Wright County Board Minutes

JANUARY 4, 2000

The Wright County Board met in regular session at 9:00 A.M. with Mattson, Eichelberg, Sawatzke, Jude, and Russek present.

Doug Gruber, County Auditor/Treasurer, called the meeting to order and asked for an election of the Chairperson for the year. Sawatzke moved to elect Mattson as Chairperson for 2000, seconded by Russek. Jude said if the Board followed normal rotation that he would be the next Chairperson. Motion carried 3-2 with Jude and Eichelberg casting the nay vote. Commissioner Mattson presided at the meeting.

On a motion by Jude, seconded by Russek, all voted to elect Eichelberg as Vice Chairperson for 2000.

On a motion by Russek, second by Sawatzke, all voted to dispense with the reading of the minutes of 12-28-99 and approve them as written/revised.

On a motion by Russek, second by Eichelberg, all voted to transfer back any unused funds in the County Attorney's Contingency Fund, the Sheriff's Contingency Fund, and the Incidental Fund to the Revenue Fund.

On a motion by Sawatzke, second by Russek, all voted to recall all unused clerk hire and unused budgets for 1999.

On a motion by Sawatzke, second by Eichelberg, all voted to set the County Board's special sessions for every Tuesday for 2000. The meetings shall be called to order at 9:00 A.M.

The Chairperson presented the 1999 list of committee memberships and asked the members of the County Board to convey their preferences and suggestions regarding committee designations for 2000.

On a motion by Sawatzke, second by Russek, all voted that the appointments of committees for 2000 be made by the Chairperson with the approval of the Board and that the first member named act as Chairperson of the committee and the County Coordinator act as Secretary. Alternates are designated on the committee by ( ). The following is a list of the 2000 appointments. The only change made from last year was the appointment of Eichelberg to the Library Board, replacing Sawatzke who was ineligible for another term.


Budget: Russek, Mattson, Aud./Treas., (Ex-Officio), Norman, (Sawatzke)

Budget Committee Of The Whole: All Commissioners

Building, Furniture & Equipment: Jude, Mattson (Eichelberg)

Capital Improvement/Finance Committee: Jude, Russek, Aud./Treas., Attorney, Norman (Eichelberg)

Central MN Jobs & Training Joint Powers Board: Jude

Civil Defense: Jude, Sawatzke

Committee to Inspect Roads: All Commissioners

Committee to Inspect Ditches: All Commissioners

Communications & 911: Eichelberg, Mattson, Sheriff, Hwy. Engineer, Norman, Aud./Treas. (Russek)

Compost Finance: Russek, Sawatzke, C. Davis

County Extension Svc.: Russek, Mattson

Data Processing: Eichelberg, Mattson (Sawatzke)

Deferred Compensation: Jude, Sawatzke

Delegates to AMC: All Commissioners, Aud./Treas., Norman, Hwy. Engineer

Drug Task Force: Mattson

EMC Councils: Jude

Forfeited Tax Sales: All Commissioners

Labor/Mgmt. Health Insurance Committee: Russek, Eichelberg (Mattson)

Labor Management/Loss Control: Mattson, Eichelberg, Norman, Civil Def. Dir., Spec. Proj. Admin., 1 Rep. from Teamsters/LELS, AFSCME, 49'ers and Teamsters

Legislative Matters: All Commissioners

Library Board: Eichelberg

Orderly Annexation Boards: Sawatzke

Personnel & Employee Relations: Eichelberg, Sawatzke (Jude)

Planning & Zoning: Russek (Jude)

Public Works Labor/Management: Russek, Norman (Mattson)

Purchasing Steering Committee: Eichelberg, Mattson, Purchasing Agent, (Jude)

Solid Waste Task Force: Russek, Sawatzke

Transportation: Eichelberg, Mattson, Fingalson

Union Negotiations: Russek, Jude (Sawatzke)

Water Management: Eichelberg

Ways & Means: Jude, Sawatzke (Russek)

Wright County Community Action: Eichelberg, Jude, City Representative

On a motion by Russek, second by Eichelberg, all voted to accept the Advisory Board (Ex-Officio Member) appointments as recommended:


Anoka Joint Powers Board: Sawatzke, MacMillan

County Fair: Jude

Economic Development Partnership Board: Eichelberg

Historical Society: Sawatzke

Joint Powers Watershed District: Jude

Parks: Eichelberg

Soil Conservation: Russek

Petitions were accepted to the Agenda as follows: Consent Agenda Item D1, "Approve Tobacco Licenses: Coborn's; Beatty Humphries Post; Petrol Pumper; Flintstone's Lounge (Clearwater City); Elletson Bowl & Rec. Center (Maple Lake City); Pump n' Munch #29; Total #5305; Cub Foods; O'Ryan's Conoco (Monticello City); Silver Creek Corner Bar (Silver Creek); Rocky's Bar & Grill; Pete's Grocery (Waverly City)" (Gruber); Item For Consid. #4, "Set Deferred Compensation Committee Meeting" (Norman). Jude moved to approve the Agenda as amended, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0.

