Wright County Board Minutes

May 9, 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 5-2-00 as presented, seconded by Eichelberg, carried unanimously.

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

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


1. Performance Appraisals: C. Davis, K. Johnson, Hwy.; A. Richardson, Recorder.

2. Refer Discussion of Policy #502, Smoke Free Workplace, to the Personnel Committee.

3. O/T Report, Period Ending 4-28-00.


1. Accept Resignation, Duane L. Swenson, Property Appraiser, Eff. 6-30-00 & Authorize Replacement. Authorize Replacement To Work With Swenson 2-3 Weeks Prior To His Retirement.


1. Claim, Scott Builders, $1,927.00 (Fund 34-Courthouse-Consulting).

2. Tobacco License Renewals: Heidi's Market, Don's Auto Service & Repair (Albertville City); Eagle Trace Golfers Club (Clearwater City); Wessman Oil Inc. (Cokato City); Lake Center Store, Whispering Pines Golf Course (Corinna Twp.); Holiday Stationstore #214, Tom Thumb #564, Delano Municipal Liquor, Delano Bowling Center (Delano City); Roger's Amoco, American Legion Club Post 131, Cenex Lake Region Coop, Maple Lake VFW Post 7664 (Maple Lake City);

Maus Foods, Monticello VFW Post 8731, River City Lanes Inc. (Monticello City); Tom Thumb #287, D&R Liquor Inc. (Otsego City); Casey's General Store #2156, Blues West (Rockford City); South Haven Service, South Haven Municipal Liquor (South Haven City); Dale's 66 & Off Sale, A&M Liquor, Corner Bar, Jubilee Foods, Ditto's Bar (St. Michael City).

3. Combination On/Off Sale Liquor License Renewal, Silver Creek Corner Bar (Silver Creek Twp.).

4. On Sale Beer License, Buffalo Gun Club (Buffalo Twp.).


1. Approve Request To Rezone 10 Acres From A/R & S-2 To R-1 & S-2, Robert Berkenes (Rockford Twp.).

Mattson referenced correspondence he sent to the Wright County Fair Board President in March asking for copies of approved Fair Board Minutes and Treasurer's Report. As part of the Budget Committee Of The Whole meeting, discussion involved the fact that minutes had not been received since the 5-4-99 meeting.

The letter requests that past and future minutes be sent to the County Coordinator for distribution to the County Board and Auditor/Treasurer. Jude stated that he thought this process had been underway already and did not realize the Board was not receiving copies from the Fair Board. Jude said minutes will be provided in the future.

Doug Gruber, Auditor/Treasurer, requested approval of a plat for Deer Lake Orchard. On a motion by Jude, seconded by Russek, all voted to approve a plat, "DEER LAKE ORCHARD," as submitted by William R. & Diane Corty, husband and wife, fee owners of the following property described in part as:

The W1/2 of the NW1/4 of Sec. 11, Twp. 119, Rge. 26, that lies north of the south 56 rods thereof, and including two exceptions as detailed in the complete legal description of the said "Deer Lake Orchard" plat; with all outstanding taxes including green acre liability, if any, having been satisfied; the park dedication fee has been paid (#77048); a bond for the new road is on file; all P&Z fees have been paid; and the Title Binder submitted by the fee owners, which does deviate from the new standards of the "County Attorney Review Requirements for Recording of Plats," has been reviewed by Thomas C. Zins, Assistant Wright County Attorney, who finds the plat to be acceptable for recording.

Gruber said the claim for mileage for Greg Kramber, Assessor's Office, was incorrectly coded into Budget 005 and has been corrected to be funded from Budget 055. Mattson questioned what time frame the claim to Buffalo Hospital covered. Russek said the County would be responsible for fees retroactive to 1-1-00 but felt another claim may be forthcoming for January services. Gruber will review the contract language. On a motion by Eichelberg, second by Russek, all voted to approve the claims as listed in the abstract, subject to audit.

Richard Norman, County Coordinator, referenced recent correspondence from AMC relating to the Red Wing Juvenile Facility Proposal. Norman requested that Mike MacMillan, Court Services Director, update the Board on this issue due to Wright County possibly losing revenue as a result of pending legislation. The proposal changes the per diem rate and recaptures County placement grant dollars to pay for the Red Wing Juvenile Facility. Adopted by the Conference Committee, the per diem split is $65% county and 35% state ($87.50/day per diem). The state would recapture $2 million in county juvenile placement grants and provide $1.5 million in new state money to fund a portion of the reduced per diem (one year sunset on both).

Language was included in the bill which will assure that local and regional resources for placement are exhausted before sending juveniles to the Red Wing facility. MacMillan did not view this most recent change in the proposal as financially negative. Norman stated his concern was with the Red Wing facility being filled to capacity due to the subsidy and having to seek alternative placements.

MacMillan did not know what effect the reduced per diem may have but understands that the reduced per diem would be effective at any facility for those committed by the Commissioner of Corrections. This was provided as an informational item.

Wayne Fingalson, Highway Engineer, requested Board approval of a resolution which would proclaim May 14-20, 2000 as Transportation Week for Wright County. National Transportation Week was first designated by Congress over 30 ago to draw public attention to the importance and benefits of transportation. On a motion by Jude, second by Eichelberg, roll call vote carried 5-0 to adopt Resolution #00-18.

