Wright County Board Minutes

OCTOBER 13, 2015
The Wright County Board met in regular session at 9:00 A.M. with Husom, Sawatzke, Potter, Daleiden and Borrell present.
Potter announced that at approximately 9:40 A.M., he will pass the gavel to Commissioner Borrell. Potter will attend the Grand Opening of the I-94 section between Rogers and St. Michael.
Sawatzke made the following correction to the 10-06-15 County Board Minutes: Page 4, 2nd paragraph, 4th line should read, “He said they also received an email where a person described an open door with dust clouds leaving the building.” Sawatzke moved to approve the Minutes as corrected, seconded by Husom. Daleiden referenced the motion relating to Wright County’s intent to leave the Tri County Regional Forensic Laboratory Agreement. He said the motion does not indicate that Wright County is open to further discussion on the funding formula with Sherburne and Anoka Counties. Board members indicated that is the intent of the motion and it is reflected in the discussion. Daleiden said the letter to Anoka and Sherburne Counties did not reflect this intent. Sawatzke thought those Counties would understand the intent. The issue has been the funding component and the lack of fairness in funding. It was agreed that there would be no change to the County Board Minutes relating to the motion on the Tri County Regional Forensic Laboratory. The motion to approve the Minutes as corrected carried 5-0.
Petitions were accepted to the Agenda as follows: 9:40 A.M. Agenda Item, “Award, Health & Human Services Financial Division” (Borrell); Item For Consid. B, “Authorize Attendance, Greater MSP Annual Meeting, 11-10-15 at Orchestra Hall” (Potter). Borrell moved to approve the Agenda as amended, seconded by Daleiden, carried 5-0.
On a motion by Husom, second by Daleiden, all voted to approve the Consent Agenda:
1. Approve Charitable Gambling Application Form LG240B, Dassel Cokato Wrestling Club, DC High School Commons, 4852 Reardon Ave. SW, Cokato MN (Cokato Twp.)
1. Approve Claims as Listed in the Abstract, Subject to Audit, for a Total of $536,376.99 with 163 Vendors and 274 Transactions
1. Approve Memorandum of Understanding for three cities (Cokato, Albertville, and Waverly) and one township (Cokato) for salt purchases for 2015/2016 season
1. Position replacement:
A. One Deputy
Approve New Tobacco License For Westside Liquor (City of Albertville)
Husom moved to approve the License, seconded by Daleiden, carried 5-0.
Approve 9-29-15 Deferred Compensation Committee Minutes
Daleiden moved to approve the Minutes, seconded by Sawatzke, carried 5-0. The motion includes the recommendation of the Committee. The Deferred Compensation Committee Minutes follow:
Bob had the reps from Dougherty & Associates introduce themselves. He then provided a recap of current Wright County employee plan participation statistics. Currently, 21% of eligible County employees participate in Deferred Compensation. It was suggested that one reason for the lower participation (in 2004, the participation rate was 32%) is because employees can contribute to a Roth IRA through payroll deduction.
There was discussion involving Ameritas and Delaware. Ameritas has twenty-six employees actively contributing. Delaware has seven employees actively contributing. Delaware became Expert Plan, which became Ascensus. We have been invoiced by Ascensus for quarterly recordkeeping which is unique. Since this is a 457(b) plan (as opposed to a 401K plan), we are not to incur fees. Dougherty & Associates assured us they will handle any invoicing issues we have with Ascensus.
A previous Deferred Comp Committee took action to disallow new participants into the Delaware plan (which is now Ascensus). Ameritas does not allow new participants either.
Bob suggested to the Committee that if we take a fund away from a vendor, then we should allow them to bring in a qualified 457 replacement fund. Doughterty & Associates would like to bring in Aspire and a qualified replacement fund, and transition participants to the new plan.
The question was raised about whether retired employees would have fees involved, whether they stayed in their current plan or if they moved to a new plan. Mike indicated that people can often keep the same fund, even if the investment company changes.
There was discussion about having a vendor/PERA/other neutral party provide information to County employees as to the advantages of participating in a deferred compensation plan. Sunny will look into options for providing education to employees regarding benefits of participation.
