WRIGHT COUNTY BOARD MINUTES
DECEMBER 27, 2011
The Wright County Board met in regular session at 9:00 A.M. with Mattson, Thelen, Russek, Eichelberg and Sawatzke present.
Thelen moved to approve the Agenda. Eichelberg seconded, and the motion carried 5-0.
Eichelberg moved to approve the 12-20-11 County Board Minutes, seconded by Thelen, carried unanimously.
On a motion by Thelen, seconded by Mattson, all voted to approve the Consent Agenda:
1. Performance Appraisals: C. Badeaux, Aud./Treas.; K. Eich, J. Putnam, Parks; T. Johnson, T. Piram, P&Z; A. Erickson, C. Grew, T. Halberg, M. Pullis, Sher./Corr.
2. Approve Operation And Maintenance Plan With SWCD For Raingarden.
1. Schedule Mediation For Mathiowetz Construction Company v. Wright County v. City of Buffalo for 2-09-12.
1. Approve 2012 Tobacco License Renewals for: Geez Sports Bar & Grill, Heidi’s Brew, Wine & Spirits, Heidi’s Market (City of Albertville); Holiday StationStore #254 (Clearwater City); Holiday StationStore #214 (Delano City); American Legion Post #131 (Maple Lake City); Holiday StationStore #196, Holiday StationStore #344, Hi-Way Liquors (Monticello City); Holiday StationStore #378 (Otsego City); Holiday StationStore #394 (St. Michael City).
Timothy Pippo, Assistant Jail Administrator, presented a retirement plaque to Corrections Officer Bruce Petersen in honor of his 20 years of service with the County. Petersen started employment on 1-2-92 as a Corrections Officer. Prior to that, Petersen spent 5 years in the Army and five years in the Air Force. He has been a volunteer fire fighter with the City of Annandale. Pippo said Petersen is looking forward to traveling, spending time with his grandchildren, and fishing. Pippo said Petersen has been a loyal and reliable employee. His coworkers said Petersen was always there to back them up and often the first officer to respond. Pippo wished Petersen the best on behalf of the Commissioners, Sheriff Hagerty and Patrick O’Malley, Jail Administrator, and thanked him for his years of service. The Commissioners wished him a good retirement as well. Petersen’s last day with the County will be 1-2-12.
Bob Hiivala, Auditor/Treasurer, requested the Board approve a repair request for County Ditch 19. Hiivala said he spoke with Kerry Saxton, Wright Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), who spoke with Colin Alama. Mattson said Saxton told him the ditch needs a surface cleanout of brush from the township road to the lake. Saxton also told him it doesn’t appear the process will be expensive. Mattson asked whether the budgeted amount for this item was $3,000 or $5,000. Russek said he thought it was $5000. Hiivala said the only cost Saxton was uncertain about was debris removal. Hiivala said Saxton estimated the repair would cost as much as $3,000. Saxton seeks Board approval to obtain quotes to get the repair done at the lowest possible cost. Mattson moved, seconded by Thelen to approve the County Ditch 19 Repair Request not to exceed $3,000. The motion carried 5-0. Hiivala said he will call Saxton to tell him to proceed with the repair up to $3,000. If the cost exceeds that amount, Hiivala will present another request to the Board.
A Ditch Committee Meeting was held 12-20-11 to discuss County Ditch 10. Hiivala said this was an informational only meeting and requested approval of the Minutes. Hiivala said County staff discussed the project with various engineering firms to give them direction regarding the scope of engineering services that would be best for Wright County. Richard Norman, Wright County Coordinator, asked Hiivala to read the recommendation in the last paragraph of the Minutes. Hiivala read the recommendation. He said the goal was for the engineers to define whether or not the repair would have a negative impact on Lake Emma. Russek mentioned the other persons present at the Ditch Committee meeting. Russek said Kurt Deter of Rinke-Noonan gave the Committee suggestions regarding what specifications should be included in the proposal to engineering firms.
