Wright County Board Minutes

SEPTEMBER 26, 2017
The Wright County Board met in regular session at 9:00 A.M. with Husom, Vetsch, Daleiden, Potter and Borrell present.
Husom made the following change to the Minutes: Page 7, Advisory Committee/Advisory Board Updates #4, change to, “She said 140,000 tons of hot mix...” (Husom). Daleiden moved to approve the Minutes as corrected, seconded by Husom. The motion carried 5-0.
The following changes were made to the Agenda: Add Consent Item E, “Schedule Public Hearing For 10-17-17 @ 9:30 A.M. For Reestablishment Of County Ditch 36 Drainage System Records” (Kryzer). Daleiden moved to approve the Agenda as amended. Vetsch seconded the motion and it carried 5-0.
Daleiden moved to approve the Consent Agenda as amended, seconded by Husom. The motion carried 5-0:
1. Madden, Galanter & Hansen LLP, 08-2017 Services, $2,620.61
1. Approve/Authorize Signatures On Law Enforcement Contract: Rockford
1. Acknowledge Warrants Issued Between 9-13-17 and 9-19-17
1. Position Replacement:
A. Social Worker (CP Case Management)
B. Social Worker (Family Assessment/ED Neglect
1. Schedule Public Hearing For 10-17-17 @ 9:30 A.M. For Reestablishment Of County Ditch 36 Drainage System Records
Approve Additional Contract With OpenGov For Performance Measurements & Dashboarding & Automation Of Interfaces. Contract Cost For 2018 Is 19K, And Funding Could Be Recorder’s Technology
Hiivala stated the County has prepaid for OpenGov for 2017, 2018 and 2019. A new OpenGov product, called Dashboards and Performance Measurements, is a product that focuses the viewers’ attention on pre-filtered data. The offer from OpenGov is a $15,000 discount for the first year for the additional module and $2,850 for an automatic interface (daily) with the most current financial information. The second year, the discount is $18,872.70. The Performance Measurement & Dashboard piece would need to be paid for by the end of September in order to receive the discounts.
Hiivala said the Performance Measurement & Dashboard piece would be for 2018-2019 with a two-year automatic renewal if desired. Daleiden asked whether the services would be provided for free in 2017. Hiivala thought that was the case. Hiivala introduced the product at the last Board Meeting and rolled it out to Department Heads. He suggested review by that audience for suggestions to fine tune the dashboards.
Discussion included automatic upload of data, and costs associated with implementation and staff resources. Daleiden preferred to table this request to the Information Technology Meeting scheduled for 9-27-17 for further discussion and review of what impact this will have on IT.
Potter moved to table this discussion to the 9-27-17 Technology Committee Meeting with the understanding that a recommendation will be brought forth at the 10-03-17 Meeting. The motion was seconded by Daleiden and carried 5-0.
Adopt Resolution Recommending The Minnesota Commissioner Of Revenue Convey To The County A Tax Forfeit Property (Monticello Township).
Brian Asleson, Chief Deputy Attorney, showed an aerial photo of the parcel, PID #213-000-321300, located at the intersection of CSAH 37 and CR 119. The request is for the County to acquire the parcel for public purposes. The parcel is less than an acre in size. CSAH 37 is on the Highway Department’s 5-Year Plan and was adopted as part of the Local Option Sales Tax.
Daleiden moved to adopt Resolution #17-46 recommending the Minnesota Commissioner of Revenue convey to the County Tax Forfeit Parcel #213-000-321300. The motion was seconded by Vetsch and carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.
Adopt Resolution Declaring October 1-7, 2017 As National 4-H Week In Wright County.
Presentation Of 4-H Related Work by 4-H Program Coordinators Justin Crowley and Kelly Strei and 4-H’er Greta Goede
Strei introduced Justin Crowley who was hired 4 months ago as the 4-H Program Coordinator. Crowley said he is proud of the Wright County 4-H Program which had a record 640 members last year and excited to be able to celebrate National 4-H Week. Goede, 4-H Federation President, provided information on the Wright County 4-H Program and read the Board Declaration for National 4-H Week in Wright County.
Potter moved to adopt Resolution #17-47 declaring October 1-7, 2017 as National 4-H Week in Wright County. The motion was seconded by Husom and carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.
CEDS (Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy) Plan Approval
Russell made a presentation on CEDS and the process involved to reach the 7W CEDS Plan. The intent of CEDS is to identify regional issues and potential solutions. The Plan is being presented to the County Boards within the Region for feedback to assure it is all inclusive. The 30-day comment period on the Plan expires at the end of September. It will then be submitted to the Economic Development Authority for approval. The future role of CMJTS will including writing grants to support economic development projects and expand local economies, provide technical assistance to local governments, and continue to build partnerships to engage in regional collaborative activities.
Russell stated that there are four EDA programs to make application to. The Plan allows access to federal grant dollars that would otherwise not be accessible. Russell said the 7W Region is the only one that did not have a CEDS Plan completed in Minnesota.
Vetsch said a missing piece is post high school/local technical school education options, wanting more education locally versus regionally. Potter said the opportunity to expand post-secondary education was discussed early on in the process. It may take some time to determine whether there can be more collaboration between community colleges and St. Cloud State University. Vetsch would like to see that incorporated into the Plan.
