WRIGHT COUNTY BOARD MINUTES
DECEMBER 17, 2013
The Wright County Board met in regular session at 9:00 A.M. with Husom, Sawatzke, Daleiden, Potter and Borrell present.
Daleiden moved to approve the 11-26-13 County Board Minutes as presented. The motion was seconded by Borrell and carried unanimously.
Borrell moved to approve the 12-03-13 County Board Minutes as presented. The motion was seconded by Husom and carried 5-0.
Petitions were accepted to the Agenda as follows: Item For Consid. #11, “DNR Snowmobile Safety Grant” (Hoffman). Potter moved to approve the Agenda as amended, seconded by Daleiden, carried 5-0.
On a motion by Daleiden, second by Husom, all voted to approve the Consent Agenda:
1. O/T Report, Period Ending 11-23-13.
2. Approve Non-Union Salary Schedule For 2014.
3. Authorize Signatures On Vending Machine Agreement.
4. Increase Employer’s Contribution Toward Insurances By $50/Month, Eff. 3-01-14, For Non-Union Employees With Family Health Insurance.
1. Approve Renewal of 2014 Tobacco License for: Casey’s Retail Company DBA Casey’s General Store #2412, Coborn’s Incorporated DBA Coborn’s #2029, Coborn’s Incorporated DBA Coborn’s Liquor #6038, Coborn’s Incorporated DBA Little Duke’s, Midwest Tobacco, Inc. (City of Albertville); Coborn’s Incorporated, DBA Coborn’s #2008, Coborn’s Incorporated DBA Coborn’s Liquor #6034, Coborn’s Incorporated DBA Little Duke’s (City of Clearwater); Casey’s Retail Company DBA Casey’s General Store #1647, Marohn’s Cokato Marketplace, Inc. DBA The Marketplace (City of Cokato); Two Friends of Annandale, Inc. DBA Hitching Post at Lake Center (Township of Corinna); Coborn’s Incorporated DBA Coborn’s #2028, Coborn’s Incorporated DBA Holiday Stationstore #4073(City of Delano); River Inn Bar & Grill (City of Hanover); Madigan’s Pub & Grill, Inc. (City of Maple Lake); Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. DBA Walmart #3624 (City of Monticello); Casey’s Retail Company DBA Casey’s General Store #1881, Jai Jagdambe, Inc. DBA Montrose Clark, O’Brothers Wine & Spirits, Doug & Sally Roepke, Inc. DBA The Ugly Bar (City of Montrose); Casey’s Retail Company DBA Casey’s General Store #2156 (City of Rockford); Coborn’s Incorporated DBA Cash Wise Liquor #7043, Tran’s St. Michael Liquors DBA St. Michael Liquors (City of St. Michael); Mark’s Service, Inc. (City of Waverly).
C. HUMAN SERVICES
1. Position Replacements:
A. Family Assessment Social Worker.
B. Financial Worker, Adult Financial Services Unit.
C. Financial Services Manager.
1. 11-18-13 Parks Commission Minutes.
1. Refer To Personnel Committee Request RE: Backfill Of Corrections Officer Position.
Lee Kelly, County Coordinator, introduced Tim Dahl who was recently hired as the Risk Manager in the Administration Office. Dahl was welcomed to Wright County.
Jackie Schmidt, Office Manager, presented the Agenda Items on behalf of Bob Hiivala, Auditor/Treasurer. Potter moved to set the final cutoff date for 2013 claims as 12-23-13 at 4:00 P.M. The motion was seconded by Daleiden and carried unanimously.
On a motion by Potter, second by Borrell, all voted to approve the claims as listed in the abstract, subject to audit, for a total of $707,830.48, with 323 vendors and 527 transactions.
Potter moved to adopt Resolution #13-49 setting County Attorney Tom Kelly’s 2014 salary at $120,640 with an additional $7,367 for administering law enforcement contracts. The motion was seconded by Daleiden and carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.
Borrell moved to adopt Resolution #13-50 setting Auditor/Treasurer Bob Hiivala’s 2014 salary at $113,990. The motion was seconded by Husom and carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.
Husom moved to adopt Resolution #13-51 setting Sheriff Joe Hagerty’s 2014 salary at $113,990 with an additional $1,500 for administering law enforcement contracts. The motion was seconded by Potter and carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.
