WRIGHT COUNTY BOARD MINUTES
OCTOBER 12, 2010
The Wright County Board met in regular session at 9:00 A.M. with Sawatzke, Mattson, Russek, Thelen, and Eichelberg present.
The minutes of 10-05-10 were corrected as follows: Page 1, 2nd paragraph, 1st sentence should read, “Russek moved to approve the 9-28-10 County Board Minutes, seconded by Eichelberg, carried 4-0” (Russek). Russek then moved to approve the 10-05-10 minutes as corrected, seconded by Eichelberg, carried 5-0.
Petitions were accepted to the Agenda as follows: Aud./Treas. Item #2, “County Ditch 31” (Russek). Russek moved to approve the Agenda, seconded by Eichelberg, carried 5-0.
On a motion by Eichelberg, second by Russek, all voted to approve the Consent Agenda:
1. Performance Appraisals: A. Duerr, Aud./Treas.; J. Mackereth, Sher.
2. Refer Door Key Card System To The Building Committee.
3. O/T Report, Period Ending 10-01-10.
4. Quad County Meeting, 11-30-10, Benton County.
5. Approve Work-Out-Of-Classification For Annette Pulvermacher, Assistant Building Maintenance Supervisor, Eff. 7-26-10.
1. 2010 Tobacco License Applications Submitted By New Owner Of: SuperAmerica #4479 (City of Monticello); SuperAmerica #4267 & SuperAmerica #4554 (City of St. Michael).
Russek brought forth discussion on County Ditch 31. He was contacted by Mildred Yager on a ditch clean out request they presented last spring. It would be at their cost. There would be no cost to other landowners on the Ditch. The work includes removal of a beaver dam and debris in the Ditch which will be completed by Fyle’s Excavating. The property owners must obtain County Board approval as it involves County Ditch 31 (Woodland Township near County Road 8). Mattson said the property owners should make sure the beaver is trapped prior to cleanout. Russek will contact the property owners and Fyle’s Excavating to determine what work is being planned. An update will be provided at the next County Board Meeting.
Bob Hiivala, Auditor/Treasurer, presented the claims listing. He indicated there is an expenditure from Fund 34 for $14,995 to Granite Electronics relating to the 800 MHz System. Thelen moved to approve the claims as listed in the abstract subject to audit. The motion was seconded by Eichelberg and carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.
Richard Norman, County Coordinator, requested the Board schedule a Personnel Committee Of The Whole Meeting to discuss elected Department Head salaries for 2011. Norman proposed the date of 10-26-10 at 10:30 A.M. and if a second meeting is needed, 11-09-10 at 10:30 A.M. Sawatzke asked whether it is satisfactory to hold this meeting prior to elections. Norman said he took this into consideration. The three elected officials running do not have an opponent. Initial discussions could commence. Norman based his date recommendations on the Board’s upcoming meeting schedule. Russek moved to schedule a Personnel Committee Of The Whole Meeting for 10-26-10 at 10:30 A.M., with 11-09-10 at 10:30 A.M. as an alternate date. The motion was seconded by Thelen and carried unanimously.
Fred Bengtson, DNR Area Wildlife Manager, requested approval of a resolution approving a State Wildlife Management Area. The request involves a parcel of land that the DNR proposes to acquire near Pelican Lake, and it is adjacent to a Pelican Lake Water Management Area in Monticello Township. The purchase involves a 258-acre parcel which will be added to the existing 192-acre parcel. The purchase will expand the DNR’s effort to protect the shoreland of Pelican Lake. Bengtson said they are excited to work with the County and the Wildlife Service in this endeavor. The County will receive payment in lieu of taxes on this property. The landowners are interested in seeing this property become a wildlife management area and have made a significant donation toward the purchase of the property, which reduced the cost to the DNR. The amount paid is based on the property value, which is reassessed every five years. Bengtson said the projected payment in lieu of taxes (PILT) may be twice as much as the existing tax payment. Bengtson said the 2007 data reflects that Wright County received about $65,000 in PILT payments from the State. Additional properties have been added since that time. Hiivala indicated that these payments are reflected as a separate line item in the budget. Russek asked whether city and townships receive a portion of these payments. Hiivala said he believed the payment is split based on tax rates. Sawatzke said there are different PILT rates. Some payments received may be split between the three entities and some may not. Mattson questioned whether the DNR plans to add turn lanes in this area because of the narrow roads. He had concern with the potential for traffic accidents. Bengtson said the DNR normally establishes parking units in most areas. It would be uncommon for there to be a large amount of traffic in this area. Even in heavily used areas in Sherburne County, they have never had to establish a turn lane. Sawatzke said the property in question is adjacent to three roadways. The traffic volume on these roadways is low. Bengtson said the DNR recently upgrade the parking lots to hold more people and expanded the westerly lot. They may add a couple of more lots in the area, and they will try to locate those in an area that has good visibility. Sawatzke moved to adopt Resolution #10-36, seconded by Thelen, carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.
