Wright County Board Minutes

WRIGHT COUNTY BOARD MINUTES
SEPTEMBER 13, 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 9-06-11 were corrected as follows: Change date of the Kramer Avenue/Corinna Township Task Force Meeting Minutes from “8-25-11” to “8-24-11” throughout the document (Norman). Eichelberg moved to approve the minutes as corrected, seconded by Thelen, carried 5-0.
Petitions to the Agenda were discussed. Greg Kryzer, Assistant County Attorney, requested a Closed Session as part of today’s Meeting to discuss pending litigation with Mathiowetz Construction relating to the CSAH 12 project. Thelen moved to approve the Agenda as amended, seconded by Eichelberg, carried 5-0.
On a motion by Thelen, seconded by Eichelberg, all voted to approve the Consent Agenda:
A. ADMINISTRATION
1. Performance Appraisals: A. Duis, Atty.; T. Vaith, Aud./Treas.; B. Mingo, Hwy.
2. Authorize Delegates To Attend AMC Annual Conference, December 5-7, 2011, Minneapolis.
3. Cancel Board Meeting Of 12-06-11 (AMC Conference).
B. ASSESSOR
1. Approve Abatement, PID #113-014-000041, The City Of Rockford.
2. Approve Abatement, PID #114-195-000020, The City Of St. Michael.
Bob Hiivala, Auditor/Treasurer, provided an update on County Ditch 10. Hiivala was contacted by the SWCD as they are ready to advise the County on repair recommendations (not requirements) on County Ditch 10. The County Board, as Ditch Authority, will set the requirements. Hiivala suggested a County Ditch 10 meeting with the SWCD. Those residents who petitioned the repair will be invited so they can meet with the contractor who will make the repairs. It will be explained what work is required. Eichelberg moved to schedule a County Ditch 10 Meeting on 9-21-11 at 9:00 A.M. The meeting will be held in the Auditor/Treasurer’s Conference Room. The motion was seconded by Mattson. Hiivala clarified that no action will occur at the Ditch 10 Meeting. Any action requested will be brought to a future County Board Meeting. Richard Norman, County Coordinator, asked that Hiivala post the Meeting notice. The motion carried unanimously.
Hiivala presented the 2010 population and household counts for Wright County. This information was received recently from the State Demographic Center. Eichelberg asked whether Hiivala can obtain this data for the two towns in Wright County that include more than one precinct. Hiivala said they will need to obtain this information for redistricting. Kryzer explained that the County needs to wait for the precinct data after redistricting is completed at the State, as the precincts are determined by representative and senate districts at the State level. The State’s redistricting plan with the Courts will not be released until 2-21-12. The County needs to have their redistricting done sometime around May.
On a motion by Mattson, second by Eichelberg, all voted to approve the claims as listed in the abstract, subject to audit.
Steve Berg, Emergency Services Director, said the County Board approved signatures on the Central Emergency Services Board’s Joint Powers Agreement on 8-16-11. The approval was for modifications to the Agreement including a name change from Central Minnesota Regional Radio Board to Central Minnesota Emergency Services Board. He said the City of St. Cloud is requesting a resolution reflecting this action. He was not aware of this when approval was requested at the 8-16-11 Board Meeting. Eichelberg moved to adopt Resolution #11-42, seconded by Thelen, carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.
Marc Mattice, Parks Administrator, said Susie Bjorklund from Freedom Farm was unable to attend today’s meeting due to scheduling conflicts with training and class schedules. Mattice agreed to attend on behalf of Freedom Farm to assist with any questions the Board may have. Freedom Farm is requesting financial assistance to determine proper placement and installation of a well at the Lake Ida School House, which they are leasing from Wright County. They have attended Planning Commission and Board of Adjustment Meetings as part of their renovation plans for the School House. Approval was gained from both the Planning Commission and Board of Adjustment. One of the issues that needs to be resolved is getting water to the facility. Freedom Farm obtained two estimates from Mattson Well Company. The first estimate is for $1,919.50 and relates to servicing the existing well, which Mattice felt was probably dug in the 1950’s. The first step will be to determine the water capacity of the well. Mattice said this is not the recommended option because they are unsure how long the casing will last. The second estimate is for $5,554.50 and includes a new well. Mattice said the request for financial assistance from the County is being brought forth as that was the recommendation of a Planning Commission member. Russek serves on the Planning Commission. He said George Bakeberg added to the Planning Commission approval a request to the County Board to assist Freedom Farm with financing the well. Sawatzke asked whether the Planning Commission has the ability to require financial assistance from the County as a provision of a Conditional Use Permit. Sawatzke felt this was an odd amendment. Kryzer confirmed this type of condition is outside of the Planning Commission’s jurisdiction. He felt it was viewed by the Planning Commission as a positive gesture.
Richard Norman, County Coordinator, asked if additional estimates were received. Mattice said two estimates were obtained because of the time line in dealing with the schedules of the Planning Commission and County Board. He felt if the County agrees to Freedom Farm’s request, a minimum of two additional estimates should be obtained. In response to Sawatzke, Mattice said the water has not worked at the Lake Ida School House for 10 years. Sawatzke asked whether it was Freedom Farm’s intent to pay for the well prior to the Planning Commission motion. Mattice felt that was their intent. Freedom Farm is leasing the building and as a part of the Lease Agreement, they are to handle all renovations. Mattice felt water would be part of this. Sawatzke said the County is leasing the School House to Freedom Farm on a 99-year lease. The Board could consider splitting the cost with Freedom Farm if the County has limited use of the site (i.e., Parks Commission Meetings). Eichelberg asked whether Freedom Farm is assuming the other costs of updating the building. Mattice said this is correct. Eichelberg said having water available will upgrade what can be done at the School House. Russek said Bakeberg’s comment at the Planning Commission was for Freedom Farm to request funding from the County. The motion was not to ask the County to put in the entire well. Mattice said the lease does not address improvements becoming County property at no cost if the Lease Agreement is abandoned. If the building is damaged or destroyed, utilizing or sealing of the well will be the County’s responsibility. Thelen asked about precedent. She referenced the YMCA, who will have a 99-year lease at the Bertram Chain of Lakes. She assumes that it will not be the County’s responsibility for upkeep at that location. Sawatzke did not feel the County will be doing anything relative to the YMCA’s facilities. Thelen did not see a difference in the two scenarios.
