Wright County Board Minutes

WRIGHT COUNTY BOARD MINUTES SEPTEMBER 7, 2010
The Wright County Board met in regular session at 9:00 A.M. with Sawatzke, Mattson, Russek, Thelen, and Eichelberg present.
On a motion by Russek, second by Thelen, all voted to approve the 8-24-10 Wright County Board Minutes as presented.
Petitions were accepted to the Agenda as follows: Aud./Treas. Item #5, “Remove Discussion on the Auditor/Treasurer Office Configuration from the 9-08-10 Building Committee Agenda” (Hiivala). Thelen moved to approve the Agenda as amended, seconded by Russek, carried unanimously.
The Consent Agenda was discussed. Sawatzke asked to remove for discussion Item A3, “Refer To Building Committee Request From The Tenth Judicial District To Lease Space In The Government Center.” Sawatzke moved to approve the remainder of the Consent Agenda. The motion was seconded by Eichelberg and carried 5-0:
A. ADMINISTRATION
1. Performance Appraisals: K. Labo, Aud./Treas.; R. Jensen, Bldg. Mnt.; M. Aitchison, K. Clemence, P. Fladung, T. Jorgenson, C. Torkelson, J. Wirkkula, Sher./Corr.
2. O/T Report, Period Ending 8-20-10.
4. Refer Carpet Replacement To The Building Committee.
B. ASSESSOR
1. Approve Abatement, PID# 103-700-000780, Walden Kohls (City Of Buffalo).
2. Approve Abatement, PID# 113-700-002500, Mark Brandt (City of Rockford).
3. Approve Abatement, PID# 114-600-000007, Skytel.
4. Approve Abatement, PID# 118-500-353208, Demex Contracting Inc. (City of Otsego).
5. Approve Abatement, PID# 118-075-001070, Jason Hagen (City Of Otsego).
6. Approve Abatement, PID# 202-000-291100, LGK Inc. (Township Of Buffalo).
7. Approve Abatement, PID# 208-318-002040, Michael & Kristin McCullough.
C. COURT SERVICES
1. Install Phone/Fax Line At The Jail/LEC For Use By Taylor Beaudoin, Jail Treatment Program Counselor From New Beginnings.
D. HIGHWAY
1. Acknowledge Receipt Of Minutes From 7-27-10 and 8-5-10 Meetings Of The I-94/CSAH 19/CSAH 37 Funding Task Force.
Discussion followed on Consent Item A3, “Refer To Building Committee Request From The Tenth Judicial District To Lease Space In The Government Center.” Sawatzke referenced the letter received from the Tenth Judicial District reflecting that, “…the Governor signed a bill that makes the Guardian ad Litem program a separate entity, removed from the state court system. Our staff, having been mostly contractors until recently, have been housed in home offices. Now that all of our staff are employees we are looking to acquire office space in various locations throughout the Tenth Judicial District (Washington, Anoka, Wright, Sherburne, Pine, Isanti, Chisago & Kanabec).” Sawatzke asked whether it was known if these are employees of the State and whether they will pay rent for the leased space. Richard Norman, County Coordinator, said that he and Bob Hiivala, Auditor/Treasurer, have a concern with there being a maintenance of effort situation with any part of the Judicial District. Although the letter reflects that they will pay rent, that situation may change at any time. Sawatzke asked whether the Guardian ad Litems that would be housed in Wright County will service Wright County only or other counties as well. Norman was unsure. Sawatzke moved to approve sending the request from the Tenth Judicial District to the Building Committee. The motion was seconded by Russek and carried 5-0.
Bob Hiivala, Auditor/Treasurer, requested approval of a resolution for repurchase of tax-forfeited land by the former owners, Richard E. Nitz & Patricia Nitz, for PID #118-037-001080. Sawatzke asked whether the City of Otsego has been involved or had input on the requested action. He felt they may have an opinion on whether the property has been in disrepair. Hiivala did not know of any property issues and whether the City has been involved. He offered to contact the City. Hiivala was unsure of the time constraints but felt this was a time sensitive issue in the past. Sawatzke suggested that in similar situations in the future, it may be good to have this information. Sawatzke moved to adopt Resolution #10-32, seconded by Thelen, carried 5-0 on a roll call vote:
RESOLUTION 10-32
WHEREAS Richard E. Nitz and Patricia Nitz, (Applicants) the former owners, wish to repurchase the hereinafter described parcel of tax forfeited land, in accordance with the provisions of Minnesota Statutes, Sections 282.241 - 282.261, which land is situated in the County of Wright, Minnesota, and described as follows, to-wit:
Lot 8, Block 1, Walesch Estates, 2nd Addition, City of Otsego
PID# 118-037-001080; and
WHEREAS The Applicants have agreed to pay all delinquent taxes, assessments, penalties and interest owing on this particular parcel, along with all other costs related to the repurchase; and
WHEREAS Allowing the repurchase will either correct undue hardship or injustice resulting from the forfeiture, or will promote the use of the lands that will best serve the public interest;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the Applicants’ repurchase of the above described parcel of tax forfeited land is approved, and the Wright County Auditor/Treasurer is hereby directed to permit such repurchase and is authorized to apply for a State deed once all amounts due and owing have been paid, all according to the provisions of Minnesota Statutes, Sections 282.241 - 282.261.
(End of Resolution #10-32)
Hiivala presented for approval a claim to MCCC (Minnesota Counties Computer Cooperative) in the amount of $17,608.81 for contractual maintenance for the Manatron Program. Correspondence from MCCC reflects that a total of $18,401.26 is past due, which includes $792.42 in interest. Hiivala stated that it is the opinion of Brian Asleson, Chief Deputy Attorney, that it is the County’s contractual responsibility to pay the claim. Hiivala requested the Board approve the amount of $17,608.81 including sales tax. This would not include the interest. The County has stopped its support of the Manatron Program and there will be no more bills for 2011. He added that there are two other counties involved with the Manatron Program that are in the same situation as Wright County. Sawatzke referenced an article which reflects that Manatron officials indicate that larger counties, such as Hennepin, are staying the course with Manatron as they have the resources to do so. However, Sawatzke said that Hennepin County, probably the largest involved, is not continuing with Manatron. Sawatzke felt the claim should be paid but that the Auditor/Treasurer should track the costs incurred to date. In the future if Manatron does succeed, the County could request a credit for what has been expended thus far. Hiivala said it has been the County’s intent to keep this as an option for the future. Eichelberg moved to approve payment of the bill for $17,608.81, seconded by Sawatzke. Sawatzke clarified the payment does not include interest charges. The motion carried 5-0.
On a motion by Russek, second by Eichelberg, all voted to schedule a Budget Committee Of The Whole Meeting for 9-21-10 at 10:30 A.M. for the Audit Exit Meeting with Larson Allen.
