Wright County Board Minutes

JULY21, 1998

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

Motion to approve the minutes of 7-14-98 was made by Russek, seconded by Mattson, carried 4-0.

Petitions were accepted to the Agenda as follows: Item For Consid. #2, "Reschedule Labor Management Health Insurance Committee Meeting" (Elmquist). On a motion by Sawatzke, second by Russek, all voted to approve the Agenda as amended.

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


1. Performance Appraisals: S. Rief, Auditor; R. Baker, Dean Johnson, D. Kempf, J. Sandstrom, Sher./Corr.

2. Approve Mobile Home Placement, Alvin & Eleanor Rossberg.

3. Refer Request RE: Schroeder Park to Parks Commission.

4. O/T Report, Period Ending 7-10-98.


1. Approve Abatement, PID #155-015-007020, Ronald and Mary Hall (Monticello City).

2. Approve Abatement, PID #212-000-333301, Clem Crowley (Middleville



1.Approve Tobacco Licenses: Roger's Amoco (Maple Lake City) & Delano Bowling Center (Delano City).


1. Authorize Partial Payment #1 ($237,263.78), Buffalo Bituminous, Contract 9801 (1998 Overlay Contract).

2. Authorize Partial Payment #7 ($25,060.06), Buffalo Bituminous, Contract 9706 (SAP 86-619-21 & SAP 86-637-21).


1. Authorize salary of Deputy David James Anderson at Step 3, Eff. 7-1-98.

As requested by Darla Groshens, Auditor/Treasurer, Mattson moved to set a Communications Committee Meeting for 8-3-98 at 9:00 A.M. Motion carried 4-0 on a second by Russek.

The June Revenue/Expenditure Guidelines were reviewed. The report includes property taxes collected in May. HACA funding is expected the end of July.

Mattson moved to acknowledge receipt of the June Revenue/ Expenditure Guidelines, seconded by Sawatzke, carried 4-0.

The claims listing was reviewed. Mattson referenced page 7, Wright County Human Services claim ($798.90). Groshens responded that Functional Industries is hired by Human Services to perform cleaning in the Government Center stairwells. Human Services pays Functional Industries and is reimbursed by Wright County Building Care.

Mattson referenced page 8, Monticello-Big Lake Hospital ($712.09). Groshens stated that questions regarding the claim would need to be clarified by the Sheriff as the claim involves private information. Sawatzke moved to approve the claims as listed in the abstract, subject to audit. Motion carried 4-0 on a second by Russek.

As requested by Chuck Davis, Environmental Health Officer, Sawatzke moved to accept the resignation of Brian Kopff, Wright County Compost & Recycling Facility Manager, effective 7-24-98, and authorized advertising/filling of the position. Motion carried 4-0 on a second by Russek.

Discussion led to the Compost Facility hours of operation. Davis explained that it would be beneficial to have the facility open half days to the public, with the remaining time being spent for maintenance and repair. He suggested Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Sawatzke responded that during the interim period, he would like to see the Facility open the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month for four hours and staffed by employees of the Planning & Zoning Department on a volunteer basis. These volunteers would be paid overtime for the hours worked. Rose felt employees of Parks and Maintenance could volunteer as well. Sawatzke moved to authorize Davis to establish interim hours for the Compost Facility until such time as the position is hired permanently. At that time, Davis can establish regular hours for the Facility. Russek seconded the motion, carried 4-0.

The signs at the Facility reflecting the hours of operation are to be kept updated. Davis was instructed to furnish the Board with a current listing of Solid Waste Task Force Committee members and terms. Discussion on use of the facility will take place at a future meeting.

Marc Mattice, Parks Administrator, provided an update on the Montissippi Park Grant Application. Preliminary approval was received with final approval pending the completion and submittal of an Environmental Assessment Statement. Mattice completed the Environmental Assessment Statement and reviewed it with the County Board today.

Correspondence received from the Minnesota Historical Society requests that an archeological survey be completed unless it can be documented that one has been completed already. Mattice indicated that if approval is gained from the Minnesota Historical Society, he would plan to submit the information to the DNR for final processing requirements. If it is found that an archeological firm must be hired to complete the survey for the Minnesota Historical Society, Mattice is to bring this request back to the County Board for approval.

Sawatzke noted that the grant would provide for blacktopping of the existing trails and road and so any historical value of the property should have already been addressed. Mattice was instructed to contact NSP regarding the potential lease or donation of a portion of their land for Park use.

