WRIGHT COUNTY BOARD MINUTES
AUGUST 25, 2009
The Wright County Board met in regular session at 9:00 A.M. with Sawatzke, Mattson, Russek, Eichelberg and Thelen present.
Russek moved to approve the 8-18-09 County Board Minutes, seconded by Thelen, carried 5-0.
Petitions were accepted to the Agenda as follows: Aud./Treas. Item #2, “Announcement, License Bureau Closure on 8-25-09 from 12:30-4:30 P.M.” (Hiivala); Item For Consid. #4, “Monticello Nuclear Exercise” (Thelen). Eichelberg moved to approve the Agenda as amended, seconded by Russek, carried unanimously.
The Consent Agenda was discussed. Russek requested removal of Item B1A for discussion. Russek moved to approve the remainder of the Consent Agenda (Item A1), seconded by Eichelberg, carried 5-0:
1. Performance Appraisals: L. Diederich, Ct. Svcs.; D. Jore, J. Wright, Hwy.; T. Jorgenson, C. Kuhlman, P. Mackie, B. Schaap, Sheriff.
Discussion followed on Item B1A of the Consent Agenda:
B. PLANNING & ZONING
1. Accept The Findings & Recommendations Of The Planning Commission For The Following Rezoning:
A. Lance Lindstrom - Property Owner: Anderson (Silver Creek Twp.). On a 5/1 vote the Commission recommends approval of the request to rezone approximately 57 acres from AG to A/R.
Russek said Item B1A is a rezoning request reviewed by the Planning Commission. The Planning Commission recommends approval on a 5-1 vote. The property is designated in the County Land Use Plan as A/R. The Township approved the rezoning request. Russek moved to approve Item B1A, seconded by Thelen. Mattson asked Russek why Planning Commission member Bakeberg opposed the rezoning. Russek said Bakeberg felt it was because it will remove agricultural land. About 2/3 of the property is tillable and it is located between CSAH 75 and I-94 in Silver Creek Township. Mattson said Bakeberg has done a good job representing his District and supported his position on not removing more land from ag production. Sawatzke said the reason there are seven members on the Planning Commission is to present different positions on issues. There have been occasions where rezoning requests are not approved even though they are designated in the Land Use Plan. The Planning Commission may not feel it is the appropriate time for the rezoning. The motion to approve Consent Agenda Item B1A carried 4-1 with Mattson casting the nay vote.
Bob Hiivala, Auditor/Treasurer, announced that the License Bureau will be closed today from 12:30-4:30 p.m. so staff may attend the funeral of a co-worker’s husband. The State has approved the request. Notice was provided through the local radio station and posted on doors at the Government Center.
The claims listing was reviewed. Mattson referenced Page 4, Dell Marketing LP ($5,609.87) for the purchase of five laptop computers in the Attorney’s Office. He questioned why laptops were being purchased. He recalled several years ago that it was the opinion of the Information Technology Department that desk tops should be purchased. It was felt that laptops are more expensive and less reliable. Hiivala responded that departments generally provide this type of information (what types of computer equipment will be purchased) during budget sessions. The claims backup material does not list who the laptops were purchased for. Sawatzke said there are times when staff from the Attorney’s Office must wait in the Courts area for another case and a laptop may provide the ability to work while waiting. On a motion by Russek, second by Thelen, all voted to approve the claims as listed in the abstract, subject to audit.
Russek moved to schedule a Quad County Meeting for 9-29-09 at 10:30 A.M. at the Jail/LEC. The motion was seconded by Eichelberg. Richard Norman, County Coordinator, requested that any agenda items be forwarded to him. He plans to meet with the Administrators from the other three counties to discuss the agenda. Sawatzke offered the following as agenda topics: 1) 2010 Budgets and Levies for the individual counties; and 2) Discuss with Stearns County their interest in renting jail bed space. The motion carried 5-0.
Eichelberg moved to cancel the 9-29-09 County Board Meeting due to the occurrence of five Tuesdays in September. The motion was seconded by Thelen. This was suggested by Norman as it is the date of the Quad County Meeting and it will allow staff time to prepare for the meeting since it will be held at the Jail/LEC. Mattson said he will vote against the motion as his brother-in-law will be visiting from Idaho on that date and this will be the first time he will not be able to attend a Board Meeting during his visit. The motion carried 4-1 with Mattson casting the nay vote.
Norman presented a request to schedule a Fees For Service Public Hearing on 11-17-09. The Board Agenda request form suggested a time of 10:30 A.M. Today, Norman requested the Hearing be set for 9:30 A.M. The Public Hearing will be part of the County Board Agenda that day. On a motion by Russek, second by Eichelberg, all voted to schedule the Fees For Service Public Hearing for 11-17-09 at 9:30 A.M.
