Wright County Board Minutes

JULY 6, 1999

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

Eichelberg referenced Resolution #99-41, snow and ice removal on page 2, 2nd paragraph, last sentence of the 6-29-99 minutes, and requested clarification that this is for the next three years. Russek clarified this covers the next three seasons and requested this be added to the minutes. Russek moved to approve the minutes as amended, seconded by Eichelberg. Motion carried 5-0.

Petitions were accepted to the agenda as follows: Item For Consid. #5, "Fair Bleachers", (Russek); Consent Agenda Item B5, "Accept Resignation, Angela Williams, Clerk, Eff. 7-16-99, and Authorize Replacement, (Gruber); B6, Approve Annual Beer License, "Osowski's Flea Market" (Monticello Township), (Gruber). Motion by Jude, second by Eichelberg to approve the Agenda as amended. Carried 5-0.

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


1. Performance Appraisals: T. Waldron, Hwy.; J. Kramber, T. Sandin, Sher.

2. Grant Announcement, Regional Adult Detention Facilities.

3. Arbitrator's Award, After 10-Year Step Grievance, IUOE Local 49.

4. Claim, Arbitrator Wallin, $1,100.

5. Authorize Signatures on Change Order PW-6 as submitted by Buetow & Associates.

6. Refer US West Proposal To Lease Antenna Space To Communications Committee.


1. Claim, Wright Hennepin Security, $2,751.42 ($1,799.95 from Fund 34-HSC and $951.47 from Fund 11), Monitoring System.

2. Claim, Citi-Cargo, $104.00 (Fund 34-HSC), Moving Expense.

3. Claim, Buetow & Associates, $4,014.80 (Fund 34), Space Study.

4. Tobacco Licenses: Circle C Convenience (Clearwater City); American Legion Post 131 (Maple Lake City); Corner Bar (St. Michael City).

5. Accept Resignation, Angela Williams, Clerk, Eff. 7-16-99, and Authorize Replacement.

6. Approve Annual Beer License, "Osowski's Flea Market" (Monticello Township).


1. Accept Resignation, Lori Rodgers, Half-Time Sr. Clerk I, Eff. 7-26-99. Approve expansion of other Half-Time Sr. Clerk I position to Full-Time.


1. Authorize Hire, Bob Erickson, Highway Maintenance Person, Eff. 7-19-99, Step 2.


1. Refer Proposal from Best, Inc. to Personnel Committee.

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

A Personnel Committee meeting was held on 6-29-99. Jude moved to accept the minutes as read, seconded by Russek.

Tax Specialist Classification. Norman explained that this situation is the same as the recently reclassified Case Management Supervisor position in Court Administration. This position has 1,813 points. It currently is in Class "H" on the Non-Union Salary Schedule. Based on the point total the recommendation is to reclassify to Class "I" on the Non-Union Salary Schedule.

Investigation Process - County Policy Complaints. The Committee discussed Personnel Policy 703, Harassment, Offensive, and Violent Behavior. Norman reviewed the investigation procedure used by his staff. He stated that claims filed with State Human Rights Department or Equal Employment Opportunity Commission are turned over to the Minnesota Counties Insurance Trust. No action is required.

At today's meeting, Doug Gruber, Auditor/Treasurer, requested reconsideration to lower certification for the Tax Specialist position. He stated this is a key position and that to date there are only two applicants with neither having a tax background. He referenced salary and health benefits not keeping up with other counties as the reason for resignation by the previous Tax Specialist. He also pointed out that salary was the reason for William's resignation from the Clerk position, and that three other applicants had been offered the position and declined due to the salary level. Norman stated this would need to be referred back to the Personnel Committee. He added this is not a situation unique to this position and that other departments are experiencing the same problem. Russek agreed this needs to go back to the Personnel Committee and recommended further discussion at the 7-7-99 closed session of the Board of Commissioners to discuss labor negotiations. Sawatzke referenced the Tax Specialist point total, and there was brief discussion of the comparable worth system not taking the job market into account. Gruber stated this is a serious problem for his department to function and cannot wait 6 months to a year to rewrite the job description and have the position re-evaluated. Sawatzke and Jude mentioned the need to be consistent with all departments and positions. Jude questioned the possibility of continuing on a temporary basis with contract services. Gruber stated all options will need to be looked at, but there are several upcoming big projects. The consensus of the Commissioners is to discuss at tomorrow's meeting. Following discussion, the motion to approve the minutes carried 5-0.

A Building Committee was held on 6-29-99:

Mattice provided background on the property. The Woodettes 4-H Club has expressed interest in leasing the property and Woodland Township is interested in what is going to happen to the property. Issues which need to be considered include the following: Roof repairs, septic system, grounds maintenance, insurance, and length and cost of a lease agreement. The Woodettes Club has been providing oil for heating, cleaning the interior and maintaining the grounds. They might be interested in helping with repairs. Moeller stated that the Community Pride Project covers volunteers under the University's insurance.

It was agreed that cost of repairs is needed in order to determine cost/benefit relationship of repairing the building. Pollock volunteered to seek an estimate for repairs. The Committee will meet at 10:30 A.M., July 13th in the Commissioners Conference Room. Russek moved to accept the minutes as read, seconded by Eichelberg, carried 5-0.

