WRIGHT COUNTY BOARD MINUTES
FEBRUARY 8, 2011
The Wright County Board met in regular session at 9:00 A.M. with Sawatzke, Mattson, Russek, Thelen, and Eichelberg present.
Mattson moved to approve the 2-01-11 County Board Minutes, seconded by Thelen, carried unanimously.
Petitions were accepted to the Agenda as follows: “9:03 A.M., Present Plaque To Jeff Burns” (Russek); Item For Consid. #2, “Report On Wetland Conference” (Russek). Eichelberg moved to approve the Agenda as amended, seconded by Sawatzke, carried 5-0.
On a motion by Eichelberg, second by Mattson, all voted to approve the Consent Agenda:
1. Performance Appraisals: S. Harmsen, M. Kaczmarek, R. Murray, M. Silbernagel, K. Triplett, J. Vollbrecht, Sher./Corr.; M. Pooler, Surv.
2. Reappoint Mario DeMatteis To The Parks Commission, Eff. Jan., 2011 Dec. 31, 2013. (Eichelberg)
1. Approval Of 2011 Maintenance Agreements Between Wright County & Six Cities (Delano, Elk River, Maple Lake, Monticello, Montrose, & Waverly).
C. PLANNING & ZONING
1. Authorize Signatures On Annual Feedlot Officer Report.
Sara Chur, Regional Director, University of Minnesota Extension Service, recognized Jeff Burns. Burns served on the Wright County Extension Committee since 2005 and was the Chair of the Committee since 2006. Burns was presented with a Certificate Of Appreciation for his dedicated and distinguished service from 2005-2010. Chur said Burns has been one of the best Board Chairs she has worked with in any of the counties. During his service, he instituted a public relations effort. This included working booths at a number of community expo’s, being out in the community, and visiting the State Capitol on behalf of the County and University. Russek and Mattson thanked Burns for his service and leadership.
Bob Hiivala, Auditor/Treasurer, presented the claims listing for approval. On a motion by Mattson, second by Thelen, all voted to approve the claims as listed in the abstract, subject to audit.
Greg Kramber, Assessor, requested the Board schedule the 2011 County Board of Appeal and Equalization Meetings. The County Board of Appeal and Equalization may meet on any meeting day in June after the second Friday in June. The Board may meet for up to ten meeting days. Minnesota Statutes require that one meeting cannot end prior to 7:00 P.M. or the Board must meet on a Saturday. Kramber said it has been past practice to schedule an alternate date in case of a full schedule. Eichelberg moved to schedule the County Board of Appeal and Equalization Meetings for 6-13-11 from 4:00-7:30 P.M., with an alternate date of 6-21-11 at 11:00 A.M. The motion was seconded by Thelen and carried 5-0.
Tom Salkowski, Planning & Zoning Administrator, presented a recommendation of the Planning Commission to adopt the US Highway 12 Corridor (US 12) Land Use Plan. The Plan covers Cokato, Franklin, Marysville, Middleville, Stockholm, Victor, and Woodland Townships. Salkowski said the final phase of the update of the Land Use Plan occurred last spring. A series of open houses occurred. In November and December of 2010, open houses were held in four township halls. A Public Hearing was held on 1-27-11 by the Planning Commission. The Planning Commission unanimously recommended adoption of the Plan subject to a couple changes made during their meeting and a couple of changes for review by Marysville Township. These were minor changes. Salkowski said all changes from the Planning Commission and Marysville Township have been incorporated into the version presented to the Board today. Salkowski said there are important tasks that have come out of this process, going back to the start of the NE Plan. There is work to be completed on some of the transition areas within the cities. There is also work to be completed in Southside Township and County-wide relative to aggregate mining rules. Both Rockford and Franklin Townships have proposed some rural industrial areas. Salkowski said the Plan reflects that they have agreed to work with some of the cities and townships on coming up with some new standards for industrial and commercial areas in townships. They have just started discussing the transfer of development rights to see if that is a possibility. It would take some important study to see how that will work. Salkowski said Chapter 5 of the Plan reflects some of the work going forward. Russek extended thanks to Salkowski and the staff of Planning & Zoning for their efforts. It has been a long project and there are a number of things that still need to be worked out. They will work closely with the townships. Russek said some of the cities may not be as happy with the outcome, but the County deals mostly with townships so that is who they hope to appease. Mattson moved to approve the US Highway 12 Corridor (US 12) Land Use Plan. The motion was seconded by Thelen and carried unanimously. The US Highway 12 Corridor Land Use Plan is a document approximately 85 pages long which includes numerous color maps and cannot be practically published as part of these minutes. Copies are available online at the Wright County website or for purchase from the Wright County Office of Planning and Zoning. The primary purpose of the plan is to establish policy and designate future land use districts for the townships of Cokato, Franklin, Marysville, Middleville, Stockholm, Victor and Woodland, which will serve as a guide for the application of official controls by Wright County.
