WRIGHT COUNTY BOARD MINUTES
DECEMBER 27, 2016
The Wright County Board met in regular session at 9:00 A.M. with Sawatzke, Borrell, Daleiden, Husom, and Potter present.
Daleiden moved to approve the 12-20-16 Board Minutes, seconded by Potter. The motion carried 5-0.
Husom moved to approve the Agenda, seconded by Daleiden. The motion carried 5-0.
Daleiden moved to approve the Consent Agenda, seconded by Borrell. The motion carried 5-0:
1. Claim - Madden, Galanter & Hansen, LLP 11-2016 Services, $6,356.51
1. Refer Health And Human Services Center Alarm System To Building Committee For Discussion On Operational Issues And Necessity
1. Approve Non-Union Salary Ranges, Effective 1-01-17
1. Schedule Closed Session For 12-29-16 @ 9:00 A.M. RE: Ditch 31
1. Approve Renewal Of 2017 Tobacco Licenses For:
A. City Of Albertville: Cardinal Enterprises, LLC DBA SuperAmerica; West Side Liquor Of Albertville, Inc. DBA Westside Liquor;
B. City Of Otsego: Napa Valley Liquor, Inc. DBA Napa Valley Liquors;
C. City Of Rockford: Cardinal Enterprises, LLC DBA SuperAmerica#4898;
D. City Of St. Michael: Tran’s St. Michael Liquors, Inc. DBA St. Michael Liquors.
1. Approve Fleet Card Transactions For The Period Ending November 25, 2016 For A Total Of $14,344.01
ALAN WILCZEK, FACILITIES SERVICES DIRECTOR
Award bid for the Public Works Partial Roof Replacement Project
Wilczek said ten bids for this project were opened at the 12-20-16 County Board meeting. The low bid was Berwald Roofing Company, Inc. at $240,510. Wilczek said INSPEC, an engineering consultant for the project, discussed the bid with Berwald. INSPEC supplied a letter of recommendation stating that the bid is valid. Potter moved to award the bid for the Public Works Building Partial Roof Replacement to Berwald Roofing Company, Inc. in the amount of $240,510. Daleiden seconded. He asked whether INSPEC feels the steel roofing will solve the current issues, and whether they will stand behind the product. Wilczek said yes, they designed it, and will stand behind and inspect it.
The motion carried 5-0.
SEAN RILEY, PLANNING & ZONING ADMINISTRATOR
1. Accept the findings and recommendation of the Planning Commission and adopt the amendments to the Wright County Code of Ordinances, Title XV Land Usage & Zoning as follows:
A. Section 155.003 to require setbacks for essential services not located within Public Road Right of Ways andexempt County and Township structures from Conditional Use Permitting.
Assistant County Attorney Greg Kryzer presented Ordinance Amendment 16-8 for Riley. Kryzer said the Amendment deals with amending setbacks and definitions for essential services in the Wright County Zoning Ordinance Chapter 155. Kryzer distributed commentaries from Buffalo, Cokato, Corinna, Franklin, Victor, and Woodland Townships, as well as the City of Cokato. The Planning Commission recommended approval of the Amendment.
Daleiden moved to approve Ordinance Amendment 16-8, Section 155.03, to require setbacks for essential services not located within Public Road Right of Ways and exempt County and Township structures from Conditional Use Permitting. Borrell seconded. Kryzer recommended that other Townships consult with their attorneys to put a road permitting utility system in place. He explained that the setbacks apply to both Township and County roads. However, Kryzer said, the County is exempting utilities placed in the road right of way, which is where the permitting system comes into play. The County only permits utilities on County roads and highways. Townships need a permit system for their own roads, but the setbacks still apply. The motion carried unanimously.
BOB HIIVALA, AUDITOR/TREASURER
On a motion by Potter, seconded by Husom, all voted to approve the claims as listed in the abstract, subject to audit, for a total of $578,099.36 with 273 vendors and 466 transactions.
