Wright County Board Minutes

WRIGHT COUNTY BOARD MINUTES
JULY 26, 2011
The Wright County Board met in regular session at 9:00 A.M. with Sawatzke, Mattson, Russek, Thelen, and Eichelberg present.
The minutes of 7-19-11 were corrected as follows: Page 7, 2nd to last paragraph, 7th line, the sentence should read, “Russek referenced the CSAH 17 trail that connects the Luce Line to a trail that connects to Lake Rebecca Park.” Thelen moved to approve the minutes with the noted correction, seconded by Eichelberg, carried 5-0.
Petitions were accepted to the Agenda as follows: Aud./Treas. Item #2, “Approve Year-End Designations” (Hiivala); Aud./Treas. Item #3, “Amendment To Capital Asset Policy Adopted In 2007” (Hiivala); Item For Consid. #1, “AMC Committee Meeting” (Eichelberg). Eichelberg moved to approve the Agenda as amended, seconded by Thelen, carried 5-0.
On a motion by Eichelberg, second by Mattson, all voted to approve the Consent Agenda:
A. ADMINISTRATION
1. Performance Appraisals: W. Peterson, C. Philippi, Assr.; T. Decker, J. Wright, Hwy.; T. Jorgenson, K. LaFromboise, Sher.
2. Approve Law Enforcement Contracts With Cokato, Rockford & St. Michael.
B. SURVEYOR
1. Approve A Plat Correction to Wright County Right Of Way Plat No. 52, Otsego Levee.
Mike MacMillan, Court Services Director, presented a retirement plaque to Barb Peterson, Senior Clerk in the Court Services Office. Peterson has worked with Court Services for 13.5 years and prior to that, worked 4 years in the Auditor’s Office. MacMillan said Peterson is an extremely valuable asset in the Adult Probation Division, and that she understands the seriousness of the business and how the Department interfaces with public safety, courts, and the community. He stated she exemplifies what County government and service to the public is about. Peterson was thanked for her service.
Bob Hiivala, Auditor/Treasurer, requested the Board approve the Wright County Summary of Designations for the Year Ended 12-31-10. This information will be reflected on the County’s financial sheets. Eichelberg moved to approve the Summary of Designations for the Year Ended 12-31-10, seconded by Thelen, carried unanimously:
General Revenue – Designation for Cash Flow $15,518,929; Designation for Compensated Absences $2,300,429
Road and Bridge – Designation for Cash Flow $3,956,755; Designation for Compensated Absences $280,711
Human Services – Designation for Cash Flow $4,765,217; Designation for Compensated Absences $547,302
We understand that the actual designations included in the financial statements will be limited to the extent that undesignated/unreserved fund balance allows.
Hiivala said that the Audit Team identified some things that should be capitalized (items over $5,000). Hiivala asked that the Capital Asset Policy adopted in 2007 be amended to reflect “Buildings and Building Improvements” with a range of appreciable life of “5 to 50 years.” Mattson moved to approve amending the Capital Asset Policy as requested, seconded by Eichelberg, carried unanimously.
On a motion by Mattson, second by Thelen, all voted to approve the claims as listed in the abstract, subject to audit.
