Wright County Board Minutes

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, seconded by Thelen, all voted to approve the minutes of 8-25-09 as presented.
On a motion by Eichelberg, seconded by Russek, all voted to approve the Agenda as presented.
The Consent Agenda was discussed. On a motion by Eichelberg, seconded by Russek, all voted to approve the Consent Agenda as presented.
1. Performance Appraisals: M. Sandquist, L. Winterhalter, Atty.; B. Mingo, Hwy.; D. Estenson, N. Larson, Sher.
2. O/T Report, Period Ending 8-07-09.
3. O/T Report, Period Ending 8-21-09.
4. Schedule Personnel Committee Of The Whole Meeting For 9-28-09 @ 10:30 A.M.
5. Refer To Building Committee The Process/Procedures To Be Used Under The Energy Efficiency & Conservation Block Grants.
6. Approve Pay Application No. 3, Horizon Roofing, $83,381.02 (Government Center Re-roofing Project).
7. Claim, Pinta Acoustic, Inc., $22,230.00 (Jail/LEC Bond Proceeds).
1. Authorize Signatures On Grant Application For Emergency Funds From The Department Of Public Safety, $1,200, For The Victim/Witness Program ($600 disbursed in 2009-2010, $600 disbursed in 2010-2011). No Matching Local Funds.
1. Authorize County Board Chair Signature On Letter To Dept. Of Corrections RE: Court Services Reimbursement Changes.
1. Approve Declaration For CSAH 37/CR 119 Bypass Lane, SAP 860637-31.
1. Execute Amendment To American Tower License Agreements.
2. Schedule Technology Committee For 9-23-09 With The Following Agenda Items:
A. Sprint Bidirectional Amplifier-Courthouse Annex.
B. Qwest Local & Long Distance Contracts.
C. Telecommunications Audit.
D. Technology Planning Process (From 7-08-09 Technology Committee).
1. Authorize Signatures On New Two-Year Grant For Off Highway Vehicle Safety Enforcement.
Bob Hiivala, Auditor/Treasurer, stated that Larson Allen has completed their financial statements. Larson Allen is requesting a meeting with the Board to discuss and review. Russek moved to schedule a Budget Committee Of The Whole meeting for 9-15-09 at 10:30 A.M. to be held in the Board Conference Room. The motion was seconded by Eichelberg. The motion carried 5-0.
Hiivala stated that Wright County held a tax forfeit public auction on 8-28-09 at 9:00 A.M. There is a lot of work that is involved to get the properties ready, Hiivala extended congratulations to Lonnie Davis, Wendy Marschel, and Alicia Gillham, Auditor/Treasurer, for their contributions in making the auction possible. Hiivala summarized the six parcels that were up for bidding. Two properties located in the City of Buffalo, (Property ID 103-113-005040), sold to Timothy and Pamella Klein at the minimum bid of $20,000 plus fees and (Property ID 103-123-003290), sold to Kent Pfeifer at the minimum bid of $9,000 plus fees. There was one property in the City of Delano (Property ID 107-014-000075), sold to Shawn and Susan Fobbe at the minimum bid of $5,000 plus fees. Hiivala stated that there were three properties that did not sell for minimum bid and were pulled from the auction. One property is located in the City of Otsego (Property Id 118-135-002160) and two properties are located in Maple Lake Township on Lake Ramsey (Property ID 210-024-000590 and 210-024-000610). Hiivala was informed by Brian Asleson, Chief Deputy Attorney, that any reasonable bid can be accepted for these properties. Today, Hiivala is deferring the three unsold properties back to the Committee and place them on the bid list for next year. Russek questioned if the lake shore properties were offered to neighbors. Hiivala commented that the lake shore properties were of interest to some neighbors, however, no one acted at this time. This is an informational item, no Board actions is required.
Hiivala submitted the claims listing for approval. The claims’ listing was discussed. Mattson referenced Page 12-13, under Department, Nuclear Power Plant. He stated that the monies, acquired from grants, enabled the purchase of some nice equipment. On a motion by Mattson, second by Eichelberg, all voted to approve the claims as listed in the abstract, subject to audit.
Greg Kramber, Assessor, stated that there are four properties that have filed tax court petitions for past assessments that have set trial dates. These properties include the Monticello Arby’s, the Monticello Premier Bank facility, the Monticello Liberty Bank, and the Silver Springs Golf Course. Kramber is recommending that the Board approve the hiring of Paul Bakken, The Valuation Group, Inc., for professional real estate appraisal services. Bakken is one of the premier appraisers in the State of Minnesota and has represented Wright County in the past. Kramber stated that the appraisal rate will range from $3,000 - $4,500 dollars for each property. He is requesting that fees for service be taken from Department 01-100-6261, Professional Services. Russek moved to approve the hiring of Bakken with the fees for service to be taken out of Department 01-100-6261, Professional Services. The motion was seconded by Eichelberg and carried 5-0.
Wayne Fingalson, Highway Engineer, requested that the Board approve awarding a contract to Dennis Fehn Gravel & Excavating, Inc. for the CSAH 36 Flood Control Project. He stated that bid summaries were reviewed and Fehn’s was 15.07% under estimate for a total of $473,462.18. On a motion by Eichelberg, second by Thelen, all voted to approve entering a contract with Dennis Fehn Gravel & Excavating, for $473,462.18.
Fingalson brought forth a request to the Board to approve Wright County as the Local Agency Sponsor for the I-94 TIGER Grant Application. He stated that Terry Humbert of Mn/DOT District 3 has indicated that a local agency is needed to be a sponsor for the proposed expansion to six lanes of I-94 between Albertville and Rogers. This request is for the TIGER Discretionary Grant Program (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery). Fingalson stated that the project was not successful in getting included in the large Mn/DOT application, so it needs a local government sponsor. He assured the Board that there will be no cost or risk to Wright County if the Board agrees to be a sponsor. Norman stated that the grant application will need to be brought forth for signature if the County is involved in the grant application. Fingalson clarified that no signatures are required, however, he will review and make arrangements if signatures are needed and bring it before the Board next week. Thelen approved Wright County as the sponsor for the TIGER Discretimary Grant Program, second by Eichelberg. The motion carried 5-0.
