WRIGHT COUNTY BOARD MINUTES
JULY 17, 2012
The Wright County Board met in regular session at 9:00 A.M. with Sawatzke, Russek, Thelen, and Eichelberg present. Commissioner Mattson was absent.
Petitions were accepted to the Agenda as follows: Consent Item A5, “Approve Request From The City Of Buffalo For Use Of West Parking Lot, 9-08-12, For Classic Car Show” (Norman); Item For Consid. #2, “Al Weege RE: Road Next To His Property” (Al Weege). Eichelberg moved to approve the Agenda as amended, seconded by Russek, carried unanimously.
On a motion by Russek, second by Eichelberg, all voted to approve the Consent Agenda as amended:
1. Performance Appraisals: C. Philippi, W. Peterson, Assr.; R. Jenson, Bldg. Maint.; K. Davis, T. Finch, J. Hinton, D. Miller, R. Mossman, R. Rolfzen, K. Yauk, Sher./Corr.
2. Approve Soliciting Quotes For Life Insurance, Short-Term Disability, & Long-Term Disability Coverage.
3. Approve/Authorize Signatures On Labor Agreement With Assistant Wright County Attorney’s Association.
4. Approve/Authorize Signatures On Labor Agreement With IUOE, Local No. 49.
5. Approve Request From The City Of Buffalo For Use Of West Parking Lot, 9-08-12, For Classic Car Show.
1. Set Bid Opening Date Of 8-14-12 @ 9:30 A.M. For Safe Routes To School Project In Montrose.
Bob Hiivala, Auditor/Treasurer, released the State Demographer’s 2011 Population and Household Estimates dated 6-01-12. Wright County’s total population is at 126,033 compared to approximately 124,000 last year. Municipalities had the opportunity to review the figures and communicate with the State Demographer as needed. Hiivala was unaware of any city appeals. This was provided as an informational item.
The claims listing was reviewed. Russek referenced claims to Mike Laurent on page 14 (Sheriff) and page 16 (Corrections) for motel reimbursement ($42.30 each) and asked whether the total cost of the motel was split between the two departments or whether it was a double payment. Hiivala stated that the room charge was split between the two budgets. On a motion by Russek, second by Eichelberg, all voted to approve the claims as listed in the abstract, subject to audit.
Sheriff Joe Hagerty presented for approval a revised Joint Powers Agreement (JPA) between Sherburne, Wright, and Anoka Counties for the Regional Crime Lab. The JPA would be effective 8-01-12 through 2-18-18. Hagerty said he and Richard Norman, County Coordinator, met on 6-28-12 with the Administrators and Sheriffs of Anoka and Sherburne Counties to discuss the JPA. Section 8.04 of the JPA currently reads, “Each Member County shall pay its percentage share of the Facility’s total annual budget in direct proportion to that Member County’s population percentage of the total population of all Member Counties based on the 2010 Census.” Based on discussion at the 6-28-12 Meeting, Section 8.04 of the JPA would be amended to add the following language, “The funding formula for this cost-sharing provision will be subject to reevaluation by the Committee and the respective Member Counties’ Boards of Commissioners on April 1, 2015.” Hagerty stated that the intent is to allow the funding formula to be revisited after DNA accreditation. A Tri-County Regional Advisory Board Meeting is scheduled for this afternoon at the Wright County Law Enforcement Center. Hagerty plans to share with Erchal Springer, Lab Director, the importance of moving forward with DNA accreditation and bringing on future partners in the Lab.
Thelen said the revised JPA will allow reevaluation of the funding formula at a given time. Sheriff Hagerty explained that Sherburne and Anoka Counties do not have an appetite to discuss changing the funding formula. Hagerty stated that Wright County can change some things with regard to usage of the Crime Lab. He spoke with Tom Kelly, Wright County Attorney, on sending more things to the Lab relative to hard drug cases. Testing can involve blood, urine, or the Intoxilizer. Wright County uses the Intoxilizer, which the County Attorney prefers, as it provides quick results. Hagerty stated that the DWI arrests are starting to peak and most people opt for the Intoxilizer. Hagerty said the evidence room is full. However, they are able to remove some evidence through a drug take-back program through the DEA. However, there are cases that are unresolved and those items can be sent to the Crime Lab for processing. Hagerty said this will be discussed at the Advisory Board Meeting today.
