Meeting Of 8-11-08 Discussion RE: Courthouse Security Procedures Once The Sheriff’s Department Relocates.
1. Approve Jail/LEC Draw #13, $3,863,824.13. C. SHERIFF1. Authorize Commissioner Jack Russek & County Coordinator Richard Norman To Sign Grant Amendment For Financial Crimes Task Force.
2. Authorize Purchase, ANCOM, UHF Repeater Installation For Jail/LEC, $17,734.38.
3. Authorize Purchase, WASTEQUIP, 2.5 Cu. Yd. Stationary Compactor For Jail/LEC, $14,963.50.
Russek provided an update on Ditch 31. Cleanout was completed previously due to a beaver dam. The beaver has been trapped and the second cleanout was completed last evening. This was provided as an informational item.
Bob Hiivala, Auditor/Treasurer, requested approval of a 3.2 Liquor License for Albion Ridges Golf Course. The Auditor’s Office received notice of the Township’s approval on 7-25-08. The Golf Course applied for their license renewal on 6-11-08. The license expired on 6-30-08. Gloria Gooler, Confidential Secretary, stated the Golf Course was technically operating without a license but it was not their fault. The application was forwarded to the Township for approval in June but they may have misplaced the application causing a delay in approval. Russek said Townships may only meet one time per month. Heeter moved to approve the 3.2 Liquor License for Albion Ridges Golf Course. The motion was seconded by Russek and carried 5-0.
The claims listing was discussed. Hiivala said one claim will be added to the signature copy for Elmer Eichelberg in the amount of $515.00 for the NACO Registration Reimbursement. Mattson referenced a claim on Page 7, Patty McCutcheon, $350, for sign language interpreter services. Capt. Gary Torfin, Jail Administrator, explained that hearing impaired inmates must be provided access to whatever means is necessary in order to communicate with them effectively for booking, orientation, and throughout the court process. 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, requested that the County notify the City of Buffalo in writing of the intent to use 3800 Braddock Ave NW as the official address of the new Jail/LEC, rather than the 2300 1st St. NW address assigned by the City. The Jail/LEC property was annexed into the City for development purposes. Access to the new facility is from Braddock Ave. The 2300 1st St. NW address was assigned by the City within their grid system. However, they have not annexed the area yet. For public safety reasons, Torfin felt the 3800 Braddock Ave. NW address should be used. The other suggestion would be to meet with the City to discuss this. Heeter favored a meeting with the City prior to doing anything formal. She said the City has been cooperative on this issue. Sawatzke suggested that a letter be sent to the City indicating that if they are not in agreement with the 3800 Braddock Ave NW address they should let the County know. The County previously went to the City requesting annexation. The property lies outside of the Orderly Annexation Agreement but was allowed. In exchange, the County purchased the road and only annexed a small piece of property in relation to the entire area. Sawatzke felt that with the current state of development, it may be 10 years before annexation in that area may occur. Torfin consulted with Lorine Bodine, City of Buffalo, on the issue. Although he was unsure whether it was the City’s position, she suggested that the Board should take formal action. Heeter moved to direct Capt. Torfin to compose a letter to the City of Buffalo. The letter will indicate the County’s position that the official address for the new Jail/LEC will be 3800 Braddock Avenue NW instead of 2300 1st St. NW for all practical and safety purposes. The letter will be signed by the County Board Chair. The motion was seconded by Sawatzke and carried 5-0.
Capt. Torfin requested approval of a Jail food contract extension with Aramark. Aramark is the current jail food service provider through 6-30-09. The extension would run from 7-01-09 to 6-30-12. No CPI increase would occur for the first year of the extension but succeeding years would experience a 3.5% increase in price per meal. Considerable discussion followed on the potential of using inmates to assist in the Jail kitchen, which could potentially result in a reduction in the price/meal. Capt. Torfin stated there currently is no inmate labor used in the Jail. The pre-sentenced inmates at the new Jail/LEC will provide assistance with laundry and floor maintenance. Capt. Torfin preferred not placing inmates with non-correctional supervision. Sawatzke felt it may be premature to act on a 3-year extension due to the advantages of inmate labor and the resulting cost savings to taxpayers. Locking the County into a contract that needs to be negotiated may not be the preferred method. Capt. Torfin offered to check with other counties to see if a savings is realized in their food service costs when inmate labor is used. The Aramark staff currently consists of one Food Service Manager, two full-time employees, and one part-time employee. The kitchen at the new Jail/LEC site will be more conducive to inmate labor but activities would be limited. Capt. Torfin did not foresee staff involved with food preparation but possibly with cleanup of dishes and floors. Mattson moved to lay this issue over to allow Capt. Torfin an opportunity to research the use of inmates by other counties and its effect on the contract with Aramark. The motion was seconded by Sawatzke and carried 5-0.