Dr. Quinn Strobl, Chief Medical Examiner for the Midwest Medical Examiner’s office, provided the 2010 Annual Report. The purpose of the Report is to identify and present a summary of Medical Examiner involvement for deaths occurring in Wright County during 2010. The report notes any statistically significant trends. A total of 410 deaths were investigated, which is a small increase from 2009. Of these, 167 were registered hospice and 266 cremations were approved. A scene investigation was required in 116 cases and jurisdiction was assumed in 75 cases. The number of autopsies performed was 47, which is a slight decrease from 2009. She explained that 18 of the deaths requiring an autopsy were due to natural causes, 11 were from a form of heart disease, and 3 were from complications of chronic alcoholism. There were 5 people that died in motor vehicle-related crashes in 2010. Of those, 1 involved a motorcycle crash with an intoxicated driver, 1 involved an unrestrained driver involved in a four-vehicle collision, 1 involved a restrained driver that crossed the center line and collided head on with another vehicle, and 1 involved a death associated with complications of a motorcycle crash in 1990. In 2009, 12 people died in motorcycle related events, 7 of which were alcohol related. In 2010, there were 9 accidental deaths that were non-motor vehicle related. Five of these were in the elderly population including a man who fell into a grain bin and suffocated. Four others, ages 72 to 95, died from complications of a hip fracture due to a fall from standing height. There were 4 males that died of drug toxicity, including 1 from heroin and 2 from misuse of prescription medications. One other, with an underlying heart disease, died from methamphetamine use. In 2009, 9 deaths were attributed to drug toxicity. Two men died in a small airplane crash and alcohol was not a factor. There were 19 suicides in 2010, ranging in age from 17 to 82, and involved 3 females and 16 males. Gunshot wounds were involved in 8 cases. There were 16 suicidal deaths in Wright County in 2009. The death of a 74-year old man was deemed non-classifiable and attributed to underlying medical conditions, complicated by a surgical procedure. There were no deaths classified as homicide in 2009 or 2010 in Wright County. Strobl said the most interesting and unique situation was the report of an intact organ (liver) on someone’s lawn. It was deemed to be non-human. She said that more non-human organ parts were found in other residential areas. It is unknown whether the situation involved an animal that moved organs from a hunting carcass to another location. Strobl said it is a privilege and honor to serve as the Medical Examiner for Wright County. She spoke of the great working relationship with local law enforcement and the Offices of Sheriff and Attorney. Strobl extended thanks to the County Board for their support.
Wayne Fingalson, Highway Engineer, recommended the Board approve the proposal from Pearson Bros., $6,050.00, to sealcoat the Heritage Center parking lot and driveway. Fingalson said the County Board had previously directed him to return for approval if the proposal exceeded $4,000. The recommendation reflects that the product offered by Pearson Bros. is a superior product to others considered for this location. It is an asphalt-based product with traprock that will add structure to the surface. Fingalson said he recommends the product as well because this area will not be included in future TH 25 improvements by Mn/DOT. Sawatzke asked whether Pearson Bros. will do any work with the cracks in the lot. Fingalson explained that the material serves as a crack sealer as well. Sawatzke moved to approve the proposal from Pearson Bros., $6,050.00, to sealcoat the Heritage Center parking lot and driveway. The motion was seconded by Thelen. Sawatzke extended appreciation to the Highway Department staff for their assistance. Sawatzke requested that the Highway Department staff oversee the project and work with the Historical Society on scheduling the work. The motion and second were amended to include the funding source of Budget 100, Site Improvements. Mattson questioned whether Fingalson has checked with the City of Buffalo on rock type products in parking lots. He contacted the City and they informed him that they do not approve this type of product and they also require the lot to be striped immediately. Mattson spoke with Al Buskey, Wright County Building Care & Maintenance, who indicted that rock products can cause problems. When the lot is plowed, the rock is moved into the lawn and causes problems later when mowing. Sawatzke asked whether the rock is imbedded in the bituminous. Fingalson stated this is correct. He thought the City used the same product in some of their lots. Mattson said he spoke with Laureen Bodin today and she indicated it is their policy not to use this type of product. Mattson questioned if the cost from Pearson Bros. is twice as high as the Seal King product for bituminous surfacing. Fingalson said the Seal King product is not bituminous based and does not last as long. There is not aggregate in that product. He understands there is some sand in the product but research has indicated that the surface does not last as long due to turning movements. Fingalson said the asphalt-based material from Pearson Bros. would be applied and there would be a period of time where the rock is loose. After a couple of days, the lot is swept for loose rock. He did not feel there would be a problem with snowplowing or loose rock. Striping is not part of the bid. Fingalson said he could discuss the product with Buskey and the City, since the lot is within City limits. He thought there may be some confusion on the type of product being considered. Fingalson will place this item on the next County Board Agenda. Sawatzke and Thelen withdrew their motions. No action was taken on this item today.
