Wright County Board Minutes

FEBRUARY 23, 1999

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

Jude moved to approve the minutes of 2-16-99 as presented, seconded by Eichelberg, carried unanimously.

Petitions were accepted to the Agenda under Items For Consideration as follows: #2, "Appointment of Richard Nolan to the GRRL Board Of Trustees" (Mattson); #3, "Set meeting with Al Kuseske to discuss the Crow River Watershed" (Mattson); #4, "Authorize Transfer of Bruce Leinonen, Engineering Division, from Highway Technician II to Sign Person Position & Authorize Replacement" (Norman); #5, "Local Government Sales Tax Discussion" (Norman). Mattson moved to approve the Agenda as amended, seconded by Eichelberg, carried unanimously.

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


1. Performance Appraisals: T. Bangasser, K. Mottl, D. Snyder, Atty.; G. Stoppelman, Bldg. Maint.; T. Fedor, Parks.

2. Claim, Frank Madden, $843.73.

3. Public Information Meeting Notice RE: CSAH 75, Monticello City Hall, 2-25-99, 4:00 P.M.to 6:00 P.M.

4. Sentencing to Service Quarterly Report (10-1-98 to 12-31-98).

5. 4th Quarter Training Reports.

6. O/T Report, Period Ending 2-5-99.


1. Approve payment of County Extension Claims for February, 1999, $2,892.50. Committee did not meet in February.

2. Claim, Facility Systems, $12,769.97 (Fund 34 HSC & PWB).

3. Claim, Worth Drapery & Blinds, $2,649.16 (Fund 34 HSC & PWB).


1. Acknowledge Hire, Brenda Whittaker, Court Attendant Position, Eff. 3-1-99, Step 1.


1. February 1999 Parks Commission Minutes.


1. Approve Request To Rezone Approx. 21 Acres From AG & S-2 to A/R & S-2, Glenn M. Dierrs (Victor Twp.).


1. Refer Acoustic Quality Problem In Jail Interview Room To The Building Committee.


1. Set Public Hearing for 3-16-99 at 10:00 A.M. For Review & Adjustment Of Fee Schedule.

Doug Gruber, Auditor/Treasurer, explained that the January Revenue/Expenditure Guidelines will be distributed at the Budget Committee Of The Whole meeting scheduled for 10:30 A.M. today instead of distributing them at the County Board meeting.

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

A Building Committee Of The Whole meeting was held on 2-16-99. At today's meeting, a correction was made to page 2, 1st paragraph, changing the first sentence from "West Door-PW" to "Room Divider-PW." Russek moved to approve the minutes as corrected, seconded by Mattson, carried 5-0. A summary of the minutes follows:

Voice/Data Update: The move of Highway staff to the PW building went well. Quotes were received for temperature control in the voice/data room (HSC). Climate Air Inc. quoted $2,974 and Thermal Technologies Inc. quoted $7,639. The consensus was for Climate air to do the work at a cost of $2,974 with the roof work to be done by the same contractor for warranty purposes.

Project Update: The subcontractor that applied the wall covering will try to fix the joints that have opened. Regarding punch lists, Scott reported that KUE will sign off on all work completed and give a time element for remaining items. The Committee received copies of Scott's list dated 2-9-99 and a second additional final inspection list from Engel dated 2-10-99.

O & M Manuals: The manuals are being checked for completeness. Engel is awaiting receipt of the electrical manual.

Room Divider-PW: The Architect has been contacted regarding the fit of the door as it is not sound deadening.

Pay Applications: Scott reported he reviewed a pay application for $1,400 with Engel on 2-15-99 and recommended it be paid with the remainder being retained. The Board will need to make a decision soon regarding retainage as well as the amount to hold back for incomplete items for next month's payment.

Boiler Fresh Air Intake-PW: A fax was received from Engel on 2-12-99 which provided a fresh air intake design with a request that the County procure a price from a vendor of their choice. Sawatzke requested that Scott notify Engel that the Committee wants to proceed with this item through the contractor. He further requested that Hayes be kept informed and that in order to avoid delays, the item be brought before the Board at next week's meeting if necessary.

Ice Buildup-PW: No additional information was presented as to the cause of the ice building at PW. Fingalson was to have someone look for possible heat loss. Kelly recommended that photos taken of problem areas be dated and forwarded to the County Coordinator to be retained for future reference.

Sign Lighting-PW: Fingalson reported it is impossible to read the lettering on the PW Building at night with the lighting casting shadows rather than shining directly on the letters.

Power Assisted Doors-PW: The front and back doors with power assist are very heavy and difficult to open. Scott stated Engel notified KUE in a 2-15-99 fax to have the doors properly adjusted. No additional information was available regarding whether the door entrance frames meet with specifications.

Schedule Update: None. It was requested that Rick Scott attend the next meeting in Joe Scott's absence.