Fingalson presented the 8-24-09 Transportation Committee of The Whole Meeting Minutes (TCOTW) for review. The minutes follow along with discussion which occurred at today’s County Board Meeting (reflected in italics):
1) Long Distance Travel Transit Service – Met Council Representative
Arlene McCarthy, P.E., Director for the Metropolitan Transportation Services, explained that the Met Council addresses mass transit issues in the seven-county area and also tries to address issues that might be of mutual interest to counties adjacent to this seven-county area. The Chairman of the Met Council, Peter Bell, has offered to work with those counties that might be interested in pursuing long distance bus services to see if there is a need and a reasonable expectation that citizens from adjacent counties would use a service such as this. Informal interest was expressed by three different counties (Wright, Goodhue, and St. Croix in Wisconsin), and McCarthy was present today to see if Wright County would be officially interested in allowing the Met Council to do an exploratory study. Generally, when conducting a study, they use a methodology that factors in the census, employment, numbers of people traveling to the metro area for jobs, and an estimate of a percentage of those people who might take transit if it were available. A team from the Met Council would be put together, and representatives from the county and the Mn/DOT metro office would be welcome to give input. Information from all three counties could be organized concurrently, but separate meetings for each county would be held. The Met Council has a transportation policy plan, which is required by the Federal Transportation Administration; and because a lot of money is awarded to various projects in Minnesota, they require a long-range policy plan, which must be updated every four years and must look out at least 20 years. The current plan was adopted in January 2009, so it is relatively new. In that plan, there was some analysis about long distance express routes, which might be introduced outside the metro area where appropriate. Possible corridors are listed, and TH 55 is one of the more promising corridors named as a possibility. They look at existing options available today, current demand (or ridership), most appropriate location for service, and service plan (how many trips and time of day it would be offered). Studying these factors would indicate how many buses are needed. Another component of the study would be to determine a recommended fare. A cost estimate would be done, which would review the fare revenues, the cost of service to determine the subsidy necessary to implement the service, and a source for this subsidy. McCarthy said that the Met Council does this kind of study frequently, and Wright County’s only investment would probably be staff time at this point. A simple analysis would be done to see what options might be available for transit services. Fingalson said that the director of Wright County’s Economic Development Partnership attempted last summer to put together a similar type of study, and had even obtained a consultant and had worked with Mn/DOT, but this effort was abandoned for lack of funding. McCarthy said that this type of study is what the Met Council would be willing to do with its own staff. Two summers ago a private firm had attempted to set up a transit system in Wright County, but it was unable to stay solvent. The Met Council would be able to research why this attempt failed and what steps, if any, could be taken to make a similar attempt successful. Sawatzke asked where the funding originates, and McCarthy said that the subsidy is generally paid for by motor vehicle sales tax revenue. With the constitutional amendment that was passed in 2006, 100% of the motor vehicle sales taxes are dedicated to transportation over a 5-year phase (2008-2012), and a minimum of 40% is guaranteed to transit and 60% is earmarked for roads. The Legislature split the transit portion 36% to the metro area (seven-county area) and 4% to greater Minnesota, which more than doubled the amount that had previously been earmarked for outstate Minnesota. McCarthy said that she couldn’t say for sure where the funding would come from, but there is no expectation that the county would be required to put money into a transit system. Sawatzke said that his concern is that a good idea would be pursued past the point that it is reasonable and after a lot of money has been spent. McCarthy said that she wanted to make it clear that any decisions are very premature at this point, and they would move forward only if it looks good. The Hiawatha light rail system required more of a commitment from the counties, and 0.25% was added to the sales tax in those counties that benefit from the light rail. This increase covers only half of the subsidy necessary for the operation of this transit system. However, implementation of a bus service requires a minimal up-front investment. Buses can be leased rather than purchased, and these can be leased through private vendors who already own buses, thereby requiring no long-term commitment. The study would probably be completed in three to four months at the earliest. It is not a particularly complicated analysis, but other activities could delay the progress. In response to the question about the length of other transit routes, McCarthy said that the longest transit routes are about 31 miles from Minneapolis, and included in these routes are Forest Lake, Prior Lake, the southwestern metro area, and the Northstar commuter route. A coach route is scheduled to start from Elk River today. There are eight routes that are 25 miles or longer, and three or four routes are 30-31 miles long. These are just eight routes out of over 200 in the Twin Cities. The average cost of subsidy for the bus routes is about $2.70/person for 2008. A strong ridership helps reduce the subsidy. Also, coach buses that carry 55 passengers can also help reduce the subsidy. There are criteria used when analyzing routes, and if the routes are not performing well, they need to be terminated or dramatically changed.
RECOMMENDATION: It was the recommendation of the TCOTW that the County Board agree to have County staff members work together with the Metropolitan Council to conduct research and assess criteria to determine whether it would be feasible and advantageous to pursue the implementation of a transit route(s) from Wright County to the Twin Cities.
With regard to Long Distance Travel Transit Services, Russek said that Senator Olson voiced concern and warnings in regard to getting involved with the Met Council. Mattson stated that APO in St Cloud would like to expand into Wright County and he apposes this completely. He would like to keep Wright County as its own identity and avoid becoming part of the Twin Cities Met Council or the APO. Sawatzke stated that there were only three Commissioners at the meeting and he feels the recommendation is stronger than what was actually discussed at the meeting. He agrees that discussion needs to take place amongst all the Board members. Thelen agreed that a discussion was recommended, but it depends fully on the Boards decision.
Eichelberg stated that a portion of the discussion involved how many residents would use the Northstar commuter rail as many residents commute to the cities for employment. He agrees that Wright County does not want to become part of Met Council. Fingalson stated that there is no commitment to join Met Council and he feels this is an opportunity for Wright County to get a study done with other cities in the area. Sawatzke questioned if the County wants to participate in some study weather or not we want to do some sort of transit within Wright County. He continued that the Northstar commuter route will be starting shortly and he is interested to see what impact it makes on the number of cars on the road. Sawatzke stated that prices need to be reviewed as well on a ride from Big Lake to the Twin Cities. He stated that it was estimated at $40.00 a ride, however it was going to be subsidized to $7.00 per ride and wonders who is making up the $33.00 difference. He is concerned that if the fees are subsidized by the Government it will increase the overall debt. Thelen commented that Sawatzke’s comments did not include an analysis of the overall savings relative to the number of cars that will be removed from the roads, what the decrease in pollution would be, and the needs of alternative transportation. She does not view that this Met Council study obligates us to membership. She stated that it would be a good idea to review and obtain all the information before we get absorbed into something we do not want to be involved with. Eichelberg suggested that the County delay recommendations until after the Northstar commuter route is running and reviewed after six months. This will provide us with the information on how it is working, public participation, and associated fees. Mattson moved to review item in six months, second by Russek. The motion carried 4-1 with Thelen casting the nay vote.
