Wright County Board Minutes

JANUARY 31, 2012
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 Russek, second by Eichelberg, all voted to approve the 1-24-12 County Board minutes as presented.
Petitions were accepted to the Agenda as follows: Aud./Treas. Item #3, “Set Date For Ditch Informational Meeting” (Hiivala). Eichelberg moved to approve the Agenda as amended. The motion was seconded by Russek and carried unanimously.
The Consent Agenda was discussed. Mattson asked to discuss Item C2, “Appoint Charlotte Quiggle To Board Of Adjustment To Fill Vacancy Representing District 1, Three-Year Term, Effective 1-01-12.” Mattson asked whether Quiggle serves on the Corinna Township Planning & Zoning Board and whether she will be resigning from that position. Thelen said Quiggle will serve on both. Mattson said when he was elected as a County Commissioner, he resigned from the Township Board. When Judie Rose was elected to the County Board, she resigned from the School Board. Mattson viewed this as a conflict of interest. He viewed it as odd to have her serve both on the County’s Board of Adjustment and the Township’s Planning Commission. Sean Riley, Planning & Zoning Administrator, had this question researched by the County Attorney’s Office to make sure there is not a problem. An example of a similar situation is Franklin Denn, who serves on the Monticello Township Board and the County Planning Commission. He said if Corinna Township continues to do their own planning, they will not review the same properties as the County’s Board of Adjustment. Mattson said that items for Corinna Township are presented to the County’s Board of Adjustment as well. Russek clarified that a person can not hold two elected positions at the same time. He resigned from his Township position as well. This is an appointed position so he was unsure on the requirements. Riley said that the appointment was discussed at length by the Corinna Township Board. Riley said the Township had similar reactions. He was unsure whether the Township was convinced it was the best idea but they couldn’t find a legal reason to object. Thelen said when Dave Wagner resigned from the County Board of Adjustment, she searched thoroughly for a replacement within her District. She asked Wagner and he could not think of a better candidate than Quiggle. Thelen said Quiggle attends all County Board of Adjustment Meetings. Thelen felt she may enhance the expertise on both the County Board of Adjustment and the Township Planning Commission. Thelen said Quiggle will not hear the same cases. Riley said that is the case at this time. That would not be the case if that dynamic changed.
Sawatzke referenced the recent discussion by the County Board on appointments to the County Board of Adjustment. The Board decided to require the majority of the appointments to be from the township. He questioned whether that applies if Corinna is not under the County’s realm with regard to Planning & Zoning. Riley stated that at the time appointments in general were discussed, the Board of Adjustment recommended that all appointments be from the township level. The County Board modified this to three appointments from the township level out of five. Riley did not feel they broke that down to the nuance of whether the township handled their own planning and zoning. Stockholm Township and Middleville Township also do their own planning and zoning. Either way, there is an allowance for two members outside of the township level. Sawatzke said his perspective would be that township appointments would relate to those townships where the County is responsible for planning and zoning. Sawatzke said his personal opinion is that it is better if the appointment is from a township versus a city, and it is better if the appointment is from an area that the County does planning and zoning for. He said it is up to Thelen if she wants to bear the responsibility of selecting someone from an area that the County does not do planning and zoning for. Thelen stated that Quiggle comes from a district with lakes, and her appointment will make for a greater consistency on how the County and Corinna Township feel about these issues. She felt it will strengthen the Township’s capacity to serve in that regard. Thelen described Quiggle as knowledgeable, fair, honest and a well-educated person who researches issues. Mattson said he brought the question forth so the minutes reflect his concern. He stated he has nothing against Quiggle. If something comes up in the future, the minutes will reflect this issue was discussed. Eichelberg moved to approve the Consent Agenda, including Item C2 appointing Charlotte Quiggle to the Board of Adjustment. The motion was seconded by Sawatzke and carried 5-0:
1. Performance Appraisals: J. Wilson, Hwy.; D. Martin, I.T; K. Hoyne, J. Vollbrecht, Sher./Corr.
2. Approve/Authorize Signatures On Memorandum Of Agreement With Teamsters Local No. 320 Extending 2080 Plan For One Year.
3. Refer Personnel Policy 102, Recruitment And Selection, To The Personnel Committee. (RE: Creation Of Eligibility Lists).