A Building Committee Of The Whole Meeting was held on 7-14-98. Rose summarized the minutes at today's meeting.

The Committee discussed salvage items (Public Works Building). Consensus was that the modular furniture belongs to the County and KUE has the option of pursuing this item with the Architect.

Regarding the other items in questions, Fingalson is to discuss directly with KUE the option of buyback or temporary use while located at Human Services Center. The request to retain the base cabinet for use in a second lunchroom will be addressed within the Labor/Management Committee.

The Committee discussed completion of the electrical punch lists. Scott and KUE had concern with the front door hardware and meeting approval for Certificate of Occupancy. Committee consensus was for Scott to work with KUE on a price for new doors to submit to Hayes and for Scott to discuss with the Building Inspector prior to the inspection. The County Board will visit the Human Services Center today. Public notice of the temporary relocation of the Highway staff to the Human Services Center will be placed in the newspaper.

Regarding voice/data function, the main concern is the electrical regarding UPS (uninterrupted power source) and battery backup. Swing will keep Scott informed of security or damage issues. Committee consensus was to approve the purchase of 14 computers to be funded from the 1998 Human Services Capital Improvement funds and to look for reimbursables.

A schedule will be forthcoming concerning the demolition/construction dates with anticipated move dates of December/January for Public Works and Human Services. Rose requested Human Services establish a Moving Task Force to being planning and for minutes of the meetings to be provided to the Board.

At today's meeting, Sawatzke moved to approve the minutes, seconded by Russek, carried 4-0.

Jim Elmquist, Special Projects Administrator, requested that the Board change the time of the upcoming Labor Management Health Insurance Committee Meeting on August 5th from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This is requested as Joan Grotjahn of Meadowbrook Insurance is unable to attend the morning meeting. Mattson moved to reschedule the Labor Management Health Insurance Committee Meeting for 8-5-98 at 2:00 p.m., seconded by Russek, carried 4-0.

Bills Approved

Airtouch Cellular 546.98

Annandale Advocate 279.63

Appert Foods 1,289.40

A T & T 227.18

A T & T - FRG 1,794.37

Bear Graphics, Inc. 352.75

Buffalo Clinic 887.25

Buffalo Hospital 159.25

Business Records Corp. 208.90

Buttweilers Do All 16,600.00

CDW Computer Centers 256.00

Central McGowan, Inc. 110.70

Central Minnesota Concrete 3,450.00

Climate Air 2,180.00

Computer Systems Products 3,350.56

Copy Equipment, Inc. 163.80

Dept. of Public Safety 4,080.00

Epply LMIC 225.00

Functional Industries 621.78

G & K Services 1,343.37

GE Capital Info Tech 2,089.53

Graybar 1,848.86

Hance Cable Testing/Loc. 918.63

Holiday Inn-Duluth 135.19

Ken Jude 146.63

Klatt Electric 170.40

Lakedale Telephone Co 127.10

Loberg Plumbing & Htg 2,077.07

Marco Business Products 731.12

The Marketplace 1,542.28

Masys Corporation 2,698.48

McDowall Company 5,375.00

The Metro Group 5,998.02

Roger Millner 345.10

Minnesota Chemical Co. 455.32

Minnesota CLE 140.00

Minnesota Elevator 2,475.57

Mitchell Repair Info. 535.09

MN Safety Council 300.00

Monticello-Big Lake Hospital 712.09

Northwest Anesthesia PA 1,004.40

Office Depot 370.06

Photo I 445.61

Randt Filter Disposal 205.00

RDO Equipment Co. 134.91

Research & Info Tech 100.22

Rons Ice 345.01

Ryan Motors Inc. 806.17

SEH 800.43

Sherwin-Williams 157.68

Snap-on Tools 237.26

Stratus Computer 5,580.00

Superior FCR Landfill 318.00

Total Printing 410.93

Tri-Co Tree Movers 390.00

Uniforms Unlimited, Inc. 557.17

Unlimited Electric 1,440.94

U.S. West Comm 6,469.97

West ABE Consortium 1,200.00

West Publishing Co. 1,012.88

Wheels West RV 462.01

Wright County Human Services 798.90

Wright Hennepin Electric 2,367.90

33 payments less than $100 1,674.49

Final total $94,238.34

The meeting adjourned at 9:37 a.m.

Judie Rose, Chairperson

ATTEST: Richard W. Norman, County Coordinator

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