Wright County Board Minutes

APRIL 11, 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 4-04-00 as presented, seconded by Eichelberg, carried unanimously.

Petitions were accepted to the Agenda as follows: Consent Agenda Item D1, MIS, "Authorize Hire, Michael Janckila, Computer Programmer I, Eff. 4-10-00 (Step 2)" (Norman); Aud./Treas. Item #4, "Ditch 15" (Russek); Aud./Treas. Item #5, "Ditch 10" (Mattson); Item For Consid. #2, "Fax From AMC RE: Legislative Session" (Norman); Item For Consid. #3, "Request From Bruce Omtvedt To Schedule A Detention Facilities Committee Meeting" (Norman). Russek moved to approve the Agenda as amended, seconded by Eichelberg, carried 5-0.

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


1. Performance Appraisals: A. Schelinder, Aud./Treas.; J. Hermanson, C. Strand, Sheriff.

2. Approve Cost Summary For Administration Department Expansion Project (Capital Fund Estimate $15,833.00; Site Improvement Estimate $6,550.00).

3. Approve Contract, Authorize Signatures, Teamsters Local 320, Courthouse Unit.

4. Refer Rent For Sheriff Storage Building To The Building Committee.

5. O/T Report, Period Ending 3-31-00.


1. Claim, Buetow & Associates Inc., $15,733.53 (4th Floor Remodel Fund 34).

2. Claim, Scott Builders, Inc., $1,225.00 (March Consulting-4th Floor Annex).


1. Accept Resignation, Danielle McNellis, Half-Time Juvenile Holdover Attendant, Eff. 4-11-00 & Authorize Replacement.


1. Authorize Hire, Michael Janckila, Computer Programmer I, Eff. 4-10-00 (Step 2).

On a motion by Jude, second by Eichelberg, all voted to schedule a Building Committee Meeting on 4-26-00 at 9:00 A.M. The meeting was scheduled at the request of Bill Swing, MIS Director, to review the data/voice bid document for the 4th Floor Annex and Coordinator's Departments.

Doug Gruber, Auditor/Treasurer, referenced invoices from Fyle's Excavating relating to clean out of Joint Ditch 15. Gruber asked for authorization to pay $43,228 which includes withholding $1,200 off the total due for brush which will be burned next fall/winter. At the 3-28-00 meeting, the County Board authorized Gruber to negotiate with Fyle's on the repair of Area #2 of the ditch project, not to exceed $3,250. Gruber referenced the letter from Fyle's Excavating which reflects a negotiated cost of $1,500. Jude moved to approve the invoices for $43,228 and $1,500, seconded by Eichelberg, carried unanimously.

Ditch 15 was discussed. Gruber, Russek and Mattson viewed blowouts on Joint Ditch 15 yesterday (South of CR 21 in Stockholm Township). The water runs through the lateral, into the swamp area for approximately 150 yards, and then into an open ditch. Many small blowouts were seen in the swamp area. Russek stated that the tile in the swamp area is only slightly covered and suggested that the tile be removed at approximately the edge of the field. With the dry conditions, he thought it was an opportunity to work in the wetland. Russek planned to contact Kerry Saxton, SWCD, regarding wetland permits which may be required to complete any work.

Gruber had two questions relating to this area: 1) Is there a problem if the tile is removed and turned into an open ditch, and 2) Are there any exceptions to a $50,000 cap on expenditures per year for the ditch. Brian Asleson, Assistant County Attorney, researched statutes in this regard. Relative to the $50,000 limit on expenditures, statutes reflect that limitations are $50,000 or $1000/mile on an open ditch or drainage system or not to exceed a 20% benefit on the drainage system, whichever is greater. There is an exception when the area has been declared a disaster and federal funds are used for repair. The limits for repair would apply unless a petition for repair is received. Removing the tile and making an open ditch would fall under improvements to a ditch, (not repair) and would require notification to residents on the ditch.

Jude moved to lay this issue over to allow Russek to contact the SWCD to determine what permits would be necessary, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0.

In review of Ditch 10, Mattson found that there was no water in the ditch on the East side of CR 5 and that the ditch was 3/4 full on the West side all the way back to CR 30. The consensus of the Board was for Gruber to obtain proposals for clean out of the beaver dams in this area.

