Wright County Board Minutes

JANUARY 11, 2000

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

Russek moved to approve the minutes of 1-4-00 as presented, seconded by Sawatzke, carried unanimously.

Petitions were accepted to the Agenda as follows: Consent Agenda Item A9, "Schedule Benefits Fair for 2-9-00" (Norman); Consent Agenda G1, "CIVIL DEFENSE: Authorize Attendance at National Radiological Emergency Preparedness Conference, Reno Nevada, April 10-12, 2000" (Norman); Aud./Treas. Item 3, "Authorize contracting with Rod Bunting for the Final Tax Settlement" (Gruber); Item For Consid. #6, "Appointment to Parks Commission" (Jude); Item For Consid. #7, "Rinke-Noonan Wetland Conference" (Russek). On a motion by Sawatzke, second by Eichelberg, all voted to approve the Agenda as amended.

The Consent Agenda was reviewed. As part of approval of the Consent Agenda, the County Board will be accepting the retirement of Lenny Walker, Lieutenant Deputy Sheriff. Walker was acknowledged for his excellence as a deputy and the work he has accomplished for Wright County. On a motion by Jude, second by Russek, all voted to approve the Consent Agenda:


1. Performance Appraisals: R. Hiivala, Aud./Treas.; C. Barnaal, S. Kile, Ct. Svcs.; P. Atkins, R. Bonk, R. Erickson, J. Niebolte, Hwy.; M. Malott, A. Pribyl, T. Sandin, M. Steffer, Sheriff.

2. County Agricultural Inspector Annual Report & Workplan Summary.

3. Authorize Signatures, Contract With Ag Enterprises, LLC.

4. Refer Discussion RE: Contract Employees To The Personnel Committee.

5. Approve Law Enforcement Contract, City of Rockford.

6. Claim, Frank Madden & Associates, $4,826.44.

7. O/T Report, Period Ending 12-24-99.

8. Authorize Signatures On Contract Agreement, Teamsters Sheriff Essential Supervisors Unit.

9. Schedule Benefits Fair for 2-9-00.


1. Approve Abatement, PIN: 211-000-334303, Edward J. Scherman (Marysville Township).


1. Approve Tobacco Licenses: Coborn's Liquor, Clearwater Travel Plaza (Clearwater City); Hawks Sports Bar & Grill (Monticello City); Casey's General Store (Montrose City).

2. Approval to advertise for Account Clerk Approved in 2000 Budget.


1. Acknowledge internal promotion of Melissa Loken from Court Attendant to Case Management Deputy Position, Eff. 1-12-00 (Class F, Step 1). Authorize replacement of Court Attendant position & filling any subsequent vacancies should position be filled from within.


1. Accept Resignation, Laurie Schroeder, Secretary, Eff. 1-31-00 & Authorize Replacement.


1. Acknowledge Retirement, Lenny Walker, Lieutenant Deputy Sheriff, Eff. 3-3-00 & Authorize Replacement.

2. Refer To Personnel Committee Discussion RE: Changing Anniversary Date For Sgt. R. Helgeson & Deputy J. Carlen.


1. Authorize Attendance at National Radiological Emergency Preparedness Conference, Reno Nevada, April 10-12, 2000.

Doug Gruber, Auditor/Treasurer, requested that a Communications Committee meeting be scheduled. On a motion by Russek, second by Eichelberg, all voted to schedule a meeting for 1-26-00 at 1:30 P.M.

Gruber requested authorization to contract with Rod Bunting for assistance with the final tax settlement for 1999 which must be completed by 1-25-00. The rate would be $25/hour and would be for a maximum of 20 hours. Jude moved to approve the request with funding out of the Auditor/Treasurer's Professional Services line item. Motion carried 5-0 on a second by Russek.

On a motion by Eichelberg, second by Russek, all voted to approve the claims as listed in the abstract, subject to audit.

