Wright County Board Minutes

APRIL 14, 1998

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

The 4-7-98 Minutes were discussed. On page 4, 3rd to the last paragraph, the last sentence reads "Mattson moved to set the letting date for 1998 Bituminous Overlay and Patching Contract for 5-5-98 at 9:30 A.M." The sentence will be amended to read, "Mattson moved to set the letting date for 1998 Bituminous Overlay and Patching Contract for 5-5-98 at 9:30 A.M., seconded by Russek, carried 5-0." Sawatzke moved to approve the minutes with correction, seconded by Russek, carried unanimously.

Petitions were accepted to the Agenda aa follows: Aud./Treas. Item #2, "Ditch 7" (Mattson); Item For Consid. #3, "Selection Process, County Ag Inspector Position" (Norman); Item For Consid. #4, "Mn/DOT Structured County Meetings" (Norman); ltem For Consid. #5, "Closed Session as requested by the Asst. County Attorney" (Rose). Russek moved to approve the Agenda as amended, seconded by Jude, carried 5-0.

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


1. Performance Appraisals: B. Asleson, L. Dixon, Attorney; J. Uecker, Aud./Treas.- C. Pomerleau, Ct. Admin.; V. Hawkins, Highway; J. Brown, R. Kennedy, Sheriff; R. Benedict, Surveyor.

2. Claim, Frank Madden, $1,105.46.

3. O/T Report, Period Ending 4-3-98.

4. Set Public Hearing, Capital lmprovement Plan, 5/5/98 @ 10:00 A.M.


1. Claim, Scott Builders, $1,710.


1. Approve Partial Payment #8 ($87,577.33) to Glenwood Bridge, lnc. for Contract 9709 (Hanover Bridge).

Mattson requested that Ditch No. 7 be added to the Agenda due to a request from Mel Swendra to have the ditch reviewed. Russek moved to authorize Mattson and himself to view Ditch No. 7, seconded by Jude, carried 5-0.

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

A Building Committee Of The Whole meeting was held on 4-7-98. A summary of the minutes follows:

The Committee accepted the color selections recommended by Human Service and Highway staff. Communication issues between the Contractor, Architect and the Owners Representative were discussed. Regarding roof repairs to the Human Services Center, consensus was to have Hayes obtain an estimate for repairs, report to Rose, and proceed unless the cost warranted further discussion by the Committee (funded out of Capital Improvement). The Committee reached consensus on recommending that all bathrooms be included in the specifications for water softeners and that a cost estimate should be obtained. There was also a consensus to get an estimate on the cost of replacing the existing bathroom doors in the lobby area. The Committee consensus was to run all ceilings at 12 feet. The card access and camera security system were addressed for Human Services. The Committee recommends KNR Communication for the card access system ($6,989.60) and Emergitek for the camera security system ($6,130), which will be funded out of the Capital Improvement account. An update on the voice/data system was provided. The Committee consensus was to give Swing authority to proceed with the work with the understanding that he must keep a record of it and stay within the $280,000 budget. At today's meeting, Sawatzke moved to approve the minutes, seconded by Mattson, carried unanimously.

A Building Committee meeting was held on 4-8-98:

Use Of Parking Lot During Buffalo Days. Welche explained that they would set up after work hours Friday, June 12, with take down, June 14. The Committee recommends use of the parking lot east of the Annex Building.

Jail, Air lntake. Climate Air performed indoor environmental quality testing. Tests showed carbon monoxide levels within standards. Thus, there is not an unsafe working condition. No further action recommended.

Quotes, Exhaust Hood, Sheriff Evidence Room. Hozempa explained that the problem is fumes from use of fingerprinting equipment. Quotes, Loberg, $4,025; Climate Air, $2,180. Quotes do not include electrical hookup. Committee recommendation is to award to Climate Air and fund out of Site Improvements.

Carpet Annex Hall, First Floor. Hayes is still seeking quotes. This will be discussed at a future Building Committee meeting.

Tile, Jail Control Areas. Hayes will receive quotes and bring back to Committee.

Human Services Center Lot. Fingalson will view the area and give the Committee a recommendation.

Pamida Sign, Use By Fair Board. Mattson said that Fair Board members would be approaching the County with the idea of using the sign. This item will be further discussed after we have a better understanding of what the Fair Board is contemplating.

Russek moved to approve the minutes with recommendations, seconded by Jude, carried unanimously.

Tom Salkowski, Planning & Zoning Administrator, requested the Board set a Feedlot Committee Of The Whole meeting. The suggested agenda includes Review Legislative Action, Staffing, Ordinance Review, and Staged lmplementation. Sawatzke moved to establish a Feedlot Committee Of The Whole meeting for 4-20-98 at 1:30 P.M., seconded by Russek, carried 5-0.