4. Approve/Authorize Signature & Submittal Of The Pay Equity Implementation Report.
1. Approve 2012 Tobacco License Renewal for: Madigan’s Pub & Grill (Maple Lake City).
1. Accept The Findings And Recommendations Of The Planning Commission For The Following Rezoning:
a. Clifton Simon (Franklin Township) – Planning Commission Unanimously Recommends Approval Of Rezoning Approximately 50 Acres From AG General Agricultural To Agricultural/Residential.
2. Appoint Charlotte Quiggle To Board Of Adjustment To Fill Vacancy Representing District 1, Three-Year Term, Effective 1-01-12.
Bob Hiivala, Auditor/Treasurer, said as a follow up to a recent meeting with Kurt Deter, Rinke Noonan, a Request For Proposal (RFP) was drafted by the County Attorney’s Office for a hydrological study of County Ditch 10. Hiivala requested Board approval of the document. Russek moved to authorize distributing the RFP to engineering firms to provide services for the study of the hydrology of the entire County Ditch 10 System. The document reflects the RFP’s must be returned by 3-15-12. The motion was seconded by Eichelberg and carried 5-0.
Hiivala said Rinke Noonan recently sent out information relating to an informational meeting that could be held to provide information on drainage laws and the statutory process. As suggested by Hiivala, Mattson moved to schedule the informational meeting for 2-22-12 at 6:30 P.M., Community Room, Wright County Government Center. The motion was seconded by Russek. Hiivala said the meeting notice will be advertised in local newspapers. Richard Norman, County Coordinator, said he spoke with Hiivala about the meeting. Since it is regarded as an education/information session and the Commissioners will attend as part of the audience, the meeting notice will not be posted and minutes will not be taken. The motion carried 5-0.
Russek moved to approve the claims as listed in the abstract, subject to audit. The motion was seconded by Mattson and carried 5-0. Hiivala said that at the last County Board Meeting, a question arose on a tower lease claim. Since the meeting, an email was sent from Bill Swing, Information Technology Director, to the Commissioners with more information on the tower lease. Hiivala asked whether the Commissioners had any further questions and they did not.
Marc Mattice, Parks Administrator, requested Board adoption of two resolutions relating to the Wright County Snowmobile Association’s grant request to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Wright County serves as the local government sponsor for the Snowmobile Association and assists in handling the grant funding and paperwork. The Snowmobile Association is involved with an improvement project in the northern corridors. The grant applications are due in February. Mattice plans to submit them on 2-13-12. Mattson asked whether Mattice reviews where the Snowmobile Association marks trails. Mattice said that review is completed by the State. Mattson had concern with a trail on CR 9. He felt the trail comes too close to the church property and may affect the lawn. Mattson moved to adopt Resolution #12-08 in support of the Application for the Federal Recreational Trail Program Application for Trail Bridge Construction. The motion was seconded by Russek. Mattice said matching funds will be from the Snowmobile Association. The grant funding will be used for replacement of a bridge on the Locke Lake Channel. The bridge was damaged this year due to high water. It is located on the north side of the freeway in Silver Creek Township. The motion carried 5-0 on a roll call vote. Sawatzke moved to adopt Resolution #12-09 in support of the Application for the Snowmobile Trails Assistance Program, Capital Improvement Grants for Bridges and Trail Shelters. The motion was seconded by Eichelberg and carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.
Bill Swing, Information Technology Director, requested the Board cancel the Technology Committee Of The Whole Meeting scheduled for 3-13-12 at 10:30 A.M. He requested scheduling a Wright County Broadband Symposium for 3-13-12 at 10:30 A.M. to be held in the Community Room at the Government Center. Since this is an educational event and no action is being solicited by the Board, it is felt a Technology Committee Of The Whole Meeting is not needed and this could be held as an informational meeting. Announcement of the meeting will not be posted and minutes will not be taken. Russek moved to cancel the Technology Committee Of The Whole Meeting on 3-13-12 at 10:30 A.M. and to schedule a Wright County Broadband Symposium for 3-13-12 at 10:30 A.M. The motion was seconded by Eichelberg and carried 5-0.
