Wright County Board Minutes

WRIGHT COUNTY BOARD MINUTES
DECEMBER 13, 2011
The Wright County Board met in regular session at 9:00 A.M. with Sawatzke, Mattson, Russek, Thelen, and Eichelberg present.
On a motion by Thelen, second by Eichelberg, all voted to approve the 11-29-11 County Board Minutes, A.M. Meeting.
On a motion by Eichelberg, second by Mattson, all voted to approve the 11-29-11 County Board Minutes, P.M. Meeting.
Petitions were accepted to the Agenda as follows: Aud./Treas. Item #8, “Ratification Of ACS Tax Program” (Hiivala). The Consent Agenda was modified as follows: Item D1, change from “Off Highway Vehicle Safety Enforcement” to “Snowmobile Safety Enforcement” (Norman). Thelen moved to approve the Agenda as amended, seconded by Eichelberg, carried unanimously.
On a motion by Eichelberg, second by Mattson, all voted to approve the Consent Agenda as corrected:
A. ADMINISTRATION
1. Performance Appraisals: M. Ruzicka, Aud./Treas.; A. Backes, M. Johnson, B. Severson, G. Stonelake, W. Workman, Hwy.; J. Adelman, I.T.; J. Ahlm, R. Fischer, A. Habisch, C. Hemming, K. Hoffman, D. Miller, A. Myren, Sher./Corr.
2. O/T Report, Period Ending 11-25-11.
3. Authorize Continuance Of The Voluntary Leave Without Pay Program For 2012.
4. Approve Non-Union Salary Schedule, Effective 1-1-12, (0% Increase).
B. AUDITOR/TREASURER
1. Approve Tobacco License Renewals for 2012: Don’s Auto Service & Repair, Croix Convenience (Albertville City); Clearwater Travel Plaza, Clearwater Travel Fuel Center (Clearwater City); Tobacco Shop, Dave’s Town Club, Flippin’ Bill’s #564 (Delano City); Lantto’s Store (French Lake Twp.); The Original Tom Thumb, River Inn (Hanover City); Roger’s Amoco (Maple Lake City); Walgreen’s #13938, Smoke Shop, Monticello Liquor, O’Ryan’s Marathon, Kwik Trip #345 (Monticello City); The Ugly Bar, Clark Gas (Montrose City); Walgreen’s #13842, Marohn’s St. Michael Marketplace (St. Michael City); Mark’s Service (Waverly City).
C. INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
1. Authorize Signatures On SharePoint Assessment Agreement With Computer Integrated Technologies, $7,018, Funded By IT Professional Services;
2. Authorize Signatures On Sheriff Electronic Data Management System (EDMS) With eDocument Resources, $73,309, Funded From Court Services 2012 Compliance Technology.
D. SHERIFF
1. Authorize Signatures On Additional Grant Fund Allocation For Snowmobile Safety Enforcement, $14,846, Grant Period 12-13-11 to 6-30-13.
Bob Hiivala, Auditor/Treasurer, said at the Audit Exit Meeting with Larsen Allen, the Committee was informed that the County would adopt a formal Fund Balance Policy in accordance with GASB54 by year end. The Policy outlines the different types of fund balances and their associated policies. Hiivala said the action requested today is to adopt the Policy moving forward. The Policy was drafted based upon boiler plate language provided by Larsen Allen. If the County decides to commit fund balances for 2012, Hiivala will present a request to do so prior to the end of 2011. This will be done by resolution. Mattson moved to approve the GASB54 Fund Balance Policy. The motion was seconded by Thelen and carried 5-0.
The November Revenue/Expenditure Guidelines were presented for approval. Hiivala noted there have been significant savings realized in Personnel items. Russek referenced Page 39, Highway Shop Maintenance, budgeted at $500.00 with expenditures at $14,108.46. Hiivala will check with the Highway Department to verify whether a miscoding has occurred. Hiivala will provide a report at the next Board Meeting. Richard Norman, County Coordinator, referenced Page 6, County Coordinator, Line Item 6618, Rentals & Leases, at 111% of budget. Hiivala indicated that this line item may need to be corrected next year and relates to copier leases. The cost is being treated as a capital type expenditure and it involves leasing equipment. He will research why the budget has been exceeded. On a motion by Eichelberg, second by Mattson, all voted to accept the November Revenue/Expenditure Guidelines.