Norman referenced a communication from AMC regarding 1999-2000 NACO Steering Committee Nominations and questioned if any of the Commissioners were interested in submitting their name for consideration. Jude stated Marcia Lantto, County Recorder, would be in attendance at the national convention and moved she serve as Wright County's voting delegate. Seconded by Eichelberg. Norman stated the AMC Executive Director was authorized to pick up Wright County's voting credentials for the annual election of officers at an earlier June Board Meeting. Jude then withdrew his motion and Eichelberg withdrew his second. Sawatzke stated if any Commissioner is interested in volunteering to serve as a steering committee member they should contact AMC directly.

On a motion by Mattson, second by Eichelberg, all voted to set a MIS Steering Committee Meeting for 7-14-99 at 9:00 A.M.

Jude moved to adopt Resolution 99-44, resolution of final acceptance and authorizing final payment ($59,829.00) to Northland Sealing & Striping for Contract 9905 (F & I Rubberized Crack Seal Material). Second by Russek. Carried 5-0.

Russek stated he received a call from Dennis Beise, Wright County Fair Board, regarding the status of compliance of the Wright County fair bleachers. He referenced a communication from Thomas R. Joachim, State Building Official regarding Bleacher Safety Legislation and a repair proposal received from Beise in the amount of $23,125.00. There was discussion concerning the 4" maximum gap standard and other code mandates; appreciation for volunteered labor but concern for structural safety standards being met; whether the bleachers have been inspected for structural soundness and if the Wright County Building Inspector is certified to do so; the requirement to obtain a second quote; and which portions of bleachers do not meet the maximum 4" standard. In response to a question from Jude, Norman stated existing bleachers are required to be brought into code by January, 2001. The consensus of the Board is that this is a safety issue which needs to be addressed as quickly as possible. There was agreement the structural soundness of the bleachers be verified before expending monies to meet the 4" maximum gap standard. Jude made a motion authorizing the Fair Board to expend up to $24,000 for bleacher safety repairs from Site Improvement funds not including professional services (inspections, etc.); to work with Craig Hayes, Purchasing Agent, to obtain a second quote; and with Craig Schulz, Wright County Building Inspector, regarding bleacher inspection. The motion was seconded by Eichelberg and carried 5-0.

Bills Approved

American Institutional Supply 209.42

Ancom Communications Inc 9055.36

AT&T Wireless Services 191.12

Lawrence Bauman 752.84

Fred Bonk Gravel 195.00

Buetow and Associates Inc 4014.80

Buffalo Drug 430.99

Bureau of Criminal Apprehensn 400.00

Catco Parts Service 601.83

Cole Papers Inc 816.06

Franklin Denn 314.10

Doyle Equipment Inc 708.76

Ed's Fence Co 1100.00

Emergitek Inc 818.85

Force America Inc 220.28

Grinnell Fire Protection Sys 570.00

Hance Locating Inc 264.72

Candyce Hastings 543.13

Healthspan Transportation 225.00

Holiday Inn - St Cloud 379.31

Interstate Battery Sys 517.22

Bernard Kirscht 373.32

Craig Madson 158.72

Roger Mattila Electric 139.80

Menards 148.89

MN Counties Computer Co-op 2783.03

Monticello Times 123.70

MTI Distributing Co 897.54

Martha Munsterteiger 2340.00

Northern States Power Co 401.82

Office Depot 1080.69

Omann Brothers Inc 147.29

Pitney Bowes 160.55

Jack Russek 156.86

Donald Schmidt 349.14

Sprint 143.41

Transcor America Inc 634.79

Chuck Van Heel 469.11

Wheeler Lumber Operations 530.90

Wright Hennepin Electric 2751.42

AMI Imaging Systems Inc 550.65

Associated Bag Co 103.50

George Bakeberg 362.15

Betmar Languages Inc 378.59

Boyer Truck Parts 178.40

Buffalo Bituminous 71525.29

Buffalo Emergency Physicians 185.00

Car Stuff 501.00

Citi-Cargo & Storage Inc 104.00

Delano Municipal Utilities 129.51

Ralph Douglas 286.50

DRE Builders 1000.00

Elmer Eichelberg 188.17

Tom Feddema 132.06

Gateway 2000 105.44

Douglas Gruber 359.24

Blair Hastings 708.00

Vienna Hastings 297.62

HIllyard Floor Care Supply 777.36

IMC Salt Inc 2089.50

J Craft Inc 2427.64

Lawson Products, Inc 594.61

Marco Business Products 306.13

Richard Mattson 116.25

Miller Trucking & Landscaping 263.65

Dennis Moeller 123.27

Motorola Inc 2236.50

Mumford Sanitation 140.03

National Crime Prevention Cncl 502.26

Northland Sealing & Striping 59829.00

Olson & Sons Electric 1088.96

Parr Emergency Product Sales I 633.68

Crystal Price 106.24

Robert Schermann 481.82

Sherburne County Citizen 135.00

St Cloud Times 235.52

University of Minnesota 300.00

Western Gas Utilities 119.46

Wright County Human Services 830.06

David Zylstra 394.40

44 payments less than $100 1,908.97

Final Total $188,855.20

The meeting was adjourned at 9:38 A.M.

Patrick Sawatzke, Chairperson


Richard Norman

County Coordinator

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