The claims listing was discussed. Hiivala referenced a claim on Page 36, City of Monticello, $138.00, from Fund 34, Capital Improvements. The County received a $276.00 refund on closing costs and the refund is being split with the City of Monticello. Mattson referenced a claim on Page 25, MN Association of County Officers, $2,500.00. The claim is being paid by the Recorder’s Department for equipment purchased for the Marriage System Access System. Hiivala said this is a cost associated with a State-wide registration system. The payment is for maintenance costs and the County is in the third year with the Program. Russek moved to approve the claims as listed in the abstract, subject to audit. The motion was seconded by Thelen and carried 5-0.
A Building Committee Meeting is scheduled for 9-08-10. Agenda items include: 1) Auditor/Treasurer Office Configuration and 2) Community Room Upgrades. Hiivala asked to postpone discussion of Item 1 until October. This will provide him an opportunity to meet with the Purchasing Agent to better define what is being proposed (modular furniture or constructed wall). Norman suggested referring Item 1 to the Building Committee Meeting on 10-13-10. Norman has not received information on Item 2 from the vendor. Given the request by the Auditor/Treasurer, he requested that the Building Committee Meeting scheduled for 9-08-10 be cancelled. On a motion by Eichelberg, second by Russek, all voted to cancel the 9-08-10 Building Committee Meeting.
Tom Salkowski, Planning & Zoning Administrator, requested the Board authorize the refund of building permit fees to applicants who paid both Wright County and Corinna Township for building permits. Salkowski also requested approval of the process which will be used to complete the refunds, which was provided in writing. Wright County Planning & Zoning obtained data from Corinna Township on who obtained permits. This was cross referenced with Wright County permit records. The process will involve sending a claim form to those who paid both the Township and the County. Once the claim form is signed and returned, a check will be sent. Salkowski said the refund will be refunded to whoever wrote the check to Wright County. There has been one case already where a homeowner has inquired about a refund when the permit was paid by the builder. Salkowski did not feel the County should get involved in a dispute between a homeowner and a builder. Salkowski said after visiting with Hiivala, it was decided that funding will come from reducing permit revenues from this year’s budget. The permit double payments are from 2008 and 2009 (primarily 2009). The County is contacting the State Department of Labor for refunds due on building permit surcharges. Thelen moved to approve the refund of fees to those applicants who paid both Wright County and Corinna Township for building permits. The motion includes approving the process as outlined in the 9-01-10 document submitted by Salkowski. The motion was seconded by Sawatzke. Mattson questioned whether the County will be clear of any liability relating to building permits approved by Corinna Township. Salkowski said discussions continue on this going forward as the County is still the shoreland authority. As far as the permits being discussed today, whatever work has been done is considered done. Both the County and the Township completed inspections to cover those permits. Russek said the concern he has is the County is the ultimate planner. If Corinna Township makes a mistake, Wright County will be named in the lawsuit. Salkowski said Thelen is working on a process to address those issues between the Township and the County prior to the end of the year. Charlotte Quiggle, Corinna Township Planning Commission Chair, said property owners in the Township have asked whether those who will receive refunds for building permit fees will receive interest on their money that has been sitting with Wright County for 1.5 years. Salkowski said the County does not propose to pay interest. The motion carried 5-0.
Wayne Fingalson, Highway Engineer, brought forth discussion on funding for the I-94/CSAH 19/CSAH 37 Interchange Project. This was discussed at the last County Board Meeting. Today, Fingalson said Larry Kruse, Albertville City Administrator, was present for discussion. Fingalson said the request is to act on the recommendation of the funding for the project. A draft Board motion was supplied reflecting an amount not to exceed $1.64 million. Sawatzke said the draft motion does not include reference to the Board’s decision that funding should not exceed 44% of the project or $1.64 million. Sawatzke questioned what is included in the $7.45 million figure referenced in the draft motion. Kruse said the $7.45 million is the Engineer’s estimate. Russek referred to the 8-24-10 Budget Committee Of The Whole Minutes which reflect the Committee’s recommendation to “Fund 44% of the shortfall to a maximum of $1.64 million. If the total project costs come in less, the County will realize a proportionate savings. If the project comes in at a higher cost, the City of Albertville must come back to the County Board to obtain approval for additional funding.” Kruse stated that $1.64 million is 44% of the estimate. Sawatzke said the County is not willing to pay 44% of $7.45 million because Federal funding and other funding should be taken off from that amount. He asked if it will cost $7.45 million from today to finish the project. Kruse stated this was correct. Sawatzke asked if there has already been $3 million spent. Kruse said that is the Engineer’s estimate. He said the $11 million figure includes all of the delivery costs to get to this point. Kruse believed that $1.64 million is 44% of the $3.7 million gap. Sawatzke responded that they have been talking about a $3.65 million funding gap. Kruse said the County talked about a maximum contribution of $1.64 million and there was probably some rounding of figures involved. Sawatzke inquired whether Fingalson and Kruse feel comfortable with the funding mechanism that is in place so if the bids come in under estimate, there is not a question on how the funding is to be split. He did not want there to be a dispute if the bids come in under estimate. Fingalson was comfortable with the funding mechanism. Sawatzke felt the draft motion should reflect $1.64 or 44%, whichever is less. If the cost exceeds this, Albertville must make a special request to the County. Sawatzke moved to approve the following motion, seconded by Eichelberg, carried 5-0:
The Wright County Board moves to fund an amount not to exceed 44% or $1,640,000, whichever is less, towards the I-94/CSAH 19/CSAH 37 Interchange Project. Should the costs be less than the engineer’s estimate of $7,450,000, the savings shall be prorated among all local funding participants. The Wright County Board has determined this Collector Distributor Project is unique in that it leverages a $5,440,000 Minnesota Greater Interchange Grant; relieves traffic and congestion on CSAH 37 and further that the facility will be owned and maintained by the State of Minnesota. County Staff is hereby directed to work collaboratively with the City of Albertville and its legal and financial consultants to draft the necessary cooperative agreements and bonding documents necessary to execute this motion. The Wright County Board is open to and supportive of the lowest cost financing options possible including the Transportation Revolving Loan Program, Taxable Economic Recovery Zone Bonds or Wright County General Obligation bonds to finance the project. If the project bid exceed the engineer’s estimate and requires additional funds from the County, the City is to report back to the Wright County Board to make a determination on any further County involvement.
Fingalson said it was his understanding that no funding from the 2011 Road & Bridge Budget will be used to pay for any of this. He understood that whatever payments come up in 2011 would be taken from Reserves. Fingalson has not put anything into the budget. Sawatzke said that Fingalson had indicated there were Highway Reserves available. It was agreed Highway Reserves will be used for the first payment. Sawatzke made it clear he did not want any capitalized interest. In response to Sawatzke, Kruse stated it has not been decided who will bond (the City or County).