Noel LaBine, Wright County Economic Development Partnership Director, and Todd Klingel, Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce, met with the Board to discuss financial support for becoming members of Metromsp. This is a metro effort to market this area to national and regional business site selectors. The cities within the metro area, especially Minneapolis, have expended the most dollars to develop and support the site. Wright County is currently the only Minnesota county in the Metropolitan statistical area (11 Minnesota counties) that has not helped fund the site. Wright County has received free service since the inception of the site. LaBine said Metromsp is asking $10,000 for an initial fee to support the service with a $5,000 per annum fee. He said the Partnership can afford the annual $5,000 fee, but initially they will be required to use some of their reserve funds which have dwindled due to the recession. The request is for the County to match the initial $5,000 investment from the Partnership with a $5,000 contribution. Mattson said when he attended a meeting on this subject, at no time did he ever hear the figure of $10,000. He understood the contribution would be $5,000.
Sawatzke said this was correct as he attended the same meeting. The only figure discussed at that meeting was an annual amount of $5,000. LaBine said the $10,000 figure was reflected in a letter from Klingel on 4-28-10 but LaBine may not have made that clear at the meeting. The other counties who have been funding the site since its inception feel it would be fair that Wright County pay extra because Wright County was served through the website. Sawatzke visited with Greg Kramber, Wright County Assessor, about the site. Kramber felt the site may be valuable to Assessor Office staff as it provides data on all types of properties in the 11-county area. Sawatzke felt the County may realize a $5,000 benefit from the Assessor’s Office use alone. Eichelberg questioned whether cities are participating in the cost. Klingel stated that the cities of Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Bloomington pay separately from their counties due to their size. Sawatzke moved to approve a one-time $5,000 contribution to the Wright County Economic Development Partnership for the Metromsp membership. Funding will be from Budget 100, Professional Services. The motion was seconded by Eichelberg. It was clarified that the $5,000 payment by the County will be made directly to the Metromsp organization. The Partnership will make their $5,000 payment directly as well. An invoice will be sent to the County. The motion carried 5-0.
Greg Kramber, Assessor, recognized Jim Borrett for receiving the Accredited Minnesota Assessor designation from the Minnesota State Board of Assessors. This is the second highest level available in the State through the Assessor’s License. Borrett has been an employee for just over ten years. He completes assessment work in the City of Buffalo and maintains a good working relationship with the City and their Council. The Board extended congratulations to Borrett.
Brian Asleson, Chief Deputy Attorney, was contacted by Crossroads Animal Shelter (CAS) with a request to extend the current contract through 2011. For several years, CAS has been paid $2,500 annually (4 quarterly payments). Their request is to increase this fee to $3,000 annually (4 quarterly payments of $750) because they are expending more time through staff and volunteers. Sawatzke said the County has been working with CAS for eight years and it has been an outstanding relationship. When the County entered into the contract with CAS, he felt the cost was reduced from what they had paid the previous provider. Russek moved to support the request to extend the contract through 2011 at an annual cost of $3,000. The motion was seconded by Thelen. Asleson said the Sheriff’s Office has indicated that a great majority of the animals that have been dealt with have been destroyed. In these cases, the owner agrees it is too costly to follow the terms of the Ordinance and elects to have the animal put down. Asleson felt that sometimes that may be the best result. Mattson extended appreciation to Lt. Dan Anselment, Sheriff’s Department, for work on a dangerous dog call during the past year. Eichelberg referenced a dangerous dog situation in his District and questioned Anselment on the outcome. Lt. Anselment said that although quite a bit of time was spent on that case, there has been no contact with the animal or neighbors for about a year. The motion carried 5-0.
Marc Mattice, Parks Administrator, provided an update on the grant funding, proposals received, and future processes relating to the development of a Countywide Trail & Bikeway Plan. At the 7-27-10 meeting, the County Board authorized the Parks Department to submit a grant application to the Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP/Live Wright) for the purpose of updating the Countywide Trail and Bikeway Plan. Mattice introduced Joel Torkelson, Public Health, who is the lead person for the SHIP/Live Wright Program. The project overview reflects that Wright County is working to improve the quality of life, community and individual health and to enhance options for active living. As part of this effort and with the assistance of the SHIP funds, the County seeks the services of an experienced trail, bikeway and active living planning consultant to update the Wright County Trail Plan and to engage the community in trail and active living planning. A new trail plan will be prepared with recommended trail and bikeway routes; trail, bikeway and complete street policies; trail and bikeway design guidelines and standards; and trailhead locations, way-finding and an implementation plan. The goal is to prepare a plan for Wright County trails and bikeways that leads to efficient implementation and operation, a comprehensive connected network of trails, increased use of trails, and enhanced health that fosters active living. The Plan will focus on walking and biking trails and bikeways, as these facilities play a crucial role in fostering active living and fit with the SHIP goals. The Trail Plan will be coordinated with other trail uses such as snowmobiling, ATV riding and horseback riding. The Trail Plan is to be completed by 6-30-11 in accordance with SHIP funding requirements.