Hiivala provided a County Ditch 10 update. Hiivala received quotes from Wenck Associates and Huston Engineering. It appears the County may not have adequately defined the scope of the work necessary to make repairs. Hiivala suggested an informal meeting for the purpose of making phone contact with the vendors to verify what repairs are involved. Hiivala recommended the meeting be attended by the two Commissioners appointed to the Ditch Committee (Russek and Mattson), Kerry Saxton-SWCD, Brian Asleson-Chief Deputy Attorney, and himself. He suggested a meeting at 1:00 P.M. today. Norman asked for clarification. As this is a Ditch Committee Meeting, he felt a time and date specific should be set and the meeting notice posted. He said there will be some type of Committee action defining the scope of activity that is recommended. Hiivala said there will be no action from the informal meeting. The purpose of meeting will be to provide more information to the engineers. The action is still for the two firms to provide quotes for engineering services. Hiivala asked Asleson whether posting of the agenda is necessary. Asleson did not feel it was. Norman recommended that since it is a Ditch Committee Meeting that the meeting be set for 12-20-11 following the County Board Meeting. This will allow posting of an agenda and formal minutes so there is a clear record of the action recommended. On a motion by Mattson, second by Eichelberg, all moved to set a Ditch 10 Committee Meeting for 12-20-11 at 10:30 A.M.
Hiivala provided an update for County Ditch 38. The owners of the trailer park have provided permission to access the property. This will be scheduled in the future. Russek spoke with Kerry Saxton, SWCD, recently who said the plan is to dig to find out whether the outlet is plugged. Hiivala will follow up with Saxton for an update. If action is required, he will place this on next week’s County Board Agenda. Otherwise, discussion will be deferred to a future meeting.
Hiivala said that the County previously received a petition from Robert and Sharon Cruikshank to combine two parcels and include them in the Maple Lake School District. This was done by Board action earlier this year. Several weeks ago, Hiivala received a written request from the Cruikshanks requesting to petition the land into the Monticello School District. Hiivala presented a revised Order transferring the property to the Monticello School District. Sawatzke moved to adopt Resolution #11-52 approving the revised Order. The motion was seconded by Thelen and carried 5-0 on a roll call vote. The revised Order is as follows:
REVISED ORDER TRANSFERRING PROPERTY TO ISD #882
WHEREAS Robert J. and Sharon Cruikshank are the owners of property located in Maple Lake Township; and
WHEREAS A portion of their property, identified as PID #210-100-234403, approximately 9.56 acres in size, is located in the Monticello School District, ISD #882; and
WHEREAS A portion of their property, identified as PID #210-100-234406, approximately 0.88 acres in size, is located in the Maple Lake School District, ISD #881; and
WHEREAS The Cruikshanks are being required by Wright County Planning and Zoning to combine the two tax parcels listed above into one tax parcel; and
WHEREAS The Cruikshanks have petitioned the Wright County Auditor/Treasurer to transfer the smaller portion of their property into the Monticello School District, so that the entire parcel would be contained within ISD #882; and
WHEREAS There are currently no dwellings on the land in question and no public school students currently residing on the property;
NOW, THEREFORE, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED:
1. That PID #210-100-234403 and PID #210-100-234406 shall be combined into one parcel of land for tax purposes, and that said parcel shall be transferred in its entirety into the Monticello School District, ISD #882.
2. That the effective date of this Order shall be December 13, 2011.
3. That, effective for taxes payable in 2012, the property which is the subject of this Order shall be relieved of all taxes from the Maple Lake School District, ISD #881 and shall be subject to all taxes levied by the Monticello School District, ISD #882.
4. That the mailing of a copy of this Order to the two school districts involved, as well as to the Minnesota Commissioner of Education shall be sufficient notice for all purposes.
Dated: December 13, 2011
/s/ Robert J. Hiivala
Wright County Auditor/Treasurer
(End of revised Order Transferring Property to ISD #882)
Hiivala provided an update on the acceptance of bids for the official County newspaper. At the last meeting, he indicated bids would be accepted until 12-12-11 but they are being accepted until 12-19-11. This was provided as an informational item.
Two weeks ago, Hiivala presented an Agenda item on the ACS and CAMA Program. At that time, he provided a ratification statement for CAMA only. A separate ratification statement is required for the ACS Tax Program. Eichelberg moved to approve signatures on the ACS ratification statement. The motion was seconded by Mattson and carried 5-0.
