Wright County Board Minutes

MAY 25, 1999

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 5-18-99 as presented, seconded by Eichelberg, carried unanimously.

Petitions were accepted to the Agenda as follows: Aud./Treas. Item #3, "Request From Palo Co. For Damage Reimbursement" (Gruber); Item For Consid. #2, "Set Meeting, Review of 1999 Session Summary Video" (Norman). 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: C. Solien, Assr.; Cindy Davis, Highway; M. Heaton, P. Schloesser, M. Steffer, Sheriff.

2. Claim, MCIT, $847.00.

3. Seminar Notice, "Making Land Use Decisions".

4. Seminar Notice, "Assessing the Impact Of Electric Utility Industry Deregulation On Local Government", 6-10-99, Brooklyn Park.

5. AMC Dist. V Meeting, 6-21-99, St. Cloud, Holiday Inn.

6. GRRL Circulation Statistics, March, 1999.

7. GRRL 1998 Annual Report.


1. Claim, Otto Associates, $67.00 (Fund 34-PW).

2. Claim, Facility Systems Inc., $7,680.00 (Fund 34-HSC & PW).

3. Claim, Citi-Cargo & Storage, $49.63 (Fund 34-PW).


1. *Amended* Acknowledge Lateral Transfer of Jessie Olson to Calendar Coordinator position, Eff.6-1-99. Authorize pay at Class F, Step 3. Authorize filling of vacant Case Management Deputy position.

2. Authorizing filling any resulting position should the Case Management Deputy position be filled from within the department.


1. Accept Resignation, Tom Pompeii, Assistant Jail Program Coordinator, Eff. 6-10-99 & Authorize Replacement.

Sheriff Don Hozempa presented Robert Kammer with a retirement plaque, 25-Year Pin, and gift certificate for his years of service from 1974-1999. Kammer was employed as a Patrol Deputy in 1974 and has been a Detective since 1980. He was commended for his dedicated years of service.

Doug Gruber, Auditor/Treasurer, reviewed the April Revenue/Expenditure Guidelines which were distributed at the last meeting. Mattson referenced page 18, Jail Medical, and questioned whether bills from last year's Jail medical contract affected the report figures. Gruber responded that he thought they did. Norman referenced page 25, Expenditures, Line Item 6353, Liability Insurance, $106,000. He felt this figure should be higher as the General Revenue portion of the premiums for workers compensation and property casualty insurance totaled $326,202 for this year plus deductibles which have been expended since the first of the year. He envisioned that the dividend received from MCIT was applied to this line item and should instead be applied to Miscellaneous Revenues on the Revenue portion of the report. A journal entry will correct this. Norman referenced the Expenditures, Line Item 6916, County Library. The report reflects that $.00 was budgeted when actually funds are budgeted under Fund 12. He suggested that the budgeted amount and expenditures be moved to the same area in the report. Sawatzke also suggested that the heading be changed from County Library to GRRL. Norman referenced page 10 of the report, Recorder, Equipment Purchased, $39,500 with $.00 budgeted. Expenditures for the Recorder's Office are reflected in the report and paid for out of fees collected during the previous year. He pointed this out so the Board did not perceive this as a deficit. In response to a question by Sawatzke, Gruber explained that this line item informs the Board what is being spent for equipment from fees collected. Jude moved to acknowledge the Revenue/Expenditure Guidelines, seconded by Mattson, carried unanimously.

Gruber brought forth discussion on the request from Palo Companies for reimbursement on vehicles they claim were damaged by debris blown off the roof from the tax forfeit property in Cokato (old bakery). Meadowbrook Insurance Group was consulted and they provided the following options for the County: A) Pay the $655.53 with County funds; B) Accept no liability under the premises that it was "an act of God." No negligence was demonstrated on behalf of the County and this incident was not foreseeable; or C) Accept no liability based on Statute 466, 6B and 13, which exempts a municipality from any claim stemming from the condition of unimproved property while within a municipality's possession. Discussion followed on the fact that a Sheriff's Report was not filed and should have been as damage was over $500.00. Mattson referenced previous discussions regarding potential problems associated with the condition of the building. Mattson moved to approve paying the claim of $655.53 with County funds, Budget 820, Liability Insurance Line Item, seconded by Russek. Russek stated he supported the payment of the claim this time without a Sheriff's report but that any future claims would require a Sheriff's Report. Sawatzke said that Palo Companies had contacted the County Auditor in this instance and that the Auditor is responsible for the property. Motion 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 Committee Of The Whole meeting was held on 5-18-99. The second sentence of the 4th paragraph of the minutes was changed to read: "School boards, township boards, city councils and the County Board would be invited." On a motion by Russek, second by Eichelberg, all voted to approve the minutes as corrected:

