Wright County Board Minutes

JULY 20, 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 7-13-99 as presented, seconded by Eichelberg, carried unanimously.

Petitions were accepted to the Agenda as follows: Consent Agenda Item G3, "Acknowledge Termination, Jodi Galvin, Corrections Officer, Eff. 7-16-99 & Authorize Replacement" (Norman); Item For Consid. #2, "Schedule Ways & Means Committee Of The Whole RE: Compost Facility" (Eichelberg); Item For Consid. #3, "Use of Township Roads to Access County Parks" (Mattson). Jude moved to approve the Agenda as amended, seconded by Eichelberg, carried 5-0.

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


1. Performance Appraisals: T. Decker, H. Engstrom, Hwy.; R. Jordan, Sher./Corr.

2. O/T Report, Period Ending 6-25-99.

3. Approve Charitable Gambling Application, Waive 30-Day Waiting Period, Friendship Ventures (Corinna Twp.).


1. Authorize Signatures On Grant Application For Emergency Funds From Department Of Public Safety, $4,000, Victim/Witness Program.


1. Claim, Scott Builders Inc., $540.00 (Fund 34 HSC/PW) - June Consulting.

2. Claim, Buetow & Associates Inc., $824.39 (Fund 34 Revenue) - Services 5/26-7/7.

3. Tobacco Licenses: Cenex and Maple Lake VFW Post 7664 (Maple Lake City): Riverview Liquorette (Otsego).


1. Authorize Shifting Personnel Funds From Temporary Help and Part-Time Personnel To Overtime.


1. Authorize Hire, Tricia Latour, Highway Technician I, Eff. 7-26-99, Step 3.

2. Accept 1998 Annual Report for Wright County Highway Department.

3. Set Letting Date for 8-24-99 at 9:30 A.M. for Middleville Twp. Bridge Replacement.


1. Approve Request To Rezone 37 Acres From AG to A/R, Greg Mooney (Maple Lake Twp.).


1. Acknowledge Retirement, Richard Doerr, Sergeant Deputy Sheriff, Eff. 8-1-99.

2. Acknowledge Appointment, Deputy Gary Reiten, Sergeant Deputy Sheriff, Eff. 8-2-99.

3. Acknowledge Termination, Jodi Galvin, Corrections Officer, Eff. 7-16-99 & Authorize Replacement.

Sheriff Don Hozempa presented Richard Doerr with a retirement plaque. Doerr was employed with the Wright County Sheriff's Office from 1971-1999. He worked as a Deputy, Detective, and Sergeant in charge of the Detectives. In Doerr's career, he was also in charge of narcotics, evidence, bad check complaints, alarms, cell phones, pagers, and the dive team. Hozempa said Doerr has been a dedicated, loyal and hard working individual.

Barb Douglas was presented a retirement plaque by LaVonn Nordeen, Court Administrator. Douglas worked in the Court Administration Office from 1974-1999. Douglas worked as a Clerk until 1985 when she was promoted to Case Management Supervisor. Nordeen noted the stability she provided and her dedicated service.

A Building Committee Meeting was held on 7-13-99:

1. Discuss Lake Ida School Lease Agreement. Pollock presented a quote from Salonek Construction to repair the roof. He stated that the walls are solid and no tuckpointing is needed. A septic tank installation is estimated at $900. The Woodettes 4-H Club currently uses the building once a month. Swartzer stated that they would probably use it a lot more if it was fixed up. Borell said that it really doesn't fit into the Parks system. After discussion, it was agreed that the following steps will be taken:

The Woodettes 4-H Club will submit a grant application for Community Pride funding. Applications are due October 31, 1999 with funds being made available after January 1, 2000.

The Woodettes will contact pull-tab organizations for contributions.

The Committee will meet in January to review the results of these efforts.

At today's meeting, Jude moved to approve the minutes, seconded by Russek, carried unanimously.

The June Revenue/Expenditure Guidelines were distributed at the last meeting for review. Doug Gruber, Auditor/Treasurer, said the report reflects 50% of the budget year. Discussion involved departments being at 100% for overtime and temporary line items, noting that this is due to the offices not operating at full staff capacity. Gruber added that since he took office in January 1999, the Auditor's Office was at full staff for only one week (including one temporary staff at that time). He has been as many as three staff members short. Eichelberg moved to acknowledge the June Rev./Exp. Guidelines, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0.

State statutes require the Truth In Local Taxation meeting to be set for the first Thursday of December and allow a subsequent meeting to be set within 10 days if needed. At the request of Gruber, Jude moved to establish the Truth In Local Taxation Meeting for 12-2-99 at 7:00 P.M., seconded by Eichelberg. The motion and second were amended to schedule the second meeting for 12-9-99 at 7:00 P.M. if necessary. Motion carried unanimously.

The claims listing was reviewed. Mattson referenced a claim on page 14 to Greenview Inc. He questioned whether Wright County had three separate contracts with Greenview (Public Works, Government Center & Parks). Fingalson responded that there is no longer a contract with Greenview for the Highway Department. On a motion by Jude, second by Russek, all voted to approve the claims as listed in the abstract, subject to audit.

