Wright County Board Minutes

APRIL 21, 1998

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

Russek moved to approve the minutes of 4-14-98 as presented, seconded by Sawatzke, carried 5-0.

Petitions were accepted to the Agenda as follows: Aud./Treas. ltem #5, "Ditch 28" (Russek); Item For Consid. #2, "Accept Resignation from County Extension Board" (Jude); Item For Consid. #3, "Feedlot Ordinance-Moratorium" (Rose); Item For Consid. #4, "Summary of 1998 MN Legislation from AMC" (Norman). Jude moved to approve the Agenda as amended, seconded by Sawatzke, carried 5-0.

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


1. Performance Appraisals: M. Cyr, Ct. Admin.; D. Ducommun, Hwy.; L. Schmidt, Parks.

2. Reclassification of Margaret Webb's position from Clerk to Clerk II, Auditor's Office.

3. Refer Recommendation from Employee Enhancement Committee to Ways & Means Committee.

4. Authorization To Attend NACA/NACO Conference, 7-17-98 to 7-21-98, Portland OR.


1. Claim, KUE Contractors, $63,016.00 (Human Services).

2. Claim, KUE Contractors, $7,453.00 (Public Works).

3. Renew Seasonal Off Sale Beer License - Cokato Lake Campground (Cokato Twp.).


1. Acknowledge Promotion of Betty Stueven from Clerk to Clerk II, Eff. 4-22-98 & Auth. Posting for Replacement of Clerk Position.


1. Acknowledge Appointment, Stephanie DeMueles, Communications Officer, Eff. 5-1-98

2. Accept resignation of Kathleen Clemence from Sergeant's position, Eff. 5-16-98. Clemence will return to First Grade Corrections Officer position after six year step. Acknowledge appointment of Jan Rivers to the Sergeant position, Eff. 5-16-98.

3. Authorize signatures on an additional DNR Grant for Boat and Water Enforcement.

Darla Groshens, Auditor/Treasurer, received a request from Wright Hennepin Electric to perform work in County Ditch 33. Wright Hennepin has returned the required form indicating that they will return the ditch to its expenses. Sawatzke moved to accept the request for encroachment on Co. Ditch No. 33 by Wright Hennepin Electric., seconded by Mattson, carried 5-0.

On a motion by Mattson, second by Jude, all voted to approve Outdoor Sportsman dba. Buffalo Conoco as a new Game & Fish Agent.

Quotes for the maintenance of County Ditch No. 7 were received: Morris Excavating, Inc. ($850.00) and Kotila Excavating ($1,200.00). Russek moved to award the quote to Morris Excavating, seconded by Mattson, carried 5-0.

Russek referenced a plugged culvert on County Ditch No. 28 which has resulted in property flooding at two locations. Russek moved for authorization to coordinate obtaining quotes and working with landowners, seconded by Mattson, carried 5-0.

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

The City of South Haven forwarded a request for a reduction of $10,000 in their law enforcement coverage (provided by the Sheriff's Department) for 1998-1999. Jude moved to accept the reduction in hours, seconded by Russek. The motion and second were amended to include directing Norman to draft an amendment to the Contract outlining the change. Motion carried 5-0.

At 9:15 A.M., Wayne Fingalson, Highway Engineer, presented his agenda items. Jude moved to direct Rose to furnish the Highway Engineer with the list of participants for the Mn/DOT Structured Public Meeting Group, seconded by Sawatzke, carried 5-0. Russek moved to appoint Fingalson and Mattson to the Mn/DOT Structured Public Meeting Group, seconded by Sawatzke, carried 5-0.

Sawatzke moved to adopt Resolution #98-16 authorizing the County Surveyor to prepare a R/W plat for CR 118 (future CSAH 18), seconded by Russek, carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.