A Deferred Compensation Committee meeting was held on 1-10-00. Sawatzke moved to approve the minutes as presented, seconded by Jude, carried unanimously:

Request For Withdrawal. Tom Cobb has requested permission to withdraw funds from his deferred compensation account due to a personal hardship. Recommendation: Grant request.

The Lake Charlotte LID approached the County Board on December 21, 1999 with a request to amend the powers granted by the County Board in 1985. The original powers only relate to controlling lake water levels. Normally, statutes allow broader powers for LID's, but when the resolution was adopted in 1985 the County Board voted to retain some of those powers. If the LID's powers were expanded, they would be able to proceed with pursuing sewer improvements for Lake Charlotte. Subsequent to scheduling the public hearing which was held on 1-10-00, Asleson learned that DNR rules require a 30-day notice to the DNR and MPCA and also a 21-day notice to property owners within the LID. In addition, two publications must be placed in the legal newspaper. The 1-10-00 public hearing did not meet these requirements. A meeting was also held last week with representatives of the LID, Wright County and the City of St. Michael to discuss the City's plans for sewer improvements. The City may be willing to delay their bid letting scheduled for February if the LID were included. Asleson indicated that there are four LID's in Wright County and that they were all created by petition. He was unsure whether amendments or codifications have subsequently taken place.

Asleson indicated that different avenues are available to accomplish sewer service to this area. The subordinate sewer district was voted down by a vote of the residents in December. He felt the most efficient way to do the project would be to have one entity take the lead, and he envisioned that entity to be the City. Under Chapter 429, Special Assessments, the City does not have the ability to assess outside of their limits but can provide service. The actual assessments would have to be completed by the LID or by Rockford Township. Asleson said the LID could also enter into a Joint Powers Agreement with the City to provide the service.

The public hearing held last evening for the purpose of discussing the expansion of the LID's powers was attended by residents of both Lake Charlotte and Lake Martha. Lake Martha is not within the LID's boundaries. Lake Martha flows into Lake Charlotte. Russek said it did not appear that those Lake Martha residents present were interested in becoming part of the LID.

Jude supported a vote by residents of the LID. He stated that the time crunch of the sewer project was not one the County Board created. He felt a ballot should be sent to each property owner. If 26% of the people respond in favor of the sewer project, a public hearing could be scheduled.

Sawatzke thought the subordinate sewer project voted down was a reasonable proposal and noted that the LID did not support it due to the way assessments were being handled. He agreed there was a problem, but was not sure if granting the LID authority would help or hinder the process. He did not support assessing undeveloped parcels or ag land the same as developed parcels. Sawatzke agreed with Jude on requiring a 26% vote.

Tom Larson, Lake Charlotte LID Chair, indicated that the LID is attempting to find a solution to the problem. He said that projects which cost more than $5000 require the support of the majority of the residents of the LID. Larson said that with the St. Michael sewer project, half of Lake Charlotte will receive sewer service whether or not the LID decides to proceed with a project. The project will only include those parcels with lakeshore. Larson indicated that this is an opportunity for municipal sewer and to assist those who cannot sell their properties due to noncompliant septic systems. He felt there was an urgency to the project to assist with stopping lake pollution. Although servicing all of Lake Charlotte will not be an answer to the total problem, it is an intermediate solution. Larson voiced frustration with the process, stating that the LID is a group of citizens who are attempting to do the right thing.

Eichelberg moved to follow the County Attorney's recommendation to follow the guidelines as set forth in Statute requiring the LID to petition to expand their powers. A public hearing would be scheduled following receipt of the petition reflecting support of at least 26% of the LID. Jude seconded the motion. Discussion followed on the possibility of the LID and St. Michael entering into a Joint Powers Agreement. Asleson said this could be done without the County being involved, with the exception that the County Board is required to grant approval for the LID to assess the costs back to the property owners. Motion carried 5-0.

On a motion by Eichelberg, second by Russek, all voted to schedule a MIS Steering Committee meeting for 1-26-00 at 2:30 p.m.

