Wright County Board Minutes

JANUARY 25, 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 1-18-00 as presented, seconded by Eichelberg, carried unanimously.

Petitions were accepted to the Agenda as follows: Consent Agenda Item A1, "Performance Appraisal, Mark Kaufman, Highway" (Norman); Aud./Treas. Item #2, "US Census 2000" (Sawatzke); Item For Consideration #4, "Extension" (Russek); Item For Consid. #5, "Resolution RE: No Meetings On Caucus Day, 3-7-00" (Eichelberg); Item For Consid. #6, "O/T Hours For Highway Technicians Relating To Design Work On CSAH 18" (Norman). Eichelberg moved to approve the Agenda as amended, seconded by Sawatzke, carried 5-0.

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


1. Performance Appraisals: E. Kloss, Assr.; A. Mohaupt, L. Serfling, Atty.; D. Banyai, Ct. Admin.; A. Gilmer, MIS; T. Piram, P&Z; J. Kramber, D. Noling, Sheriff.; Mark Kaufman, Highway.

2. Approve & Authorize Signatures, City Contracts, Monticello & Clearwater.

3. Rivers Council Of MN 3rd Annual State Of The Rivers Meeting, Feb. 24 - 26, 2000.

4. Acknowledge Receipt Of Reimbursement From Buetow & Assoc., PW Light, $184.36.

5. O/T Report, Period Ending 1-07-00.

6. Refer Discussion Of Human Services Budget Format To Budget Committee.


1. Tobacco Licenses: Holiday Stationstore #196 (Monticello City); Tom Thumb #296 (St. Michael).


1. Refer Request For Pay Level Adjustment Of Court Administrator Position To The Personnel Committee.

A US Census 2000 meeting was held on 1-21-00 at the St. Michael City Hall and attended by Doug Gruber (Auditor/Treasurer), Sawatzke and Eichelberg. Sawatzke referenced a packet of information received at the meeting. Included was an agreement which relates to becoming involved with the census (i.e., appointing a census liaison, establishing a count committee, distributing information, displaying promotional materials, providing space for census meetings, and assisting with census recruitment). Other information included material for educators, community leaders and religious leaders. Jobs assisting with the census are available for a 4-6 week period from mid-February through March (1-888-325-7733). Sawatzke explained that correct census information is very important as Federal and State funding is based on per capita figures. Sawatzke moved to appoint Gruber as the census liaison. Gruber was directed to review the partnership agreement and to bring forth a recommendation on participation at the next County Board meeting. The partnership agreement will be signed at that time and sent to the Census Bureau. The motion was seconded by Eichelberg and carried 5-0.

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

Marc Mattice, Parks Administrator, requested approval to begin the application process for the DNR Recreation Grant for Montissippi Park. The application, changed only slightly from 1999, will consist of Phase II Development (play structure and shelter facility). Cost share would require a 50% County match over two years for the $100,000 grant. The 2000 Parks budget has $25,000 budgeted for grants and Mattice would request another $25,000 in the budget for 2001. Application deadline is 3-31-00. After the application has been completed, a public hearing and resolutions will be required. Sawatzke moved to approve the grant application for Montissippi Park, seconded by Russek. Eichelberg and Jude questioned whether this project would delay other projects in the Wright County Parks system which may have a higher priority. Mattice responded that during the past few years, $25,000 has been budgeted for matching grant funds for this project. He has not explored what other grants might be available. Mattice indicated that he would like to complete Phase II before proceeding with Phase III (modernizing the restrooms and improving recreational facilities).

Sawatzke said that the grant application for the Montissippi Park has taken priority since 1993, receiving unanimous support each year from the Parks Commission. Eichelberg said the sewer facilities at Schroeder and Collinwood Parks need to be reviewed and placed higher on the priority list. Russek responded that this request should come from the Parks Commission. Reference was made to the Strategic Planning list of priorities reviewed in 1999. Motion carried 4-1 with Jude casting the nay vote.