Potter moved to adopt Resolution #13-52 setting the County Board’s annual salary for 2014 at $36,892, exclusive of per diem payments. Said salary shall continue in effect until such time as the Resolution is amended or modified. The motion was seconded by Husom and carried 4-1 on a roll call vote with Daleiden casting the nay vote.
Potter moved to adopt Resolution #13-53 setting the County Board Per Diem at $50 in 2014. The motion was seconded by Borrell and carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.
Husom moved to adopt Resolution #13-54 appointing Dr. Quinn Strobl as Medical Examiner in 2014. The motion was seconded by Potter. Daleiden questioned why the County contracts with Anoka County for Medical Examiner Services and whether someone local could be selected. Sawatzke said the County contracted with a local doctor until the mid 1990’s. The doctor who was performing this service decided not to continue. The County sought a replacement but did not receive much interest. He said the largest thing behind this position is the forensic science. Sawatzke said former Sheriff Don Hozempa strongly supported ramping up efforts in this regard. The County moved to a partnership with Anoka County. Since then, about half dozen counties have joined. Sawatzke said to hire locally, the person may not have the expertise required to deal with crime scenes, etc. The Medical Examiner acts as the County Coroner. The motion carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.
Marc Mattice, Parks Administrator, requested approval of an Amendment to the Operating Agreement Exhibit for the Fourth Addendum to the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Wright County, City of Monticello, and YMCA of Greater Twin Cities, expanding the public use and hours of Camp Manitou facilities. On 11-12-13, the County Board approved the Fourth Addendum to the MOU. The Fourth MOU included the Operating Agreement as an exhibit. The Operating Agreement provides a process for amendment for uses and facilities beyond those initially approved for the YMCA Day Camp Manitou. The YMCA has gone through the review process as detailed in the Operating Agreement for the proposed use and hour expansion. The Park Use & Programs Sub-Committee of the Bertram Chain of Lakes Advisory Council has reviewed the Amendment and recommends approval of the expansion of uses and hours as described in the Amendment. The full Bertram Chain of Lakes Advisory Council has reviewed the Amendment/request and has recommended approval by the County Board and City Council. It is requested that the Amendment be considered as part of the Operating Agreement Exhibit to the Fourth Addendum to the MOU, which will be executed by all parties prior to the closing for the Phase IV acquisition on 12-17-13. If the Amendment is approved, the request is for authorization of signatures on the companion document titled, “Amendment and Authentication of Exhibits.” Daleiden said he understood the idea was to allow the public to rent items when camp is not in session. Mattice said that is still in play. He is working with members of the public who rent equipment. It was felt that rather than give the YMCA exclusive rights, other options should be explored. The YMCA is agreeable to that. Sawatzke added that the City may want to provide rental services in the future (i.e., canoes). Leaving the language out of the document allows this to occur. They did not want to grant this to the YMCA for 99 years. Daleiden moved to approve the Amendment to the Operating Agreement Exhibit for the Fourth Addendum to the Memorandum of Understanding between Wright County, City of Monticello, and YMCA of Greater Twin Cities, expanding the public use of and hours of Camp Manitou facilities. The motion was seconded by Potter and carried 5-0.
Virgil Hawkins, Highway Engineer, requested approval of a resolution vacating a portion of CSAH 3 (from the South County Line to Cokato). Construction is complete and the final right-of-way process of vacating unneeded fragments of old right-of-way can begin. There are 14 parcels totaling 193,935 square feet that are in this category. Monetary consideration was addressed during the acquisition process and included in the final award. Following MN Statute 163.11 procedures for vacating, the County will notify the property owners affected and post for 10 days at the Auditor’s Office. During a 30-day comment period, all utilities will be notified and allowed to comment on their facilities in relation to this action. Hawkins said the parcels are owned by the property owners, and the County had an easement. Daleiden moved to adopt Resolution #13-55 to vacate a portion of CSAH 3 (from South County Line to Cokato). The motion was seconded by Borrell and carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.
Hawkins requested approval of a resolution which will revoke portions of CSAH 3 at 85th St. SW in Stockholm Township. Construction at this location has been completed, so the final right-of-way process of revoking unneeded fragments of old right-of-way can begin. There are 7 parcels totaling 103,964 square feet that are in this category that will be revoked back to Stockholm Township. Borrell moved to adopt Resolution #13-56 revoking portions of CSAH 3 at 85th St. SW to Stockholm Township. The motion was seconded by Husom. Asleson explained that a couple of the areas involved are Fee Simple which may relate to parcels that the County acquired. In this case, the property will go back to the Township as part of highway right-of-way. He will double check with Mark Johnson, Right-Of-Way Agent, to verify this. The motion carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.