Noel LaBine, Economic Development Partnership, presented a request to change the lien position on a note with Cinch Systems of St. Michael. Present for discussion was Paul Shogren, President of Cinch Systems, and Mark Weigle, City of St. Michael. The City has a loan with Cinch Systems, and Weigle is also the President of the Partnership. If the request is approved, it would allow Great Northern Bank to have the first lien position on the inventory of Cinch Systems. LaBine explained that Cinch Systems provides wireless security devices for the U.S. State Department. Cinch Systems was told a large order was forthcoming so inventory was ordered. The order did not happen but now they are expecting an even larger order. Cinch Systems is experiencing a cash flow problem. They are also experiencing rapid growth. The company has grown from 4 employees to 20 employees in the past year. In order to prepare for this even larger order, the bank is willing to give them a loan but only if the Partnership is willing to take a subordinated lien position on the inventory. On the original document, the Partnership shared a first position with the City of St. Michael and the Initiative Foundation. The other partners are in agreement to allow this to happen. Sawatzke asked if this is approved whether the Partnership will still have an equal share to the City and the Initiative Foundation (behind the bank but equal share to those entities). LaBine said that would be the case. Sawatzke explained the reason this had to come back is that the County Board ultimately holds the loan. In the early 1990’s, Standard Iron in Monticello received a State Loan. The arrangement was that when it was paid back, the County would receive the interest. That became the loan pool. The reason the Board is addressing this today is that the County Board is the loan authority for the pool and any changes that are made must be approved. Eichelberg moved to approve the request to allow Great Northern Bank to have the first lien position on the inventory of Cinch Systems of St. Michael. The motion was seconded by Thelen. Shogren provided information on Cinch Systems. The company was founded by Joel Christenson, a Corcoran resident, who developed high security alarm systems for sophisticated systems such as the U.S. State Department, CIA, NSA, and several other government entities. No one in the industry was interested in creating this solution for the State Department, so they asked Christenson to do this. Christenson said the only way he could do so was to form a company. The products have been in development for three years. A year ago, the first approval was received from the State Department and they began shipping product. Since that time, they have shipped about $1.8 million in product. The products shipped thus far are for deployment of new industries that are being built by the State Department. Shogren said a substantial amount of building will occur over the next 10 years. The majority of the business will be for replacement systems for the existing 270 embassies. These systems will be replaced every 7 years. Shogren said that is what they are looking for in the immediate future. Cinch Systems is sitting with $350,000 in inventory and their intent is to reduce this to $150,000 over the next several months. Cinch Systems just received UL 1076 approval, which will allow them to go after the broader Federal government using commercial integrators. He saw quite an upside potential for the company over the next year. Shogren said they have great manufacturing capabilities and great people. Their intent is to have a total of 25-30 employees in the next year. The motion carried 5-0.
A Budget Committee Of The Whole Meeting was held on 8-24-10. At today’s County Board Meeting, Sawatzke moved to approve the minutes and recommendation for Agenda Item I only. The motion was seconded by Eichelberg and carried 5-0. Minutes for the other Agenda items discussed that day will be brought forth at a future Board meeting.
I. I-94/CSAH 37/CSAH 19 Funding Task Force.
Fingalson distributed a draft copy of the 8-05-10 Funding Task Force Committee Minutes (see attached). Eichelberg and Sawatzke attended the Task Force Meeting. Today, Sawatzke provided a summary of that Meeting. The purpose was to determine the best funding mechanisms for the project. With that information, the County Board would make a decision on the County’s financial participation. The funding mechanisms being recommended are: 1) Utilizing available County funds; 2) Economic Recovery Zone Bonds; and 3) Transportation Revolving Loan Fund. Page 3 of the Task Force Minutes reflects a summary of the different options presented at the meeting. Interest rates are estimated to be 3%. At the Task Force Meeting, the Financial Advisor indicated he did not foresee anything that would significantly increase upcoming interest rates.
The County Board discussed various funding options. Russek said the AMC website reflects the State has another $30 million in transportation funding for interchanges. He suggested the City of Albertville research and pursue this funding source. Kruse stated that they will pursue various funding options as they become available but sometimes timing pre-empts these options. There is currently a $4 million revolving loan fund available through Mn/DOT subject to application being made by 9-30-10. Kruse said the Greater Minnesota Interchange Funds are very competitive. When they applied, there were 13 applications and 3 were funded. There may be an opportunity to ask for $1 million by pleading their case. Kruse looks at this project as a collaborative effort and feels they will seek additional funds as opportunities become available. Sawatzke said Otsego has not yet made a financial commitment to the project and thought they may be waiting to see the action of the Wright County Board.
Sawatzke said the project cost estimate is $10.84 million. He estimated a $3.65 million funding gap based on the following funding sources: 1) $5.44 million in State funding; 2) $800,000 in Federal funding; 3) $700,000 in assessments; and 4) Approximately $250,000 from the State for work that will not have to be completed on the Hwy. 37 exit ramp. Kruse said his figures reflect a $3.7 million shortfall. This includes the $900,000 that the City has already funded toward the project. Kruse said the City felt the $700,000 in assessments would count toward Albertville’s share of the project. Sawatzke stated that the assessments come from private property owners, not the City. Kruse expects that the City will end up in court defending assessments. In addition, when other County projects have been completed, the local assessments have counted toward the local share. Sawatzke said the difference is that the City is proposing the project and asking the County to assist in funding.
Sawatzke referenced future work on CSAH 19. He asked Kruse whether Wright County will be expected to commit funding toward work that will be completed on the east bound entrance ramp included in a future phase. Kruse said the funding source has not yet been identified but the project is estimated in the $4 million range. He anticipated seeking 80-90% Federal funding. He said the project will not happen until they get substantial Federal funding. Sawatzke questioned whether a simple ramp could be used. Kruse said there will be a collector/distributor road in that area but it does not have the retaining wall and some of the complications seen on the other side of the freeway. He said a simple ramp cannot be used.
Mn/DOT has determined that that they will not approve any additional on/off ramps to the freeway due to the separation between the two interchanges, the geometrics of the highway, curves, and hills. Sawatzke asked whether Albertville has considered applying for a grant for this through the $30 million that is available. Kruse responded that the City of Albertville is challenged at this time with funding the local share of the I-94/CSAH 19 project so it is unknown when the work on the east bound entrance ramp will be completed. They do have a request for $5 million in the next Transportation Bill. If that comes to fruition, Kruse said that would be a significant funding source.
Thelen asked Fingalson to provide input on how this project will impact any improvements required in the future on CSAH 37 and any monetary savings. Fingalson said the portion of CSAH 37 from the freeway to CSAH 19 is congested due to it being the route to the Outlet Mall. Fingalson said the improvements to I-94/CSAH 19 would eliminate this problem and CSAH 37 would not need to be improved. If the improvements are not made to I-94/CSAH 19, CSAH 37 will need to be improved at an estimated cost of $2 million. Russek noted that the improvements will not affect the eastbound traffic. Fingalson said this is correct but the situation will be improved. Russek questioned the County’s contribution toward the stoplight at the end of CSAH 19. Nafstad said the County’s Funding Policy dictates the County’s share but this amount would be included in the County’s commitment to the I-94/CSAH 19 project. Fingalson said this equates to about $125,000.