The recommendation of the Deferred Comp Committee is:
To allow the rollout of a new fund (Aspire);
To disallow new contributors to ICMA (2 active contributors) and Delaware/Ascensus (7 active contributors);
To have all contributors with Dougherty & Associates transition to Aspire by 12/31/2015
(End of 9-29-15 Deferred Compensation Committee Minutes)
Resolution Authorizing TZD Grant Between Wright County & MN Dept. of Public Safety
Capt. Anselment explained the County has participated in the TZD (Toward Zero Deaths) Grant for many years. The grant total is $45,450 and will run from 10-01-15 through 9-30-16. The first wave of patrol will target distracted driving. Discussion followed on inattentive driving and methods to combat that. Daleiden moved to adopt Resolution #15-58 authorizing the TZD Grant, seconded by Husom. The motion carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.
Bounce Back Project
Heeter and Martin made a presentation on the Bounce Back Project which promotes health through happiness. A free community presentation is being held on 10-20-15 at the following locations:
5:30 P.M.; Monticello Middle School Auditorium
7:00 P.M.; Buffalo High School Performing Arts Center
The featured speaker will be J. Bryan Sexton, PhD, MA, and Associate Professor at Duke University. The Bounce Back Project started in the Buffalo and Monticello area after hospital administrators attended a conference and decided it is something they want to promote in the community. The concept is to think of positive things and to reach out to others with random acts of kindness. The results are experienced by the recipient, anyone witnessing the act, and for up to two weeks for the person that is completing the act. Dr. Martin stated that living in this manner can increase a person’s life by up to 10 years. More information about the project can be obtained on Facebook (search Bounce Back Project) or at www.bouncebackproject.org.
Heeter said a study will be launched in the Buffalo and Monticello communities from 11-02-15 through 11-16-15. This effort will be the first of its kind on a community-wide basis. Once the study has been completed, the Bounce Back Project will include other tools to roll out. She said the dial on health can be moved by moving the dial on happiness.
At 9:45 A.M., Commissioner Potter turned the gavel over to Commissioner Borrell. Commissioner Potter left to attend the I-94 Grand Opening for the segment between St. Michael and Rogers.
Kim Johnson, Financial Services Manager, said the Health & Human Services Financial Services Unit received an award from the MN Family Support and Recovery Counsel (MFSRC) for their outstanding Child Support Program. Johnson said the MFSRC is an organization that all 87 MN Counties participate in. One group receives the award and nominations are made by supervisors. Johnson described the employees in this Unit as hard working, motivated, and innovative. Over 78% of child support is collected which is a very high percentage. The goal is to set appropriate orders for the payer and payee so that payments can be made on a consistent basis.
On a motion by Daleiden, second by Husom, all voted to schedule Owners Committee Meetings at 10:30 A.M. on the following dates: 11-05-15, 12-03-15, 1-07-16, 2-04-16, 3-03-16, and 4-07-16.
1. Emergency Services Board Summit. Borrell attended a training Alexandria on 10-12-15. Discussion included First Net (nationwide internet service for emergency services), and NexGen 9-1-1 (texting to emergency services). Borrell informed Lee Kelly, County Coordinator, that correspondence received on radio and software upgrades, estimated at $271,000 over 5 years, needs to be included in the budget for next year.
2. Public Health Task Force Meeting. Daleiden attended a meeting yesterday where information was provided on the Bounce Back Program. He said that Wright County is experiencing a low response in applications for Public Health Nurse positions.
3. Owners Committee Meeting. Sawatzke said a meeting was held on 10-08-15 and the project is going well. The walls are being erected. Utilities were run through the Historical Society property, which caused them to close for a couple of days.
4. Disabled Veterans Hunt. Sawatzke said a disabled veteran’s hunt was held at Ney Park on 10-03-15. The event was sponsored and coordinated by various groups, some of which include the Parks, Highway, and Veteran Services Departments, Sportsman’s Club, Pheasants Forever, and Buffalo American Legion. Sawatzke noted that several of these events are held annually. Generally, firearms are not allowed to be discharged in Wright County Parks but this event is an exception.
