Wright County Board Minutes

DECEMBER 29, 2009
The Wright County Board met in regular session at 9:00 A.M. with Sawatzke, Mattson, Russek, and Eichelberg present. Commissioner Thelen was absent.
Eichelberg moved to approve the 12-22-09 County Board Minutes, seconded by Russek, carried 4-0.
Petitions were accepted to the Agenda as follows: Aud./Treas. Item #4, “Request From Michael & Patty Betz To Combine Parcels Of Land Impacting School Districts” (Hiivala). Russek moved to approve the Agenda as amended, seconded by Eichelberg, carried 4-0.
On a motion by Russek, second by Eichelberg, all voted to approve the Consent Agenda:
1. Performance Appraisals: A. Pitzl, B. Schlimme, Atty.; C. Badeaux, Aud./Treas.; B. Biros, R. Hill, Bldg. Mnt.; C. Barnaal, Crt. Svs.; S. Albrecht, M. Barthel, S. Berg, J. Carpenter, T. Doerr, S. Doyle, T. Endreson, M. Even, R. Ferguson, G. Findley, M. Flemming, A. Fournier, H. Gillham, S. Halonen, J. Hinton, M. Hoberg, T. Hoffman, G. Howell, L. Husom, K. Joerg, B. Johnson, T. Klaers, T. Korbel, B. Kothman, M. Lauer, E. Leander, M. Lindquist, K. Lipelt, J. Lutgens, R. Murray, D. Nystuen, K. Olson, A. Pribyl, M. Rhodes, L. Salls, D. Scherber, S. Sims, M. Steffer, C. Strand, A. Sturm, M. Sturm, J. Tester, P. Thinesen, T. Wachter, J. Winkelman, R. Wirkkula, Sher./Corr.
1. 2010 Tobacco License Renewals: Albertville Pitstop, Casey’s General Store #2412, Coborn’s, Coburn’s Liquor, Geez Sports Bar & Grill, Heidi’s Market, Little Duke’s, Westside Liquor (Albertville City); Holiday Stationstore #254, Coborn’s, Coborn’s Liquor, Little Duke’s (Clearwater City); Casey’s General Store #1647, Lake Region Coop, Neisen Liquors of Cokato (Cokato City); CVS Pharmacy #5311, Coborn’, Holiday Stationstore #214 (Delano City); Lake Region Coop (Maple Lake Township); Cruiser’s Gas & Goods, Holiday Stationstore #196, Holiday Stationstore #344, Monti Smoke Shop, Snyder Drug Store #5032 (Monticello City); Casey’s General Store #1881 (Montrose City); Holiday Stationstore #378, Riverview Liquorette (Otsego City); Casey’s General Store #2156 (Rockford City); South Haven Municipal Liquor, South Haven Sport LLC (South Haven City); Cash Wise Liquor, Corner Bar, Ditto’s Bar, Holiday Stationstore #394 (St Michael City).
1. Approve Personal Leave of Absence For Dean Johnson, Sheriff Corrections, Through 3-31-10.
Bob Hiivala, Auditor/Treasurer, said the Technology Committee Of The Whole met to discuss the Manatron Project and is recommending renewal of a contract with ACS for the period of 2009-2011. Hiivala said the following statement was forwarded to MCCC and the user group on behalf of Wright County:
“Notice is hereby given that the Wright County Technology Committee Of The Whole, which includes the entire County Board of Commissioners, voted to extend a contract with ACS for the years 2009 through 2011 and to defer the deployment of the Manatron GRM system. The Commissioners expressed their desire to preserve the County’s investment made to-date in the Manatron project and to work with the other ‘deferred’ counties, MCCC, and Manatron in reaching a mutual agreement that would accomplish this. Also, similar to the agreement that was reached with the other ‘deferral’ counties, Wright County request released from paying into the Manatron Enhancement and Beta Testing Funds.”
