Wright County Board Minutes

APRIL 4, 2000

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

Sawatzke made the following corrections to the minutes of 3-28-00: Page 3, 4th paragraph, second sentence will read, "He felt that since the County is the land use planner and handles sewer inspections, supplies building permits, etc., that the County is responsible for finding a solution to providing sewer service in this area"; Page 5, 2nd paragraph, the second and third sentence will be changed to read, "Allina stated the salary is $10,000 more than what had been paid to the previous nurse. Allina informed the Committee that they are willing to break even on the services because they view it as community service."; Page 5, 2nd paragraph, 4th sentence will read, "Sawatzke pointed out that the original contract is under that which was paid for the PCMT contract and that the County is receiving a greater level of service." Sawatzke moved to approve the minutes as corrected, seconded by Russek, carried unanimously.

The following item was petitioned onto the Agenda: Consent Agenda Item E1, Extension, "Agree to accept funding from Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) for a horse pasture management project." (Norman). Doug Gruber, Auditor/Treasurer, referenced Consent Agenda Item B1, "Accept Resignation, Arlene Schelinder, Eff. 3-27-00 & Authorize Donna Reddemann To Work Out Of Class As Deputy Treasurer, Eff. 3-27-00 (Step 1)." Gruber changed the effective date of Schelinder's resignation to 4-28-00 and requested that this item be moved to the Auditor/Treasurer Items at 9:05 A.M. for discussion. Richard Norman, County Coordinator, stated the time of the Employee Recognition Ceremony should be 10:15 A.M. instead of 10:00 A.M. Sawatzke moved to approve the Agenda as amended, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0.

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


1. Performance Appraisals: S. Beckes, Admin.; R. Johnson, Bldg, Maint.; L. Oestrich, Hwy.; H. Becker, B. Gabrelcik, Recorder; G. Miller, Sheriff

2. O/T Report, Period Ending 3-17-00.

3. Charitable Gambling Application, St. Mary's of Czestochowa (Franklin Twsp.)

4. Refer Discussion Of Updating Elevator Controls To The Building Committee Of The Whole.


1. Refer Public Works Safety Committee Recommendation RE: Safety Clothing To Negotiation Committee


1. Approve Legal Action Against Guy & Amy Sieg (Monticello Twsp.)


1. Agree to accept funding from Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) for a horse pasture management project.

On a motion by Jude, second by Russek, all voted to acknowledge the February Revenue/Expenditure Guidelines as presented.

Gruber said Arlene Schelinder has been working in the Treasurer's Division since 1975 but is resigning due to health concerns. Her resignation will be effective 4-28-00. Donna Reddemann will work out of classification as Deputy Treasurer assuming Schelinder's duties effective 3-27-00 at Step 1. Gruber plans to review possible reorganization of staff and has therefore not requested a replacement at this time. Jude moved to accept the resignation effective 4-28-00 and authorize Reddemann to work out of class effective 3-27-00. The motion was seconded by Russek and carried 5-0.

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

Brian Asleson, Assistant County Attorney, presented for approval the final version of a Contingent Settlement Agreement relating to the Randy's Sanitation litigation. The Agreement is designed to settle all claims arising from the County's waste designation activities, the denial of permits and rezoning of property for use as a solid waste transfer station, and any alleged interference with Randy's Sanitation waste hauling business. Asleson said it is important for the case to be finalized as Planning & Zoning has received an application and plans relating to a waste transfer station from Randy's Sanitation. Russek moved to approve and authorize signatures on the Contingent Settlement Agreement. The motion failed for lack of a second. Asleson requested the Board refer this issue over until later in the meeting to meet and confer with John Baker, Attorney representing MCIT and the County. Russek moved to lay this issue over until later in the meeting. The motion was seconded by Jude and carried 4-1 with Sawatzke casting the nay vote.

At the last meeting, the County Board directed Asleson to contact Jeff Roos, St. Michael City Engineer, to obtain a cost estimate to perform a feasibility study for the Lake Charlotte/Lake Martha sewer project (Chapter 429 process). Roos provided an estimate of $1000 for the cost of preparing the notice, distributing the report and presenting the report at the hearing. This is contingent upon receiving an abbreviated study on the proposed sanitary sewer system from the Rockford Township Engineer. Jude contacted several counties who indicated they generally perform sewer services through sewer districts versus through the Chapter 429 process. He was supportive of the project but not necessarily through Chapter 429 due to the liablity imposed on all County residents if someone were to challenge their assessment. Asleson said Roos indicated that with this type of system, individual visits to most parcels will be required (100+ residences). This is estimated as a 3-month process which will not tie in with the City of St. Michael's bid letting. Eichelberg moved to authorize the feasibility study only, not to include the preliminary plan. Motion carried 5-0 on a second by Jude.

