Wright County Board Minutes

APRIL 27, 1999

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

Motion to approve the minutes of 4-20-99 was made by Russek, seconded by Eichelberg, carried 5-0. Petitions were accepted to the Agenda as follows: Item For Consid. #2, "Cancel the June 1st County Board Meeting" (Eichelberg). Richard Norman, County Coordinator, canceled the Metro Dairy Variance Request Public Hearing scheduled for 10:00 A.M. at the request of Virgil Scherping, Metro Dairy. Norman corrected Item B of the Consent Agenda, changing it from "Assessor" to "Auditor/Treasurer." Jude moved to approve the Agenda as amended, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0.

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


1. Performance Appraisals: N. Ellis, Hwy.; Judiene Brown, S. Demeules, J. Newton, Sher./Corr.

2. Approve Application for Authorization for an Exemption from Lawful Gambling License, Silver Bullet Saddle Club & Waive 30-Day Review Period.

3. Authorize Voluntary Leave Without Pay Program, 5/24/99 - 10/1/99.

4. Refer to Building Committee the request from Court Services for Storage Space and Shredder.


1. Claim, KUE Contractors, $14,646.87 (Fund 34-HSC).

2. Claim, KUE Contractors, $3,756.88 (Fund 34-PW).

3. Claim, Facility Systems, $5,316.02 (Fund 34-HSC & PW).

4. Claim, GE Capital, $4,472.57 (Fund 34-HSC).

5. Claim, Shared Resources, $2,406.25 (Fund 34-HSC).

6. Claim, Computer System Products, $1,142.49 (Fund 34-HSC).

7. Authorize Promotion of Bonnie Swan from Clerk I to Clerk II, Eff. 4-28-99, Step 2, & Authorize filling Clerk I position from Clerk Register.


1. Accept Resignation, Stuart Marquette, Maintenance Person, Eff. 4-30-99 & Authorize Replacement.


1. April 1999 Parks Commission Meeting Minutes.


1. Deny Request To Rezone From AG to I-1, Thomas E. Russell (Cokato Twp.).

Doug Gruber, Auditor/Treasurer, presented a request from the MPCA for the discharge (abatement) of the County lien on the Lindala Landfill property. To transfer the property to the State, the taxes must be abated. The MPCA negotiated a binding agreement with the Lindala's in 1998 providing for the transfer of the landfill property (Edward & Linda Lindala) and the adjoining property to the South (Wade & Derek Lindala) to the MPCA. The federal lien was discharged by the IRS on 2-19-99. If the liens are discharged, the MPCA can accept transfer of the properties and will expend funds on closure and postclosure monitoring, care and maintenance. Jude moved to approve the request for discharge (abatement) of the County lien on the two properties, seconded by Eichelberg. The abatements are as follows: PID #209-000-033402 ($912.57) and PID #209-000-033100 ($3,343.87). In response to a question by Russek, Chuck Davis (Environmental Health) said that the State will have total control of the properties in the future relative to pollution. Motion carried 5-0.

Gruber received three letters from Scott Dahlke, Meyer-Rohlin, Inc. outlining the following requests on behalf of the developer of the Maple Ridge and Royal Meadows developments in St. Michael. Present for today's discussion was the developer, Ralph Munsterteiger and Scott Dahlke. The item numbers listed below correspond to those listed under the Auditor/Treasurer on the Board Agenda:

2. Co. Ditch 9 - Petition for Municipal Drainage System Outlet - Maple Ridge 3rd & 4th Additions - St. Michael.

3. Co. Ditch 9 & Co. Ditch 21 - Request for Approval of Proposed Municipal Street Crossings - Royal Meadows.

4. Co. Ditch 9 & Co. Ditch 21 - Petition for Municipal Drainage System Outlet.

Gruber referenced a previous request by Gary Gutzwiller for Ditch 21 clean out. Gruber said this issue has not been resolved and that Dahlke is attempting to coordinate a meeting with the City and Ditch Committee. Eichelberg indicated that the Gutzwiller ditch clean out request has been postponed until Fall in an attempt to receive more information from the DNR. Dahlke felt the request for ditch clean out on the Gutzwiller property should be considered totally separate from the requests presented today.

Eichelberg referenced a letter from the City of St. Michael which states that the Royal Meadows and Maple Ridge requests conform with their ordinances. Dahlke said that approval of each request should be considered separately.

Gruber spoke to Kerry Saxton, SWCD, regarding the requests. He said Saxton was not present because it was their understanding that no action would be taken today as they felt all requests were tied together. Gruber suggested a meeting be held with the City first to determine maintenance responsibilities.

Lengthy discussion followed on a potential agreement with the City for maintenance of the ditch crossings, ditch assessments, and potentially turning the ditch authority over to St. Michael and Albertville. It was pointed out that the water is already draining into the ditch but is being diverted into holding ponds and released at half the discharge rate. Munsterteiger said he was ignorant to what steps were to be followed in order to obtain approval, but requested the County work with him in order to avoid project delays. He requested that the Board take action on the requests for the drainage system outlets. The street crossings could be dealt with at a later date once an agreement was secured with the City. Munsterteiger had obtained signatures of the County Engineer and Surveyor on the plats and they have been recorded. Jude was in support of working with the developer to avoid delays. Sawatzke noted that the Board just learned of these requests on 4-23-99 and did not support approval without obtaining an opinion from Saxton as to whether these requests were acceptable and also how future assessments would be handled. He referenced previous Board action relating to requests for development by Pilot Land Company. In that regard, he stated the process was far longer and the Board had many requirements for Pilot to meet before approval was granted. Sawatzke felt more information was needed for the Board to take action.