Brian Asleson, Assistant County Attorney, referenced the Ways & Means Committee recommendation from 7-13-99 to update the County's Ordinance adopting the State Building Code. The prior ordinance language would be deleted and replaced with the draft version reviewed at today's meeting. He requested the Board establish a Public Hearing date so that he may publish the notice of intent to amend the ordinance. Russek moved to schedule the Public Hearing for 8-24-99 at 9:30 A.M., seconded by Eichelberg, carried 5-0. (The time of the Public Hearing was changed to 10:00 A.M. as per action later in today's meeting).

A Personnel Committee meeting was held on 7-14-99:

Discuss Proposal From Best, Inc.: Torfin explained that the proposal is an alternative way to provide food service for the Jail. The problem has been the inability to fill shifts with current staff. After review of the proposal and lengthy discussion, it was decided to recess the meeting until 9:00 A.M., August 11, 1999.

At today's meeting, Jude moved to approve the minutes, seconded by Eichelberg. In response to a question by Russek regarding how contracting with Best, Inc. would affect current staff, it was explained that the Union has been contacted to discuss this issue. Motion carried 5-0.

At 9:30 A.M., the bidding process was closed for Contract #9909 (CSAH 18 Improvements, City of Monticello area). Wayne Fingalson, Highway Engineer, said the area is a 1.5 mile segment. The engineer's estimate is $940,000. Three bids were received. Fingalson opened them and requested that the Board lay them over until later in the meeting for a recommendation. Russek moved to lay the bids over until 10:15 A.M. today for final action, seconded by Eichelberg, carried 5-0.

Bidder - R.L. Larson Excavating, Inc.; Bid Amount - $904,156.57; Bid Bond Included - Yes

Bidder - Buffalo Bituminous, Inc.; Bid Amount - $855,283.45; Bid Bond Included - Yes

Bidder - Bauerly Companies; Bid Amount - $ 942,153.09; Bid Bond Included - Yes

Earlier in today's meeting, a Public Hearing to amend the Building Code was set for 8-24-99 at 9:30 A.M. In review of the Consent Agenda, this Public Hearing will conflict with the Letting Date for the Middleville Township Bridge Replacement (scheduled for the same time period). Jude moved to amend the motion establishing the Public Hearing to consider the Building Code amendments and change the time from 9:30 A.M. to 10:00 A.M. The Letting Date for the Middleville Township Bridge replacement will remain at 9:30 A.M. Eichelberg seconded the amended motion and it carried 5-0.

A Ways & Means Committee meeting was held on 7-13-99. On a motion by Russek, second by Mattson, all voted to approve the minutes as presented:

Amend County Ordinance Adopting State Building Code: Asleson reviewed the proposed ordinance adopting the State Building Code which was prepared based upon language suggested by the State. There was discussion on rewording of Section 3. Permits and Fees, to be consistent with the County's Resolution and current surcharge practice; and Section 4. Violations and Penalties, to include civil enforcement language. Asleson and Salkowski will meet to modify Section 3 and 4 language and make a recommendation to the Board for adoption at next week's Board Meeting. Asleson recommended the County Board hold a public hearing at their regular Tuesday Board Meeting to meet the public hearing requirement.

Eichelberg requested that a Ways & Means Committee meeting be scheduled to discuss the Compost Facility. He has been approached with questions on the status of the facility. He suggested potentially hiring a consultant to provide information as to the options for the facility. Eichelberg saw those options as restarting, leasing or selling. Asleson said he directed a memorandum to Wyman Nelson, former County Attorney, one year ago which addresses the statutes dealing with the sale or the lease of the property and solid waste statutes. This memorandum will be copied to the Board. Jude suggested developing a venue list whereby interested parties would know the avenues to follow. Sawatzke said at the last SWTF meeting, another meeting was scheduled to discuss this issue and also the County's solid waste plan. Mattson said that although people have been interested in using the facility, no one has ever presented anything concrete for the Board to review. Jude stated this may be partially due to a process not being developed for them to follow. Eichelberg moved to schedule a Ways & Means Committee Of The Whole to discuss this issue further, seconded by Jude. Sawatzke said he preferred to have this referred to the SWTF as they have actually started the process of addressing this issue. Asleson said the SWTF has been more active in recycling and HHW than the actual operation of the facility. The daily operations of the facility were discussed at the Compost Finance Committee meetings held while the facility was open. He felt it was appropriate for the Board to review the options again and did not feel this would offend the SWTF members. Motion carried 5-0.

