Wright County Board Minutes

JANUARY 27, 1998

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

Motion to approve the minutes of 1-20-98 was made by Russek, second by Jude, carried unanimously.

Petitions were accepted to the Agenda as follows: Item For Consid. #6, "Five Tuesdays in March" (Jude); ltem For Consid. #7, "Refer Item To Ways & Means Committee" (Rose); Item For Consid. #8, "Announcement" (Russek). Rose removed the Agenda Item, "County Ditch No. 9" from the Agenda. On a motion by Mattson, second by Sawatzke, all voted to approve the Agenda as amended.

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


1. Performance Appraisals: Carol Barnaal, Ct. Svcs.; William Augustin, Nick Carlson, Kevin Johnson, Hwy.

2. O/T Report, Period Ending 1-9-98.

3. Refer Letter from City of Cokato RE: Maintenance Facility to Transportation Committee Of the Whole.

4. Refer Letter from Frank Madden RE: Chief Deputy Sheriff Exclusion from Essential Supervisors Bargaining to Negotiation Committee.

5. Claim, Dahlgren, Shardlow & Uban, $3,428.84.

6. Accept Resignation, Kay Rittmiller, Administrative Clerk, Eff. 2-5-98 & Auth. Replacement.

7. Turnover Report, 1996-1997.


1. Approve Request to Rezone 30 Acres from AG to A/R, Arion Corp. & John Seliski (Franklin Twp.).


1. Acknowledge Appointment, Tony M. Endreson, Deputy Sheriff, Eff. 1-28-98.

Wayne Fingalson, Highway Engineer, presented William Demarais with his retirement plaque. Demarais retired on 12-31-97 after serving nearly 30 years with the Highway Department (1969-1997). Many Highway Department workers showed up to honor Demarais.

Fingalson discussed the Agenda for the upcoming Transportation Committee meeting. Agenda Items will Include: 1) CSAH 6 Status, IncludIng a report from the 1-13-98 Middleville Twp. Meeting and an Official Mapping Report; 2) Gravel Tax; 3) Cokato Issues; 4) Communications Tower Request; 5) Equipment Issues; 6) Status of Salt Usage by Twps./Cities; and 7) 80th Street Issue. Jude moved to set a Transportation Committee Of The Whole meeting for 2-2-98 at 1:00 p.m., Public Works Building, seconded by Sawatzke, carried unanimously.

Fingalson requested approval of a resolution to prepare a Right of Way Plat for Keats Avenue (future CSAH 6) South of TH 12. He explained there is a need for a westerly shift of the centerline on Keats Ave. near TH 12 to avoid an electric transmission line. County Board approval was given through Resolution 95-10 allowing the Surveyor to prepare a R/W plat for improvement work on CSAH 6 North of TH 12. Approval of the resolution today would allow the Surveyor to expand the R/W plat to include an additional parcel. On a motion by Russek, second by Mattson, roll call vote was unanimous to adopt Resolution #98-04.

Groshens presented a plat, "Westrock" in Albion Twp. for approval. On a motion by Jude, seconded by Russek, all voted to approve a plat, "WESTROCK" as submitted by Bruce W. & Laurie M. Wohlrabe, husband & wife, fee owners of the following property described in part as: That part of Gov. Lot 3, Sec. 25, Twp. 120, Rge. 27, which lies easterly, northerly and easterly of a line commencing at the SW corner of said Gov. Lot 3; thence north, and TOGETHER WITH all of Gov. Lot 2, except therefrom ROCK LAKE SECOND ADDITlON, and TOGETHER WITH Outlot 2, ROCK LAKE SECOND ADDITION; with all outstanding taxes, including green acre liability, if any, having been satisfied; the park dedication fee has been paid (#62552); the road has been accepted by the Township; and the title opinion, as submitted by Jan C. Larson, Attorney at Law, has been reviewed by Thomas C. Zins, Assistant County Attorney, who finds the plat to be ready for filing.