Craig Hayes, Purchasing Agent, said in 1972, Minnesota changed its elevator codes to require protection from oil leaks through a double bulk head around elevator shafts. In 2007, the code was changed to make it retroactive to any existing elevators. Hayes said there is an old elevator near Courts in the Government Center. The County had a five-year time frame to update the elevator, involving replacement of the ramp. Minnesota Elevator, MEI, has submitted a proposal for $24,088 to replace the ramp on the elevator and $1,389 for additional code repairs. The work would take between five days to two weeks to complete. Sawatzke asked whether the elevator works correctly. Hayes confirmed it does. Sawatzke recalled a law or statute passed allowing counties to request exemptions from State Law if there is good reason. Norman said the exemption would probably not apply to a building code item. Normally, the Administration Office would proceed with this type of repair. However, he asked Hayes to present the request for approval because of two things. The first is the cost involved. Norman asked for the repair to be funded from Site Improvements. The second is the logistics. If the elevator is out of service for a week to ten days, he will need to work with Court Administration on maneuvering anyone requiring use of an elevator through the Administration Office to the Courts area. Sawatzke asked how much the elevator is utilized. Hayes understood from Building Maintenance that it is not used very often. It was noted that those in wheelchairs will need an elevator to reach Courts. Staff from the County Attorney’s Office may also need access because of the need to transport material by cart to Court hearings. Norman said the County is required to provide handicap accessibility to Courts. Hayes said that the elevator code reflects the State has the right to shut down the elevator if it does not comply within the five-year period. Russek moved to proceed with the repair of the elevator, seconded by Mattson. The motion and second agreed to include the funding source as Site Improvements. The motion carried 5-0. Hayes said the work will be scheduled in the spring. Sawatzke said he will research the law on exemptions.
Wayne Fingalson, Highway Engineer, said MnDOT, State Aid Division, has requested that the County’s Deficient Bridge resolution be updated. The last one approved was in August, 2007 and includes two bridges that have been replaced. Fingalson presented a draft resolution for approval. Eichelberg moved to adopt Resolution #12-10, approving the list of deficient bridges. The motion was seconded by Mattson and carried 5-0 on a roll call vote:
WHEREAS, Wright County has reviewed the pertinent data on bridges requiring replacement, rehabilitation, or removal supplied by local citizenry and local units of government, and
WHEREAS, the County of Wright has determined that the following deficient bridges on the County Highway and Township Road systems are a high priority and require replacement or rehabilitation within the next five (5) years, and
Bridge No.; Road/Highway; Estimated Project Cost; Bond Funds Needed; Town Bridge Funds Needed; Proposed Construction Year
90697; CSAH 35; $1,000,000; $500,000; n/a; 2013
7164; CSAH 5; $1,650,000; $765,000; n/a; 2014
90700; CSAH 7; $1,100,000; $650,000; n/a; 2014
90687; CR 108; $625,000; $410,000; n/a; 2014
L8126; Keats (Middleville Twp); $1,210,270; n/a; $1,089,243; 2014
L8128; 57th St. (Middleville Twp); $56,200; n/a; $50,580; 2015
L9396; Meridian Ave S. (Franklin Twp); $87,000; n/a; $78,300; 2016
86502; 110th St. SE (Franklin Twp); $1,164,960; n/a; $1,048,464; 2016
WHEREAS, local roads play an essential role in the overall state transportation network and local bridges are the critical component of the local road systems, and
WHEREAS, State support for the replacement or rehabilitation of local bridges continues to be crucial to maintaining the integrity of the local road systems and is necessary for the County to proceed with the replacement or rehabilitation of the high priority deficient bridges described above, and
WHEREAS, Wright County does hereby request authorization to replace, rehabilitate, or remove said bridges, and requests financial assistance with eligible approach grading and engineering costs on township bridges, as provided by law;
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Wright County intends to proceed with replacement or rehabilitation of these bridges as soon as possible when State Transportation Bond Funds are available, and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Wright County commits that it will proceed with the design and contract documents for these bridges immediately after being notified that funds are available.
(End of Resolution #11-10)
Fingalson requested the Board schedule a Bid Opening date of 3-06-12 at 9:30 A.M. for the 2012 Reclaim/Overlay Project, Contract #1201, 2012 Pavement Preservation Project (detail below). Russek moved to approve the Bid Opening Date as requested, seconded by Mattson, carried 5-0.
