Wright County Board Minutes

JUNE 26, 2012
The Wright County Board met in regular session at 9:00 A.M. with Sawatzke, Mattson, Russek, Thelen, and Eichelberg present.
Russek moved to approve the 6-19-12 County Board Minutes. The motion was seconded Russek and carried 5-0.
Eichelberg moved to approve the Agenda, seconded by Russek, carried unanimously.
On a motion by Eichelberg, second by Russek, all voted to approve the Consent Agenda:
1. Performance Appraisals: G. Kryzer, J. Paripovich, Atty.; D. Maurer, Aud./Treas.; T. Hackenmueller, J. Sturges, T. Waldron, Hwy.
2. Tri County Forensic Lab May, 2012 Report.
1. Authorize Litigation Against PID #202-000-151200, 3659 40th St. NE, Buffalo MN 55313, For Failure To Comply With MN Statutes And Wright County Ordinances.
1. Refer To Building Committee Lease Agreement With ISD #877 For Wright Choice Program.
Tom Kelly, County Attorney, requested the Board schedule a Public Hearing date to consider the Social Host Ordinance. Russek moved to set a Public Hearing date for 8-21-12 at 9:30 A.M. After discussion, the motion was amended to set the Public Hearing date for 8-28-12 at 9:30 A.M. because of the Safe Schools Meeting being held on 8-21-12. The motion was seconded by Eichelberg and carried 5-0. Kelly stated that closer to the Public Hearing date, he will provide notice to township supervisors and city councils. He will also submit a letter supporting the Ordinance to the County newspapers and send the Public Hearing Notice to the Howard Lake newspaper.
Bob Hiivala, Auditor/Treasurer, introduced Bruce Kimmel, Ehlers Associates, who presented the bid results for the refunding of the County’s outstanding General Obligation Capital Improvement Bonds, Series 2003. The December 1, 2014 through 2023 maturities of the bonds to be refunded total $1,480,000 with interest rates of 3.55% to 4.2%. The 2012A Bonds are being issued for 11.5 years, with the first principal payment on December 1, 2014 and the final principal payable on December 1, 2023. Ehlers recommends the 2012A Bonds maturing on December 1, 2021 and thereafter be callable on December 1, 2020 and any date thereafter. Ehlers said five bids were received, with a winning bid from BAIRD out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin at a true interest rate of 1.6766%. Kimmel said about a month ago, the average savings were estimated at $14,000-$15,000 per year. With the bid from BAIRD, the County will realize an average savings of about $14,000 year from FY 2014 through FY 2023. As part of the bond issuance process, Kimmel and Hiivala were in contact with Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services. Wright County’s ‘AA+’ rating was reaffirmed with a stable outlook. Standard & Poor’s indicated the rating reflects their view of the County’s: 1) proximity to, and participation in, the deep and diverse Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area; 2) strong income levels and very strong market value per capita; 3) trend of stable financial operations, including a very strong reserve level; and 4) moderate overall debt burden. The ‘AA+’ enhanced rating on the County’s series 2007A Jail Bonds reflects the strengths of the Minnesota State Credit Enhancement Program. Kimmel said the ‘AA+’ rating is what the State and Federal governments have. Even though those institutions have their troubles, they have more taxing capacity. He said the rating speaks to strong financial management. Kimmel stated that Hiivala made a compelling argument to Standard & Poor’s for a ‘AAA’ rating. It will be a goal that the County will work toward. The ‘AA+’ rating is one step from the highest possible rating. Mattson moved to adopt Resolution #12-34 awarding the sale of G.O. Capital Improvement Plan Refunding Bonds, Series 2012A, in the original aggregate principal amount of $1,550,000 and awarding the bid to BAIRD of Milwaukee, Wisconsin at a true interest rate of 1.6766%. The motion was seconded by Russek and carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.
immel stated that with the refunding of the bonds, Wright County will be investing the proceeds of the bond issue in an investment account up through the call date of the existing bonds. Wright County has followed this procedure on other advance refunding. US Bank is a provider of this type of escrow. At the recommendation of Kimmel, Russek moved to approve a Crossover Refunding Escrow Agreement with US Bank. The motion was seconded by Sawatzke and carried 5-0.
Kimmel asked the Board to approve an Agreement for Post-Issuance Debt Compliance Services with Ehlers & Associates, Inc. The IRS is seeing a growth industry in auditing local governments for compliance with the various tax requirements under federal law for arbitrage rebate, as well as continuing disclosure. Kimmel stated that Wright County is up to date with arbitrage rebate requirements and continuing disclosure. It is required that the County sign off from a checklist for a re-bond issue. One of the questions relates to whether the County has a Post-Issuance Debt Compliance Policy. If the form is not checked, it will flag the IRS. Kimmel said Ehler’s Arbitrage Rebate Specialist has been doing this for other entities and so he asked Hiivala to present this proposal to the County Board for approval. The fee has been built into the cost of issuance so there are no out-of-pocket costs. This is a one-time action. Russek moved to approve the Agreement for Post-Issuance Debt Compliance Services with Ehlers & Associates, Inc. The motion was seconded by Eichelberg and carried 5-0.
Hiivala requested the Board approve a resolution for the repurchase of tax-forfeited real property by Carol and David Jacobson for PID #219-000-142202. Russek moved to adopt Resolution #12-35, seconded by Mattson. A copy of the repurchase contract was distributed. The motion carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.
Hiivala said the Auditor/Treasurer’s Office has received requests from municipalities on blighted land on the tax forfeit listing. Hiivala asked that the Tax Forfeit Committee be reconvened to review city repurchase requests. Mattson and Russek serve on the Tax Forfeit Committee. Sawatzke moved to set a Tax Forfeit Committee Meeting on 7-18-12 at 8:30 A.M. The motion was seconded by Mattson and carried unanimously. The meeting will be held in the Auditor/Treasurer’s Conference Room.
Hiivala provided an update on County Ditch 38. Present for discussion were Kerry Saxton, SWCD, Lucius Jonet, Wenck Associates (Maple Plain), and Keith Duske, property owner. Since discussion at last week’s Board Meeting, a sink hole developed in the Ditch in close proximity to the trailer park. Hiivala explained that he discussed Ditch 38 with a Wenck representative and Ron Ringquist yesterday after the Joint Ditch 14 Meeting. He learned that there is a limited amount that can be spent on repair of Ditch 38. There is a disorder of the benefits that are assigned. At a future date, Hiivala may ask the Board to approve the hire of an engineer to scope the repair work, possibly working with the sub contractors. He may also request consideration of a redetermination of Ditch 38.