At 9:30 A.M., Commissioner Russek closed the bid process for the CSAH 19 Bicycle/Pedestrian Trail in Hanover and St. Michael (from the Mill Pond Bridge to 16th St. NE). Fingalson said this is a project where the County serves as the sponsoring agency. Federal funds are involved. The City Engineer’s estimate on the project is as follows: Base Bid, $350,199.25; Alternate No. 1, $5,831.00; Grand Total, $356,030.25. There are two addendums which serve as clarification items. Alternate 1 involves colored concrete in a portion of the City. Fingalson said the bids will be laid over for two weeks for review, calculations, and approval by the City of Hanover. Mattson asked about funding. Fingalson said Federal dollars are involved, with the exception of 20% which is shared by Hanover and St. Michael (dependent on the amount of mileage involved). Hanover is acting as the lead agency. There are no County dollars involved. Mattson moved to lay the bids over for two weeks, seconded by Eichelberg, carried unanimously. The bids are as follows:
Contractor; 5% Bid Security; Addendums No. 1 & 2; Alternate: Base Bid, No. 1; Total
Fehn Companies Inc.; X; X; $444,004.82, $1,913.94; $445,918.76
Northwest Asphalt, Inc.; X; X; $428,825.00; $1,920.80; $430,745.86
Peterson Companies; X; X; $460,273.95; $1,817.90; $462,091.95
Sunram Construction, Inc.; X; X; $467,056.00; $2,215.78; $469,271.78
Bill Stephens, Environmental Health Officer, said three doors at the Wright County Compost and Recycling Facility require replacement. The repairs are needed to provide proper security for the Facility as required by the MPCA and DOT for household hazardous waste collection facilities. Two of the doors require their frames to be replaced. Weather stripping needs replacement around the large overhead door. Funds from the Dept. 392, Landfill Post-Closure Waste Management Fund have historically been accessed for maintenance and utility expenses at the Facility. Stephens obtained a quote to complete the work from Ernst Construction for $4,600. Stephens said he brought the issue to the Board as he was unsure whether he had authorization to complete minor repairs. Sawatzke suggested having the Purchasing Agent write standards for the doors (i.e., insulation value) which could be given to a minimum of three vendors to obtain quotes. He suggested having the quotes sealed and opened at a future Board Meeting. Sawatzke made a motion to direct Stephens to bring back to the Board a minimum of three sealed quotes for the repairs, after specifications have been designed by the Purchasing Agent. The specifications should include anything suggested by the County Attorney’s office. The quotes would be opened by the County Board on 8-09-11 at 9:30 A.M. The motion was seconded by Mattson. Brian Asleson, Chief Deputy Attorney, said sealed bids require a 3-week advertisement. He felt it would be better to obtain quotes that would need to be returned by a specific date. He said consistent information should be given to those quoting. The quotes would not need to be sealed. Asleson said Stephens should not disclose quote amounts, thereby eliminating the possibility of someone submitting a quote once they learned what someone else quoted. The quotes could be received and brought back to the Board. Richard Norman, County Coordinator, indicated that the Board has already scheduled the review of the Point of Sale Ordinance for 8-09-11 at 9:30 A.M. Sawatzke and Mattson amended the motion to include setting the time for review of the quotes for 8-09-11 at 9:25 A.M. and to remove the word “sealed” from the motion. The motion carried 5-0.
Greg Kryzer, Assistant County Attorney, said a number of Lake Associations have requested some type of temporary emergency lake ordinance because of high water levels. Kryzer said a draft for each of the lake associations was included in the Board packet. The number of lakes to be included has since grown. Kryzer distributed a draft “Temporary Emergency Slow No Wake Ordinance” for review. The draft includes all lakes in one Ordinance instead of having a separate one for each. The draft was reviewed and Kryzer outlined the following sections:
Section 4, Surface Zoning of Waters and Restrictions on Speed. This Section is divided into Subdivisions for each lake. The DNR indicates a blanket “no wake” ordinance is not allowed for the entire County. It must list each lake individually, so that is what the draft Ordinance reflects.
Section 5, Enforcement. This Section designates that the responsibility for enforcement rests with the Wright County Sheriff. It allows the Sheriff to designate licensed peace officers to assist with enforcement.
Kryzer said the draft temporary Ordinance reflects different slow-no wakes (300 feet or the entire lake). Under DNR rules, the temporary Ordinance can be enacted. Kryzer said if the Board adopts the Ordinance, he will forward it to the DNR today. The DNR has 5 days to review it. The draft reflects the Ordinance would be in effect until 9-05-11 at dusk or for about 5 weeks. It is a Board decision whether to keep all of the lakes the same or to allow variances between them. He understood the Sheriff’s request would be for a 300’ slow-no wake, based on an enforcement perspective. Notifications to lakes should be consistent. Kryzer was in contact with Kim Elverum, DNR Boat & Water Safety Coordinator, who said the DNR has recommended slow-no wakes over the entire lake.