Mattson indicated he will abstain from the vote because Mattson Well Company is owned by his brother. Mattson said he has a granddaughter with special needs who looks forward to the time spent at Freedom Farm riding horses. Mattson feels this is terrific therapy and he wants Freedom Farm to continue. Eichelberg stated that part of the Agreement is for other non-profit groups to use the School House at no cost. Sawatzke asked when the County entered into the Lease with Freedom Farm. Mattice said April, 2011. Sawatzke said the Lease includes Freedom Farm being responsible for all repairs to the School House. Freedom Farm leases for $1/year. If the County does not participate in funding and it becomes a deal breaker on whether they can continue their programs, then the County Board can re-evaluate whether to change the terms and conditions of the Agreement. Russek said Freedom Farm is upgrading the School House for their disabled veteran program. Thelen said there are many programs by various groups that do good things. Although she does not dispute this, she was unsure whether the County should be subsidizing expenses. She felt a legal opinion should be obtained on setting precedence. Sawatzke said the County is already subsidizing Freedom Farm by providing a free lease. He is okay with this as the property has been sitting vacant and the programs provide a benefit to all. Russek does not want this to be a deal breaker. Sawatzke made a motion that the County not participate in the cost of the well as it is inconsistent with the Lease Agreement held with Freedom Farm. The motion was seconded by Thelen. Norman asked for an opinion from the County Attorney’s Office on whether Mattson can vote on the motion if the intent is to proceed with the well and to obtain additional quotes. Brian Asleson, Chief Deputy Attorney, said his understanding of the motion is for the County not to participate. If the improvements are done by Freedom Farm, the contract is between a private party and the vendor. Asleson did not have a problem with Mattson voting on the motion on the floor.
Sawatzke asked whether it was Mattice’s impression that Freedom Farm planned to fund the well improvements prior to Bakeberg bringing up a possible County contribution. Mattice said that was his impression. Mattson asked whether this is in writing. Sawatzke said it is part of the Lease Agreement because Freedom Farm knew the well had to be repaired. Eichelberg said the County Board must approve any improvements made by Freedom Farm on that property. Sawatzke said if cost is the deal breaker for Freedom Farm, then the Board will discuss it further at that time. Russek said they may not have that chance. Sawatzke said Freedom Farm understood there was no working well at the time they entered into the Lease Agreement, so they understood they would have to repair the well. Mattice said they understood they would also have to put in a septic. Mattson said this has been to the Board of Adjustment and Planning Commission twice. He said it seemed like it was a confusing process. The motion carried 3-2 with Mattson and Russek casting the nay votes.
Mattson noted there was a group of people in the audience and asked them to introduce themselves. A representative of the group said they are nursing students from St. Cloud State University. They are working with public health in Wright County. They were present today to observe the County Board proceedings.
Brian Asleson, Chief Deputy Attorney, requested approval of signatures on a Settlement Agreement with Hutchinson Health Care. As part of the 8-30-11 Closed Session, the County Board approved settlement of this litigation, scheduled for trial later this fall. The Settlement Agreement must be approved at a public meeting. He said Don Mleziva, Human Services Director, is in full agreement of the settlement authorized. The document will be filed with the Courts. Thelen moved to authorize signatures on the Settlement Agreement. The motion was seconded by Eichelberg and carried unanimously.
Asleson said the City of St. Michael contacted the Attorney’s Office relating to unpaid sewer connection and inspection fees billed to the owner of a property (PID #215-013-000090) located in the Charlotte Martha Subordinate Sewer District (SSD). Since the property is located outside City limits, the City has requested the County’s assistance in certifying the unpaid charges so they will appear on the 2012 tax statement. Asleson said the property owner began building a home and garage but never finished the home. The garage has a guest room and plumbing. The property owner hooked into the SSD but never paid the connection fee to the City. Because the property is in Rockford Township, the City cannot assess the fee. The City would like the fee placed on the property taxes in case of foreclosure or property transfer. Asleson was in contact with the property owner who understands the responsibility for the fee. Asleson said the actual placing of the lien is a formality. The County must provide notice to the property owner of the County’s intent to do so at a future meeting. Sawatzke moved to schedule the date of 10-04-11 at 9:30 A.M. to consider certifying unpaid charges to PID #215-013-000090. The motion was seconded by Mattson. Asleson has been in contact with the County’s Building Inspector. The situation involves the property owner obtaining a permit from the County and sewer hookup through the City. The City has asked the County to collect this as part of the building permit. The idea would be to collect the funds and pass them onto the City. The motion carried 5-0.
Wayne Fingalson, Highway Engineer, presented the 9-12-11 Transportation Committee Of The Whole Minutes. The Board decided to take action on each item individually so discussion at today’s County Board Meeting is reflected in italics below. The minutes and discussion follows:
Vacant Highway Maintenance Position
Fingalson said that the recommendation from this committee will be on tomorrow’s County Board agenda, and the minutes from this meeting will be available at that time. Fingalson said that he wanted to answer some questions about the needs for this position, and he handed out information [Attachment A] that showed a comparison of number of trucks, number of employees, and total of lane miles for Wright County as compared with other surrounding counties for snow/ice operations. Meyer also explained that a number of county highways, which were previously two lane roadways with little or no shoulders, now have wider shoulders which add to the lane miles that are included in the snow/ice operations. If this position can’t be filled, there will be an impact on the level of service, which could also affect the night services. He said that the change is more likely to affect the eastern portion of the county, such as the Cities of Monticello, Buffalo, Albertville, and St. Michael. Fingalson explained that he and Meyer had met with Commissioner Thelen before this meeting to answer her questions and to give her a summary of what other duties the Highway Department has in the maintenance of its highways, in addition to snow/ice control. Additional duties include patching, culvert replacements, ditch cleaning, mowing, crack sealing, etc. Crew supervisors are occasionally used as backup when work needs to be done and the crew numbers are not sufficient, but this is not done on a regular basis. Russek said that at the recent Wright County Labor/Management meeting that was held last week that he had invited Bruce Bersie to attend this meeting and give his perspective as a crew supervisor for the need to fill this maintenance position that was vacated by him when he changed positions. Bersie explained that he had been reading about the suggestion that temporary employees could be called in to help with snow/ice control during the winter months and he has some concerns about that. There are times when one of the drivers has a problem with his truck and either he or Supervisor Conrad Webb is needed to go out and help with the problem. He said that his biggest concern is an issue with everyday projects. There are crews who work on separate projects, and they are short all the time. They could easily keep anther three-four people busy for projects other than snow plowing. Some projects need flaggers, and he can’t take the risk to be short on flaggers because of the imminent danger that presents to the crews. They need to take care of the roads, and this morning there are crews patching, milling new stop bars at stop signs, fixing culverts. More projects could be done if more people were available. He said that the work keeps increasing but the manpower hasn’t. When someone leaves or retires, there is a need to fill that position right away. There is a lot of work to do over a very short summer. If the department were staffed with more people, there would be less of a need to fill the position immediately. Meyer commented that he just learned that one of our employees will be out for about six weeks due to medical reasons. Eichelberg said that has always supported filling this position because of the people commuting to their jobs who need the roads in good condition in order to get to work. Bersie added that it is hard to get all the work done when the crew is short handed, as it was this summer when the paving needed to be done. Calls were coming in about the poor sight distance at intersections because the crew members were needed for paving and couldn’t be out mowing. Thelen said that she has been a critic of the process of not filling positions in order to help meet budget problems, but this is the way that the Board has been