Jonet said Wenck was contacted by Hiivala on possible solutions to determine locations of failure and other implications that are causing some of the drainage issues. Jonet made contact with members of his firm and outside contractors on possible options for correction. One option involves a motorized camera cart with a video camera that maneuvers through the pipes. Depending on the amount of water flow in the area to be inspected, the camera may be under water so the pipe may not be visually inspected. Another option is to send a water jet through the pipe (pressurized hose such as if they were going to clean it out). Any obstructions are mapped to help identify problems. This could minimize the amount of digging needed for repair. Jonet said this would be done prior to a redetermination of the Ditch. There is a limit of 1000’ of cable with the camera cart. If there are any cleaned out areas of the Ditch which have manholes or excavated spots, they would utilize those locations. Mattson and Russek feel this is something that should be considered. Jonet does not have a cost estimate at this point as he is unaware of the conditions of the Ditch, where the manholes are located, and whether a contractor needs to be brought to the site. Jonet said Wenck does not have the equipment or expertise to complete this work in house. There are several vendors that do provide these services. Once the scope of the work is understood, competitive bids can be obtained. Results will be reviewed, and a technical report will be drafted making the recommendations.
Saxton was in contact with the City of Monticello on a camera they have available. The City is unsure of the results of using it in the tile. The tile is 14” so the sewer camera would just fit. It was felt it may bind and it may be difficult to run the camera through the line with the type of flow that is occurring. Saxton said there is another option to consider which involves running a string through the tile line. The string is measured and run through the line, attached to a rope, and pulled through. If the string stops, the measurement provides a location of where problems may be occurring. Saxton feels this may be a viable option considering the water flow that is occurring. Saxton thinks if they use the water jet method, it may be difficult to determine what problem exists if an obstruction is encountered.
Saxton said since the last meeting, there was a collapse in the Ditch near the trailer park. The trailer park owners did not contact the SWCD or the County when this happened. They threw plastic in the hole and buried it. He feels this area should be dug to determine what problems are occurring. Saxton feels the string option through the tile line would be a cheaper method of determining problems and would indicate if there is an obstruction in the line. Mattson feels the water jet method is the best route to follow and suggested that bids be obtained. He feels the process has taken too long.
Russek asked whether water flow is occurring in the tile at the manhole. Saxton said the water flow is good at the manhole. At some point, the County will need to look at re-laying the tile line north of where it runs through the trailer park. Sawatzke asked whether the trailer park owners are benefited property owners on the Ditch. Hiivala stated that maps obtained through the Surveyor’s Office reflect the trailer park is paying. He has not investigated this further. Sawatzke questioned what the Board is considering bidding, whether it would include the camera and the string method Saxton referenced. He feels if the costs are similar, the County Board should elect to proceed with the better method. Russek said Saxton could provide a cost estimate of the string method and Wenck could obtain cost estimates for the other options.
Saxton supports proceeding with the string method as it is less expensive. If that does not work, the Board can decide whether to bid the other options. He does not feel the camera will be able to be run through the pipe because of the water flow. He is unsure how the water jet will work and said Wenck may be able to provide that information. Thelen suggested that Saxton move forward with the string method as soon as possible. If that does not work, then he can report that to the Board. Saxton said it is about 1000’ to the manhole. He feels they will need to dig up the area that collapsed, which is within 10’ of the trailer park. Sawatzke said the County has the right to complete the work to repair the Ditch, but questioned whether Saxton feels there will be any problems with the trailer park owner saying the County shouldn’t dig the hole. Saxton talked with the trailer park manager previously, and he is unsure how they will react. Saxton suggests waiting until the water drops some before proceeding with digging. Water will fill the hole if they dig now which will make finding the tile line more difficult. If the flow recedes to where it is just flowing through the tile, it will be easier to work with. He is unsure how long it will take for the water flow to go down. Thelen asked whether they could proceed using another option such as the water jet. Saxton said Wenck would have to respond to that, but apparently the water jet method could be completed now. He thought the line would still need to be opened to do that as there is only a 6” intake, unless the contractor can get through that. The contractor would be working in 3’-4’ of water trying to dig a hole.
Duske stated a hole will need to be dug to get into the inlet. He feels that work could be completed in the area that is dry. Duske did not see waiting for the water to go down as an option, as it is not going to happen. Besides fixing the tile, Duske would like the Ditch cleaned. He stated that when the telephone company completed work, they caused disrepair in the Ditch. When Duske reviewed Ditch records in the Auditor/Treasurer’s Office, he found there are a few landowners on the Ditch that are not being assessed that should be. He estimated 95% of the people that benefit are being assessed. He agreed that in the future, the County should consider a reroute of the tile line bypassing the trailer park. A redetermination would be required. Duske would appreciate something being done prior to the water going down. He said he is not familiar with the options that are being considered but felt that access could be gained to the tile in the area which was dug last fall.
Saxton said the problem is that there is water back to the trailer park. As soon as they dig, the hole will fill with water. They could use a ring dike. It was reported that when the sink hole developed, the water was sucked through near the tile line. This would indicate that the water is flowing hard and it may not come up in the hole. Saxton said they can dig but he is unsure what kind of problems they will run into. Sawatzke referenced water elevations being higher upstream and thought that if the area is opened up by the trailer park, the water level will increase there as well. Saxton said that is his concern. Duske said the water level will not increase beyond the level of the pasture. The water could fill up the hole that is dug but he did not think it would come out of the hole. Duske said that since it was reported that water is being sucked through the tile in that area, that would be an indication that the remainder of the tile is working and the blockage is before that. Saxton did not estimate the expense to dig in the area where the collapse occurred. That work will need to be completed anyway. If the water starts rising in the hole, the string method is not going to work.
Thelen summarized that Saxton should proceed with digging a hole and determining whether the string method will work. If not, bids could be obtained on the water jet method. Duske said he supported proceeding in this fashion. Saxton said that since digging will occur right next to the trailer park, the hole will not be able to remain open very long. He estimated an hour to dig and an hour to close the hole. How long it remains open will depend on what they find. They may be able to insert the string at the intake and the water flow would carry it to the hole that is dug. There are a lot of variables. Russek suggested Saxton work with the trailer park owner on digging up the area to see if a fix can be determined.