Sawatzke understands the Sheriff supporting the Crime Lab as the Chief Law Enforcement Officer. However, he is frustrated with the funding formula. In addition, he now understands the Sheriff and Attorney will send more items to the Crime Lab that were not necessarily sent in the past. He viewed this as building up the statistics to make the funding formula look fairer. He feels this is government at its poorest. Sawatzke understands that Hagerty wants a good Crime Lab. He stated that the Board members all recognized the last time this was discussed that the funding formula is unfair. If approved, the revised JPA will be in placed until April, 2015. Sawatzke said that at a previous Board Meeting, he referenced statistics on Wright County’s use of the Crime Lab. Those statistics reflect that Wright County is paying on average about three times its use for service. Although the service being provided is good, he does not feel the County’s share should be that much more than the utilization rate. Sawatzke said he will vote against the amended JPA. He feels the Board is putting the decision out for 2.5 years and continuing with a poor funding formula. He feels the amended language does not achieve anything and the prior language is just as bad. That language places this decision six months out. Sawatzke favors meeting with the Commissioners from Sherburne and Anoka Counties. He does not feel that the County Boards from each Member County are so busy that a meeting date could not be set in the next month or two.
Thelen said she recently voted not to approve the JPA but indicated interest in revised language that would allow redetermination and review of usage. She referenced Sawatzke’s comments on funding based on usage. A different analogy would be that the funding is based on membership. Each member is charged and the rates are not adjusted based on usage. She stated that the groups involved initially in setting up the JPA decided that basing the funding on population was fair. Thelen would like to have a usage based formula considered again and the revision to the JPA allows for that. Once the Lab is accredited, usage for Wright County will increase as Buffalo, other jurisdictions, and possibly other counties will utilize the Crime Lab as well. Thelen said the revised JPA works for her. Sawatzke responded that if usage is part of the formula to make the funding fair, the JPA does not include that at this time. It would take 2.5 years before that method of funding could be considered. Thelen feels usage should be considered but at this point the formula has been decided. She does not want to hold this up as they want to proceed with accreditation. Given the analogy of funding based on membership, she said a population based rate may be fair. More will be known about usage once accreditation happens and the Lab is fully functioning. Russek said this is something the County Attorney’s Office and Sheriff says is needed, and the County Coordinator was involved with making the revisions to the JPA. Russek moved to authorize signatures on the revised JPA between Wright, Sherburne, and Anoka Counties for the Regional Crime Lab, effective 8-01-12. The motion was seconded by Eichelberg and carried 3-1 with Sawatzke casting the nay vote.
Norman presented a draft Budget Committee Of The Whole Schedule for the 2013 Budget process. The schedule is based on response received from County Board members and Department Heads on availability. Board Members in attendance at the Leadership Team Meeting also requested that the schedule reflect minimal time for those departments presenting the same or lower budget requests as last year. Norman said the draft reflects a Budget Session on 8-08-12. Eichelberg is not able to attend that day so an alternate date of 8-09-12 is suggested. The Parks Department’s Budget would be moved to 8-13-12 at 9:30 A.M. The Human Services Budget would be moved to 8-09-12 at 11:30 A.M. (in place of the Parks Department).
Hiivala suggested scheduling Human Services three times during Budget Sessions (Income Maintenance, Social Services, and Public Health). He also suggested scheduling two Sessions for the Road & Bridge Budget (Operating Budget and Projects). Hiivala said this will allow those Departments to better prepare for their presentations. He said sometimes there is not due diligence. Norman said this idea was brought up at a Leadership Team Meeting. The Board does have the option to add additional meetings. Any meeting can be recessed to a date and time specific if desired. Norman agrees that some budgets require more time. He suggested that those departments could make their initial presentation and the Board could then make the decision on whether additional sessions should be scheduled. Thelen felt that scheduling the separate sessions would allow those departments to plan on what they will be presenting. Thelen suggested that Human Services be scheduled at 11:30 A.M. and 1:30 P.M. on 8-09-12. The draft also reflects a Budget Session on 9-06-12 and that will be changed to 9-04-12.
