Wright County Board Minutes

JANUARY 18, 2000

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

The minutes of 1-11-00 were discussed. Sawatzke referenced page 2, 4th paragraph, 2nd sentence which reads, "The original powers only relate to controlling lake water levels." Sawatzke's understanding was that sewer was the only power which was retained by the County Board in 1985. Jude disagreed, stating the resolution passed in 1985 related to controlling lake water levels. Consensus was that the minutes accurately reflected the discussion which took place at the meeting of 1-11-00. Sawatzke made a correction to page 3, 5th paragraph, 2nd sentence, which will read, "Sawatzke said he spoke with Dave Weirens, Policy Analyst, AMC, who was unaware of all of the implications of the import/export tax." Russek moved to approve the minutes of 1-11-00 as corrected, seconded by Sawatzke, carried 5-0.

Petitions were accepted to the Agenda as follows: Consent Agenda Item A1, "Performance Appraisal, Bill Augustin" (Norman); Consent Agenda Item A6, "Add Space Plan To Building Committee Of The Whole Agenda On 1-25-00" (Norman); Highway Engineer Item 3, "Set Bid Letting Date, Crushing Contract For 2000" (Norman); Item For Consid. #7, "Discussion RE: Parking Lot East of Public Library" (Norman); Item For Consid. #8, "MN Alliance Drive In" (Mattson). Russek moved to approve the Agenda as amended, seconded by Eichelberg, carried unanimously.

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


1 Performance Appraisals: R. DesMarais, Assr.; M. Erickson, Atty.; P. DeBoer, A. Heitkamp, W. Marschel, C. Nelson, Aud./Treas.; A. Pulvermacher, Bldg. Maint.; T. Doerr, T. Endreson, N. Engfer, L. Goenner, S. Hall, T. Hoffman, B. Johnson, P. Johnson, D. Lange, D. Lindell, M. Malott, G. Reitan, D. Scherber, M. Steffer, T. Wachter, Sher.; R. Bonk, VS/CD; Bill Augustin, Hwy.

2. County Agricultural Inspector's Annual Report & Workplan Summary.

3. Increase Employer Contribution For Health Insurance To $320.40/Month For Non-Union Employees.

4. Discontinue "Opt-Out" Of Health Plan Except For Part Time Employees; Effective 3/1/00.

5. Refer Discussion Of "Shadow Day" To Personnel Committee.

6. Add Space Plan To Building Committee Of The Whole Agenda On 1-25-00.


1. Approve Abatement PIN:155-015-007020, Ron & Mary Hall (City of Monticello).


1. Tobacco Licenses: Pizzazz Bar & Grill (Maple Lake City); Holiday Stationstore #254 (Clearwater City).


1. Accept Resignation, Joni Ludwig, Clerk, Eff. 1-25-00 & Authorize Replacement.


1. Authorize Signatures On 2000 Greenview Contract For Caretakers At Beebe Lake, Otsego, Clearwater/Pleasant, And Fairhaven Mill.


1. Wright County Drug Task Force Drug Control & System Improvement Program Grant Audited Financial Statements Report.

2. Authorize Signature Of Board Chair On Federal Annual Certification Report.


1. Distribution Of 1999 County Surveyor Department Activity Report For Review.

Richard Norman, County Coordinator, introduced Lori Pawelk. Pawelk was hired on 1-10-00 as a Personnel Representative in the Administration Department.

A Building Committee meeting was held on 1-12-00. Jude moved to approve the minutes as presented, seconded by Eichelberg, carried unanimously:

Data/Voice Wire, Museum Addition. Swing presented a quote off the State contract for $2,945.84. Recommendation: Approve request. Fund out of Budget 820, Site Improvement Line Item.

Ceiling Mounted Projector & Shelving, Computer Training Room, HSC. Swing presented a quote from Tierney Brothers, Inc., $10,869.34 and EPA Audio Visual, Inc., $8,344; exclusive of sales tax for the projector with screen. The shelving unit will cost $827.06, the instructor's podium, $454.00, and wiring, $397.58. Recommendation: Award purchase of an overhead projector with screen to EPA Audio Visual, Inc. Fund total project costs out of Budget 820, Site Improvement Line Item.

Bob Hiivala, Chief Deputy Auditor, presented a request from Mallards Marsh, Inc. for an On-Sale Intoxicating Liquor License. The County previously issued a license to the Sundown Saloon which is not due to expire until later this year. Robert Chapman, owner of the building, presented the request in an effort to have a valid license available should the current operator not continue to run the establishment. Brian Asleson, Assistant County Attorney, said the Township makes a recommendation on whether or not to grant the license. The County Board has the option of approving the license, but the State makes the final determination on whether a license is granted. The State will not grant two licenses for one premises. Asleson said that County Board approval could be contingent upon surrender of the current license to the State. Consensus of the Board was to take no action at this time.

