Wright County Board Minutes

JUNE 27, 2000

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

Eichelberg moved to approve the minutes of 6-20-00 as presented, seconded by Russek, carried unanimously.

Petitions were accepted to the Agenda as follows: Consent Agenda Item A3, "Claim, MCIT, $2,500, Deductible-Belay" (Norman); Consent Agenda Item A4, "Claim, MCIT, $2,500, Deductible-Rockford Twp. vs. Wright County" (Norman); Consent Agenda Item F2, "Accept Resignation, Bartley Kothman, Corrections Officer, Eff. 7-8-00 & Authorize Replacement" (Norman).

Aud./Treas. Item #4, "Set Communications Committee Meeting" (Gruber); Hwy. Engineer Item #4, "Final Payment & Resolution, Astech Corporation" (Norman); Hwy. Engineer Item #5, "Final Payment & Resolution, Fairway Construction, Inc." (Norman); Hwy. Engineer Item #6, "Resolution RE: Increased State Aid Allocations" (Norman); Item For Consid. #5, "Set Deferred Compensation Meeting" (Norman); Item For Consid. #6, "AMC District V Meeting Report" (Eichelberg). Jude moved to approve the Agenda as amended, seconded by Eichelberg, carried unanimously.

Two employees received plaques for their years of service with Wright County. Jerry Kritzeck, Assessor, presented Dewey Swenson with a retirement plaque for his 15 years of employment as an Assessor.

Mike MacMillan, Court Services Director, presented Dorothy Stuhr with a plaque acknowledging her 28.5 years of service as a Probation Agent. Judge Douglas recognized Stuhr as a person who assisted the Court system with finding the right solution in situations involving juveniles. Both were thanked for their dedication and wished well.

Jude moved to approve the Consent Agenda, seconded by Russek. Although his motion included approval of Item B3, "Claim, Spectra Building, Final Payment - Heritage Center, $37,857.00 (Fund 34)," he questioned whether this had been okayed by the Engineer as no final report had been presented.

Doug Gruber, Auditor/Treasurer, indicated that all claims for this project had been approved by Ruben Bonk, Historical Society, before they were sent to the County Board for approval. Sawatzke added that the project had been inspected by the City of Buffalo Building Inspector. The motion carried 5-0 to approve the Consent Agenda:


1. Performance Appraisals: S. Schubert, Ct. Adm.; K. Mortenson, Hwy.; S. Guffey, Recorder.

2. Authorization To Advertise For Feedlot Program Administrator.

3. Claim, MCIT, $2,500, Deductible-Belay.

4. Claim, MCIT, $2,500, Deductible-Rockford Twp. vs. Wright County.


1. Approve On Sale Liquor License, "The Monte Club," (Monticello Township).

2. Approve On Sale Beer License, "Albion Ridges Golf Course," (Albion Township).

3. Claim, Spectra Building, Final Payment - Heritage Center, $37,857.00 (Fund 34).

4. Claim, Larson Allen, Voice/Data Wiring, $5,972.59 (Fund 34).

5. Claim, GE Capital, Voice/Data, $14,559.94 (Fund 34).

6. Claim, Rochon Corporation, Building Permit, $3,250.46 (Fund 34).


1. Accept Resignation, Marcia Krupa, Case Management Deputy, Eff. 6-23-00 & Authorize Replacement. Authorize filling any subsequent position(s) should the opening be filled from within.


1. Authorize transfer of car from Sheriff's Department to the Highway Department.


1. Approve Request To Rezone From AG & Part S-2 to R-2a & Part S-2, Barnard D. Glaefke (Rockford Twp.).

2. Approve Request To Rezone From AG & S-2 to R-1 & S-2, Roger & Helen Mattila (Albion Twp.).

3. Approve Legal Action Against David R. DeMuth.


1. Acknowledge Appointment, Kevin Christenson, Deputy Sheriff, Eff. 7-7-00 (Grade 5).

2. Accept Resignation, Bartley Kothman, Corrections Officer, Eff. 7-8-00 & Authorize Replacement.


1. Accept Resignation, Mark Schafer, Automated Mapping Specialist I, Eff. 7-5-00 & Authorize Replacement.

Gruber presented for approval a resolution relating to the Extension Budget Appropriation for 2000. This is a formality the County Board must go through each year and the resolution will be forwarded to the University of Minnesota. He noted a change which was made to the Payment Adjustment to the Memo of Agreement between the U of M Extension Service and Wright County for employing County Extension staff.