doing it lately. She said that she thinks about the different departments that have lost a key person and that have had positions combined to help fill the need, but this increases the work loads on individuals. She said that everyone makes a case as to how vital their own personnel are, and no one is ever overstaffed. Meyer said that the position that was first vacated was replaced with a person at a much lower scale, so that in itself is a cost savings. Sawatzke said that he was under the impression that the issue to be discussed at this meeting was options to be considered if filling this position isn’t approved. He asked for ideas on using temporary help for snow events and wondered if this has been considered. He said that supervisors driving trucks is an option, but he asked if there are other options. He also realizes that there is work to be done 52 weeks out of the year, and that is important, too. But a graph has been presented today that focuses only on the snow events. Fingalson said that Thelen had asked if cities and townships could do some plowing for the county, and he said that Wright County already does this with some of the cities and has annual maintenance agreements with them. Wright County is required to pay them, by statute, actual costs of taking care of these routes. These costs could end up being higher if the cities decide to charge extra for the hauling of that snow. They currently haul the snow away from the highway but do not charge to do so. Meyer said that he talked with the maintenance superintendent from Anoka County, and his first comment regarding temporary help was that there is the potential for a lot of extra damage to the trucks when they are driven by people unfamiliar with them. Steve said that there is enough down time due to damage to the trucks from his own staff, and he would rather not increase that. Mn/DOT hired temporary help who are limited to 45 days, and once that time is exhausted, they can run out of people, as they have done in the past. Bersie said that he worked as a 45-day temporary employee for Mn/DOT, third in line behind two permanent employees. If one of the two drivers couldn’t come in, he would be called. It is usually anticipated that the two permanent employees will show up, but if one doesn’t, then a call must be made.
Because a replacement is often needed with little or no forewarning, several different people often need to be on the list because you don’t know who will answer the phone. When he worked for Mn/DOT, he attended a class at St. Cloud everyday for a week and then spent two days driving on the range up there practicing what they were told in the classroom, which added up to seven days of expenses for everyone who was called in. When asked if he had been hard on the equipment, he said that he did not have any trouble with it, but there was a lot of damage caused by other temporary help. Sawatzke said that he figured there has to be at least a few people who have experience driving a snowplow truck who are laid off or retired who might be interested in temporary work. Fingalson said that we learned at last week’s Labor/Management meeting from Kent Korman, the Highway Department’s Labor representative from the Local 49ers, that the labor pool that is normally available for work is practically non-existent at this time because of all the jobs available in North Dakota on the drilling fields. It is not a reliable source for temporary labor. In counties where temporary help is used for snowplowing, the temps often follow the lead trucks as they work in tandem to clear the roadway. That is done so that the temp knows where the route is. Anoka has 13 temps to be used when needed, and they are used in tandem operations. Sawatzke said that he thought that sounded like a good plan, but Meyer said that this is not the recommendation of the Highway Department. Bersie added that they had an experience in the French Lake shop when a temporary worker backed a plow truck through the back wall and caused some damage. Some shops are very narrow, and inexperience in truck handling can contribute to mishaps. Russek said that he did not want a temporary employee in a $165,000 truck.
Russek said that he and Eichelberg agree that Wright County has a big road system and it needs to be maintained, so they both believe that this position should be filled. Mattson said that he would like to work at trying not to fill this position, as he doesn’t see the need with three supervisors available to help out. Sawatzke said that he agreed with Mattson. Thelen said that she thinks it is worth trying something different because budgets are tight. She would like to see temporary help considered. Fingalson said that Wright County doesn’t have tandem snowplow operations like Anoka County does, so these temps would have to be out on the road by themselves. He recommends that this committee recommend to the Board the filling of this position. The Highway Department’s 2012 budget is nearly $300,000 below this year’s budget, and the money has been budgeted for this position, beginning November 1 of 2011 through 2012. He stated that he doesn’t want to go backwards, and that is what will happen if this position is not filled. It was created in 2008 because of the need, and the needs have only increased since that time. Fingalson said that he doesn’t see temporary help as the best option for the Highway Department. He will have to consider pulling a person from the Otsego or Buffalo areas, or from the night shift, but he would rather not have to do that. There was further discussion about how the extra miles might be distributed to the current drivers or how some areas might not receive the maintenance that they would like. Fingalson said that if the decision is not to fill this position, the level of service will have to be reduced. Thelen asked if there is anything in the Highway budget that could be shifted, and Sawatzke said that the County budget was reduced (for a total accumulated reduction of $500,000) in the area of filling positions for the purpose of saving money. Fingalson said that the Highway Department doesn’t have the same dependence on the economy that other departments do, such as Planning & Zoning whose work can be influenced by building permits and inspections, etc. Meyer asked Thelen if she was authorizing the filling of this position if the Highway Department can find something else in its budget that can be sacrificed. Thelen said that she was looking at the option, depending on the importance of the position. If they are looking to fund this position and looking for funds, then they will have to reevaluate the maintenance budget. He asked if she thought that the budget was overfunded, and she responded that she didn’t mean to offend him and wasn’t suggesting that the Highway Department throws its money around. Wright County is getting much less money from the state, and Wright County doesn’t want to lay off people, so it has this unwritten policy of trying not to fill an opening right away. That does not affect just the Highway Department, but there are different needs in different places. People need to know that this is the result of political situations which will result in a lower level of service. Less money available is a result of policy at the state level, which is related to the economic downturn. This is a huge need, but everyone has them. Fingalson said that he understands the tough jobs that the commissioners have, and he is just trying to make a pitch for this department. Road & Bridge gets the luxury of getting state aid money for maintenance operations, as does Human Services get state and federal monies, so there are similarities and differences. He is trying to point out that we have a good maintenance system, good people, and that we do the best we can, but it will not be done as well without an adequate number of personnel. He thinks that the right thing to do is to fill the position. He encouraged Mattson, Sawatzke, and Thelen to reconsider their stance and find that filling the position is the right thing to do. Wright County has a good investment in its fully paved road system, and it costs money to maintain it. He is not asking for a lot of extra people, but just one more to keep the status quo. Sawatzke said that the commissioners are listening, and they realize that this is a dilemma. They are pulled in many different directions but must be responsible to the citizenry that has been asking for a little less government lately. People will begin to realize that cutting spending means less service. Fingalson said that 76% of those polled said that they would be willing to pay more money to improve transportation. Wright County is not a poor county, and it is in good shape with federal and state dollars. We can do this and make it work. It is the right thing to do and it will be a backward step if there aren’t at least three votes to approve this at tomorrow’s meeting. Meyer said that it is his responsibility to see that that job gets done, and he will make the best effort he can to serve the citizens with what resources he has. He again asked if he would be given approval to fill this position if he is willing to forego a purchase equal to that of hiring a fulltime maintenance person. Sawatzke said that there isn’t money to fill the position, and Mattson said that he isn’t going to approve the budgets as presented tomorrow because he feels that they haven’t been cut enough. Thelen said that she would entertain the idea. Fingalson interjected that the main reason the budget is coming in higher than last year’s is because of the cost of the jail (as pointed out to him by Mattson).
