WRIGHT COUNTY BOARD MINUTES
AUGUST 11, 2009
The Wright County Board met in regular session at 9:00 a.m. with Sawatzke, Thelen, Mattson, Russek, and Eichelberg present.
On a motion by Russek, second by Thelen, all voted to approve the minutes of 8-4-09 as presented.
The following items were petitioned onto the Agenda: Audit/Treasurer, #2 “Client Rep Letter”; Items for Consid. #2 “Recognition for Sugar Lake Association.” On a motion by Eichelberg, seconded by Russek, all voted to approve the Agenda as amended.
The Consent Agenda was discussed. On a motion by Eichelberg, second by Thelen, all voted to approve the Consent Agenda as presented.
1. Performance Appraisals: P. Kaskinen, W. Marschel, Aud./Treas.
2. O/T Report, Period Ending 7-24-09.
3. Voluntary Leave Without Pay Program Report, Period Ending 7-24-09.
Bob Hiivala, Auditor/Treasurer, submitted a request to obtain signatures on a client rep letter. This is an annual request to prepare Wright County’s Financial Statement. The letter requests signatures from the Auditor, Coordinator, and Chair Person. This document states that Wright County has provided the information to the audit so they can express an opinion on the County’s financial statement. This is a standard letter and obtaining the signatures states that information has been disclosed accordingly and the audit is complete. Russek made a motion to approve signatures. The motion was seconded by Thelen and carried unanimously.
Hiivala submitted the claims listing for approval. The claims’ listing was discussed. Russek referenced a claim on page 8, Wright County Highway Department ($78.10). He questioned if the item is for Fuel or for Repairs & Maintenance. Hiivala stated that the item is for Fuel and the code will be changed accordingly. On a motion by Russek, second by Thelen, all voted to approve the claims as listed in the abstract, subject to audit.
Lee Kelly, Special Projects Administrator, stated that the County was contacted by Noel LaBine, Wright County Economic Development Partnership, in regards to the Recovery Zone Bonds available to Wright County and that Wright County has a $5.96 million allocation. LaBine questioned if the County would be interested in pursuing this or defer use of this bond allocation to a city within the County. Sawatzke clarified this authorizes the County to bond money. Russek stated that currently Wright County is not interested, however, he is unsure if any cities would be interested in pursuing this opportunity. Sawatzke stated that there are categories for which you can bond. For example, bond money can be used for designated recovery zones that must have significant poverty, unemployment rate, rate of home foreclosures, and other areas such as military installations being closed. Sawatzke questioned if the County has areas that meet the criteria and does the County want to borrow money from the Federal Government to put into the hope of getting it back. Russek also stated that there are restrictions in which you can use the money for, such as industrial parks within the cities. Sawatzke questioned if cities would like to utilize these bonds, they will need to contact the County. Russek agreed that cities within Wright County might be interested. Eichelberg stated that it is his assumption that every city would be contacted individually and will go through the proper channels if interested. Eichelberg stated that no action is necessary unless cities request bond monies and at that time additional information will be researched.
Wayne Fingalson, Highway Engineer, stated that he has several items that need to be added to the Transportation Committee of the Whole Meeting set for Monday, 8-24-09. Items include: #1 Set a date for the 5-Year CIP Public Meeting; #2 Discuss the Graduate Engineer Rotation contract with Mn/DOT; #3 Discuss the revocation of portions of Hwy 75 in Clearwater. This area is located near Hwy 24 and the riverside of Hwy 75. It is a large right of way area that is being used as a parking lot since the bike path was built. Fingalson would like to discuss moving this piece of property to the tax roll. Item #4 Offers from Met Council. Met Council is reaching out to communities and wants to help with long distance transit services exploration. This would be an opportunity to meet with members of Met Council to discuss options which include long distance transit servers, staff available to determine the rider ship potential, and funding options. This is primarily talking about existing routes. Item #5 Utility Right of Way Issues. Eichelberg made a motion to add five items, seconded by Russek. Mattson is in favor to meet as long as Met Council is not looking for funding. The motion passed 5-0.