Hawkins requested approval of a resolution of final acceptance for the Montrose Safe Routes To School Trail Project, SP 086-591-001, Contract #11-54, with Omann Brothers Paving of Albertville, Minnesota. Daleiden moved to adopt Resolution #13-57, seconded by Borrell, carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.
Hawkins requested the Board schedule a Transportation Committee Of The Whole Meeting to discuss the following Agenda topics: 1) Review Revised 70th St. Agreement With Otsego; 2) Review Federal Funding Candidate Projects; 3) Review 10-Year Work Plan; and 4) Set Public Meeting Date For Cost Participation Policy. Potter moved to set a Transportation Committee Of The Whole Meeting for 12-31-13 at 10:30 A.M. The motion was seconded by Daleiden and carried 5-0.
Hawkins requested the Board authorize signatures on a deed conveying 4.74 acres to Gale Putnam. The County acquired the land in 2012 as part of highway right-of-way acquisition for the reconstruction of CSAH 3 south of Cokato. Conveyance of the land is the last step in a negotiated agreement to acquire CSAH 3 highway right-of-way from Putnam. Hawkins explained that the land was purchased from another landowner as part of the right-of-way acquisition. Putnam is paying the County approximately $11,000-$12,000 to obtain the 4.74 acres. Daleiden moved to authorize signatures of the Board Chair and Coordinator on the deed. The motion was seconded by Borrell and carried 5-0.
At the request of Hawkins, Potter moved to adopt Resolution #13-58 for final acceptance for the 2013 Grooved Edge Lines Project, SP 086-070-009, Contract #13-06, with Traffic Marking Service, Inc., of Maple Lake, Minnesota, and authorization for final payment of $9,805.89. The motion was seconded by Daleiden and carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.
At the request of Hawkins, Daleiden moved to adopt Resolution #13-59 for final acceptance of the 2013 Rumble Strip Safety Project, SP 086-070-007, Contract #13-05, with Diamond Surface, Inc., of Rogers, Minnesota, and authorization for final payment of $992.26. The motion was seconded by Potter and carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.
Hawkins requested approval of a resolution of final acceptance for the CSAH 12 Improvement Project,
SAP 86-612-017, Contract #10-03, with Mathiowetz Construction Co. of Sleepy Eye, Minnesota and authorization of final payment of $15,678.31. Borrell moved to adopt Resolution #13-60, seconded by Daleiden, carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.
Potter moved to approve the 11-19-13 Transportation Committee Of The Whole Minutes and recommendations. The motion was seconded by Husom and carried 5-0. The Minutes follow:
Chairperson Sawatzke called the meeting to order and introductions were made.
2. Feedback on Cost Participation Policy Update
Hawkins shared with committee members a summary [Attachment 2] of feedback he received from various cities and townships and suggested changes the Highway staff recommends regarding Wright County’s Cost Participation Policy. The Highway staff reviewed and categorized the suggestions and put together a proposed new policy to address the level of contribution from the county for various city/township projects. Included in this summary was a comparison of how a project would be affected by the old policy and by the proposed policy. Hawkins asked the Board members to review the comments, summary, and suggested changes so that this issue could be discussed at a future meeting. Comments were made that the proposed policy would cost the county more, as there are some projects that would require a greater share from the county. Hawkins explained that one of recommended changes would be for the county to pay for 100% of a signal light installation, at intersecting county roads/highways, when all four legs of the intersection belong to the county. Under the current policy, the city (there are none located in townships) pays for 50% of the installation costs, even when both roads/highways belong to the county. He added that this suggested change is the policy that most counties already follow. Sawatzke asked how Wright County compares to other counties, and Hawkins said that we are probably on the low end of what other counties are doing overall and are a bit more conservative than others. Daleiden said that he has talked to some cities that feel the county does more for townships than it does for them. Hawkins said that a typical misunderstanding is that the county doesn’t pay as much for work in the cities as it does in the townships, but the reality is that the difference in funding is determined by the designation of the roadway, either urban or rural design. If the roadway is a rural design, the county pays for 100% of the construction/reconstruction (not including trails). However, if the roadway is an urban design (which has always been located within a city), the costs are shared with the city because the urban design is driven by the needs of the density of development in cities. Urban design includes such features as storm sewer, curb and gutter, and sidewalks. Over time, the county’s costs would be greater than they are now, and if projects are funded without delay, this will create an even bigger deficit (than currently exists) in the Highway Department budget. Sawatzke commented that it would be good to compare Wright County to other counties so that changes