RECOMMENDATION: It was the majority (Thelen, Sawatzke, and Mattson) consensus of the Board members on the TCOTW that the open maintenance position in the Highway Department not be filled with a permanent employee at this time. (Russek, Eichelberg, and Fingalson disagreed with this consensus.)
At today’s County Board Meeting, Thelen said she has changed her mind since the Committee Meeting on filling the open Highway Maintenance position. She reviewed the information that had been provided by the Highway Engineer. She said that citizens from Wright County rely on the roads for commuting and she does not want to see the level of service decline. She is interested in saving money but felt the entire organization should be looked at instead of just positions that vacate. Thelen said she would vote in support of the position. Sawatzke made a motion to deny filling the position, seconded by Mattson. Mattson said even though Thelen changed her mind, he wants the budget increase to be at zero. He referenced an article that reflects Sherburne County laying off Jail staff. He questioned what will happen if Wright County needs to start laying off staff and whether the Highway Department will be untouchable. He said that is the way it appears. The Highway Department has received the best equipment. He has received comments from farmers that they are upset that Wright County has such nice equipment and they cannot afford a new tractor. Mattson said when times become tough, he hopes Fingalson can accept a layoff in the Highway Department. Sawatzke said that question was just answered, they cannot. There are 24 people in the Highway Maintenance area and there may be work for 24 people. However, Sawatzke said these are the worst economic times since the depression and he felt the Department could operate with 23 people. Thelen said the position will make a .1% difference in the levy if it is not filled. She hears that people want money spent on a good highway system. She is a member of Safe Communities and there is the whole safety issue as well. Thelen felt the County needed a better process of reviewing how to save money. The motion failed 3-2 with Eichelberg, Thelen and Russek casting the nay votes. Eichelberg made a motion to approve the hire of a Highway Maintenance person. The motion was seconded by Thelen and carried 3-2 with Mattson and Sawatzke casting the nay votes.
Status of Former Chouinard Property
Johnson has been researching various options of what should be done with the remaining wood from the barn and the shed and the remaining structure of the house on this property and distributed a summary update [Attachment B] on the property. He was directed last spring to have the barn and shed razed, which was done at no cost to the county in exchange for some of the wood and timbers, but some debris remains. Shingles were removed by the Sentence to Serve crew in preparation for a burn. These shingles were hauled to Omann Brothers on adjacent property. A burning fee of $250 would be required in order to burn this on site. Johnson first had to have a regulated waste test conducted ($1,000) and the identified asbestos removed ($1,800). Removal of the concrete slab is best performed by companies/individuals with the proper equipment, and this is estimated at a cost of about $3,500 and could be done by either Rachel Company or Veit Company. Johnson said that the house continues to deteriorate because of vandalism and is beginning to become a junk drop-off site. He would recommend that the house be burned or removed as well, as the property would probably be easier to sell if all buildings are cleared off the property. The St. Michael Fire Department would be willing to burn the house as a training exercise, but that would come with a fee of $1,500 (including all permits). They may be willing to include burning of the barn/shed rubble at the same time. Johnson received another estimate to remove the house as it stands, including the slab, and it came in at $9,000. Sawatzke suggested that the burn be done this fall and that a decision be made about the concrete slab next year. He didn’t feel that the concrete proposed a safety threat to anyone who might access the site. Johnson suggested that the well on the property should not be capped in case the next owner would want to use it. Water and sewer does extend to that property, but an owner might want to use the well for other purposes such as watering the lawn. Eichelberg suggested that Johnson check with the City of St. Michael before anything is done with the well. Johnson said that he did get a message from someone interested in the property, but he hasn’t been able to get in touch with them yet. Fingalson said that there is gravel at this site that could be used for the CSAH 18 project in 2013, so it would work out really well to have the structures removed. Sawatzke asked if it would cost more to remove the top soil and reclaim the area than it would to get the gravel from another site, but Fingalson said that it would work out well if the gravel is accessible. One consideration in removing the gravel is whether or not any potential buyers would want to be in a position to look down at the river rather than be at a lower elevation. Mattson mentioned that the noise generated by the traffic might be a hindrance to selling the property.
RECOMMENDATION: It was the consensus of the TCOTW that Mark Johnson contact the St. Michael Fire Department and schedule a training burning at this site, which would involve the burning of the house structure and the remaining debris/rubble from the barn and shed. Removal of the concrete slab(s) on the site can be addressed at a later date, and clean up of the burn residue will have to be taken care of by the County after the burn is completed.
At today’s County Board Meeting, Eichelberg moved to approve the recommendation as presented. The motion was seconded by Thelen and carried 5-0.
Sign Maintenance Policy
Bill Cordell distributed a copy of the proposed Wright County Sign Maintenance Policy [Attachment C, with updated addition as referred to below], which has a purpose of establishing and maintaining uniform procedures and practices concerning sign maintenance and traffic operations on Wright County Highways. It is in the County’s best interest to have a policy in place, and is additionally important as the county proceeds with the new retro-reflectivity law that will be applied to all agencies throughout the United States. By January, 2012 all agencies will have to establish a sign maintenance program that can regularly address the new minimum sign retroreflectivity requirements. A formal signed maintenance policy will provide a general guideline in sign placement, sign maintenance, and general staff responsibilities when performing these duties. This policy doesn’t carry any funding needs, as the plan to bring all signs up to grade is already included in the budget, and this process of replacement began four years ago. Fingalson said that the townships will also be affected by the new retroreflectivity law, and Wright County townships are part of a grant that will enable them to receive new signs for 10% - 20% of the cost. They will then be required to maintain the standards, or Wright County could be liable for the cost of the penalty for a lapse in maintenance. He said that he would like to sign an agreement with each township that would acknowledge the township’s willingness to pay the penalty if they allow standards to lapse. Mattson asked about item No. 8 on Page 4 and requested that different language be used to acknowledge any liability that the county may cause in repairing damages to property during maintenance operations. This was discussed a bit, and the decision was made to add the following sentence to Item No. 8, Page 4, “The County will be liable to make repairs for any damages that may occur to the center median, boulevards and sidewalk/paths due to these maintenance activities.”