Rose Thelen, Wright County Commissioner, brought forth a Recognition of Sugar Lake as a “Star Lake.” The Sugar Lake Association was presented with a check at a ceremony held on 8-10-09 for $2,045. Thelen continued that this is a great recognition and honor. In order to receive the Star Lake status an association must at a minimum: develop a lake or river management according to specified guidelines; maintain a membership or participation of at least 50 % of private shore land owners; participate in a water quality monitoring program meeting Minnesota Pollution Control Agency standards; and meet at least annually to review the management plan and to monitor progress. Over 80% of the lake shore owners are part of the association. As a result of the Star Lake designation, the association will be eligible to apply for special project grants that will be disbursed through a competitive process.
The meeting was recessed at 9:25 a.m. and reconvened at 9:30 a.m.
Bidding was closed and no bids were received. Eichelberg motioned that an additional item be added to the Transportation of the Whole Committee meeting to discuss McNamara property, seconded by Mattson. Motion carried 5-0.
Advanced Graphic Systems, Inc $390.05
Airport Taxi 139.59
Albertville Body Shop Inc. 3,927.52
Albion Township 704.60
Allina Hospitals & Clinics 6,858.30
American Messaging 603.66
AMI Imaging Systems,Inc. 1,865.29
Aramark Correctional Services 6,694.44
Kirk Asplin Travel Plaza 127.84
B & D Plumbing & Heating 1,755.00
George Bakeberg 483.20
BP Amoco 1,462.21
Buffalo Floral & Landscaping 200.00
Buffalo Hospital 1,145.20
Buffalo Township 764.00
City Buffalo 82,142.39
Business Ware Solutions 449.36
Center Point Energy 133.45
Civic Research Institute Inc. 179.95
Climate Air 2,491.25
Cokato Township 459.60
Consulting Radiologists LTD 207.00
Contech Construction Product 427.50
Cottens Inc. 2,526.92
Country Chevrolet 261.81
CPS Technology Solutions 2,980.00
Cross Country Education 179.00
Cub Foods 301.00
Dahlins Home & Farm 185.98
DAMA MP Inc. 154.97
Dell Marketing LP 1,099.28
Dental Care Associates of Buff 193.00
Donner Industries Inc. 469.30
Nicholas Eastman 150.00
Dale Engel 400.00
Forest Mushrooms Inc. 712.50
French Lake Township 900.60
General Pallet Inc. 507.00
Raymond Glunz 120.00
Granite Electronics 198.99
Greenview Inc. 15,128.13
Hillyard Inc. - Minneapolis 1,476.11
City Howard Lake 2,142.85
Interstate All Battery Center 211.61
Steven Jobe 307.00
Knife River 586.74
Kustom Signals Inc. 127.42
Larson Allen LP 8,100.00
Loberg Electric 955.01
Maple Lake Township 839.00
Martin-McAllisters Consulting 1,600.00
Menards - Buffalo 128.77
Ron Michaels Consulting Inc. 870.15
Mid-Minnesota Hot Mix Inc. 6,417.27
Midland Corporate Benefits SVC 997.75
Midway Iron & Metal Co Inc. 186.83
Richard Miller 125.00
MN Counties Ins. Trust 138.00
Monticello Township 1,379.80
Multi Health Systems Inc. 264.00
National Business Furniture 401.51
Northland Chemical Corporation 180.68
Office Depot 2,442.69
Olsen Companies 140.22
PMI Computer Supplies 212.90
Frank Ramacciotti 500.00
Rockford Township 2,344.90
Royal Tire Inc. 5,711.83
John Russek 235.40
Scenic Signs 256.80
Schneider Corporation 4,215.00
Secretary of State 2,017.33
Jason Sokolowski 42,967.45
Specialty Turf & Ag 215.89
City St. Michael 4,984.60
Taser International 834.95
Total Printing 174.63
Trueman Welters Inc. 639.62
United Parcel Service 140.52
Victory Corps 395.35
Voss Lighting 575.20
Waste Management-TC West 2,628.93
Watchguard Elect. Home Mon. 416.25
West Sherburne Tribune 147.00
Wright Co. Auditor Treasurer 200.00
Wright Co. Highway Dept. 755.03
Wright Hennepin Electric 377.83
Zep Sales & Services 166.38
35 Payments less than $100 1.737.42
Final total $244,721.38
The meeting adjourned at 9:35 A.M
Published in the Herald Journal Aug. 31, 2009.