WRIGHT COUNTY BOARD MINUTES
NOVEMBER 9, 2010
The Wright County Board met in regular session at 9:00 A.M. with Sawatzke, Mattson, Russek, Thelen, and Eichelberg present.
Thelen moved to approve the 11-02-10 County Board Minutes as presented, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0.
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: S. Denzer, Ct. Svcs.; T. Huston, Ext.; D. Kotila, Hwy.; S. Berg, S. Doyle, A. Fashant, M. Flemming, A. Fournier, D. Olson, Sher./Corr.
2. Refer To Personnel Committee Review Of Part-Time Staff Working In Excess Of Their Budgeted Hours.
3. Approve/Authorize Signatures On Memorandum Of Agreement With Teamsters Local No. 320, Non-Licensed Essential Sheriff’s Staff Regarding Temporary Employees.
4. Claim, Frank Madden & Assoc.; $6,076.25 (September, 2010 Service).
5. O/T Report, Period Ending 10-29-10.
B. COURT SERVICES
1. Refer To Building Committee Request By Buffalo Schools To Lease Space In Courthouse, January, 2011.
C. INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
1. Refer To Technology Committee Discussion RE: Wireless Expansion In Government Center (MacMillan & Hiivala).
1. Schedule Personnel Committee Of The Whole Meeting For 11-16-10 @ 10:30 A.M. To Discuss Reorganization Of The Sheriff’s Office.
Bob Hiivala, Auditor/Treasurer, said the Tax Forfeit Committee was scheduled to reconvene on 11-10-10 to discuss minimum bid prices for tax forfeit properties. Due to the post election review scheduled for that day, Hiivala recommended postponing the Tax Forfeit Committee Meeting to 11-17-10 @ 2:30 P.M. Russek moved to approve the recommendation, seconded by Eichelberg, carried 5-0. The meeting will be held in the Auditor/Treasurer’s Conference Room.
Hiivala has been approached by several bonding companies indicating it would be a favorable time for refinancing. Hiivala introduced Bruce Kimmel, Senior Financial Advisor, Ehlers Inc., who was present to discuss refinancing of the Subordinate Sewer District (SSD) Bonds. Kimmel provided highlights of the proposed refinancing of the 2001A General Obligation Sewer Revenue Bonds. The refinancing would relate strictly to interest costs. The February 1, 2011 through 2022 maturities of the Series 2001A Bonds to be refunded total $1,635,000 and have interest rates of 4.125% to 4.75%. Based on estimated refunding interest rates of $0.50% to 2.85%, the total projected savings resulting from the refunding, after all fees and expenses, is approximately $107,000 or an average of $8,900 per year. A savings of approximately $7,800 will be realized in fiscal year 2010. These are conservative estimates and Kimmel said they hope even more savings will be realized. The term of the bonds will not be extended. Kimmel said they will look to have the County’s current AA+ rating affirmed through Standard & Poor’s. The market is valuing high credit communities like Wright County and this can be used to the County’s advantage. The $1,790,000 in Series 2010A Sewer Revenue Refunding Bonds would be issued for just over 11 years, from first principal payable on February 1, 2011, to a final principal maturity of February 1, 2022. With the relatively short period in mind, it is recommended that the 2010A Bonds maturing on February 1, 2021 and thereafter be callable on February 1, 2020 and any date thereafter. Kimmel said if the County Board authorizes proceeding on the bond issue, the schedule will include a ratings conference call the first week of December. Bids will be taken on December 13th with award of a bid on December 14th at 9:00 A.M. Russek referenced the projected $160,000 savings associated with refunding and inquired what will be done with the proceeds. Hiivala explained that those living in the SSD who have assessments associated with the project pay that debt off over time. The hook up charge has already been established. Levy dollars are not used toward the SSD project. Hiivala said the Board may have to meet and review the financing of this project in the next couple of years. Not as many properties hooked up to the SSD as originally projected, so it will need to be determined whether there has been enough funding through the SSD to pay off the debt. Sawatzke asked if the County does receive more dollars than the cost of the project, would those funds be required to be spent in the SSD. Brian Asleson, Chief Deputy Attorney, said this would be correct. Sawatzke said the refunding that is being considered will not lower anyone’s payment. If there are dollars remaining at the end of the project, those dollars could be placed in a fund to be spent in the SSD. Russek said this will depend on how many hookups occur to determine whether there is sufficient funding to cover the bonds. Sawatzke said that through refunding, the County is not saving $100,000 for Wright County residents, but rather it is a savings for those residents in the SSD. Hiivala said this is correct. Hiivala said that if the County chooses to refinance, Ehlers Inc. has offered to do the continuing disclosures for free (savings of about $3,000 for 2011). Eichelberg moved to adopt Resolution #10-38, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.
Russek provided an update on County Ditch 31. He was in contact with Bradley Jagodzinski who indicated he does not have a problem with the repairs Mildred Yager would like to complete on County Ditch 31. The repairs would be at the Yagers’ expense. The work will be completed by Brad Fyle, Fyle’s Excavating, and will include cleanout of the Ditch to no more than its original depth. The cleanout area is approximately 3600 feet. Russek said Swanson brothers trapped beavers at this location a couple of years ago, and there are no longer any beavers. Russek will inform Brad Fyle that he needs to contact Kerry Saxton, SWCD, on the cleanout. Hiivala was instructed to contact Saxton. Russek moved to allow the Yagers to clean out a portion of Ditch 31 at their expense, seconded by Thelen, carried 5-0.