Thelen spoke with 30-40 people during the past week. It is the sense of all but two that they want lake-wide slow-no wake zones. This is due to flooding problems. Even if boats are 300’ or more from the shore, the wakes created do come to shore. Another problem is the debris that may be floating in flooded lakes. She suggested 300’ slow-no wakes for Cedar and Sylvia Lakes and a slow-no wake for the entire lake on all other lakes listed in the draft Ordinance. Residents in the audience did not support this. One person indicated that this would force all of the boating traffic to several lakes in the County. Thelen said it was her understanding from the Cedar Lake Association and from Lake Sylvia that they wanted a 300’ slow-no wake. She was unsure whether they had changed their perspective.
Sheriff Joe Hagerty stated that from an enforcement standpoint, they have two boats to cover 200 lakes in the County. Wright County does have a very active volunteer water patrol on many of the lakes, which is a great resource. They work under the Sheriff’s direction. Sheriff Hagerty went on Lake Sylvia and Clearwater Lake yesterday. He said Lake Sylvia is extremely high. That is a separate watershed from Clearwater. Clearwater Lake’s water level was high as well. It was his perspective that Sugar and Cedar Lakes are not in as much peril. Sheriff Hagerty stated that lakes are public waters. Wind and enjoyment of the lakes can cause a detriment to those living there. Weekend pressure on lakes can be extreme. Included is the novice boating population. He did not feel complaints on the Ordinance will be received from fishermen because they can use trolling motors. He felt education was the key. The Sheriff’s Office has ordered additional signs for posting at landings. Sheriff Hagerty said that if the Board elects to set different slow-no wakes for Wright County lakes, they will work within those parameters. However, counties must be consistent with their ordinances when a lake falls within the boundaries of two or more counties.
Russek felt that the Board should be consistent between lakes; otherwise, the boats will travel to other lakes. Thelen said she would like to see a slow-no wake over all the lakes listed. She questioned whether there was a member of the public present representing Sylvia or Cedar Lakes to clarify the request for a 300’ slow-no wake.
Deputy Joel Mackereth serves in the Water Patrol Division of the Sheriff’s Office. He felt enforcement will be difficult. He supported consistency with slow-no wake zones on lakes that connect. He suggested a slow-no wake zone to be implemented for two weeks. It could then be re-examined. The Ordinance could be lifted as water recedes. Mackereth felt that more lakes will come forward with requests as there is a water problem over the entire County. Sawatzke referenced the 200 lakes in the County. He felt that many other lakes have high water levels as well, other than those being considered today. He asked for Mackereth’s opinion on whether he felt boaters will move to other lakes once the Ordinance is imposed. Mackereth responded that this could happen as people will go where they can for recreation. Other lakes may be able to handle the traffic better because of higher banks or lower water levels. It is understood that Lake Sylvia is 2’ up from the high water mark. Sawatzke asked Mackereth for his perspective on where boat traffic is generated (residents of the lake versus visitors). Mackereth said some lake accesses do not have any additional traffic where others have quite a bit of activity.
Thelen said Joe Jacobs of the SWCD notified representatives on the lakes of the possible Ordinance. The lakes included in the draft Ordinance are those that responded. She stated it is a simple process to follow if other lake groups decide to come forward. She referenced the Labor Day sunset of the Ordinance and questioned whether it is lifted once the water level meets a certain elevation. Kryzer said that is correct. He referenced the second paragraph of each Subdivision which reflects, “This restriction shall be promptly removed when high water levels have subsided and have remained below an elevation of six inches above the Ordinary High Water Mark One for three (3) consecutive days.” The draft Ordinance would reflect this for all lakes except East and West Lake Sylvia. Kryzer spoke with the DNR and that elevation is determined by the DNR through the DNR Resource Lake Level MN Monitoring Program Gauge.
Mike Henke, Cedar Lake Association Vice President, said their recommendation is a 300’ slow-no wake. He said Cedar Lake has a lot of boat traffic on weekends. Once the Lake gets so full, people leave the Lake. He did not feel there was an overload issue. He said they feel the Ordinance should be customized to each lake, and offered to assist the Sheriff with posting of signs to educate the boaters. Henke said the Association President polled their Board. Their position was that it would be too restrictive for a total slow-no wake. He said residents like to enjoy their homes and cabins. He felt the Lake would be enforced by virtue of people leaving when it becomes too busy. He said the position of the Lake Association is to not be included in the total slow-no wake if that is the Board’s decision for the Ordinance. They would then contact Lake Association members for input. Henke said the highest recorded water level was 999.3. The measurement was 999.4 on Friday. There are a couple of areas on the north side of the Lake with damage.
