Wright County Board Minutes

JULY 29, 2014
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 7-22-14 County Board Minutes as presented. The motion was seconded by Potter and carried 5-0.
Potter moved to approve the Agenda as presented, seconded by Borrell, carried unanimously.
On a motion by Daleiden, second by Potter, all voted to approve the Consent Agenda:
Claim - Madden, Galanter & Hansen, LLP $2,905.48.
Authorize Signatures On Memorandum Of Understanding With AFSCME For Donation Of Vacation Time To An Employee. Authorize Non-Union Employees To Donate Vacation Time To An Employee.
A. Position Replacement: 1. Social Worker - Adult Services Unit.
(End of Consent Agenda)
Virgil Hawkins, Highway Engineer, presented a retirement plaque to Nila Ellis, Highway Accountant, for dedicated service from 1980-2014 (34+ years of service). He described Ellis as a important member of their management team who is very knowledgeable in various accounting and tax procedures. She has been a valuable resource to many colleagues as well. He described her as dedicated and hard working, and said she will be missed. Ellis said she is grateful to have been able to work for Wright County and the taxpayers. She extended appreciation to the past and present staff she has worked with.
At the request of Hawkins, Potter moved to adopt Resolution #14-48 for final acceptance for the CSAH 75 Reclaim/Overlay Project, SP 086-675-018, Contract #1303, with Knife River Corporation of Sauk Rapids, Minnesota, and to authorize final payment of $115,373.84. The motion was seconded by Sawatzke and carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.
Borrell said Meeker County has installed a severe weather siren that will serve Collinwood Park and residents in that area of the County. He preliminarily indicated to Meeker County that Wright County may be interested in a cost share arrangement for the siren. Borrell did not have an amount but said Meeker County will be responsible for future operational and maintenance costs. Sawatzke said he contacted Steve Berg, Wright County’s Emergency Management Director. Berg indicated that Wright County has not participated in costs associated with sirens, even within the County. The costs have been covered by cities, townships, and lake associations in the areas served. Sawatzke did not recall funding for sirens being brought up in budgets during his years of service. Husom stated that it could set precedence if approved and more requests could be received. Borrell made a motion to table discussion for more research, seconded by Daleiden. Sawatzke said that if Borrell obtains information that supports County cost participation, this topic can be brought back for discussion. The motion carried 5-0.
Bob Hiivala, Auditor/Treasurer, presented the 7-15-14 and 7-16-14 Tax Forfeit Committee Minutes for approval. Borrell referenced the 7-15-14 Minutes, Page 2, which reflect PID numbers and a suggested sale price. Items d) through I) include a notation that say “Sold as a set ‘a’ thru ‘f’.” Borrell questioned whether the notation should be removed from items g), h), and i). Hiivala will clarify this with staff. Borrell made a motion to approve the 7-15-14 and 7-16-14 Tax Forfeit Committee Minutes. The motion was seconded by Potter and carried unanimously.
The minutes from the 7-15-14 Tax Forfeit Committee Meeting follow:
The committee met on July 15th, 2014 at 10:30 am in the Wright County Board Room, with the following individuals present: Denise McCalla, Brian Asleson, Charles Borrell, Michael Potter, Shawne Lindenfelser, Alicia Gillham, Tony Rasmussen.
1) Finish the private sale minimum bid price.
2) Set the minimum bid price on the public sale properties.
Minimum Bids on Private Properties were set as follows;
A) 114-069-000010 $100
B) 114-108-000040 $100
C) 114-108-000050 $100
D) 118-038-000011 $195.42 Conditions were decided for this parcel that upon sale, this parcel must be combined with 118-216-001010 because of the street access to the business.