aren’t made just because the cities ask for them. Hawkins asked that everyone look over the Highway Department’s suggested changes, which he feels are reasonable, and become familiar with them so that further discussion can be held at a public meeting. He said that the county is not set up to cover costs of storm sewer and other expenses of an urban population. Sawatzke expressed his concern that the cities might continue to increase their requests for projects if the county pays a larger share for projects than they currently do, and Hawkins said that he doesn’t think that this will happen because there will still be enough expense for the cities that they will be cautious with their plans and will not move too fast. Daleiden said that cities can ask all they want, but the county can’t participate if they don’t have the money, and Hawkins agreed that the county would be constrained by the amount of funding available. Borrell said that if a city wants a project done and the county is unable to help them for a few years, they might be better off doing it on their own and making an agreement with the county to accept some contribution over a period of time. Hawkins said that this has been done several times in the past. He added that this policy would cover projects in the Highway’s Five and Ten Year Plans, but that he wants to develop a different policy for development-driven improvements. Sawatzke said that there are not enough funds to cover our current plans, and this new policy would put us even further behind. Wagner interjected that the City of Otsego is hoping to work with a policy that treats larger cities and smaller cities equally fair in terms of contribution levels from the county. Hausmann said that bigger cities get a bigger revenue share per capita from the state, and smaller cities don’t get the same. Cities under 5,000 don’t get any of the gas tax revenue, and Hawkins explained that the county gets an amount of money from municipal state aid funding for cities with a population under 5,000. This funding can be used for county highway projects within the cities, but it cannot be given to the cities. Wagner said that when cities get to be bigger, collector roads need to be built as opposed to regular residential streets within the jurisdiction, and cities need help with the cost of this construction. Borrell said that larger cities have more population to help pay for these. Potter commented that he has heard that the Cities of St. Michael and Albertville were not pleased that they had to pay 50% of the cost of traffic signals on an intersection of two county highways. In a location where there is development, it makes more sense for the city to pay a share than in an area where there isn’t any development. Hawkins said that he feels it is fair to go by legs of the intersection, so that in the case where there are two county highways intersecting within a city the county would pay the full cost. He added that there is the likelihood that the Emergency Vehicle Preemption (EVP) systems will be added to the traffic signals in Wright County, as Sheriff Joe Hagerty has indicated his interest in adding this equipment to his department’s vehicles. Hawkins asked that a date be set for a public meeting to discuss the proposed cost participation policy, and it was decided that a date will be set at a future County Board meeting after members have had an opportunity to review their calendars. Mayors, council members, and townships will be notified when the date for the public meeting has been set.
RECOMMENDATION: It was the recommendation of the TCOTW that calendars be reviewed for possible dates, probably in January 2014, that are available to hold a public meeting to discuss and take comments about the proposed changes to Wright County Highway Department’s current Cost Participation Policy. The date of this public meeting will be determined at a future County Board meeting.
3) Projects Update
Hausmann said that the Township Signing Program is the only project that is going on now, and that should be wrapped up in a few weeks. The paving projects are done for the year, and two of them have won an award from the Minnesota Asphalt Paving Association for the good ride. The CSAH 75 federally funded project from Clearwater to Monticello received this award, and the new wider shoulders have also made this highway attractive to bikers. CSAH 10 also won an award for its smooth ride, and this was completed with local levy money. The CSAH 35 bridge is open to traffic, and the old narrow timber frame has been replaced with a wider concrete bridge with shoulders, at an approximate cost of $1.5 million. The old timbers were salvaged by the contractor, who uses them for various types of projects. The CSAH 3 concrete paving project is now done and is open to traffic, and there has been a lot of positive feedback about the results of this two-year project. Expansion is planned by MnDOT for I-94 in Monticello where CSAH 18 merges with I-94. An auxiliary westbound lane will be added so that drivers will have a chance to transition to the higher speed without holding up traffic in the two-lane area. This construction will probably involve some detoured traffic onto a county road next summer. The paving in Grand Castle Estates turned out well, and the residents seem to be happy with the final results. Coring has already begun for next year’s pavement preservation projects.