Brian Asleson, Chief Deputy Attorney, requested the Board set a Public Hearing relating to the Solid Waste Debt Service Charge for 2011. The Solid Waste Debt Service Charge has been about $25 for the past several years. There are two years remaining on the Solid Waste bonds. Thelen moved to set the Public Hearing for 11-30-10 at 9:15 A.M. The motion was seconded by Russek and carried 5-0.
Richard Norman, County Coordinator, recommended designating the 12-28-10 County Board Meeting as a claims only meeting. This has been done for the past several years. If the Board chooses to approve the recommendation, a notice can be provided to department heads to place their Agenda items on a meeting earlier in the month. Russek moved to set the 12-28-10 County Board Meeting as a claims only meeting. The Agenda can include items that are time sensitive or that can be approved as part of the Consent Agenda. The Agenda should not include items that are controversial or that will have considerable discussion. The motion was seconded by Eichelberg and carried unanimously.
The County Board received correspondence from Corinna Township relating to the maintenance of Lathrop and Kramer Avenues. The letter reflects that the Township Board has decided to continue to maintain Lathrop and Kramer Avenues. The Township Board requests documentation supporting Wright County’s claim of ownership of the roads and any documentation related to easements held by property owners and/or Wright County related to the Wright County Park land. Eichelberg stated that the County Board toured the area on 11-08-10. Eichelberg stated that he preferred to lay this item over to the next County Board Agenda as the Board has not had an opportunity to review the minutes relating to the tour. Eichelberg moved to lay over the letter and the minutes until the next meeting. The motion was seconded by Thelen. The motion carried 5-0.
Advanced Graphix Inc.. $1,082.19
Allina Health Systems 136.62
American Messaging 447.63
American Tower Corporation 3,601.80
Ameripride Services 169.81
Ancom Communications Inc. 2,814.02
Annandale Advocate Inc. 242.00
Annandale Rock Products 270.08
Anoka County Corrections 2,214.70
Apex Software 470.00
Aramark Services Inc. 6,394.58
B & B Products - Rigs and Squ 1,068.72
Beaudry Propane Inc. 1,719.32
Bonk Masonry Inc/Gary 1,350.00
Bryan Rock Products 140.82
Buff N Glo Inc. 225.00
Buffalo/City of 38,623.31
Cardiac Science 1,413.38
Centra Sota Lake Region LLC 1,198.00
Central Fire Protection 301.48
Clearwater/City of 650.60
Climate Air 608.31
Cokato/City of 876.20
Collins Brothers Towing 125.04
Complete Sself Defense 1,000.00
Cottens Inc. 1,756.03
Crow River Tools 111.14
Cub Pharmacy 4,746.90
Dell Marketing LP 2,649.32
Distinctive Design Irrigation 464.47
DKMags LLC 233.04
Elk River Ford 22,050.64
Eulls Manufacturing Co. Inc. 192.38
Fastenal Company 7,042.77
Force America Inc. 800.00
French Lake Township 536.80
Government Training Service 1,170.00
Hillyard Inc. - Minneapolis 423.12
Howard Lake/City of 1,522.60
Interstate Battery Systems 797.92
Junction Towing & Auto Rep 108.48
Kaplan Professional School 850.00
Kjolhaug Environmental 3,500.00
Lake Region Coop Oil 192.65
LaPlant Demo Inc. 499.46
Latest Products Corporation 189.42
LIF LINK III 308.56
M & M Bus Service Inc. 501.81
M-R Sign Company Inc. 18,470.76
Maple Lake Township 914.00
Maple Lake/City of 692.60
Marco Inc. 15,095.20
Marietta Aggregates/Martin 469.89
Midland Corporate Benefits 997.75
MN Elevator Inc. 463.99
Morries Parts & Service Grp 553.55
Nagell Appraisal & Consulting 2,400.00
North American Salt Co. 39,466.47
Office Depot 1,292.84
ORyans Conoco 110.00
Pakor Inc. 136.51
Positron Public Safety Sys 1,393.28
Powerplan OIB 132.55
Reid and Associates/John E. 605.00
Royal Tire Inc. 268.06
Safelite Fulfillment Inc. 529.30
Schedule Soft 2,940.00
St. Joseph Equipment Inc. 127.43
St. Michael/City of 5,746.20
Synergy Graphics 1,589.34
Toms Towing Service 176.34
Total Printing 492.96
Traffic Marking Service Inc. 12,655.20
Trillium Development Inc. 1,180.00
Vance Brothers Inc. 1,506.94
Veolia Environmental Serv 14,068.18
Waconia Dodge 487.35
Waste Management-TC West 1,728.50
Waverly/City of 436.26
Woodland Township 564.00
Wurm Construction/Keith 3,852.50
44 Payments less than $100 2,356.13
Final total $256,306.14
The meeting adjourned at 9:22 A.M
Published in the Herald Journal Dec. 27, 2010.