E) 118-159-000030 $1
F) 118-209-001070 $1 – Pending proof of developers agreement
G) 118-215-000010 $100
H) 118-228-000050 $100
I) 204-123-000010 $1
J) 206-000-031303 $500
K) 206-096-001020 $100
L) 216-100-322101 $500
Minimum Bids on Public Properties were set as follows;
Angela Schumann and Lloyd Hilgart from the City of Monticello joined for the meeting to express their concerns about Hillside Farms 3rd and 4th Addition. The city has a post assessments that they would like added to each parcel of $4,425.53. This amount will be included in the minimum bid requirements as required by statute. Angela had a concern about the large assessments that were on these parcels at the time of forfeiture and requested background on how to collect these amounts if the sale price is not large enough to cover their cost. Shawne Lindenfelser explained that if the sale of each parcel is not large enough to cover the cost of post and pre special assessments that the city has the right to re-certify those pre assessments back against that parcel of land. Charlie Borrell commented that he wanted these lots listed at a price to sell to get them back on the tax rolls. Charlie asked Angela from the city if they would sell at $25,000; Angela thought that they would, she also went on to explain that these lots are 2 story lots not splits so they are going to be viewed by a different market. There was also discussion about 155-199-001010 thru 155-199-001060 they city is requiring a retaining wall be placed on these properties and would like us to sell them to one builder or person instead of separate because of the conditions of the retaining wall. Mike Potter and Charles Borrell agreed that if they want the wall to be built to their specs that yes they should be sold to one person or builder to maintain the wishes of the city. In conclusion the sale prices for the city of Monticello’s were determined as follows;
a) 155-168-001040 $20,000
b) 155-168-001050 $20,000
c) 155-183-000010 $100
d) 155-199-001010 $15,000 Sold as a set “a” thru “f”
e) 155-199-001020 $15,000 Sold as a set “a” thru “f”
f) 155-199-001030 $15,000 Sold as a set “a” thru “f”
g) 155-199-001040 $15,000 Sold as a set “a” thru “f”
h) 155-199-001050 $15,000 Sold as a set “a” thru “f”
i) 155-199-001060 $15,000 Sold as a set “a” thru “f”
j) 155-199-001070 $20,000
k) 155-199-001080 $20,000
l) 155-199-001090 $20,000
m) 155-199-001100 $20,000
n) 155-199-001110 $20,000
o) 155-199-001120 $20,000
p) 155-199-001130 $20,000
q) 155-199-001140 $20,000
r) 155-199-001150 $20,000
s) 155-199-001160 $20,000
t) 155-199-002010 $20,000
u) 155-199-002020 $20,000
v) 155-199-002030 $20,000
w) 155-199-002040 $20,000
x) 155-199-002050 $20,000
y) 155-199-002060 $20,000
z) 155-199-002070 $20,000
aa) 155-199-002080 $20,000
bb) 155-199-002100 $20,000
cc) 155-199-002100 $20,000
dd) 155-199-002120 $20,000
ee) 155-199-002130 $20,000
ff) 155-199-002140 $20,000
gg) 155-199-002150 $20,000
hh) 155-201-001010 $20,000
ii) 155-201-001020 $20,000
jj) 155-201-001030 $20,000
kk) 155-201-001040 $20,000
ll) 155-201-001050 $20,000
mm) 155-201-001060 $20,000
nn) 155-201-001070 $20,000
oo) 155-201-002010 $20,000
pp) 155-201-002020 $20,000
qq) 155-201-002030 $20,000
rr) 155-201-002040 $20,000
ss) 155-201-002050 $20,000
tt) 155-201-002060 $20,000
uu) 155-201-002070 $20,000
vv) 155-201-002080 $20,000
ww) 155-201-002090 $20,000
xx) 155-201-002100 $20,000
The meeting was adjourned at 12:40 pm and will reconvene on July 16th 2014 at 9:00 in the board room.
(End of 7-15-14 Tax Forfeit Committee Minutes)
The minutes from the 7-16-14 Tax Forfeit Committee Meeting follow:
The committee met on July 16th, 2014 at 9:00 am in the Wright County Board Room, with the following individuals present: Brian Asleson, Charles Borrell, Michael Potter, Shawne Lindenfelser, Alicia Gillham, Tony Rasmussen.
The committee reconvened the July 15th, 2014 meeting to finish setting the minimum bid prices for the public auction. The minimum bids were set as follows.