4) CSAH 37/70th Street Agreement with Otsego/Albertville/St. Michael
Hawkins presented an agreement [Attachment 3] that has been approved by the three cities of Otsego, Albertville, and St. Michael regarding the current and future status/maintenance/construction of CSAH 37 and the proposed establishment of CR 137 and its future designation/ownership. Hawkins met with representatives from the three cities since the last TCOTW meeting (held in July) to discuss future arrangements for the maintenance of these roadways. This agreement outlines that when Otsego’s construction on 70th Street is completed in 2014, it will be designated as CSAH 37, at which time the remaining portion of the current CSAH 37 (which does not align with 70th Street) will be redesignated as CR 137. The City of Otsego will be responsible for snow/ice control on CSAH 37 for five years (at which time the county will take over), while the county will continue to be responsible for maintenance on the new CR 137 until which time CSAH 22 (Naber Avenue) is extended to 70th Street and an interchange is completed at I-94. Construction of this extension is going to be driven by development, when that occurs, so it is not possible at this time to predict how long that might take. Therefore, this agreement does not indicate a specific date when Wright County’s maintenance on CR 137 will end. If the Naber extension project is not completed before five years are up, then Wright County will be maintaining both CSAH 37 and CR 137. Sawatzke said that he preferred to see the old portion of CSAH 37 (future CR 137) be turned back to the cities at the same time that Wright County takes over the maintenance of the entire portion of the newly routed CSAH 37.
Wagner said that the condition of the existing CSAH 37 is why the cities would not want to take it back. If it were improved to the condition of the new portion of CSAH 37, it would then be in acceptable condition to take back, and Borrell commented that if this road is turned back, it should be turned back in good condition. It really needs to be rebuilt, because it doesn’t have shoulders now. Even with traffic using the new portion between CSAH 19 and Oakwood Avenue, the old portion will probably still have a lot of traffic on it. The cities don’t want to take over the old portion of CSAH 37 until development dollars can help pay for the reconstruction of this section, and there is no way to predict a timeline for this. In the meantime, CSAH 37 will still have to be maintained. Once Naber gets built and development occurs, the city will have the ability to reconstruct it. Sawatzke wanted to know what would be done if development doesn’t happen and Naber doesn’t get built. Daleiden asked what it costs to do snow/ice maintenance per season, and Meyer said that snow plowing amounts to between $1,300 and $1,500/mile/season. When Naber gets built, it will become an extension of CSAH 22, so that will eventually be added mileage to the county road system. There are a lot of county roadways in a small area of the county, but there is also a lot more population. Hawkins said that this new extension would be built with a 20-year design and would need very little maintenance with regular sealcoating. Potter asked if roads that don’t serve a county function could be turned back to the cities, but Sawatzke commented that it is politically difficult to force them back if the cities don’t want them, which is why he would like to see it addressed in this agreement. Wagner commented that Otsego’s willingness to maintain the new CSAH 37 for five years would save the county a lot of money, and since the new CR 137 would still serve a county function, it should be maintained by the county. The county will save hundreds of thousands of dollars by the cities’ willingness to design and build the extension of Naber with development dollars. Hausmann asked if the agreement could state that only minimal maintenance would be done on CR 137 by the county but that it would not reconstruct it. Sawatzke asked why the time of maintenance by the city on the new CSAH 37 would be limited to five years, and Daleiden said that this roadway would primarily serve a county function. Wagner said that vehicles/drivers accessing Rogers High School would be using this route, which is one contribution to the heavy traffic. There was further discussion about the possibility of swapping maintenance duties after a five-year period or of having the county continue the maintenance activities but charge the cities for the work. Potter said that one main concern of Albertville is that the old portion of CSAH 37 nearest the freeway does not serve as a city street, so they are not interested in maintaining it. Hawkins said that if Naber (CSAH 22) gets built, it will become an extension of CSAH 22 and run north of its current termini, TH 241, at which time Wright County might want to get rid of some other road miles. However, CSAH 37 will probably continue to be busy as will CR 137, so there might be some justification for adding more miles to the county system when CSAH 22 is extended. Hausmann said that the timing might work out because the City of Buffalo is going to take over a portion of a county road with a project that they will be completing. Potter said that the county should be firm that if the road doesn’t serve a county function, it shouldn’t be on the county system. Sawatzke said that there is a road in Woodland Township that the county would like to give back, but the township doesn’t have the equipment to take care of it. How do you give it back without the equipment? Hawkins said that he received this signed agreement a couple of days ago, and some revisions and additions had been made, and he hadn’t had a chance to thoroughly review it. Otsego’s attorney agreed that some revisions had been made, and the designated years of maintenance were part of that revision. If the terms of maintenance are changed in this agreement, then it will have to go back to Albertville, Otsego, and St. Michael for approval. Virgil said that he would review this with staff and come back to the TCOTW with a recommendation at a future date.