Russek made a motion to authorize Saxton to work with the owner of the trailer park to see if they can fix this area and to determine where there is blockage (between the area that is dug and the outlet or the opposite way between the area that is dug and the intake). The hole will need to be dug first to determine which way to run the string. The motion was seconded by Mattson. Mattson asked to be informed what day the work will occur as he would like to be present. He also requests more information in the next few days on the various options that are being discussed. Hiivala said work will start with exploration. If it is decided to move forward, Wenck can provide names of contractors to assist. He recommended using Wenck to evaluate the results. Going forward, the County may want to utilize the services of an engineer. The County will not do anything with Wenck at this point. Thelen asked if there is a timeline attached to the motion. Russek said the work should be completed as quickly as Saxton can get it done. The motion carried 5-0.
The claims listing was discussed. Mattson referenced the number of claims being paid for the Highway Department. Wayne Fingalson, Highway Engineer, stated that the Highway Department tries to pay claims weekly. This claims listing may include two weeks of claims. On a motion by Russek, second by Mattson, all voted to approve the claims as listed in the abstract, subject to audit.
At 9:45 A.M., the bid opening occurred for the 2012 Chevron Installation Improvement Project, which is a project that looks at the opportunity to improve safety. There are 684 signs involved on 98 separate curves. This Project came from the Safety Plan which was adopted in 2010. Mattson received information on this Project at the ATP Meeting last week and questioned whether the $225,000 reflected in that report relates to this project. Fingalson said it does. Federal funds pay for 90% of the Project, requiring a 10% match by the County. The Engineer’s estimated is $173,500 and there are no addendums involved. The bids follow:
Bidders; Bid Security; Bid Total
A & H Contracting, Ironton MN; Yes; $115,801.00
H & R Construction Co., Dalton MN; Yes; $146,256.20
Highway Technologies, Minneapolis MN; Yes; $141,328.00
JAAK, LLC; Yes; $133,380.00
Safety Signs; Yes; $152,980.00
Fingalson asked that the bids be laid over for one week. A recommendation will be brought forth at the next meeting. Mattson referenced the $225,000 in federal funding and asked whether all funding is accepted or only the portion needed to complete the project. Fingalson said they only accept the portion that is needed for the project. On a motion by Russek, second by Mattson, all voted to lay the 2012 Chevron Installation Improvement Project bids over for one week.
Fingalson requested approval of a Funding Participation/Construction Agreement with the City of Montrose for a Safe Routes to School Project on TH 12 in Montrose. This is a standard Agreement for cities that have less than 5,000 population (non-state aid cities). The Agreement reflects the City will cover local costs, including advertisement, and the County will hold the bid opening and provide staff time. The Montrose City Council approved the Agreement on 6-11-12. Fingalson will place on an upcoming Agenda a request to set a bid opening in early August. The goal is to complete the project prior to the start of the school year. He stated that a unique feature of this Project is that the Agreement refers to this as a “walk.” The “walk” is not as wide as others pathways and requires minimum right of way. Technically, it cannot be signed for bikers, although Fingalson feels bikers will utilize it. Mattson referenced information received at the ATP Meeting last week reflecting $175,000 in federal funding has been received for this project. Mattson hopes that will cover costs. Fingalson stated that amount is for the project itself. There is another $5,000 designated for the purchase of wetlands and $15,000 for preliminary engineering costs. On a motion by Mattson, second by Russek, all voted to authorize signatures on the Funding Participation/Construction Agreement with the City of Montrose for a Safe Routes to School Project.
Fingalson requested the Board set a Transportation Committee Of The Whole (TCOTW) Meeting with the following Agenda items: 1) Grand Castle Estates in Buffalo Township; 2) Review Proposed Five-Year Construction Plan; 3) Township Signing Program Status; 4) Report From 7W TPB/TAC On Enhancement Projects, Metro Urbanized Area Boundary Changes, and Central MN Area Commuter Study.
Fingalson provided additional information on the proposed TCOTW Agenda items. There have been recent developments with Grand Castle Estates, and he feels it would be appropriate to obtain the Board’s position on how to proceed. Item 2 relates to the Five-Year Construction Plan. Fingalson did not feel the Five-Year Hearing would be planned prior to budget sessions. The Hearing may be held in September and will include proposed projects that tie into the 2013 budget, based on funding issues. Agenda item 3 is an update on the Township Signing Program. A meeting will be held with the Township Officers on 7-11-12 and that will include that topic. The Project is going well and most ride along’s have been completed. At the next Board Meeting, Fingalson may present a contract for Phase 2 of the Township Signing Program between the County and townships. The last Agenda item relates to a report from the 7W TPB/TAC. Fingalson would like to provide an update on the items discussed at that meeting. With regard to enhancement projects, there is no longer the need to prioritize projects as in the past. The Transportation Policy Board voted unanimously in support of that.
Mattson referenced Phase 2 of the Township Signing Program at a cost of $1,112,000. He asked whether Fingalson met with Cokato Township on their problems. Fingalson said he has emailed the City but has not met with them. Cokato Township did have their ride along and that went well. Fingalson felt there may be some confusion on the part of the Township Chair, who has implied that they may want to get out of Phase 2 of the project. Doing so would require the Township to pay back approximately $11,000 in federal dollars which have been spent. Cokato Township and Woodland Township have not paid their portion of the new signs. Woodland Township wanted to wait until their ride along has occurred. Fingalson said there is confusion on what the new federal laws are. Reflective signs must be installed that meet requirements. Fingalson said the cost to townships is 20%, so he did not understand why a township would not want to participate. All townships did sign an Agreement with the County on participation. The townships needed 100% participation in order to be eligible for the Program. Fingalson will present the Phase 2 Agreement for approval as early as next week. He needs to have the Township Association Attorney and the County Attorney review the document. He felt it would be good to present the Agreement at the 7-11-12 meeting with townships.
