Wright County Board Minutes

WRIGHT COUNTY BOARD MINUTES
SEPTEMBER 24, 2013
The Wright County Board met in regular session at 9:00 A.M. with Husom, Sawatzke, Daleiden, Potter and Borrell present.
Borrell moved to approve the 9-17-13 County Board Minutes as presented. The motion was seconded by Potter and carried unanimously.
Petitions were accepted to the Agenda as follows: Item For Consid. #5, “Clarification On Newspaper Article RE: Employee Lunchroom” (Daleiden). Potter moved to approve the Agenda as presented, seconded by Husom, carried 5-0.
On a motion by Potter, second by Daleiden, all voted to approve the Consent Agenda:
A. ADMINISTRATION
1. Performance Appraisals: A. Gillham, K. Labo, Aud./Treas.; D. Anderson, S. Bonnick, A. Fournier, E. Knoop, P. Mackie, J. Sievert, Sher.
B. AUDITOR/TREASURER
1. Approve Renewal Of Annual Off Sale 3.2 Malt Liquor License For Olson’s Truck Stop (Silver Creek Twp.).
Sheriff Joe Hagerty recognized Capt. Patrick O’Malley for receiving the 2013 Jail Administrator of the Year Award which was presented to O’Malley at the Minnesota Sheriff’s Association Jail Administrator Conference. He was nominated by the Corrections Sergeants that he supervises. Capt. O’Malley’s attributes cited as part of the Award include his ability to communicate with employees and inmates, his ability to work within a set budget, his ability to encourage Sergeants to come up with ideas that introduce and implement efficiencies into the operation, his patience in working through difficult situations, and his painstaking diligence in putting together new policies. Sheriff Hagerty said Sheriffs and County Boards are aware of the inherent risks and liabilities in operating County Jails. Under Capt. O’Malley’s leadership, he stated the people in their care and custody are safe and secure. The County Board extended congratulations to Capt. O’Malley.
Bob Hiivala, Auditor/Treasurer, requested approval of a Contract Addendum with Wenck Associates for County Ditch 10. Wenck Associates previously completed the hydrological study for County Ditch 10 and the bid specifications for repair work. Bids were solicited for that repair work and those bids were subsequently rejected. Wenck Associates has quoted a not-to-exceed price of $1,500 to assist with the re-bid process, including the extra work of reviewing the contractor bids and assisting the Board in award of the bid. The Addendum proposes the following tasks: 1) Update the formal bid contract; 2) Upload the bid contracts and plans on Quest (an online construction data network); 3) Have plans and specifications available for purchase or viewing at Wenck Associates, Inc.; 4) Review contractor’s bids and select the contractor; and 5) Wenck will be present at request for up to two County Board Meetings. Hiivala stated that the process will include making sure the solicitation includes all 11 Wright County vendors. He clarified that the Addendum has a not-to-exceed figure of $1,500 but it is estimated that the cost may be closer to $1,000. As this is such a large project, the County Attorney’s Office has indicated it would be best to have the Engineer involved in the entire process. After discussion, it was the consensus to change Item 4 of the Addendum to read, “Review contractor’s bids and provide a recommendation to the Board.” Daleiden moved to approve the Contract Addendum with Wenck Associates for County Ditch 10, as amended, with a not-to-exceed figure of $1,500. The motion was seconded by Borrell and carried 5-0. Sawatzke questioned whether all the people that historically have been notified of ditch repair work will be notified on this bid solicitation. Hiivala stated that is correct. The bids and specifications will be obtained from Wenck Associates. If there are any addendums, Wenck needs to know and alert the bidders of the changes. Hiivala said the County’s website will reflect that the County is soliciting bids and will direct them to Wenck Associates to obtain the documentation.
On a motion by Daleiden, second by Potter, all voted to approve the claims as listed in the abstract, subject to audit, for a total of $522,256.56, 165 vendors, and 236 transactions.