2) Update on I-94 Project from Albertville
Mayor Ron Klecker announced that the City of Albertville had been awarded a $5.44 million dollar grant for improvements at the CSAH 37/CSAH 19 interchanges at I-94. He thanked the County Board members for all their help on transportation issues for the past four years, and specifically thanked Sawatzke and Eichelberg for their attendance at a number of meetings. Albertville is about four square miles and is surrounded by Otsego (13,000 pop.) and St. Michael (15,000 pop.), two cities that are over 30 square miles each. Albertville is the hub for traffic between these two cities, right at the junction of I-94/CSAH 37 and I-94/CSAH 19. Larry Kruse, City Administrator, said that the main reason for this project is to create a connection between CSAHs 19 and 37 in order to alleviate congestion and increase mobility and safety. This section of I-94 has had twice the number of crashes as other parts, with most recent crashes including a bus crash, a tanker rollover, and a motorcycle crash. Of $30 million of funding available, Albertville received $5.44 million, $10 million was awarded to St. Cloud, and $14.56 million was awarded to a project in the Rochester area. There was a lot of competition for funding, with 13 applications totaling $154 million in needs. Though Albertville is very fortunate to have been awarded funding, it comes with a challenge to complete the project by 2013. The preliminary estimate for costs was $6.5 million, but that has now increased to more than $10 million because of increased standards by Mn/DOT. The final numbers could be even higher than that. An appraiser has taken a preliminary look at the benefit to property owners, and the city will continue to study this for purposes of possible assessments. Adam Nafstad, City Engineer, said that this project is designed to meet the demands of the future as well as to accommodate the needs we have today. Congestion and delays in Albertville on CSAHs 19 and 37 are commonplace. Residents and business owners have voiced opinions regarding the traffic, and the City has been working on a solution for nearly a decade. They are very far along in the planning, and with federal money, it takes a long time to get to the construction process.
Currently there is a full interchange at I-94/CSAH 37 and a partial interchange at I-94/CSAH 19. The bulk of traffic at the I-94/CSAH 37 interchange is coming from and going to the metro area. This project will help alleviate the congestion on both CSAHs 37 and 19. If a person were westbound on I-94 and wanted to go to the mall, they would be able to get off at CSAH 37 and continue on a high speed collector roadway and get off at CSAH 19. The interchange at CSAH 37 would be a full one and the one at CSAH 19 would be a half one. Signage will be posted to let people know where to get off the freeway in order to get to the outlet mall. This high speed collector roadway would serve a similar purpose as a frontage road but would move vehicles faster. It will support both north and south traffic from CSAH 19 and help alleviate the local congestion. People will get off the freeway on CSAH 37, go to the stop light, and then choose which way to go, or they could bypass all that and exit off at a high speed and continue to the mall.
The project the City has developed is a phased project, because of size and funding. The portion that is being considered now is Phase I and will be a significant improvement. (A Project Summary sheet was distributed.) Phase I is the phase that accommodates the traffic and handles the existing needs and future projections the best of all three phases. Upon completion of this phase, westbound traffic on I-94, wishing to exit at Albertville, will have the choice to exit at CSAH 37 or to continue on a new thru-way to CSAH 19 and exit there. In the early stages of the design, it was thought that an off ramp at CSAH 19 would be able to accommodate traffic to the outlet mall, but state and federal regulations will not allow that. Traffic coming from the Albertville mall and heading east will still take CSAH 37 to I-94. Phase II would allow eastbound traffic to go from CSAH 19 directly to I-94, thereby avoiding CSAH 37. Phase III would include the replacement of the bridges and would be a state project. These bridges would be built big enough to accommodate ‘fly-over’ type roads. Phases I and II are the most important in helping ease transportation around the city rather than through it. Currently, the westbound ramp onto I-94 and the eastbound ramp at on I-94 onto CSAH 37 see little traffic. Projections for the next 20-30 years still show light volumes at these two ramps. When the entire project is completed, the state will be responsible for the maintenance. With $5.44 million from the state, an estimated $3.7 million is still needed to complete Phase I. During this phase, one parcel will probably be a complete take, but that is all that’s remaining for right-of-way activity. The $5.44 million funding from the state requires no match. If the project were to come in under budget, the full amount could still be used. The City is looking at $3.7 million additional funding for this Phase I. They are looking at all means and mechanisms available and are asking the County to consider funding a portion of this project. Nafstad said that he hopes to have the appraiser’s report soon so that they will be able to determine the fair share of those who own commercial property. Sawatzke said that assessments should be collected from property owners whose property will become more valuable as a direct result of the improvements. If more development occurs as a result of the improvements to the accesses/exits, then CSAH 19 will also have to be improved to accommodate increased traffic.
Nafstad said that currently there are needs for CSAH 19 north of I-94. One need is the widening between I-94 and the outlet mall to accommodate a second left hand turn lane. This would benefit only the mall and would have to be assessed 100% to the mall. Additional improvements are also needed between the mall and 70th Street NE. Currently, this is a two-lane rural highway with limited access potential now and a volume of traffic nearing capacity. Long-range plans envision a four-lane roadway with a raised median and additional access points. Expanding the scope of the interstate project to encompass those types of projects might be more appealing to those properties being assessed, and it might be a key way to address some of the concerns about the assessment.
Sawatzke said that the assessments would be more fair and reasonable if they result in a decent road with more accesses. If improvements aren’t made to CSAH 19, it would hard to give out access permits, which would make further development undesirable. Hopefully, assessments for improvements would also help the County stay within its funding policy. Kruse commented that this is a unique project that connects two county roads with another section of road. If this current project is not done, it might be necessary to improve CSAH 37 to a four-lane roadway, and that would involve more takings of buildings. According to the Northeast Transportation Study, CSAH 37 is already at its maximum capacity. If the County looks at the cost of improving CSAH 37 compared to Phase I of the proposed project, Phase I is a better way to spend the money. Nafstad said that Albertville has done its best to involve the public and has received letters of support, passed a resolution, entered into a memo of understanding, received consent from neighborhoods, and believes it is a project that is seen as beneficial by many of its constituents. Eichelberg encouraged Albertville to continue working with the City of Otsego north of Albertville to assess their interest in the improvements to CSAH 19. This area can be visited on the County Board’s road tour in October to see first hand the affected area. Nafstad said that the Council would like to begin this project as soon as possible and begin construction in the spring of 2010 if at all possible. Even if a project is interrupted, any work done will not be wasted.
RECOMMENDATION: It was the recommendation of the TCOTW that the Highway Department staff and the City of Albertville meet with the City of Otsego officials to consider adding CSAH 19 improvements (to 70th Street) to the project. This will be discussed further with Albertville officials on the County Board’s upcoming road tour.
