Wright County Board Minutes

NOVEMBER 17, 2015
The Wright County Board met in regular session at 9:00 A.M. with Husom, Sawatzke, Potter, Daleiden and Borrell present.
On a motion by Husom, second by Daleiden, all voted to make the following correction to the 11-10-15 County Board Minutes as requested by Sawatzke: Page 6, 2nd paragraph, remove last sentence and replace with:
“However, he thought the proposed Auditor/Treasurer’s salary was high compared to the salaries of Auditor/Treasurers of neighboring historical comparison counties (Benton, Carver, McLeod, Meeker, Sherburne, and Stearns). He also felt Wright County would have an internal pay equity anomaly in that we would be the only one of our comparison counties that pays our Auditor/Treasurer more than our Highway Engineer, Administrator/Coordinator and/or Human Services Director. This despite the fact that these non-elected positions all have larger department budgets than the Auditor/Treasurer and have at least as many or substantially more employees to supervise.”
Daleiden moved to approve the Agenda, seconded by Husom. The motion carried 5-0.
Borrell moved to approve the Consent Agenda, seconded by Husom, carried unanimously.
1. Approval of Revisions to 309 Employee Recognition of the Personnel Policy
1. Approve Renewal of 2016 Tobacco Licenses for:
City of Albertville: Casey’s Retail Company DBA Casey’s General Store #2412; Don’s Auto Service & Repair, Inc.;
City of Clearwater: Clearwater Enterprises, Inc. DBA Clearwater Travel Plaza; Clearwater Enterprises, Inc. DBA Clearwater Travel Plaza - Fuel Center;
City of Cokato: Casey’s Retail Company DBA Casey’s General Store #1647; Lake Region Coop Oil Association;
City of Maple Lake: Lake Region Coop Oil Association; Roger’s Amoco, Inc. DBA Roger’s BP-Amoco;
City of Monticello: Kwik Trip, Inc. DBA Kwik Trip #177; Kwik Trip, Inc. DBA Kwik Trip #345;
City of Montrose: Casey’s Retail Company DBA Casey’s General Store #1881;
City of Rockford: Casey’s Retail Company DBA Casey’s General Store #2156;
City of South Haven: South Haven Sports LLC;
City of St. Michael: Kwik Trip, Inc. DBA Kwik Trip #681;
Township of French Lake: Lantto’s Store.
1. Approve Claims as Listed in the Abstract, Subject to Audit, for a Total of $1,010,351.92 with 147 Vendors and 211 Transactions.
1. Authorize Signatures On 2015 Feedlot Performance Grant #2, 7-01-14 to 6-30-15, $5,395.00.
2. Authorize Signatures On FY2016 Natural Resource Block Grant, 7-01-15 to 6-30-16, $83,638.00.
Finalize Bond Structure and Prepare Terms of Proposal
Bob Hiivala, Auditor/Treasurer, and Terri Heaton, Springsted Financial Advisor, presented information. Discussion involved the General Obligation Capital Improvement Plan Bonds Series 2016 (Highway Building Project) and the potential to refund the Series 2007A Bonds (Jail/LEC Bonds). Included in the discussion was bonding, interest rates, bank qualified loans vs. non-bank qualified loans, refunding, and selling bonds in 2015 versus early 2016. Relocation/remodel for Courts also needs to be addressed in the long-term debt.
Sawatzke made a motion to proceed with bank qualified bonds for the General Obligation Capital Improvement Plan Bonds Series 2016 in the amount of $7 million, realizing it will equate to $7.2 - $7.3 million. The motion includes having Springsted complete this action on the County’s behalf with the same terms as the previous issuance. The motion was seconded by Daleiden and carried 4-1 with Potter casting the nay vote. Discussion led to whether to bond for 10 or 20 years.
Daleiden made a motion to move forward with bonding for 20 years for the General Obligation Capital Improvement Plan Bonds Series 2016. The motion was seconded by Sawatzke and carried 5-0. A resolution will be presented at the next County Board Meeting authorizing the sale of the bonds. Heaton will provide information at that time on the options for proceeding in 2015 versus early 2016 with the bond sale.
Adopt Resolution Authorizing Signatures On Joint Powers Agreements And Court Data Services Amendments Between The State Of Minnesota And Wright County
Notice has been received from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) that Joint Powers Agreements (JPA) entered into five years ago are soon to expire. The JPA’s allow access by the Offices of Attorney, Sheriff, and Human Services to the criminal justice data network. The Attorney and Sheriff also have Court Data Services Subscriber Amendments in place with the BCA and Office of State Court Administration allowing access to the MNCIS System. Adoption of the resolution authorizes signatures on the appropriate documents. Daleiden moved to adopt Resolution #15-68, seconded by Husom, carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.
Lee Kelly, County Coordinator, said the County Board will need to reaffirm the appointments of Dan Bravinder (Cokato Township), Mike Shovelain (St. Michael), and Mike Potter (Albertville). Mike Messina’s position on the GRRL Board has reached the term limit after nine years so the County will need to appoint a replacement, preferably from District 1 or 2. It was the consensus that this action can be taken at the 1-05-16 County Board Meeting.
Husom moved to adopt Resolution #15-69 setting the County Board’s compensation at $38,007 in 2016 (1.5% increase). The motion was seconded by Borrell and carried 4-1 with Daleiden casting the nay vote.
A listing was provided of committees, boards and commissions that County Board members are paid a per diem. The consensus was to change the following on the listing: Forfeited Tax Sales will be renamed Tax Forfeit Committee, and the Monticello Joint Planning Board will be removed from the per diem listing as that Board pays the per diem. Daleiden moved to adopt Resolution #15-70 setting the County Board Per Diem rate at $50.00 effective 1-01-16, seconded by Husom. The motion was amended to include adding I-94 Coalition to the listing. The motion carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.