Mike MacMillan, Court Services Director, introduced Melanie Courier and Margaret Munson, Court Services staff working with the Wright County Collaborative Project. Provided was a program outline and narrative for the Wright County Court Services Restorative Justice Program. In 1998, Court Services received funding for a half-time position from the Collaborative based upon an estimated allocation of $25,000 but the position was not filled. The original concept of Restorative Justice was changed by Court Services to include Family Group Conferencing, Victim Offender Mediation and Teen Court. MacMillan said the process was switched on how funds are distributed. A formula has been developed for each local collaborative (with Court Services and Public Health being part of that formula). Wright County Court Services will receive $60,000 to $65,000 out of a potential $1.4 million. The services will impact crime victims and the offenders who commit the crimes, as well as involving the entire community in restorative justice efforts to reduce future juvenile crime. MacMillan said their philosophy is to reach out to communities and work more with victims than in the past. The work would be performed by the Restorative Justice Coordinator, an appointed position through the Courts. The funding can be used to offset clerical and office space costs. When asked what would happen to the position if grant funding was not received, MacMillan stated he would hope that the position would continue. He has included this position in the Court Services budget for 2000. Mattson moved to approve the request, seconded by Jude, carried 5-0. The position will be filled within the next month.

Mary Anderson (Wright County) and Cindy Peterson (McLeod County), U of M Extension Service, provided an update on the DollarWork$ Program. A handout and curriculum were distributed and discussed. The program was designed to assist with the transition from welfare-to-work or work-to-work. The program teaches the newly employed person how to manage new earnings and take control of personal or family finances. Skills for managing financial resources enable participants to remain employed and are significant for a successful transition. Peterson was on the State Development Team who developed and wrote the program. Training has been provided to 83 individuals between three clusters, with 36 of these individuals being at the Regional Workforce Training Center. The program came about through welfare reform, knowing that those people on welfare only had a certain number of years they could remain on the program. In response to a question by Jude, Peterson indicated that a person does not need to be on welfare to access the services. In the Wright County Extension Office, there are presently 15 trained volunteers who will work with families. Anderson and Peterson were thanked for the update and wished success in the program.

Mattson stated that in review of the County map, there are a number of County Parks with the only access to them being township roads. Mattson felt that the County should assist townships in maintaining roads in these situations. He did not feel most townships had the expertise to apply for grants. Fingalson stated that the County will assist townships in applying for State Park Road funding, however a public access must be involved if State funding is applied for. The township should provide the Highway Department with information on usage and traffic counts. Townships are the road authorities in their jurisdictions so they must apply for the funding. Mattson brought this issue forth for discussion purposes. This topic may be referred to a future Transportation Committee meeting.

Fingalson said in review of the bids opened earlier today for Contract #9909 (CSAH 18 Improvements, City of Monticello area), that the bid from R. L. Larson had an error in it. The correct bid total is $901,128.57. On a motion by Jude, second by Russek, all voted to award the bid to Buffalo Bituminous for a total bid price of $855,283.45.

Bills Approved

Abbott Office Systems 129.05

Annandale Advocate 240.75

AT&T 4336.44

Boelters Towing & General Repr 100.11

Buffalo Clinic 665.00

Rod Bunting 1250.00

Catholic Charities 9600.63

Computer System Products Inc 327.89

H Cragg Co 6709.50

Department of Public Safety 8310.00

G & K Services 1277.92

GE Capital Info Tech Solutions 162.35

Greenview Inc 8093.66

GTE Midwest 176.68

Holiday 4534.94

Information Technology Div 128.41

LaPlant Demo Inc 670.53

Kimberly LeClaire 491.40

Marco Business Products 573.63

Metro Commercial Service 193.00

MN Counties Computer Co-op 1000.00

MN Resort Association 492.00

Nielsons Equipment & Design In 302.00

Office Depot 421.72

Photo I 642.22

Professional Portable Xray Inc 600.00

Genell Reese 138.56

Rons Ice 583.67

Scenic Signs 203.50

St Cloud Times 225.52

Trimin Systems Inc 6606.20

West Publishing Co 518.65

Wright Hennepin Electric 103.91

4 M's Communications Co 127.25

Alliant Foodservcie 1202.21

Appert Foods 1707.96

Bear Graphics Inc 146.97

Buetow and Associates Inc 824.39

Buffalo Hospital 5438.46

Lola Carlson 385.00

CDW Government Inc 208.91

CPS Technology Solutions 1070.33

Cub Foods 415.03

Firehouse Auto Repair & Towing 133.13

Gateway 2000 11865.18

Global Computer Supplies 135.76

Gregorys Foods Inc 135.34

H&H Sport Shop 128.00

Hopkins Medical Services 171.80

Lakedale Telephone Co 127.01

Larson Publications Inc 124.80

Maple Lake Messenger 154.64

McDowall Company 5375.00

The Metro Group Inc 2779.22

MN County Auditors Assn 130.00

Nardini Fire Equipment Co 957.16

Northstar Repro Products Inc 126.89

Olympic Oil Company 129.69

Precision Prints of Wright Co 101.18

Fred Pryor Seminars 149.00

River City Lanes 200.00

Rowekamp Associates Inc 1031.45

Scott Builders Inc 540.00

Star Tribune 702.00

US West Communications 6156.03

Winsted Publishing Inc 228.61

Zep Manufacturing Co 357.95

42 payments less than $100 2,001.05

Final Total $105,277.24

The meeting adjourned at 10:24 A.M.

Patrick Sawatzke, Chairperson

ATTEST: Richard Norman, County Coordinator

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