Activities Update. Malchow is working with other Community Resource educators to initiate a training program for volunteer facilitators in the Cluster. This program will be modeled after the very successful Master Gardener Program. He asked Commissioners what issues they currently see as high priorities. The responses, not listed in any priority order, included the stress between agriculture and development, gravel pits, and use of abandoned rail lines. Sawatzke stated that a Mississippi River Corridor Group should be considered. Malchow said a Mississippi River Forum exists through the effort of DNR. Land owners along the river have been identified. A brochure will soon be mailed that describes the DNR planning process, tips on how to stop bank erosion, etc. A more formal Group should be considered in the future. It was the consensus that a local Issues Forum similar to the regional Forum recently held in St. Cloud should be held. School boards, township boards, city councils and the County Board would be invited. Malchow would be the facilitator. This meeting should probably be held in the evening to assure maximum attendance. The next Committee Of The Whole meeting with Malchow will be held on July 20th at 10:30 a.m. in the Commissioner's Conference Room.

Norman received a 1999 Session Summary Video from AMC and requested that a meeting be scheduled for review by the County Board and Department Heads. Russek moved to schedule the meeting for 6-8-99 at 1:30 P.M. and to authorize attendance by the County Board and Department Heads. Motion carried 5-0 on a second by Jude.

Mattson reminded everyone to attend Memorial Day Services and referenced the hard work expended by those involved to put on the services.

Bills Approved

Air Compressors Plus Inc. 158.36

Airtouch Cellular Bellevue 577.01

Anderson, Mary 150.77

AT&T 4,711.71

Bauman, Mark 109.84

Buffalo Clinic 309.00

Buffalo Hospital 394.50

Catholic Charities April 9,493.51

Central Lock & Safe 269.96

Concept Seating Inc. 9,741.00

Crow River Tools 303.32

Cub Foods 875.69

Decorative Designs Inc. 175.53

Dominos Pizza 111.90

Engel, Dale L. 140.12

Enterprise & Dispatch 232.46

Facility Systems Inc. 7,680.00

Fernendez, Maribel 286.09

Firehouse Auto Repair & Towing 266.26

Gateway 2000 2,320.64

Going Under Dive Center 852.42

Greenview Inc. 146.40

Hennepin County Treasurer 695.17

Hillyard Floor Care Supply 3,840.06 Institute for Forensic Psychol. 325.00

Interstate Bearing 459.65

Jopp, Lou Ann 229.08

Larson Publications Inc. 444.80

Latzig, Brianna 125.86

Midwest Childrens Resource Ctr 428.08

Minncomm Paging 291.60

MN Counties Computer Co-Op 1,450.00

Monticello-Big Lake Hospital 972.10

MTI Distributing Company 385.20

National Business Sys. Inc. 9,972.24

Norman, Richard W. 301.79

Office Depot 1,830.33

Peterson, Mary Ann 207.67

Pippo, Timothy 126.48

Postmaster - Buffalo 200.00

Precision Prints of Wright Co. 147.40

Russek, Jack D. 141.05

Schliesing, Sherry 269.08

Sharp Electronics 215.99

Smart Corporation 103.84

Star Tribune 364.50

Strege, Terry D. 324.60

Superior Ford 123,084.00

Total Printing 1,552.77

Trueman Welters Inc. 129.13

United Parcel Service 110.85

University of Minnesota 2,276.76

U of M Law School 169.00

University of MN 159.30

USWest Communications Srvc 1,087.77

Voss Lighting 116.19

Wal Mart Store 01-1577 113.18

Wright Hennepin Electric 161.71

46 payment less than $100 $1,975.65

Final Payment $194,094.27

The meeting adjourned at 9:32 A.M.

Patrick Sawatzke, Chairperson

ATTEST: Richard Norman, County Coordinator

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