Richard Norman, County Coordinator, reviewed proposed revisions to Personnel Policy 104, Recruitment and Selection process. The request for changes originated from the Human Services Director, who indicated that the process has been delayed due to Human Service Board meetings being held every two weeks. Norman said he felt the revisions will expedite the recruitment process by giving the ability to advertise for budgeted positions without County Board approval, screen, test and interview and then presenting for approval a candidate for hire. Jude moved to approve the changes as presented, seconded by Eichelberg. After discussion, the motion and second were amended to not strike the following sentence from Section 104.03.B, 4th paragraph, "No testing or interviewing may take place until the end of the application period." Motion carried 5-0.

An announcement was received from AMC announcing an Aggregate Resources Task Force meeting on January 10-12th in St. Paul. Sawatzke said he spoke with Dave Weirens, Policy Analyst, AMC, who was unaware of all of the implications of the import/export tax. There is a push by those in the industry for a statewide tax. The Task Force is also reviewing a serious shortage of gravel in the metro area. Jude moved to direct Norman to draft a letter to the Legislative Delegation expressing the Board's concerns relating to import/export taxes and asking them to carry a bill to support a tax on exports, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0.

Jude moved to appoint Diane Bruns to the Parks Commission for a 3-year term replacing Jim Latour, seconded by Russek, carried unanimously.

Russek moved to authorize attendance at the Rinke-Noonan Annual Wetland Conference being held in St. Cloud on February 3rd. Motion carried 5-0 on a second by Jude.

On a motion by Russek, second by Sawatzke, all voted to cancel the 2-15-00 County Board meeting due to the occurrence of five Tuesdays in February.

Bills Approved

Air-Hydraulic Systems Inc 497.26

American Congress Surv & Map 173.00

Ancom Communications Inc 5211.20

AT&T Wireless Services 194.61

Bowman Distribution 391.32

City Buffalo 28433.77

Cintas-428 102.27

Deatons Mailing Systems Inc 926.00

Karen Determan 159.34

Ernst General Construction Inc 228.25

Force America Inc 911.63

Hayes Instrument Co 163.50

Int'l Conference of Bldg Offcl 195.00

Larson Publications Inc 115.60

Little Falls Machine 356.16

Marco Business Products 1055.88

Martin-McAllisters Consulting 913.50

Minnesota Copy Systems 221.02

Dennis Moeller 236.33

MPELRA 150.00

Office Depot 532.47

Dave Peterson Monticello Ford 286.10

Precision Prints of Wright Co 124.82

Reliant Energy Minnegasco 6619.18

Streichers 1656.51

Chuck Van Heel 236.57

VER Tech 292.88

Western Gas Utilities 330.68

Wright Co Radiator Repair 227.53

Airtouch Cellular Bellevue 173.51

American Health Care Supply 315.33

Earl Andersen Inc 222.44

Beaudry Propane Inc 1243.97

Briggs & Morgan 6329.80

Chamberlain Oil co 1644.48

D&D Distributing Inc 107.22

Delano Municipal Utilities 148.35

Enterprise & Dispatch 288.25

Tom Feddema 103.23

Jim Hatch Sales Co Inc 883.16

Humane Society of Wright Cty 102.50

Lakedale Telephone Co 357.38

Kimberly LeClaire 105.30

Maple Lake Messenger 166.26

Marks Standard Parts 2405.28

Roger Millner 249.60

MN Society of Prof Surveyors 130.00

Monticello Times 308.75

Margaret Munson 148.49

Performance Office Papers 614.76

Photo I 1291.51

Reds Auto Electric 190.76

Royal Tire-St Cloud 4104.29

Total Printing 230.79

Varitech Industries 5942.70

Walmart Store 01-1577 141.50

Woodland Township 874.40

Wright County Journal Press 276.85

26 payments less than $100 1,308.91

Final Total $81,352.35

The meeting adjourned at 10:12 a.m.

Dick Mattson, Chairperson

ATTEST: Richard Norman, County Coordinator

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