Mattson asked that the landowner/developer, John Darkenwald of Darkenwald Real Estate, speak on the issue. Mattson said the developer is making money from this project, and he asked whether they could come forward with something that will make the project go through. Darkenwald said he has been working on developing this property in Albertville for ten years. He cited a prior development he had been part of and the tax base created. He referenced the ability to borrow money at 2.5%-3% in relation to the payback potential and questioned the reasoning behind so many meetings to discuss the issue. He felt the return on the investment would be great for the County. Many communities desire freeways to go through their area because of the benefits realized. He viewed this project as very important to the three cities and the County. Sawatzke clarified that John Darkenwald is not the only property owner involved in this project.
Tom Darkenwald, Otsego City Council, stated he has no interest in the property portion of the project. He referenced the Northeast Wright County Transportation Plan that was completed in 2004. This involved Wright County, Mn/DOT, Albertville, St. Michael, Otsego, and other surrounding partners regarding regional transportation issues in northeastern Wright County adjacent to the I-94 Corridor. The goals of the Study included: 1) To provide better transportation system mobility, continuity, and connectivity in urbanizing areas; and 2) To encourage planning, design, and construction of local arterial and collector street systems as alternatives to I-94 to support planned land uses and economic development. Points highlighted as part of the Plan were:
• Congestion on CSAH 19 at the Albertville Outlet Mall that was identified as a regional transportation issue.
• Construction of the current proposed project at I-94/CSAH 19 is a recommended improvement to implement the goals of the NEWC Transportation Plan.
Darkenwald said financing of regional roadway improvements were also addressed as part of the NEWC Study. At that time, it was felt the County would be eligible to receive $1.6 million annually in State Aid funding. The data further reflects that this additional funding should be dedicated to improving the State Aid System within the NEWC region in which it is generated. Fingalson said the number reflected in the Plan was probably identified as a best case scenario. Although some funding was received, the County did not receive that amount identified in the Plan. Darkenwald said the main point he was making is that there should be vision with this project. The State has put forth $5.44 million. Darkenwald has worked closely with Albertville to resolve some of the regional issues and he believes their Council sees the benefit in this project being completed. He extended appreciation for what the County has done and asked that the County step up to the plate as the largest player.
Different funding scenarios were discussed by the Board. Hiivala recommended that if the County Board decides to utilize County reserves toward the project, that the Road & Bridge Reserve be used over a 10-year commitment period. That Fund has a $5 million balance, which is a lower balance than is recommended by the State Auditor’s Office. He did not recommend that the Capital Projects Fund be used. Sawatzke said his desire was to not forego a payment the first year but instead use reserves for this purpose because of the impact it would have on the total the County owes. Mattson proposed $1.64 million as a compromise to other proposals discussed. This was calculated to be 44% of the funding gap. Kruse stated the entire amount can be covered in the Transportation Revolving Loan Fund.
Sawatzke asked Fingalson to provide a detailed synopsis of the savings that will be realized by not completing improvements to CSAH 37 because of the I-94/CSAH 19 Interchange Project. This synopsis should be presented when this comes to the County Board for approval. He did not want Wright County building all of the State’s interchanges. He felt the minutes should reflect the savings which will support why the County is contributing toward the project. County and City officials will work together on funding, including determining who will obtain a better interest rate on Transportation Revolving Loan Funds. Sawatzke did not want the County to incur any capitalized interest and favored using Road & Bridge reserves for the first year’s payment.
Recommendation: Fund 44% of the shortfall to a maximum of $1.64 million. If the total project costs come in less, the County will realize a proportionate savings. If the project comes in at a higher cost, the City of Albertville must come back to the County Board to obtain approval for additional funding.
The meeting recessed at 11:42 A.M. (Minutes for Agenda Items II and III will be presented at a future County Board Meeting)
(End of 8-24-10 Budget Committee Of The Whole Minutes)
A Personnel Committee Meeting was held on 8-25-10. At today’s County Board Meeting, Eichelberg detailed the Committee’s discussion on each of the position openings and the Committee’s recommendation. When he reached Item IH, Administrative Clerk, Administration Department, he asked that the item be tabled for two weeks. He finished providing the overview of the Committee Minutes. Eichelberg then made a motion to approve the Committee minutes and recommendations, along with laying Item IH over for two weeks. Norman stated that Pat O’Malley, Jail Administrator, asked to revise a portion of the Personnel Committee Minutes relating to Item IB, Assistant Jail Administrator. O’Malley referenced the top of Page 2, 1st paragraph, which states in part, “O’Malley stated that the position would most likely be filled with an external candidate. The salary would be negotiated as past practice dictates. An internal candidate would most likely start at Step 8 or 9 in order to be compensated at a higher rate than a top sergeant.” O’Malley said today that this language does not accurately reflect what was said. He said the question posed to him at the Committee level was relating to pay. He said that if the position was filled by an external candidate, the salary would be negotiated as per Policy 205. If the position were filled by an internal candidate, the next step would probably be Step 8 or 9, because that is where the current sergeants are on the Salary Schedule. He requested the minutes be corrected to reflect this as he was not making any predictions as to who would be hired or where a candidate would be hired from. Sawatzke agreed with O’Malleys position on this and recalled that O’Malley stated at the Committee Meeting that the hire could be internal or external. O’Malley clarified that he was making a statement in regards to Policy 205 and how salaries are set. He wanted the minutes to accurately reflect what was stated because he said the minutes are read by many people. He said the minutes are not correct, they do not reflect what was said. Norman referenced the portion of the minutes being discussed that states, “The salary would be negotiated as past practice dictates. An internal candidate would most likely start at Step 8 or 9 in order to be compensated at a higher rate than a top sergeant.”
Norman said that is O’Malley’s interpretation of the way things have gone, not necessarily his opinion or that of the County Board. After further discussion, the consensus was to remove the following portion from the minutes:
“O’Malley stated that the position would most likely be filled with an external candidate. The salary would be negotiated as past practice dictates. An internal candidate would most likely start at Step 8 or 9 in order to be compensated at a higher rate than a top sergeant.”
Eichelberg amended his motion to include adding the following language to the minutes replacing that which was removed above:
“O’Malley stated that if the position is filled with an external candidate, the salary would be negotiated as past practice dictates. He also felt an internal candidate would most likely start at Step 8 or 9 in order to be compensated at a higher rate than a top sergeant.”