On a motion by Eichelberg, second by Sawatzke, all voted to approve the Consent Agenda as amended:


1. Performance Appraisals: D. Reddemann, Aud./Treas.; J. Gordon, S. Schubert, Ct. Admin.

2. Approve Law Enforcement Contracts: Maple Lake, Albertville & Cokato.

3. Acknowledge MCIT Dividend, $237,356.00.

4. Approve 2000 Property/Casualty Premium Payment, MCIT, $269,480.00

5. Approve 2000 Workers' Comp. Premium Payment, MCIT, $221,670.00.


1. Accept Resignation, Matthew G. Frank, Assistant County Attorney, Eff. 1-4-00 & Authorize Replacement.


1 Acknowledge Resignation, Kenneth Fitchwell, Eff. 1-3-00 & Authorize Replacement.

2. Acknowledge Appointment, Michael Allen Skoog, Communications Officer, Eff. 1-4-00, Step 1.

3. Acknowledge Appointment of Deputy Todd Sandin to the Position of Sergeant Deputy Sheriff, Eff. 1-5-00.


1. Approve Tobacco Licenses: Coborn's; Beatty Humphries Post; Petrol Pumper; Flintstone's Lounge (Clearwater City); Elletson Bowl & Rec. Center (Maple Lake City); Pump n' Munch #29; Total #5305; Cub Foods; O'Ryan's Conoco (Monticello City); Silver Creek Corner Bar (Silver Creek); Rocky's Bar & Grill; Pete's Grocery (Waverly City).

Jude moved to schedule a Building Committee Of The Whole meeting on 1-25-00 at 10:30 A.M. for the purpose of discussing capital improvements at the Fairgrounds. Motion carried 5-0 on a second by Russek.

Correspondence was received from David Drown Associates on behalf of the City of Rockford requesting that the 30-day review period be waived relating to Rockford TIF District 3-2 (80-acre industrial park). The City will hold a public hearing on 1-25-00 at 7:00 p.m. The City and HRA plan to decertify the existing TIF District 3-1 due to changes in the plan and budget. Russek moved to waive the 30-day review period for Rockford TIF District 3-2, seconded by Sawatzke, carried 5-0.

Bids were opened at the last County Board meeting for the 2000 Legal Paper. Gruber recommended that the Howard Lake/Waverly Herald be selected as the primary 2000 legal newspaper and that the Maple Lake Messenger to be selected as the secondary 2000 legal newspaper. Russek moved to approve the recommendation, seconded by Sawatzke, carried 5-0.

A Joint Ditch 15 Meeting was held on 12-29-99. A copy of the minutes of that meeting were distributed and reviewed. After discussion today, the consensus was that the County Board is the ditch authority and that the committee acts in an advisory mode. Jude moved to authorize the Ditch 15 Committee to enter into a contract for repair, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0. The motion gives the Committee authority to proceed with repair. Gruber will provide a copy of the contract and an update to the Board.

The claims listing was reviewed. Mattson questioned claims on page 12 and 13 to the Association of MN Counties for membership dues. Gruber explained that the total membership fee is equally split between Human Services, Road & Bridge and Non-Departmental. Mattson questioned a claim on page 8 to Best Inc ($4,173.14) stating that last month's bill was lower. Response from the remainder of the Board was that this amount will vary dependent upon the amount of meals served.

Eichelberg moved to approve the claims as listed in the abstract, subject to audit. Motion carried 5-0 on a second by Russek.

Russek moved to schedule a Labor/Management Health Insurance Committee meeting on 1-12-00 at 9:00 a.m. Motion carried 5-0 on a second by Eichelberg.

On a motion by Russek, second by Eichelberg, all voted to set a Closed Session to discuss Labor Negotiation Strategies on 1-11-00 at 11:30 a.m.

Richard Norman, County Coordinator, received an employee request to withdraw funds from their deferred compensation plan due to hardship they are experiencing. Sawatzke moved to refer the request to the Deferred Compensation Committee and schedule a meeting for 1-10-00 at 3:00 p.m. Motion carried 5-0 on a second by Russek.

Norman recognized employees who served on the Y2K Committee which included: Dennis Compton, Craig Hayes, Gary Miller, Rollie Helgeson, Bob Hiivala, Genell Reese and Bill Swing. The transition to 2000 was virtually uneventful.

Bills Approved

Airtouch Cellular Bellevue 170.36

Assn of Minnesota Counties 17433.00

Best Inc 4173.14

Buffalo Clinic 1434.00

Climate Air 3400.00

Mark Erickson 536.73

Imageware Software Inc 14767.12

International Personnel Mngmt 210.00

Chris Jahnke 377.62

MACO 1200.00

Northern States Power Co 101.54

Lynn Peavey Co 101.54

Steven Quill 471.59

M Smith Publishers 347.00

Transcor America Inc 743.97

Assn of Metropolitan Cty Offic 190.00

AT&T 1285.12

Brinkmans Inc 1991.78

Buffalo Emergency Physicians 154.00

Elmer Eichelberg 429.89

Global Computer Suppliers 262.90

International Assn of Property 140.00

Intoximeters Inc 1031.35

Paul Johnson 200.93

National Assn of Counties 1244.00

Office Depot 484.24

Powerware 1303.71

Simplex Time Recorder Co 127.80

St Cloud Times 169.00

17 payments less than $100 1,492.28

Final Total $56,073.07

The meeting adjourned at 9:34 a.m.

Dick Mattson, Chairperson

ATTEST: Richard Norman, County Coordinator

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