Highway; Project No.; Project Limits; Length
CSAH 2; CP 86-2-122; Jct. Meeker 19 to N County Line; 5.73 miles
CR 123; CP 86-123-122; Jct. 39 (W) to CSAH 39 (E. Jct.); 5.19 miles
CR 128; CP 86-128-122; W. County Line to TH 24; 1.41 miles
CR 143; CP 86-143-122; CR 123 to CSAH 8; 0.26 miles
Total 12.59 miles
Alternate Bid: Bill Anderson County Park Project
Award will be made at the 3-13-12 County Board Meeting.
Fingalson distributed draft resolutions in support of projects eligible for funding under the Routes of Regional Significance Account of the Local Road Improvement Program (LRIP). This subject was discussed at a Transportation Committee Of The Whole Meeting earlier this month. Fingalson said the 2011 Legislature approve $10 million in State Transportation Funds for this Program. The focus is on safety. The City of Otsego recommended two projects and one was included in the County’s 10-Year Plan. Fingalson provided an overview of the roadways to be considered including CSAH 33, CSAH 35, CSAH 37, CSAH 42, and CSAH 75:
CSAH 33 (resurface between MnDOT TH 55 and CSAH 44). This is a resurfacing project with Federal funding of $720,000. The County would be required to come up with matching funds of $200,000 (local dollars). Fingalson said it would be great to receive the $200,000 from the LRIP toward this project. He viewed this as an obvious candidate to submit.
CSAH 35 (spot grade and resurface between CSAH 7 and approximately 1500 ft. to the west, locally known as Wolff Swamp). This portion of CSAH 35 has experienced problems with flooding and is closed probably four times per year. Fingalson viewed the detour during these times as a safety component for emergency vehicles. These repairs to CSAH 35 have not been completed because of cost. The anticipated cost of repair is $1 million ($850,000 minimum) and would include surcharge and light weight fill. The road would need to be raised to address flooding and drainage issues. If LRIP funding is received, the improvements will need to be completed in 2013 and the County is required to meet a $500,000 local match. Fingalson explained that projects submitted will compete with projects submitted by other counties, cities and townships in the State. There is a lot of competition. If the Board does not have the appetite to come up with the $500,000 for the local match for this project, he said maybe the project should not be submitted. The projects have to be submitted by 2-03-12. Sawatzke said he is concerned with adding 1% to next year’s levy. Mattson questioned the County’s liability if an accident occurs in this area because of uneven roads, even though there are road signs. Brian Asleson, Chief Deputy Attorney, stated that the County would be defended by MCIT. Fingalson said that the County is doing what it can in terms of patching, leveling and signing. They haven’t found it feasible to come up with the $1 million to fix the road. Norman questioned whether this project is eligible for County State Aid Funding. Fingalson said it would be but there is not funding available. Norman felt it was a matter of setting priorities for projects. Fingalson said if LRIP funding is received, the project will have to be completed in 2013. The County would need to re-prioritize on other projects. Norman said the chance of receiving funding on all five of these projects is minimal. Fingalson concurred. The County will find out by the end of February if any of the projects are selected. If the County were to receive $500,000 in funding for the CSAH 35 project, then discussion could take place on prioritization of projects. State Aid funding may be a possibility. Sawatzke asked if all of the projects being reviewed today require a match from the local levy. Fingalson said CSAH 42 would be eligible for County State Aid funding but the others are funded through local dollars.
CSAH 37 (improvements between Quaday Avenue and MnDOT TH 101 in Otsego): The City of Otsego discussed this project at a recent Transportation Committee Of The Whole Meeting. They suggested CSAH 37 and CSAH 42 as possible projects, ranked in that order by the City. When TH 101 was built between Rogers and Elk River, the City reconstructed the intersection of CSAH 37 and I-94 and a four-lane was built for a short portion to the west. This four-lane was not carried past the intersection of Quaday Avenue, which runs north and south. That is the location of a fatality involving a motorcycle. The plan is to look into extending that four-lane past the intersection. The project is estimated to cost $1 million, and the County would have to commit to a $500,000 match.
CSAH 42 (resurface from 85th St. to MnDOT TH 101 in Otsego): This project is included in the County’s 10-Year Plan. The County planned to complete this a few years ago when the remainder of CSAH 42 was approved. The City of Otsego asked the County to hold off due to development and changes they anticipated in the area. The economy has since changed this. Fingalson said the roadway needs the improvements. A safety component could be added which would add a bypass lane for school buses. State aid money could be used toward this project. Fingalson said the cost of this project would probably not be over $500,000 and would be covered through LRIP funding if received.