The motion was restated by Eichelberg to approve the minutes and recommendations to include the change and to lay item IH over for two weeks. Commissioner Thelen seconded the motion for discussion. Thelen referenced Item ID, Social Services Manager, and voiced concern over hiring for the position without looking at, more in depth, the structure of the position relative to the rest of the Human Services Office. She understands the position is needed but feels there are so many other needs in Social Services. In many Social Services Agencies, they do not have the Social Services Manager position. Supervisors report to the Director. She felt this is one of the areas where some savings may be realized while enhancing services. Mattson concurred with Thelen, stating he also felt this should be looked at more in depth. Sawatzke moved to amend the motion to include referring replacement of the Social Services Manager position to the Human Services Board for discussion. The amendment would also include not laying Item IH, Administrative Clerk, Administration Department, over for two weeks. Sawatzke stated he would like to discuss the Administrative Clerk position at today’s meeting. The motion to amend was seconded by Thelen. Sawatzke said when Eichelberg was detailing the minutes, he said he wanted to table Item IH. However, Sawatzke said Eichelberg did not use the word “table” when he made the motion to lay the issue over for two weeks. Eichelberg said he had no problem referring Item ID, Social Services Manager, to the Human Services Board for discussion. He said he asked to have Item IH, Administrative Clerk, Administration Dept., laid over or tabled. He said he should have used the word “tabled” in his motion. Eichelberg felt laying this discussion over for two weeks would allow the Board to obtain more information that would be advantageous in making a better decision. Sawatzke said the amendment to the motion would stand as is. That would refer Item ID to the Human Services Board and allow discussion on Item IH today. The Board then discussed Eichelberg’s motion to lay the item over for two weeks or table Item IH. Sawatzke felt Eichelberg’s motion was to lay the item over for two weeks. He was unsure whether a motion to lay over for two weeks was the same as tabling of an item. Russek said there was not a motion and second to table the item. The notes that were being taken of today’s Board Meeting were referenced. Backes stated the notes reflect that Eichelberg initially said he wanted to table the item but when the motion was made, it was to lay the item over for two weeks. Backes offered to listen to the audio for clarification. Sawatzke decided to withdraw the amendment to the motion. The Board took a vote on the original motion made by Eichelberg, which was to approve the minutes and recommendations, including the changes by O’Malley. The vote failed 1-4 with Sawatzke, Mattson, Thelen, and Russek casting the nay votes.
Sawatzke offered a motion to refer Item ID, Social Services Manager, to the Human Services Board. The motion was seconded by Thelen and carried 5-0. Sawatzke made a motion to approve the 8-25-10 Personnel Committee Minutes, including the changes as noted above by O’Malley. The motion includes the recommendations with the exception of Item IH, Administrative Clerk, Administration Department. The motion carried 5-0.
Sawatzke moved to not fill the Administrative Clerk position in the Administration Department at this time. Eichelberg seconded the motion for discussion. Norman said the process of the Personnel Committee reviewing replacement of all open positions started in January-February of 2009 because of the budget situation. He distributed information reflecting the positions that the Personnel Committee has dealt with since the inception of the process. He said 46 out of 46 positions sent to Committee have been recommended to be filled. The positions were requested by the Department Head or Supervisor as there was a need and the Personnel Committee saw that. He said there were a couple of positions that went to the Personnel Committee where the Department Head felt the position could wait to be filled. Norman expressed that he has a good business sense and said he would inform the Board if the work load was not there. He said the Administration Department does not lack work and there is a need for this position. He stated the Administration Department provides service in a timely manner with high quality. He asked the Board for their consideration in filling the position. Thelen referenced a recent Leadership Team Meeting where changes to the Administration Department were discussed. She said there may be changes in the future and that Norman had suggested as well that this be looked at. Thelen was not in favor of filling the position. She said the list of positions replaced strongly supports that the County Board does go along with Department Head recommendations. There are a number of positions that have not been filled in the Surveyor, IT and Sheriff Departments. Thelen felt Department Heads were put on notice not to come forward even though positions were needed. She felt this would be a good opportunity, prior to replacing the position, to look at what the Department would look like if changes were made relative to the areas of Personnel, Human Resources, and Coordinator. She viewed this as a good opportunity to put this on hold. Thelen said she has not heard the place is overwhelmed with work. She said they could review how work is being completed under the current structure. Thelen restated she is not in favor of filling the position. Norman responded to Thelen’s comment on positions that have not been replaced in the Surveyor and IT Departments. He said that three years ago as part of the budget process, it was decided to keep those positions open. Those positions were part of a group of positions that remained open and were new positions in those departments. Those departments were not able to fill them at that time and they remain open today. He said that is not the situation here. Norman referenced Stearns, Sherburne, Carver and Scott Counties, and said those counties are similar in size to Wright County. Wright County’s staffing levels are lean in comparison to the staffing levels in those counties for Administration and Human Resources. By not filling the position, there will be added stress to the Administration Department. Thelen stated she has not had an opportunity to look at the staffing levels of those counties noted. Norman said he has the information available for review. Sawatzke referenced the list Norman distributed reflecting positions replaced over the past couple of years. Half of the requests are from departments that have positions that remain unfilled. The Sheriff’s Office is down five deputies and Building Maintenance is down two custodians. He said the Jail Administrator position needed to be filled. Human Services has not taken any position cuts, but Sawatzke said a revenue source comes with many of the positions that meets or exceeds the cost. The nurse position on the Agenda today brings in more revenue than the position pays. Because of the economy, Human Services also has more people requiring services and these positions are funded to a great extent by sources other than property tax dollars. He felt Human Services needed to be looked at differently. He said seasonal positions for Parks and Highway were all reduced. Norman reminded Sawatzke that the Sheriff volunteered not filling five Deputy positions. Sawatzke said this was correct, but he felt Norman was trying to make the argument that when people come in to have a position replaced it is filled and that everyone needs to be treated equally. He felt it was a different scenario when a department is down five people. Sawatzke said when he was asked in the meeting why he was looking at this position, he provided three reasons: 1) The work load is down - with fewer job openings, there are fewer interviews; 2) The position is funded 100% by levy dollars; and 3) This position is in one of the few departments that have not had staff reduced from their full staffing level. Sawatzke felt this action was consistent and that for the time being, the Department can survive without the position. Norman said he would argue strongly that the work load in the Administration Department is not down overall. It might be down in one area. Russek’s position was that it would not hurt to try this for a while and see if the staff becomes overwhelmed, just as is being done in the Recorder’s Department. Mattson asked Norman to provide the information to Thelen on what the staffing levels are in other counties for Administration and Human Resources so she could bring it forward some other time. Thelen said she did not need the information, she was just making mention of it. The motion carried 4-1 with Eichelberg casting the nay vote. The 8-25-10 Personnel Committee Minutes, as corrected, follow:
I. POSITION OPENINGS.
A. Communications Officer.
Hagerty stated that the Jail is authorized for 15 Communications Officers and is operating with 14. A probationary employee was recently terminated. Today’s request is to replace her. There is an eligibility list in place and the Sheriffs Department would like to proceed on conducting a background check on the next eligible candidate. He stated that they have a temporary employee that has worked their 67 days; therefore, the Sheriffs Department had to cease using her. The Sheriffs Department will be meeting with Frank Madden to discuss the seasonal work period. It is not feasible to use temporary hires because the training is so extensive. Eichelberg stated that this is an essential position. Hagerty explained that the Department is doing okay with its overtime. During inclement weather, overtime is a necessity. Shifts are extended. Hagerty stated that when the Department is down a Communications Officer, they feel it more than if it were down a Deputy position. Sawatzke asked what the workload is like in Dispatch. Hagerty stated that recently, the Department is realizing an increase in its numbers. However, for the year, the number of complaint reports is down. He explained that for each complaint or incident, there can be many witness calls, all of which have to be answered. RECOMMENDATION: Authorize request to hire one Communications Officer.
