Wright County Board Minutes

JUNE 13, 2000

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

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The following correction was made to the minutes of 6-06-00: Page 2, 2nd paragraph, 2nd & 3rd sentences will read, "Sawatzke removed the item for discussion to clarify that there will not be a change in the budget but rather line items may be exceeded. Sawatzke moved to approve the request if the overall budget is not exceeded, seconded by Eichelberg, carried 5-0." Russek moved to approve the minutes as corrected, seconded by Jude, carried unanimously.

Petitions were accepted to the Agenda as follows: Consent Agenda Item A1, "Add Performance Appraisal for Kimberly Jopp, Planning & Zoning" (Norman); Consent Agenda Item A4, "Authorize Signatures & Approve Contract, Rochon Corporation" (Norman); Aud./Treas. Item #3, "Liquor License, Mallard's Cock'N Bull" (Gruber); Hwy. Engineer Item #4, "CR 123 & CSAH 8" (Jude); Item For Consid. #2, "Request For Construction Sign, Rochon Corporation" (Russek). Jude moved to approve the Agenda as amended, seconded by Eichelberg, carried unanimously.

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


1. Performance Appraisals: B. Wall, MIS; D. Anderson, Rec.; M. Aitchison, T. Andersen, K. Clemence, M. Enge, M. Fiske, D. Johnson, R. McMullen, J. Rivers, Sher./Cr.; Kimberly Jopp, Planning & Zoning.

2. O/T Report, Period Ending 5-26-00.

3. Claim, E.M. Branstrom Associates Architects, Inc., $480.01.

4. Authorize Signatures & Approve Contract, Rochon Corporation.


1. Authorize Hire, James Borett, Property Appraiser, Eff. 6-26-00 (Step 3).


1. Combination On/Off Sale Liquor License Renewal, "Lake Center Bar & Grill" (Corinna Twp.).

2. Tobacco License Renewal, "Lake Center Bar & Grill" (Corinna Twp.).

3. Liquor License, "Mallard's Cock'N Bull.


1. Refer To Negotiation Committee Discussion RE: Filling Staff Vacancy, Sheriff's Administration.

Doug Gruber, Auditor/Treasurer, referenced correspondence from Midwest Contracting, LLC. They request permission to install a temporary crossing over Jt. Ditch #15 on the East side of Cokato as a part of the U.S. Hwy. 12 construction project. The temporary crossing would be installed in late June and used for four to six weeks. Upon completion the crossing and pipe would be removed, and the slopes shaped as they were and seeded back to grass.

The work and erosion control will be monitored by Mn/DOT as part of the Hwy. 12 construction project. Concerns voiced by the Board were the size of the culvert in relation to the surrounding watershed and that the area would be returned to its original state.

Sawatzke moved to direct the Auditor/Treasurer (with the assistance of the County Attorney's Office) to contact Mn/DOT and require the appropriate assurances that if the culvert is installed, that the area is restored to its previous condition upon removal of the culvert. The motion gives authorization for placement of the culvert contingent upon these assurances being satisfactory. Motion carried 5-0 on a second by Russek.

On a motion by Jude, second by Russek, all voted to approve the liquor license for the Mallard's Cock'N Bull (formerly Sundown Saloon).

The claims listing was reviewed. Sawatzke questioned a claim on page 6, Martin-McAllisters Consulting, $1,522.50.

Richard Norman, County Coordinator, explained that the claim is for psychological exams for deputies associated with the hiring process. On a motion by Jude, second by Eichelberg, all voted to approve the claims as listed in the abstract, subject to audit.

Eichelberg moved to adopt Resolution #00-30 for Cooperative Agreement (No. 80232) with Mn/DOT for compensation of road life consumed by the TH 12 Detour in Cokato. Wayne Fingalson, Highway Engineer, recommended approval. The motion was seconded by Sawatzke and carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.

On a motion by Jude, second by Eichelberg, all voted to approve the minutes of the Five-Year Highway/Bridge Improvement Meeting held on 5-17-00.

Fingalson distributed a tentative schedule for the Road and Bridge/Park Tour scheduled for 6-16-00. Jude referenced a letter from Silver Creek Township requesting road work on CSAH 8 at the junction of CR 123 where an accident occurred last week.

Since road work is currently being done in this area, Jude requested that this area be reviewed to potentially correct the situation. Based on information that Jude shared with Fingalson, work on the turn lane construction will be held off until next week.

This intersection will be toured as part of the Road Tour. Fingalson anticipates being able to provide at that time an idea of cost and the extent of work to correct the situation. Fingalson said correspondence was received from the City of Delano requesting that work on CSAH 17 be added to the County's plan. However, the request came after the deadline for submittal of projects.

The Board will review this area as part of their Road Tour. Other areas discussed today which will be added to the Road Tour are: 1) CSAH 17 (City of Delano); 2) Clementa Avenue (Montrose); 3) CSAH 7 (Howard Lake area). Eliminated from the list was the CSAH 30 culvert project (E of TH 25). It was noted that Commissioner Eichelberg will not be in attendance due to a schedule conflict.