Norman received the draft Human Services Budget yesterday and completed a quick review. If the Board is looking at the impact of department budgets on the Levy, the Levy is impacted almost in entirety in Human Services requests for new positions. Sawatzke said maybe the Budget request should be sent back to Human Services to have those requests removed. Thelen said the needs should be considered. Sawatzke asked how many new positions are being requested. Norman responded the request includes six positions. He has not completed an analysis of whether the positions being requested are 100% reimbursable from State and Federal funding. He reminded the Board that some departments have positions that have been open for over two years. Thelen said every department head will have a chance to present their case.
It was the consensus that the draft Budget Committee Of The Whole Schedule will be revised as follows: All meetings scheduled for 8-08-12 will be changed to 8-09-12, with the exception of Parks which will be scheduled on 8-13-12 at 9:30 A.M. The Human Services Budget will be scheduled at 11:30 A.M. and 1:30 P.M. on 8-09-12. The meeting scheduled for 9-06-12 at 10:30 A.M. will be changed to 9-04-12 at 10:30 A.M. Russek moved to distribute the Schedule with the changes as discussed. The motion was seconded by Eichelberg and carried 4-0.
Al Weege brought forth discussion on a building entitlement request on his property. He provided history of the issue. It was the consensus that Weege should consult with the Planning & Zoning Office on his request.
AERCOR Wireless Inc 5,744.53
All State Communications Inc 200.00
Ameripride Services 917.76
Annandale/City of 575.75
Apec Industrial Sales & Serv. 1,398.31
Aramark Services Inc 6,382.27
Arctic Glacier Inc 327.00
Barker Co/Bob 985.44
Bear Graphics Inc 262.13
Bonnie Eastham 191.30
Boyer Truck Parts 139.96
Brothers Fire Protection Co 615.64
Buff N Glo Inc 407.33
Buffalo/City of 66,630.27
Bureau of Crim. Apprehen. 8,550.00
CDW Government Inc 102.41
Center Point Energy 136.17
Centra Sota Coop - Buffalo 25,715.89
Cornerstone Chevrolet 874.05
Corporate Payment Systems 6,122.54
Cottens Inc 2,491.20
Country Chevrolet 15,150.00
Culligan of Buffalo 500.00
Custom Towing LLC 160.31
Dell Marketing LP 7,878.00
Ernst General Constr. Inc 28,028.00
Excel Systems 1,719.71
Fibernet Monticello 359.80
Globalstar USA 373.06
Granite Electronics 9,179.10
Herald Journal Publishing Inc 289.67
Hewlett Packard 266.50
HSBC Business Solutions 213.74
Imberg/Walter D 1,475.00
Impact Proven Solutions 1,164.81
Integrated Fire & Security 483.68
Johnson Materials Inc 48,093.75
Johnson Sales & Services/J N 880.00
Karels Towing 133.60
Knife River 22,978.28
Kraemer Mining & Materials Inc 457.36
Kustom Signals Inc 108.79
Lake Region Coop Oil 304.82
Laplant Demo Inc 1,065.74
Larson/RL Excavating, Inc. 6,260.88
Loberg Electric 2,009.41
Lynn Peavey Company 558.30
Marysville Township 462.50
Medical Arts Press 165.00
Menards - Buffalo 181.24
Metro Group Inc/The 1,524.94
Midway Iron & Metal Co Inc 247.99
Midwest Protection Agency Inc 298.82
Mini Biff LLC 533.12
MN Counties Comp. Coop. 14,353.27
MN Monitoring Inc 1,133.00
MN Public Emp. Labor Relat. 225.00
Monticello Towing LLC 160.31
Morries Parts & Service Grp 1,092.44
Nelson Auto Center 67,945.83
Office Depot 2,647.69
ORyans Conoco 130.00
Powerplan OIB 200.22
Rons Appraisal Service 959.31
Royal Tire Inc 5,127.50
Ryan Chevrolet 992.83
SHI International Corp 17,614.82
St Cloud Stamp & Sign Inc 863.44
Star West 14,807.00
Stumpf Acoustics 186.00
Total Printing 479.60
Weber/Gordon S 140.00
Wessman/Maureen J 887.63
Westside Pest Solutions Inc 175.00
Westside Wholesale Tire 150.00
Word Systems Inc 2,550.00
Wright Hennepin Electric 184.99
Wright Soil & Water Cons. 1,275.00
20 Payments Less Than 100 885.41
Final Total: $426,698.50
The meeting adjourned at 9:35 A.M
Published in the Herald Journal Aug. 20, 2012.