The draft had reflected a 2.5% increase in salary for non-union employees and department heads during 2000 and was changed to reflect a 3.0% increase. On a motion by Jude, second by Eichelberg, all voted to adopt Resolution #00-31, seconded by Eichelberg, carried 5-0 on a roll call vote:

BE IT RESOLVED: That the sum of $252,874 + Year 2000 salary adjustment be set apart from the General Revenue Fund and appropriated subject to the order of the Dean and Director of the University of Minnesota Extension Service for the support of county extension work in Wright County for the year beginning January 1, 2000, in accordance with Minnesota Statute, Section 38.33-38.38, 1990.

On a motion by Russek, second by Sawatzke, all voted to approve the Summary of Designations for the Year ended 12-31-99 as presented by the Auditor/Treasurer. The summary will be included as part of the State Auditor's Annual Report.

On a motion by Eichelberg, second by Russek, all voted to schedule a Communications Committee meeting for 7-12-00 at 1:30 P.M.

Gruber made a correction to the claims listing: Page 1, AT&T, $3.39. This claim was incorrectly coded to Budget 013 and was changed to Budget 031. Jude moved to approve the claims as listed in the abstract, subject to audit. The motion was seconded by Russek and carried unanimously.

Wayne Fingalson, Highway Engineer, requested that the Board schedule a Transportation Committee Of The Whole meeting. The Agenda will include: 1) Discuss 5-Year Road/Bridge Plan & Recommend Adoption; 2) Discuss Equipment Storage Needs; and 3) Review Status of Equipment Sales.

Fingalson said that representatives from Buffalo Township and Rockford Township would like to attend the meeting to discuss the Farmington Avenue turnup. The City of Waverly plans to attend to discuss the Highway 9 project. Eichelberg moved to set the meeting for 7-11-00 at 1:30 P.M., Public Works Building, and to approve the agenda as presented. The motion was seconded by Sawatzke and carried 5-0.

Fingalson explained that the County owns three pieces of equipment (roller, chip spreader and semi-trailer tanker) which have been used in the past for seal coating. Wright County has contracted for seal coating over the past four years which has proven to be more cost and time effective.

Fingalson recommended selling the equipment which is valued at approximately $20,000 and is housed at the Compost Facility. A formal bid process is not required if the County sells the equipment to another governmental agency. Fingalson felt that Mn/DOT was the logical group to have interest in the equipment. It was felt that one of the cities may be interested but probably not the townships.

Fingalson plans to obtain estimates of the value of the equipment and advertise the sale on the Internet and the Mn/DOT website. Sawatzke moved to authorize selling the three maintenance equipment items in the manner presented by Fingalson, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0.

Fingalson requested approval of changes to Traffic Control Signal Agreement for TH 241/CSAH 19 & CSAH 35 in St. Michael. The Attorney General's Office made some recent rule changes which have been incorporated into the Agreement. The State's request is to have the changes initialed by County staff. Jude moved to authorize the County Board Chair, the Auditor/Treasurer, the Highway Engineer, and the County Attorney to initial the changes, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0.

On a motion by Jude, second by Eichelberg, roll call vote carried 5-0 to adopt Resolution #00-32 approving the resolution of final acceptance and authorizing final payment to Fairway Construction Inc. for Contract No. 0002, $41,470.73.

Russek moved to adopt Resolution #00-33 approving the resolution of final acceptance and authorizing final payment to Asphalt Surface Technologies Corporation (Astech) for Contract No. 0006 (Seal Coat), $30,531.87. The motion was seconded by Jude and carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.

Fingalson presented a draft resolution which resulted from the State Legislature appropriating additional funding for transportation, mostly for the Trunk Highway system. Wright County will receive a one time allocation of $386,766.00, which

Fingalson requested be placed in the State Aid Maintenance Fund. The funds can be used for maintenance but not direct purchases of equipment. However, receipt of these funds would reduce local levy funding for maintenance and that funding could be used elsewhere. On a motion by Sawatzke, second by Russek, roll call vote carried 5-0 to adopt Resolution #00-34:

WHEREAS, the 2000 Minnesota State Legislature authorized increases to state aid allocations to Minnesota Counties and Cities; and

WHEREAS, the approximate total increase to Wright County is $386,766.00; and

WHEREAS, this allocation will be split sixty percent (60 %) construction and forty percent (40 %) maintenance unless the County, by County Board Resolution, requests a different funding split; and

WHEREAS, having this one-time additional funding deposited in the Regular Maintenance Account will provide more flexibility for the County;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that Wright County requests that the entire amount be dedicated to its regular maintenance allocation.