Thelen said there has been some question because the 2013 deadline requirement is no longer in effect. She understood that previously, if a township wanted to keep signs that the consultant deemed were not needed, the township would bring those signs up to the reflectivity requirements at their cost. Because the 2013 deadline requirement is no longer in effect, she asked whether a township can keep their signs and bring them up to reflectivity requirements as they wear out, if it is put into their plan. Bill Cordell, Highway, stated that part of the Township Sign Project included a survey of each township’s signs. If a sign is identified as up to date in the survey, it will be kept. Otherwise, the signs are identified for replacement or removal depending on how they qualify. Thelen stated that in Maple Lake Township, there were 100 signs identified as no longer being needed. Her understanding is that some of those signs could be kept if they are brought up to reflectivity requirements by 2013. Cordell responded that any signs removed become the property of the contractor, per MnDOT specifications. Fingalson stated that even if the consultant hired by MnDOT recommends removal of a sign, the sign can be placed into the Program if the township would like to keep the sign and there is no safety benefit guaranteed. The township has the final say. Thelen said there are questions being asked about when signs can be upgraded, with the change in requirements to have the upgrades complete by 2013. Cordell said the Township Sign Program does not look at mandate requirements. If a sign is identified as one that should be kept, it will be replaced with a new sign. Fingalson stated that if the township has signs that the consultant does not recommend, the signs will still be installed. Thelen asked about cost for those signs. Fingalson said those signs would be part of the program as well. Part of the goal of the Program is to have an overall reduction in the number of signs. Stevens County completed their Township Sign Program and saw a 26% reduction in the number of signs.
Russek moved to set a Transportation Committee Of The Whole Meeting on 7-17-12 at 10:30 A.M., Public Works Building. The motion was seconded by Mattson and carried 5-0.
A Building Committee Meeting was held on 6-20-12. At today’s County Board Meeting, Mattson moved to approve the minutes, seconded by Eichelberg, carried 5-0:
I. Card Reader, Mail Room, HSC. (H.S. Board Item)
II. Request To Use Two Vacant Offices In “Investigators Old Office Area.” (H.S. Board Item)
III. Parking Lot, Human Services Center. (County Board Item).
Hayes said the parking lot at the Human Services Center (HSC) was constructed in 1986. There is general deterioration of the parking surface around the entire building, including broken pavement, cracks that extend to the building, and depressions causing large areas of water to pond. Hayes said the County repaired the parking lot in 2006 for $16,000. The repairs involved routing cracks, crack sealing, replacing an area and doing a chip seal.
Mattson asked if the City of Buffalo would share in the cost. Hayes was not sure. Hayes continued that the County will likely use the building for a number of years. He compared the cost of repairing the parking lot at double the 2006 cost versus a more permanent solution. Hayes spoke with Highway Maintenance Superintendent Steve Meyer. Their discussion assumed the County will keep the Human Services Center for at least ten more years. Norman said it probably would be longer.
Meyer recommended to Hayes that the old pavement be ground to gravel and the base re-contoured for drainage to avoid ponding. The old asphalt would be reused and two 1 1/2 inch layers of asphalt added. Hayes said the original concrete apron in the front of the building has deteriorated. Buskey suggested tearing up the concrete and adding asphalt. Hayes said that method would be the most efficient. He asked Meyer whether he advised hiring a consultant. Hayes would like County Highway Department personnel to supervise the project. Meyer told Hayes he has not spoken with anyone at the Highway Department, but agreed to do some supervision. Hayes envisions doing half of the parking lot at a time. Some staff will be required to park in the street until their side of the lot is reconstructed. Hayes said it would probably take a week to complete the project. Meyers estimated the cost at less than $100,000. Hayes said he had estimated $60,000 to repair the lot and $100,000 to reconstruct the entire lot.
Eichelberg asked if Hayes planned to rebuild the parking lot around the entire building. Hayes said the project would encompass both sides of the HSC to the back. Norman thought the money spent to reconstruct the parking lot would be well spent compared to a repair for $60,000. Mattson said concrete contractors are trying to compete with bituminous contractors. Hayes said concrete could be bid as an alternate, although that would be a different specification entirely.
Norman asked whether the County needed to hire a civil engineer to draft the specifications. Hayes responded that it depends on how much help the Highway Department provides. They have indicated they have plenty of specification information. Hayes prefers that Highway Department staff be present at the pre-bid conference and supervise the actual construction. Hayes added there are no plans to change the design.
Norman asked whether they would shoot the lot for contours. Hayes said bidders will let them know. Drains need contours. Eichelberg asked if Hayes had talked with the City of Buffalo. Hayes responded that the contractor would have to get a building permit from the City.
DeMars said the WOW van leaves holes in the tar because it is so heavy. Hayes suggested constructing a pad for the WOW van. He said Buskey recommended the same for the garbage trucks. Eichelberg asked whether there have been problems in the past with sewer or water lines. Hayes said digging will not be deep enough to hit them. Eichelberg asked if any lines were causing problems. Buskey said there were none.
DeMars said trucks for the Chinese restaurant that borders the parking lot sometimes block staff cars from getting in or out of the lot. Hayes said the only way trucks gain access to the restaurant is by backing in via the HSC parking lot. Norman asked which building was constructed first. DeMars did not know.
Norman suggested that Hayes proceed with getting quotes and then present it to the County Board. The project would be funded out of the Site Improvement line item. Eichelberg supports Hayes obtaining quotes, including cement, and, as an alternate, including a remedy for heavy vehicles such as the WOW van and trucks. Norman agreed that concrete contractors could quote, as long as they meet all the specifications. Norman added that Hayes should get a civil engineer to draw up the specifications. Hayes agreed, and said they could also supervise the bidding. Hayes estimated civil engineering services would add about $10,000 to the project cost. Norman hoped it would be less than that. Eichelberg said the parking lot is quite large, but would recommend the project if it could be done for less than $100,000.
Recommendation: Authorize hiring a Civil Engineer/Surveyor to draft specifications and to oversee the rebuilding of the Human Services Center parking lot. The cost of the entire project should not exceed $100,000.
(End of Building Committee Minutes)
A Committee Of The Whole Meeting was held on 6-19-12. At today’s Board Meeting, Russek moved to approve the minutes and recommendations. The motion was seconded by Mattson and carried unanimously:
I. Discuss A Possible Social Host Ordinance.
Kelly introduced discussion on a draft social host ordinance (attached). If adopted, the ordinance “would prohibit any person or persons from hosting an event/gathering where alcohol is present and being possessed or consumed by person under twenty-one (21) years of age. This ordinance also establishes penalties for any person or persons hosting such an event/gathering.”
Kelly provided the following information:
The State of Minnesota is not going to pass a uniform State Statute so now is the time to act. In May, 2012, Dakota County became the 19th County to pass a social host ordinance and so far there are 83 cities that have passed such an ordinance. Chaska was the first city to pass an ordinance (2007). Minn. Stat. 145A.05, Subd. 1, allows a city or county board to adopt ordinances to regulate actual or potential threats to public health unless such ordinances are preempted by, in conflict with, or less restrictive than standards in State law or rule. Enacting a social host ordinance is in the interest of Public Health and Public Safety. Under 145A.05, there is no reason for cities to have their own ordinance. They could advise officers of their ability to charge under the county ordinance and then let someone challenge the county’s ability to regulate cities under the public health statutory authority 145A.05. Cities could adopt the same ordinance or something different if it is at least as restrictive as the county ordinance.