RECOMMENDATION: It was the recommendation of the TCOTW that the Wright County Sign Maintenance Policy be accepted by the Wright County Board with the addition as noted above.
At today’s County Board Meeting, Eichelberg moved to approve the Sign Maintenance Policy. The motion includes the revision outlined above on Item No. 8. The motion was seconded by Mattson and carried 5-0.
Status of Funding Task Force with City of Buffalo for TH 25/TH 55 Connection
Fingalson reminded the commissioners that the County Board had made a previous recommendation that he set up a funding task force with the City of Buffalo to talk about funding between the city and Wright County for a connection from TH 55 (CSAH 34 and Target) to TH 25 on the southeast corner of the City of Buffalo. He distributed a short summary [Attachment D] of expected costs and funding sources. Sawatzke expressed his concerns about the cost of purchasing right of way for a new road when a new road would cause the value of this property to rise dramatically. Fingalson said that the cost of right of way is estimated as a possible cost, but it remains to be seen if there will be any cost involved. Sawatzke said that putting it on paper creates an expectation that payment will be made. Fingalson explained that this is a proposed City of Buffalo project, which someday might become an extension of CSAH 34, but that as of now it would be planned as a city street. Wright County first got involved because this was part of a solution for the elimination of the CR 147 connection with TH 55, and money was in the budget for the purpose of acquiring right of way for the connection of CR 147 (southeast side of Buffalo) to TH 55 at CR 134 (by Kwik Trip). However, as that connection was considered, it became apparent that it would be very expensive, and the removal of a home would be necessary, so other options were considered. It appeared that perhaps the best solution would be to incorporate this improvement with the City of Buffalo’s Settlers Park connection, and that is when the County Board passed a resolution to support the city’s project and request for federal funds, because it would not only provide funding for the connection for the benefit of the city, but would also solve the county’s problem. Because of the county’s support, the city was successful in obtaining over $1 million in federal money for 2015, and there are also TH 55 Corridor Coalition funds of $380,000 which could be used for this project. An amount of $100,000 is already in Wright County’s budget for this new connection. The City of Buffalo has indicated that they do not wish to participate in a task force, but that they would like to have Wright County write a letter indicating that they are willing to dedicate $100,000 to this project so that the city can proceed with their plans for this connection between TH 25 and TH 55, and they would like this letter available at their next Council meeting (September 19, 2011).
In order to proceed, a piece of right of way next to TH 55 in Buffalo Township has to be annexed into the city, and Fingalson said that he believes the city has already begun this process. After the land is in the city, an environmental report will need to be done (because of the federal funds awarded), and the city will have its engineer, Bolton & Menk, arrange for this. Eighty percent of this study can be paid for by TH 55 Corridor funds, and that might come to about $30,000 - $50,000. The remaining 20% could come from the dedicated funds ($100,000) from Wright County. The city has requested that Fingalson write a letter with assurance that Wright County will dedicate $100,000 to this project for the overall purpose of eliminating CR 147. Construction money awarded to the city for this project will be available in FY 2015 (7/1/14-6/30/15).
Sawatzke again expressed his concern that property owners who stand to make dramatic gains in the value of property should be required to donate right of way for the road that is planned to cross this property. Fingalson agreed that it doesn’t seem right that they would get paid for this right of way, and he said that he would hope the city would negotiate that with them. Sawatzke said that if the property owners don’t think that this is fair, the project shouldn’t be done. Fingalson said that he talked with Mert Auger, Buffalo City Administrator, and he agreed that this seems logical, but it isn’t necessarily the case. In another instance where CSAH 35 was redirected, the owner of that property donated the right of way because of the increase he received to his property by virtue of having a new road built on it. Sawatzke said that it didn’t seem fair if one property owner has to donate land and another one gets paid for it. Fingalson said that it is the plan to have right of way donated, but there is another area at the junction of TH 25 and CR 147 where it might be of benefit to both the City/County and the property owner to do a land swap. Currently, CR 147 at this location dissects a portion of property that is owned by the same owner on both sides of CR 147. If a land swap were done, the intersection could be moved to the south of its present location and the current roadbed could become an extension of the property on the north side of CR 147, allowing the owner to use this property as an extension of the current cemetery. Fingalson said that this new extension between TH 55 and TH 25 will act as a CSAH highway, but for now at least it will be owned by the city. He said that there’s a good chance that it will be handled in the same manner as 5th Street in Buffalo (TH 55/Culver’s intersection to TH 25 by the stoplights). If this becomes a county highway, it will be an extension of CSAH 34, and CR 147 will be turned over to Buffalo Township. He said that there is a good chance that the city will not be in favor of making it a county highway. He would like the TCOTW to recommend that Wright County assure the City of Buffalo that they will dedicate $100,000 to this project, and Fingalson would like permission to write a letter to the City of Buffalo stating that assurance. Sawatzke says that he would be in favor of making this pledge but limiting it to $100,000. Russek commented that moving the road would be of benefit to the cemetery as it will give it more room to expand, so that will be of value to them. Fingalson said that if the $100,000 isn’t needed for right-of-way acquisition, the city would be free to use this money for other expenses of the project. Eichelberg asked if the TH 55 Corridor dollars have to be used by a certain time, and Fingalson said that they might be gone by the end of the year if there is not an established project being worked on. Wright County was very instrumental in obtaining the TH 55 Corridor funds for use on this project, and the city is aware of that. Federal money for this project could be available as early as July of 2014. Russek said that he would like to see the CR 147/TH 55 intersection be eliminated because it is a dangerous intersection. Fingalson said that the county would have an obligation to improve CR 147 with a new surface before it could be turned over to the township and city. It is already falling apart in some areas, and the maintenance crew did some repair work last week, hopefully to keep it together until such time as it will be reclaimed (not rebuilt).
RECOMMENDATION: It was the recommendation of the TCOTW that Fingalson draw up a letter to the City of Buffalo pledging a maximum of $100,000 to the City of Buffalo for the purpose of the city proceeding with plans for a connection between TH 55 (at CSAH 34 near Target) and TH 25 (near the Lakeview Cemetery on the southeast side of Buffalo).