A Detention Facility Committee meeting was held on 6-21-00:

Discuss Jail Options. Omtvedt presented projected bed needs and a summary of the five alternatives he analyzed. Of the sentenced inmates currently housed in our jail, 75% are on work release. Non-sentenced inmates comprise 76.4% of the jail population. Our jail currently has 93 beds. By 2025 our projected need is for a 303 bed facility.

Thus, we will need 210 beds more than the current jail facility. The possibility of a Sentence-To-Service crew exists if the State would pay half of the costs. It is recommended that the next meeting be a Committee Of The Whole meeting with all County Commissioners in attendance. Possible dates are July 12th at 9:00 A.M. or July 18th at 10:30 A.M.

At today's County Board meeting, Russek moved to approve the minutes, seconded by Jude, carried 5-0. On a motion by Eichelberg, second by Jude, all voted to schedule a Detention Facility Committee meeting for 7-12-00 at 9:00 A.M.

Richard Norman, County Coordinator, indicated the tentative closing for the property located at 107 1st Ave. NW is scheduled for 6-28-00. As the County Board does not meet on 7-4-00, he requested approval to advertise for removal of the buildings or demolition.

The County is subject to insurance, liability, and sewer/water fees as long as the buildings remain. Russek moved to authorize advertisement for removal of both of the buildings, seconded by Jude.

Brian Asleson, Assistant County Attorney, indicated that the closing has the potential of delay due to a pending quit claim deed. The motion was amended to approve advertisement contingent upon a clear title and to schedule a bid opening for 7-25-00 at 10:00 A.M. The amended motion carried 5-0.

Norman stated that five applications were received for the vacancy on the Personnel Board Of Appeals. The person leaving is from Sawatzke's district (Monticello Township). It is desired to have the position filled by someone with Human Resources experience and the term would be for three years. Jude moved to refer the process for filling the vacancy to the Ways & Means Committee, seconded by Eichelberg, carried unanimously.

On a motion by Eichelberg, second by Jude, all voted to schedule a MIS Steering Committee meeting for 7-12-00 at 2:30 P.M. The Agenda will include: 1) Activity Update; 2) Review MIS 2000 Budget Proposal.

On a motion by Eichelberg, second by Sawatzke, all voted to schedule a Deferred Compensation Committee meeting for 7-12-00 at 8:30 A.M.

Eichelberg attended an AMC District V meeting in Braham on 6-26-00. At the meeting, attendees reviewed responses to the June survey sent out by AMC relating what counties felt were the most important issues for 2001. This was provided as an informational item

Bills Approved

AT & T 5237.65

Benchamrk Computer Learning 1004.00

Best Inc 4178.59

Betmar Languages Inc 630.10

Buff 'N' Glo Inc 234.00

Buffalo Insurance Group Inc 221.00

Computer Training Internationl 971.00

Decroative Designs Inc 175.53

John Dziuk 361.80

Facility Systems 13661.80

GE Capital Info Tech Solutions 14559.94

GE Capital Information Technol 357.97

Greensiede Up 219.65

H & H Sport Shop 1018.43

Hillyard Floor Care Supply 1857.08

Industrial Safety Co 149.18

Info Logic 3700.00

Gerald Kritzeck 124.00

KRWC 192.00

Laerdal Medical Corporation 698.64

Marcia Lantto 187.86

Laplant Demo Inc 911.13

LLT 233.00

Marco Business Products 410.47

Midwest Playscapes 342.15

MN Counties Computer Co-op 3043.60

Mobil Oil Corporation 375.51

City Montrose 817.25

Munson Lakes Nutrition 148.73

Northern States Power Company 983.40

Office Depot 503.70

Olsen Chain & Cable Co Inc 258.16

Olympic Oil Company 342.96

Pats 66 208.00

Phillips Petroleum Company 560.53

Rochon Corporation 3250.46

Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge 497.91

Sand Creek Group LTD 1100.00

Sherry Schliesing 464.07

Spectra Building Group LLC 37857.00

St. Michael Veterinary Clinic 117.91

Total Printing 651.78

Transcor America Inc 969.98

University of Minnesota 310.00

Waste Management TC West 861.68

Wright County Highway Dept 254.25

Wright County Human Services 375.00

Zack's Inc 852.00

31 payments less than $100 1,470.64

FINAL TOTAL $107,911.49

The meeting adjourned at 10:01 A.M.

Dick Mattson, Chairperson

ATTEST: Richard Norman, County Coordinator

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