Underage drinking poses important public health and public safety risks. This should be of concern to professionals, policymakers, parents, and others who are attempting to reduce the negative consequences of underage alcohol use. Recent statistics show that 53% of underage drinkers aged 12 to 20 would drink at someone else’s home and 30% of the time they would drink in their own home.
Engaging law enforcement, health, schools, parents, and youth to combat the problems associated with underage drinking and binge drinking such as alcohol poisoning, increased injuries and sexual assaults, lowered school and job performance, traffic crashes and ultimately deaths, through education, outreach, enforcement and policy changes will make our county/communities safer and healthier. Participating with Safe School Committees of Wright County has taught us that underage drinking is still a major concern for the schools and they are concerned that kids are doing so frequently on weekends and many times with the blessing of adults who allow it to happen. Kids know what homes they can go to in order to consume alcohol. Schools would like to see a social host ordinance to help combat this situation. Sometimes the parents even supply the alcohol.
Courts have ruled that owners/parents who allow a party to take place in their home where they know minors (18 to 20) will consume alcohol and who did not provide/furnish the alcohol or who did not take the alcohol away from the minors or who did not stop the party can’t be prosecuted for providing/furnishing alcohol. This loophole is the basis for the need to pass a social host ordinance.
Currently, a person can be charged with “Contributing to Delinquency of Minor” if they knowingly allow kids under 18 in their home to consume alcohol or possess alcohol with intent to consume. However, if kids are between 18 and 20, then they can only be charged with “Procuring Alcohol for a Minor” and the “host” may not have been the one to procure the alcohol. Under these circumstances, we would be unable to charge a “knowing host”. At the present time, without a social host ordinance, law enforcement cannot charge the person who knowingly hosts (but does not procure) an underage party where minors are consuming if the minors are between 18 and 20 years old. A social host ordinance would provide the ability to charge a “knowing host” and fill this void. We could charge someone under the social host ordinance if it could be proven beyond a reasonable doubt that the “host” knew or reasonably should have known there would be at least three or more underage kids present who were consuming or possessing with intent to consume and the “host” did not take “reasonable steps” to prevent it.
Dakota County gave some examples of “reasonable steps” in their Ordinance…
1) Directing, on a one-time basis or as a standing order, that no consumption of alcohol and alcoholic beverages is allowed.
2) Controlling access to alcohol and alcoholic beverages.
3) Checking identification of attendees to determine age.
4) Supervising the activities of underage persons at the gathering either in person or through a responsible adult.
To combat underage consumption, a charge of “Gross Misdemeanor Procuring” could occur if it can be proven who provided the alcohol. Proving who procured alcohol for minors is difficult, and therefore a social host ordinance would provide another tool in the tool box to combat underage drinking. It will only be utilized in the appropriate case and only when “knowledge” is present. Tools that would be used include “Under 18 Contributing to Delinquency of Minor,” “Procuring Alcohol,” and the social host ordinance.
A social host ordinance will not eliminate underage drinking but will help to close loopholes in current laws (i.e., lack of ability to charge “knowing host” of underage parties under current laws). It is very challenging to conduct source investigations to identify adult providers and issuing minor consumption tickets can be viewed by some youth as a “badge of honor” or “no big deal”. They are trying to address and change this mentality by implementing the current Minor Consumption Diversion Program. A social host ordinance makes it unlawful to provide an environment where underage drinking takes place. It is a crime for adults to give those under 21 a place to consume alcohol. There is NO social host liability for the following:
- Mere ownership of property does not make someone liable under the ordinance. It would have to be proven that the owner knew or reasonably should have known of the minor consumption taking place on their property.
- If parents are away and don’t know the kids are having a party (unless the parents “knew or reasonably should have known” about the party), they are not going after the parents who did not have such knowledge.
- With tenants, they will not go after the landlord unless they would be able to prove that the landlord “knew or reasonably should have known.” If the landlord knew, they would probably still just go after the “tenant” i.e. “the host”.
- In the situation where kids are drinking on a farmer’s property (i.e., field), they would not go after the landowner unless the landowner “knew or reasonably should have known”.
- The ordinance does not infringe on private family activities between a parent and their minor children within their own home as these situations are specifically exempted from ordinance.
- If 2 or less minor consumers are involved, there is no liability. The ordinance requires 3 or more people before it is considered an “event” or “gathering”.
Violation of the ordinance would be a misdemeanor, which is 90 days in jail and/or a $1000 fine.
In Ottertail County, the following negative response was received regarding their Ordinance: A social host ordinance would encourage youth to drive out into the country to get drunk because we are not going to let them drink in people’s homes anymore and then they will have to drive home drunk. They thought it was better to let them get drunk at home.
When Dakota County passed their Ordinance, there was a Star Tribune (May 2012) article stating that alcohol is still a major concern for public safety and public health, and that their Ordinance will benefit with the issue of minor consumption. It went on to say that “reasonable knowledge” is a fair standard.
The benefit of an ordinance is in the public hearings and media spreading the word that it is not okay to host underage gatherings. This is another method in getting the message out and if passed, it would provide something to fall back on when we cannot charge someone with “Contributing” or “Procuring.”
The following support a Wright County social host ordinance:
- The State Office of MADD because it supports one of their missions which is to “Prevent Underage Drinking”. Kelly was contacted by Jean Mulvey, Executive Director, of MADD in April, 2010. At that time, Kelly informed Mulvey that he was waiting for a uniformed State law but unfortunately one is not coming.
- Wright County Attorney (Kelly)
- Wright County Sheriff (Hagerty)
- Annandale, Buffalo, Howard Lake Police Chiefs and departments (Herr, Weinzetl and Vetruba)
- Wright County Human Services/Public Health (Kieft and Hylla)
- Wright County Safe Schools (MacMillan)
- Wright County Court Services (MacMillan)
- MEADA (Kelly, Odel, Lachmeier)
- Wright County Safe Communities (Hackman)
Kelly referenced the Court Services Diversion Program implemented by Mike MacMillan, Director of Court Services. Prior to this Program, those charged with Minor Consumption wrote a $75 check as penalty. If charged again, they would write another check. That is no longer the case. The person charged must now pay a penalty and follow the rules of the Diversion Program.