The claims listing was presented. Hiivala referenced a claim on Page 24, AmeriPride Services ($6,015.74). He said this claim should be payable to Aramark. Sawatzke referenced a claim on Page 2, Cathleen Gabriel ($200.00), funded through Professional Services in Court Administration. He questioned whether this fee is beyond the scope of the contract with Gabriel for CHIPS petitions. Brian Asleson, Chief Deputy Attorney, explained that Gabriel is also appointed on mental health commitments and guardianship matters. He recalled she served on a commitment matter several weeks ago. Mattson referenced a claim on Page 16, Michael Woodford ($142.50) for travel. Mattson questioned if this relates to use of Woodford’s personal vehicle for County business. He stated the County has vehicles for this purpose. Sean Riley, Planning & Zoning Administrator, said Woodford picks up permits from Corinna Township. It is more convenient and economical to have him pick it up on his way to work versus driving to Buffalo to take a County vehicle back to the Township. Sawatzke questioned whether Woodford’s work day starts when he arrives at the Corinna Township Hall. Riley responded that is correct. He stops at the Township 1-2 times per week and it is about 10 miles each way. This may occur less frequently in the winter months. On a motion by Thelen, second by Mattson, all voted to approve the claims as listed in the abstract, subject to audit.
Steve Berg, Emergency Management Coordinator, requested the Board authorize signatures on the EMPG (Emergency Management Performance Grant) Grant Agreement. Wright County was awarded the Grant for $49,551. The Grant period runs from 1-01-11 to 12-31-11. Berg explained that there was a delay in funding from the Federal level to the State level. The State shutdown pushed the timeline back further. As soon as the documents are signed, Berg will forward them with to the State. The documentation includes the progress report on the 13 items the County has to accomplish in order to qualify for the Grant. Berg explained that more Grant funding may be available if there are counties that do not qualify for the grant dollars because of missing performance requirements. Sawatzke said a good portion of the Grant funding is for wages and benefits. He asked if that relates to Berg’s wages and benefits. Berg assumed this would be correct but the paperwork is handled by Chief Deputy Dave Miller. In response to Mattson, Berg stated the Grant requires a 50/50 split with a County matching requirement of $49,000. Eichelberg moved to authorize signatures on the Grant. The motion was seconded by Thelen and carried 5-0.
Mike MacMillan, Court Services Director, brought forth discussion on the wRight Choice Program. wRight Choice is a program that allows “suspended” youth to continue with their school work in a structured and staffed setting. It is a restorative approach to help youth identify their inappropriate behaviors, explore alternative healthy behaviors, enhance their problem solving skills, and “earn” their way back to their home school. MacMillan introduced three individuals who have been involved with the Program. They include Mark Mischke, Buffalo High School Principal, Kris Thompson, Buffalo High School Assistant Principal, and Abe Abrahamson, Court Services Supervisor. The Program is a collaborative effort with a number of departments and has been spearheaded by the Buffalo School District. It was felt that a progress update was timely because it has been one year since implementation. The six-month Pilot Project went well and a decision was made to continue with the Program. A number of school districts are in negotiations to participate and to financially offset the costs to the Buffalo School District. A handout was provided reflecting participation groups and reasons for placement. The workshops held have been extremely effective and an important piece of making the Program a success. Workshop topics have included Probation, Restorative Justice, Truancy, Social Work/Mental Health, and Chemical Health/Drug Prevention. Thompson referred to last year’s Pilot Project and said the Program was offered free to other schools in the County. The information from the Pilot was then shared in the summer with school districts. Since that time, financial commitments have been received from Monticello and Big Lake School Districts. The handout material reflects that 233 school days have been provided through the wRight Choice Program, which places students in a restorative, educational setting. Typically, students are sent home to think about their choices and also to keep the school safe. The Program allows the student to be supervised by a teacher or any number of volunteers. Crossover of services has occurred with Human Services, Truancy, and Mental Health. Although finances are tight for agencies involved, it is an effective way of utilizing resources. Thompson said a very positive part of the wRight Choice Program is the True Thought Program. It is a thinking, decision-making Program that includes a restorative letter written by the students on what they have learned. Parents have been very supportive and teachers appreciate that students are completing their assignments. Thompson and Mischke connected with the students this morning, and today they will be working with the Food Shelf. Thompson said an important piece is allowing the student to become connected to the community. Sawatzke referenced the data provided and noted that there is an increase in participation up until grade 11. He asked whether this has to do with a student’s ability to quit school at age 16. Thompson explained that is the time when a driver’s license is obtained and with that, typically more freedom. They have found this is the time when the students figure out whether their learning environment needs to be in a traditional environment or an alternative setting. Mischke extended thanks to the County for their support and staff assistance with the Program. Staff members have brought uniqueness to the program, and it is very beneficial to the students. In response to a question by Mattson, Thompson said students in the wRight Choice Program visit the Jail and transport vehicles. Parents have commented that this has been an effective measure in some cases toward directing the student into more appropriate behavior. Sawatzke asked about school funding for students on home suspension. Mischke stated that the absence is marked as suspension; therefore, the absence is excused on the decision of school staff. Sawatzke asked about transportation of the students. Thompson explained that transportation occurs in a variety of ways including the Wright Technical bus, a school van, a Maple Lake Special Education van, and through personal transportation. Thelen congratulated those present on the success of the Program. The County Board recently attended the AMC Annual Conference. As part of the Conference, different counties were recognized for their innovations. Thelen suggested highlighting the wRight Choice Program at next year’s Conference. This was provided as an informational item.