Hiivala stated MCCC has acknowledged receipt of this statement. Hiivala has been in contact with ACS and the programs will be installed in Wright County. Russek moved to approve contract renewal with ACS for the period of 2009-2011, seconded by Eichelberg, carried 4-0. Hiivala said the Auditor/Treasurer staff is receptive and committed to making the Manatron System work.
Discussion led to the status of the 2010 Manatron System expenditures. Hiivala said there are two components of the 2010 contractual agreement. The County has $27,620 budgeted for the System in 2010. The County would like to defer the installation and back out of the Beta testing and Enhancement Fund, saving the County $10,250. Hiivala referenced an email from Brian Asleson, Chief Deputy Attorney, in response to a request to research the agreement with Manatron and MCCC. The email reflects that the actual Agreement is between Manatron and MCCC. Wright County ratified this Agreement on 12-13-05. By ratifying the Agreement, Wright County is committed to participation in the MCCC Tax User Group and to purchase support from Manatron through 12-31-10. The Agreement contains termination provisions but they may not apply because MCCC is not terminating the Agreement. Asleson’s opinion was that by “deferring”, the County is not incurring obligations or liability over and above whatever has already been agreed to. As for the 2010 payment, Asleson felt the County might be contractually required to make the payment either by the Master Agreement or by the terms of any relationship with MCCC. A suggestion may be to seek the ability to also “defer” this 2010 payment to a date more in line with actually going live with the system in Wright County. Hiivala said Pine County is in the same position as Wright County, wanting to move forward with the system but there are too many hurdles. Pine County will make the same partial payment but will not pay toward Beta testing or Enhancement. Hiivala said Pine County’s intent is to move forward in two years.
Sawatzke said Wright County proceeded with the Manatron System because of what the system was supposed to provide. A considerable amount has been invested in the System and now it is not performing as it should. He questioned the 2010 payment ($17,370) and whether Wright County is actually due monies back. He asked for an opinion on the County’s legal recourse regarding not paying for things twice or paying for things in 2009 for which the County received no benefit. Asleson said these are all good points. It was the consensus that Wright County will not make any payments to Manatron without County Board approval. Any recommendation for payment should be brought forth to the County Board for discussion.
Hiivala received a request from Michael and Patty Betz to combine two parcels of land, Parcel #201-000-102-402 and #201-000-101-302. The parcels are located in two school districts (Annandale and Maple Lake). Hiivala said Asleson researched Statutes and the County can approve the combination but must notify the school districts involved. Asleson stated that Statutes do not define parcels. However, if a parcel is split between two school districts, the property owners have the right to request that the Auditor issue an order placing the property in one school district. The law does not require prior notification to the school districts, but a copy of the action must be provided to the school districts and the Commissioner of Education in St. Paul. Both parcels are bare land. Hiivala signed the documents today approving the action. Mattson asked whether a school district could appeal. Asleson said Statutes do not address appeals. He described this as more of an administration action to accommodate smaller requests. The Commissioner of Education may become involved when larger or more parcels of land are involved. The request is for the property to be in the Annandale School District. This was provided as an informational item.
On a motion by Russek, second by Eichelberg, all voted to approve the claims as listed in the abstract, subject to audit.
Eichelberg moved to adopt Resolution #09-59 for final acceptance of the 2008 Overlays, Contract #0802, with Hardrives, Inc., of St. Cloud, MN and to authorize final payment of $23,294.23. The motion was seconded by Russek and carried 4-0 on a roll call vote.