B. Assistant Jail Administrator.
Norman stated that the County is possibly faced with a grievance arbitration. He stated that perhaps this agenda topic should be placed on hold until after the arbitrator’s ruling. Sawatzke asked how much the attorney fees for the arbitrator would be. Norman stated that it could be thousands. Norman stated that there would be a question as to what to offer for a starting salary. Hagerty stated that the Sheriff would like to fill the position because there is a need for the position and Statute requires the position to be filled. Norman stated that an option would be to assign someone to work out of classification for this position during the interim. O’Malley asked why the County Board wouldn’t consider filling it since it is required by Statute. He stated that regardless of the grievance, the position is needed. Norman stated that the question remains what to offer as a starting salary. O’Malley stated that if the position is filled with an external candidate, the salary would be negotiated as past practice dictates. He also felt an internal candidate would most likely start at Step 8 or 9 in order to be compensated at a higher rate than a top sergeant. Hagerty stated that earlier this year, he spoke with Personnel about how to advertise for the position. He stated that the Sheriffs Department would like to open the position to external and internal applicants. They are confident that they will receive quite a few applications. With the Appleton Jail closing, there are plenty of qualified applicants. It is the intent of the Sheriffs Department to attract a variety of qualified applicants. Hagerty stated that they have already received calls from Carver County inquiring about the position. O’Malley stated that he has heard interest from several different counties. Sawatzke asked whether the Committee would like to lay the agenda topic over for a month. Norman explained that if the grievance goes to arbitration, it could be a 3-6 month process. Hagerty stated that it would take a while to fill the position per the advertising, interviewing, and background check; all of which are an extensive process. RECOMMENDATION: Lay over discussion of Agenda topic until the 9-08-10 Personnel Committee Meeting. Discussion occurred on what to do with the position during the interim. Norman stated that it is his opinion that the position should be left open. Hagerty stated that it would be difficult to appoint an internal candidate because there may be an assumption that the person would automatically be hired into the position. Eichelberg stated that the County will be meeting with Frank Madden on 8-30-10. The County Board would perhaps get a feel for what’s to come out of the grievance.
C. Office Assistant, Recorder.
Gabrelcik stated that the County Recorder’s Office is currently in compliance with the State’s mandatory 15-day document turnover. She stated that she is here today to request keeping the position vacant with a possible review of the Department’s employment needs in early 2011. She stated that for now, her Department can get by without this position. Sawatzke noted that he had targeted this position prior to coming to today’s meeting as one of the non-essential positions. He was not in favor of filling the position. He stated that Gabrelcik beat him to the discussion. Sawatzke explained that she would keep this position within her budget. If the real estate market picks up, the discussion to fill the position could occur at a later date. Gabrelcik stated that in 2011, the State will decrease its document turn around time from 15-days to 10 days. In order to remain in compliance, the Recorder’s Department must meet the turn around requirement by at least 90%. She stated that not meeting the requirement could affect their Compliance Fund. Eichelberg asked whether the position would be advertised internally. Pawelk stated no, as it would not be considered a promotion. She noted that it could take up to 2-3 months to fill the position. Petersen stated that she is confident that they could expedite the hiring process. Sawatzke stated that the real estate volumes are half of what it was previously in the Department. Eichelberg cautioned Gabrelcik to keep Personnel up to date on how the Recorder’s Office is doing in meeting its document turn around requirement. Sawatzke noted that the Personnel Committee would address the vacancy if needed at a future meeting. RECOMMENDATION: Leave the Office Assistant position within the Recorder’s Office vacant and recognize that the document recording turn-around will decrease to 10 days in 2011 and this position would be revisited at that time.
D. Social Services Manager.
Mleziva stated that he is requesting replacement of Mary Bonlender’s position as the Social Services Manager. Mleziva distributed a brief outline (see attached) of the primary purpose, functions, and responsibilities of the position. Mleziva asked what the County’s current policy is on hiring and the starting salary of an external candidate. He asked whether the County is limited to a step if it were to consider hiring an outside candidate. Sawatzke stated that the County Board is offering starting salaries to outside hires at Step 1. Pawelk clarified that according to the Personnel Policy, the Department Head is authorized to hire up to Step 3 without prior approval. Otherwise, the Department Head would have to get specific Board approval. Sawatzke stated that the County Board has given clear direction that new hires are to start at Step 1. Sawatzke stated that Human Services is under a lot of stress right now. Mleziva stated that the Department has been struggling for months. He stated that they definitely need this position. Sawatzke asked how the Wright County Agency compares itself to other counties. Mleziva stated that Wright County is right in line with other Agencies similar in size. This position, as well as Unit Supervisors and Managerial Supervisors are in line with other agencies. Eichelberg stated that this position is an important part of the Human Services Department. Sawatzke asked who Bonlender supervised. Mleziva stated that Bonlender supervised seven Unit Supervisors. Sawatzke asked whether this position should go before the Human Services Board for further questions and discussion. Norman stated that it would have to be a recommendation of the Committee to refer it to the Human Services Board. Mleziva stated that he’d like to recruit this position as soon as possible. There will already be a savings in the budgeted salary amount. As of 8-31-10, the position will be vacant. The efficiencies of the Agency are dependent on this position. Norman asked whether Mleziva is open to advertising this position to the outside. Mleziva stated that he would definitely like to see what is out there. He stated that he would assume that 2-3 internals would be interested in applying. Sawatzke stated that in the past, this position was Mleziva’s replacement in his absence. He asked whether this is reflected in the Social Services Manager’s job description. Mleziva stated no. Eichelberg stated that this position is in an intricate area. The County does not want to lose any funding from Federal or State agencies. Eichelberg stated that he is leaning toward advertising externally for the position. RECOMMENDATION: Authorize request to hire one Social Services Manager.
E. Public Health Nurse.
Jorgensen-Royce stated that she is here today to request that the County Board fill a Public Health Nurse vacancy. She stated this is not a new position. She stated that the vacancy is due to a PHN transferring to another PHN position within the Agency (coordinating WOW van activities) that is being vacated by a recent retirement. The position is revenue generating of approximately $80,000. She distributed a handout (see attached) describing its major responsibilities and current client list. Jorgensen-Royce stated that the workload is increasing. Medical assistance is on the rise and this position works with those clients. Sawatzke informed Jorgensen-Royce that the new PHN would start at Step 1. Eichelberg asked what the educational requirements are for this position. Jorgensen-Royce stated that the candidate must be a registered nurse, with a 4-year degree from an accredited program, and have a public health certification. Sawatzke stated that he is in favor of filling this position because the workload is up and the position pays for itself. RECOMMENDATION: Authorize request to hire one Public Health Nurse.