RECOMMENDATION: It was the recommendation of the TCOTW that County Engineer Hawkins review with staff the proposed agreement with the Cities of Albertville, Otsego, and St. Michael for the future maintenance of future CSAH 37 and future CR 137, and that he return to a future TCOTW meeting with a revised agreement.
5) Request for Proposals (RFP) for Public Works Shop
Hawkins explained that the Wright County Highway Department prepared an RFP [Attachment 4] for a study on needed updates/expansion for the Public Works Building/Facility and sent them out to two firms, both of whom were highly recommended by other counties. Marc Mattice (Parks Administrator), Steve Jobe (Surveyor), Steve Meyer (Highway Maintenance Superintendent), Brian Jans (Shop Maintenance Superintendent), Chad Hausmann (Assistant Engineer), and Hawkins met and reviewed the submitted RFP from each firm. Collectively, they recommend that the low proposal of $29,500 from HCM, Architects, be accepted and that a contract for services be awarded to them. Hausmann said that this firm would determine what type of facility is needed based on current and future needs, and whether or not a new facility is needed or if changes could be made to the current facility that would accommodate the needs. Hawkins said that he would like to move ahead soon so that the firm could get started and finish its analysis by mid-March. He added that he expects this firm to come up with different options for consideration. Sawatzke said that he hopes the recommendation will be more of an expansion and not a teardown and rebuild, and Hausmann said that the review team was pretty adamant that the existing office building not be torn down.
RECOMMENDATION: It was the recommendation of the TCOTW that the County Board accept the RFP for a study on space needs for the Public Works as submitted by HCM, Architects, and that Wright County enter into a contract with them in the amount of $29,500, with incidentals (mileage, prints, reports) not to exceed $3,000.
6) CR 147 Turnback Update (Settlers Parkway Project)
Hawkins explained that the City of Buffalo plans to begin construction on this project next year, and Wright County already has an agreement with the city [Attachment 5] to take back CR 147 in its current condition with Wright County’s payment of $100,000 toward the project. This project will eliminate the intersection of CR 147 and TH 55, which will be a good safety improvement, and a new intersection will be constructed at TH 55/CSAH 34/Settlers Parkway. Eventually, the remaining segment of CR 147 will be turned back to Buffalo and Rockford Townships. Traffic will be directed to a controlled intersection, and a new crossing at the railroad tracks would not have been allowed unless another one was closed. Hawkins said that he will be talking further to the townships about the turnback.
7) Region 7W Urbanized Area Memo of Understanding (MOU) Update
Hawkins distributed the MOU that has been developed by a workgroup that includes the local agencies of Wright County, Sherburne County, Otsego, St. Michael, Hanover, Albertville, Elk River, MnDOT, FHWA, and the Metropolitan Council. The workgroup met five times between July 25, 2012 and October 1, 2013 to develop this MOU. No rights were given to the Met Council other than what the federal government requires. He said that Sherburne County has already approved it, and Hawkins encouraged committee members to review this MOU and recommended that they approve it before the end of the year.
8) Candidate Projects for 2018 Federal Funding Solicitation
A joint project between Albertville and Otsego will be one of the candidate projects that will be considered for 2018 federal funding. Wright County will be looking at ranking its own roads and submitting the one in the worst condition so that it can receive the highest score for needs. Wright County is also planning a safety improvement project with additional street lights at eight new intersections. Though they weren’t selected last year, they will again be applying for funding for additional dynamic intersection signing and resubmit their application jointly with Crow Wing County. Funding will also be sought for improvements to the intersection of CSAH 35/CR 134, which is near the Buffalo High School and experiences heavy traffic several times a day. A letter of support from the City of Buffalo has been received, and this intersection meets the warrants for traffic signals (and has since 1998). The city didn’t want to pay their share for a traffic signal back in 1998, which would have been half the cost under Wright County’s current cost participation policy. A round-about is now being considered for this lower speed intersection. At this time, the only project that has been submitted for funding with Wright County as its agent is a trail project in the City of Annandale (population under 5,000). A new federal law changed the due date for submission this year, and the notice of intent was due last Friday, November 15.