When Saxton and Joe Jacob draft the proposal, Russek said Deter and Brian Asleson, County Attorney Division Chief, will review it. Russek said they are trying to determine whether the repair will negatively impact the Lake. If it doesn’t, the ditch improvements and cleanout may proceed. If a negative impact seems likely, Russek said they will have to decide if a different outlet is needed to the Lake. Russek said the process is moving slowly, but the County needs to keep moving forward with the project. Russek said Deter seemed to think this method was preferable. Hiivala said Deter’s information was very beneficial to the Committee. Mattson moved, seconded by Eichelberg, to approve the County Ditch 10 Minutes. The motion carried 5-0:
1. Discussion Regarding County Ditch 10 Request for Repair
Hiivala said that the purpose of the meeting today was to discuss options and determine where the focus should be for repairs or improvement to the ditch system. He displayed a Beacon overhead of the ditch course and surrounding lakes and properties. Hiivala said there is a year old petition on file requesting repairs to the existing ditch. One issue is, if the ditch is repaired or improved, what are possible downstream impacts?
Deter responded that the County does have the statutory authority to order repairs to the ditch that would restore it to its original capacity, and would be a defensible action. However, it would be a good idea to try and work with the benefited land owners, Lake Association, land owners downstream and Soil & Water to arrive at the best solution. Saxton stated that Lake Ann is impaired water, and Lake Emma probably is as well. Russek recalled that several years ago with the onslaught of torrential rain, flooding occurred all the way to Waverly and Little Waverly Lakes. Deter said that it may be helpful to schedule an informational meeting and invite all interested parties, including the Lake Association and benefited owners to attend, prior to beginning any type of a work.
Group discussion evolved relating to what the focus/scope of the project should be: basic repair, improvement and/or extension of the outlet, possible water impoundment/metering, what the costs might be, and what funding sources for any type of project might be available.
After further discussion, the recommendation was to have Saxton and Jacobs draw up a basic work plan for the engineers to look at. The engineers will then compile a report defining in the simplest terms possible, what the impact on the lakes would be if the project were to be done. Then in the early spring, an informational meeting would be held prior to beginning any work.
(End of 12-20-11 Ditch Committee Minutes)
Hiivala distributed copies of three bids received for the Official County Newspaper for 2012. Hiivala said based on the math, the bid he recommends is the Herald Journal. Their bid for line length in picas is 10.5, lines per inch in legals is 10, length in lower case alphabet is 84 and the cost per column inch is 39 cents. The Monticello Times also submitted a bid with line length at 9 picas, lines per inch in legals is 9, length in lowercase alphabet is 99 and the cost per column inch is 50 cents. Hiivala said the cost comparison is about 2.6 cents vs. 5.1 cents. Since the Herald Journal offered the best bid, Hiivala recommended they be designated Official County Newspaper for 2012. Hiivala said he and Asleson researched the statutes, and even though the County is not required to designate one, Hiivala said the Monticello Times would be their second Official County Newspaper. Mattson moved, seconded by Thelen, to designate the Herald Journal as the Official County Newspaper for 2012. The motion carried 5-0.
Eichelberg moved to approve the claims as listed in the abstract, subject to audit. Thelen seconded the motion, which carried 5-0.
Hiivala asked the Commissioners whether they received his email regarding a coding error in the November Budget Report. He said in September propane was purchased on a prebuy with warrant number 197429 for $13,939.17. Hiivala said the warrant was coded to 04-340-6567 (Propane) in error. It should have been coded to 03-340-6596 (Utilities Outlying Shops). A journal entry was posted to correct the coding of the expense.
The November budget report should reflect the following:
03-340-6567 500.00 169.29
03-340-6596 50,000.00 50,444.41
Norman reported that Frank Madden has a schedule conflict which prevents him from attending the Negotiation Committee meeting scheduled for 1:00 P.M. on 12-27-11. Norman requested the meeting be rescheduled for either Thursday, 1-5-12 or Friday, 1-13-12 at 1:30 P.M. Sawatzke moved to cancel the 12-27-11 Negotiation Committee meeting and reschedule it for 1-5-12 at 1:30 P.M. Mattson seconded, and the motion carried 5-0.
Russek thanked the Board for their hard work in 2011, and wished them all happy holidays.
