Wright County Board Minutes

August 1, 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 7-25-00 as presented, seconded by Russek, carried unanimously.

Petitions were accepted to the Agenda as follows: Item For Consid. #3, "Fair Announcement" (Jude). On a motion by Jude, second by Eichelberg, all voted to approve the Agenda as amended.

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


1. Performance Appraisals: C. Hohl, M. Sandquist, Attorney; S. Kile, Court Svcs.; J. Wright, Hwy.; L. Hellerud, K. Walker, Sheriff.

2. Claim, MCIT, $2,500, Deductible, Driscoll v. Wright County.

3. O/T Report, Period Ending 7-21-00.

4. Refer Hay Job Description Evaluation Results To Negotiation Committee.


1. Approve Tobacco License Renewal, TNT's (South Haven City), Casey's General Store #1647 (Cokato City).


1. Approve Request To Rezone From AG & Part S-2 to A/R & Part S-2, Harry & Olga Anderson (Franklin Twp.).

A Building Committee meeting was held on 7-26-00. Jude moved to approve the minutes and recommendations, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0:

Repairs To Courtroom No. 1. The paneling of Courtroom No. 1 is in a state of disrepair. It was the consensus that it needs to be replaced. Nordeen will get suggestions to Hayes and Buskey so that they can get cost estimates.

The estimates will be brought back to the Committee. Judge Meyer asked about the possibility of installing infrared emitters in three Courtrooms. They are for the hearing impaired. It is estimated they would cost $1,775 each. It was the consensus that Hayes get separate estimates for each Courtroom.

Request From Highway Department For Reserved Parking Space. Recommendation: Table discussion on this issue until all remodeling is completed.

Update, Fourth Floor Remodeling. Scott stated that they identified mold on the exterior of wall board and received a quote of $4,778 to remove and replace the board. Now they have also found mold in various areas on the interior of the existing wall board. It is recommended that all wall board be replaced. Recommendation: Replace all wall board at a cost not to exceed $8,000. Fund out of the project contingency line item.

Scott also stated that there is an issue regarding an acceptable method of having the electricians install greenfield rather than conduit as specified. Scott will write Norman a letter explaining the issue. Norman will then talk to Randy Engel. Hayes presented a quote of $13,675 from K R Communication Services, Inc., for equipment and installation of the card entrance system for the fourth floor. This is the same system that was installed in the Human Services Center.

An additional $3,425 would be needed to network the system. Recommendation: Accept quotes and authorize Hayes to issue a Purchase Order in the amount of $17,100. Fund $15,387.50 out of the Capital Account and $1,712.50 out of the Human Services Budget.

Bob Hiivala, Chief Deputy Auditor/Treasurer, presented the claims listing for approval. In response to Mattson, Hiivala stated that the claim questioned at the last County Board meeting to Buffalo Hospital ($937.25) was not paid as it was a duplicate payment from a previous claims listing. On a motion by Russek, second by Eichelberg, all voted to approve the claims as listed in the abstract, subject to audit.

Marc Mattice, Parks Administrator, referenced the 7-18-00 Parks Commission Minutes outlining the activity report, possible donations of land, and a letter from neighbors near Riverside Park. A summary of the minutes and discussion at today's meeting follows:

Donation of Land: The first parcel of land which may be donated is a small easement which adjoins Ney Park. The second parcel is along the Crow River on CR #20 in Rockford Township. The Parks Commission recommended acceptance of both parcels.

At today's meeting, discussion involved the County Board's desire to have the agreements for such transactions brought before the Board for approval. Jude moved to accept the properties being donated to Wright County and to have the documents prepared and brought before the County Board for approval. The motion was seconded by Russek and carried 5-0.

Letter from neighbors of Riverside Park: This is a request for a gated access to be run by a volunteer group of neighbors. The request is due to inappropriate activities occurring after hours at the Park.

The Parks Commission's concern was that if this request were approved, requests from other County Parks would follow. Instead, they felt a Neighborhood Watch Program may solve some of the problems.