A) 101-098-004010 $20,000
B) 101-111-001020 $100
C) 101-124-004010 $30,000
D) 104-010-003090 $30,000
E) 105-055-001120 $100
F) 109-049-000170 $100
G) 109-049-001030 $100
H) 109-049-001040 $100
I) 109-049-001050 $100
J) 109-049-001060 $100
K) 109-049-001070 $100
L) 109-049-001080 $100
M) 109-049-002010 $100
N) 109-049-002020 $100
O) 109-049-002030 $100
P) 109-049-002040 $100
Q) 109-049-003010 $100
R) 109-049-003030 $100
S) 112-033-000010 $5,000
T) 114-125-002080 $150,000
U) 114-298-000020 $79,900
V) 115-010-007090 & 115-010-007100 $30,000 (Parcels will be combined into 1 parcel for sale)
W) 115-010-008160 $20,000
X) 116-026-002020 $10,000
Y) 118-032-001120 $10,000
Z) 118-037-003050 $50,000
AA) 118-223-003070 Sold as a set “AA” thru “FF” $50,000 as a group
BB) 118-223-003050
CC) 118-223-003090
DD) 118-223-003100
EE) 118-223-003110
FF) 118-223-003120
GG) 203-038-000010 $8,000
HH) 215-060-000010 $11,500
II) 215-139-002100 $10,000
The meeting was adjourned at 11:25.
(End of 7-16-14 Tax Forfeit Committee Minutes)
Hiivala requested the Board schedule a Tax Forfeit Committee Meeting to discuss two pieces of property for sale (authorized by the DNR) and to schedule a sale date. Daleiden questioned other properties that the County has held for a period of time and whether they should proceed to auction. Hiivala does not want to hold up this sale date so those properties will be brought to the Board at a future date. Potter moved to set a Tax Forfeit Committee Meeting for 8-05-14 at 8:30 A.M. to be held in the Auditor/Treasurer’s Conference Room. The motion carried 5-0 on a second by Borrell.
Borrell moved to schedule a Committee Of The Whole Meeting on 8-26-14 at 10:30 A.M. for an Audit Exit Meeting. The motion was seconded by Daleiden and carried 5-0.
On a motion by Borrell, second by Potter, all voted to approve the claims as listed in the abstract, subject to audit, for a total of $115,413.89, with 168 vendors and 272 transactions.
As requested by Borrell, Hiivala provided a short update on Ditch 38. Ron Ringquist, Viewer, is working to identify properties around a body of water south of Hwy. 12. There is also communication with the DNR on whether this is a wetland or a body of water. Once those answers have been obtained, a report will be given. Public hearings will be held thereafter and a specific timeline will be followed. This was provided as an informational item.
Sean Riley, Planning & Zoning Administrator, said the MN Pollution Control Agency (PCA) will hold local public hearings relating to the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Advanced Disposal Environmental Services Rolling Hills Mixed Municipal Solid Waste Landfill Project. A public hearing will be held on 8-13-14 at 6:30 P.M. in the Wright County Board Room at the Government Center. Riley said this is a PCA Meeting and has nothing to do with the County or the County Board at this time. Riley asked that the Board consider authorizing attendance in case they would like to attend. Sawatzke moved to authorize Board attendance at the 8-13-14 Public Hearing at 6:30 P.M., seconded by Potter, carried 5-0.
Mark Crawford, DNR, Park Manager at Lake Maria State Park, requested approval for the DNR to acquire 60 acres of land from Dorene Scriven in Silver Creek Township. The DNR is required to obtain County Board approval (M.S. 97A.145). The property lies on the western edge of Lake Maria State Park and is within the statutory boundary of the Park. The acquisition is essentially a donation. The land has been in a conservation easement through the Reinvest in Minnesota RIM program for many years, and the donation to the Park insures future protection and management for wildlife conservation. Potter moved to adopt Resolution #14-49 approving the DNR’s acquisition of the 60 acres from Dorene Scriven. The motion was seconded by Daleiden and carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.
Advisory Committee/Advisory Board Updates:
1. County Fair. Borrell said the County Fair starts tomorrow in Howard Lake. The opening ceremonies will be held in the Grandstands at 6:30 P.M.