At today’s County Board Meeting, Fingalson said the next Buffalo City Council Meeting is 9-19-11. Fingalson distributed a draft letter to the City Administrator conveying the County’s assurance that $100,000 of Wright County funding is available to help finance the project. The letter outlines the background of action items to this point for the benefit of newer Council members. It also reflects the next steps that will be taken, including annexation by the City and the required environmental study. The study is required for any federally funded project. Only after approval of this step can right of way be secured. The letter reflects that the County would like to handle the right of way acquisition in the same manner that was used in 2004 for the new alignment of CSAH 35 between TH 55 and CR 134. The developer’s agreement between the City of Buffalo, Wright County, and the property owner provided for the donation of right of way in exchange for the road improvement. If the acquisition of right of way for this project were handled in the same manner, the funds from both the Highway 55 Corridor Coalition and Wright County could be applied to construction costs. The letter further states the benefits of the Settlers Parkway Project including moving local trips off the congested State highway system. It will provide a safer railroad crossing, including pedestrian and bicycle railroad crossing, and eliminate the dangerous intersection of CR 147 and TH 55. Mattson stated that the developer of the future Settlers Parkway is using this project for advertising. Mattson felt the developer should be responsible for the County share of $100,000 as the developer will be making money off of the project. Russek said the developer should be donating the right of way. Fingalson said that is why the letter to the City reflects the information on the developer agreement on the CSAH 35 project. In that project, the developer donated the right of way in exchange for the road being built across the developer’s property, which will help the developer when the property is developed. Fingalson said it will be the same type of situation with the TH25/TH 55 project. Mattson questioned whether the developer would be doing that in the Settlers Parkway project, as the developer is selling the land. Sawatzke said if someone is purchasing the property, they should be checking with the City or County on the arrangements. If the developer does not want to donate the road, then there is not a free road and maybe not a project. Sawatzke said that the County is publicly making the statement that the County is not paying for the right of way. Russek said on the other end of the proposed project, the cemetery would also receive benefit as it will give them more adjoined land. Currently, they have a disconnected piece. Eichelberg moved to approve the recommendation on this item and to approve sending the letter to the City of Buffalo. The motion was seconded by Thelen and carried 5-0.
Norman said the Transportation Committee Of The Whole Minutes should be changed to reflect Bruce Bersie being in attendance. Eichelberg moved to approve the minutes with that change, seconded by Thelen, carried 5-0.
(End of 9-12-11 Transportation Committee Of The Whole Minutes and discussion at today’s Board Meeting)
The County Board normally holds committee meetings the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month. As was done last year, Norman proposed scheduling one committee meeting date in November and one in December. On a motion by Sawatzke, second by Eichelberg, all voted to schedule committee meetings on 11-16-11 and 12-14-11.
Eichelberg moved to cancel the 11-22-11 Board Meeting due to the occurrence of five Tuesdays in November. The motion was seconded by Thelen and carried unanimously.
Eichelberg moved to schedule the 12-27-11 County Board Meeting as a “claims only” Meeting. The motion was seconded by Thelen. It was clarified that if there are time sensitive items or Consent Agenda items, they can be added if needed. Sawatzke said there is a Human Services Board Meeting scheduled for the afternoon of 12-27-11. Sawatzke asked that Norman follow up with the Human Services Director to place on the next Human Services Agenda discussion regarding changing that time to 10:00 A.M. on 12-27-11. The motion carried 5-0.
Norman presented the Arbitrator’s Claim ($4,000) for the O’Malley Grievance, Teamsters Local 320. The action is for the County Board to approve half of the cost for the Arbitrator ($2,000). Norman then read the following statement into record relating to the grievance:
O’Malley was promoted to the position of Jail Administrator at Step 3 on the Salary Schedule. After assuming the position he grieved the placement on the Salary Schedule.
The parties stipulated to the issues as:
1. Is the grievance substantively arbitrable?
2. Did the County violate the Labor Agreement when it set the salary of O’Malley at Step 3 upon his promotion?
On the issue of arbitrability, the County took the position that the dispute was not arbitrable. The grievance did not allege a violation of a specific clause of the contract as required by the grievance procedure. The Arbitrator found that the dispute was not arbitrable. The Contract does not speak to the issue of placement on the Salary Schedule upon promotion. The Union failed to establish any past practice.
The second issue involved whether the County violated the Labor Agreement when it set the salary of O’Malley at Step 3 upon his promotion. The only mention of compensation upon promotion is found in the definitions article which merely defines promotion as involving higher compensation. Nothing else inthe contract addresses salary upon promotion. The County has always made the decision about placement, often in disagreement with the Sheriff. The Union could have negotiated such a provision, but did not and hasn’t made any bargaining proposals on salary upon promotion. The Union can’t gain a provision in arbitration that it failed to obtain in bargaining.
The Union’s argument that there was a past practice established about placement in the Salary Schedule upon promotion is without merit. The Union’s argument is based on promotions from Sergeant to Lieutenant; from a position outside the bargaining unit to a bargaining unit position, not on promotions within the bargaining unit.
Thus, the County did not violate the contract or a past practice by placing O’Malley below the top step of the Salary Schedule. The grievance is denied.
(End of statement read into record)
Sawatzke made a motion to pay $2,000 to Nancy D. Powers, the Arbitrator in the O’Malley grievance, seconded by Mattson. Sawatzke commended Norman for the outstanding job on this case. Although grievances take a lot of work, the work is important because of the long-term impacts on the County and, in this particular case, in the Board’s ability to have the authority that the Statute provides. He extended thanks to Norman and the Law Office of Madden, Galanter and Hansen on completing the work involved. Norman recognized the Administration staff for the work put into this case. He noted that not only are there attorney costs involved with grievances, but staff time that could be spent completing other job duties. The motion carried 5-0.
Norman presented a resolution setting the draft budget and certified levy for 2012. The total budget will increase .68% in 2012 compared to 2011. The levy to support that budget reflects a 1.6% increase in 2012 compared to 2011. Eichelberg moved to adopt Resolution #11-43. Mattson seconded the motion for discussion. Mattson said he will vote against the Resolution as he wants to see a zero budget increase when the final budget and levy are presented in December. He said Wright County is surrounded by other counties who are at a 0% or less increase. He felt the County can do this but must work harder to get it resolved. Norman said the official budget and levy will be set at the 12-13-11 County Board Meeting. From this point forward, the budget can decrease but not increase. Sawatzke said he agreed with Mattson and suggested that Mattson present a specific proposal for review. Mattson commended the departments on what they have done. However, he said if the budget can’t be brought to zero, there is something wrong. Thelen said Wright County is very conservative and bare bones. The increase, as predicted, is the result of failed policy at the State level. Costs are being transferred to counties as cuts are made in State Aid and lost credit in market value. The department heads and Norman should be commended for coming in with zero increases. Mattson said there are people suffering in the County. Property values have declined and taxes are increasing. Russek also complimented department heads. Last year, departments turned back $3 million which helped this year. There were things done this year that will help in 2012. The County also elected not to proceed with an equipment note in an effort to lower the levy. The motion carried 4-1 on a roll call vote with Mattson casting the nay vote. Resolution #11-43 follows:
RESOLUTION 11-43
BE IT RESOLVED that the Wright County Board of Commissioners hereby establishes draft 2012 budgets as follows:
GENERAL REVENUE $50,811,071
HUMAN SERVICES $23,704,100
ROAD AND BRIDGE $18,253,905
DEBT SERVICE $7,427,924
LAKE PULASKI L.I.D. $35,000
MINK-SOMERS L.I.D. $13,420
TOTAL BUDGET $100,245,420
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Wright County Board of Commissioners hereby establishes a draft 2012 Certified Taxable Levy of $50,602,319.