Brian Asleson, Chief Deputy Attorney, requested the Board adopt a draft resolution authorizing refinancing of 2006 Park Terrace Revenue Bonds. In 2006, the County issued revenue bonds on behalf of Park Terrace Assisted Living to allow for the construction of the assisted living facility and adult day care center located on Montrose Blvd. in Buffalo. Park Terrace wishes to refinance the revenue bonds. No public hearing is required but a resolution is necessary to approve the issuance and to authorize various County officials to sign the applicable documents. Sawatzke asked whether the County should assess a small administrative fee to keep the County whole. Asleson said a fee was not assessed in 2006 but a $1,000 administrative fee was charged with the last transaction, which required a public hearing and 2-3 Board Meetings. This refinancing has taken an estimated half hour of Asleson’s time. Borrell moved to adopt Resolution #13-31, seconded by Husom, carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.
A Committee Of The Whole Meeting was held on 9-17-13. At today’s County Board Meeting, Hiivala stated that CliftonLarsonAllen issued an unqualified opinion, which is the best opinion that can be issued on financial statements. Some of the areas that were identified in the audit will continue in the future, such as the segregation of duties and ditch fund balances. Daleiden moved to approve the Committee Of The Whole minutes, seconded by Borrell. Potter stated that the County has 5.7 months of reserves which is considered healthy. The State has a minimum of five months. Potter said he wanted the public to know the County is fiscally solvent. The motion carried 5-0:
I. AUDIT EXIT CONFERENCE
Hiivala said CliftonLarsonAllen (CLA) has completed the 2012 County Financial Statements. The CLA PowerPoint presentation entitled “Audit Presentation, Exit Conference: Communication With Those Charged With Governance, Year Ending December 31, 2012,” is posted on the County website. Hard copies were distributed at the meeting. CLA also provided a booklet entitled “Wright County, Minnesota – Financial Statements And Supplementary Information, Year Ended December 31, 2012” (see attachments).
Hiivala explained that this is an annual meeting to enable CLA to present the Audit findings to the Board. Host and Utsch were present to explain the reports and answer questions. The County is required to have audited Financial Statements and a single Audit performed because the County receives Federal grants. The State has authorized the County to contract with CLA to conduct the Audit. The Office of the State Auditor (OSA) then reviews the Financial Statements issued by CLA.
Host said the Audit Presentation summarizes key points and findings. Borrell asked that in the future CLA also provide the electronic version of the presentation so the public viewing via the Internet could see the data more clearly.
Host introduced Sarah Utsch, who will address the Internal Control and State Legal Compliance Findings. Host said the Audit team brought 35 years of experience to the Audit. He added that some firms do governmental accounting as filler work after tax season. He said he and Utsch focus on governmental accounting and auditing.
Host touched on the Required Communications as noted on Page 6 of the Audit Presentation. Audit standards require certain communications between the Auditors and those charged with governance of the County. He referred to the governance letter in the Financial Statements booklet beginning on Page 2. As Auditor, CLA is required to communicate their responsibilities to the County, as well as provide an opinion regarding whether the Financial Statements are materially correct. CLA issued an unqualified opinion that the County’s Financial Statements are fairly stated as presented. Host said this is the most important item under Required Communications.
Utsch referred to Page 8 of the Presentation, “Internal Control Findings.” She also drew attention to Page 71 of the Financial Statements booklet, “Material Weaknesses – Financial Reporting” for more detailed information on the list of findings. There are different levels of findings. Material Weaknesses indicate a reasonable possibility that a material misstatement could occur. Items of less concern are termed “Significant Deficiencies,” but are still communicated to the Board.
Three Material Weaknesses were identified by the Audit.
• Segregation of Duties
• Financial Reporting Process
• Material Audit Adjustments
Regarding Segregation of Duties, Utsch said a county the size of Wright has many collection points where there are not enough employees to ensure segregation between the point when cash and checks are taken in and deposits are made at the bank.
Daleiden asked how long these Material Weaknesses have occurred at the County. Utsch said they began writing the report this way in 2006. Hiivala said it has been going on even longer. Host said is a common comment for many counties. There is not adequate segregation for every Department. The County has many decentralized collection points outside of the Department where most accounting functions are performed. This is typically where these Weaknesses occur. Host said fraud often occurs in locations where there is a lack of people to segregate different components of the accounting cycle. The County Audit did not find any fraud or thefts. However, Host said audit standards require CLA to report Material Weaknesses such as a lack of segregation of duties.