Thelen said a Monticello Nuclear Exercise took place last week. FEMA, NRC, and Homeland Security provided a debriefing and everyone passed. A final report will be received in 90 days. There were about 250 people involved at three sites including staff from Wright County Departments (Highway, Sheriff, Human Services, Public Health, Information Technology) and the Department of Agriculture. At the debriefing, they made note of the exceptional use of IT at the Wright County site. One thing identified at the State level was the need for written procedures for the County PIO’s who didn’t have a well-defined job at the State level. Thelen said the exercise was clear and comprehensive and will be used by FEMA, NRC and Homeland Security in planning nuclear activities. Thelen commended Genell Reese and staff of the Nuclear Department for their efforts.
The meeting recessed at 9:19 A.M. and reconvened at 9:30 A.M.
The Bid Opening occurred for the CSAH 36 Flood Control Project (CP 86-36-09, Contract #0908). Wayne Fingalson, Highway Engineer, said the project has one addendum. The Engineer’s estimate is $575,000. Sawatzke asked whether the bids are for the entire project. Virgil Hawkins, Assistant Highway Engineer, stated this is the case but some of the work will be completed by the Highway Maintenance staff. The scheduled start date is early September. Fingalson said the project involves all levy dollars. Mattson questioned whether background checks are completed on companies that bid. Fingalson said this is the case when they have not worked with a company previously. Eichelberg moved to lay the bids over to the next meeting as requested by the Highway Engineer. The motion was seconded by Russek and carried 5-0:
Bidder; Bid Security; Acknowledge Addendum; Bid Total
Dennis Fehn Gravel & Exc., Inc, Albertville.; Yes; Yes; $473,462.18
Doboszenski & Sons, Inc., Loretto; Yes; Yes; $487,008.70
Frattalone Companies, St. Paul; Yes; Yes; $503,441.47
Landwehr Construction, Inc., St. Cloud; Yes; Yes; $508,955.05
Rachel Contracting, St. Michael; Yes; Yes; $494,114.00
Veit & Company, Inc., Rogers; Yes; Yes; $483,391.35
Minger, Chanhassen; Yes; Yes; $562,094.73
Knife River; Yes; Yes; $537,019.70
Allina Hospitals & Clinics. $261.48
American Institutional Supply 402.93
Amerpride Linen and Apparel 375.58
Ancom Communications Inc. 150.16
Darryle Anderson 3,781.39
Annandale Rock Products 1,333.58
Anoka Co. Sheriff 9,627.70
Aramark Correctional Services 6,233.36
Arctic Glacier Inc. 665.05
Auto Glass Center Inc. 214.10
B & B Products - Rigs and Squa 6,581.90
Breezy Point Resort Inc. 198.03
Jean Bresin 336.90
Brock White Co. LLC 367.22
Business Ware Solutions 853.81
Center Point Energy 1,526.33
Centra Sota Coop Cokato 118.42
Climate Air 3,086.62
Commissioner of Transportation 125.00
Cub Foods 140.43
Dell Marketing LP 5,672.87
Dale Engel 800.00
Fastenal Company 111.15
Dennis Fehn Gravel & Exc 141,988.60
Gale-Tec Engineering Inc. 1,804.00
Hancock Concrete Prod. Co. 9,916.63
Helena Chemical Company 2,436.70
Hillyard Inc. - Minneapolis 5,341.97
Jolanta Howard 100.00
Intereum Inc. 106.34
Interstate All Battery Center 286.00
Intoximeters Inc. 178.21
Johns Precision Machine 120.75
Klatt True Value Electric 150.49
Knife River 908,612.67
Knife River Corporation-Nort 414.14
Kustom Signals Inc. 110.50
Lake Region Coop Oil 223.09
Lakedale Communications 193.99
LaPlant Demo Inc. 510.34
Law Enforcement Training Serv 200.00
M-R Sign Company Inc. 12,349.32
Machines & Media Inc. 672.24
Frank Madden & Associates 1,468.40
Marco Inc. 918.05
Martin Marietta Aggregates 706.98
Charles Marx 125.00
Mathiowetz Construction 2,535.65
McLeod County Treasurer 247.14
Menards - Buffalo 710.11
Mid-Minnesota Hot Mix Inc. 2,339.93
David Miller 109.99
MN CLE Inc. 450.00
MN Copy Systems 132.82
MN County Attorneys Assoc. 435.77
Morrell Towing Inc. 127.18
Morton Salt 999.20
N Central Truck Equip 5,931.03
Office Depot 2,465.23
Patrick OMalley 129.53
Lynn Peavey Company 687.25
Performance Kennels Inc. 171.79
Pts of America LLC 610.50
Frank Ramacciotti 200.00
Rigid Hitch Incorporated 123.62
Royal Tire Inc. 357.10
Ryan Chevrolet 424.89
Scenic Signs 695.75
Stumpf Acoustics 411.47
Total Printing 342.00
Trimin Government Solutions 6,082.50
United Parcel Service 120.21
Verizon Wireless 809.69
Wright Co. Highway Dept. 383.66
Wright Henn. Co-op Elec Assn. 638.78
Wright Henn. Electric 1,382.53
Xcel Energy 554.31
34 Payments less than $100 1,708.70
Final total $1,267,749.67
The meeting adjourned at 9:38 A.M
Published in the Herald Journal Sept. 28, 2009.