The claims listing was reviewed. Russek referenced claims on pages 16, 17 and 18 relating to the Employee Benefits Fair. Gruber stated that $7,500 is budgeted per year for Employee Enhancement split evenly into Human Services, Road and Bridge, and General Revenue. Russek moved to approve the claims as listed in the abstract, subject to audit, seconded by Jude, carried unanimously.

Wayne Fingalson, Highway Engineer, introduced Barb Holmquist. Holmquist was hired as Confidential Secretary at Public Works on 4-3-00.

Fingalson presented for approval an Agreement with Crow River Properties for a pedestrian tunnel under CSAH 36 as part of the expansion of the Fox Hollow Golf Course. The Agreement is similar to that approved last year with Albion Ridges Golf Course. The traffic control plan has not yet been received from Mn/DOT. The tentative scheduled start date is 4-24-00. Jude moved to approve the Agreement, seconded by Eichelberg, carried 5-0.

Fingalson said that two years ago, the County had two rollers which were offered for sale to the cities and townships. Quotes were received from five different entities. Subsequently, one roller was returned by a township. Fingalson said the roller was going to be given to the Fair Board but a township has now expressed interest in purchasing it. The roller is estimated to be worth $300-$500. At the last Township Officers meeting, Fingalson offered the roller for sale but did not receive a response back from any of the other townships. Fingalson said if the roller were sold, the Fair Board could use the roller owned by the Highway Department. Eichelberg moved to provide notice to the cities in the County and to leave negotiations up to the Highway Engineer (who is to work with the Attorney's Office). The motion was seconded by Russek. Richard Norman, County Coordinator, questioned whether the County Purchasing Agent had been consulted on the sale of the roller, as there are specific State statutes dealing with disposition of equipment. Fingalson responded that he had only contacted the Attorney's Office. Tom Kelly, Attorney, said they will be in contact with the Purchasing Agent. Motion carried 5-0.

On a motion by Jude, second by Sawatzke, all voted to schedule a Bid Letting Date for the Bituminous Overlay Contract for 2000 for 5-16-00 at 9:30 A.M.

Fingalson gave an overview of a proposed Agenda for the Transportation Committee Of The Whole (TCOTW). Sawatzke requested that an additional item be added, "Pelican Lake Access Issue." Relative to this issue, Fingalson has left messages for the DNR but has not heard back from them. Discussion followed on a recent accident near the intersection of the County and Township roads in this area. The Board requested that the County Attorney's office provide an opinion prior to the TCOTW meeting as to what authority the County Board has in relation to the access. Sawatzke moved to set a TCOTW meeting for 5-3-00 at 1:00 P.M. The Agenda will include: 1) Introduce New Employees; 2) Discuss Requests from Franklin Township, Including 40th St./Crow Springs Park; 3) Discuss Construction Funding/Review Projects for 5-Year Plan; 4) Discuss Proposal from Mn/DOT for TH 241; 5) Discuss Policy on Funding Agreements with Townships for Bridges; 6) Discuss Traffic Study/Letter from City of Buffalo for Two (2) Intersections; 7) Letter from Albertville RE: Maintenance Facility; 8) Pelican Lake Access Issue. The motion was seconded by Russek and carried 5-0.

Heidi Peper, Wright County Economic Development Partnership, presented the first Wright County marketing piece entitled, "The Wright Location." It was produced by the Partnership with financial support from the partners. This will be distributed to internal and external audiences including government officials, members of the Partnership, existing businesses with plans for expansion, contractors and site locators. The material features a variety of amenities which

Wright County has to offer including pro-business environment, workforce, education, health care and quality of life. Sawatzke commented that for the second edition, he would not recommend recognizing Wright County's wages as being low. Although wages are a large expense for a business, he thought Wright County's desire was for businesses to pay more than less. Peper stated this was discussed at length during planning. Although Wright County wants to provide quality wages to residents, the Partnership wanted to show a comparison of wages with neighboring counties. Also included with the material is the Partnership's 2000 First Quarter Report, Financial Resources and the Real Estate Inventory. Currently, the Partnership is conducting an employer survey to assess the needs and challenges of the businesses in Wright County. Technical assistance has been provided to 10 entities in the last three months who will be leasing or building space in the County. Also, 22 site visits were conducted with businesses who may have plans for expansion. Peper has recruited five new members in the Partnership in the last three months (increase of 28% over this time last year). Peper has been meeting with the Economic Development Authority for Hanover. She inquired whether the County had a formal tax abatement policy. Response was that AMC had in their platform for counties not to participate both in TIF and tax abatements due to financial impacts counties may realize. Sawatzke said the Board passed a resolution 4-5 years ago that Wright County would not be providing tax abatements as allowed by law. Peper was commended for the report and her efforts in economic development.