Marc Mattice, Parks Administrator, referenced the 3-21-00 Parks Commission minutes. The following reflects recommendations of the Parks Commission and discussion which took place at today's County Board meeting:

Seasonal Campsites: The Parks Commission recommends to the County Board that the process for seasonal sites remain the same for the 2000 season, and change the system to a lottery system that would be fair to everyone, the full dollar amount for the season would be collected at the time the six sites are awarded. Specifics such as pricing and site numbers would be decided at a later time. Today, Russek explained that there are a total of 50 campsites and only 6 of them would be included in the lottery system. Eichelberg moved to approve the recommendation and for the lottery system to be on a one-year trial basis. Jude seconded the motion and it carried 5-0.

Horse Trails: The Parks Commission recommends adopting the same policy as last year for Stanley Eddy Park which would include that the South Units would remain open for 2000 season to horse use and the North Unit would remain closed. On a motion by Jude, second by Eichelberg, all voted to approve the recommendation.

Other: Jude referenced the Committee's denial of a request from AT&T Wireless communications to place a mono-pole tower in Harry Larson Park and the denial of a request from Mel Terning to drain a wetland on his ag land adjacent to Collinwood Park. It was the consensus of the Board that these types of issues should have a recommendation from the Parks Commission and then be referred to the County Board. Sawatzke moved to accept the minutes, seconded by Jude, carried 5-0.

Mattice met with the Middleville Township Board on plans to reclaim a 17-acre gravel pit and potentially improving the site for mountain bikes near CR 7 and the entrance of Bill Anderson Park. Mattice approached Middleville Township on the possibility of obtaining a 5-acre parcel owned by the Township near the entrance of the Park. Middleville Township is interested in discussing this option. Sawatzke moved to authorize Mattice, Eichelberg and/or Mattson to meet with Middleville Township on the 5-acre parcel of land at the entrance of Bill Anderson Park, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0.

Mattice requested approval of expenditures for replacing amenities at the Dustin Wayside Park as part of the Highway 12 improvement project, estimated at $18,850.00. Previously, Mn/DOT gave the Parks Department $23,100 toward this replacement. The remaining funds are in the Capital Outlay fund and will be earmarked for future maintenance of the site. The Parks Department is waiting on a reply from Mn/DOT on a landscape grant request for vegetative stock for the site. Jude moved to approve the expenditures as outlined, seconded by Eichelberg, carried unanimously.

On 11-11-99 the County Board gave the Parks Department approval to proceed with plans on a William Ponsford historical monument at Clearwater/Pleasant Park. Mattice was directed to work with Barb Owen who submitted the request. At today's meeting, Mattice presented a layout of the granite monument at an approximate cost of $1700 plus landscaping. Correspondence from Barb Owen dated 2-1-00 indicated that the family is willing to fund one half of the cost if the County would fund the other half. The consensus of the Board was that when the request first was presented, Barb Owen had indicated that the family would fund the cost of the monument. Eichelberg moved to support the request if no costs are incurred by the County. Relative to maintenance, Mattice said it would be designed so the Parks Department could mow around the monument as part of trail maintenance. Motion carried 5-0 on a second by Jude.

Asleson approached the Board requesting that a closed session be held to discuss the proposed Contingent Settlement Agreement in the Randy's Sanitation litigation. Jude suggested the motion previously made be brought back for vote. Russek moved to approve and authorize signatures on the Contingent Settlement Agreement, seconded by Eichelberg, carried 4-1 with Sawatzke casting the nay vote.

A Ways & Means Committee meeting was held on 3-28-00. On a motion by Jude, second by Russek, all voted to approve the minutes as presented:

Jail Medical Contract. Dr. Lick and Wells both indicated that they merely wanted the contract to cover their costs for providing the service. Also, the Sheriff Department requested additional training. After discussion it was the consensus that training provided outside the scope of the contract would be kept separate. The Committee recommends that the requested contract increase to $75,750 for 2000 be granted. Specific contract language will be discussed at the next Committee meeting.

On a motion by Sawatzke, second by Russek, all voted to cancel the 5-30-00 County Board meeting due to the occurrence of five Tuesdays in May.

The meeting recessed at 10:03 A.M. and reconvened at 10:15 A.M. The annual Employee Recognition Ceremony was held to honor employees for Years of Service and to honor those employees nominated or selected to receive Group Achievement or Individual awards. Employees honored for Years of Service included those in five-year increments with service from 5 to 30 years.

The 1999 Individual Achievement Award was presented to Korb Schwietering. Schwietering was hired in June 1988 as one of the first civilians working as a correction officer in the Wright County Jail. Sheriff Hozempa explained that from there, Schwietering assumed additional responsibilities and became a valuable resource in the development of the Jail. In March 1992, he was promoted to Assistant Jail Administrator. Schwietering has worked with vendors in the introduction of new technologies, challenging vendors to provide the best capabilities for Wright County while remaining cooperative and professional. Schwietering was instrumental in the records management system for the Jail which is integrated with a video imaging and fingerprint system. He has assisted other counties with their records management systems. Working with the Masys Corporation on the software for the Jail management system, Schwietering has assisted the County in obtaining approximately $7000 in free software due to his assistance with implementation of the programs. Capt. Gary Torfin spoke of Schwietering being an excellent productive worker who strives for perfection and how he assisted the MIS Department in the design process of the software.