Maribel Fernandez, University of MN Extension Service, provided an update on the Waste Pesticide Collection Program. The event was organized by the MN Department of Agriculture with 51 collection sites Statewide.

Wright County's Planning & Zoning Office facilitated the effort by being the site volunteer coordinator. The University of MN Extension Service/Wright County, acted as the publicity coordinator.

A total of 56 people used the Wright County collection site with 12,487 lbs. of waste pesticide collected. In 1998, 43 people participated, with collection of 6000 lbs. of waste pesticide collected.

In addition to announcing the Collection Program in the newspaper and through the radio station, Fernandez advertised the Program in the FSA Newsletter which is sent directly to farmers.

She felt this may have had an influence on the number of participants. The cost for disposal is $25,000 and is funded entirely by a fee paid by chemical dealers. This was provided as an informational item.

Correspondence was received from the Collinwood Lake Improvement Association requesting that Wright County participate in the cost for water sampling ($4,654). Discussion included the Lake Association potentially applying for grants to assist with the cost and that the request for cost sharing from Wright County should have been made prior to the expenditure.

Sawatzke moved to direct the Coordinator to send a letter to the Collinwood Lake Improvement Association indicating that the request was denied as it was not presented in advance of the testing.

In the future, any requests should be handled in this manner to be considered by the Board. The letter should state that the County Board has not approved funding for similar studies for other lakes in Wright County. The motion carried 5-0 on a second by Jude.

Russek stated that at the preconstruction meeting for the remodeling of the 4th Floor, Rochon Corporation requested approval for placement of their sign at the construction site.

The sign would be placed in an area where it will not impair vision. Russek moved to approve the request, seconded by Jude, carried 5-0. The motion includes directing Craig Hayes, Purchasing Agent, to inform Rochon of the Board's approval of their request.

Bills Approved

Advanced Graphics Systems Inc 129.82

Ancom Communications Inc 2166.63

Ancom Technical Center 1157.91

Anoka County Is Dept 260.00

Astech 93000.00

Best Inc 3748.20

Bowman Distribution 263.54

Buff 'N' Glo Inc 138.34

Buffalo Drug 828.35

Buffalo Hospital 127.95

City Buffalo 20120.18

Rod Bunting 512.50

Case Credit 117.13

Centra Sota Coop 263.63

Central MN Task Force On 150.00

Children's St. Paul Hostpital 526.00

Commissioner of Transportatn 6479.89

City Delano 33392.13

Diesel Cast Welding 200.00

John Dziuk 275.40

E-Z Flush 221.30

Elk River Printing and Venture 100.11

Tony Endreson 274.98

Engineering Repro Systems 138.24

Ernst General Constuction Inc 650.00

Facility Systems Inc 299.70

Bridget Falbo 365.00

Farm & Home Publishers 255.60

Tom Feddema 125.55

Fidelity 153.35

Finken's Water Centers 887.15

Foremost Sales and Service 402.04

Todd Gau 136.71

GE Capital Info Tech Solutions 204.20

Janet Gholson 438.65

Greenview Inc 6373.92

Hennepin County Treasurer 3119.98

Holiday 1462.19

Interstate Batteries 503.33

Robert James Co Inc 200.96

Lakedale Telephone Company 559.29

Lakeland Transmission 1580.40

Kimberly Leclaire 121.50

Lee's Farm & Garden Store 116.28

Loberg Plumbing & Heating Co 100.64

Marco Business Products 897.51

Martin-Mcallisters Consulting 1522.50

Marysville Township 372.75

Meridian Aggregates Co Lp 142.99

Midwest Forensic Pathology Pa 204.59

Minnesota Supreme Court 200.00

MN Department of Corrections 16697.78

MTI Distributing Inc 149.59

Martha Munsterteiger 7090.00

National Bushing & Parts 151.81

Office Depot 670.40

Performance Office Papers 355.47

Pleasant Hills Saddle Shop Inc 1005.36

Roche Diagnostic Systems 345.00

Royal Tire-St. Cloud 1978.65

Sheriffs Youth Program of MN 8615.25

St. Cloud Technical College 890.00

City St. Micahel 2848.80

State of MN Intertech Group 431.35

Streichers 293.45

Tessman Seed Co Inc 109.23

Tires Plus 401.66

Total Printing 1480.35

Unifroms Unlimited 518.38

Carol Vander Kooi 4529.45

Verizon Wireless 2020.63

Walmart Store 01-1577 293.25

Wasteß Management TC West 148.76

City Waverly 1149.98

Winsted Publishing Inc 386.24

Wright Lumber & Millwork Inc 242.63

47 payments less than $100 2,252.72

FINAL TOTAL $241,045.10

The meeting adjourned at 9:54 A.M.

Dick Mattson, Chairperson

ATTEST: Richard Norman, County Coordinator

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