Russell asked the Board members to convey ideas for the Plan during this 30-day comment period. Public comment can be made until 9-30-17 at https://www.cmjts.org/about/reports-publications/.
Potter made a motion to approve the CEDS Plan, seconded by Husom. The motion carried unanimously.
Resolution Of Intent To Develop Comprehensive Watershed Management Plans In Wright County
OHare stated that the SWCD (Soil & Water Conservation District) is in charge of the County’s Water Plan. With the transition to the One Watershed One Plan, they need to ensure that the County remains eligible for grants through BWSR (Board of Water & Soil Resources). She provided an overview of the timeline of the Plan and a map of the affected area.
She anticipates the North Fork of the Crow River Watershed Plan will become the County water plan for that area as soon as it is adopted. The North Fork of the Crow covers the majority of the County. The remaining areas include the Mississippi/St. Cloud area to the north and the South Fork of the Crow River. OHare will be involved in those plans as well and anticipates the Mississippi/St. Cloud plan to occur first. The South Fork plan may not happen soon as one player is not interested. It involves less than 5% of the judicial area, and participation is optional.
OHare requested approval to amend and extend the current County Water Plan. The Executive Summary will be updated and the implementation plan focusing on the Mississippi/St. Cloud and South Fork areas. The Clearwater Watershed District Plan will be adopted for part of the Mississippi/St. Cloud area and extend through 2022 when the One Watershed One Plan should be finalized. The draft resolution reflects the County will continue with the process of the One Watershed One Plan and continued work on the North Fork of the Crow. The SWCD will participate as deemed necessary with the Mississippi/St. Cloud and South Fork of the Crow plans.
Borrell said he struggles somewhat with the governance structure of the One Watershed One Plan. If there is a point where the One Watershed One Plan needs funding beyond BWSR grant funding, he did not want it set up similarly to the CROW where counties with small and large land masses get the same political representation. He is okay with the voting process, but supports funding to follow grant dollars rather than population.
Potter moved to adopt Resolution #17-48, Resolution of Intent to develop a Comprehensive Watershed Management Plan for the North Fork of the Crow River Watershed. The motion was seconded by Husom and carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.
Lee Kelly, County Coordinator, said the Board took action in April to cancel the 10-10-17 County Board Meeting because of five Tuesdays in October. Last week, the Board discussed reinstating the Meeting because of other meetings being held that week (HHS Board and Committees).
Potter moved to cancel the 10-31-17 County Board Meeting and to reinstate the 10-10-17 County Board Meeting. The motion was seconded by Husom and carried 5-0.
Kelly presented the draft resolution for approval. The County is required to pass the preliminary budget and levy prior to 9-30-17. The draft represents a 7.73% increase in the levy and 10.88% increase in the budget compared to 2017 figures. Borrell stated that Wright County is a growing County, both in population and the need for services. This resulted in additional employee positions in the draft budget. There is also an expanding tax base with growth and population. Potter referenced past Commissioners and commended their effort to limit the budget and levy increases. However, that did not address growth. This is a year where that is being addressed. The 2019 budget will include the construction of the Courts Facility. The increase in budget and levy also includes additional Capital Improvement Plan funding, which Potter said will bring funding closer to where it should be for the size of the County. Borrell noted that the resolution reflects the maximum the budget and levy can increase. The County will continue to look for ways to reduce the budget and levy if possible.
Potter moved to adopt Resolution #17-49 setting the preliminary 2018 Budget at $126,252,299 and the 2018 Levy at $62,680,533. The motion was seconded by Daleiden and carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.
On a motion by Daleiden, second by Husom, all voted to set a special County Board Meeting on 11-28-17 at 6:00 PM regarding the 2018 Budget and Levy.
Husom left the Board Meeting at 10:05 A.M.
1. MnDOT Variance Committee. Potter was selected to serve on the MnDOT Variance Committee and attended a meeting last week.
2. GRRL. Potter said HR related items were discussed including the update of job descriptions.
3. District 7W/MnDOT District 3. Potter serves on the Policy Board. Being reviewed are STIP and open solicitations. There will be a workshop on 10-10-17 in St. Cloud. For TH55, there will be a full reclamation project between Buffalo and Rockford. This was originally slated as a microsurfacing or overlay project. Borrell asked whether TH55 will be widened. Potter said the TH55 Coalition was formed through a federal grant and will be in existence through 2020. The goal of the group was four lanes from the metro to Annandale but may be an unattainable goal due to homes, slopes and wetlands involved. A bypass lane may be a possibility between Buffalo and Rockford.
4. AMC Policy Committee. Daleiden attended a meeting regarding Health & Human Services (HHS). This next year is a policy and bonding year. Discussion including educating local legislators on mandates and associated costs. HHS is compiling data to provide to the legislators.
Kelly said the Board will meet in Closed Session to discuss Labor Relations Strategy. He suggested adjourning the Board Meeting and holding the Closed Session following the Board Meeting.
The meeting adjourned at 10:13 A.M.
Published in the Herald Journal Oct. 20, 2017.