On a motion by Russek, seconded by Sawatzke, all voted to approve a plat, "DANIELSONS CREEKWOOD ESTATES, as submitted by Danielson's Capital Investments, Inc., a Minnesota Corporation, fee owner of the following property described in part as: That part of the SE1/4 of SE1/4 of Sec. 34, Twp. 119, Rge. 28, with all outstanding taxes including green acre liability, if any, having been paid; park fee has been paid #74590; the road is built and accepted by township; and a Commitment dated 10-22-99 from "Chicago Title Insurance" has been reviewed by Thomas C. Zins, Assistant County Attorney, who finds that the plat is ready for recording.

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

A Labor/Management Health Insurance Committee meeting was held on 1-12-00. Eichelberg moved to approve the minutes, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0:

Medica Representative, Jim Stamos, reported the premium rate increase for the March 1, 2000 renewal rate is 19.8%. Medica's loss ratio for the year was 116.5%. The Benefits Fair is scheduled for February 9, 2000. Full-time employees will be advised that as of March 1, 2000 they will no longer be able to waive health insurance coverage. Discussed meeting again in March and have Meadowbrook assist us with proposal information to bid health plan effective March 1, 2001.

Wayne Fingalson, Highway Engineer, presented an Agreement with Mn/DOT for snow/ice maintenance on CR 128. This was previously approved by the County Board but language changes have subsequently taken place. The changes made were minor and relate to liability, providing the County and State an opportunity to cancel at any time. Jude moved to adopt

Resolution #00-01 approving the Agreement, seconded by Eichelberg, carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.

Fingalson requested approval of candidate projects for submittal to Mn/DOT to apply for federal TEA-21 funding for fiscal year 2003. The projects would require 20% local funding if federal funds of 80% are granted. The first four projects are identified in the County's current five-year construction plan:

Project, Description, Total Cost, TEA-21, Local Share

CSAH 3 (TH 12 to CR129), Bituminous Overlay, $720,000, $576,000, $144,000

Improvement CSAH 2 Bridge, Replace Bridge No. 7192, $380,000, $304,000, $76,000

CSAH 6 Bridge, Replace Bridge No. 7098, $380,000, $304,000, $76,000

CSAH 12 (Buffalo to TH 12), Regrading, Base, and Bit. Surfacing, $3,200,000, $2,560,000, $640,000

I-94 & CSAH 19 (In Albertville), Complete Full Interchange, $1,800,000, $1,440,000, $360,000

Fingalson referenced the last project listed, stating that it was submitted by the City of Albertville. The City's position is that they would pay the local share. As Albertville has a population less than 5000, the County is required to sponsor any project submitted. Fingalson distributed a map of the area. The push behind this project is the new outlet mall, giving better access to I-94. Mattson inquired whether the County would become involved with signal lights. Fingalson said the only signal scheduled for this spring is at the intersection of CSAH 37 & CSAH 19. The County will be involved due to the County State Aid Highways. There is the potential of an additional two signals. The developer of the outlet mall will fund the signal for the mall. Jude moved to approve the list as presented, seconded by Russek, carried unanimously.

Fingalson requested the Board set the letting date for the crushing contract for 2000 involving the Highland Pit Area and Public Works Site. Fingalson said the County Board should consider what they would like to do with the Highland Pit Area after the crushing has been completed. In response to a question by Jude, Fingalson indicated that they hope to have a letting date for the overlays and specifications in March or April. Jude supported bidding alternate materials. This will be discussed at a future Transportation Committee meeting. Russek moved to schedule the bid letting date for 2-22-00 at 9:30 a.m., seconded by Eichelberg, carried unanimously.

A Lake Charlotte Lake Improvement District Public Hearing was held on 1-10-00. Russek moved to approve the minutes as presented, seconded by Sawatzke, carried 5-0. A summary of the minutes follows:

The Hearing was held to consider a request by the Lake Charlotte LID Board of Directors to expand the powers of the LID. 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 related 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 County Board would vote to expand the powers, the LID would be able to proceed with pursuing sewer improvements for Lake Charlotte. The formation of a subordinate service district (SSD) for Lakes Charlotte and Martha was voted down in a referendum which took place in November, 1999. Property owners would have been assessed for the cost of installing a sewer line and hooking up to the City of St. Michael wastewater treatment plant. Public comment was taken. Comments included the LID boundaries not encompassing Lake Martha and that Lake Martha is a contributor to the problem. No action was taken at the meeting.

On a motion by Sawatzke, second by Russek, all voted to reappoint Carl Swenson to the Parks Advisory Board.

Eichelberg moved to adopt Resolution #00-02 approving a Charitable Gambling License submitted by the Cokato Lions Club. Sawatzke seconded the motion and it carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.

At the last meeting, the Board set an MIS Steering Committee meeting for 1-26-00. At the request of the MIS Director, Russek moved to cancel the 1-26-00 meeting and reschedule it for 2-2-00 at 9:00 A.M.

