Wright County Board Minutes

MARCH 30, 1999

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 3-23-99 as presented, seconded by Eichelberg, carried unanimously.

Petitions were accepted to the Agenda as follows: Consent Agenda Item D2, "Accept Resignation, Heath Warnsholz, Highway Maintenance, Eff. 4-9-99 & Authorize Replacement" (Norman); Item For Consid. #2, "Crow River Meeting" (Russek); Item For Consid. #3, "County Month at the Capital for AMC" (Jude); Item For Consid. #4, "Set Public Hearing Date, Metro Dairy Feedlot Variance" (Salkowski). Jude moved to approve the Agenda as amended, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0.

The Consent Agenda was discussed. Eichelberg removed Item B3, "Claim, KUE Contractors, $14,296.00, (Fund 34-HSC)" and Item B4, "Claim, KUE Contractors, $46,012.80 (Fund 34-PW)" for discussion. Sawatzke removed Item C3, "Refer to Budget Committee the reconsideration of the budget request for an additional half-time Case Management Deputy to process the support case load." Sawatzke clarified that approval of Item C2 would be approval to refer the request to the Personnel Committee. On a motion by Jude, second by Russek, all voted to approve the Consent Agenda with the removal of Items B3, B4 & C3 and the addition of D2, as follows:


1. Performance Appraisals: R. Linder, Ct. Admin.; J. Carpenter, R. DeBlois, M. Froslie, T. Hoffman, M. Kaczmarek, T. Pippo, Sher./Corr.

2. Authorize Hire, Frank Rozek, Custodian, Eff. 3-31-99, Step 1.


1. Approve Tobacco License, Elletson Bowl, Maple Lake City.

2. Claim, Facility Systems Inc., $265.00 (Fund 34-HSC).

5. Claim, Shared Resource Management Inc., $2,607.50 (Fund 34-HSC).

6. Claim, Dell Comm Inc., $23,528.55 (Fund 34-PW).

7. Claim, Computer System Products Inc., $564.57 (Fund 34-HSC).

8. Claim, Unlimited Electric, $533.32 (Fund 34-PW).

9. Claim, Emergitek, $707.48 (Fund 34-PW).

10. Claim, Citi-Cargo & Storage, $27.16 (Fund 34-PW).


1. Authorize Hire, Tara Livesay, Calendar Coordinator, Eff. 3-31-99, Step 3.

2. Accept Resignation, Barbara Douglas, Case Mgmt. Supervisor, Eff. 8-20-99. Authorize Case Mgmt. Supervisor replacement to start 6-1-99 to allow 8 weeks training. Authorize filling of any subsequent positions should this position be filled from within the Court Administration Department. (Refer to Personnel Committee per request of Richard Norman, County Coordinator.)


1. Approve Award of Contract 9902, Victor Township Bridges (L9413 & L9398), to Landwehr Construction Company of St. Cloud, MN, Total Bid $111,231.20.

2. Accept Resignation, Heath Warnsholz, Highway Maintenance, Eff. 4-9-99 & Authorize Replacement.


1. Accept Resignation, Paula Ries, System Support Specialist & Authorize Replacement.


1. Request To Establish A Planned Unit Development Zone, Harvey & Beverly Bureau (Franklin Twp.).

2. Request To Rezone From AG to R-2a, Kevin & Barb Staskivige (Rockford Twp.).


1. Authorize Signature on an additional DNR Grant for Boat & Water Enforcement.

2. Acknowledge Hire, Melanie Enge, Corrections Officer, Eff. 3-29-99.

3. Acknowledge Hire, Jodi Galvin, Corrections Officer, Eff. 4-5-99.

4. Acknowledge Appointment, Bernard Williamson, Deputy Sheriff, Eff. 4-2-99, Grade 5.

5. Acknowledge Appointment, Richard Nevala, Communication Officer, Eff. 3-25-99.

Item B3, "Claim, KUE Contractors, $14,296.00 (Fund 34-HSC)" and Item B4, "Claim, KUE Contractors, $46,012.80 (Fund 34-PW)" were discussed. Eichelberg referenced a ceiling leak at the Public Works site and questioned whether the bills should be withheld for payment. Jude moved to lay the bills over to the Building Committee Of The Whole meeting scheduled for 10:30 A.M. today and for the Committee to authorize payment if they determine it is appropriate. Motion carried 5-0 on a second by Eichelberg.

Item C3, "Refer to Budget Committee the reconsideration of the budget request for an additional half-time Case Management Deputy to process the support case load" was discussed. Sawatzke recalled that during the last budget sessions, Court Administration had requested 3.5 positions (including 1 full-time Case Management Deputy) and that the Board approved 2 positions. He felt the request should be presented as part of the upcoming budget sessions. Mattson moved to deny the request, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0.

Doug Gruber, Auditor/Treasurer, introduced Bonnie Swan who was recently hired as a Clerk in the Auditor's Office. Swan was welcomed.