Correspondence was received from the Economic Development Partnership of Wright County referencing the $25,000 in funds allocated by Wright County in 1998. The letter states that during the Budget process, the County Board agreed to place $10,000 in the Wright County Enterprise Revolving Loan Fund and requests to have the remaining $15,000 directed to the Treasurer of the Economic Development Partnership. Jude said that levied funds are received around May, and questioned whether the funds should be transferred at that time. Response was that other organizations (i.e., Historical Society, Fair Board, etc.) receive funds before taxes are received. Some organizations receive funding on a quarterly basis. Sawatzke questioned the balance of the Wright County Enterprise Revolving Loan Fund and at what rate the funds are replenished by those who have loans. Groshens responded that each loan pays back at a different rate. He felt uncertain whether County taxpayer funds should be used to make business loans. He felt loans could be obtained through the Federal and State government, and the Central MN lnitiative Fund. Rose stated that many counties have economic development loan funds. She said this issue was discussed and passed 3-2 at Budget sessions. Rose said the Partnership is starting its business campaign to recruit more dues paying members. Jude moved to approve the request, seconded by Mattson, carried 4-1 with Sawatzke casting the nay vote.

The claims listing was reviewed. Mattson referenced last week's claims, page 18, for garage door repair. He said lt should be checked into whether the repair was needed from carelessness or if it was mechanical. On a motion by Russek, second by Mattson, all voted to approve the claims as listed in the abstract, subject to audit.

Bruce Thielen, Parks Administrator, requested permission to submit a pre-application form for a DNR Grant application for Montissippi Park. He also requested permission to fill out the application form. The application is essentially the same as last year. The total amount of the grant is $125,000 (County's match is $62,500). Thielen said $75,000 will be used for trail paving and $50,000 will be used toward paving a portion of a road. He said some realignment of trails may be required to satisfy the DNR. A public hearing will not be required, as the DNR will allow the one from last year to be used. A resolution will be required at a future date. Jude said when the application is placed on an upcoming Agenda, he did not want it to be part of the Consent Agenda. He also requested a copy of the application form. Sawatzke moved to approve the request, seconded by Mattson, carried 4-1 with Jude casting the nay vote.

Thielen said the 5th Grade Students of Monticello's Little Mountain Elementary School donated $302.03 to the Ney Nature Center. The students have used the Center on a number of occasions. Thielen acknowledged and thanked the students for their contribution. The Coordinator was directed to draft a letter of thanks to the students.

As part of improvements and realignment of State Hwy. 24 and County Rd. 39, Clearwater Pleasant Park will be affected. Due to the Park being purchased with Federal Land and Conservation Funds, the Park property taken must be replaced within the Park System. The Parks Board toured the area and was in agreement that the dangerous curve needs replacement. During property mitigation, the DNR requires a list of potential properties that the County would like to see them purchase. Thielen was not provided with a dollar figure for the land which will be taken as part of the improvement. Thielen will discuss this with the Parks Board at their meeting tonight. Sawatzke moved to add this item to the Transportation Committee Of The Whole Agenda, seconded by Russek, carried unanimously.

Diane Bublitz, Executive Director of Private Industry Workforce Council, presented their Annual Report. PlWC 5's mission is to assist the unemployed, underemployed and youth to obtain employment through career training. She provided an overview of the various programs including MFlP (MN Family Investment Program), Dislocated Worker, Older Worker, Summer Youth, Stride, Job Service, Youth, Adult, FSET (Food Stamp Employment and Training Program) and Non-Traditional Worker. Mattson questioned whether there is effort directed toward avoiding duplication of services. Bublitz responded that a Steering Committee, made up of managers from each member organization, meets on a regular basis to discuss integration of services. PlCV also oversees this effort. Jude said more coordination of efforts is needed at the State level due to the many rules which must be followed. This was provided as an informational item.

LaVonn Nordeen, Court Administrator, requested the Board approve a Shared Services/lncome Contract between Wright County and St. Peter Regional Treatment Center to permit referrals for outpatient Rule 20 Examinations and also requested that the Board designate an "authorized agent." Nordeen provided an updated contract with her notations, including naming the Court Administrator as the "authorized agent." Motion to approve the contract was made by Jude, seconded by Sawatzke, carried 5-0. lt was clarified that the changes presented by Nordeen be made to the contract and the Board Chair is authorized to sign the contract.

Lucy Riethmiller provided an update on a Self Esteem Program being offered in Wright County. This is a pilot project which started in 1995 for victims of abuse and sexual assault. It is offered free to any women involved in prosecution through the County Attorney's Office, and is offered for a minimal fee for anyone else. Riethmiller provided an overview of the program. Barb Johnson and Wyman Nelson of the County Attorney's Office spoke highly of the program and the effect it has on those enrolled. Nelson referenced letters of support he has received from the people whose lives have been impacted by the program. Nelson explained that the program is for that segment of the population who have extremely low or no self esteem. They work to assist these people to recognize that they do have value.