Eichelberg moved to approve for the development to proceed, and that before there were any crossings that there would be an agreement or meeting between the City, County and developer regarding the clean out and also what the definition of the crossings will be (whether a repair or improvement). The motion was seconded by Jude. Sawatzke questioned the motion stating that the County did not have the ability to approve building developments in St. Michael. Eichelberg clarified that the motion included approval of requested items 2 and 4 and that before anything is literally done on the crossings or clean out, that there is an agreement made between the City, County and Developer. Further discussion ensued on not holding up the project, but the importance of obtaining Saxton's approval and an agreement with the City relating to assessing for ditch work. Munsterteiger plans on discussing the issue with the City Council at their meeting tonight and that it would be helpful to have a draft agreement to present. Eichelberg and Jude withdrew their motion.

Eichelberg entertained a new motion to lay this issue over for one week, to invite the St. Michael Mayor to the next meeting, and to obtain something in writing from the City. Motion seconded by Jude. At the request of Sawatzke, the motion was amended to include that there would also be some type of conceptual approval obtained from the SWCD regarding drainage and that an agreement with the City of St. Michael be obtained regarding future assessments of the property. Asleson will provide Munsterteiger with a draft agreement to present to the City of Albertville. Motion carried 5-0.

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

Jude moved to adopt Resolution #99-28 authorizing the Surveyor to perform work to assemble the ROW Plats for construction of two bridges on CSAH 14 & the regrading of CSAH 14 to TH 12 to TH 55. Russek seconded the motion and it carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.

Jude moved to cancel the County Board Meeting on June 1, 1999 due to the occurrence of five Tuesdays in June. Eichelberg seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.

Bills Approved

Active Logic Corporation 283.33

American Institutional Supply 111.37

American Van Equipment inc 500.96

AT&T 1086.50

Cassidy Realty & Appraisal Inc 375.00

Cellular 2000 of St Cloud 366.83

Computer System Products Inc 1297.32

Construction Market Data 130.50

Country Chevrolet 286.91

Dales Auto Service Inc 138.50

Decorative Designs Inc 175.53

Ergopro Inc 593.25

Wayne Fingalson 217.59

Gateway 2000 21858.08

GE Capital Information Techn 133.09

H&H Sport Shop 808.15

Hillyard Floor Care Supply 784.05

In The Line of Duty, Inc 785.00

Gerald Kritzeck 106.64

Kimberly LeClaire 159.30

Marco Business Products 8383.68

Mobil Oil Corporation 313.54

Myers Tire Supply Co 433.24

Novell 238.50

Farr Emergency Product Sales I 293.94

Phillips Petroleum Co 382.15

Reds Auto Electric 218.74

Royal Tire-St Cloud 635.36

Shared Resource Mgmt Inc 2406.25

Snap-on Tools 502.34

Sprint Local Telecommunication 158.35

St Cloud Stamp & Sign 122.47

St Michael Veterinary Clinic 171.88

State of MN Intertech Group 419.35

Ultramar Diamond Shamrock 107.95

United Parcel Service 132.66

The Wall Strett Journal 175.00

Wright County Auditor-Treas. 394.00

Wright Hennepin Electric 5003.25

Aladdin Synergetecs 135.32

American Public Works Assoc 270.00

Aspen Equipment Co 247.50

Buff 'N' Glo Inc 252.00

Catholic Charities 12051.00

Climate Air 358.83

Computer Training International 1053.00

Copy Equipment Inc 346.44

CPS Technology Solutions 260.50

Datalink 177.19

John Dziuk 568.90

Facility Systems Inc 9534.47

Gall's Inc 1029.74

GE Capital Info Tech Solutions 4472.57

Grafix Shoppe 3921.08

Virgil Hawkins 284.16

Holiday 411.08

Greg Kramber 102.61

KUE Contractors Inc 18403.75

Terry Lerach 100.00

McNeilus Stell Inc 4476.64

Mumford Sanitation 280.05

Northern States Power Co 152.02

Office Depot 1224.49

Pats 66 108.00

RDO Equipment Co 167.32

Rider, Bennett, Egan, Etal 305.50

Jack Russek 181.66

Sharp Electronics 365.57

Sokkia Measuring Systems 1062.67

St. Cloud Restaurant Supply 211.03

St Cloud Technical College 602.50

Star Tribune 958.50

Stratus Computer Inc 7275.00

Uniforms Unlimited 125.82

C Walker Trucking 324.00

Walmart Store 01-1577 174.48

Wright County Highway Dept 2741.87

37 payments less than $100 2,066.18

Final Total $127,473.99

The meeting adjourned at 10:07 A.M.

Patrick Sawatzke, Chairperson


Richard Norman

County Coordinator

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