Daleiden asked which Department showed deficiencies. Hiivala said primarily the Parks Department. Host said this is a challenge for Parks because they do not employ enough people to segregate accounting duties. Husom said the potential for fraud is more likely in a Department where one person working alone may take in money. Host said once the collections are funneled into the accounting system, there are many checks and balances. However, the control system is only as good as the beginning point where money is collected. If controls are lacking at that point in the accounting cycle, there are not likely to be compensating controls at the end of the cycle. Hiivala said the County may use sequential receipt numbers, but he has no control over whether those are used for every transaction. Host said their responsibilities as Auditors is to communicate that the County is aware there are places where accounting functions are not fully segregated. He added they are not recommending the County hire additional staff to fully segregate these duties.
Utsch said another Material Weakness is the Financial Reporting Process. Utsch said the County hired CLA as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) firm to perform the functions necessary to compile the Financial Statements book. Host said County staff enters all the accounting transactions into the general ledger system. CLA has the software to gather all the data into a comprehensive report. Host said a Material Weakness in the financial reporting process is very common for local governments. He explained that about five years ago the audit standards changed to require that the Auditor acknowledge their part in compiling the Financial Statements book.
Utsch said the third Material Weakness is Material Audit Adjustments. As part of the Audit, when auditing the transactions entered into the County’s Internal Ledger System, there are occasions when the Auditor will need to make adjustments. An example would be reclassifying revenues from a Federal grant to a State grant, or adjusting the County’s year-end inventory. In this instance, perhaps inventory had been counted and entered into the ledger system but not updated with the year-end balance. The purpose of the Auditor’s adjustments is to bring the County’s numbers into accordance with auditing standards.
Host said County staff has worked hard to minimize these adjustments during the last six or seven years. He has only encountered one instance in 22 years when a county had zero audit adjustments. The Auditor ensures that items are placed in the correct categories on the Financial Statements. Auditing standards change constantly.
Utsch referred to “Significant Deficiencies” listed on Page 9 of the Presentation. She explained that Significant Deficiencies in Internal Control Findings are less severe than Material Weaknesses, yet are important enough to merit attention by those charged with governance. Utsch said the following Significant Deficiencies are new for the County this year:
1) Timely reconciliation of bank statements; and
2) Support for social welfare disbursements.
Regarding timely reconciliation of bank statements, Utsch said there were a few bank statements related to investments that needed to be reconciled. She said these accounts did not show a lot of activity from month to month, but there were fees and interest earned that had not been entered and reconciled. Utsch said they are requesting that those statements be reconciled on a timely basis.
Hiivala explained that this recommendation pertains to two accounts. One is a Wells Fargo account that has not been used for four years and has had no activity. The other was a money market savings account. These have since been reconciled. Hiivala said he was surprised this had not been done earlier. They are not significant accounts, and the lack of reconciliation did not expose the County to egregious errors. Host said if this was regarding the County’s main checking account, the finding would be classified as a Material Weakness. However, this communication falls into the Significant Deficiencies category.
Utsch continued with the second Significant Deficiency regarding support for social welfare disbursements. She said the Human Services Department has a separate checking account that holds client funds. The County manages these funds for clients who are unable to manage their own money. Personal Needs checks are written by the County to the clients if requested. Utsch said paper support must document who controls this checking account and who is authorized to write clients a Personal Needs check. The Auditor found that one social worker managed the client and another employee wrote the checks. The two employees left no documentation for the Auditor to review. Utsch said they are not implying there was no support or reasonable means to write the checks. However, if there is no documentation in the file, auditing standards require that a communication be relayed stating no documentation was provided.
Husom asked if the documentation would be in the form of a log or a ledger for each client. Kutz said currently the social worker gets an email from the financial worker establishing the amount of the Personal Needs request for the year. The email is then put in the file. Utsch said that is sufficient, as it is not necessary to get new documentation each month. Host said it should be revisited annually. Kutz said it is.
Hiivala interjected that these accounts are also audited by the Social Security Administration (SSA). Their findings were similar. He said by the time they received the recommendation from the SSA, CLA was already conducting their audit. Since then, Hiivala said such documentation is now placed in each client’s file.
Utsch directed attention to a Minnesota Legal Compliance Finding on Page 11 of the Presentation. The finding states that 27 of 46 individual ditch systems had deficit fund balances at year-end. She said Auditors are given a checklist of State Statues that the OSA requires them to follow to measure County compliance. A State Statute and details of the finding are found on Page 77 of the Financial Statements booklet. The Statute states that individual ditches must each have designated accounts in which repair expenses are established. The ditches are usually repaired first and impacted properties assessed afterwards. This causes a negative cash balance until assessments are collected. However, State Statute requires that any deficit balances on ditch accounts must be reported at the end of the year.