With regard to the I-94 Project, Fingalson stated that he will be meeting with the City of Otsego.
3) Rumble StripE Concerns – CSAH 35
Fingalson explained that Wright County has rumble stripes on four different roadways, including CSAHs 8, 18, 35, and 36. Rumble stripes differ from rumble strips in that the edge line stripe (for rumble stripes) is painted over the grooves rather than on the pavement next to the grooves. Fingalson said that the noise generated by errant motorists as they drive on the rumble stripes has been the subject of a number of complaints from some residents who live near these areas. Even though the driving lane is about one foot wider, some drivers are drawn to the white stripe and consequently drive over the grooves, creating a sudden and disturbing noise to adjacent homes. At one location on CSAH 35 and in two separate occurrences, a hubcap was jarred loose and became a high-speed, dangerous projectile that landed on a resident’s front lawn. The rumble stripes on CSAH 35 have generated the most complaints/concerns, which is most likely directly related to the high volume of traffic (10,000/day) on the roadway. One area on CSAH 8 was marked with crosshatching in an attempt to keep motorists away from the rumble stripes, but that has had little impact. An eight-inch wide strip was painted next to the rumble stripes in a few areas on CSAH 35 to prompt people to move away from the rumble stripe, but that hasn’t seemed to help either. At the previous TCOTW meeting, the committee recommended that rumble stripes in certain locations be filled in with sealcoating materials and covered with granite in an attempt to deaden the sound, but that was not as effective as hoped. Attempts were made last week to further deaden the sound in front of one residence. The rainy weather that followed this work by maintenance workers caused some “bleeding” onto the shoulder, which causes motorists to avoid this area, according to the adjacent homeowners.
Fingalson said that Mn/DOT did a noise study and determined that noise generated by a car driving 55 mph across a rumble stripe is about the same decibel level as a heavy truck on the pavement at that same speed. However, the noise generated by the rumble strip is very distinctive in nature and stands out in clear fashion because of the repetitive “drumming.” One resident said that the noise is like an explosion and is particularly horrible in the morning and at night. However, her biggest concern is for safety because of the possibility that more hubcaps could fly into her yard and injure any person in its path. Sawatzke said that he understood her concerns, but that the rumble stripes were put in for the expressed purpose of enhancing safety by helping to keep motorists on the road. The County Board and Highway Department are trying to address these concerns and alleviate the problems for the property owners, and they are trying to do so without completely eliminating the grooves, if possible. Fingalson said that there are several options available at this time. 1) Do nothing, which is not an acceptable option; 2) Fill them all in, which comes with some negative consequences such as the cost to fill them in ($43,000) and the payback to the State ($12,000). 3) Paint a new, six-inch white strip one foot closer to the driving lane to pull traffic away from the grooves. 4) Fill in or “deaden” the grooves in trouble spots. One resident said that he would like to see the grooves filled in by every residence so that the nearest grooves would be 300-400 feet away from homes. One resident suggested filling them in by the homes where objections have been voiced. She added that she would also like them removed from the area where she prepares to turn in to her driveway. Hawkins explained that this has been a learning experience for everyone, and the volume of traffic on the road is a big factor in whether or not these rumble stripes cause a disturbance. It was meant to be a low-cost safety initiative which would help save a driver’s life (and others) if the rumble stripes helped prevent that driver from going off the road. Cordell added that rumble stripes were very new to Minnesota, and there weren’t many projects that had included these. Since putting them in, a lot has been learned about the effect that volume of traffic has on their acceptance. In the future, they would probably consider putting them on a smaller shoulder with less volume. State standards were followed, and rumble stripes are different from rumble strips. Eichelberg agreed that something should be done, but he was hesitant to say that all should be filled in. A wide line painted toward the driving lane might help, especially if some of the grooves were filled in a bit. Fingalson said that several other counties have put in rumble stripes, and Stearns County has not had any complaints about the noise, although bikers who use the shoulders do not like them. Those roads probably have a lower volume of traffic, too. Sherburne County has received some complaints but are not modifying their rumble stripes because the commissioners have said that they are serving the intended purpose. The State of Missouri has used them extensively and has some complaints about the noise, but the state is emphasizing the low-cost safety benefit. Meyer said that his crew had filled in some grooves in front of several residences, but maybe they could go back and scrape off the material that is on the high level of the grooves to see if that would help deaden the noise. Cordell said that when the new stripe is painted, the road will have the appearance of two stripes because the old stripe won’t disappear right away. Once the new stripe is painted, the current grooves will still serve as effective rumble strips. Thelen said that she would also like to keep the option open of filling in the grooves if the new striping is not effective at keeping drivers off the rumble stripes.
RECOMMENDATION: It was the consensus of the TCOTW that the Highway Department paint a six-inch edge line stripe, parallel to and 12 inches from the current rumble stripe on the side closest to the centerline. It was also recommended that areas of specific concern (which had previously been modified) be filled in with crack sealing material and that excess material on the top edge of the grooves be removed. Results will be monitored to determine if further action is necessary.
With regard to the Rumble StripEs, Sawatzke clarified that the areas have been previously filled in partially and have not decreased the noise. If the strips are filled in again, he questioned how this will be any different? Fingalson stated that the top of the ridges would be removed which would decrease the noise, this was not done previously. Eichelberg stated that it also depends on other factors such as how soon individuals are pulling over to make a turn and speed of the vehicles. Russek stated that Carver County filled in all of their StripEs due to the number of complaints received by their residents. Sawatzke stated that these StripEs were installed to save lives and does not feel that adequate time has been met to review the outcome. Fingalson stated that he reviewed a report out of Missouri and found that by placing a solid white line six-inches in from the StripEs resulted in vehicles moving closer to the inside line avoiding contact with StripEs.
Commissioner Eichelberg left the meeting at 10:05 A.M.