Mattice said the SHIP grant received by Wright County requires no cash match but estimated there will be about $5,000 through in-kind County services. Request For Proposals (RFP) were received from WSB, MFRA, and HKGI. A Review Committee was formed and each member reviewed and ranked the Proposals. The recommendation is to enter into a contract with HKGI to develop the County Bikeway and Trail Plan. Board action will include authorizing Mattice to sign the contract. Eichelberg referenced the last page of the document which reflects that the review process would be based on six criteria. He asked Mattice if any of those came to the forefront with HKGI. Mattice explained that there were several areas including: Extent of public involvement/engagement; Methods of gathering input and ideas; and Firms experience with active living and SHIP goals. The Review Committee felt HKGI ranked higher on the overall plan. Norman requested that Mattice provide copies of the RFP’s for the permanent record. Norman asked what the cost of the contract is. Mattice clarified that the entire $46,910 cost is covered through the SHIP Grant. Mattice said the Board should approve the County entering into a contract with SHIP and the hire of HKGI. Mattice said the County will send payment to HKGI and will be reimbursed through grant funding.
Discussion followed on the need to clearly identify where trails should be located so that they are not placed in areas where they are not utilized. Mattice said part of the process is to obtain public input on where to site the trails, where road shoulders are needed, etc. The County Board will also be involved in the planning process. Mattice said they will also work with other communities on the Plan. The Cities of Buffalo and Monticello received grants for their trails. Thelen moved to authorize Mattice to sign the contract with SHIP after review by Norman. The motion was seconded by Eichelberg and carried 5-0.
Acme Window Cleaning Co $1,514.42. Albertville Body Shop, Inc. 1,975.00
American Messaging 536.12
American Tower Corporation 3,601.80
Annandale Rock Products 133.63
Annandale/City of 937.60
Bryan Rock Products 281.50
Buff N Glo Inc. 130.00
Buffalo Hospital 4,056.30
Buffalo/City of 93,470.06
Childrens Hospitals and Clinics 500.00
Corinna Township 1,375.75
Cottens Inc. 2,605.28
Dell Marketing LP 453.02
Department of Public Safety 8,550.00
Electric Motor Service Inc. 133.77
Ernst General Construction 100.00
Fastenal Company 101.34
First State Tire Recycling 1,126.00
Frontier Precision Inc. 383.68
Globalstar USA 115.36
Grand View Lodge 377.00
Granite Electronics 14,995.00
Hillyard Inc. - Minneapolis 1,870.45
Interstate Battery Systems 423.00
Jerrys Frame Inc. 1,726.01
Junction Towing & Auto Rep 112.22
L3 Communications Inc. 536.52
LaPlant Demo Inc. 300.00
Larson Allen LLP 9,675.00
Loberg Electric 315.41
Martin-McAllisters Consult 800.00
MCF Red Wing 3,630.00
Menards - Buffalo 110.65
Metro Group Inc./The 10,220.06
Midland Corporate Benefits 997.75
Midwest Safety Counselors 373.15
Mini Biff LLC 141.23
MN Counties Computer Coop 14,593.24
MN GIS-LIS Conference 1,115.00
Monticello Times Inc. 124.20
Moon Motorsports 480.93
Morries Parts & Service Group 318.47
Motorola Inc. 15,210.21
Office Depot 3,464.80
Reese/Genell K. 232.00
Royal Tire Inc. 638.62
Ryan Automotive 650.29
Schneider Corporation 4,215.00
Spectrum Solutions 247.50
St. Cloud Fire Equipment Inc. 242.00
Steeles Collision 4,854.55
Sylva Corp. ONC 4,446.03
Synergy Graphics 1,555.03
Total Printing 197.71
Verizon Wireless 159.65
Voss Lighting 653.98
Waste Management - TC West 1,982.50
Wright Hennepin Electric 177.53
43 Payments less than $100 2,136.43
Final total $246,894.13
The meeting adjourned at 9:44 A.M
Published in the Herald Journal Nov. 8, 2010.