Host said he was not aware of any ditches that do not get this finding. He said the Statute related to this finding is perhaps 100 years old. The reality is that ditches are repaired first and assessments paid later. Host said other Statutes allow a repayment schedule for a number of years. Hiivala said the total amount of the negative balances is small.
Utsch turned to Page 13 of the Presentation to discuss “Federal Single Audit Findings.” The County receives $500,000 in Federal funding. She said as part of the Audit, CLA has to do a risk assessment to determine which programs will be tested each year. Utsch referred to Page 70 of the Financial Statements booklet that lists the seven major County programs tested in 2012 to determine whether Federal funds were properly used. Four Significant Deficiencies findings are listed on Page 13 of the Presentation:
1) Two case files of 40 tested for Medical Assistance did not have citizenship or qualified alien documentation. (Both a compliance and a control finding).
2) Two of 40 applications for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) assistance did not have the felony section of the application completed nor any other documentation regarding felony status.
3) The Random Moment Study (RMS) listing of employees was incorrect for 3rd quarter. An employee was on the listing; however they no longer have an active caseload.
4) Title XX contracts with providers missing language about suspension or debarment.
Kutz said checklist is now being used to ensure all Medical Assistance items are documented. Utsch said the TANF finding did not indicate whether the County worker asked the client about any felony history.
Regarding the third finding, Utsch said the RMS study lists the employees who work on incoming caseloads. The State receives this list quarterly and reviews it to determine how much of the Federal funding the County will receive for each program (Medical Assistance, TANF, etc.). During the third quarter, there was an employee still listed who had transferred to another position within the County and no longer held an active caseload. The finding is a reminder to make sure the list is updated quarterly so all employees noted have active caseloads. Host said this finding has only a minor impact on allocations and not on the total amount of Federal funds the County receives.
Utsch said the Title XX finding relates to contracts with providers. Whenever Federal funding is involved with a vendor contract, the County is required to certify that the vendor has not been suspended or debarred from doing business with governmental entities. The County can search by the vendor’s name on a particular website, or add a self-certification clause to the contract stating that the Contractor is not suspended or debarred from doing business with government entities. Several Title XX contracts that CLA reviewed had no language to that effect. The vendors were not debarred, but the County is responsible to make sure they are not debarred before entering into a contract.
Potter said the findings are minor and easily corrected. Host said at least half have already been addressed. This should be done at least annually. Host said the management letter is good. There are a few things audit standards require CLA to do, including a few adjustments to controls. Regarding the Federal Single Audit findings, Host said he is seeing an increase in similar findings across all counties. He believes it may be due to increased demand for Human Services assistance and insufficient staff levels.
Utsch moved to “Financial Results” on Page 15 of the Presentation. This page illustrates how many months of expenditures the County has in all funds combined. As of 12-31-12, the County had 5.7 months of expenditures in the Fund balance. The OSA recommends no less than five months of expenditures in the Fund balance. This graph shows the total of all funds. Subsequent graphs detail individual Fund balances for the General, Road & Bridge, and Human Services Funds.
Host said the Governmental Fund balance is a bit above the recommended levels. There is no authoritative guidance regarding the ideal Fund balance amount. The OSA and the Government Finance Officers Association established the target of no less than five months for local governments. Hiivala said the graph on Page 15 combines all County funds together. He said it is not appropriate for the County to have five months of debt service in the Fund balance. The County levies the projected amount of the debt service every year. Host compared the graph on Page 15 to the “big basket” of County funds. Subsequent charts will show the individual baskets that go into the big basket which are the General, Road & Bridge and Human Services Funds.
Utsch directed attention to Page 16 of the Presentation illustrating “Government Funds – Revenues and Expenditures.” This graph also includes all funds. She said County revenues exceeded expenditures by $3,687,313 in 2012, primarily due to an increase in property tax collections and a decrease in expenses. Host added that more than half of the increase in revenue was due to debt service repayment schedules. The County had an increase in the amount of debt to be paid in 2012.