Wyman Nelson gave an update on the moratorium. He said that the Planning & Zoning Board had a meeting last Thursday to take testimony on the issue. The Planning & Zoning Board closed the oral testimony but left open the record until 2-5-98 to receive written comment. He anticipated that on 2-19-98, they will make a decision on the moratorium and come with some recommendation for the Board. This would not be another public hearing and he did not anticipate receiving any further testimony.

He said there was a great deal of confusion that was largely generated by Superior Landfill as to what Planning & Zoning is about at this time. He noted disappointment that their ads were, in effect, attacking the experience of the Board and going into matters that don't relate to the ordinance amendments. He said what people have to keep in mind is the fact that what is being considered now is not landfill expansion, but whether the County has the right to regulate land use in the agricultural zones in Wright County in a meaningful way. If an application for landfill expansion is received in the future, that matter would be decided by the Board at that time if the ordinance is adopted.

Nelson's review of trade publications reflected Superior had a pool of $100 million for acquisition of landfills and haulers throughout the Country. They have been represented by the largest law firm in the State of Minnesota. Nelson said his conclusion was that Superior Landfill does not want a small county in Minnesota to have anything meaningful to say about land use. He asked Superior to concentrate on the issues. if there were specific things in the amendments in question, he proposed that Superior submit written comment on them. He said the Board should not be attacked and false issues should not be brought to the people in an attempt to exert political pressure to try to regulate land use in Wright County. He said he deeply believed in government by the people and to let the people and their elected officials decide the future of the County. He said the ordinance amendments would merely give the Board the right to have some meaningful input and decision making in land control. Nelson said that control should remain in Wright County and not with a company based out of Wisconsin. in response to a question by Jude, Nelson indicated that the Public Hearing process is closed. Those who had input at the hearing had an opportunity to speak extensively. As to whether or not it was the minimum requirement, Nelson said the Planning & Zoning Board felt the reasonable thing to do was to extend written comment until 2-5-98. Nelson clarified that he may have misspoken during this discussion, in that the vote would be on the ordinance amendment and not on the moratorium.

Rose said at the beginning of today's meeting, she removed County Ditch #9 from the Agenda as she understood the paperwork was not in place. Several people were in attendance for the discussion, and Mattson entertained a motion to place County Ditch #9 back onto the Agenda. Russek seconded the motion. Sawatzke questioned whether Kerry Saxton, SWCD, should be present for the discussion. Brian Asleson, Assistant County Attorney, said he had not had a chance to meet with the City of Albertville yet. Motion failed to place this item back onto the Agenda. A representative from Pilot Land Co. said it was his understanding that they were to obtain signatures from abutting landowners on the Ditch. He said they will not be able to obtain signatures of 100% of the abutting landowners. Rose explained that the Board will vote on the whole project, not on separate issues. If for some reason signatures cannot be obtained, it will have to be worked out whether the Board will need to address that issue. County Ditch #9 will be placed onto the County Board Agenda when the paperwork has been completed.

Bill Swing, MlS Director, said the bid for the AS400 Upgrade came in at $80,512.79 from Tri-Min Systems, Inc. of Roseville. Total budgeted costs are $38,100 (from MIS and Human Services), bringing the amount which needs to be funded to $42,412.79. Richard Norman, County Coordinator, said a bid was received last Tuesday at 11:00 A.M. by express mail. The package was not marked that it was a bid, so it was opened. The bid was returned to the vendor indicating that it had been received after the bid opening. Norman noted that the bid came in higher than that of Tri-Min Systems, lnc. Norman said he had met with the Auditor regarding funding sources. lt was felt that funding could be taken from MlS ($22,644) and Human Services ($15,456) with the balance from the Capital lmprovement Account with the understanding that if eligible according to Bond Counsel, it be reimbursed as part of the Bond issue. Jude moved to accept the recommendation, and to fund the $42,412.79 out of the Capital Account provided there are enough funds available, seconded by Mattson. Motion carried 5-0. A Committee Of The Whole meeting was held on 1-13-98 to discuss the Maple Lake Township Land Use Plan with the Township Board. The County Board met with the Township Board to discuss rationale the Township used regarding the Plan. Jude moved to accept the minutes, seconded by Mattson, carried unanimously.