A Building Committee Meeting was held on 7-23-08. At today’s County Board Meeting, Mattson moved to approve the minutes and recommendations, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0:
Proposal From Innovative Acoustics, Inc. RE: Lobby Noise. At the 5-14-08 meeting, the Committee discussed acoustics and sunlight in the Lobby which is negatively affecting the reception area. At the 7-09-08 Committee Meeting, the Committee reviewed a proposal from Innovative Acoustics from Cokato to place fabric covered sound deafening boards in the reception area (6 panels behind and 3 panels on the west wall). The bid from Innovative Acoustics is $2,960.00 and excludes removal and reinstallation of the art structure. The Committee recommended a trial of Intereum panels to determine the impact on noise. At today’s Committee Meeting, Norman explained that the Intereum panels are not sound proof so they would not be a good test product. Hayes recommended bringing Innovative Acoustics on site to determine whether the sculpture needs to be removed to install the panels. If this is determined, Hayes anticipated hiring assistance and using Building Care & Maintenance staff. Recommendation: Approve proposal from Innovative Acoustics, Inc. (End of Building Committee Minutes)
Eichelberg recently attended the NACo Conference in Kansas City, Missouri. He provided an update on conference activities. He felt it was a worthwhile conference and thanked the Board for the opportunity to attend.
Heeter said the Wright County Fair was held last week. She took the opportunity to extend thanks to the Wright County Fair Board for organizing the event. Each year there are new and different things to see and she provided an overview on what was new this year. She felt the Fair has maintained its rural country feel. Eichelberg said at least 50,000 people attended the Fair this year.
Bills Approved
Allina Hospitals & Clinics. $10,489.37
Allina Medical 892.86
Allina OCC Med 225.00
Ameripride Linen and Apparel 108.94
Aramark Correctional Services 5,054.50
Baers Body Shop Inc. 2,318.61
Black Box Resale Services 131.00
Buffalo Hospital 1,084.50
City Buffalo 5,674.00
CDW Government Inc. 10,378.43
Chatham Township 886.00
Clearwater Township 761.60
City Cokato 1,000.60
Contech Construction Product 410.28
Corinna Township 1,108.40
CPS Technology Solutions 3,301.00
Derby Industries 3,160.00
Ecolab 256.02
Elmer Eichelberg 1,291.52
Emergency Physicians PA 571.50
Federated Propane 3,934.40
Maria Felger Ramos LLC 111.80
Franklin Township 1,143.40
Freestyle Photographic Supplies 521.99
Gateway Companies Inc. 8,634.23
Janet Gholson 249.20
Greenview Inc. 14,671.12
City Hanover 2,108.80
Helena Chemical Company 1,002.32
Highway Technologies Inc. 284.78
Hillyard Floor Care Supply 5,217.89
Integrated Fire & Security 1,310.49
Intereum Inc. 2,502.09
Intoximeters Inc. 101.84
J & J Marine Inc. 110.64
KKE Architects Inc. 797.50
Knife River Corporation - Nort 200.22
Frank Madden & Associates 153.20
Maple Lake Township 1,007.80
City Maple Lake 512.80
Marco Inc. 3,701.96
Mathiowetz Construction 246,121.95
Patty McCutcheon 350.00
McKesson Medical-Surgical 146.59
Middleville Township 805.48
MN UC Fund 6,053.91
City Montrose 715.60
Office Depot 1,634.33
Precision Prints of Wright Co. 198.09
Qwest 333.02
Thomas Richards 800.00
The Rockwood Corporation 164.20
RS Eden 1,169.40
John Russek 139.04
Sherry Schliesing 515.13
Seton Identification Products 299.35
Sherwin Williams 242.23
Software House International 5,751.00
Southside Township 707.20
Spectrum Solutions 1,243.50
Sprint 1,155.24
Walter Stephens Jr. Inc. 327.08
Stratus Technologies Ireland L 9,185.18
Total Printing 565.46
Trans Languages LLC 419.44
Keith Triplett 154.00
Trophies Plus LLC 112.31
TW Vending Inc. 124.61
Verizon Wireless 232.70
Voss Lighting 321.80
Tanya West 197.46
12 Payments less than $100 629.65
Final total $378,197.56
The meeting adjourned at 9:50 A.M
Published in the Herald Journal Aug. 26, 2008.