At today's meeting, Sawatzke pointed out that the City of Hanover only contracts for one hour of police protection per day in Hanover. Due to the growth in that area, he felt that the City may need to address increasing their number of contract hours for service.

Extra patrol in the area may discourage inappropriate behavior in the Park. The County Board consensus was to support the recommendation of the Parks Board to support a Neighborhood Watch Program and for the Sheriff's Office to be consulted for input.

Mattice said a preliminary draft has been completed for the Collinwood Park Comfort Station. Cost estimates are expected on 8-2-00. Jude moved to refer this issue to the Building Committee on 8-9-00 at 1:30 P.M. The motion was seconded by Russek and carried 5-0.

At the request of Mattice, Sawatzke moved to refer a proposal for acquisition of land next to Ney Park to the Ways & Means Committee on 8-9-00. The motion was seconded by Jude and carried unanimously.

Gerald Kritzeck, Assessor, brought forth a request from the Employee Enhancement Committee to install an ATM Machine in the Courthouse Lobby. Kritzeck currently serves as a Department Head representative on the Committee.

He referenced a copy of a draft agreement with QUICKDRAW ATM, INC. and changes subsequently made upon review by the County Attorney. The changes relate to Item 14, inserting Wright County as the location and a clause allowing the agreement to terminate with a 60-day notice.

The County's expense would be approximately $200 for the installation of a telephone jack. The County will be eligible to receive a 15¢/transaction rebate for any transactions over 300/month. The cost to the user is $1.50 per transaction.

LaVonn Nordeen, Court Administrator, felt the ATM machine would support the courts area for those people paying fines, etc. When questioned by Norman, Kritzeck indicated that QUICKDRAW ATM, Inc. is insured for any losses.

Jude moved to approve the request with the $200 cost to be funded from the Employee Enhancement line item, seconded by Eichelberg. At the request of Russek, the motion and second were amended to change funding to Building Care & Maintenance. The motion carried unanimously.

A Detention Facility Committee meeting was held on 7-26-00. At today's meeting, the minutes were changed to remove "Russek" from those who attended the meeting.

Discuss Jail Options. Omtvedt presented an analysis of Option "C" which would be an expansion on the existing site. It would require abandoning the existing garages and relocating them, along with intake.

This would lead to expensive remodeling along with expansion. This option would also use up the only remaining green-space on the Government Center property.

In order for the existing jail to remain in operation during remodeling/expansion, it would require the project to be done in five phases over a two-year period of time. The estimated cost of construction is estimated at $11M.

Mattson asked about the possibility of a regional facility for sentenced adults. Torfin responded that formal discussions would have to be between various county boards. Jude questioned design capacity versus operating capacity. Brinkman stated that the County can operate the jail at design capacity.

However, questions regarding maintenance, security, etc., must be considered. He went on to say that the State would provide us a staffing analysis for Option "C." Omtvedt reiterated the goals established for the Committee.

First, analyze demographics to define need. This goal has been completed. Second, recommend a long range jail space approach. Third, define a short term action plan.

He went on to state that Options "D" and "E" have been revised after discussions with jail administration staff. Costs are projected at 2002 estimates. The Committee discussed the options for housing prisoners during the interim. It appears Benton and Sherburne might have space available for the short term. Brinkman and Thompson agreed to provide staffing projections for the various options being considered. Recommendation:

Set a Detention Facility Of The Whole Meeting for 9:00 A.M., August 24th. If this date doesn't work, look at August 21st as an alternate meeting date.

At today's meeting, considerable discussion took place relating to contracting space versus building a jail facility. Sawatzke felt that the Committee's short term goal should be to review contracting with Benton and Sherburne counties, who have indicated through newspaper articles that they have bed space available.

The cost to contract bed space through Benton County would be $55/day as opposed to operational costs of $91 in Wright County. However, mileage and staff time for transport would need to be added to the $55/day figure.

Sawatzke felt contracting with Benton and Sherburne counties could put off construction of a new jail for 4-5 years. Mattson and Jude said the Committee has been discussing all options for both short and long term needs.

Richard Norman, County Coordinator, indicated that there is a three-year parameter from the time the decision has been made to build until the prisoners are housed.