The next issue the Board addressed was the Monticello Orderly Annexation Agreement and the request for an appointment to the MOAA Board. Salkowski said the Agreement calls for the County Board to appoint one member to the Joint Planning Board, which will also include two members each from the City and the Township. The prior Agreement called for a three-member Board with one representative from the County, Township and City. Although the entire Agreement has changed, the County's role would be to act as the zoning authority in the orderly annexation area until the lands are annexed into the City. The new Agreement is more specific on how annexation takes place. Sawatzke was appointed to the MOAA Board in 1991 and stated he would be willing to serve. It appears that the member would have voting authority. Mattson moved to appoint Sawatzke to the MOAA Board, seconded by Russek. This will be an annual appointment. Motion carried 5-0.

Salkowski said the Water Management Task Force (WMTF) is requesting to meet with the Board or a committee to discuss the options of establishing a "project fund" for 1999. The WMTF has discussed the fact that State grant funds are not used for any projects, and have been approached by applicants wondering if these funds could be used toward projects. They would like to discuss options with the Board prior to the 1999 Budget sessions. The Board discussed membership of the WMTF. It was clarified that members were nominated by interest groups throughout the County and the County Board tried to make sure that various areas of the County were represented, but it was not done by Commissioner District. Sawatzke pointed out that grants are received from the State, and he inquired whether additional funds may be obtained due to the State surplus. Salkowski responded that he understood the formula may change and there may be the potential of obtaining more grant funds than in the past. Mattson moved to establish a Committee Of The Whole Meeting with the WMTF for 4-30-98 at 9:00 A.M., seconded by Russek, carried 5-0.

A Personnel Committee meeting was held on 4-8-98:

Performance Appraisal - Don Mleziva, Human Services Director. Based on three performance appraisals submitted the Committee recommends an overall rating of Superior.

At today's meeting, Sawatzke moved to approve the minutes, seconded by Mattson, carried unanimously.

A Ways & Means Committee meeting was held on 4-8-98:

Personal Watercraft Ordinance. Asleson reported on legislative activity up to last night's Legislative Conference Committee meeting. DNR will send him a sample ordinance. Primary enforcement would be the responsibility of the local law enforcement agencies. Public accesses would have to be posted with the hours of operation in order to be enforceable. An exception for emergency and law enforcement purposes will be added. The Ordinance can only be enforced on lakes which are shared with another jurisdiction if they concur with our Ordinance. Our local Ordinance will not duplicate language found in State Statute. Asleson will present a draft Ordinance at the County Board meeting. The County Board should set a Public Meeting in May to review, take comment, and approve the Ordinance.

At today's meeting Asleson said that subsequent to the Ways & Means Committee meeting last week, the State Legislature passed a bill which designated personal watercraft hours of operation as 9:30 A.M. to one hour before sunset. The setback was changed to 150' from docks, shorelines, swimmers, and anchored watercraft. These changes will be effective 6-1-98. An educational component of the bill will become effective in 1999, calling for a testing program for personal watercraft operators between the ages of 13-18. Asleson's suggestion was to be consistent with State requirements and not take action on the County level. Jude moved to follow state law regulations regarding personal watercraft, seconded by Russek. Sgt. Quill indicated that State requirements will be contained within boat and water manuals, but suggested that County Ordinance requirements be posted at landings. Some lakes in Wright County are bordered by other counties and the Ordinance may only be enforceable on those lakes if the other county adopts it. Subdivisions of the County Ordinance which will remain in effect deal with the requirement of two people in a boat while towing skiers on weekends/holidays, the operation of watercraft in a channel, and prohibiting swimming/diving/jumping near a channel bridge. Sgt. Quill indicated that it is hard to issue a ticket when a person is not aware of an Ordinance. Motion carried 5-0. Asleson was directed to research whether the County's Ordinance requirements must be posted at landings. lf needed, this issue will be addressed by the Ways & Means Committee.

A Negotiations Committee meeting was held on 4-7-98. As a result of this meeting, two Memorandums of Understanding were presented to the Board for approval. One agreement would outline the provisions for the 49ers Union employees (Highway, Surveyor and Parks) to work four ten-hour days in a work week for the years 1998 and 1999 from the third Monday in April to the third Friday in September. The second agreement would extend a variation of the four ten-hour days work schedule to the Engineering Division employees for a trial period in 1998. ln response to a question by Sawatzke, Jude stated this schedule is advantageous due to the elimination of setup time on Fridays, the gain of two hours work each day, and the ability to perform maintenance on the equipment on Fridays. The Engineering Division schedule may or may not be to the County's advantage. Jude said this is a unique situation where other bargaining units would not be able to request the same schedule. Jude moved to authorize signatures on the Memorandums of Understanding, seconded by Russek. It was clarified that the Maintenance Memorandum is a two-year agreement, the Engineer Memorandum is a one-year trial agreement and either can be terminated with a seven-day notice. Motion carried 5-0.