Vince Sundeen lives on Pleasant Lake. The water is 10’ from his lake home and they have placed sandbags. The position of the Pleasant Lake Association is for a slow-no wake on the Lake. He said some boaters have a hard time determining where 300’ is. Last Sunday, the waves generated at 300’ were just about as large as those from 200’. Sundeen said Pleasant Lake cannot drain sufficiently until Clearwater Lake goes down, as it involves a controlled gate. The DNR will not allow them to open the gate at this time. Their water level will remain high until that time comes.
Joe Lepley, President of the Greater Lake Sylvia Association, said the Association represents 80% of property owners on East and West Lake Sylvia. The high water level started this spring. The current water level is higher than that of Memorial Day. Lake Sylvia has an ordinary high above sea level of 1050’. The water level is now at an all-time high of 1051.3’. The most recent 4.5 inches of rain placed the water level into many yards and is affecting areas that have not been affected for many years. The Greater Lake Sylvia Association Board met in early July and approved a 300’ slow-no wake at that time. The most recent rain and anticipated rains have them concerned about low lying properties on the Lake. Severe erosion problems have occurred due to storms and boat activity. Lake Sylvia drains to Lake Francis through a small outlet. The outlet of Lake Sylvia is about 1’ higher than the outlet of Lake Francis. Lepley anticipates the high water will remain until well beyond Labor Day and possibly into winter. Lepley felt what would be best for all recreational waters is a slow-no wake on the entire lake until the situation starts to improve. For Lake Sylvia, they would like similar language to that shown for Cedar and Pleasant which reflects until it is “six inches above the Ordinary High Water Mark One for three (3) consecutive days.”
Roland Freund, Clearwater River Watershed District Manager, said the District has not taken a position as they have not had a meeting. Today, he was giving his personal opinion. When he came to Clearwater Lake in 1946, going fishing meant a flat-bottom boat with a pair of oars. Wakes were not an issue. Boats have significantly changed. Previously, Clearwater Lake was protected by a ridge of natural vegetation. This has changed over the years. He would like the SWCD, Watershed District, and the residents to address the issue of lake scaping, so they can moderate the impact of erosion on the entire lake when the water is high. He asked that those entities think about this, especially the lake associations.
Charlotte Quiggle, Sugar Lake Association, said Sugar Lake has very high water and serious erosion problems. They have already recommended through their website and through emails to residents to voluntarily use a slow-no wake on the Lake in anticipation of the Ordinance. Quiggle did not see the lake levels going down significantly in the next month. She asked if there was statutory language related to the sunset of the Ordinance on Labor Day orwhether the language could be used that states the Ordinance will be removed when high water levels have subsided and remained below an elevation of six inches above the Ordinary High Water Mark. Kryzer responded that the DNR requests that the timeline be temporary. Kryzer suggested Labor Day as that is the unofficial end of the boating season. Kryzer said what the Board is enacting is a temporary emergency Ordinance, which is being enacted under the DNR’s temporary emergency rules. The Ordinance can be re-enacted. There is a provision for a long-term ordinance but that has a 120-day review, including a study and report of the lake. The proposed emergency Ordinance will help the 13 lakes now. Work on a long-term ordinance could be addressed this winter, with something in place hopefully by spring.
Mike Ziska has lived on Sugar Lake for most of his life and serves on the SWCD Board. Today, he was conveying his personal thoughts. He felt that people may be upset about not being able to boat, water ski, and jet ski. However, something needs to be done to protect the waters. Erosion which occurs on the lakes will last forever. Enacting the Ordinance will provide protection for the lakes. He supported the Ordinance being effective for at least a month after boats are off from lakes.
Russek asked whether the Ordinance could be extended, if necessary. Kryzer explained that it would involve a simple process of amending Section 9 to indicate an expiration date.