Mattson posed the situation of a party where drivers have been hired to transport people. He asked if the host is still liable. Kelly stated they are. The ordinance would make clear that an environment cannot be provided for those under age 21 to consume alcohol. The social host ordinance would still apply.
Thelen asked if there have been any down sides of the ordinances passed in other jurisdictions. Kelly said he has not found one jurisdiction that has voted down the ordinance out of the 83 cities and 19 counties that have adopted it.
Sawatzke asked why this has not passed at the State Legislature and questioned the political dynamic and arguments for and against passing a uniformed State law. He asked whether Kelly expects it to pass or even be placed on the State’s agenda in the near future. Kelly said he was informed by the County Attorneys Association that there is basically no chance of something passing at the State level. There are multiple parties involved and some have indicated they do not want to regulate this as it is telling parents “how to parent.” Others have the mens rea attitude (a guilty conscience) which relates to whether or not someone knows of this type of activity occurring. Kelly said many people consumed alcohol when they were young and so one argument is that this is just the way it is, it is life and people should be entitled to it.
Kelly said the draft ordinance being presented includes language he added (Section 6, Exceptions, Item e): “This ordinance does not apply to situations where landlords, farmers, and other property owners did not know, nor was it reasonable under the circumstances for them to know, that underage possession and/or underage consumption was taking place on their property.” The draft includes only minor revisions from the social host ordinances that are being adopted by other jurisdictions. He said that in review of ten ordinances, all ten were the same with the exception of minor language changes.
Russek posed a situation where someone is hosting a graduation party that is serving alcohol. If the host does what they can to make sure there is no underage consumption, but someone underage attends that has been drinking elsewhere, he asked how a host can prove that the alcohol was not obtained at their residence. Kelly stated that if reasonable efforts were made and common sense dictates that was done, they will not come after the host. However, if underage people are interviewed and state the host provided them with alcohol that would be a different situation. He said it will relate to reasonable efforts.
Kelly referenced the draft ordinance, Section 2, which outlines the purpose and findings of the Ordinance:
“The Board of Commissioners of Wright County intends to discourage underage possession and consumption of alcohol, even if done within the confines of a private residence, and intends to hold persons criminally responsible who host events or gatherings where persons under 21 years of age possess or consume alcohol regardless of whether the person hosting the event or gathering supplied the alcohol. The Wright County Board of Commissioners finds that:
(a) Events and gatherings held on private or public property where alcohol is possessed or consumed by persons under the age of twenty-one are harmful to those persons and constitute a potential threat to public health requiring prevention or abatement.
(b) Prohibiting underage consumption acts to protect underage persons, as well as the general public, from injuries related to alcohol consumption, such as alcohol overdose or alcohol-related traffic collisions.
(c) Alcohol is an addictive drug which, if used irresponsibly, could have drastic effects on those who use it as well as those who are affected by the actions of an irresponsible user.
(d) Often, events or gatherings involving underage possession and consumption occur outside the presence of parents. However, there are times when the parent(s) is/are present and, condone the activity, and in some circumstances provide the alcohol.
(e) Even though giving or furnishing alcohol to an underage person is a crime, it is difficult to prove, and an ordinance is necessary to help further combat underage consumption.
(f) A deterrent effect will be created by holding a person criminally responsible for hosting an event or gathering where underage possession or consumption occurs and the host knows or reasonably should know that such conduct is taking place.”
Kelly made the following change to the draft ordinance under Section 5, Prohibited Acts, item (b): replace “Section 4” with “Section 5”.
Kelly said if the County Board supports the draft ordinance, the next steps would include:
- Providing notice of the public hearing on the social host ordinance in the County newspapers. The notice would also include a summary of the draft ordinance.
- Submitting an editorial to all County newspapers in support of the social host ordinance.
- Contacting City Administrators and Township Supervisors informing them of the proposed ordinance and public hearing date.
Norman asked whether there has been any case law relative to this ordinance since a number of jurisdictions have adopted it. Kelly said he is not aware of anything being litigated. He thought the vast majority of jurisdictions had not utilized their ordinances but have made an impact by making the public aware of the ordinance.
Thelen said the Safe Communities group has discussed the social host ordinance and recommends it to the County Board.
Recommendation: Support proceeding with the steps to implement a social host ordinance.
(End of 6-19-12 Committee Of The Whole Minutes)
A Personnel Committee Meeting was held on 6-20-12. At today’s County Board Meeting, Eichelberg moved to approve the minutes and recommendations. The motion was seconded by Mattson. Richard Norman, County Coordinator, made the following change to the minutes: page 3, last paragraph, 4th line, change from “$8,756” to “$8,576.” Mattson stated that up until last year, departments came to budget sessions asking to have positions filled. The process now involves presenting requests to the Personnel Committee. Mattson said position replacements should be presented during budget sessions since it is so close to those sessions being held. Thelen stated that the positions being presented today were created by vacancies. They are not new positions. Mattson said there are large companies laying staff off and government keeps spending. He restated he would like these requests to be presented during budget sessions. The positions are filled as part of the Personnel Committee and then when budget sessions occur, departments say they don’t need additional staff. Sawatzke said these are not new positions. About 90% of positions are discussed intensely during Personnel Meetings. An example would be the Social Workers that were requested as part of the Personnel Minutes being reviewed. Most of the services are mandated and funded by State and Federal Programs. In these particular aspects of Public Health and Social Services, the revenues generally meet the costs associated and in some cases exceed them if staff is efficient. Taxes will not be increased by filling those positions. The County would have to increase taxes if the positions were not filled as the revenues exceed the expenditures. With Social Workers, the revenues in 2007 were $632,000. By 2011, that amount increased to $1,037,000 (65% increase) with no additional staff. He restated that these are not new positions and in most cases, the revenues and reimbursements exceed expenditures. With regard to the two Information Technology Interns, Sawatzke said it can be argued that IT staff work to make all employees more efficient by providing technical support. The Committee completes an in-depth discussion of position requests. Mattson said that information can be presented by departments that reflect a position may generate revenues but the County does not have a line item to track these costs versus revenues. Sawatzke said that the Committee has to rely on the information that is submitted to them as part of the request to fill the position. Thelen said case loads have significantly increased and it is imperative to maintain the level of efficiency. Mattson did not feel positions should be filled so close to budget sessions. If approved by the Personnel Committee, the departments come to budget sessions and indicate they do not need additional staff. The motion carried 5-0 to approve the Minutes:
A. Sergeant.
Norman read an email from Greg Howell regarding a request to fill this position and authorize a backfill (see attached). Sawatzke said the backfill comes from deputies on staff. Recommendation: Authorize Sergeant and backfill of positions.