F. Senior Survey Technician.
Jobe stated that Jordan Kurth was here for 14 months. He filled the position previously filled by Mike Minnick. He stated that this vacancy is hitting his Department hard. His Department has a lot of projects that they are working on and doesn’t know how they will get them done. This is a supervisory position and Kurth had a modern technical skill set. He was switching everything over onto computer that Minnick would do on paper. Eichelberg asked whether the job description for this position is inclusive enough to find what Jobe needs. Jobe stated yes. During the last process, there were 58 applicants. He interviewed seven candidates. He stated that he thinks they will get a lot of qualified and interested applicants. Sawatzke asked whether Jobe had any other vacancies within his Department. Jobe stated that he has one other vacancy: Survey Tech. The position was created before he came aboard. The employee in the Survey Tech position didn’t make probation. The position has been vacant ever since. He noted that his Department is small with only eight employees including his and Kurth’s position. Jobe stated that their summer intern went back to college last week. Sawatzke asked which position is more critical. Jobe stated that Kurth told him that it was difficult to do his job when the Survey Tech position is vacant. He was struggling to handle the workflow. There is quite a bit of technical work that the Survey Tech could have assisted with. Sawatzke stated that since the Surveyor Department is already down one position, he would support filling the Senior Survey Tech position. RECOMMENDATION: Authorize request to hire one Senior Survey Tech position.
G. Corrections Agent, Court Services.
MacMillan stated that a Corrections Agent was officially terminated on 7-23-10. Prior to that event, the position was vacant due to an administrative leave with pay. Interns were brought in to pick up the slack. He stated that his Department has been stumbling through the vacancy. He stated that he’d like to backfill this position internally with a Case Aid position. The resulting vacant Case Aid position would later be externally advertised for hire. The Case Aid position is 100% funded by caseload reduction dollars. A little over 50% of a Corrections Agent’s salary is funded by the State and external fees related to supervision of juveniles. MacMillan described how four positions receive straight allocation from the State: 2 Case Aids and 2 Agents. The allocation amount is $178,000. He stated that the revenue must be tied to a specific employee’s work. So if Department is down a Corrections Agent, then the revenue is lost for that employee. Sawatzke asked how the workload compares to a few years ago. He noted that the Sheriffs and Attorney’s Departments are experiencing a downturn of business. MacMillan stated that the number of adult caseloads has dropped; however, the number of pre-trial services has increased. MacMillan stated that he has two Case Aid workers that he has in mind for the promotion. He would appoint the most qualified Case Aide worker to the Corrections Agent’s position. As a result, filling the vacant Case Aide position would come from an external hiring process. RECOMMENDATION: Authorize to fill the Correction Agent position by promoting a Case Aide.
H. Administrative Clerk, Administration Dept.
Norman stated that the recent vacancy within his Department is due to a resignation. He stated that he is recommending to the Committee that the position be filled. Due to the advertising and interviewing process, the new hire would not begin until November. Training the new hire is a six-month process. He stated that it is his opinion that this is a critical position within the office. Sawatzke stated that this is one of the positions on today’s agenda that he is not considering for replacement. He listed his reasons as follows: Unlike any other office, Administration is one of the only offices that has a full contingency; the workload is reduced due to less hiring, and this position is funded 100% with levy dollars. There is no Federal or State reimbursement for this position as there is in Human Services and Court Services. Norman stated that there is a need for this position. The Administration Department provides services and a quick response time to the Commissioners because of its staffing level. He stated that he feels he has a good business sense and if the workload wasn’t there within his Department, he would not ask for the position. He stated that he is not willing to pay someone to come to work if there is nothing for them to do. He referenced how he has made requests in the past for a Personnel Representative which was turned down. He stated that there have been discussions at the Leadership Team Meetings for a Human Resource Director. Sawatzke stated that a few Departments have come forward today because they think they need a position. The Recorder’s office came forward today and forfeited filling their vacant Office Assistant job. He stated that the Recorder’s office position was on his list today for not authorizing a replacement. Norman stated that the Personnel Committee has recommended authorizing filling all vacancies. The only exception is when a Department Head has volunteered that they don’t need to fill the position at this time. He is not requesting this position not be filled. He stated that when the County Board first set up this process, the intent was not to harm the Departments. Backes stated that she will fortunately be taking vacation during a week of no meetings. The other office support staff has moved up front to greet incoming office visitors. She stated that there is concern regarding how to cover vacations, sick leave, and lunch if the office support staff is attending Committee Meetings. She stated that County Board Minutes and Committee Minutes are supposed to be completed by Thursdays at 3 p.m. Backes stated that people are expecting those minutes to have an immediate turn around. Completing minutes by the Thursday deadline is a time crunch no matter the situation. She stated that the office needs someone up front. She also stated that it is difficult to meet the needs of staff when meeting minutes have top priority. She stated that meeting minutes are dependent on the number of Committee Meetings and the length of a County Board Meeting. Norman stated that this position requires a unique skill set which is difficult to recruit for. He stated that for every hour of meeting time, there are many hours spent drafting the minutes. Sawatzke stated that he would be in favor of reducing the amount of content within Committee Meeting minutes. He stated that he would be in favor of the old method where Norman would attend the Committee Meetings and write 4-5 sentences about the decision and discussion. Norman stated that the old method didn’t provide the County with any written record of how the decision was derived. He stated that this is forever lost in the records of the County. He stated that he would think that the Commissioners would want to see the dialogue on a particular issue. He referenced the recent Jail Administrator salary discussion that is now going through a grievance process. There is written documentation regarding the decision process. RECOMMENDATION: Forward further discussion to the 9-07-10 County Board Meeting. Norman stated that he would have hoped to have received more support from the Committee. Sawatzke stated that he is not surprised by Norman’s reaction. He stated that he is sure that Swing and Jobe feel the same way about their unfilled positions within their Departments. Norman stated that he feels singled out. He stated that this Committee has not denied other Departments from filling their vacant positions. He stated that when this process was initiated, it was the intent of the County Board to delay hiring to save 3-6 months of salary for budget purposes. Sawatzke stated that the process was to certainly delay the refilling of vacant positions, but it was also to weed out the unnecessary re-hires. Sawatzke stated that this discussion will be sent to the entire County Board for further discussion. The County Board will take action. Eichelberg stated that he is leaning in favor of filling the position.
II. PERSONNEL BOARD OF APPEALS APPLICATIONS.
Norman stated that Petersen reviewed each of the applications to assemble a list of qualified candidates. She looked for the following experience criteria: employment legal issues, labor relations, and management. Norman stated that they received an impressive number of applications, however, there were four top scorers using Petersen’s criteria. Norman stated that currently, there are two members on the Board of Appeals. There is a need for an additional member. Eichelberg asked how often the Board of Appeals is utilized. Norman stated that the Board has not been utilized very often. It is typically used to address a Veteran’s appeal. Petersen stated that by Statute, a Board of Appeals is required. Norman explained that a formal hearing that is overseen by the County Attorney’s office is how appeals cases are conducted via the Board of Appeals. The Committee reviewed each of the four resumes. The Committee selected Steve Michel due his vast employee relations experience including his current position as Director of Human Resources at DuraSupreme. RECOMMENDATION: Appoint Steve Michel to the Personnel Board of Appeals.