ITEMS FOR CONSIDERATION
12-20-16 PERSONNEL COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE MINUTES
At today’s County Board Meeting, Husom moved to approve the minutes and recommendations. Potter seconded, and the motion carried 5-0:
Elected Officials Salaries
The meeting was continued from December 13th. Discussion occurred regarding the salaries of each of the elected officials.
Recommendation: Authorize a 2017 salary of $125,532 for Auditor Treasurer Hiivala;
Authorize a 2017 salary of $142,305 for County Attorney T. Kelly;
Authorize a 2017 salary of $127,139 for County Sheriff Hagerty.
(End of 12-20-16 Personnel Committee Of The Whole Minutes)
RESOLUTION SETTING AUDITOR/TREASURER SALARY FOR 2017
On a motion by Daleiden, seconded by Potter, all voted to adopt Resolution 16-75 setting the Auditor/Treasurer salary at $125,532 for 2017. The Resolution carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.
RESOLUTION SETTING ATTORNEY SALARY, 2017
Daleiden moved to adopt Resolution 16-76 setting the County Attorney salary at $142,305 for 2017. Husom seconded, and the Resolution carried 4-1 on a roll call vote, with Sawatzke casting the nay vote.
RESOLUTION SETTING SHERIFF SALARY, 2017
Borrell moved, seconded by Daleiden, to adopt Resolution 16-77 setting the Sheriff salary at $127,139 for 2017. The Resolution carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.
RESOLUTION SETTING THE COUNTY BOARD SALARY FOR 2017
Borrell moved to adopt Resolution 16-78, seconded by Potter, setting the County Board Salary for 2017 at $38,957. The Resolution carried 4-1 on a roll call vote, with Daleiden casting the nay vote.
RESOLUTION SETTING PER DIEMS, 2017
Borrell moved to adopt Resolution 16-79 setting Per Diems for 2017. Potter seconded, and the Resolution carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.
SCHEDULE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE MEETING REGARDING WRIGHT COUNTY ABATEMENT POLICY AND RESOLUTION DELEGATING CERTAIN ABATEMENT POWERS TO THE AUDITOR/TREASURER
Potter moved to schedule a Committee Of The Whole meeting on 1-17-17 at 10:30 A.M. following the County Board meeting. Husom seconded, and the motion carried unanimously.
ADVISORY COMMITTEE / ADVISORY BOARD UPDATES
1. Clearwater River Watershed District: Husom said the meeting last Wednesday addressed a number of issues, primarily for other counties.
2. Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies (CEDS): Potter said the CEDS group met last Wednesday. In January they will begin a series of meetings to draft a request for Federal money for the final CEDS plan.
3. Variance Committee: Last Thursday, Potter said he sat on the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) Variance Committee. When a road or bridge doesn’t fit within the norms of engineering requirements, the city or county has the option to go to the MnDOT Variance Committee.
4. Water Management Task Force: Daleiden said the Task Force met on 12-15-16. Most of the discussion was dedicated to the invasive species budget for 2017. They provided information regarding the occurrence of Starry Stonewort at Lake Sylvia. Daleiden said most, but not all, of the Starry Stonewort was removed. He said the biggest disappointment was that the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) didn’t close the lake access when they had the opportunity.
5. Central Minnesota Emergency Services Board: Borrell said the Board met last Wednesday and discussed NextGen 911, which will allow text messages to 911. Initially, it will be set up regionally. Borrell said this service is set to launch in 2017. Husom added that citizens will be able to send photos to NextGen911 from their smartphones, which will be a great aid to emergency responders.
PRESENTATION OF RETIREMENT PLAQUE TO COMMISSIONER PAT SAWATZKE
County Coordinator Lee Kelly congratulated Commissioner Sawatzke on 26 years of service to Wright County. He said over the years of his service, the County has experienced great growth. Kelly said he appreciates the insight on the many issues that Sawatzke dealt with over the last 26 years. He is amazed at Sawatzke’s sharp memory about County Board history and his ability to mentally calculate numbers. Kelly said Sawatzke will be greatly missed, and presented him with a plaque.