Russek provided an update on the Wetland Drainage Conference held last week. The Conference was sponsored by Rinke Noonan. Discussion at the Conference included the 25 year plan to protect, conserve, and enhance quantities and qualities of water in the State. There is a lot of Legacy funding being used toward this effort. Things that have an effect on this are climate, land use, energy, and waste energy. Russek said one of the largest water uses is for the coal fired power plants, using 67% of the State’s water to cool them. Russek said the handout material is available for review.
Allina Hospitals & Clinics. $1,400.68
Ameripride Services 526.01
Ancom Communications Inc. 755.07
Aramark Services Inc. 13,093.69
Bergee Industries 403.99
Boyer Truck Parts 191.57
Buffalo/City of 72,038.25
Centra Sota Lake Region LLC 9,137.75
Chamberlain Oil Co. 762.00
Clearwater Township 562.40
Climate Air 12,111.60
Cokato Township 259.25
Consulting Radiologists LTD 172.20
Craguns Loding and Confer 888.74
Dell Marketing LP 232.75
Dental Care Associates of Buf 226.00
Design Electrical Contrac 2,660.92
Dustcoating Inc. 3,615.94
Elk River Municipal Utilities 108.31
Emergency Physicians Prof 984.00
Excel Systems 1,641.37
French Lake Township 977.08
Frontier Precision Inc. 961.88
Gould Towing 133.59
Granite Electronics 1,218.94
Greenview Inc. 159.50
Hillyard Inc. - Minneapolis 1,248.05
Holt Motors Inc. 106.88
Howard Lake/City of 1,955.30
Interstate All Battery Cent 164.20
Kaplan Professional Sch 1,700.00
Kustom Signals Inc. 623.00
LaPlant Demo Inc. 456.29
Loberg Electric 9,172.12
Lostetter/Carol H. 500.00
Magneto Power LLC 271.65
Maple Lake Messenger 243.08
Marco Inc. 645.52
Mattila Electric/Roger 213.40
McQuay International 1,386.36
Menards - Buffalo 353.00
Midland Corporate Bene 997.75
MN Bookstore 251.16
MN County Attorneys Assoc 205.00
MN Highway Safety and Res 246.00
Monticello Auto Body Inc. 149.63
Morries Parts & Service Group 1,337.03
Northland Business System 2,481.25
Office Depot 1,362.54
Pleasant Lake Improvement 1,000.00
Rockford/City of 679.75
Royal Tire Inc. 1,723.29
SHI International Corp 84,568.05
Southside Township 473.87
St. Cloud/City of 5,313.36
The Sign Man of MN Inc. 111.15
Total Printing 1,570.15
Traffic Control Corporation 171.00
Trophies Plus LLC 110.02
Voss Lighting 157.21
Waste Management - TC West 1,781.31
Watchguard Electronic Hom 861.25
Waverly/City of 438.40
Wright County Journal Press 469.13
33 Payments less than $100 1,709.20
Final total $279,116.55
The meeting adjourned at 9:17 A.M
Published in the Herald Journal March 7, 2011.