Richard Norman, County Coordinator, met with the Sherburne County Administrator and Human Resources Director to review applications received for the County Ag lnspector position. The request is to set up a Committee of two Commissioners from each County to interview candidates. Sherburne County Commissioners Engstrom and Nagorski have been appointed. Sawatzke moved to appoint Russek and Jude to serve on the lnterview Committee on 4-22-98 at 8:30 A.M. to be held in Sherburne County, seconded by Mattson. Sawatzke will serve as the alternate. Motion carried unanimously.

The Highway Engineer received correspondence relating to Mn/DOT District 3's revised plan for conducting structured public meetings in counties pursuant to the development of a long range transportation plan. One meeting will be held in each county during the month of May. Mn/DOT's request is to be provided with a listing of 12-15 participants by 4-22-98. lt is requested that the participants appointed be those who are knowledgeable about local issues and can look at the larger transportation issues. The County Board reviewed Mn/DOT's listing of suggested participant groups.

Each Board member was assigned specific groups and was directed to bring forth suggested appointments at the 4-21-98 County Board meeting.

Rose indicated that the Board will adjourn to a closed session immediately following the County Board meeting today to discuss pending litigation, as requested by the Assistant County Attorney.

Russek announced that there may be more than two Board members in attendance at the party being held in honor of Bruce Thielen on 4-17-98 at the Buffalo American Legion.

Bills Approved

Robert Adams 320.00

Alliant Foodservice 2175.65

Appert Foods 2408.28

B&B Products inc 4112.27

Best Disposal Services 145.15

Buffalo Emergency Physicians 225.00

Climate Air 216.00

Concept Seating Inc 9750.00

Dakota County Sheriffs Ofc 107.00

DJ's Heating & Air Conditioning 310.47

John Dziuk 132.30

EPA Audio Visual Inc 867.02

Fullerton Lumber Co 133.88

Glenwood Bridge Inc 87577.33

Gregorys Foods Inc 162.86

Marie Hoff 140.00

Johnson Controls 340.50

KNR Communications Srvcs In 168.75

Lakedale Telephone Co 289.30

Larson Publications Inc 113.36

Michael MacMillan 187.04

McDowall Co 5375.00

Midland Corporate Benefits Svc 354.25

Minnegasco 6582.66

Monticello Times 468.95

Napa Auto Parts 176.68

Office Depot 812.07

Pitney Bowes 160.55

Roche Diagnostic Systems 500.00

Donald Schmidt 131.16

Stratus Computer Inc 5310.00

Sysco Food Services of MN 2568.56

Total Printing 195.64

US West Communications 280.16

WalMart Store 01-1577 409.86

Winsted Publishing Inc 6058.02

Wright Lumber & Millwork Inc 252.28

David Zylstra 197.20

Aladdin Synergetecs 272.99

American Institutional Supply 312.06

Automatic Garage Door Co 215.91

Lawrence Bauman 563.70

Betmar Languages Inc 450.60

Buffalo Hospital 139.25

Cole Papers Inc 824.31

CT Farm & Country 160.71

Department of Public Safety 3840.00

Ralph Douglas 382.00

Emergitek Inc 7021.20

Fox Taxidermy 603.25

G & K Services 1480.53

Grafix Shoppe 3407.87

Harkers 241.92

Holiday 1072.28

Bernard Kirscht 139.84

Brian Kopff 119.04

LaPlant Demo Inc 259.68

Lund Industries Inc 195.95

Marco Business Products 1540.31

Meadowbrook Insurance Group 9264.00

Midway Iron & Metal Co Inc 179.61

MN Alcohol Traffic Safety Assn 125.00

Munson Lakes Nutrition 108.63

Northern Hydraulics Inc 372.11

Photo I 600.33

Precision Prints of Wright Co 321.63

Pat Sawatzke 173.60

Scott Builders Inc 1710.00

Streichers 235.55

Teply Equipment Inc 223.54

Uniforms Unlimited, Inc 3173.59

R Vegemast Engineering Inc 1521.50

West Publishing Co 334.95

Luann Winterhalter 727.58

Xerox Corporation 538.89

29 payments less than $100 1,469.15

Final Total $184,038.26

The meeting adjourned at 10:10 A.M.

Judie Rose, Chairperson

ATTEST: Richard W. Norman, County Coordinator

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