4) CSAH 17 Trail
A resident who lives next to the new CSAH 17 trail explained that though he is and has been a supporter of the recreational trail since the planning stages, a problem is developing that is causing some users to avoid the trail. When application was made for grant money to build this trail, all non-motorized vehicles were permitted, and this included horseback riding, biking, and walking. Recent use by horseback riders has caused several unpleasant issues to arise. The manure left behind by the horses creates an unpleasant and unsanitary condition on the trail and for the residents who live nearby. The hooves of the horses on the trail can also dig up the trail, especially if there has been a recent rainfall, and leave the surface uneven and precarious for other users. Another negative consequence of use by horses is that all other traffic needs to leave the trail when horses approach other traffic. Generally, they do not yield to other traffic, thereby making it necessary for other traffic, children and adults alike, to leave the trail for their own safety. These factors have discouraged some people from using the trail, and they have instead begun using the shoulder of CSAH 17 for their walking/biking activities. More residents would use the trail if these horse-related problems could be addressed and eliminated. Marc Mattice said that signs could be posted to direct horseback riders to use the area between the trail and the shoulder, but that they could share the trail in areas by culverts and in other places where the surface would be hard to navigate. The resident suggested that the riders also be instructed to clean up after their horses as a courtesy to others, similar to what is expected of dog owners. Mattice said that he would check with the Highway Department regarding the verbiage and the placement of the signs before ordering and installing them.
RECOMMENDATION: It was the consensus of the TCOTW that signs be installed along the CSAH 17 trail instructing horseback riders to use the grass area next to the trail except in areas where they will have to use the trail because of obstructions. The Parks Department and Highway Department will work together to determine the proper verbiage and placement of these signs.
Mattice said that another issue related to this trail has developed and has become especially noticeable because of the recent heavy rains. In some areas, the bituminous pads designed to direct runoff were installed wrong by the contractor, and the heavy runoff has cause a lot of washouts. The contractor will have to redo them at his own cost. In addition to that, the pads should also be extended in certain areas, but this will be the County’s responsibility and is estimated to cost $4,000-6,000. Mattice said that the expense could be covered with other cost savings in the current Parks Department budget.
RECOMMENDATION: It was the recommendation of the TCOTW that Mattice and Highway Department staff take care of seeing that the bituminous pads are corrected/replaced by the Contractor and that all associated costs are borne by him. It was also recommended that the bituminous pads be extended to a more effective length and that this expense be covered by money in the 2009 Parks Department budget.
5) Discuss CSAH 75 Revocations in Clearwater
Johnson explained that there are a few areas adjacent to CSAH 75 that are still on the books as right of way, even though they are beyond what is needed for this roadway, especially since a trail has been built along the east side of CSAH 75. He asked if he should get these appraised so that they could be put up for sale. Sawatzke suggested that these pieces of property be observed on the annual road tour coming up this fall. Johnson asked if the Board members wanted to consider turning them over to the City of Clearwater, but Sawatzke said that land is only given to a city if the city intends to use it for public use, not if they intend to sell it. Johnson said that these pieces of right of way would not be of any use to the general public.
RECOMMENDATION: It was the recommendation of the TCOTW that these pieces of right of way adjacent to CSAH 75 and no longer needed by the County, be viewed on the annual road tour this fall, after which time a decision about the future of these right-of-way pieces can be made.
6) Discuss Options for Former McNamara Property Along CSAH 19 in St. Michael
Fingalson explained that the former McNamara Property along CSAH 19 in St. Michael that was a ‘complete take’ because of the CSAH 19 improvement project had been offered for sale, with a minimum purchase price of $25,000. However, no bids were submitted. Steve Bot, St. Michael City Engineer, confirmed that though the lot is non-conforming because of its size (9,900 SF), the city would allow another home to be built on it and WAC and SAC fees (approximately $6,000-7,000) would not have to be paid. There are some nearby lots being sold at a similar price as the requested purchase price, but they are larger lots and not adjacent to CSAH 19. However, they are subject to WAC and SAC fees. St. Michael is not interested in purchasing this property. Johnson said that he had received calls from three people and sent them information, but he hasn’t heard back from them. Sawatzke suggested posting a new sign on the property with an asking price of $20,000. Asleson said that if the property is properly advertised (as it was) and there were no bids submitted (as there weren’t), the County can employ a broker to market the property as long as the county sells it for no less than 90% of the appraised value. Bot said that a garage could be built on this lot if the lot is purchased by an adjoining landowner. Asleson suggested that the County Appraiser be contacted to get the current market value. Thelen suggested that the adjoining property owners be contacted to see if they would be interested in purchasing this property at 90% of the market value as determined by the County Assessor. Asleson said that if the property is non-conforming, the County can use its discretion to offer this property for sale to the adjoining property owners. All adjoining property owners and other interested parties would have to be given a written notice 30 days before sealed quotes would be accepted. The quote opening could be scheduled for a Ways and Means Committee. Johnson will contact adjacent property owners and other interested parties to see if they would be interested in purchasing the property for $20,000.
RECOMMENDATION: It was the consensus of the TCOTW that Johnson contact adjacent property owners and other interested parties to see if they would be interested in purchasing the former McNamara property in St. Michael for $20,000. If there are no interested buyers at that price, Johnson will take steps to determine what 90% of the market value is and advertise the property for sale at that price through the posting of a new sign on site.
8) Discuss/Set Date for 5-Year Road/Bridge CIP Public Meeting
A capital improvement plan meeting will be scheduled for sometime in November, preferably during working hours as opposed to evening hours. The date will be set after all County Commissioners have had a chance to review their calendars.
9) Set Date for Road Tour
Fingalson will present, to the commissioners at their next board meeting, a choice of several dates for the road tour.
The 5-Year Road/Bridge CIO Public Meeting was scheduled on 11-10-09 at 2:00 P.M. in the County Board Room. The date for Road Tour meeting was scheduled all day on 10-19-09 to meet at the Public Works Building. Mattson approved the meeting dates, second by Russek. The motion carried 4-0.
10) Graduate Engineer Rotation Contract with Mn/DOT
Fingalson explained that Mn/DOT has a graduate engineer program for young engineers. This program includes a rotational program that allows new engineers to learn about various specialties within Mn/DOT. They have expanded this program to include a rotation to a county or a city, and Dan Labo, a former summer intern for the Wright County Highway Department, has volunteered to serve one of his rotations with Wright County. Mn/DOT provides his salary, and Wright County will be responsible only for any overtime hours that he might work. The rotation will be a three-six month period and is scheduled to begin on September 16, 2009 and continue at least through December. A formal memo of understanding will be brought before the County Board for their approval. [Attached.] This graduate engineer will be helpful with the workload in the Engineering Division and all commissioners present voiced their approval of this opportunity.
RECOMMENDATION: It was the consensus of the TCOTW that the County Board officially approve the Memo of Understanding that will be presented to them to allow for a Mn/DOT graduate engineer to serve a rotation, beginning September 16, 2009 with the Wright County Highway Department.
With regard to the Graduate Engineer Rotation Contract with Mn/Dot, Fingalson stated this begins on 9-16-09 and continues for six months. Mattson moved to approve the Graduate Engineer Rotation contract with MnDOT, seconded by Russek. The motion carried 4-0.