Sean Riley, Planning & Zoning Administrator, presented a request for action on a medical hardship mobile home request under County Ordinance #85-2 (as amended), “Supportive Care to the Frail, Elderly or Disabled.” The request is from Orville & Laverne Peterson, 12463 112th St. SW, Howard Lake, Parcel ID #218-000-361300 (Stockholm Township). The Human Services Agency screening team completed an assessment and recommends placement. Riley did not see any issues with setbacks and said the mobile home will be hooked up to a conforming septic system. Stockholm Township will deal with the proper permitting of the structure. The only condition is that when the mobile home is no longer a need, it is clearly understood that it is removed from the property. Mattson moved to approve the request, seconded by Thelen. Eichelberg clarified that the Ordinance and guidelines must be followed. The motion carried 5-0.
Greg Kramber, Assessor, requested approval of the ACS/Apex Contract for sketch programming software at a contract estimate of $14,890 plus support fees. This will be funded from the Recorder Compliance Fund. The expenditure has been approved by the Land Records Committee. Future maintenance and support fees will be budgeted on an annual basis. The Contract has been reviewed by the County Attorney’s Office. Kramber explained that ACS partnered with Apex 7-8 years ago. It is operational in Stearns, Carver, and Scott Counties. The product will provide more transparency and a better product to the public. It will save time in the field as more information is available at the time of review. As part of the Contract, Apex will convert the current sketches from the ACS System to the Apex Sketching System. This process will see about a 95%-98% success rate. A few properties will need to be re-sketched but it should not involve much staff time. Sawatzke stated that the product quality between the two systems is very apparent in the example provided. He questioned the license and maintenance fees. Kramber estimated this at about $2,600/year to include 15 licenses and a $600 interface cost. Sawatzke referenced the use of the Recorder Compliance Fund for the annual cost. Hiivala stated that the intent of that Fund is to not supplement normal operating expenses. In the past, the Fund has been used for initiatives and ongoing costs have been handled through the normal budget process thereafter. He suggested review of these costs during the budget process. On a motion by Mattson, second by Thelen, all voted to approve the ACS/Apex Contract as presented.