Bills Approved
Brian Abrahamson. $101.75
Ameripride Linen and Apparel 108.67
AMI Imaging Systems Inc. 1,125.00
Aramark Correctional Services 12,942.34
Association of MN Counties 350.00
George Bakeberg 307.10
Bob Barker Co. 101.50
Lawrence Baumen 365.45
BDS Laundry Systems 320.96
Beaudry Propane Inc. 2,637.78
Boyer Truck Parts 358.19
Canon Business Solutions-Centr 258.00
Center Point Energy 1,475.38
Centra Sota Lake Region LLC 213.00
Central McGowan Inc. 275.86
CenturyLink 105.85
Climate Air 2,061.27
Comm. of Transportation 8,519.00
Community Lawn Care 850.47
Consolidated Plastic Co. 368.50
Constellation Justice Systems 9,662.00
Cottens Inc. 2,412.79
Crow River Tools 1,028.69
Cub Foods 110.98
Cub Pharmacy 2,472.93
Dell Marketing LP 6,134.55
Karen Determan 111.65
Ralph Douglas 452.40
Dustcoating Inc. 7,102.32
Elmer Eichelberg 313.50
Elk River Chrysler Inc. 21,092.86
EPA Audio Visual Inc. 444.39
Erickson Engineering Company 3,931.75
Excel Systems LLC 3,120.00
Farm Plan 256.58
Fastenal Company 4,386.08
Tom Feddema 242.00
Dennis Fehn Gravel & Excava 10,455.96
Wayne Fingalson 266.76
Force America Inc 425.29
FS3 Inc. 455.85
General Pallet Inc. 385.75
Hardrives Inc. 23, 294.23
Harrison Marker Co. 1,306.55
Hillyard Inc. - Minneapolis 8,799.19
Jolanta Howard 100.00
Neal Huemoeller 116.60
Integrated Fire & Security 1,842.03
Chris Jahnke 213.40
Pete Jonas 140.00
Thomas Kelly 121.55
Kennedy & Graven 6,000.00
Knife River 1,993.15
Kris Engineering Inc. 3,242.95
Lake Region Coop Oil 210.66
LaPlant Demo Inc. 1,504.05
Larson Allen LP 2,625.00
Michael Laurent 278.73
Elizabeth Liberato 112.20
Carol Lostetter 100.00
M & M Express Sales 137.80
Michael MacMillan 465.30
Marco Inc. 4,210.21
Richard Mattson 408.27
Menards - Buffalo 176.55
Nathan Miller 279.95
MN Assoc. of Emergency Mngrs 135.00
MN Department of Health 200.00
MN Elevator Inc. 2,370.00
MN Nature Landscapes 875.00
MN Public Employer Labor Rela 140.00
MN Society of Prof Surveyors 435.00
Morries Parts & Service Group 272.23
MSPE 315.00
Margaret Munson 224.40
National Child Protection 200.00
O’Reilly Auto Parts 192.50
Oakdale Ear & Throat Clinic PA 100.10
Office Depot 5,400.10
Overhead Door Company 8,717.00
Performance Kennels Inc. 171.79
Norman Planer 10,000.10
Positron Public Safety Sys. 4,0151.00
Precision Prints of Wright Co. 375.13
Qwest 595.00
Frank Ramacciotti 900.00
Royal Tire Inc. 6,944.26
RS Eden 867.30
John Russek 349.18
Sabre Communications Corp. 191,457.20
Pat Sawatzke 264.00
School Outfitters 716.13
SHI International Corp 25,889.44
Software House International 34,536.71
South St. Paul Steel Co. Inc. 6,852.76
Sprint 13,980.32
Stepp Mfg. Company Inc. 120.65
Subway - Annandale 100.00
Tech Depot 268.94
TKDA 4,218.96
Tools Unlimited 1,089.52
Total Printing 412.22
Traffic Control Corporation 3,016.01
Uniforms Unlimited 155.85
Van Meter & Associates 345.00
Verizon Wireless 166.69
Walmart Store 01-1577 1,181.65
Gordon Weber 142.00
West Payment Center 735.99
Word Systems Inc. 1,800.00
Wright County Highway Dept. 539.90
Wright Hennepin Coop Elec Assn 196.22
Xcel Energy 1,308.52
Zack’s Inc. 918.91
38 Payments less than $100 11,749.25
Final total $511,782.45
The meeting adjourned at 9:22 A.M
Published in the Herald Journal Feb. 1, 2010.

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