2. MET Council Meeting RE: Transportation Policy Plan. Potter said discussion at the meeting included an extended urban boundary and I-94. Potter plans to attend another meeting on 8-11-14 in Minneapolis.
3. Crime Lab. Husom attended their open house in recognition of their accreditation.
4. MET Council Meeting RE: Water Management Resources Board. Daleiden attended a meeting last Wednesday. They are looking to redo their plan. There is a statutory requirement for planning relating to well water and surface water uses in the metro and outlying areas. The purpose is long-term sustainability for the metro and surrounding areas. Information is available on the MET Council website.
Bills Approved
Adorama $153.85
AGC Networks Inc 32,822.00
Albertville Body Shop Inc 539.26
Allina Health System 700.48
Allina Hospitals & Clinics 1,335.00
Ameripride Services 115.05
Annandale Rock Products 1,549.32
Anoka County Corrections 6,844.00
Aramark Services Inc 14,385.93
Astleford International 78,051.29
Bluetarp Financial Inc 334.97
BP Amoco 986.35
Brandel Electric LLC 281.73
Brothers Fire Protection Co 455.00
Bryan Rock Products 547.18
Buffalo Hospital 1,576.02
Buffalo/City of 6,094.20
Carefree Lawn 145.00
Carver Wood Products Inc 166.84
Center Point Energy 5,235.54
CenturyLink 672.31
Chamberlain Oil Co 2,333.25
Chatham Township 841.00
Climate Air 838.40
Cokato/City of 1,104.00
Corinna Township 947.00
Cyber Advisors Inc 165.00
Databank IMX LLC 1,000.00
Dell Marketing LP 21,480.87
Dotolo/John 1,770.61
EPA Audio Visual Inc 901.69
Feddema/Tom 251.00
Franklin Township 1,243.00
Grainger 391.64
Granite Electronics 412.00
Hagen, Christensen & McIl 12,282.88
Hardings Towing Inc 250.00
Hillyard Inc - Minneapolis 1,441.26
Intereum Inc 178.94
Jahnke/Chris 204.00
Jakes Excavating 3,747.50
Jans/Brian 283.00
Jobe/Steven 128.20
Knife River 115,373.84
Laplant Demo Inc 631.29
Loberg Electric 541.57
Marco 18,375.45
Marco Inc 2,345.84
Marysville Township 1,523.50
Menards - Buffalo 458.60
Midway Ford 34,143.00
Milana P Tolins LLC 400.00
Miller/Nathan 611.50
Minn. Dept. of Human Serv 1,346.14
MN Counties Comp. Coop. 120.00
MN Assn of Assessment Pers. 340.00
MN Monitoring Inc 29,609.75
MN Safety Council 1,411.01
MN State Bar Association 252.00
Morries Parts & Service Group 406.68
Northern Safety Technology 122.87
Office Depot 1,737.95
Office of MN IT Services 112.50
Performance Kennels Inc 226.40
Polar Chevrolet 25,830.35
Ramacciotti/Frank 100.00
RCM Specialties Inc 4,846.23
Richards/Thomas W 100.00
Rinke-Noonan 380.50
Rockford Township 2,471.20
Rockford/City of 2,596.30
Royal Tire Inc 3,447.89
Russell Sec. Resource Inc 10,250.00
Schluender Construction Inc 200.00
Setter/Randi 300.00
Specialty Turf & Ag 192.60
Sprint 4,449.21
Suburban Emerg. Assoc. PA 729.98
Terning Excavating Inc 125.00
Trimin Systems Inc 3,213.60
Triplett/Keith 204.00
Verizon Wireless 165.50
Voss Lighting 274.30
Walmart Store 01-1577 396.95
Warning Lites of MN Inc 35,998.00
Westside Wholesale Tire 271.45
Willis/Kari 195.00
Wright Hennepin Electric 1,267.35
Xcel Energy 830.46
24 Payments less than $100 1,301.57
Final total $515,413.89
The meeting adjourned at 9:52 A.M
Published in the Herald Journal Aug. 18, 2014.