A Building Committee Of The Whole meeting occurred on 1-13-98. Three sets of 90% complete documents were supplied by the Architect, with the suggested review turnaround time of one week. lssues addressed included humidification, drawings, building permits, SAC/WAC, roofing, energy management system, key systems, wheel chair accessibility, furnaces, pressure testing on the sprinkler system, security cameras, the construction document phase cost projection worksheet, utilities, electronic faucets/toilets, the Pamida Building ceiling, timing of carpeting in the Pamida building, and the Smoking Policy. The Owners Representative was asked to meet with the Architect to come to resolution on the issues. Russek moved to accept the minutes, seconded by Jude, carried unanimously.

On a motion by Russek, second by Sawatzke, all voted to reappoint Glen Dixon to the Parks Board.

Norman said that at the Building Committee Of The Whole meeting, discussion included a time line to implement making all County buildings smoke free. He subsequently researched and drafted an lmplementation Strategy. Norman said employees should be involved in the process (both smokers and nonsmokers). He suggested referring the policy to the Ways & Means Committee and soliciting volunteers from the organization to serve on the committee. He said they would be looking for a cross section from the various departments, buildings, smokers and nonsmokers. He also suggested having the Public Health Educators be a part of the committee. A recommendation of who would be appointed to the Committee would be brought to the Board. Jude said that implementation should coincide with the opening of the Pamida and Public Works Buildings. Discussion involved the importance of offering smoking cessation assistance, which Norman indicated would be a part of the strategy. Norman said that research has shown the importance of having the implementation date in the summer or fall and suggested a target date of September 1, 1998. Russek moved to send this issue to the Ways & Means Committee of 2-11-98 @ 9:00 A.M. Norman is to solicit names of volunteer employees to assist with the formation of the policy. Jude seconded the motion. It was clarified that Norman should bring to the Ways & Means Committee meeting the Implementation Strategy and a list of volunteers. Motion carried 5-0.

On a motion by Jude, second by Sawatzke, all voted to cancel the 3-3-98 County Board meeting due to the occurrence of five Tuesdays in March.

Sawatzke moved to refer the testing information received for the area around Lindala Landfill to the Ways & Means Committee of 2-11-98, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0.

Russek said that he attended a meeting with Bill Stephens (P&Z), Bill Lieb (WMTF Chair) and BWSR (Board of Water and Soil Resources) to present the Water Management Plan to BWSR. He said they were impressed with what had been accomplished to this point. Russek will keep the Board updated.

Bills Approved

C Alexander Systems Inc 108.36

AT&T 517.72

Cole Papers Inc 824.31

Dales 66 338.94

Dell Comm Inc 747.15

John Dziuk 602.10

Facility Systems Inc 3332.43

Institute for Forensic Psychol 650.00

Marco Business Products 311.42

The Market Place 606.47

Mcdowall Company 5375.00

Minnesota Chemical Company 173.48

MN Society of Prof Surveyors 250.00

OSM & Associates 1213.25

Perigee Communications Inc 130.00

Preferred Correctional Medical 7000.00

St Cloud Stamp & Sign 137.21

State of MN Intertech Group 733.82

Total Printing 2001.14

US West Communications 361.81

Wright Hennepin Electric 1413.00

Assn of Metropolitan Cyt Offic 145.00

Buffalo Drug 1166.16

Compliance Solutions 395.00

Decorative Designs Inc 167.18

Franklin Denn 179.22

Economic Devel. Partnership 15000.00

GE Capital Info Tech Solutions 1052.70

International Personnel Mgmt 373.00

Marco Business Products, Inc 320.56

Masys Corporation 2181.96

Midwest Forensic Pathology PA 39750.00

MN Division of Emergency Mgmt 150.00

Office Depot 122.87

Parr Emergency Prod. Sales I 1800.39

Precision Prints of Wright Co 233.87

Sharp Electronics 218.29

St Cloud State University 464.00

Tech Share 98 200.00

University of Minnesota 100.00

West Publishing Company 2369.84

16 payments less than $100 717.97

Final total $93,935.62

The meeting adjourned at 10:59 A.M.

Judie Rose, Chairperson

ATTEST: Richard W. Norman, County Coordinator

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