CSAH 75 (resurface between Otter Creek in Monticello and MnDOT TH 24 in Clearwater). The CSAH 75 project has been programmed in the 2011-2014 State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) to receive federal funds, approximately $1.4 million, for FY 2013. The project is planned for 2013 and the local portion is approximately $2 million. This project will be completed so Fingalson said it would be nice to receive $500,000 to assist with funding the local portion. This project has been included in the County budget.
In response to Sawatzke, Fingalson said the CSAH 33 project is budgeted for 2013. Sawatzke suggested the Board take action on CSAH 33, CSAH 42 and CSAH 75.
Sawatzke made a motion to adopt Resolution #12-11, Resolution of Support for Local Road Improvement Program Funding for CSAH 33, between TH 55 and CSAH 44. He said it is budgeted and the project will be completed anyway. The motion was seconded by Mattson and carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.
Sawatzke made a motion to adopt Resolution #12-12, Resolution of Support for Local Road Improvement Program Funding for CSAH 42, between 85th Street and MnDOT TH 101 in Otsego. Sawatzke said Fingalson feels there will be no cost to the County since the project will be under $500,000. Fingalson noted there is already a turn lane in this area but there is a requested bypass lane. Sawatzke said there is a right turn lane. He asked if there is a left turn lane as vehicles come from the north. Fingalson said there is not but it could be looked into. He is unsure if the road would warrant a left turn lane. A bypass lane will be included at minimum. Sawatzke said if there is a bypass lane, then the driving lane becomes the turn lane. Fingalson said that if there are not enough turning movements, it is hard to justify the cost of putting in a left turn lane. The motion was seconded by Eichelberg and carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.
Sawatzke made a motion to adopt Resolution #12-13, Resolution of Support for Local Road Improvement Program Funding for CSAH 75 between Otter Creek in Monticello and MnDOT TH 24 in Clearwater. Sawatzke said this project is budgeted and if funding is received, it would be a cost savings to the County. The motion was seconded by Mattson and carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.
Russek made a motion to adopt Resolution #12-14, Resolution of Support For Local Road Improvement Program Funding for CSAH 35 between CSAH 7 and approximately 1500 feet to the west. The motion was seconded by Mattson. Russek said there have been problems in this area for at least 20 years. Sawatzke said approving this will result in an immediate $500,000 increase to the levy next year. He had concern with that action not knowing the big picture for the levy. Mattson asked that Asleson check with MCIT to see if there is any type of County liability on CSAH 35. Asleson said based on what he has seen in court decisions, it would be defensible if the County Board made a decision not to upgrade the road after considering all options and determining it is not financially feasible. The County does need to do what it can through signage or band aid repairs. In this type of situation, the County would be defended by MCIT. Although the County could be sued, in his opinion the County would not be liable if repairs were not completed based on a funding decision. The motion to adopt the Resolution carried 3-2 with Thelen and Sawatzke casting the nay votes.
Fingalson reminded the Board that the City of Otsego ranked CSAH 37 as their number one project. The project could be submitted for LRIP funding as well. Fingalson said this project may be ranked higher at the State than the others submitted by Wright County, due to the fatality which occurred. That would mean re-prioritizing of projects. The City did not volunteer any funding. Sawatzke said the project involves a $500,000 cost to the County which could result in a $1 million increase in the levy if both projects receive LRIP funding. He felt most taxpayers would not find that acceptable. The increase would be realized without giving other departments any resources. Fingalson said there may be an option of using some State Aid money. He learned there will be a 4% increase in State Aid funding that was not expected. That will not take care of this project. Fingalson said because of the competition for the LRIP funding, possibly only one of the County’s projects will be funded. Funding is determined by a committee in the State Aid Office. Sawatzke asked whether projects can be prioritized. Fingalson said they could prioritize the projects if the Board desires to do so. If the State prioritizes differently, that could impact whether the County receives funding. Sawatzke said the CSAH 35 project (Wolff Swamp) is not so much a safety issue as an inconvenience. He asked if there has been one safety-related issue. Fingalson the safety issue in that area is having a delay with response by an emergency vehicle traveling through a detour. There is the potential of someone driving into the water in that area as well. However, this has not happened. Russek felt the people in the western part of the County deserve to have the road upgraded. Many County projects occur in the east and northeast portions of the County. He viewed this as an inconvenience as the road is heavily used. CSAH 35 is a main arterial road to the west. Thelen said the Resolution for that project has already been approved. What they are discussing is whether to prioritize the projects submitted for LRIP funding based on their impact on the levy or to submit them without prioritizing them. In response to Eichelberg, Fingalson said it would be best to submit each project on its own merits. There is a very detailed list of criteria used. One example would be tying a project in with the Safety Plan. All of the projects for Wright County have a safety component. Although CSAH 35 would have the least safety component, it does exist. Fingalson suggested all projects be submitted and not to prioritize them. Thelen said the only project not approved is CSAH 37 in Otsego and that is because of the additional cost to the County. She referenced Fingalson’s suggestion that the County could re-prioritize to allow for that project. Sawatzke asked whether an improvement could be done at that location for $500,000. Fingalson said it is possible, depending on how extensive the project is. He felt the project cost would be closer to $600,000-$700,000. Sawatzke said the CSAH 37 improvements could always become a top priority project in the next round of safety projects.