Fingalson explained the process used in an attempt to modify the CSAH (County State Aid Highway) system to accommodate mileage to convert CR 118 to a State Highway. Attempts have been made to work with the City of Cokato and the City of Clearwater, but it has taken longer than anticipated. Fingalson presented a proposal which would allow a change to the system without affecting any cities by removing CSAH designation out of those cities. He explained that consistent with State Statute, the change would not become effective until the cities concur with the change. These changes should not affect addressing. The mileage obtained, combined with banked mileage, will be adequate to convert CR 118 to a CSAH route. The following resolutions were adopted in relation to this proposal.

Jude moved to adopt Resolution #98-17 revoking a portion of CSAH 39 and redesignating it as CR 101, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.

Sawatzke moved to adopt Resolution #98-18 revoking CSAH 15 and redesignating it as an extension of CR 117, seconded by Mattson, carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.

Jude moved to adopt Resolution #98-19 redesignating CR 126 as an extension of CR 117, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.

Sawatzke moved to adopt Resolution #98-20 redesignating CR 118 as CSAH 18, seconded by Mattson. Fingalson stated that once the City adopts the resolution, it is submitted to the Commissioner of Transportation and is not official until it is acted on by them. This would be true for all of the referenced roads with the exception of converting CR 126 to CR 117 as it only impacts County roads. Fingalson said with an update of the County Highway

The Board recessed at 9:29 A.M. and reconvened at 9:32 A.M.

The bid opening occurred for the Sale of the County Garage Property located in Cokato. Norman opened the three bids submitted:

Bidder ­ Bid Bond ­ Total Bid

Jack's Marine ­ Yes ­ $69,000.00

Greg Holt ­ Yes ­ $125,000.00

Ross & Terri Danielson ­ Yes ­ $36,600.00

As part of the bid process, the Board had decided to accept the bids and lay them over to evaluate whether to accept them or whether to leave the shop at the present site. Technicalities would be discussed with bidders. Jude moved to accept the bids as presented and to lay them over for 60 days (as outlined in the bid documents), seconded by Sawatzke. Bid discussion will be referred to the Transportation Committee Of The Whole. Motion carried 5-0. Fingalson was directed to obtain utility costs and present a breakdown of costs for the new site. Mattson expressed frustration with the timeline of proceeding on this, stating that the process has taken nearly two years.

The meeting recessed at 9:41 A.M. and reconvened at 10:05 A.M. Students from high schools were present to observe County Board proceedings as part of Boy/Girl County Day.

Jude moved to accept the resignation of Cindy Miessen from the County Extension Board, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0. Jude will bring forth a person for reappointment at a future meeting.

As a result of the Feedlot Committee Of The Whole meeting which transpired on 4-20-98, Brian Asleson, Assistant County Attorney, presented four action items for the Board to consider:

1) Set a date for the County Board to consider adoption of the Ordinance.

2) Ordinance language would be reviewed by the Attorney and Planning & Zoning Departments. The Ordinance would be phased in, with Phase I to include the registration process and Phase II to perform permitting on the County level.

Review legislation dealing with feedlots and provide public notice of the inventory which will be performed and potential funding.

4) Contact SWCD to discuss potential staffing help for the inventory process.

Asleson said he and Salkowski concurred that if the Ordinance were acted upon, the entire Ordinance should be considered at one time with effective dates implemented for various portions of the Ordinance. Jude said his understanding was that all language had not been agreed upon yesterday and that a phased in implementation would occur. He understood the phased in process would allow them to proceed with the setback requirements and an inventory, and that the misdemeanor language would be removed. The decision on permitting would then occur in two years. In response to Mattson, Salkowski explained that if a property is zoned ag/residential (owner made the decision to be residential), no new animal feedlots would be allowed. In areas that are designated ag/residential in the Land Use Plan but still zoned Agricultural, any new feedlot cannot exceed 300 animal units and existing feedlots can be expanded up to 500 animal units.