The City of Hanover presented a request to the Parks Commission to take over Riverside Park. The Parks Commission unanimously voted to deny the request and for the County to maintain ownership and maintenance functions due to the location of the land to the Crow River. At today's meeting, Eichelberg made a motion to delay acting upon this request for one month. Eichelberg explained a meeting will be held in Hanover on 2-15-00 relating to the Hennepin County Parks System. Eichelberg said that Riverside Park could be used as Park exchange land in an attempt to place a road through the Hennepin County Park. Russek did not support losing park land in the Eastern portion of the County due to growth and not many parks being located in that area. Sawatzke thought this issue may not be resolved by February and did not feel denying the request would change anything. The motion was seconded by Jude and failed 2-3 with Russek, Sawatzke and Mattson casting the nay votes. Sawatzke moved to support the Parks Commission recommendation to deny the City of Hanover's request on a Riverside Park Deed Transfer. The motion was seconded by Russek and carried 3-2 with Jude and Eichelberg casting the nay votes.

At the last County Board meeting, the County Surveyor Department 1999 Activity Report was distributed. At today's meeting, Jerry Uhde, Surveyor, distributed a revised copy of the Activity Report and provided a brief overview of activities. The Department has completed the first digital tax parcel base map which will be used for the County Geographical Information System and Land Information System. Plat checking has also kept the department busy with the growth being experienced. Uhde stated over the last five years, the majority of the development has been in residential lots in the NE portion of the County. Jude moved to accept the report, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0. The Surveyor's Department was thanked by the Planning & Zoning Administrator and County Board for their efforts.

Chuck Davis, Environmental Health Officer, referenced the 11-17-99 SWTF minutes. Included in the minutes was a motion to provide municipalities with a 50/50 cost share match for purchase of recycling bins up to $1000 or $1/household for municipalities with a total number of households greater than 1000 with payment of cost share dollars incurred from 7-1-99 to 3-1-00. Jude referenced $702,000 of SCORE Funds and $1,738,444.31 in the total fund which are available to be spent on recycling. He questioned why the County would not totally fund the recycling bin purchases for cities. Sawatzke responded that the SWTF did review the fund balances at their last meeting. Effective 10-1-99, cities will be reimbursed more for ongoing recycling activities. During the last 1.5 years, there has not been household hazardous waste (HHW) collection at the Compost Facility. Bill Stephens is working part-time (by appointment) receiving these materials and will be changing to full-time in the future. The fund will also be used to support the salary and expense to dispose of the materials. Jude felt more effort should be generated toward education. In addition, he thought a secretary should take the minutes of the SWTF meetings so minutes would be completed in a more expedient manner. Sawatzke moved to accept the recommendation of the SWTF and authorize a 50/50 match for recycling bins, up to $1000 or $1/household for municipalities with a total number of households greater than 1000. Sawatzke included as part of his motion a change in effective date to run from 7-1-99 to 6-1-00. Motion carried 5-0 on a second by Russek.

Davis provided an update on the HHW collection activities at the Compost Facility. Stephens has six hours of required training to complete before the collected material can be shipped. Davis indicated that disposal of HHW is by appointment only at this time. Discussion involved having the Compost Facility open two Saturdays a month with hours to be addressed by the SWTF. Davis indicated there will be a pesticide collection in April but the exact date had not been set.

Sawatzke moved to acknowledge the SWTF Minutes of 11-17-99, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0.

Brian Asleson, Assistant County Attorney, requested approval of a Joint Powers Agreement with the SWCD to provide Comprehensive Local Water Management. Asleson referenced changes made to Item 3 of Draft #2, designating that County Board approval is required for changes to the Water Management Plan He said the SWCD Board has only approved of the concept of the Agreement, not the language. They will meet again in February. Russek moved to approve the Joint Powers Agreement with the SWCD, seconded by Eichelberg, carried 5-0.

Tom Larson, Lake Charlotte Lake Improvement District (LID), was present for discussion on the request to amend the powers of the LID. As requested previously by the County Board, the LID presented a petition to property owners within the LID boundaries. Doug Gruber, Auditor/Treasurer, indicated that staff has reviewed and verified the property owners and signatures on the listing, with the exception of an outlot. There is question as to the number of owners of the outlot and their authority. Including the ten property owners of the outlot, 107 signatures were obtained on the petition out of 185 property owners or 57.8% in favor of expanding the powers. Not including the ten property owners of the outlot, 107 signatures were obtained out of 175 property owners or just over 61% in favor of expanding the LID powers. Asleson said there is a discrepancy between State Statutes and DNR Rules as it relates to notice of the Public Hearing. A 30-day notice is required to the Township. A 21-day notice is required to all landowners. The notice of the Hearing must be published for two weeks in an area newspaper. Russek moved to establish a Public Hearing on 2-23-00 at 7:00 p.m., seconded by Eichelberg, carried 5-0. The purpose of the hearing will be to take public comment on expanding the powers of the Lake Charlotte LID.