Thelen made a motion to adopt Ordinance #11-01, imposing a Temporary Slow-No Wake Ordinance and that it be lake wide for all of the 13 lakes listed with the exception of Cedar Lake, which would be 300’ from shore. The Ordinance will be in effect until 10-01-11. The motion was seconded by Mattson. Kryzer proposed a friendly amendment to the Ordinance, Page 3, Subd. 7, East and West Lake Sylvia. The first sentence of the 2nd paragraph should be changed to read, “This restriction shall be promptly removed when high water levels have subsided and have remained below an elevation of 6” above the Ordinary High Water Mark One for three (3) consecutive days.” Thelen and Mattson accepted the friendly amendment to the motion. Mattson asked whether a lake association can ask to be removed from the Slow-No Wake Ordinance. Kryzer said this can be passed by amendment at a Board Meeting. Joe Jacobs, SWCD, said a number of lakes may be interested in being added. He felt some type of guidelines could be drawn up to reflect how lakes qualify. He suggested lake levels be actively monitored. Not all lakes do this on a voluntary basis. Sawatzke asked whether the lakes included meet all those requirements. Jacobs responded that they do. Jim Dandrea thanked the Board for enacting the Ordinance. He said the lakes are not being shut down. This is being done so a wake is not made. People will still be able to go fishing. He felt the Board would receive more positive than negative feedback. The motion carried 5-0. The Ordinance follows:
ORDINANCE 11-01
THE COUNTY BOARD OF WRIGHT COUNTY HEREBY ORDAINS:
TEMPORARY EMERGENCY SLOW NO WAKE ORDINANCE
Section 1.00 –Title
This Ordinance shall be known, cited and referred to as the Wright County Temporary Emergency No Wake Ordinance.
Section 2.00-- Intent and Purpose
This Ordinance is enacted under the general powers delegated to Counties by the State of Minnesota, and pursuant to Minn. Stat. Chapters 86B.205 and 375.51, and all enabling State Rules based thereon. It is the intent and purpose of this Ordinance to:
1) To promote the full use and enjoyment by all of the people, now and in the future, and to promote safety for all persons and property in connection with the use of the waters of Wright County;
2) To conserve the quality of the natural environment; and
) To Promote the general health, safety and welfare of the citizens of Wright County, Minnesota
Section 3.00—Definitions
For purposes of this ordinance, the terms related to boating are defined in Minnesota Statute § 86B.005.
Section 4.00 – Surface Zoning of Waters and Restrictions on Speed.
Subdivision 1. Albion Lake
An emergency Slow No Wake over all of Albion Lake is hereby enacted. No person shall operate a watercraft at a speed greater than a slow-no wake over all of Albion Lake.
This restriction shall be promptly removed when high water levels have subsided and have remained below an elevation of six inches above the Ordinary High Water Mark One for three (3) consecutive days. The water level for Albion Lake shall be as determined by the Department of Natural Resources Lake Level Minnesota Monitoring Program Gauge.
Subd. 2 Lake Augusta
An emergency Slow No Wake over all of Lake Augusta is hereby enacted. No person shall operate a watercraft at a speed greater than a slow-no wake over all of Lake Augusta.
This restriction shall be promptly removed when high water levels have subsided and have remained below an elevation of six inches above the Ordinary High Water Mark One for three (3) consecutive days. The water level for Lake Augusta shall be as determined by the Department of Natural Resources Lake Level Minnesota Monitoring Program Gauge.
Subd. 3 Bass Lake
An emergency Slow No Wake over all of Bass Lake is hereby enacted. No person shall operate a watercraft at a speed greater than a slow-no wake over all of Bass Lake.
This restriction shall be promptly removed when high water levels have subsided and have remained below an elevation of six inches above the Ordinary High Water Mark One for three (3) consecutive days. The water level for Bass Lake shall be as determined by the Department of Natural Resources Lake Level Minnesota Monitoring Program Gauge.
Subd. 4 Clearwater Chain of Lakes
An emergency Slow No Wake over all of the Clearwater Chain of Lakes is hereby enacted. No person shall operate a watercraft at a speed greater than a slow-no wake over all of Lake Louisa, Lake Marie, Lake Caroline, and Mill Pond.
This restriction shall be promptly removed when high water levels have subsided and have remained below an elevation of six inches above the Ordinary High Water Mark One for three (3) consecutive days.