B. Civilian Corrections Officer.
Norman said he did not receive any documentation regarding this request. Recommendation: Layover until the next Personnel Committee meeting.
C. Social Worker (2).
1) Developmental Disabilities Social Worker
Swanson distributed a document regarding a request to replace the Developmental Disabilities (DD) Social Worker position recently vacated due to an internal transfer (see attached).
Swanson stated the Agency is maximizing revenue as much as possible. She referred to the flow chart on the last page of the attachment. Swanson said caseloads are up 65% since 2001 (utilizing the same number of workers). Revenue has increased from $632,424 in 2007 to $1,037,470 in 2011. She added that replacing this position will help reduce caseloads per worker.
Eichelberg asked whether it was difficult to find qualified candidates for this position. Swanson said the last time a Social Worker position was advertised, there were 62 applicants.
Swanson said implementation of the State’s MnChoices assessment and support planning application will require new methods from the current system. MnChoices, scheduled to be activated in September 2013, will create another level of case management. Swanson said this new system will increase the time spent assessing a client.
2) Social Worker – Adult Services Unit
Thimell distributed a document with information regarding reimbursement and case loads for this position (see attached). This position will be vacated at the end of this month due to a retirement. Thimell explained that every case managed by this position is a Waiver. This position also serves as the case manager for four assisted living facilities, which house many County Elderly Waiver clients.
Thimell said full time Social Workers manage an average of 76 cases. Eichelberg said there is a need for this position. Sawatzke agreed, adding the position will fully pay for itself given the reimbursement.
Recommendation: Authorize two Social Worker positions for the following Units: Developmental Disabilities and Adult Services.
D. Public Health Nurse (2)
Schefers commented that it is difficult to fill Public Health Nurse (PHN) positions. The Health Care Management Unit PHN position fulfills many functions. She distributed a document describing their responsibilities (see attached). Jorgensen-Royce explained that this position is responsible for a variety of program areas, including assessing for Personal Care Assistant (PCA) eligibility. State law requires a PHN do assessments for Medical Assistance (MA). Jorgensen-Royce said the responsibilities of this position fluctuate, and the person must be able to fit wherever there is a need. Due to the wide range of duties, the caseloads for this PHN cannot be easily absorbed as they perform lead functions in many cases, which would make it difficult to meet State mandated deadlines. However, Jorgensen-Royce said pending Waiver reform will precipitate some changes. This is a fully funded position that generates revenue from Waiver assessments, grants and other funding.
Schefers said they are also requesting a full time PHN for their Health Promotion Unit (see attached). This full time position coordinates the WOW van and manages a total of 23 program areas, each with their own set up regulations. Schefers said this position acts as lead in many areas. Due to the overlap in some PHN responsibilities, Schefers said their staff is cross trained to be able to take on multiple functions.
Recommendation: Authorize a Public Health Nurse for the Health Care Management Unit and one for the Health Promotion Unit.
E. Financial Worker.
Schwartz and Antl distributed a document regarding the request to replace the Financial Worker position (see attached). Antl said the person leaving this position was a trainer. She referenced the data in the attachment, and added that the Agency is finding it difficult to service the increasing number of cases. Schwartz said this position generates nearly 50% in Federal and some random State reimbursement. Sawatzke asked how many positions were included in the $32,000 figure. Schwartz said that refers to Step One for an individual Financial Worker position.
Recommendation: Authorize filling the Financial Worker position.
F. Office Technician II.
Schwartz said their office support staff has many responsibilities. Lumley said the responsibilities of the Office Technician II in the Child Support Unit include a small caseload of Spousal Maintenance clients. She distributed a list of duties for this position (see attached).
Lumley said this position plays an important role in scanning documents to use on the new Electronic Document Management System (EDMS).
Sawatzke was asked for clarification regarding a statement that EDMS will save the County 40%. Schwartz responded that Carver County made that claim. She believes Wright County has achieved 40% in savings, and has experienced a 100% increase in caseloads. She said EDMS has helped the Financial Assistance Unit become more efficient processing the significant paperwork they encounter. Schwartz said the Child Support Unit will not see a 40% savings since they generate less paperwork in that area. Lumley said Child Support will see more revenue related to increased collections.
Norman noted that although the handout refers to the position as Office Support Specialist Senior, the title was changed recently to Office Technician II as a result of the recent Classification Study.
Recommendation: Authorize filling the Office Technician II position in the Child Support Unit.
II. Request For Two Interns, Information Technology (IT).
Nelson distributed documents listing potential projects for the IT Intern (see attached). Swing said the Department continues to use interns. Last year IT lost two employees. It took some time to get fully staffed. As a result, Swing said the Department saved money on personnel expenditures. The workload was also adversely affected by reduced staff. Swing said rather than hiring one IT Intern as usual, he is requesting two interns to assist with specific projects. He added that due to the recent vacancies, the Department is at 35% in personnel expenditures through May, with 42% of the year transpired. Swing said the savings more than offset the cost of the additional intern.
Sawatzke asked for the amount budgeted in I.T. for temporary help. Swing said $4,500 under the Temporary line item. He added that the Department has spent $2,480 so far, or 55% of budget. Sawatzke asked if they usually hire college students. Swing said they hire them for 67 days and ask them to work eight-hour days. Nelson said they usually work two or three months. If a project goes longer and they have not used up the 67 days, the Department will retain them for the duration of the approved term.
Swing said two interns at $8 per hour for eight hours per day for 67 days will cost $8,576. Sawatzke assumed that figure did not include Social Security or Workers Compensation. Norman said temporary staff receives no benefits, but the County does contribute to Social Security and Workers Compensation. Sawatzke said the total would then be $8,576 plus those expenses. Norman asked Swing to confirm that his request is a net increase of $6000 to his Temporary Help line item. Swing clarified the amount is $6,556 if the Department works the interns 100%. Nelson interjected that she does not think they will utilize the entire amount requested, as sometimes the interns work a half day or less.
Eichelberg asked whether they have had success recruiting interns. Nelson said yes, although this year they may contact additional colleges.