The County Board was updated on the CSAH 14 bridge project and wetland credits. At the 4-25-00 meeting, the issue was laid over due to the difficulty in obtaining permits from various environmental agencies. Since that time, Fingalson explained that the meeting with the Technical Panel was held and the DNR permit was obtained.

The contractor was allowed to proceed with the project effective 5-8-00. Verbal approval has been obtained from the Army Corp. Of Engineers with written confirmation expected. As part of the negotiation process, 2.5 acres of wetland credit were used. The other 2.9 acres will come from the BWSR road repair bank. This was provided as an informational item.

Fingalson presented for approval a draft resolution requesting that the Commissioner of Transportation investigate and determine the reasonable and safe speed for CSAH 19 in the City of Hanover to CSAH 39 (approximately 9.285 miles in length). Eichelberg moved to adopt Resolution #00-19, seconded by Jude, carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.

Jude moved to approve Agreement No. 00-01 with Victor Township for replacement of Township Bridge Structure L-9412 and to authorize signatures on the Agreement, seconded by Eichelberg, carried unanimously.

Craig Hayes, Purchasing Agent, provided an update on the bleacher safety requirements as part of the Bleacher Safety Act. Previously, the County Building Inspector provided a report after review of the Wright County Fair Ground bleachers. The Board subsequently authorized Buildings Consulting Group to inspect the bleachers, who submitted a detailed report outlining what was not in compliance with the Bleacher Safety Act and what repair was needed.

Another independent consulting group provided a summary report at the request of Commissioner Russek. The Bleacher Safety Act was amended as part of the 2000 Legislative Session. The amendment relates to compliance for those bleachers over 55 inches (previously was 30 inches) and extends the compliance period to 1-1-02 (previously was 1-1-01).

Compliance with the Act must be shown by submitting a form signed by a certified MN building inspector. Sawatzke suggested having the Building Inspector review the amended language of the Act and interpret how it applies to the Fairground bleachers. Jude moved to send the bleacher issue to the Building Committee, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0.

On a motion by Jude, second by Eichelberg, all voted to schedule a Negotiations Committee meeting for 5-16-00 at 10:30 A.M.

The Wright County Snowmobile Association receives grant and aid funding from the State and reimbursement of funds is handled through the County. On a motion by Eichelberg, second by Russek, roll call vote carried 5-0 to adopt Resolution #00-20 authorizing signatures on the grant applications for the Wright County Snowmobile Association for the 2000-2001 Season.

Bills Approved

Action Target Inc 1488.00

Advantage Water Conditioning 549.88

Airtouch Celular Bellevue 228.80

Albertville Body & Fender 375.00

Allina Health Systems 246.50

Anoka County Juvenile Center 4342.10

Best Inc 3605.85

Buffalo Hospital 12625.00

Buffalo Hospital - Otpt Commerci 332.45

City Buffalo 22004.60

Carver County Treasurer 435.00

Cellular 2000 Of St. Cloud 545.50

Central Lock & Safe 328.50

Clearwater Township 470.60

City Cokato 943.70

Cole Papers Inc 2390.93

Countryside Campers 513.33

Randal Demarais 129.27

Digital Biometrics Inc 7682.00

John Dziuk 190.80

East Central regional Juvenile 15530.00

Elmer Eichelberg 359.88

Facility Systems Inc 292.66

Tom Feddema 230.02

GE Capital Info Tech Solutions 1330.15

Grafix Shoppe 223.21

Joanne Guddal 265.00

Hillyard Floor Care Supply 156.56

Holiday Inn - Mpls North 157.40

Greg Kramber 105.71

Gerald Kritzeck 150.04

Lab Safety Supply Inc 654.15

Larson Publications Inc 218.00

Kimberly Leclaire 345.60

Maple Lake Township 1373.20

Marco Business Products 1334.19

Richard Mattson 114.39

Middleville Township 1317.70

MN Assn Of Cty Probation Ofcrs 330.00

MN Gis - Lis Conference 450.00

MN Sheriffs Association 250.00

City Montrose 421.00

Margaret Munson 184.14

Office Depot 680.55

Parr Emergency Prod Sales I 2287.55

Power - Phone Inc 169.00

Genell Reese 111.60

Reichs Plumbing & Heating 4735.05

Reliant Energy Minnegasco 4585.39

Rockford Township 2148.70

City Rockford 2080.00

RS Eden 898.80

Jack Russek 148.18

Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge 954.35

Scenic Signs 388.70

Schraders Law Enforcemt Sup 6144.77

Scott Builders Inc 1927.00

Servicemaster Of St. Cloud Inc 4110.90

Sheriffs Youth Program Of MN 2295.40

Southside Township 574.20

Sprint - Local Telecom Division 155.42

St. Cloud Fire Equipment Inc 510.51

St. Cloud Technical College 110.00

State Of MN 171.39

Streichers 158.62

Total Printing 403.42

University Of Minnesota 167.25

Western Container Company 416.69

Wright County Journal Press 550.63

Wright Lumber & Millwork Inc 297.96

30 payments less than $100 1,416.98

Final Total 123,819.82

The meeting adjourned at 9:33 A.M.

Dick Mattson, Chairperson

ATTEST: Richard Norman, County Coordinator

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