Subd. 5 Clearwater Lake
An emergency Slow No Wake over all of Clearwater Lake is hereby enacted. No person shall operate a watercraft at a speed greater than a slow-no wake over all of Clearwater Lake.
This restriction shall be promptly removed when high water levels have subsided and have remained below an elevation of six inches above the Ordinary High Water Mark One for three (3) consecutive days. The water level for Clearwater Lake shall be as determined by the Department of Natural Resources Lake Level Minnesota Monitoring Program Gauge.
Subd. 6 Cedar Lake
An emergency Slow No Wake zone on Cedar Lake is hereby enacted. No person shall operate a watercraft at a speed greater than a slow-no wake within 300 feet of the existing shoreline on Cedar Lake.
This restriction shall be promptly removed when high water levels have subsided and have remained below an elevation of six inches above the Ordinary High Water Mark One for three (3) consecutive days. The water level for Cedar Lake shall be as determined by the Department of Natural Resources Lake Level Minnesota Monitoring Program Gauge.
Subd. 7 East and West Lake Sylvia.
An emergency Slow No Wake over all of East and West Lake Sylvia is hereby enacted. No person shall operate a watercraft at a speed greater than a slow-no wake over all of East and West Lake Sylvia.
This restriction shall be promptly removed when high water levels have subsided and have remained below an elevation of six inches above the Ordinary High Water Mark One for three (3) consecutive days. The water level for East and West Lake Sylvia shall be as determined by the gauge located at the public access on West Lake Sylvia.
Subd. 8 Henshaw Lake
An emergency Slow No Wake over all of Henshaw Lake is hereby enacted. No person shall operate a watercraft at a speed greater than a slow-no wake over all of Henshaw Lake.
This restriction shall be promptly removed when high water levels have subsided and have remained below an elevation of six inches above the Ordinary High Water Mark One for three (3) consecutive days. The water level for Henshaw Lake shall be as determined by the Department of Natural Resources Lake Level Minnesota Monitoring Program Gauge.
Subd. 9 Locke Lake
An emergency Slow No Wake over all of Locke Lake is hereby enacted. No person shall operate a watercraft at a speed greater than a slow-no wake over all of Locke Lake. This restriction shall be promptly removed when high water levels have subsided and have remained below an elevation of six inches above the Ordinary High Water Mark One for three (3) consecutive days. The water level for Locke Lake shall be as determined by the Department of Natural Resources Lake Level Minnesota Monitoring Program Gauge.
Subd. 10 Nixon Lake
An emergency Slow No Wake over all of Nixon Lake is hereby enacted. No person shall operate a watercraft at a speed greater than a slow-no wake over all of Nixon Lake. This restriction shall be promptly removed when high water levels have subsided and have remained below an elevation of six inches above the Ordinary High Water Mark One for three (3) consecutive days. The water level for Nixon Lake shall be as determined by the Department of Natural Resources Lake Level Minnesota Monitoring Program Gauge.
Subd. 11 Pleasant Lake
An emergency Slow No Wake over all of Pleasant Lake is hereby enacted. No person shall operate a watercraft at a speed greater than a slow-no wake over all of Pleasant Lake.
This restriction shall be promptly removed when high water levels have subsided and have remained below an elevation of six inches above the Ordinary High Water Mark One for three (3) consecutive days. The water level for Pleasant Lake shall be as determined by the Department of Natural Resources Lake Level Minnesota Monitoring Program Gauge.
Subd. 12 Swartout Lake
An emergency Slow No Wake over all of Swartout Lake is hereby enacted. No person shall operate a watercraft at a speed greater than a slow-no wake over all of Swartout Lake.
This restriction shall be promptly removed when high water levels have subsided and have remained below an elevation of six inches above the Ordinary High Water Mark One for three (3) consecutive days. The water level for Swartout Lake shall be as determined by the Department of Natural Resources Lake Level Minnesota Monitoring Program Gauge.
Subd. 13 Sugar Lake
An emergency Slow No Wake over all of Sugar Lake is hereby enacted. No person shall operate a watercraft at a speed greater than a slow-no wake over all of Sugar Lake.
This restriction shall be promptly removed when high water levels have subsided and have remained below an elevation of six inches above the Ordinary High Water Mark One for three (3) consecutive days. The water level for Sugar Lake shall be as determined by the Department of Natural Resources Lake Level Minnesota Monitoring Program Gauge.