(End of Resolution #11-43)
The Board discussed suggested changes to the 8-17-11 Ways & Means Committee Minutes, as suggested by Kerry Saxton, SWCD. The changes are as follows: Page 7, Paragraph 3, Line 7, sentence should read, “There may be concern with increasing the size of the pipe as the top of the pipe would be above ground elevation.”; Page 7, Paragraph, Line 13, change from “used to work” to “use to work”; Page 7, Paragraph 4, Line 3rd line should read, “Allen said one thing that is allowed in wetlands is the maintenance of existing drainage systems as long as they do not drain wetlands that have been in existence for 25 years.”; Page 7, Paragraph 4, Line 8, change from “…north end.” to “…north of Collinwood Lake”; Page 7, Paragraph 6, 1st line, sentence should read, “That can be permitted right away and would improve the situation for landowners as the tile is failing and creating holes in their yards.”; Page 7, Paragraph 6, 3rd line should read, “He did not feel it would improve drainage on the land draining to Chelgren Lake.”; Page 8, 1st Paragraph, Line 3, sentence should read, “There is a potential to place another pipe in to allow flow at current ground elevations considering the road is holding it back a small amount.”; Page 8, 1st Paragraph, Line 7, sentence should read, “The pipe may have to be moved to a higher elevation and the ground cut away into the wetland.”’; Page 8, 3rd Paragraph, 1st and 2nd sentences should read, “Saxton said it appears the ditch was filled in when the tile was placed. The land elevation beyond the road seems to be in natural condition”; Page 8, Paragraph 3, 7th line should read, “Saxton suggested investigating the high spot to find the difference in the water level compared to the Lake.” Mattson moved to approve the corrections to the Minutes, seconded by Sawatzke, carried 5-0. The corrected 8-17-11 Ways & Means Committee Minutes follow:
I. Discussion RE: Drainage Tile Issue, Collinwood Park & Adjacent Drainage System.
The meeting was reconvened from 7-27-11.
Pooler stated that documents were searched in the Recorder’s Office. There are no easements of note for the tile lines, ditches, or the road. The easements found relate to utilities, an easement road on a deed, and public access and highway purposes for the State. The State has public rights to a portion of the road but not all of it. Sawatzke questioned land ownership where the road is located. Pooler felt it was probably general right of way. He did not review all deeds of private ownership. The legal description for the road only covers to a specific point to the east. The road has not changed. Mattice said a land split occurred in 1968 and the aerial photos show cabins prior to that time. One building permit was pulled in 1969. Other than that, there are no permits of record.
The Committee reviewed various aerial photographs of the area. Allen said the photos from 1979-2000 did not have good clarity or resolution. The photographs reflect that the road and some cabins were present in 1970. Pooler said the road has been in existence since 1940, most likely prior to the cabins. Sawatzke asked about the natural creek. Allen stated the photographs reflect a creek to some degree. In the 1950’s, some ditching occurred but there wasn’t necessarily a ditch all the way through. The ditches ran east and west. Mattice said the Collinwood Park property was purchased by the County from 1971-1976 (southern most portion in 1976). The road and cabins were present prior to that time. Mattice said they looked at aerial photos to try to determine whether the ditch was removed over time. Allen referenced a series of ditches in the 1963 photograph of the wetland. The photograph from 1940 does reflect low water levels and a physically different land layout. The road existed in the 1940’s. It was agreed that the photographs don’t reflect a timeline of when and how the natural creek flowed.
The Committee reviewed photographs from a recent site visit by Saxton and Allen. Due to the high water levels, it was hard to find the bottom of the ditch. They tried to establish the natural ground elevation. They are unsure whether the information obtained reflects the natural land elevation or if there is fill. The pipe is quite a bit below what they have determined as the natural ground elevation. The road is just above that. Terning said the existing pipe drains slowly and is in poor shape. By the time the pipe takes water, he is flooded. He did not feel the pipe was large enough. Allen stated there would be a lot of maintenance involved with fixing the existing pipe but it is allowed. There may be concern with increasing the size of the pipe as the top of the pipe would be above ground elevation. Terning referenced a swell in the grass. Allen said the pipe may have been installed at that elevation possibly 40 years ago. Saxton said the water elevations do not vary much and so water may remain in the pipe almost all the way back to the inlet. Given this, the pipe will not function very well. Terning said in the 1940’s, his land was dry. The water is very high now and draining slowly. The tiles that run from his property to Chelgren Lake were placed in 1967 and use to work properly. He felt something occurred and now the tiles do not drain properly. During the years they were not working, Terning dug a ditch which helped to drain his property. Later, he removed trees from the property and tried to farm the land.
Mattson asked for a comparison of the drainage for an open ditch to a pipe installed 3’ below the surface level. Saxton said generally an open ditch carries more water. The ditch has been like this for 40 years and as far as they know, nothing has changed. Allen said one thing that is allowed in wetlands is the maintenance of existing drainage systems as long as they do not drain wetlands that have been in existence for 25 years. Terning said the Corp of Engineers and the DNR were on site about 10 years ago. During that visit, they discussed with Terning the swell or rise in dirt that controls the water level. Saxton asked if there is any documentation from that meeting. Terning said he does not have anything. Terning said there were pictures taken of the area including the dam on the north of Collinwood Lake. Allen felt a records search through the DNR could be completed. Mattice asked whether the swell was put in by the DNR. Terning felt it was natural.
Mattice said there were two issues to address. The outlet on Collinwood Park property crosses private property. The question is whether this repair can be done. It would require SWCD Board approval. The County Board’s major concern is whether to cost share if the SWCD Board approves replacement or improvement of the existing pipe.