Fingalson presented a draft letter to Congress regarding transportation funding legislation. The Minnesota Transportation Alliance is encouraging all members to send the letter to Congress before the current law expires on 3-31-12. A two-year bill (which the Senate is proposing) would provide some stability for the funding of transportation projects. If the Highway Trust Fund runs out of money, it will have a serious negative impact on programs. Fingalson said to show the importance of grassroots support, in August of 2011 the House and Senate were discussing a plan to include a 35% reduction in funding. Letters were sent and Congress changed their minds. The funding returned to the same level as in the last six year bill. If nothing happens by the end of this year, Fingalson said the Highway Trust Fund will be depleted and the situation will be worse for projects than the impact of the State Shutdown in 2011. It has been recommended that the letter be sent to all MN Senators and Representatives. The letter is standard for each County with the exception of inserting the County’s name in the first line of the letter. Eichelberg authorized the County Board Chair’s signature on the letter. Russek asked whether the County should lobby for money that is not there. He said the Federal government is as broke as the State government. They won’t raise taxes but spending continues. The motion was seconded by Mattson. Sawatzke agreed with Russek. He said there is a percentage of the population that feels the Federal Government’s lack of balancing the budget is out of control. Sawatzke recognizes there are needs in the highway system. He referenced the draft letter which states, “Maintaining – and ideally increasing – federal funding for road, bridge, public transportation and safety investments…” He feels the County becomes part of the problem if additional funding is requested. He said counties and cities end up balancing the State’s budget because of programs that are cut from the State’s budget. With the Federal budget, there are many things that cannot be cut. What remains is not adequate to balance that budget. At minimum, Sawatzke felt the language of the letter should be revised to suggest that it is important there is a bill, but it should not necessarily ask for more money or even the amount of the money there is now. He feels it is not practical if the Federal government spends more on highways in the next few years than they have in the past few years. He felt the impact will be inferior roads for future generations because there will be even less money available. Thelen said that is one side of the debate. The other side is that there needs to be an investment in infrastructure or there will be problems. She said there are billions of dollars being expended through lobbying efforts to make sure more money is not spent. Sawatzke said if there are billions being spent on that effort, there are hundreds of billions in lobbyists’ efforts being spent toward asking for more funding on projects. He questioned who is asking for less money for projects. Thelen said there are Super PACs groups who have a huge investment in trying to break the government. The motion carried 3-2 with Russek and Sawatzke casting the nay votes.
Fingalson requested the Board schedule a Transportation Committee Of The Whole (TCOTW) Meeting with the following Agenda items:
1. Turnback Issues involving Corinna and Silver Creek Township. Fingalson said this will be part of the overlay project, approved for a 3-06-12 bid opening. Fingalson said discussion has occurred with both Townships and there are some options. Corinna Township wants the road but on their terms. They would like some grading completed to take care of the snow traps. Silver Creek Township is receptive but they have a couple of options they are exploring.
2. Responses from residents regarding intersection lighting. Surveys were sent to residents within 500’ of the proposed street lights being installed as part of a federal program. The survey responses are due 2-10-12 and will be discussed at the meeting.