(End of 8-25-10 Personnel Committee Of The Whole Minutes & discussion)
Sawatzke received information from Xcel Energy on a draft letter to the Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s nuclear future. The letter requests the Federal Government to create some sort of intermediate nuclear storage facility. Currently, dry casts are being stored at various locations throughout the Country including Monticello. As part of rates paid to utilities, a portion is taken by the Federal Government for this type of storage but no storage facility has been created. It may not be a permanent repository but it could operate until one is created. Sawatzke moved to approve the draft letter to the Blue Ribbon Commission which will be signed by the Board Chair. The motion was seconded by Russek. Thelen said she was not prepared to vote on this. She preferred obtaining more information including problems and consequences that may arise. Thelen made a motion to table the issue until they could have someone speak to the issue. The motion failed for lack of a second. The original motion to approve sending the letter to the Blue Ribbon Commission carried 4-1 with Thelen casting the nay vote.
The Board discussed the issue of the 2011 Contract Rate for Patrol Cities. A letter was received from the City of Monticello requesting a meeting to discuss the possibility of reducing the hourly rate being charged for police protection services in 2011. The City would like to maintain their current number of contract hours for protection in 2011 without increasing the cost for these services from the 2010 budget amount. The letter states that City staff was informed by Sheriff representatives that several other cities they contract with are making similar requests. Sawatzke noted the Sheriff Department also submitted a request that the Board refer discussion of the 2011 contracting rate for patrol services for municipalities to the Ways & Means Committee. Russek moved to approve referring discussion on this issue to the Ways & Means Committee. Norman said the draft certified levy must be set on 9-14-10 so this would not have time to be referred to the Ways & Means Committee. His recommendation was to refer this to the Budget Committee Of The Whole Meeting scheduled for today at 10:30 A.M. because of the impact on the budget. Russek withdrew his motion. He then made a motion to refer the issue to today’s Budget Committee Of The Whole Meeting at 10:30 A.M. The motion was seconded by Thelen and carried 5-0.
Bills Approved
10000 Lakes Chapter ICC. $255.00
All State Communications 600.00
Allina Hospitals & Clinic 16,954.86
Allina Hospitals & Clinics 1,553.19
Allina Medical Laboratories 334.50
American Institutional Supply 1,256.65
American Tower Corporation 3,601.80
Amerigas–Cokato MN 469.10
Ameripride Services 384.85
APEC Industrial Sales & Serv 3,914.55
Aramark Services Inc. 13,486.47
Barker Co./Bob 373.34
BP Amoco 1,983.11
Buffalo/City of 398.52
Cardiac Science 2,295.91
Catco Parts Service 859.88
Cenex Fleetcard 619.63
Center Point Energy 310.23
Centra Sota Lake Region LLC 31,225.49
CenturyLink 198.58
Climate Air 1,722.54
Comm. of Transportation 2,769.68
Consulting Radiologists Ltd 343.20
Crop Production Services 3,048.90
Dell Marketing LP 761.59
Dental Care Associates of Buf 379.00
Dept. of Corrections 28,495.88
DKMAGS LLC 1,927.40
Eichgelberg/Elmer 440.50
Elk River Municipal Utilities 117.73
Emergency Physicians Prof 1,093.92
Engel/Dale L 1,775.00
Erickson/Randolph 2,241.00
Ernst General Construction 850.00
Expert Towing Inc. 160.32
Federal Signal Corporation 375.52
Force America Inc. 388.27
Gabriel/Cathleen 100.00
Glunz/Raymond 120.00
Godfathers Exterminating 160.32
Gooler/Gloria 140.11
Gopher Stage Lighting 575.00
Gould Towing 619.86
Grainger 175.62
Granite Electronics 3,503.50
Hance Utility Services 144.28
Hancock Concrete Products 1,015.31
Hardings Towing Inc. 160.31
Hardrives Inc. 36,354.50
Hillyard Inc. - Minneapolis 526.86
HSBC Business Solutions 525.63
Integrated Fire & Security 1,175.63
Interstate Automotive 748.13
Interstate Battery Systems 208.29
Isanti County Sheriff 168.00
Jahnke/Chris 161.00
Janzen/Mellissa 184.29
Junction Towing & Auto Rep 165.66
Kaplan Professional School 1,700.00
Keeprs Inc. 170.44
Kemble Inc. 4,488.75
Kustom Signals Inc. 129.20
L3 Communications Inc. 2,768.85
LaPlant Demo Inc. 1,697.05
Lostetter/Carol H. 300.00
M & M Bus Service Iinc. 666.21
M-R Sign Company Inc. 240.92
Maple Lake Lumber Company 139.28
Marco 14,459.55
Marco Inc. 6,802.68
Martinson/Jim 125.00
Mathiowetz Construction 420,160.84
Mattson Well Company 135.00
Mattson/Richard 120.00
McCarty Water and Waste 747.50
Menards - Buffalo 122.56
Metro Group Inc./The 5,096.66
Midland Corporate Benefits 997.75
Miller/Gary Leo 208.96
MN Assn. of Assessing Office 200.00
MN Assn. of County Officers 2,500.00
MN Chemical Company 671.71
MN Copy Systems 123.22
MN Department of Labor & In 170.00
Monticello Auto Body Inc. 432.84
Monticello/City of 138.00
Morries Parts & Service Grp 791.21
NADA Appraisal Guides 196.00
New River Medical Center 1,600.00
Office Depot 4,989.91
Peterson Machinery/G C 292.71
Phillipi/Chase A. 150.00
Prosource Technologies 1,500.00
Qwest 120.84
Ramacciotti/Frank 600.00
Rapid Recovery Inc. 306.73
Reds Auto Electric 391.15
Redwood Biotech Inc. 182.08
Reich/Cathy 755.70
Rockwood Corporation/The 413.70
Royal Tire Inc. 1,211.58
Russek/John 147.50
Russell Security Resource 106.88
Ryan Chevrolet 968.77
Safelite Fulfillment Inc. 266.46
Savance 250.00
Sawatzke/Pat 245.00
Servin Plumbing LLC 436.00
Shell Fleet Plus 290.08
SHI International Corp 1,565.72
Sprint 12,935.05
St. Cloud Times 230.66
St. Michael EDA/City of 7,078.35
Stephens/Bill 130.88
Stevens Drilling & Environ 250.00
Total Printing 385.55
Ultramax 4,777.00
Vance Brothers Inc. 2,353.33
Verizon Wireless 762.11
Viking Industrial Center 145.20
Voss Lighting 149.59
Walmart Store 01-1577 488.28
Waste Management - TC West 2,059.45
Watchguard Electronic Ho 1,142.00
Waverly/City of 126.01
Wright County Highway Dept. 43,492.94
Wright Hennepin Coop Electric 232.53
Xcel Energy 2,369.19
33 Payments less than $100 1,556.69
Final total $738,854.21
The meeting adjourned at 10:28 A.M
Published in the Herald Journal Oct. 11, 2010.


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