Sawatzke suggested authorizing an increase in the Temporary Help line item to $11,000. Norman said they should not change the budgeted figure. Sawatzke said the budget will show $4,500. Eichelberg said the minutes of this meeting will reflect the changes.
Recommendation: Approve hiring of two Information Technology Interns at an additional cost of $6,556 to the Temporary Staff line item. It will be reflected as an additional expenditure in the Temporary Help line item. The budgeted figure will not change.
III. Medica Contracted Services For MSHO and MSC+ (H.S. Board Item).
IV. Performance Appraisals.
A. Marc Mattice, Parks Administrator.
Recommendation: Based on review of three Performance Appraisals submitted, the Committee recommends an overall rating of “Exceptional.”
B. Barb Gabrelcik, Recorder.
Recommendation: Based on review of three Performance Appraisals submitted, the Committee recommends an overall rating of “Exceptional.”
C. Wayne Fingalson, Highway Engineer.
Recommendation: Based on review of three Performance Appraisals submitted, the Committee recommends an overall rating of “Exceptional.”
(End of 6-20-12 Personnel Committee Minutes)
A Ways & Means Committee Meeting was held on 6-20-12. At today’s County Board Meeting, Eichelberg moved to approve the minutes and recommendations. The motion was seconded by Mattson. Norman made the following corrections to the minutes: Page 1, 1st paragraph, line 3, should read, “He was hired as a temporary employee…”; Page 1, 2nd paragraph, 1st line, should read, “PERA will only allow correction back to 2008.” Eichelberg and Mattson accepted those changes to the motion and the motion carried unanimously. The minutes follow:
I. PERA Backpayment.
Asleson said the Auditor/Treasurer’s Office informed him earlier this year that Bruce Bersie, an employee in the Highway Department, did not have PERA (Public Employees Retirement Association) withholdings from his paychecks. He was hired as a temporary employee and went full-time in April 2007. That is when PERA deductions should have started being withheld from his paychecks and were not. The awareness of this issue came about when the employee contacted PERA for a current statement. In checking payroll records, the employee’s record at Wright County was not flagged for a PERA deduction. PERA did not catch the error either. The County was required to pay back the PERA liability and the obligation is not debatable. The County paid $21,364.42 to PERA for the period of January 1, 2009 through March 17, 2012. The employee is responsible for 60 days of earnings immediately prior to when PERA deductions were first withheld. His portion is being taken through payroll deduction.
PERA will only allow correction back to 2008. There is an additional 1.75 years (from April, 2007 through 2008) that the employee is eligible for PERA contributions. That allowance would require special Legislation through the Legislative Committee on Pensions and Retirement. Legislative Committee materials reflect that payment of service credit must include a minimum payment by the member (employee) along with compound interest unless the employer committed an egregious error. Asleson said this omission was not intentional on the part of Wright County. It is up to the employee whether he would like to proceed on correction of the 1.75 years of PERA contributions. The County’s financial share for this time period would be $3,749.45 and the employee’s share would be $3,456.93. Both amounts are subject to interest.
The suggested action includes obtaining a signed document from the employee outlining his intent to purchase service credits from April 2007 through 2008 and acknowledgement of the requirement to contribute financially including interest. The next step would be for the County to contact PERA and the Legislative Committee on Pensions and Retirement. The County Board would then ask for special legislation in the 2013 Session.
Recommendation: Authorize proceeding as outlined.
(End of 6-20-12 Ways & Means Committee Minutes)
Bills Approved
Ameripride Services 115.54
Appraisal Institute 130.00
Aramark Services Inc. 5,927.70
Big Time Towing 293.91
Boyer Truck Parts 1,274.08
Center Point Energy 525.75
Centra Sota Coop - Buffalo 60,029.77
Central MN Mental Health 780.00
CenturyLink 831.53
Chamberlain Oil Co 4,123.31
Climate Air 2,073.72
Comm. of Transportation 125.00
Craguns Lodging & Conf. 987.02
Crop Production Services Inc 414.00
Cub Foods 114.35
Deatons Mailing Systems Inc 815.99
Design Electrical Contractors 1,309.80
Donahue Sports Center Corp 162.03
Farm-Rite Equipment Inc 320.62
Fingalson/Wayne 155.83
Globalstar USA 187.57
Hardings Towing Inc 133.57
Herald Journal Publishing Inc 138.06
Hiivala/Robert 180.01
Hillyard Inc - Minneapolis 2,303.02
Howard/Jolanta 100.00
Husom Electric 180.00
Integrated Fire & Security 3,678.37
Interstate Battery Systems 206.16
Janzen/Melissa 131.65
John Deere Financial 2,324.23
Keaveny Ltc Pharmacy 1,719.14
Knife River 45,512.57
Knife River Corp. - N Central 273.87
Lake Region Coop Oil 112.70
LaPlant Demo Inc 496.43
Larson/RL Excavating, Inc. 280,785.01
M-R Sign Company Inc 775.46
Marco Inc 2,061.41
Mattson Well Company 260.00
Menards - Buffalo 440.40
Metro Group Inc/The 7,097.06
MN Counties Computer Coop. 313.00
MN Counties Ins Trust 2,500.00
MN Department Of Health 100.00
MN State Bar Association 195.00
Monticello Towing LLC 187.03
Morrell Towing Inc 133.59
Morries Parts & Service Grp 479.06
MITI Distributing Inc 124.17
Nelson Auto Center 295,423.93
North Suburban Towing Inc 160.31
Nut Man/The 171.50
Office Depot 1,066.85
Ramacciotti/Frank 100.00
Redneck Trailer Supplies 126.51
Reds Auto Electric 111.30
Royal Tire Inc 5,716.41
RS Eden 1,179.70
Safelite Fulfillment Inc 554.91
Solar Winds Inc 495.00
Streichers 12,879.68
Tools Unlimited 252.85
Total Printing 352.15
Traffic Marking Service Inc 148,602.52
Uniforms Unlimited 500.18
US Internet 325.00
Verizon Wireless 1,016.84
Victor Township 1,514.00
Victory Corps 308.32
Wright Co. Highway Dept 66,709.21
Wright Henn. Coop Elec 5,260.07
Wright Hennepin Electric 2,164.21
XCel Energy 699.25
Zacks Inc 2,023.76
Ziegler Inc 274.64
24 Payments less than $100 1,057.53
Final total $982,685.22
The meeting adjourned at 9:41 A.M
Published in the Herald Journal July 23, 2012.

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