Borrell noted that Page 16 indicates the Fund balance increased by $5,486,996. Utsch explained that the County took in bond proceeds of about $1.5 million. This increased the Fund balance, but is not true revenue. This money is being used to refund some old bonds. Hiivala said the $1.5 million will be spent in 2013 on other debt.
Utsch turned to Page 17 of the Presentation showing “Revenues – All Governmental Funds.” She said taxes are the largest source of revenue for the County. Intergovernmental revenues, or grants, are second. Page 18 illustrates “Expenditures - All Governmental Funds.” The tall yellow bar in 2008 under Capital Outlay shows the expense to build the Law Enforcement Center (LEC). In a normal year, the largest expense is related to Public Safety, then the General Government, Highways & Streets, and Human Services.
Moving to Page 19, “General Fund Revenues and Expenditures,” Utsch said General Fund revenues have exceeded expenditures from 2006 to 2012. Revenues and expenditures have been consistent, with less than a one percent change in gross revenues and expenditures from 2011. The General Fund balance grew by $1,059,042. This Fund alone contains 7.6 months of expenditures. She said when combining all Funds, the County has 5.7 months of expenditures. The General Fund is healthy according to OSA guidelines.
Page 20 of the Presentation illustrates “Road and Bridge Fund Revenues and Expenditures.” Utsch said revenues in this Fund exceeded expenditures, causing the Fund balance to increase by $1,515,016. By 12/31/12, the Fund balance had 5.1 months of expenditures. Utsch said audit standards reporting for Road & Bridge depend on when revenue is collected. If State aid does not arrive within 60 days after year-end or by February 28th of the year, the revenue is reported in the following year. This Fund balance changes annually depending on when revenues come in for a given year.
Host cited the example of the year 2011, when expenditures exceeded revenues by about the same amount as revenues exceeded expenditures in 2012. Utsch said this Fund balance varies depending on construction projects.
Utsch directed attention to the graph on Page 21, “Human Services Revenues and Expenditures.” The Fund balance increased by $1,053,079. Revenues and expenditures were consistent with the prior year. By 12-31-12, the Fund had 3.3 months of expenditures in the balance.
Utsch directed attention to the graph on Page 22, “County Indebtedness.” This graph indicates the sources of County debt. The sources are General Obligation bonds payable of about $55 million, Other Post-Employment Benefits (OPEB), and Compensated Absences (Comp Abs) related to vacation and sick leave for employees. Comp Abs increase slowly as more employees near retirement. They accumulate more leave, their pay is higher, and when these employees leave employment, the County has to pay them according to the policy. The lines recognize the liability the County has in those areas.
Host said the County hires an actuary to determine the estimated costs and liability of OPEB for the County over thirty years. Hiivala said the only exposure for the County is providing the opportunity for retired employees to stay on the County’s health insurance plan. Hiivala said it has an impact on what the County pays for health insurance. The County pays Hilde, Inc. to do this actuarial study to estimate the liability. The County does not pay out actual cash benefits to these retired employees. Hiivala said the only liability for the County is the Implicit Rate Subsidy, meaning the County pays more for insurance because there are retired employees on the insurance plan. Borrell asked if the County subsidizes retired employees’ health insurance. Hiivala said the County does not. Sawatzke asked why there is $1,051,189 in OPEB liability if the retirees pay for their own insurance. The County’s Implicit Rate Subsidy is higher because there are more old people enrolled in the insurance plan. Host said State statutes require counties to allow retirees to stay on the health insurance plan. However, retired employees have to pay for the insurance. Even if they pay 100 percent of the cost, the fact that the County insurance covers retirees theoretically increases County premiums.
Sawatzke asked why the OPEB amount is listed as indebtedness when County premiums are higher due to retirees (who are older) participating in the insurance plan. He said it is not a debt. Host said it is according to accounting standards. It is not debt similar to a bond. Borrell said it is an additional cost. Sawatzke said it is a cost to all County employees and not just the County.
Sawatzke asked why health insurance costs have risen so high. Utsch said 2007 was the first year OPEB was required to be reported as a liability. Sawatzke said the County has allowed retired employees to stay on the health insurance for years. Host said the components of the actuarial study include the total number of employees on the health plan, their age, health care trends, and the cost of health care. All have contributed to the substantial increase in health care costs during the last six years. Overall, the work force got older as Baby Boomers reached retirement age.