(End of 11-19-13 Transportation Committee Of The Whole Minutes)
Daleiden made a motion to approve the I-94 West Corridor Coalition Membership Renewal in the amount of $8,000. The motion was seconded by Potter. Sawatzke referenced the $8,000 and asked what that is for. He recalled that an $8,000 donation was made last year to the I-94 West Corridor Coalition to bring it to equal footing with donations to the TH 55 Corridor Coalition. He stated he would like more information on what has been expended toward the groups. He would also like to know who else is participating in the I-94 Coalition and what levels cities participate at. Daleiden and Potter withdrew their motion to approve the $8,000 Membership Renewal. Potter said there has not been much done with the TH 55 Corridor Coalition in the past few years but that effort is ramping up. Legislative funding applies to the TH 55 Project where the I-94 Project involves Federal funding. He stated part of the $8,000 cost is for hire of lobbyists. The group of lobbyists he worked with is familiar with the workings at the Capitol. The Commissioners extended appreciation to Potter for his work on the I-94 expansion project. After further discussion, it was the consensus of the Board that they would like a funding update for the TH 55 Corridor Coalition and the I-94 Corridor Coalition. Hawkins said he could assist with that information. Sawatzke said the information should be forwarded to the Board by January and the item can be placed on a Board Meeting Agenda in January.
Kelly presented a request to adopt the Federal Mileage Reimbursement Rate of $.56/mile, effective 1-01-14. Sawatzke said during a recent AMC Meeting, information was presented that would suggest declining oil prices in the U.S. over the next few decades. There is also a new refinery being built in North Dakota. Daleiden moved to keep the County’s Mileage Reimbursement Rate at $.50/mile. The motion was seconded by Husom and carried 5-0.
The Board discussed appointments to the Great River Regional Library (GRRL) Board of Directors. Correspondence from the GRRL reflects that Earl Dierks, Michael Messina, Pat Sawatzke, and Jim Shovelain were the Wright County representatives on the GRRL Board in 2013. The terms of Dierks and Shovelain will expire at the end of 2013. Dierks is not eligible for reappointment because of term limits. Shovelain may be reappointed for another 3-year term. Husom made a motion to appoint Wayne Rebischke to the GRRL Board and to reappoint Jim Shovelain for another 3-year term. The motion was seconded by Borrell. Sawatzke said that by virtue of no action, Messina will continue to serve. Sawatzke’s term will be addressed at the first meeting of the County Board in January, 2014. The motion carried 5-0.
Lt. Todd Hoffman, Sheriff’s Office, requested approval of a DNR Snowmobile Safety Grant. The Grant period is from date of receipt by the State until 6-30-15. The County will receive $7,362 in 2013-2014 and another $7,362 in 2014-2015 for the Snowmobile Enforcement Program. No matching funds are required and funding has historically been used for enforcement. Daleiden moved to authorize signatures on the DNR Snowmobile Safety Grant. The motion was seconded by Husom and carried 5-0.