The meeting was adjourned at 12:37 p.m.
(End of TCOTW Minutes)
Thelen made a motion to approve the 8-24-09 Transportation Committee Of the Whole Minutes, seconded by Russek. The motion carried 4-0.
The County Board meeting was recessed at 10:15 A.M. and reconvened at 10:20 A.M.
Tom Salkowski, Planning & Zoning Administrator, presented a recommendation from the Planning Commission for adoption of the “Northwest Quadrant (NWQ) Land Use Plan”. The previous Wright County Land Use Plan was adopted in 1988 and was amended several times since then. This is the second of three parts of updating the County’s Land Use Plan. There have been numerous public meetings, hearings, and open houses held to prepare and review this Plan over the past two years. The Planning Commission held its formal hearing on 6-18-09. The Planning Commission met in joint session with the Aggregate Committee on 7-14-09 to discuss the unresolved issues. The Aggregate Committee requested that the Planning Commission add two paragraphs (page 94, in bold) to acknowledge that there are some unresolved issues and that more work needs to be done in the area of gravel mining. The Planning Commission had a work session on 7-23-09 to discuss the outstanding issues. The Plan was finalized on 8-13-09 and the recommended Plan has been distributed to the County Board.
The Plan continues to emphasis agricultural preservation and has a renewed emphasis on natural resource issues, aggregate resources, and transition areas. Salkowski thanked members of the Natural Water Quality and the Natural Resource Committee. There is a Resource Land District in the Plan that started in the NE Quadrant and continued to the NW Quadrant. Salkowski noted one change in Corrina Township to the resource land. One property owner was overlooked and this property has been removed at the Townships request. Members of the Aggregate Resource Area Committee were thanked for their work and recommendations. The longest discussion occurs in the implementation section in regard to the issue of mining and aggregate resources. There is an Aggregate Resources District mapped in Southside Township and the implementation needs more work, however, the policies and direction is outlined in the Plan. The Committee will continue to meet and discuss plans for the South part of the County where there is little aggregate resources, however, a lot of aggregate is being used for gravel roads. Salkowski stated that this does not change any zoning and that as the economy recovers the need for gravel mining will be needed for the Twin Cities and St Cloud areas.
The transition areas were discussed. Salkowski stated the transition areas have been very controversial in the NE Quadrant in the past, whereas they were easily resolved in the NW Quadrant. The cities of Clearwater, Maple Lake, Annandale, and South Haven all have transition areas designated. Clearwater had an Orderly Annexation Agreement in place and this was adopted as the transition area. Committees were formed for Maple Lake and Annandale and a resolution of purposed transition areas was found acceptable by the city and townships. In South Haven, it was recognized that there is a lot of undeveloped land available and there is no need for expansion in the future.
Salkowski stated that the work and partnership with townships is very longstanding. Residential and agriculture areas did not change. The older Plan included large areas for residential or rural residential development which has not been utilized. The nature of the NW Quadrant Plan did not receive a lot of push for residential expansion as the area includes lakes and natural resources, all of which are important to the residents. Salkowski reviewed Albion Township, which is primarily agriculture and the Town Board and residents are committed to keeping it that way. Chatham Township currently has a large rural residential area designated on the eastern side and is less than half developed. Clearwater Township had no changes in the rural residential area, however, there were changes to resource lands. He stated that when the Planning Commission acted on the Plan there was a commercial area designated that has been subject to debate. The Planning Commission made the recommendation for this area to be commercial and at the time, the Clearwater Town Board supported this. The Planning Committee realized this was going to be discussed in the future and it was recommended to follow the Clearwater Township’s recommendations. After further consideration, the Clearwater Town Board dropped this recommendation and suggested that the area stay agriculture as it was in the past. The current map reflects the Township recommendation. Corrina Township made changes to some resource lands and minor changes to commercial areas at the Town Boards request. French Lake had some small areas expanded for rural residential, otherwise it remains an agricultural township. Maple Lake did expand a transition area around the City of Maple Lake and some resource land. Silver Creek added some new resource lands and has residential areas that remain undeveloped. Southside’s major change is in the aggregate resource area and there are natural resource land areas. The Southside Town Board approved the aggregate resource area. Their primary concern in regards to policy and temporary mining is that no mining takes place outside the aggregate resource area.
Salkowski stated the conclusion of the process is the Plan and thanked everyone involved, as well as the public who attended and put forth information. The recommendation presented today is from the Planning Commission which has followed State law. Russek recommended that if this Plan is adopted, we change the commercial area back (by Hasty) to agriculture since it was recommended by the Town Board. Salkowski stated that the map is accurate and reflects the current Township’s recommendation. Sawatzke questioned if any additional changes were made to the Hasty area. Salkowski replied that North of Hwy 75 no changes have taken place. He stated in the policy, there are a number of old villages that should be looked at as individual cases due to their size being hard to map. Thelen questioned what the plan is going forward for the aggregate land. Salkowski expects the existing committees will meet in order to keep moving forward. He would like to talk to the Planning Commission and the County Board to discuss direction and possible outstanding issues. He feels there are two issues that need to be addressed, the “one per twenty” issue and how we keep moving forward with aggregate. He stated there are a series of recommendations and when the Planning Commission changes the ordinance to implement the Plan, public hearings will need to be held.
Mattson referenced page 17, Heart of the Lakes, and knows there is a value after the gravel has been extracted, however, the value to the Heart of the Lakes for Wright County is of greater value. He feels that many sites are negative in appearance after being mined. He feels that gravel pits should be taxed as commercial until they are reclaimed. He stated that the lake community has to stay a vital part of Wright County. Sawatzke questioned that if the Board approves the Plan today, the maps would be changed immediately. Salkowski stated the Plan is a policy guide that is used by the Board and Planning Commission to make decisions. Maps are the most popular and easiest way to view and the new maps would be used as land use maps in Wright County’s NW Quadrant. He stated that no zoning would change and the recommendations in the Plan have emphasized the quality of lakes and protecting the environment. Aggregate mining is one of the most difficult issues to deal with and that the Heart of the Lakes had good representation. It is noted that more work needs to be done and the lakes, mining companies, residents, and economic changes all have to be considered. Salkowski stated it is important to listen to the public and incorporate ideas that are suggested. Mattson stated that representation is a key to obtain feedback and he suggested that an Aggregate Committee be formed by having each Commissioner pick a person to represent their district. This committee could then send recommendations to the County Board for review. Russek stated that this is currently being done. He continued that townships are supportive of the Plan and have reviewed and approved the Plan at their Township Meetings. There is an Aggregate Committee for the area and this is their recommendation.