Sawatzke asked how many retired employees are buying health insurance through the County. Utsch said there are 14 retirees on the County health insurance plan. The current employees are included in the Implicit Rate Subsidy as well. Daleiden said the OPEB amount includes calculating for all existing employees (not just retirees) in the event they all left employment at once. Hiivala said it is called the Implicit Rate. Sawatzke said the County is not really paying this amount. Hiivala said it is only on the Financial Statement on the full accrual presentation. The 14 retirees have an impact on what all County employees pay for health insurance. There is an Implicit Rate the County and its employees pay due to the retirees. However, Hiivala said there are current employees who have a greater impact on the Implicit Rate than retirees.
Hiivala said he will distribute the 45-page actuarial report from Hilde, Inc. to the Board electronically. He would like Hilde, Inc. to explain this number to the Board. Sawatzke clarified that the County is not writing a check to anyone for the $1,051,189 in OPEB benefits. Daleiden said the County is liable for the $3,537,391 in vacation, comp time and sick leave benefits if all employees left on the same day. Hiivala reiterated that retirees pay 100 percent of the premium.
Utsch turned to Page 24 of the Presentation, “Key Issues/Summary.” The General Fund and Road & Bridge Fund balances are within the OSA guidelines. However, the Human Services Fund balance is slightly short of the recommended levels as of 12-31-12. Utsch said under Other Items for Consideration, key issues CLA brought to the attention of the County include:
1) Monitoring collateral on deposit accounts; and
2) Ensure that all Departments use their petty cash and change funds only for the purposes authorized by the Board.
Utsch explained regarding item 1) that if the County buys a Certificate of Deposit (CD) for $100,000, as the CD earns interest, the interest should be considered for collateral coverage. When Hiivala monitors collateral with the banks, he should make sure the banks cover interest above and beyond FDIC coverage to include the interest. One fund was $700 short. That was not deemed significant enough to be designated a finding. Hiivala said the banks have the same requirements as the County regarding collateralizing deposits.
Regarding item 2), Utsch said change funds should not be used to buy postage or other items in addition to making change. Utsch said Departments must understand the purpose of their petty cash funds and strictly adhere to them.
Utsch closed by addressing Federal Funds applied for by the County. Cities with populations less than 5,000 may not apply for Federal Road & Bridge funds. If, for example, the Highway Department applies for a Federal grant on behalf of a city with less than 5,000 in population, the County is responsible for ensuring Federal guidelines are monitored and complied with (even though the County is requesting the funds for the city).
Daleiden asked Host if he recommends that the County budget computers and software purchases on separate line items for tracking and reporting purposes. Currently these items are included with furniture and equipment. Host said there are a number of different methods for tracking capital assets and budgeting. Counties often centralize the Information Technology purchases into a particular area. Others prefer that each Department have a line item for computers and software in their individual budgets. Host said both methods work fine.
Daleiden said designating separate line items will make it easier to track and determine the cost. Utsch said separating line items is beneficial for auditing purposes.
Host said the recommendation for checking accounts is the opposite. Overall, CLA recommends that counties centralize all checking account transactions.
Hiivala asked if counties allocate insurances down to the Department level. Host said the majority allocate at the Department level. Daleiden said the Sheriff’s Office is the biggest insurance consumer in County government. He said allocating insurance by Department provides a truer cost of business. He would like to see this data for the Sheriff’s Office.
Sawatzke commented on a correction that should be made on Page 1 of the Financial Statements book. The 2012 County Board Chair should read Rose Thelen and not Elmer Eichelberg.
Host complimented the County staff for their conscientious work. Hiivala said he cannot overemphasize the competence of the CLA staff.
(End of 9-17-13 Committee Of The Whole Minutes)
Laid over from the last meeting, the Board discussed the Clearwater River Watershed District (CRWD) appointment. Lee Kelly, Interim County Coordinator, provided an overview of the process that was followed when this was before the Board approximately a year ago. The opening on the CRWD Board was posted by the Auditor’s Office. One application was received and that applicant was appointed to the CRWD Board. Kelly suggested a similar process to find potential candidates. Husom made a motion to advertise for the opening. It was suggested that the opening be advertised in the Clearwater and Annandale newspapers. Asleson said it is not required to advertise in the Howard Lake Herald (official County newspaper). The motion was seconded by Borrell. Daleiden made a friendly amendment to the motion to include sending notice to all townships, cities, and lake associations in that watershed district. It was the consensus that applications will be reviewed by Husom and Sawatzke. The Auditor’s Office will handle the advertisement of the position. A recommendation will be brought back to the County Board. The motion carried 5-0.