He said the County needs to plan for the interim and decide where prisoners will be housed once our facility is full. Jude pointed out that the MnDOC uses a figure of 3% of the population to calculate who uses Jail services.

As the County grows, this number will continue to increase. Mattson suggested involving the Legislative Delegation to potentially have the State assist with costs. Jude stated that the Court Services Director supported additional electronic monitoring to assist in cases with nonviolent people.

Sawatzke requested clarification from the MnDOC on the reduction in double bunking from 16 to 8 to 7 beds and suggested the focus of the next meeting be renting bed space from other counties as opposed to construction. He also felt a letter should be sent to Sherburne and Benton counties indicating that Wright County is interested in contracting for space. Jude moved to approve the minutes and setting of a Building Committee Of The Whole meeting for 8-21-00 at 9:00 A.M. The motion was seconded by Eichelberg and carried 5-0.

The Board reviewed correspondence from the Humane Society Of Wright County who requested a change in the method by which Wright County compensates the Humane Society for animal control and impound services.

Currently payment is being forwarded to the landowner on a monthly basis. Due to a problem on site with the septic system, the Humane Society requested that the payment be sent directly to them. Russek moved to approve the request through the end of the current budget year, seconded by Sawatzke, carried 5-0.

Jude announced the Wright County Fair runs from August 2nd through August 6th.

Bills Approved

Albion Township 1238.20

Brian Althoff 200.00

American Business Forms 1135.09

American Institutional Supply 127.73

Ancom Technical Center 8849.42

AT & T 761.23

Bob Barker Co. 180.70

John Barthel 57300.00

Best Inc 3605.16

Chris Braiden Consulting Inc 2325.60

Buff 'N' Glo Inc 243.00

Cellular 2000 of St. Cloud 396.87

Central Landscape Supply 588.60

Central Lock & Safe 207.95

Chatham Township 494.00

Clearwater Township 460.20

Climate Air 167.50

Cokato Township 526.68

Corinna Township 984.40

CPS Technology Solutions 115.33

City Delano 5785.60

Karen Determan 138.53

DLR Group 5315.50

V.W. Eimicke Associates, Inc. 474.72

Engineering Repro Systems 155.70

Facility Systems Inc 8393.07

Franklin Township 2178.70

Gateway Companies Inc 2191.78

GE Capital Info Tech Solutions 204.20

GTE Midwest 117.96

City Hanover 1729.54

Hillyard Floor Care Supply 1530.47

City Howard Lake 716.00

JLM Telecommunications 860.00

Kramers Hardware 116.78

Marcia Lantto 500.30

City Maple Lake 1233.10

Marco Business Products 1460.92

Marysville Township 1364.80

Masys Corporation 4992.06

Genevieve Michael 7777.00

Mid-America Business Systems 1513.06

MN Counties Computer Co-Op 1522.00

Mobil Oil Corporation 428.03

Dennis Moeller 270.48

Monticello Township 1439.20

City Montrose 413.20

Neopost 1262.03

Northern State Power Company 1563.86

Northstar Repro Products Inc 234.99

Office Depot 657.04

City Otsego 2427.50

Performance Office Papers 162.71

Phillips Petroleum Company 170.47

Michael Schuneman 861.00

Kay Stewart 5415.00

Silver Creek Township 1978.30

City South Haven 1410.50

St. Cloud Times 228.32

State of MN Intertech Group 506.35

Stratus Computer 7329.00

Sunrise Specialty Contracting 3500.00

Sweeney Brothers Tractor 299.30

Thomas Mfg. Co. Inc. 322.00

Chuck Van Heel 275.64

Viking Coca Cola Bottling Co 120.72

Thomas Vogl 384.00

Gerald Wallin 400.00

Walmart Store 01-1577 284.58

City Waverly 410.80

Wright County Highway Dept. 20491.17

Wright County Human Services 830.06

Wright Lumber & Millwork Inc 165.12

Robert Yarco 6580.50

Leon Younger & Pros Video 204.00

23 payments less than $100 1,209.24

FINAL TOTAL $192,414.56

The meeting adjourned at 10:06 A.M.

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