Thelen stated that representation from the Aggregate Resources Area did approve the Plan, however, requested further studies. Salkowski stated that the Southside Town Board approved the map, although they do not like the fact that any mining is done outside the aggregate area. The Planning Commission did not feel this was a good recommendation as it has a major impact on the rest of Wright County. It is stated in the Plan that this is an issue that needs further study and work before it will be implemented. The Aggregate Committee was not unanimous, however, the majority of the Committee agreed with the recommendations. Salkowski stated that lake representatives did not want any mining within 1,000 feet of any lake. He stated that this creates a problem, as there are gravel pits in Monticello Township that have lakes sitting in the middle of the gravel pits. There may be other ways to address these concerns such as how we protect the water quality and lakes when gravel mining may take place less than 1,000 feet from a lake. Salkowski stated that everything was not able to be resolved in this process. He continued that he feels that the Plan accurately reflects where the committees and townships are and accurately reflects the Southside Township position that some issues need to be resolved.
Thelen stated that she is comfortable with the idea of the Committees’ continuing to review and questioned if the Aggregate Committee is in agreement. Salkowski stated that he is unsure if all the members would be interested, as it involves a great time commitment. He stated that during the joint meeting that was held between the Planning Commission and the Aggregate Committee, there was a general understanding that reforming the Aggregate Committee is something that should be done. Salkowski stated that once the Plan is adopted he would like to meet with the Planning Commission and the County Board to discuss how to finish up the southern part of the County; do we want to double the residential density in agricultural areas and go to “1 per 20” or how do we study the issue, and how to implement and move forward with aggregate mining in Wright County.
Thelen questioned if the public would like to speak on the Plan. Dick Anderson, Lake Sylvia resident, questioned the aggregate resources area. Salkowski stated the aggregate resource area is defined in the Plan, the zoning areas will not change. In the future, after public hearings have been held, the Board has the authority to add or subtract to this area. It will be adopted as part of this Plan as an aggregate resource area, however, the County’s zoning ordinance will have to change in order to implement. We do have policies in the Plan which suggest that permanent long term gravel mining only be allowed in this aggregate area and outside of this area only temporary pits and road jobs will be allowed. Part of Southside’s recommendation is that we do not allow any mining other that what is grandfathered in. The map will be adopted and the Aggregate Resource Area is part of the map and how this will be implemented in the next year will be further studied. Sawatzke question if it would be an acceptable ordinance to state that in townships that have areas that are designated aggregate resource areas, Southside being the only one, no temporary permits be allowed, however, townships where there is no aggregate resource area, temporary pits are allowed. Salkowski stated that any mining in the County is a conditional use permit which requires a public hearing. The Planning Commission looks at its land use plan for guidance when making decisions on conditional use permits. If a permanent pit was purposed in Southside Township, outside of the Aggregate Resource area the Planning Commission would have justification to deny it. The Plan does not say at this point that all temporary pits be denied outside the aggregate area. In the NW Quadrant permanent pits will be looked at more rigorously than in the past. Adoption of the map sends a message to everyone that only permanent pits will be allowed within the area and each case will be looked at individually.
Salkowski stated that maintaining the pits has improved and the industry has made great strides to work with the County and take valid concerns from lake associates and residents within the area. They have the understanding that if they do not improve, the regulations will have a negative impact on the mining industry.
Tommy Thompson, member of the Aggregate Resource Committee, stated that he endorses the resource area. It was discussed in the meetings that these areas should be drilled for two reasons, 1) to give people that are not sophisticated in dealing with aggregate systems a leg to stand on, and 2) people who have no gravel should be excluded from these zones. He feels very strongly about the 1,000 set back as there is a crescent of very rich gravel that surrounds many lakes. He is predicting that mining will take place due to this rich gravel and his interest is in protecting the lakes. Thompson commented that the area around Monticello is filled with sedimentary rock which is not good for finished product, so ultimately it will lead to the areas of Lake Sylvia, Lake John, and the Clearwater Lakes. He agrees that there is a lot of work that needs to be done and is in support of this Plan under the condition that aggregate studies will continue. Thelen motioned to approve the Plan with an emphasis on the last two paragraphs which include future studies on aggregate resource areas, second by Russek. Mattson showed concern regarding a resident in South Haven. He feels that the aggregate industry should be a separate industry, away from the Planning Commission. He is very concerned about the Heart of the Lakes and would like to get lake shore owners involved. Salkowski verified that there are members who are lake shore owners and feels that by adopting the Plan it clearly states these concerns and the concerns will be discussed going forward.
Dick Anderson, area resident, stated that he is not a member of the Aggregate Committee and it was his understanding that the Aggregate Committee did not vote. He feels that the Aggregate Committee should have the ability to vote. Salkowski stated that the Aggregate Committee did make a vote towards the end and he would be concerned that if we are going to form voting committees, we have to be care full that everyone represents the County equally. Anderson made comment to a statement made by Russek involving no value to his area. He stated that there is a seven area lake that has a 330 million dollar tax base and if it is tampered with and destroyed, it will affect everyone’s taxes. Russek added to be careful as a final decision is made and when appointing a committee it should include people who are directly affected.
Tom Zins, Attorney, stated that there is no written resolution. By adopting this Plan it would adopt the wording as it exists. He agrees in voting, however, in the final analysis the only vote that counts is that of the Commissioners. The Planning Commission does have its formal place in law. Once you get to individual committees in regard to performing studies you can designate them to take votes, however, they are made to be a recommendation to the formal decision makers, the County Board. The motion carried 4-0.
The Northwest Quadrant (NWQ) Land Use Plan is a document approximately 90 pages long which includes numerous color maps and cannot be practically published as part of these minutes. Copies are available online at the Wright County website or for purchase from the Wright County Office of Planning and Zoning. The primary purpose of the Plan is to designate future land use districts for the townships of Albion, Chatham, Clearwater, Corinna, French Lake, Maple Lake, Silver Creek and Southside, which will serve as a guide for the application of official controls by Wright County.
A Deferred Compensation meeting was held on 8-26-09. At today’s County Board Meeting, Russek moved to approve the minutes and recommendations, second by Thelen. The motion carried 4-0.