Also laid over from the last Board Meeting, the Board discussed the Region 7W Transportation Policy Board Municipal Representative appointment. Potter stated that the Mayor’s Association unanimously voted to recommend the appointment of Vern Heidner from Otsego. The other towns were notified and did not come forward with a recommendation. Potter moved to appoint Vern Heidner to the Regional 7W Transportation Policy Board. The motion was seconded by Daleiden and carried 5-0.
Borrell moved to approve the reappointment of Senator Bruce Anderson to serve as a Wright County Community Action Public Sector Representative. The motion was seconded by Daleiden and carried 5-0.
Commissioner Daleiden said a recent newspaper article referenced the employee lunchroom that Wright County is making at the Government Center. He said the article stated it will be a large lunchroom but did not clarify that it was being constructed in place of two existing lunchrooms. Human Services and Information Technology will expand into the spaces of the two current lunchrooms.
Bills Approved
Advanced Disposal Services $778.03
Albertville Body Shop Inc 1,000.00
Allina Hospitals & Clinics 347.42
Ameripride Services 251.18
Annandale Rock Products 983.42
Anoka County Corrections 14,164.00
Appraisal Institute 600.00
Aramark Services Inc 6,785.98
Arctic Glacier USA Inc 725.61
Association of MN Counties 150.00
Association of MN Counties 100.00
Black Moore Magnussen LTD 400.00
Bottiger/Shawna 150.00
Center Point Energy 1,363.94
CenturyLink 1,629.33
Climate Air 876.40
Cokato/City of 350.00
CSD 396.35
Delano Rental Inc 187.83
Delano/City of 4,936.40
Double D Electric Inc 958.05
EPA Audio Visual Inc 9,691.72
French Lake Auto Parts 200.00
Gabriel/Cathleen 100.00
Grainger 235.24
Hatfield/Brad 101.20
Hillyard Inc - Minneapolis 1,228.43
Interstate Powersystems 442.20
Jerrys Towing & Repair 154.69
John Deere Financial 930.95
Keaveny LTC Pharmacy 2,845.94
Loberg Electric 241.71
MACPZA 150.00
Madden Galanter Hansen LLP 2,192.20
Marco 174.25
Martin Marietta Materials 1,286.01
Martin-McAllisters Consulting 1,350.00
Mathiowetz Construction 298,898.57
Menards - Buffalo 496.37
Midwest Protection Agency 1,406.29
Mille Lacs Cty Sheriff 127.52
Mini Biff LLC 694.91
MN Chemical Company 4,342.33
MN Corrections Association 150.00
MN Counties Computer Coop 1,207.56
MN Counties Ins Trust 192.00
MN Dept. of Labor & Industry 1,672.52
MN Monitoring Inc 8,953.50
Montrose/City of 5,000.00
Morries Parts & Serv. Group 397.80
North American Salt Co 16,659.74
Office Depot 885.23
Olsen Fire Protection Inc 374.00
Public Safety Printing Services 116.49
Purick/Ryan 200.00
Quetel Corporation 2,000.00
Ramacciotti/Frank 200.00
Richards/Thomas W 500.00
Riley/Sean 317.10
Rinke-Noonan 1,410.00
RS Eden 1,277.96
Schmaltz/John 128.25
SHI International Corp 523.69
Sicheneder/Patrick 175.00
Solar Winds Inc 958.00
St Cloud Stamp & Sign Inc 128.35
Syntax Inc 187.03
Transcend United Tech. 45,285.31
Twin City Garage Door Co 225.13
Uni-hydro Ironworkers 169.93
Vang/Kelly 225.00
Village Ranch Inc 5,325.18
W D Larson Companies LTD 388.37
West Payment Center 102.96
Wright Co. Highway Dept 52,505.83
Wright Co. Surveyor 310.70
Wright Henn. Coop Elec Assn 5,720.29
Wright Hennepin Electric 2,641.24
26 Payments less than $100 1,317.93
Final total $522,256.56
The meeting adjourned at 9:30 A.M
Published in the Herald Journal Oct. 14, 2013.


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