Richard Norman, County Coordinator, said the Legislature is still in session. AMC forwarded a request for at least one County representative to lobby on levy limits, reverse referendum and other issues on 4-13-00 at 11:00 A.M. Representatives will meet at AMC for a briefing on the current state of affairs and continue to the Capital to meet with legislators and attend the tax conference committee meeting. Sawatzke said although he did not plan to attend, he was not against reverse referendums. He personally felt levy limits should be eliminated and replaced with a reverse referendum. Jude responded that the Legislature keeps creating more laws with levy limits. Without funding, the County is forced to cut back in other areas as they are mandated by the State to provide services. Jude moved to authorize attendance of the County Board, seconded by Sawatzke, carried unanimously.

On a motion by Sawatzke, second by Russek, all voted to schedule a Detention Facility Committee meeting on 4-26-00 at 10:00 A.M. to meet with Bruce Omtvedt, DLR Group.

Bills Approved

Airtouch Cellular Bellevue 3,540.88

Albertville Body & Fender 456.00

AMI Imaging Systems, Inc. 442.40

Ancom Technical Center 115.00

Anoka County IS Dept. 325.00

George Bakeber 430.60

Lawrence Bauman 394.95

Best, Inc. 3,815.75

Betmar Languages Inc. 1054.40

Buetow and Assoc., Inc. 15,733.53

Buffalo Hospital 150.00

Buildings Cons. Group, Inc. 869.00

Bull HN Info. Systems 1,086.30

Rod Bunting 275.00

Lola Carlson 224.00

Collins Communications 10,791.48

Computer Trainint Int. 540.00

Concept Seating, Inc. 2,850.00

Copy Equipment, Inc. 238.50

CPS Technology Solutions 400.00

Cummings Chrysler-Dodge 23,295.05

Karen Determan 159.03

Ralph Douglas 292.16

Econofoods 143.26

The Economics Press Inc. 114.70

Ernst General Construction 195.17

Tom Feddema 373.86

GE Capital Info Tech Solutions 2,192.05

Granite Electronics Inc. 512.50

Douglas Gruber 309.64

Dr. Henk 263.00

Hillyard Floor Care Supply 342.66

ICMA 175.00

Intoximeters, Inc. 296.00

JCM Telecommunications 159.23

Ken Jude 322.74

Lakedale Telephone Co. 371.42

Larson Publications Inc. 279.40

Laser Patrol LLC 200.00

Kimberly LeClaire 359.10

Masys Corporation 2,503.95

Metro Commercial Service 127.00

The Metro Group Inc. 1,546.38

Nathan Miller 379.13

MN Counties Ins. Trust 280.00

Monticello Times 145.95

Motorola Inc. 8,907.35

Margaret Munson 207.39

Office Depot 2,077.20

Olmsted Cty. Community Serv. 350.00

Michael Passig 299.98

Pitney Bowes 160.55

Precision Business Sys. Inc. 1,155.55

Precision Prints of Wright Co. 451.56

Professional Portable X-ray Inc. 500.00

Record Preservation Inc. 5,497.70

Reliant Energy Minnegasco 5,788.58

Jack Russek 168.02

Korb Schweitering 192.64

Sprint 152.88

Dorothy Stuhr 221.34

United Parcel Service 172.48

Chuck Van Heel 183.48

Walmart Store 01-1577 520.26

James Weinberger 199.33

Winsted Publishing Inc. 3887.92

Wright Co. Auditor-Treas. 674.78

Wright Co. Highway Dept. 1,239.70

Wright Co. Human Services 234.00

Wright Co. Journal Press 545.76

44 payments less than $100 2,104.49

Final Total 114,964.31

The meeting adjourned at 10:01 A.M.

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