Saxton said replacement of the existing pipe is not a problem. That can be permitted right away and would improve the situation for landowners as the tile is failing and creating holes in their yards. He did not feel it would improve drainage on the land draining to Chelgren Lake. Terning said when he and Mattson were previously at the site, there was a lot of head pressure at the pipe. Sawatzke asked if the pipe size could be enlarged if the elevation is raised. Allen said this could potentially be done. Allen said that the elevations in this area are subtle. There is a potential to place another pipe in to allow flow at current ground elevations considering the road is holding it back a small amount. This difference may be a few tenths of an inch. She was unsure whether it is worth the benefit and cost. There is also a question whether this would be allowable under wetland rules. Saxton said it could not be installed without cover. The pipe may have to be moved to a higher elevation and the ground cut away into the wetland. Sawatzke asked whether they were able to determine who originally paid for the pipe. Mattice said they were unable to determine this and do not feel they will be able to. Terning felt it was the owner of the property at that time, Don Knott, and that he was the one that filled the ditch. Mattson asked whether Terning would acquire the right of way required to complete the work (if approved). Terning said he had permission from property owners 10 years ago.
Mattson thought the only way the County Board could be involved is if the repair has something to do with the Park property. Sawatzke said there would have to be a legal reason to expend dollars, as County funds can’t be used for private good. Asleson said that as conveyed at the last meeting, the County’s involvement would depend on who initially put the pipe in. If this happened prior to the County acquiring the land, the County may have some reason to restore it to what it was at one point. It would depend on who did the original tiling or ditching and that may be an unknown. Mattice felt that the tile line was put in prior to the County purchasing the Park. Mattice felt landowners may be receptive to pipe replacement. Terning offered to supply the labor. Mattice said the SWCD would have to approve the work.
Saxton said it appears the ditch was filled in when the tile was placed. The land elevation beyond the road seems to be in natural condition. Terning said he would like to find the original depth of the ditch and use a large enough pipe so his land drains. Saxton felt part of the problem is the high water. If the Lake level decreases, he felt drainage would occur. The lake level of Chelgren Lake is 2.7 feet above the Ordinary High Water Mark of Collinwood Lake. Water is moving through the systems slowly. This is being seen throughout the County. They are seeing areas in farm fields where water has been standing for months. He said the ditching in the wetland did not seem that it had ever intersected Chelgren Lake. Saxton suggested investigating the high spot to find the difference in the water level compared to the Lake. This would be a DNR issue.
The Committee discussed how to proceed. Mattice suggested that the Technical Evaluation Panel should review the request. They would give their recommendation to the SWCD. Mattice said the process is the same as with a County ditch. The landowner where the tile runs is responsible for the materials. Sawatzke asked whether a landowner could be directed to pay for a repair. Asleson did not feel this can happen as it involves a private tile line. Mattice said that it would be hard to approach landowners without more information and cost. The materials are estimated at $4,000 but that does not include shipping. Mattson asked whether the County could contribute to the repair. Asleson stated it would depend on the history of who owned the land prior to the County and whether they were involved in ditching, tiling, or restoring to avoid damage to an adjacent landowner’s property. Mattice said this is an unknown. Asleson stated for that reason, it would not be a large problem for the County to contribute. Terning said he would not be interested in repair unless the pipe can be placed at the bottom of the wetland to drain to Collinwood. Mattice said that decision would be made by the Technical Evaluation Panel.
The consensus was to proceed as follows:
1. The DNR should be consulted to see if any records exist for this area.
2. Elevations of Chelgren Lake, Collinwood Lake, and the wetland should be taken by the Survey Department (using GPS).
Once the elevations are taken, it will be determined whether the Technical Evaluation Panel should be involved or the DNR.
Sawatzke asked Saxton for his prediction. Saxton stated that he feels the tile system is marginally working. It works when it is dry but not in wet conditions. He thought there could be some restriction near the wetland.
Recommendation: Proceed as outlined. The water elevations should be taken in the near future while the water levels are high. The ground elevations can be taken in the fall. A meeting will be scheduled in the future when more information has been obtained.
(End of corrected 8-17-11 Ways & Means Committee Minutes)
Thelen moved to recess into Closed Session at 10:15 A.M. The motion was seconded by Eichelberg. Kryzer explained that the Closed Session was requested to discuss pending litigation with Mathiowetz Construction. The purpose will be to discuss policies, procedures, and strategies for litigation. The motion carried 5-0.
At 10:31 A.M., Eichelberg made a motion to reconvene the County Board Meeting. The motion was seconded by Thelen and carried 5-0.
Bills Approved
Ameripride Services. $146.68
Aramark Services, Inc. 225.00
Asplin Travel Plaza/Kirk 103.87
B & B Products - Rigs and Squ 140.00
Buffalo Hospital - Otpt Comm 1,352.10
Buffalo/City of 88,119.75
Center Point Energy 147.56
Centra Sota Cooperative - E 45,774.64
Central MN Concrete Cutt 450.00
Cokato Motor Sales Inc. 203.23
Coleman Technologies Inc. 1,764.00
Cottens Inc. 2,473.03
CST Distribution LLC 1,290.17
Determan/Karen 220.50
Diamond Mowers Inc. 27,821.70
Display Sales Company 166.73
EMEDCO 124.73
Ernst General Construction 12,925.00
Excel Systems 617.31
Federated Propane 4,098.00
Fibernet Monticello 359.80
Glendale Paradestore 360.45
Glunz/Raymond 125.00
Go Devil Mfg. of LA Inc. 277.83
Granite Electronics 1,532.79
Granite Pest Control Serv 496.78
Hardings Towing Inc. 347.34
Herc-U-Lift 186.35
Hillyard Inc. - Miinneapolis 172.09
Intereum Inc. 2,137.50
Kaplan Professional Sch 3,025.00
Kramber/Greg 232.50
LaPlant Demo Inc. 509.42
Larson Allen LLP 7,150.00
Loberg Electric 446.87
Lostetter/Carol H. 100.00
Marietta Aggregates/Martin 1,334.57
Martin-McAllisters Cons 400.00
Midland Corporate Benefits 997.75
Mini Biff LLC 533.12
Minnesota Conway Fire & Sa 287.50
MN Assn. of Assessing Office 380.00
MN Spring & Suspension 820.80
MN Supreme Court 658.00
Moon Motorsports 2,244.36
Morries Parts & Service Gr 1,343.98
North American Salt Co. 8,592.92
Northern Safety Technolo 558.05
Office Depot 748.49
Office of the Secretary of 120.00
PMI Computer Supplies 275.00
Ramacciotti/Frank 300.00
Richards/Thomas W. 100.00
Specialty Turf & Ag 130.92
Tiburon Inc 6,917.00
Total Printing 180.62
Traffic Marking Service Inc. 13,282.96
United Parcel Service 115.55
Unlimited Electric Inc. 285.89
Vance Brothers Inc. 3,789.95
Veolia ES Solid Waste Midw 261.94
Wright Co. Court Admin 320.00
Wright Hennepin Electric 1,370.22
26 Payments less than $100 1,332.72
Final total $253,305.93
The meeting adjourned at 10:32 A.M
Published in the Herald Journal Oct. 10, 2011.


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