Salkowski said he and Asleson concurred that a Committee Of The Whole meeting should be held prior to the date the County Board takes action on the proposed Ordinance to discuss the changes made yesterday. The main purpose of discussing this today was to select a date to act upon the Ordinance and to notify farmers that the Moratorium would be lifted at that time. Mattson moved to establish a Feedlot Committee Of The Whole meeting for 4-28-98 at 10:30 A.M., seconded by Jude, carried unanimously. Russek moved to publish in the Howard Lake Herald the County's intent to adopt the Ordinance and lift the Moratorium on May 12th at 9:30 A.M., seconded by Sawatzke, carried 5-0.

Norman stated that AMC provided to each member County a video summarizing the Legislative Session and backup documentation. Sawatzke moved to set a meeting for 4-28-98 at 1:30 P.M. for the County Board and Department Heads to review the tape. Motion carried 5-0.

The Board introduced themselves to the students present for Boy/Girl County Day, identifying the districts they represent and the process of redistricting. Discussion also included work of the Planning Commission, the Board of Adjustment, County administered government, and the work of the Highway and Sheriff Departments. The Board fielded questions from students. Each student introduced themselves and what school they represented.

Bills Approved

Airtouch Cellular 278.48

AMI Imaging Systems Inc 886.10

AT&T 6175.42

George Bakeberg 305.10

Best Disposal Services 254.02

Boyer Truck Parts 464.16

Buff 'N' Glo Inc 265.20

Central Glass 455.46

Computer Systems Products 354.93

Construction Market Data 116.00

Dales Auto Service Inc 160.51

DJ's Municipal Supply co 226.23

Docs TV & Appliance 723.18

Facility Systems Inc 10440.10

Functional Industries 981.75

W Grainger Inc 139.61

Interstate Battery System 147.88

Justice Planning & Mangmt 275.00

Kue Contractors Inc 70469.00

Lake Region Coop Oil 17753.02

Law Enforcement Resource 410.00

Loberg Plumbing & Heating Co 135.00

Marks Standard Parts 3978.48

Meridian Aggregates Midwest 404.35

Roger Millner 255.80

MJ Dunn Company 191.70

MN Dept of Corrections-Sts 6400.00

Northern States Power Co 186.83

Performance Office Papers 598.87

Prairie Lake Detention Center 248.00

Royal Tire-St Cloud 2374.76

Sirchie 858.48

St Cloud State University 928.00

State of MN Intertech Group 550.22

James Stubbe 100.00

Ultraseal International Inc 280.85

United Parcel Service 208.42

University of Minnesota 115.00

Weighing Systems & Services 680.98

WSB & Associates Inc 1938.00

American Research Grant 900.00

Aspen Equipment Co 357.34

Automatic Garage Door Co 375.55

BDS-Brokerage 294.00

Bowman Distribution 253.95

Brown Cty Evaluation Center In 390.00

Buffalo Clinic 388.00

Computer Parts & Services Inc 260.50

Computer Training International 240.00

Cummins North Central Inc 275.00

Department of Public Safety 120.00

DLT Solutions Inc 785.00

Emergitek Inc 3151.26

Force AMerica Inc 713.33

GE Capital Information Technol 387.84

Greenview Inc 1694.95

JLM Telecommunications 553.48

Kar Products 100.34

Laboratory for Scientific Inte 900.00

Lake Superior College 125.00

Lawson Products, Inc 441.01

M-R Sign Company Inc 1353.04

Masys Corporation 50303.41

Metro Garage Door Co 178.47

Minnegasco 1968.12

MN Ass'n of Assessing Officers 360.00

National Bushing & Parts 527.38

Office Depot 1635.80

Dave Peterson Monticello Ford 897.37

Robinson Textiles 437.53

Scharber & Sons Inc 207.67

Snap-on Tools 192.25

Star Tribune 821.50

Stepp Mfg Company Inc 2023.50

Toms Superette 247.08

Underwater Schools of America 243.67

Unitog Rental System 103.13

US West Communications 8702.05

Wright Hennepin Electric 1557.74

46 payments less than $100 2,031.31

Final Total $218,212.46

The meeting adjourned at 10:35 A.M.

Judie Rose, Chairperson

ATTEST: Richard W. Norman, County Coordinator

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