Access Data 4,104.14
Adams/Robert W 100.00
Advanced Graphix Inc 750.00
Advantage Emblem Inc 321.08
Ahren Pfeifle 288.86
Alexandria Technical College 600.00
Allina Health System 247.14
Allina Hospitals & Clinics 20,038.92
American Messaging 201.78
American Planning Association 150.00
Ameripride Services 553.75
Andys Towing Service Inc 118.56
Annandale/City of 555.00
Anoka County Sheriff 33,326.56
APEC Ind. Sales & Services 638.41
Aramark Services Inc 14,207.82
Archonix Systems LLC 9,370.00
Bailee Shivers 100.05
Bauman/Lawrence R 216.00
Benton County Treasurer 1,650.00
Black Box Resale Services 1,246.00
Bluetarp Financial Inc 524.81
Boyer Truck Parts 1,121.47
Bristows Kawasaki & Polaris 6,800.00
Brock White Co LLC 2,227.39
Buffalo Auto Value 566.11
Buffalo Clinic 207.83
Buffalo Hospital-OTPT Comm. 2,193.55
Buffalo/City of 61,525.98
CDW Government Inc 140.64
Center Point Energy 2,916.22
Centra Sota Coop Cokato 107.91
Centra Sota Coop. - Buffalo 48,103.68
Centracare Clinic 423.84
Climate Air 1,808.90
Collins Brothers Towing 206.27
Constellation Justice Sys. 2,256.25
Corporate Payment Systems 2,931.61
Cottens Inc 1,285.73
Crop Production Services Inc 285.75
Dell Marketing LP 3,488.71
Design Elect. Inc-Cold Spring 585.00
Diamond Surface Inc 992.26
Edocument Resources 3,411.25
Election Sys. & Software Inc 1,750.36
Emergency Auto. Tech Inc 1,850.18
Envirotech Services Inc 9,811.12
Ernst General Construction 710.00
Fastenal Company 267.53
Forestry Suppliers Inc 206.65
Frontier Precision Inc 106.88
FS3 Inc 171.00
Gopher State One Call 137.95
Granite Electronics 1,373.81
Green Interiors 482.07
Greenview Inc 1,641.41
H & L Mesabi 18,697.36
Hancock Concrete Prod. LLC 2,273.77
Hanover/City of 76,842.69
Hillyard Inc - Minneapolis 1,836.98
Houston Engineering Inc 29,212.00
Impact Proven Solutions 10,692.50
Indelco Plastics Corp 265.51
Integrated Fire & Security 2,885.00
Intern. Assn of Assess. Ofcrs 525.00
Intoximeters Inc 887.06
J & J Athletics LLC 154.00
Keeprs Inc 5,450.47
King Com Cable Networking 5,187.00
Kris Engineering Inc 2,759.30
Loberg Electric 136.00
Lynn Peavey Company 707.00
M & M Express Sales 154.86
Maple Lake Lumber Company 209.96
Marco Inc 2,361.09
Martin-McAllisters Consulting 1,350.00
Mathiowetz Construction 116,847.18
Menards - Buffalo 759.52
Midwest Protection Agency 1,673.06
Minnesota Monitoring 1,486.75
MN Area Assoc. of Realtors 1,404.00
MN Corrections Association 175.00
MN Counties Comp. Coop. 24,728.08
MN Dept. of Labor & Industry 499.00
MN Native Landscapes 800.00
MN Sheriffs Association 200.00
MN Supreme Court 1,270.00
Morries Parts & Service Grp 2,162.58
National Rec. & Park Assn 159.00
North American Salt Co 23,833.13
O’Ryans Conoco Marathon 115.00
Office Depot 6,932.98
Onsite Medical Service Inc 863.00
Peterson’s Towing & Recovery 176.34
Pope Douglas Solid Waste Man. 175.50
Procise Solutions Inc 280.00
Reichels Catering Service 227.10
Royal Tire Inc 5,626.54
Rozalyn Weber 116.80
Russell Security Resource Inc 5,879.36
Ryan Chevrolet 247.37
Safelite Fulfillment Inc 161.22
Schermann/Robert D 255.00
Schmidt/Donald M 196.50
Seton Identification Products 503.95
SHI International Corp 1,436.83
Sign Man of MN Inc/The 961.88
Smith Micro Technologies Inc 1,107.23
Spec. Operations Training Assn 100.00
State Supply Co 527.60
T & S Trucking 1,350.00
Titan Energy Systems 422.61
Total Printing 579.80
Traffic Marking Service Inc 9,805.89
Trueman Welters Inc. 1,100.81
Uniforms Unlimited 924.93
Verizon Wireless 7,071.25
Voss Lighting 130.60
Waste Management-TC West 2,427.54
Wenck Associates Inc 2,167.63
West Payment Center 1,119.68
West Sherburne Tribune 297.60
Westside Wholesale Tire 792.91
Wright County Collision 2,627.30
Wright County Highway Dept 696.96
Wright Hennepin Electric 345.15
Xcel Energy 149.07
Zee Medical Service 137.37
Zep Sales & Services 236.49
Ziegler Inc 17,732.37
42 Payments less than $100 1,896.03
Final total $707,830.48
The meeting adjourned at 10:05 A.M.
Published in the Herald Journal Jan. 6, 2014.