On a motion by Russek, second by Jude, all voted to appoint Jerald Durst to the Parks Commission, 3rd District.

The Board reviewed the 2000 Natural Resources Base Grant. Jude referenced the Wright County Comprehensive Local Water 2000-2001 Workplan which was being submitted as part of the Grant application. Jude requested that the 2nd paragraph of Item 11B, Page 7, be removed, "Unless there is a strong enforcement of the law by a state agency with the willingness and ability to require compliance we suspect that we may see more cities take on the administration of the law. We fear this will lead to uneven application of the law and therefore unequal treatment under the law." Bill Stephens, Planning & Zoning, indicated that the application was written by Kerry Saxton, SWCD and this statement had been included in last year's grant application material. Jude moved to adopt Resolution #00-03 authorizing signatures on the 2000 Natural Resources Base Grant with the removal of the 2nd paragraph of Item 11B, Page 7. Eichelberg seconded the motion and it carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.

AMC will be hosting individual counties for a "Day at the Capitol in 2000". AMC encourages counties to work with city and township officials to coordinate a trip during the period of 2-14-00 to 4-6-00. Jude moved to have Richard Norman, County Coordinator, research the available dates in March. Motion carried 5-0 on a second by Russek.

Russek moved to schedule a Personnel Committee meeting on 2-1-00 at 10:30 a.m. to discuss wages and redlining of support staff positions in the Extension Office as requested by Dennis Moeller. Motion carried 5-0 on a second by Sawatzke.

Eichelberg said by State Statute, no meetings are encouraged on Caucus Day, March 7th. Norman was directed to contact the Secretary of State in an effort to obtain a sample resolution supporting this.

At the request of the Highway Engineer, Sawatzke moved to authorize overtime hours for the Highway Technicians for design work on CSAH 18 which is estimated at 200 hours. As part of the motion, Sawatzke noted that the Highway Department does have an overtime budget line item to cover this and that the Board should be notified if there is a problem with the budget. Russek seconded the motion. Norman noted that the Department has been short two Highway Technicians for some time and that will be reflected in the salary line item. Motion carried 5-0.

Bills Approved

C Alexander Systems Inc 432.99

Best Disposal Services 263.74

Buffalo Drug 412.35

Cambridge Educational 182.47

Chatham Township 595.40

CPS Technology Solutions 1041.39

Al Deruyter 150.00

Facility Systems Inc 216.00

FMS 205.00

GE Capital Info Tech Solutions 508.40

Grand View Lodge 436.00

Hillyard Floor Care Supply 684.57

Lake Region Coop Oil 287.26

Kimberly Leclaire 307.80

City Maple Lake 1336.60

Marysville Township 951.40

MN Assn for Court Administration 100.00

Monticello Township 1492.60

Paging Network of MN Inc 205.11

Ralph Peterson 420.00

John Simola 300.00

Star Tribune 392.00

Stockholm Township 364.00

The Travel Gallery 791.00

US West Communications 1902.95

Voss Lighting 184.36

West Publishing Co 399.38

Wright Hennepin Electric 181.59

AT&T 274.78

Best Inc 3267.64

Buffalo Hospital 5449.07

Catholic Charities 9881.82

Cokato Township 511.75

Decorative Designs Inc 175.53

Econofoods 202.28

Federated Propane 363.43

Franklin Township 2301.70

W Grainger Inc 285.57

Jeffrey Groner MD 930.20

Mary Johnson 270.00

David LaPlant 240.00

Maple Lake Township 825.20

Marco Business Products 2653.41

Minnesota UC Fund 2509.68

MN Assn of CVSO 120.00

Richard Naaktgeboren 300.00

Peppermill Hotel Casino 492.80

Sharp Electronics 254.26

City South Haven 443.20

State of MN Intertech Group 256.32

Total Printing 381.16

University of Minnesota 120.00

US West Communications Srvc 494.48

C Walker Trucking 198.00

Woodland Township 419.00

Zack's Inc 230.83

20 payments less than $100 756.74

Final Total $49,353.21

The meeting adjourned at 10:21 a.m.

Dick Mattson, Chairperson

ATTEST: Richard Norman, County Coordinator

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