3. Funding for Albertville Project. Larry Kruse will provide an update on the project. The bid opening is tentatively scheduled for March, 2012. The County Board has committed $1.64 million to this project. There will be discussion on an agreement for that.
4. County Map. A revised County Map will be reviewed and discussion will occur on fees to charge for the map.
Russek moved to schedule a TCOTW Meeting for 2-15-12 at 9:30 A.M., Public Works Building. The motion was seconded by Eichelberg and carried unanimously. Fingalson asked whether he should invite representatives from the two Townships to the Meeting. Draft agreements have not been given to the Townships. One of the options being proposed for Silver Creek would be to convert the road to a Township road so it will qualify for State funding ($1,500/year). The County would maintain the road for snow/ice control and the Township would pay the County for these services. Sawatzke said the Townships should be advised of the Meeting and that the County would either like them to attend or know their position.
A Personnel Committee Meeting was held on 1-25-12. At today’s County Board Meeting, Sawatzke moved to approve the minutes as presented. The motion was seconded by Russek and carried 5-0:
I. Request To Hire Part-Time Social Worker To Work On Parent Support Outreach (PSOP) Grant (Human Services Board Item).
II. Performance Review, Genell Reese, Director, Veterans Service/Civil Defense.
Based on review of four Performance Appraisals submitted, the Committee recommends an overall rating of “Exceptional.”
Bills Approved
All State Communications Inc. $814.00
Allina Medical Laboratories 175.00
Ameripride Services 118.72
Barker Co./Bob 256.34
Beaudry Propane Inc. 3,710.91
Boyer Truck Parts 303.92
BP Amoco 2,613.74
CDW Government Inc. 352.68
Cenex Fleetcard 449.66
Center Point Energy 3,193.43
Central McGowan Inc. 291.56
CenturyLink 553.77
Chatham Township 1,597.40
Climate Air 1,889.50
Cokato Township 412.84
Cokato/City of 1,006.00
Consulting Radiologists LTD 253.72
Delano/City of 2,446.00
Ecolab 274.29
Edens Group 325.00
Envirotech Services Inc. 6,939.52
Forestry Suppliers Inc. 455.00
Franklin Township 1,128.80
Globalstar USA 116.16
Gopher State One Call 100.00
Granite Electronics 681.12
Hardings Towing Inc. 374.06
Harper Brooms 213.75
Hillyard Inc. - Minneapolis 618.07
Information Systems Corp 271.68
Integrated Fire & Security 285.00
Intoximeters Inc. 295.56
Keeprs Inc. 288.61
LaPlant Demo Inc. 1,120.39
Marco 141.28
Marco Inc. 7,379.93
Marysville Township 993.40
Mathiowetz Construction 8,714.82
Matthew Hall Lumber Company 338.20
McLeod Co. Auditor-Treasurer 218.80
Menards - Buffalo 569.66
Metropolitan Anesthesia Networ 324.98
Midwest Machinery Co. 541.64
Midwest Protection Agency Inc 429.56
Midwest Safety Counselors Inc. 412.59
MN Assn. of CVSO 150.00
Morries Parts & Service Group 719.42
National Assn. of Cty. Engineers 450.00
North American Salt Co. 35,063.67
Office Depot 1,086.28
Otsego/City of 125,756.88
Performance Office Papers 298.80
Pikes Express 162.00
Plumbery/The 133.19
PMI Computer Supplies 192.80
Reliable Restoration 725.00
Royal Tire Inc. 349.92
RS Eden 1,148.60
Russell Security Resource Inc 457.16
Safelite Fulfillment Inc. 225.05
Scharber & Sons Inc. 714.61
SHI International Corp 8,751.00
Simplex Grinnell LP 456.36
Snowplows Plus 5,235.81
South Haven/City of 320.00
Southside Township 730.80
Sprint 12,929.47
Sterling Solutions Inc. 700.00
Stockholm Township 796.00
SW Recycling Inc. 100.00
TASC 1,069.00
Towmaster 2,498.74
University of Minnesota 100.00
Veolia Environmental Serv 2,484.05
Verizon Wireless 330.29
Voss Lighting 399.71
Waverly/City of 191.16
Wright Co. Highway Dept. 49,719.50
Xcel Energy 1,487.95
25 Payments less than $100 1,064.34
Final total $310,988.62
The meeting adjourned at 10:11 A.M
Published in the Herald Journal Feb. 27, 2012.

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