Eichelberg moved to adopt Resolution #11-53 establishing the 2012 Budget and 2012 Certified Taxable Levy. The motion was seconded by Thelen and carried 5-0 on a roll call vote:
BE IT RESOLVED that the Wright County Board of Commissioners hereby establishes the 2012 Budget as follows:
GENERAL REVENUE $50,782,771
ROAD & BRIDGE 18,253,905
HUMAN SERVICES 23,704,100
DEBT SERVICE 7,427,924
LAKE PULASKI L.I.D. 35,000
MINK-SOMERS L.I.D. 13,420
TOTAL BUDGET $100,217,120
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Wright County Board of Commissioners hereby establishes the 2012 Certified Taxable Levy as follows:
BUDGET AMOUNT
GENERAL REVENUE $24,692,972
ROAD AND BRIDGE $7,542,864
HUMAN SERVICES $9,107,500
SUB-TOTAL $41,343,336
LESS: COUNTY PROGRAM AID
-$3,354,458
NET TAXABLE LEVY $37,988,878
PLUS SPECIAL LEVIES:
CORRECTIONS $6,498,197
DEBT SERVICE $7,427,924
MATCHING REQUIREMENTS
$406,600
LAKE PULASKI LID $35,000
MINK-SOMERS LID $13,420
SUB-TOTAL: $52,370,019
LESS: UNFILLED VACANCIES
- $ 500,000
TRANSFER FROM RESERVES
- $1,296,000
TOTAL CERTIFIED TAXABLE LEVY
$ 50,574,019
(End of Resolution #11-53)
Wayne Fingalson, Highway Engineer, said the Wright County Highway Department received two 2011 Asphalt Paving Awards. He and Assistant Highway Engineer, Virgil Hawkins, were presented two Merit Awards for bituminous surfacing at the 58th Annual Asphalt Conference on 12-07-11. The two winning projects (constructed by Knife River Corp.) are CSAH 34 (from TH 55 to CR 120) and CR 117 (from CSAH 34 to the City of Monticello) for a total length of 14.2 miles. Representatives Andy Hicks and Scott Heidebrink of Knife River Corp. were present at the Board Meeting. Fingalson recognized the following employees from the Highway Department’s Engineering Division involved in this award. They include Virgil Hawkins, Kevin Johnson, Bryan Hendricks, Pete Forare, Wes Workman, and Nick Carlson. Jill Thomas, Associate Director of the Minnesota Asphalt Pavement Association, expressed gratitude to the Highway Department and to Knife River Corp. for the work completed on the two projects. This is the 49th year of the merit awards. She outlined the criteria for the awards which are reviewed by the Bituminous Rating Panel. This includes the ride, the construction joint quality, the general project appearance, and the complexity. Sawatzke said that one award involves a County State Aid Highway and the other involves a County highway. He asked whether one award is given for each category and if there are two awards in the State. Thomas said there are eight categories this year on pavement projects. The Bituminous Rating Panel rated the bituminous projects. The first projects category is the State Highway Projects and includes Reconstruction, Resurfacing for High Volume, and Resurfacing for Low Volume. Those three are just for State Trunk Highways. The next category is Federal Aid, Secondary Roads (MnDOT is not participating in the funding). There is also Urban State Aid (curb and gutter in a city or urban area) and Rural State Aid (project is mostly through the rural area). Another category is County/Municipal Road Local Funds Only. The last category is Airports. Wright County received the award for the Rural State Aid Project and the County/Municipal Road Local Funds Only, so there is no State or Federal funding involved. Sawatzke asked whether Wright County swept the categories it was eligible for. Thomas said that is the case. Russek stated that Knife River should be thanked as they completed the overlay projects this year. Thomas said both awards involved Knife River. Fingalson said there are 8 MnDOT Districts and each county submits a candidate. Wright County won the District 3 competition. When the projects proceed to the Panel, there is one project for each of those 9 categories from each District. Fingalson recognized Hicks and Heidebrink from Knife River.
Fingalson said the Highway Department received the 2011 National Roadway Safety Award from the National Highway Safety Foundation. The Award was received jointly with MnDOT. Fingalson introduce Mark Vizecky, MnDOT Program Support Engineer, who was described as the key person in the highway safety plans being completed State wide. Wright County, along with other counties in District 3, was one of the first to have their Safety Plan Development completed. MnDOT was involved in the award because of the significant activity being done nationwide in safety plan development. Besides the Safety Plan, recognition was also given to Wright County for work associated with the safety edge, the intersection lighting program, the intersection curb warning systems, intersection warning system, and the work with safe communities. Vizecky said Wright County is a definite leader in safety in many areas. He said it is a real pleasure to share in the Award for the County Safety Plan. It is the first of its kind in the nation. Vizecky said Minnesota is the first State to develop roadway safety plans at the county level in all of the 87 counties. There is one phase left in MnDOT District 2 and in the Metro (6 remaining counties). Fingalson provided a guide from the Awards Luncheon reflecting the projects selected. There were about 100 applications which were narrowed to 35, prior to be forwarded to the Blue Ribbon Panel. The Panel then selected 11 recipients nationwide.