Sawatzke said he never expected to be on the County Board for 26 years. He bequeathed his 25 year mug to reporter John Holler, who attended Sawatzke’s first County Board meeting. He listed staff and County Board members who were at the County in 1991 when he started.
Sawatzke said he served with Dick Mattson and Jack Russek for more than twenty years. Later, Elmer Eichelberg was elected, and he, Russek, Mattson and Sawatzke served fourteen years together. He said it was an unusual situation, and speaks to consistency in government. Sawatzke said that is what makes him the most proud, not that there was longevity for its own sake, but that it indicated satisfaction on the part of citizens.
Overall, Sawatzke said he served with fifteen Commissioners. He didn’t always agree with them, but he does have respect for them. He is proud of the County’s open government, and the way citizens can come to the podium and talk directly with the County Board. He hopes that the County Board continues this practice. He said the citizens of Wright County are customers, and an overwhelming number of County staff provide good customer service. Every person in the organization has the opportunity to make a positive difference in the lives of the people of Wright County, sometimes for a lifetime. Sawatzke said in 1991 there were 335 County employees. Now there are more than 700. He is proud when he hears positive feedback on County employees.
Sawatzke said Wright County citizens are good people, and that makes it much easier to serve them. He said among other counties in the State, Wright County’s crime late is one of the lowest, and voter turnout is one of the highest. Unemployment is low by comparison as well, and so is the poverty rate. Sawatzke commended Wright County citizens for taking care of themselves, working hard, and doing the right thing. He said they strive to make a contribution to society. They display a strong sense of citizenship and community pride, and that makes Wright County great. He was proud to be a Commissioner from a County with citizens who exhibit these characteristics.
Sawatzke said he has been through seven elections, and was given the opportunity to serve each time. He thanked the residents of his District for their support. He said he appreciated their votes and hopes he never let them down. Sawatzke said the Board accomplished a lot during the last 26 years. He stressed that efficient government helps citizens the most. Sawatzke said he is proud he took a stand on issues that he felt were in the best interests of the County and its citizens.
Borrell said it has been a real honor to work with Sawatzke on the County Board, not just because of his knowledge, but for who he is as a person. Borrell said Sawatzke truly cares for the County and its people. He thanked Sawatzke for teaching him a lot during the last four years.
Daleiden agreed, saying he would miss Sawatzke’s knowledge of County history. He appreciates everything he learned from him. He said they didn’t always agree, but clearly, Sawatzke cares about the citizens of Wright County.
Potter said he and Sawatzke have had disagreements over the years, but he appreciates how, once a vote was taken, the matter was done. He thanked Sawatzke for his service to the County.
Husom said Sawatzke was very patient with them as new Commissioners four years ago. She said his memory and ability to come up with a number amazed her as well. She thanked Sawatzke for his guidance, saying it has been a good four years.
The meeting adjourned at 9:48 A.M.