The claims listing was reviewed. Mattson referenced claims on page 10 relating to the Preferred Correctional Medical Team (PCMT) contract:

Buffalo Clinic ($451.50); Consulting Radiologists LTD ($32.00); Dr. Edward Henk ($259.16); Moore Medical Corp. ($254.16); North Memorial Health Care ($2,841.52); Wright Medical Clinic ($236.00). Mattson referenced the contract with PCMT which allows PCMT to collect reimbursement for inmate medical procedures which are incurred over the allotted $12,000 for off-site medical services. Mattson explained the contract requires PCMT to provide quarterly itemized reports, of which the County received two only after Mattson contacted the Better Business Bureau to obtain them. The reports received were not complete. Mattson moved to have the Auditor/Treasurer Office request a complete report from PCMT for the Jail medical expenses. Jude seconded the motion with the stipulation that the Auditor/Treasurer work with Capt. Torfin on the request. It was clarified that payment of the claims will be withheld for one week. Motion carried 5-0. On a motion by Russek, second by Jude, all voted to approve the remaining claims listed in the abstract, subject to audit.

Bill Weldele requested that a meeting be held with property owners on Pelican Lake and Ditch 21 to discuss lowering the water level of Pelican Lake. Eichelberg referenced a letter from the DNR dated 3-1-99 to Weldele which outlined five steps that must be taken in order to obtain the necessary permits for an outlet on Pelican Lake. Eichelberg said one step would be a detailed hydrologic study for all waters affected. The DNR also recommends that a feasibility study be completed. The County Board conveyed to Weldele that it may not be in the County's fiscal interest to proceed with lowering the lake to save 20 acres of marginal land. They suggested that Weldele could potentially sell his land to an organization such as Ducks Unlimited or Fish & Wildlife Service for fair market value and come out further ahead. Consensus was that a petition of interested parties must be presented to the County Board before they can determine whether it is in the County's best interest to proceed with Weldele's request.

Jerry Uhde, Surveyor, presented the 1998 County Surveyor Report. The report provided an overview of the major activities carried out by the Surveyor's Office including tax parcel mapping, public land survey system/geodetic reference system, County Highway right of way plats, and plat checking.

A Personnel Committee Meeting was held on 3-22-99. The Performance Appraisal of Don Mleziva, Human Services Director, received an overall rating of Superior based upon the four appraisals submitted. On a motion by Jude, second by Russek, all voted to approve the minutes as presented.

Tom Salkowski, Planning & Zoning Administrator, requested that the Board schedule a Public Hearing to consider a variance applied for by Metro Dairy. The variance would allow for the expansion of the existing feedlot. The existing feedlot ordinance requires a barn to be 1000' from neighboring properties. If approved, the variance would allow the barn to be built approximately 870' from a neighboring property. Russek moved to schedule a Public Hearing for 4-27-99 at 10:00 A.M., seconded by Jude, carried 5-0.

Russek attended a meeting on 3-29-99 with those counties involved with the Crow River Watershed. The draft Joint Powers Agreement was reviewed and another meeting will be held to finalize it. A draft agreement will be presented at a future date. For now, they have decided to meet as the Crow River Organization of Waters (CROW).

AMC is sponsoring County Day at the Capital during the month of April. Each county will have the opportunity to sign up for one day to participate in lobbying. Consensus was that this issue should be brought back before the Board when a date has been determined and to inform Stearns, Benton and Sherburne counties of the date selected.

Bills Approved

Airtouch Cellular Bellevue 339.71

American Institutional Supply 842.58

AMI Imaging Systems Inc 262.50

Bachman Printing 184.19

Boyer Trucks 109196.00

Business Record Corporation 601.98

Cellular 2000 of St Cloud 357.94

Computer Training International 2163.65

CPS Technology Solutions 260.50

John Dziuk 526.50

Ecolab 122.22

Mark-Erickson 183.77

Gateway 2000 653.92

Hennepin Cty Medical Examiner 101.04

Intoximeters Inc 106.50

Minnesota Chemical co 723.17

MN County Attorneys Assn 113.00

Dennis Moeller 148.34

Office Depot 1023.61

Precision Business Systems Inc 580.44

Ritz Camera Centers 1884.25

Schumachers Incorporated 191.18

Shared Resource Mgmt Inc 3225.00

Sherwin-Williams 429.31

Stationers Inc 262.88

Total Printing 394.05

University of MN Stearns Cty 1467.50

US West Communications 313.97

Harry Walsh 275.00

American Health Care Supply 382.27

American Planning Association 293.00

AT&T 1093.47

BME Incorporated 359.00

Buffalo Hospital 184.25

Lola Carlson 110.00

Computer System Products Inc 902.19

Contech Construction Product 266.00

Dell Comm Inc 23528.55

East Central Regional Juvenile 1629.00

Emergitek Inc 707.48

Facility Systems Inc 265.00

GE Capital Information Tech 784.83

Hillyard Floor Care Supply 1643.64

Marco Business Products 661.89

MN Counties Computer Co-op 2865.82

MN State Auditor 8585.01

National Assn of Cty Engineers 600.00

Performance Office Papers 387.65

Reentry Services Inc 726.60

School District No 882 181.00

Service Unlimited 3722.18

Sheriffs Youth Program of MN 5153.88

St Cloud Stamp & Sign 161.46

Streichers 3718.06

Uniforms Unlimited 136.80

Unlimited Electric Inc 533.32

Vergin TV & VCR Service 104.47

Wright Hennepin Electric 1877.14

26 payments less than $100 1,051.67

Final Total $189,550.30

The meeting adjourned at 9:55 A.M.

Patrick Sawatzke, Chairperson

ATTEST: Richard Norman, County Coordinator

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