Section 5.00 – Enforcement
The Primary responsibility for enforcement of this ordinance shall rest with the Wright County Sheriff. This, however, does not preclude enforcement by other licensed peace officers.
Section 6.00 – Exemptions
All Authorized Resource Management, Emergency and Enforcement Personnel, while acting in the performance of their assigned duties are exempt from the foregoing restrictions.
Section 7.00 Notification
It shall be the responsibility of the Wright County Sheriff to provide for adequate notification of the public, which shall include placement of a sign at each public watercraft access outlining essential elements of this ordinance, as well as the placement of necessary buoys and signs.
The Wright County Sheriff, at their discretion, may delegate these duties to a local lake association.
Section 8.00 - Prohibition Against Transfer of Property; Enforcement
Any person, firm, corporation, or other entity that violates, or assists in violating, any of the provisions of this Ordinance shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.
Section 9.00 - Effective Date
This ordinance shall be in effect from and after the date of its passage and shall expire at dusk on October 1, 2011.
Adopted by Wright County Board of Commissioners this 26th day of July, 2011.
(End of Ordinance 11-01)
Eichelberg announced the AMC Policy Committee Meetings which will be held on 8-04-11 at the MCIT Building in St. Paul. It was noted that more than two Commissioners may be present at that meeting.
Bills Approved
All Media Supplies Inc.. $294.49
Ameripride Services 429.01
Anoka County Corrections 5,616.00
Anoka County Sheriff 9,912.28
AP Technology 1,055.00
Aramark Services Inc. 11,653.09
Asplin Travel Plaza/Kirk 119.85
B & B Products - Rigs & Sq 1,986.12
Bear Graphics Inc. 258.07
Boyer Truck Parts 1,071.12
Centra Sota Cooperative - E 31,430.92
Cimline Inc. 65,785.13
Climate Air 502.10
Cokato/City of 1,715.00
Corinna Township 1,019.00
Crop Production Services 1,457.63
Department of Public Safety 120.00
DLT Solutions Inc. 7,131.80
Emergency Physicians Prof 291.00
Firehouse Auto Repair & Tow 101.65
FS3 Inc. 137.28
General Office Products 1,890.29
Hanover/City of 920.80
Hillyard Inc. -Minneapolis 576.78
Information Systems Corp 206.06
Jahnke/Chris 123.50
Karels Towing 178.49
Keaveney LTC Pharmacy 1,027.52
Kustom Signals Inc. 211.85
L3 Communications Inc. 479.64
LaPlant Demo Inc. 517.33
M-R Sign Company Inc. 636.55
Marco 4,635.41
Marco Inc. 2,481.96
Marysville Township 1,440.55
Menards - Buffalo 218.68
MN Attorney Generals Office 161.50
MN Counties Computer Coop 180.85
MN MonitoringInc. 4,165.50
MN Sheriffs Association 575.00
Monticello Auto Body Inc. 133.59
Morries Parts & Service Group 1,413.95
Multi Health Systems Inc. 268.40
Munson/Margaret 269.00
Northern Safety Technology 337.31
Office Depot 1,602.46
Pella Windows 189.64
Quantum Corporation 2,076.71
Qwest 4,263.44
Rockford Township 1,507.60
Rockford/City of 668.00
Rogers Radiator Repair 834.69
Royal Tire Inc. 5,421.64
RS Eden 5,014.58
Russell Security Resource 236.81
Ryan Chevrolet 963.85
Safariland Training Group 275.00
Safelite Fulfillment Inc. 542.67
Shell Fleet Plus 356.04
SHI International Corp 23,150.46
Silver Creek Township 1,122.20
Specialty Turf & Ag 473.06
Total Printing 564.41
Transcend United Technolo 481.25
Trimin Systems Inc. 3,132.48
Truthought LLC 633.90
US Internet 325.00
Vance Brothers Inc. 1,004.63
Walmart Community GEMB 128.06
Walmart Store 01-1577 442.53
Webb/Janelle 122.00
Wright County Highway Dept 11,697.28
Wright Hennepin Coop Elec 4,635.13
Wright Hennepin Electric 2,278.16
25 Payments less than $100 863.85
Final total $240,144.58
The meeting adjourned at 10:32 A.M
Published in the Herald Journal Aug. 15, 2011.


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