Fingalson said the County Highway Department received the Best New Innovative Product Application Award at the National Rural ITS Conference on 8-29-11. Today, Fingalson recognized the Engineering Staff and the Sign Shop staff (Bill Cordell, Herb Bray and Nate Helgeson). He spoke of Cordell’s efforts in getting these projects accomplished. He said there were “pioneering efforts” with the intersection warning system, as the County had to wait for the technologies to become available to be able to complete the projects. Cordell made this happen. The project was set up as a design/build and Bray and Helgeson were involved with the installation of signs at the three crash-prone intersections. The purpose of the Project was to prevent or reduce the number of people killed and injured at non-signalized intersections. Fingalson said S.E.H., the contractor selected on the design/build, submitted this Project as a candidate for the best new innovative project application. Fingalson said this type of project helps to save lives and reduce the number of crashes. Nationwide, the data shows there used to be 42,000 people killed annually and that number is down to 33,000-34,000. In the State, the number has reduced from the 650 range to 400. Fingalson stated that the Engineering Division was involved in the last two awards.
Fingalson requested approval of a draft resolution and Agreement with MnDOT for the CSAH 75 Bridge Project. This action is required to allow appropriation of federal funds through the State of Minnesota for the construction of Road-in-lieu-of-Bridge (Old Bridge No. 5434 over BNSF on CSAH 75). Even though the bridge is not being replaced, $250,000 in funding was secured for a new alignment of the roadway. Sawatzke moved to adopt Resolution #11-54, second by Thelen, carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.
Fingalson requested the Board set a Transportation Committee Of The Whole (TCOTW) Meeting with the following Agenda: 1) Approve/prioritize enhancement projects for federal funding (2016); 2) Approve County projects for 2016 federal funding; 3) 2012 Turnbacks of CR’s 123 and 143; 4) Solicitation for HSIP Funding (Routes of Regional Significance); and 5) Update on former Chouinard property in St. Michael. Discussion occurred on crashes which have occurred near the Albertville Mall at the intersection of CSAH 19 and CSAH 37. The problem is associated with left hand turn movements made when the signal reflects a green ball. A sign at that intersection states “left turn yield on green ball.” However, the traveling public is confused and may interpret they have the right of way with the green ball. Bill Cordell, Senior Engineering Technician, stated that there have been 49 crashes in a 5-year period. Most have involved the failure to yield on a green ball during a left hand turn movement. National studies reflect that motorists understand the flashing yellow arrow better. Fingalson said the City of Albertville agreed to fund half the cost of the change to a flashing yellow arrow at this intersection. Fingalson said another accident prone area is the intersection of TH 55 and CSAH 34 in Buffalo. This is being addressed by MnDOT. Russek felt that a green arrow only should be used at that intersection because of the speed of the oncoming traffic. Fingalson said that will be a decision of MnDOT. On a motion by Eichelberg, second by Thelen, all voted to schedule a TCOTW Meeting for 1-04-12 at 9:00 A.M. The meeting will be held at the Public Works Building.
Norman presented a draft resolution setting the County Attorney’s compensation in 2012. He said the salary and additional salary for managing the city law enforcement contracts is the same as 2011. On a motion by Eichelberg, second by Thelen, roll call vote carried 5-0 to adopt Resolution #11-55 setting the County Attorney’s compensation for 2012:
RESOLUTION #11-55
WHEREAS, the Wright County Board of Commissioners has considered the experience, qualifications, performance, and responsibilities and duties of Tom Kelly, Attorney
BE IT RESOLVED that his 2012 salary shall be $119,446;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Wright County Board of Commissioners shall provide $4,809 in additional salary in 2012 in recognition of the enhanced responsibilities he has for administering the city law enforcement contracts.
(End of Resolution #11-55)
On a motion by Thelen, second by Mattson, roll call vote carried 5-0 to adopt Resolution #11-56 setting the Auditor/Treasurer’s compensation for 2012:
RESOLUTION #11-56
WHEREAS, the Wright County Board of Commissioners has considered the experience, qualifications, performance, and responsibilities and duties of Bob Hiivala, Auditor/Treasurer;
BE IT RESOLVED that his 2012 salary shall be $112,862.
(End of Resolution #11-56)
On a motion by Eichelberg, second by Sawatzke, roll call vote carried 5-0 to adopt Resolution #11-57 setting the Sheriff’s compensation for 2012:
RESOLUTION #11-57
WHEREAS, the Wright County Board of Commissioners has considered the experience, qualifications, performance, and responsibilities and duties of Joe Hagerty, Sheriff;
BE IT RESOLVED that his 2012 salary shall be $109,045.