I. Edward Jones Investments 457 Plan.
Hiivala introduced Kris Kruse, Edward Jones Investments, who is interested in becoming a provider for Wright County employees. Hiivala explained to Kruse that certain thresholds must be met. Kruse stated that he has been contacted by Wright County employees that have asked for assistance. He has spoken with Hiivala and Norman in regards to current plans available and has provided a possible starting point for a 457 Plan (see handout). Edward Jones is local in the community with offices in Buffalo and Monticello. He stated that Edward Jones is an independent company that will put together specific plans tailored to each employee. This process would start with the Deferred Compensation Committee, take 15 – 20 different options, and then create a portfolio for each employee. County employees would not be limited to one plan/vendor. Kruse stated that Edward Jones’ cost structure is relatively low. Each employee would have a 40 dollar yearly fee and internal expenses based on their plans. The average is 1% on all plans versus Annuity Plans, which on average cost 2.5%.
Sawatzke stated that Asleson would do the plan review and verify that the Plan meets the County’s criteria. Asleson clarified that the Deferred Compensation Committee has the authority to choose custodians and different contacts. The contacts with Edward Jones would be incorporated by references. Asleson confirmed that the current plans meet general Federal guidelines. Hiivala stated that under the County’s current Plan some of the same options are being offered and questioned if it is beneficial to offer another provider with the same options. Kruse stated that some options will be the same, however, there are additional options to choose from.
Discussion took place in regard to the number of new enrollees that are required for Edward Jones to become a provider. Norman referenced a previous Board Meeting (see handout) which stated 20 new enrollees would be needed. He clarified that they would have to be new enrollees entering a plan and not someone who is currently enrolled and switching plans. Kruse mentioned that if people wanted to switch plans, surrender fees would apply and it is a slow process. Currently there are approximately 25% of County employees participating in a 457 Plan. Kruse stated that he is confident that he would be able to find 20 new enrollees.
Discussion took place regarding third party administrators. The County currently sends out individual checks to each provider. Kruse commented that using a third party administrator would lessen the work load for the Audit/Treasurer’s Department. Employee accounts would be managed and payments would be made by the third party administrator.
Kruse questioned if he would be able to obtain a list of employee names and how other providers offer services to employees. Asleson stated that a list could be provided, however, it would not include employee addresses and phone numbers. Brown commented that the County has a Benefit Fair for County employees in mid January. This is an open house forum for employees to meet with providers. Another option would be coming in over the lunch hour and interested employees could set up appointments outside working hours. In addition, flyers can be posted in the break rooms for 30 days.
Recommendation: Upon an acceptable review by Asleson, authorize Edward Jones to be offered to employees. Approval of the Edward Jones Plan is contingent upon meeting the minimum requirement of 20 new enrollees by 2-28-10. If 20 new enrollees are met before 2-28-10, the Plan can start the following month.
(End of Deferred Compensation Minutes and discussion.)
A Personnel Committee meeting was held on 8-26-09. At today’s County Board Meeting, the following correction was made to the minutes: Page 1, Members Present should read “Sawatzke, Eichelberg, and Norman.” Mattson motioned to approve the minutes as corrected, seconded by Russek. The motion carried 4-0.
I. Performance Appraisal, Steve Jobe, Surveyor.
Based on the review of three Performance Appraisals submitted, the Committee recommends an overall rating of “Superior.”
(End of Personnel Committee Minutes and discussion.)
There is an Association of Minnesota Counties’ (AMC) Policy Committee Meeting in Brainerd on 9-17-09 through 9-18-09. Registration is available on line.
Bills Approved
Allina Hospitals and Clinic. $225.00
Amerigas - Cokato MN 441.96
Amerpride Linen and Apparel 281.55
Dawn Anderson 109.33
APEC Industrial Sales & Servic 432.84
Arrow Terminal LLC 311.05
Assn. of Training Ofcrs of MN 400.00
Association of MN Counties 200.00
Bankes Advertising Co. Inc. 492.11
Barnes Distribution 686.46
Boyer Truck Parts 194.60
Bryan Rock Products 459.05
Buffalo Floral & Landscap 660.00
Buffalo Hospital 1,224.90
Centra Sota Lake Region LLC 37,493.77
Climate Air 1,697.83
Comm. of Transportation 9,699.26
Computer Professionals Unlimit 1,553.50
Constellation of Justice Sys. 9,662.00
Contech Construction Product 427.50
Crime Stoppers of Minnesota 150.00
Cub Foods 221.72
Dell Marketing LP 662.62
Dynamic Recycling 12,681.01
Dale Engel 450.00
EPA Audio Visual Inc. 4,009.95
Globalstar USA 115.03
Grainger 171.84
Granite Electronics 9,167.00
Granite Pest Control Services 141.08
Hillyard Inc. – Minneapolis 7,554.16
Information Systems Corp 160.79
Interstate Battery Systems 523.42
Jahns Transfer Inc. 400.00
Jerrys Towing & Repair 299.00
Junction Towing & Auto Repair 485.22
Klatt True Value Electric 207.17
Janet Klein 103.95
L-3 Communications Mobile Vis 3,905.11
Lab Safety Supply Inc. 232.44
LaPlant Demo Inc. 4,578.37
Carol Lostetter 300.00
Marco 892.50
Marco Inc. 4,907.04
Marysville Township 474.50
The Metro Group Inc. 10,869.68
Mid-Minnesota Hot Mix Inc. 2,332.67
Moore & Moore Water Trtmt 156.56
Morries Parts & Service Group 200.87
NADA Appraisal Guides 196.00
Northern Power Products 174.69
Nuss Truck & Equipment 507.49
Office Depot 2,207.25
Phasor Electric Company 794.25
Qwest 502.25
Frank Ramacciotti 200.00
Reds Auto Electric 112.24
Reds Cafe 1,154.25
Reed Business Information 157.44
Rockford Fire Department 3,000.00
Royal Tire Inc. 382.05
RS Eden 1,201.05
Shell Fleet Plus 614.61
Software House International 3,937.28
Sprint 13,180.31
St. Cloud Stamp & Sign Inc. 121.87
St. Cloud State University 14,000.00
State of MN-Office Enterprise 370.00
State Supply Co. 457.84
Stockholm Township 380.90
Streichers 470.23
Tennant Sales and Service Co. 319.91
Uline 149.94
United Parcel Service 108.15
Verizon Wireless 372.66
Walmart Store 01-1577 1,026.60
A Weege Construction Inc. 4,500.00
Wright Co. Highway Dept. 40,826.21
Wright Co. Public Health 480.00
Wright Hennepin Coop Elec 164.14
Keith Wurm Construction 9,515.00
Xcel Energy 1,882.57
Dawn Yager 918.78
Zep Sales & Services 304.02
20 Payments less than $100 1,266.99
Final total $238,963.38
The meeting adjourned at 11:25 A.M
Published in the Herald Journal Sept. 28, 2009.

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