The 1999 Group Achievement Award was presented to employees of the Parks, Highway Maintenance and Highway Engineering Departments for their group participation on the Montissippi Park project. Marc Mattice, Parks Administrator, said a grant was received last year to complete a trail project in the Park. He extended thanks to all involved for their dedication and excellent work with the project. He felt the project was a prime example of what can be accomplished when three departments come together to perform the work. Wayne Fingalson, Highway Engineer, felt the award is a great example of the teamwork and positive attitude shown to make the project work. Those presented with the Group Achievement Award were: Ralph Borell, Tom Fedor, Kurt Eich, Augie Riebel, Hans Engstrom, Nick Carlson, Nila Ellis, Virgil Hawkins, Steve Meyer, Rick Bonk, Jack Borell, Tom Decker, Tom Haag, Jim Niebolte, Lyle Oestreich, Gene Ross, Bob White, and Jim Wright.

Honorable mention was given to those nominated for Individual Achievement including Craig Hayes, Randy DesMarais, Dale Engel, Mary Bonlender, and Carol Schefers. Those nominated for Group Achievement were the Case Intake Unit of Court Administration and the Child Support Unit for Human Services. Ellen Dressel, Human Services, was recognized for 30 Years of Service. The award was overlooked at last year's Ceremony.

Mattson was congratulated for being inducted into the Bowlers State Hall Of Fame. He is also being recognized on the national level.

Bills Approved

Advanced Graphic Systems 148.67

Advanced Professional Seminar 195.00

Albertville Body & Fender 2275.00

The American Stores 404.03

AMI Imaging Systems Inc 5403.45

Ancom Communications Inc. 4890.00

Earl Andersen Inc. 9158.00

AT & T 630.75

AT & T Wireless Service 184.52

Lawrence Bauman 515.10

Best Inc. 3657.50

Bowman Distribution 533.59

Brewsters Sea & Ski 101.39

Buffalo Clinic 1046.00

Buffalo Hospital 6474.20

Kerwin Bujarski 150.00

Carver County Treasurer 870.00

Catco Parts Service 304.59

Cellular 2000 of St. Cloud 431.62

Cintas-428 146.15

Commissioner of Transp. 4635.45

Computer Training International 747.50

Construction Bulletin Magazine 283.65

Country Chevrolet 20713.31

Crow River Tools 212.57

Gateway Companies Inc. 2724.28

GE Capital Info Tech Solutions 279.93

Grafix Shoppe 554.80

GTE Midwest 122.08

Hance Locating Inc. 463.25

Hillyard Floor Care Supply 2288.71

International Pers. Mngmnt. 1019.00

Bernard Kirscht 508.90

KRWC 150.00

Kustom Signals Inc 183.23

Lab Safety Supply Inc 172.49

Lakeland Transmission 777.10

Larson Allen Resource LLC 1500.00

Lawson Products, Inc. 474.02

Kimberly Leclaire 691.20

Lo Ink Specialties 112.53

Maple Lake Lumber Company 375.20

Marco Business Products 2626.81

McDowall Comfort Mngmt 1421.20

Meadowbrook Insurance Group 219.00

Metro Cash Register Systems 140.00

Micro Wearhouse 193.78

MN Counties Computer Co-op 2947.74

MN Department of Revenue 175.00

Dennis Moeller 187.50

National Bushing & Parts 636.50

Northern States Power Co 675.18

Northern Tool & Equipment Co. 141.60

Office Depot 1745.19

Dave Peterson Monticello Ford 261.26

Precision Prints Of Wright Cty 659.08

R & T Specialty Inc. 229.00

Reds Auto Electric 265.01

Ryan Motors Inc. 239.81

Donald Schmidt 486.27

St. Cloud Fire Equipment Inc. 802.99

St. Clous Times 272.96

State of MN Intertech Group 431.35

Stationers Inc 287.00

Streichers 488.28

T & M Towing & Snow Plowing 260.00

Tennant 128.00

Tessman Seed Co Inc 658.70

Thermal Technologies Inc. 599.74

Total Printing 194.68

Trueman Welters, Inc. 3187.41

Warning Lites 673.47

West Group Payment Center 117.30

Wright Cty Human Services 2150.00

David Zylstra 533.70

30 payments less than $100 1704.60

Final Total 102248.87

Jude moved to adjourn the meeting at 10:50 A.M., seconded by Russek, carried 5-0.

Dick Mattson, Chairperson

ATTEST: Richard Norman, County Coordinator

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