(End of Resolution #11-57)
On a motion by Thelen, second by Mattson, roll call vote carried 5-0 to adopt Resolution #11-58 setting the County Board’s compensation for 2012:
RESOLUTION #11-58
WHEREAS, Minnesota Statutes, Section 375.055, provides the procedures for fixing the County Board compensation for the next year;
NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that as of January 1, 2012 members of the Wright County Board of Commissioners shall have an annual salary, exclusive of per diem payments, of $36,527. Said salary shall continue in effect until such time as this Resolution is amended or otherwise modified.
(End of Resolution #11-58)
On a motion by Sawatzke, second by Eichelberg, roll call vote carried 5-0 to adopt Resolution #11-59 setting the County Board Per Diem Rate at $50.00 for 2012.
The Board was provided with a draft resolution appointing Dr. Quinn Strobl as Medical Examiner for 2012. Mattson inquired whether it is the same contract with the same salary. Russek stated that the proposed contract was presented a while back to the County Board. Sawatzke said Wright County receives great service from the Medical Examiner and also from the Crime Lab. However, associated costs have been substantially increasing. He felt the Board should review options in the future, although those options are limited. Mattson felt the costs associated with these services should remain the same as in 2011, just as everything else has. Sawatzke said that it is late in the game to be reviewing that. The Board will have to revisit this possibly in May or June to make a change for the following year. Russek said the Crime Lab provides great, fast service but it is expensive. He felt the County should keep an eye on utilization. Mattson said other counties involved with the Crime Lab may have more crime but their cost is based on population. Sawatzke said Wright County could look at a fee for service based rate. Mattson moved to adopt Resolution #11-60 appointing Dr. Quinn Strobl as Medical Examiner for 2012. The motion was seconded by Thelen. Mattson stated he would like this subject researched next year. The motion carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.
Bills Approved
3 D Specialties Inc.. $47,206.58
Abrahamson/Brian 293.50
AG Neovo Technology Corp 266.00
Allina Hospitals & Clinics 18,554.25
American Messaging 196.97
American Society of Civil En 300.00
Ameripride Services 469.22
AMI Imaging Systems Inc. 2,975.00
Annandale Rock Products 946.18
Anoka County Corrections 10,716.00
Anoka County Sheriff 8,472.70
APEC Industrial Sales & Ser 636.27
Appraisal Institute 130.00
Aramark Services Inc. 6,015.74
Asplin Travel Plaza/Kirk 103.87
Backes/Joe 184.00
Baertschi/Paul 130.00
Barker Co/Bob 228.57
Barnes Distribution 423.78
Bauman/Lawrence R 216.00
Beaudry Propane Inc. 1,958.54
Big Time Towing 240.75
Borell/Ralph 405.05
Bound Tree Medical LLC 245.80
Brethorst/Darnell 271.50
Brock White Co. LLC 1,031.99
Buff N Glo Inc. 137.82
Buffalo Hospital 1,770.85
Buffalo/City of 59,090.70
Burdas Towing 189.88
CADD Engineering Supply 25,211.81
Carefree Lawn 355.67
Catco Parts Service 395.26
Cenex Fleetcard 464.71
Center Point Energy 339.92
Centra Sota Cooperative - E 63,241.65
Central MN Mental Health C 570.00
CenturyLink 781.50
CIT Information Services Inc. 20,000.00
Climate Air 932.06
Cokato Township 195.00
Collins Brothers Towing 181.69
Commissioner of Finance 27,586.00
Contech Construction Prod 610.47
Corporate Payment System 1,285.15
Cottens Inc. 2,058.18
Dell Marketing LP 9,004.18
Derson Manufacturing Inc. 9,292.78
Design Electrical Contract 182.20
Determan/Karen 223.00
Dingmann Marine & More LLC 181.58
Dynamic Recycling 2,592.02
Ehlinger/Ben 326.00
Elk River Municipal Utilities 235.66
Envirotech Services Inc. 10,447.06