Daleiden moved to adopt Resolution #15-71 setting the Auditor/Treasurer’s salary at $122,480 for 2016. The motion was seconded by Husom. Since the last County Board Meeting where this was discussed, Sawatzke obtained additional salary information from Stearns County. Sawatzke suggested Wright County may be the only county in the State that has the Auditor/Treasurer salary set higher than the County Coordinator/Administrator, Health & Human Services Director, and Highway Engineer. Discussion followed on the Stearns County salary data versus Wright County for the three positions. The motion carried 4-1 with Sawatzke casting the nay vote.
Daleiden moved to adopt Resolution #15-72 setting the salary of the County Attorney at $137,493 for 2016. The motion was seconded by Husom and carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.
Daleiden moved to adopt Resolution #15-73 setting the salary of the Sheriff at $124,038 for 2016. The motion was seconded by Borrell and carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.
Building Committee. Daleiden and Potter attended a meeting to discuss the development of an RFP for Courts. The group discussed short term improvements, the RFP, and timeline. Daleiden said it was suggested that Potter, L. Kelly, and one of the Judges meet to move forward with building the RFP.
Greater MSP Annual Meeting. Potter said successes in the State were highlighted at the meeting. Potter may invite a member of the group to speak at a future Board Meeting.
AMC District 5 Meeting. The meeting was held in Wright County. County Program Aid was discussed.
Clearwater River Watershed District. Husom attended the meeting where projects were discussed including wastewater treatment and the effort to keep carp from entering lakes.
Safe Communities of Wright County. Husom said a meeting was held on 11-06-15. The high visibility enforcement effort will run from 11-25-15 through 12-31-15.
Highway 12 Initiative. Husom said the group is planning an event around the 4th of July.
Toward Zero Deaths Initiative. Husom said the Howard Lake Police Chief provided information on how people are unable to concentrate on two tasks at once. This is seen through tests and studies as it relates to talking on the phone or texting while driving.
Wright County Community Action. Borrell attended a meeting on 11-10-15. WCCA is implementing innovative ideas to raise funds. The most recent effort is for the Waverly Food Bank. Visit wccaweb.com or Facebook to donate to the cause.
Bills Approved
Abrahamson/Brian $178.50
Advance Stitching 300.00
Alex H. Ohman Inc 190,000.00
All State Communications Inc 2,310.48
American Legal Publishing Corp 5,430.00
Ameripride Services 692.62
AMI Imaging Systems Inc. 1,125.00
Annandale Advocate Inc. 204.00
Annandale Rock Products 465.10
Annandale/City of 489.67
Aramark Services Inc. 7,371.70
Bound Tree Medical LLC 488.79
Buffalo/City of 1,932.47
Burdas Towing 216.00
Central MN Fabrication Inc 17,126.00
CenturyLink (Hwy Use) 231.09
Clearwater Township 1,051.30
Climate Air 12,723.20
Commissioner of Transportation 597.00
Corporate Payment Systems 5,190.46
Craguns Corporation 1,163.48
Donlar Constructon Co. 122,093.38
DS Solutions Inc. 250.00
E2 Electrical Services Inc. 22,800.00
Edens Group 325.00
Election Systems & Software 4,577.34
Fred Bonk Gravel 160.00
Fyles EXcavating & Honey Wagon 1,105.00
Gabriel/Cathleen 300.00
Gale-Tec Engineering Inc. 993.00
Grainger 250.26
Granite Electronics 624.00
Hiivala/Robert 249.94
Hillyard Inc.-Minneapolis 1,765.17
Howard/Jolanta 100.00
Integrated Fire & Security 263.40
Johnson/Troy 581.38
Keeprs Inc. 270.19
Kjolhaug Environmental Serv. 1,670.75
Knife River Corp.-North Cen 630.00
Loberg Electric 952.00
Marco 2,959.78
Metro Group Inc./The 3,987.84
Middleville Township 575.00
Mini Biff LLC 239.19
Minnesota Dept. of Human Serv 836.80
MN Counties Computer Coop 779.65
MN County Attorneys Association 100.00
Monticello Towing LLC 200.00
NADA Appraisal Guides 215.00
Neopost Great Plains 1,717.40
New Look Contracting Inc. 340,057.76
Office Depot 1,300.00
Office of MN IT Services 2,100.00
Pope Douglas Solid Waste Manag 327.60
Precision Prints of Wright Co. 325.97
Premier Biotech Labs LLC 169.95
Pulscher/Barbara J 315.00
Russell Security Resource 157.39
Seachange Printing/Marketing 5,324.92
Sherburne Co. Public Health 239.00
Sign Man of MN Inc./The 330.00
Steve O Septic 346.40
Suburban Tire Wholesale Inc. 837.44
Tactical Solutions 2,613.00
Translanguages LLC 392.90
Trueman Welters Inc. 217.59
Voss Lighting 193.80
W D Larson Companies LTD 524.04
Waste Management of WI-MN 809.53
Weidner Plumbing/Heating 201,400.00
West Payment Center 1,063.90
Windstream 185.21
Wright Co. Highway Dept. 25,005.12
Wright Soil & Water Cons. Dist. 306.35
WSB & Associates Inc. 3,127.82
Zee Medical Service 200.40
34 Payments less than $100 1,621.90
Final total $1,010,351,92
The meeting adjourned at 10:17 a.m.
Published in the Herald Journal Dec. 7, 2015.