5. Safe Schools. Husom attended a meeting last week where information was provided on the Bounce Back Project. Discussion at the Safe Schools meeting also included alternate start times for Buffalo schools. Currently, Buffalo is on two-tier system where the high school starts earlier than elementary schools because of bus routes. Consideration is being given to having elementary students start early and high school students later, based on studies showing that older teens struggle with getting up early. Public meetings are being held by the School District.
6. Law Library Meeting. The Law Library will be moved to the 2nd Floor of the Government Center in the near future (former Assessor’s Office location). This will allow Information Technology to expand.
Bills Approved
Abbott Northwestern Hospital $213.91
ANCOM Communications Inc 313.00
Anderson/Tamara 225.00
Aramark Services Inc 15,860.35
Bankers Advertising Co Inc 114.47
Black Box Resale Services 5,240.00
Bonk Masonry Inc/Gary 23,908.50
Bonk/Gary W and Lucinda J 669.90
Boyer Truck Parts 91,393.14
Buffalo/City of 83,165.59
Bureau of Criminal Apprehension 240.00
CenturyLink 122.97
Chief Supply 314.46
Climate Air 5,964.73
Collins Brothers Towing 175.00
Compass Minerals America Inc 19,228.87
Corporate Payment Systems 4,248.48
Cottens Inc 1,584.24
Croteau Plumbing 442.75
Dahl/Tim 322.91
Department of Public Safety 8,310.00
Display Sales Company 574.00
Ernst/Debbie 361.18
Excel Systems 284.59
Fastenal Company 121.87
French Lake Auto Parts 200.00
Frontier Precision Inc 280.50
Glunz Construction Septic Serv 130.00
Gopher State One Call 201.65
Granite Electronics 484.75
Green Interiors 450.00
Hedlund Plumbing 1,125.00
Hillyard Inc - Minneapolis 146.82
Hilton Garden Inn 601.57
Hirman/Alex 110.00
Holiday 12,769.12
Huston/Tarah 265.19
JEC Counseling Inc 1,250.00
Lacount Sales LLC 353.10
Laplant Demo Inc 930.64
Loberg Electric 809.27
M & M Express Sales and Service 429.41
M-R Sign Company Inc 10,735.16
Mailfinance 2,466.27
Mankato City Center Hotel 529.74
Marco Inc 3,728.78
Mcintyre/Aaron 436.15
Menards - Buffalo 602.05
Mend Correctional Care LLC 492.77
Mid-Minnesota Hot Mix Inc 875.84
Minnesota Monitoring 905.50
MN Assn of Co.y Probation Ofcrs 100.00
MN Corrections Association 255.00
MN Counties Computer Coop. 15,367.90
MN Safety Council 382.20
MN Sheriffs Association 120.00
Mumford Sanitation 129.87
Neil’s Floor Covering 17,733.46
Net Transcripts Inc 378.66
North Suburban Towing Inc 155.00
Office Depot 2,285.48
Powerplan OIB 2,466.34
Precision Concrete Cutting 4,090.40
Premier Biotech Inc 2,479.26
Regents of the University of MN 39,792.23
Sherwin Williams Co 428.82
Specialty Turf & Ag 188.90
Sprint 3,045.59
SSD International 1,134.00
Terminal Supply Co 275.04
Timekeeping Systems Inc 606.39
Titan Energy Systems 1,296.00
Traffic Marking Service Inc 89,385.49
Trueman Welters Inc. 799.98
Uline 102.47
Ultramax 251.00
Uniforms Unlimited 811.19
Varidesk 375.00
Verizon Wireless 166.05
Waste Management of WI-MN 2,041.59
Waste Management-TC West 534.98
Westside Wholesale Tire 102.57
Willis/Kari 351.82
Woods Edge Apples 200.00
Wright County Highway Dept 36,935.66
WSB & Associates Inc 4,895.77
42 Payments less than $100 2,003.69
Final total $536,376.99
The meeting adjourned at 10:02 a.m.
Published in the Herald Journal Nov. 2, 2015.