Bills Approved 12/20/16
Us Bank Voyager Fleet Systems $14,344.01
Final Total: $14,344.01
Bills Approved 12/27/16
Abbott Northwestern Hospital 589.17
ABR Trails 240.00
Accent Electric And Automation 1,572.50
Advantage Police Supply Inc 1,599.04
AGC Networks Inc 7,500.00
All State Communications Inc 1,029.51
Allina Health 285.00
Alpha Training & Tactics/ & Sales 4,458.00
Alternative Business Furniture Inc 7,355.23
Ameripride Services 688.61
AMI Imaging Systems Inc 1,700.00
ANCOM Communications Inc 306.00
Anoka County Fiscal Services 11,238.00
APEC Industrial Sales & Services 973.70
Aramark Services Inc 120.00
Bluetarp Financial Inc 344.77
BMC Software Inc 1,564.53
Bob Barker Company Inc 7,169.75
Boyer Truck Parts 438.41
Buffalo Auto Value 149.90
C Walker Trucking 3,165.00
CDW Government Inc 41,480.83
Center Point Energy 4,107.80
Centra Sota Coop - Buffalo 21,511.15
Central McGowan Inc 675.00
CES Imaging 459.55
Climate Air 7,094.03
Compass Minerals America Inc 10,352.74
Consolidated Landcare Inc 12,400.00
Cottens Buffalo 213.35
Cottens Inc 4,039.42
CPS Technology Solutions 2,800.00
Creative Forms & Concepts 1,898.05
Crow River Tools 325.97
CST Distribution LLC 1,068.48
Databank IMX LLC 175.00
Dell Marketing LP 38,497.52
Department of Corrections 30,132.75
Design Elect.-Cold Spring Elec. 14,087.36
Donald Salverda & Associates 600.00
Duraco Inc 1,416.25
Durst/Jerald L 120.00
Dynamic Solutions Group LLC 800.00
Emergency Automotive Tech Inc 3,316.38
Expert Automotive & Towing Inc 155.00
Fastenal Company 139.90
Frontier Precision Inc 759.95
FS3 Inc 160.00
Gilson Company Inc 201.54
Golden Tongue Consultants, Inc 115.92
Granite Electronics 3,466.00
Group Health Inc 202.71
Hance Utility Services Inc 134.40
Harper Brooms 333.20
Hecksel Machine Inc 7,650.00
Hillyard Inc - Minneapolis 106.10
Integrated Fire & Security 12,220.00
Interstate Battery Systems 159.50
IP Controls LLC 562.50
Junction Towing & Auto Repair 203.00
Konecta LLC 33,990.00
League of MN Cities 12,240.00
M-R Sign Company Inc 148.65
Menards - Buffalo 1,162.08
Michigan Police Equipment Co 850.00
Midway Iron & Metal Co Inc 4,729.69
MN CIT Officers Association 3,750.00
MN Counties Ins Trust 629.01
MN Depart. of Transportation 5,785.71
MnDOT - MS630 400.00
MN Sheriffs Association 7,275.00
Morries Parts & Service Group 617.83
MSC Industrial Supply Co 368.50
Mumford Sanitation 157.95
Net Transcripts Inc 509.44
Nuss Truck & Equipment 40,971.00
O’Reilly Auto Parts 399.90
Office Depot 1,472.02
Office Depot Workspace 1,183.60
Otsego/City of 113.92
Pakor Inc 293.27
Powerplan OIB 649.07
Precision Prints of Wright Co 791.00
Reds Cafe 641.25
Regents of the University of MN 40,147.92
Rockford/City of 696.25
Royal Tire Inc 6,797.11
Russell Security Resource Inc 7,983.66
Safelite Fulfillment Inc 309.86
Sawyer Training 1,000.00
Select Account 1,590.50
SHI International Corp 33,652.00
Snap On Tools 921.75
Snowplows Plus 117.36
Springsted Inc 1,800.00
Suburban Tire Wholesale Inc 6,246.81
Superior Automotive 150.00
Total Printing 2,085.00
Traffic Control Corporation 1,435.00
Trimin Systems Inc 150.00
Trueman Welters Inc. 4,102.03
Uniforms Unlimited 385.50
Victory Corps 188.32
Waverly/City of 335.36
Works Computing Inc 10,000.00
Wright County Auditor Treasurer 1,096.96
Wright Hennepin Coop Elec Assn 2,907.61
Wright Hennepin Electric 2,705.33
Xcel Energy 1,203.72
Yellowstone Track Systems Inc 174.00
Zep Sales & Services 404.62
57 Payments less than $100 2,640.82
Final Total: $578,099.36
Published in the Herald Journal Jan. 23, 2017.