Gerald Kritzeck, Assessor, requested approval of two abatements for parcels owned by Edward J. Scherman. A house fire occurred on 3-21-98 and there was more than a 50% loss in value. The local option disaster abatement would remove the property taxes payable for the nine months that the house was uninhabitable in 1998. The second parcel is adjoining vacant land that shares the homestead classification. Kritzeck requested that the Agenda be corrected to reflect that the first parcel is located in Marysville Township and that the second parcel is located in Waverly City. Kritzeck discussed the abatement with Gruber and statutes will be researched as to whether the abatement applies to the structure only or to the value of the parcel. On a motion by Mattson, second by Jude, all voted to approve the abatements as presented: PID #211-000-334303, Edward J Scherman, $689.00, (Marysville Twp.) and PID #116-010-005011, Edward J. Scherman, $33.00 (Waverly City). Kritzeck said at a future Board meeting he may present an abatement request for a portion of the 1999 taxes as Scherman has rebuilt the home and expects to move in soon.

A bid opening occurred at the last County Board Meeting for the Sheriff Storage Building to be located at the Public Works site. Craig Hayes, Purchasing Agent, said Ebert Construction was the low bidder at $79,900.00. Subsequently, Ebert Construction submitted a proposed plan that has been reviewed and approved by the County Building Inspector (with minor revisions). Hayes recommended accepting the low bid from Ebert Construction. Jude questioned who would monitor construction and payment of bills. Russek responded that the County Building Inspector will make sure the building meets code. Hayes suggested that Lenny Walker, Sheriff's Department, be involved in the process as well. Jude moved to accept the low bid from Ebert Construction for the Sheriff Storage Building with supervision of the project to be coordinated between Craig Hayes, Lenny Walker and the County Building Inspector. Motion carried 5-0 on a second by Russek.

Mattson moved to appoint Richard Nolan of Waverly to the GRRL Board of Trustees (At-Large Position), seconded by Eichelberg, carried 5-0.

Mattson requested that the County Board set a meeting with Al Kuseske, District Administrator of the North Fork Crow River Watershed. Mattson said Kuseske is very knowledgeable and may be able to provide additional information before Wright County decides how to proceed. Mattson moved to establish a Committee Of The Whole meeting on 3-1-99 at 9:00 A.M., Commissioners Conference Room. Motion carried 5-0 on a second by Russek.

On a motion by Mattson, second by Jude, all voted to authorize the transfer of Bruce Leinonen in the Engineering Division from Highway Technician II to the Sign Person position. The motion includes authorization to replace the position. The effective date will be the date the Highway Technician II position is filled.

Richard Norman, County Coordinator, referenced a fax received from AMC requesting counties to consider passing a resolution in support of the repeal of the local government sales tax. The tax, established in 1992, was implemented to help fund State deficits and is a repetitive tax. Sawatzke said an argument against the repeal is the idea that local government may then spend the funds instead of reducing the levy limit. Jude stated that Wright County's levy is based on mandated services. Norman reminded the Board that levy limits did sunset with the last budget, and current legislative discussions involve extending the levy limit for an additional two years. Norman said in watching committee sessions the comments from the legislature on local units of government were not positive, and it appeared they had a misconception of what local government does with regard to local property taxes. Norman will present a draft resolution at the next County Board meeting.

Bills Approved

Advanced Graphic Systems Inc 116.77

American Society of Civil Eng 155.00

AT&T 4681.94

Bear Graphics Inc 269.35

Betmar Languages Inc 958.76

Catco Parts Service 1262.01

Commissioner of Transportation 10483.49

Computer Training International 1622.00

Digital Biometrics Inc 547.83

Facility Systems Inc 560.00

Raymond Glunz 165.00

Int'l Assn of Assessing Ofcrs 130.00

KRWC 140.00

LECC 150.00

Marco Business Products 2379.99

MIller-Davis 169.14

Monticello Times 282.85

Office Depot 465.89

Red Line Health Care 135.81

Sharp Electronics 658.09

Total Printing 1763.81

University of MN 233.30

Wright Hennepin Electric 295.30

Airtouch Cellular Bellevue 307.44

Mary Anderson 104.56

Barton Sand & Gravel Co 2877.27

Best Disposal Services 221.00

Buffalo Hospital 226.50

Central MN Mental Health Cntr 340.00

Component Technology 172.59

Cragun's Lodging & Conference 600.30

John Dziuk 1930.50

Glock, Inc 888.21

Hillyard Floor Care Supply 1491.93

Interstate Battery System 384.20

Larson Publications Inc 331.50

Kimberly LeClaire 105.30

The Marketplace 325.55

Mobil Oil Corporation 126.00

Neopost 186.38

Mary Peterson 342.76

Shared Resource Mgmt. Inc 475.00

Toms Superette 153.36

University of Minnesota 204.21

US West Communications 2949.25

Zack's Inc 431.54

40 payments less than $100 1,941.19

Final Total $44,742.87

The meeting adjourned at 9:29 A.M.

Patrick Sawatzke, Chairperson

ATTEST: Richard Norman, County Coordinator

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