On a motion by Russek, second by Jude, all voted to schedule a Personnel Committee Of The Whole meeting on 1-24-00 at 11:00 A.M. The purpose is to discuss the non-union salary adjustments for Human Services Supervisors.

A phone call was received on 1-14-00 from the City of Buffalo indicating the City will no longer plow the lot East of the Public Library. Due to the three-day weekend, the Parks Department stated they would plow the snow. Jude moved to add this issue to the Building Committee Of The Whole meeting scheduled on 1-25-00, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0. Parks will continue to plow this area until the issue has been addressed.

Eichelberg moved to authorize attendance at the Minnesota Transportation Alliance Drive-In on 2-16-00, seconded by Sawatzke, carried 5-0.

Bills Approved

Airtouch Cellular Bellevue 1650.71

American Institutional Supply 309.34

Ancom Technical Center 447.06

Associated Bag Company 796.00

Best Inc 6379.06

Buff 'N' Glo Inc 202.50

Buffalo Collision Repair Inc 2216.85

Buffalo Junction Towing 248.06

Central McGowan, Inc. 493.46

Commissioner of Transportation 100.00

Computer Training International 4089.80

Department of Public Safety 4440.00

Farm Rite Equipment 10273.50

Gateway Companies Inc 1817.96

Glencoe Uniforms 164.95

H&H Sport Shop 200.00

Heartland Tire and Srv 373.26

Dr Henk 132.00

Hillyard Floor Care Supply 368.06

Holt Motors Inc 112.18

Interstate Batteries 446.98

Klatt True Value Electric 375.98

Lakeland Transmission 1527.30

Lawson Products Inc 298.66

Marco Business Products 2204.82

The Metro Group Inc 523.98

Minncomm Paging 201.66

MN Ass'n of Assessing Officers 450.00

MN Assn of Cty Administrators 100.00

MN Counties Computer Co-op 17710.95

MN Deputy Registrar Assoc 360.00

MN State Auditor 200.00

City Montrose 672.40

MOSTCA 300.00

Mumford Sanitation 420.08

National Bushing & Parts 190.64

North Fork Farms Inc 1113.50

Office Depot 545.51

Pat Carl & Associates 359.62

Professional Portable Xray Inc 400.00

Redneck Inc 380.71

Safeshred 320.80

SKC Communication Products 264.00

Sprint 101.00

Star Tribune 728.00

Structural Specialities Inc 41673.56

Survivalink Corporation 4172.95

Teply Equipment Inc 110.16

Time Maintenance 475.00

allina Health Systems 154.00

American Public Works Assoc 100.00

Annandale Advocate 289.10

Best Disposal Services 256.61

Paul Boorse 6039.50

Buffalo Clinic 228.00

Buffalo Hospital 161.10

Bull HN Information Systems 2837.16

Cole Papers Inc 972.56

Computer System Products Inc 191.39

Datalink 775.73

EPA Audio Visual Inc 261.99

G & K Services 1277.92

GE Capital Info Tech Solutions 2312.03

Grafix Shoppe 485.20

City Hanover 846.10

Alicia Heitkamp 299.10

Herco Systems 198.09

Holiday 2040.65

Int'l Assn of Chiefs of Police 100.00

Interstate Bearing 272.23

Laedal Medical Corporation 2764.74

LaPlant Demo Inc 751.27

Loberg Plumbing & Heating Co 831.45

McDowall Comfort Mgmt 5375.00

Midland Corporate Benefits Svc 575.22

Minnesota State Bar Assn 100.00

MN Assn for Court Administratn 250.00

MN Assn of Probate Registrars 135.00

MN County Engineers Ass'n 333.33

MN Sheriffs Association 2455.00

MN Transportation Alliance 2370.00

Moon Motor Sales Inc 271.47

Motorola Inc 2372.73

Peggy Murphy 1664.00

National Rep Conference 300.00

Northern States Power Co 253.28

Olympic Oil Co 124.47

Pitney Bowes 160.55

RDO Financial Services Co 261.77

Reliant Energy Minnegasco 445.52

James Schultz 186.50

Smith Brothers Painting & Wall 5253.69

St Cloud State University 936.00

Strategic Technologies Inc 2928.75

Dorothy Stuhr 133.18

Sysco Minnesota INc 212.64

Thermo Dyne Inc 1042.66

Tools Unlimited 261.48

University of Minnesota 190.00

US West Communications 5641.72

James Weinberger 151.28

Wright Hennepin Electric 3346.26

Ziegler Inc 323.25

Unlimited Electric Inc 467.45

Walmart Store 01-1577 900.25

Winsted Publishing Inc 522.00

Zee Service Company 129.85

54 payments less than $100 3,037.56

Final Total $179,000.82

The meeting adjourned at 9:42 a.m.

Dick Mattson, Chairperson

ATTEST: Richard Norman, County Coordinator

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