Evident Crime Scene Produc 243.75
Farm-Rite Equipment Inc. 493.41
Fastenal Company 302.52
Fibernet Monticello 359.80
Fleet Computing International 775.00
Force America Inc. 473.56
Gabriel/Cathleen 200.00
Globalstar USA 232.15
Glunz/Raymond 125.00
Goodpointe Technology 2,250.00
Gopher State One Call 175.65
Grainger 191.96
Granite Electronics 1,654.24
Greenview Inc. 457.28
H&R Const. Co. 1,070.71
Herald Journal Publishing 396.75
Hewlett Packard 5,061.43
Hildi Inc. 185.00
Hillyard Inc. - Minneapolis 4,558.92
Holiday 17,128.44
Holiday Inn - Duluth 174.60
Howell/Gregory 249.57
Integrated Fire & Security 1,647.22
International Assn. of Asses 525.00
Interstate Battery Systems 1,019.05
Intoximeters Inc. 686.06
Jerrys Towing & Repair 199.86
Justice Benefits Inc. 3,404.50
Kaplan Professional School 3,025.00
Karels Towing 175.28
Keaveny LTC Pharmacy 3,963.89
Kevins Auto Service Inc. 294.45
Klein Bank 230,903.43
Kramber/Greg 476.00
L3 Communications Inc. 40,376.00
Lacount Sales LLC 159.67
Lake Region Coop Oil 390.79
LaPlant Demo Inc. 954.24
Larson Companies LTD/WD 1,358.32
Larson/RL Excavating Inc. 11,562.45
Laster Technology Inc. 1,811.53
Linderman/Rosemary 1,250.00
Loberg Electric 694.75
M & M Express Sales 108.37
M & M Express Sales and Ser 1,558.56
M-R Sign Company Inc. 10,515.28
Macmillan/Michael 1,086.00
Madden Galanter Hansen LL 1,369.50
Maple Lake Lumber Company 127.96
Marco 2,710.33
Marco Inc. 4,450.35
Marietta Aggregates/Martin 209.03
Matt Legal Services 100.00
Matthew Hall Lumber Company 1,181.11
Menards - Buffalo 544.32
Messaging Architects Inc. 12,000.00
Midland Corporate Benefits 997.75
Midway Iron & Metal co. Inc. 211.11
Miller/Nathan 192.50
Minnesota Monitoring 5,547.75
MN Asphalt Pavement Assoc 110.00
MN Assc. of Asphalt Paving 150.00
MN Continuing Legal Ed 210.00
MN Native Landscapes 800.00
MN Supreme Court 1,645.00
Moore Medical Corp 289.95
Morries Parts & Service Grp 330.00
Mountain Stream Sports & A 182.31
Multi Health Systems Inc. 263.52
National Society Profession 225.00
Neopost Inc. 1,102.58
New River Medical Center 1,027.81
North Central Truck Equip 383.41
Northern Plains States Dist 1,627.41
Northern Safety Technolog 317.87
Northern States Power Co 102.89
Office Depot 3,870.44
ORyans Conoco 170.00
Pawelk/Lori 100.00
Pictometry International Co 118,865.25
Powerplan OIB 333.72
RDO Equipment Co. 47,069.89
Richards/Thomas W 200.00
River Bend Industries 139.08
Royal Tire Inc. 7,348.65
RS Eden 2,590.75
RTVision Inc. 2,759.87
Russell Security Resource 277.88
Ryan Automotive 143.34
Ryan Chevrolet 270.91
Safelite Fulfillment Inc. 1,981.75
Schermann/Robert D 255.00
Schmidt/Donald M 196.50
Schneider Corporation 4,215.00
Shenehon Company 5,000.00
SHI International Corp 2,801.20
Shred Right 235.20
Sirchie Finger Print Lab 365.37
Star Tribune 143.00
State Supply Co. 216.78
Stoll/Brian 198.00
Streichers 337.38
Total Printing 4,500.30
Towmaster 1,780.38
Traffic Control Corporation 27,306.56
Transcend United Technolo 3,703.79
Trophies Plus LLC 112.11
Trunk/Michael 250.00
U of M MN Extension Service 771.64
US Postal Service 509.50
Uline 141.60
Ultramax 121.00
Uniforms Unlimited 12,054.16
United Parcel Service 229.90
Veolia Environmental Serv 15,075.14
Verizon Wireless 832.25
Voss Lighting 1,616.73
Wagner/H David 147.00
Walmart Store 01-1577 644.81
Washington Cty Sheriff 110.00
Waste Management - TC West 2,223.98
Webb/Janelle 138.00
Woodford/Michael 142.50
Wright County Collision 1,549.17
Wright County Highway Dept 53,302.53
Wright Hennepin Electric 346.42
Yellowstone Track Systems 6,670.00
Zack’s Inc. 1,034.12
Zee Medical Service 509.17
Zep Sales & Service 669.26
46 Payments less than $100 2,196.35
Final total $1,072,589.29
The meeting adjourned at 10:17 A.M
Published in the Herald Journal Jan. 9, 2012.


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