Afix Technologies Inc $4,250.00
All State Communications In 480.94
Allina Hospitals & Clinics 21,476.32
American Probation & Parol 250.00
American Society Of Civil En 240.00
American Solutions For Bus 3,286.95
Ameripride Services 498.93
Ami Imaging Systems Inc 323.75
Aramark Services Inc 5,882.94
Aspen Equipment Company 16,155.23
Assn Of Mn Emergency Mana 100.00
Bachman Printing 208.30
Bauman/Lawrence R 435.00
Blauer Tactical Systems Inc 1,455.00
Boyer Truck Parts 759.04
Buffalo Auto Value 412.66
Catco Parts Service 290.98
Center Point Energy 2,586.36
Centra Sota Cooperative - E 32,005.18
Central Mn Mental Health C 770.00
Chamberlain Oil Co 2,056.18
Chicago Mounts 317.33
Climate Air 410.91
Clinical & Forensic Psychol 1,800.00
Constellation Justice Syste 7,427.80
Cragg Co/H M 1,550.00
Delano/City Of 3,076.23
Dell Marketing Lp 3,739.20
Design Electrical Contract 3,547.00
Douglas/Ralph D 427.00
Emergency Physicians Profi 558.75
Envirotech Services Inc 10,304.71
EPA Audio Visual Inc 2,046.05
Fastenal Company 159.50
Fire Safety Usa Inc 2,659.92
First District Domestic Viol 150.00
French Lake Township 437.63
Frontier Precision Inc 867.99
Frontline Plus Inc 1,596.94
GCS Service Inc 2,285.10
General Office Products Co 436.05
Grassland Solutions 1,015.74
H & L Mesabi 2,977.53
Harrison Marker Co 1,386.70
Hennepin County Sheriff 190.00
Hills Stainless Steel & Equif 38,000.00
Hillyard Inc - Minneapolis 356.00
HSBC Business Solutions 4,476.82
Interstate Battery Systems 439.78
John’s Auto Electric 170.39
Kaplan Professional Schoo 850. 00
Keaveny LTC Pharmacy 1,495.41
Kris Engineering Inc 591.96
Lacount Sales LLC 127.93
Lano Equipment Of Norwoo 36,495.95
Laplant Demo Inc 332.50
Larson Companies LTD/W D 403.52
Lawson Products Inc 151.72
Liman Post & Beam 51,650.00
M & M Express Sales 1,644.77
M-R Sign Company Inc 13,714.12
Maple Lake/City Of 2,410.53
Menards - Buffalo 244.13
Millers Sewage Treatment 500.00
Mn Chemcial Company 1,457.78
Mn Counties Computer Coof 967.74
Mn County Engineers Assoc 400.00
Mn Monitoring Inc 6,303.50
Mn Office Of Enterprise Tec 3,613.57
Mn Sheriffs Association 7,094.00
Mn Society Of Prof Surveyc 170.00
Monticello/City Of 23,084.76
Montrose/City Of 1,246.07
Morries Parts & Service Gr 561.90
North American Salt Co 37,738.83
North Suburban Towing Inc 133.59
Northern Safety Technolo 976.99
Office Depot 3,627.51
Performance Kennels Inc 182.78
Pmi Computer Supplies 203.85
Pts Of America LLC 400.00
Rapids Foodservice Contra 827.15
RDO Equipment Co 15,326.52
Reds Cafe 641.25
Royal Tire Inc 2,620.87
RS Eden 4,817.85
Ryan Chevrolet 768.03
Safelite Fulfillment Inc 547.51
Save-suicide Awareness Voi 200.97
Shi International Corp 249.02
Southside Township 437.63
Stonebrooke Engineering 1,600.00
Strategic Equipment And Su 285.55
Terminal Supply Co 157.23
Tires Plus 475.85
Titan Machinery 697.02
Total Printing 430.17
Trueman Welters Inc. 3,822.92
Two Rivers Enterprises 1,630-91
Unlimited Electric Inc 3,817.21
US Internet 325.00
Verizon Wireless 842.44
Victor Township 1,254.60
Walmart Community Gemb 313.50
Walmart Store 01 -1577 1,071.74
Waverly/City Of 3,773.61
Weber/Gordon S 140.00
West Payment Center 671.04
Winter Equipment Co Inc 1,429.99
Wright County Catering 134.00
Wright County Highway Dep 3,390.59
Wright Hennepin Coop Elec 4,035.47
Wright Hennepin Electric 1,382.32
Xiotech Corporaton 84,811.72
42 Payments Less Than 100 $1,987.48
Final Total: $562,125.61
The meeting adjourned at 9:16 A.M.
Published in the Herald Journal Jan. 23, 2012.