Wright County Board Minutes

August 8, 2000

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 8-01-00 as presented, seconded by Eichelberg, carried unanimously.

Petitions were accepted to the Agenda as follows: Assessor Item #2, "Request Commissioner Appointment For Meeting In Litchfield, 9-6-00" (Norman); Item For Consid. #3, "Agenda, 8-21-00 Detention Facility Committee Of The Whole Meeting" (Norman); Item For Consid. #4, "Refer Random Drug Testing To Labor/Management Committee" (Jude). Jude moved to approve the Agenda as amended, seconded by Eichelberg, carried 5-0.

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


1. Performance Appraisals: R. Erickson, B. Kral, G. Windler, Sheriff.

2. Report Of Auction Receipts.

3. Claim, Minnesota Counties Insurance Trust, $59.00 (Add'l. Property Coverage-Fairgrounds).

4. Refer Request From Court Services For Reserved Parking Space To Building Committee.


1. Approve Grant Application For $4000 Of Emergency Funds From The Department Of Public Safety, Victim/Witness Program.


1. Accept Resignation, Delores Westphal, Office Assistant, Eff. 8/11/00 & Authorize Replacement.

2. Claim, Scott Builders, $3,125.00, July Consulting (Fund 34 Courthouse).


1. Refer To Building Committee Issues Relating To the Public Works Building.

2. Authorize Hire, Jeffrey Andersen, Highway Maintenance Person, Eff. 8/9/00 (Step 1).


1. Approve Request To Rezone From AG To A/R, John Seliski (Franklin Twp.).

2. Deny Request To Rezone From AG to R-1, Johansson & Saber (Cokato).


1. Acknowledge Hire, Kent Lipelt, Corrections Officer, Eff. 8/21/00 (Step 4).

Doug Gruber, Auditor/Treasurer, requested approval of the June Revenue & Expense Summary. Mattson referenced page 18, expenditures for Sheriff/Corrections.

He noted that the Jail Food/Laundry line item was at 82% halfway through the year. Jude felt that the figures were estimated and could run higher or lower depending on inmate care. Richard Norman, County Coordinator, suggested that Capt. Gary Torfin be consulted for an explanation. Eichelberg moved to acknowledge receipt of the summary, seconded by Jude, carried unanimously.

Correspondence was received from Plowe Engineering, Inc. requesting Board approval to drain site stormwater runoff into County Ditch 9. Gruber stated the normal process is to have the SWCD review plans and make a recommendation. As the representative from Plowe Engineering had not arrived at the meeting when this item was discussed, Gruber suggested laying this item over for one week.

The plans could then be reviewed by the SWCD for a recommendation. Brian Asleson, Assistant County Attorney, clarified that this approval still rests with the County Board. A law was passed giving jurisdiction of Ditches 9 and 21 to the cities of Albertville and St. Michael.

However, all three bodies must adopt a resolution accepting this special legislation prior to the next legislative session adjourning. Until this is completed, the County Board must address such requests.

Russek moved to lay the request from Plowe Engineering, Inc. over for one week for review and recommendation, seconded by Eichelberg, carried 5-0. Chuck Plowe arrived after discussion had concluded on this issue. He was updated on the Board action taken and given an opportunity to speak.

Plowe stated that the City has required them to contain water on their side of the ditch and have installed large ponds for water run off. The rate of flow has been reduced in the ditch by an estimated 50-55%, but the water may run longer due to the increased volume of water.

Russek moved to appoint Jude and Eichelberg to the Interview Committee for the three-year term on the Clearwater River Watershed District and to direct the Auditor/Treasurer to coordinate the dates for interviews. The motion was seconded by Sawatzke and carried 5-0. The current term expires 8-13-00 but will continue until a replacement is selected. Two applicants have responded.

The claims listing was reviewed. Mattson referenced page 7 and the dates on a claim to Anoka County Juvenile Center (report reflected 5/4/00 to 5/3/00). Gruber will research this. Mattson referred to page 12, Reliable Restoration & General ($4,850.00). The claim was for repair of the Lake Ida School.

He was contacted by several people who are very happy with the work completed. Norman questioned two claims on page 20, Annandale Rock Products ($73.80) and Wright Lumber & Millwork Inc. ($259.66). The claims related to the Dustin Memorial Monument. As the County received $23,000 from the State towards this project, Gruber will research what line item these funds were designated to and pay the two claims from the same line item. On a motion by Jude, second by Russek, all voted to approve the claims as listed in the abstract, subject to audit.

Gerald Kritzeck, Assessor, requested approval of an abatement for PIN #110-010-004190 located in the City of Maple Lake. The property is owned by Robert, David and Lowell Carlson. The foundation of a building remains as the building was destroyed by fire.

The American Legion Post in the City of Maple Lake may purchase the property for a future parking lot. The property has accumulated taxes, penalties and interest of $15,247.47.

The owners request that the taxes for the present tax year and two years prior be forgiven for a total of $1,180.43. The remaining taxes, penalties and interest would be paid at the time of the sale. Doug Gruber, Auditor/Treasurer, stated a similar situation occurred in approximately 1987 in Delano.

He supported the request as it places the property back on the tax roles instead of it proceeding to tax forfeiture. Jude moved to approve the abatement as presented contingent upon the purchase of the property by the American Legion, seconded by Eichelberg, carried 5-0.

Kritzeck requested that a County Commissioner accompany himself and staff to a meeting being held on 9-6-00 at 10:00 a.m. in Meeker County (Litchfield). Staff and County Board members from Kandiyohi, McLeod, Stearns and Meeker will also attend the meeting. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the Green Acres Program. Sawatzke moved to authorize Russek to attend the meeting with Wright County staff, seconded by Eichelberg, carried 5-0.

Brian Asleson, Assistant County Attorney, explained that in order for the County to advertise for the sale of land in Montissippi Park, a public hearing must be held. Two weeks of published notice is required prior to the sale or disposal of any surplus tracts of County Park property. Jude moved to establish a public hearing for 8-22-00 at 9:30 A.M. The motion was seconded and carried 5-0. On a motion by Russek, second by Eichelberg, all voted to schedule the bid opening for 9-12-00 at 9:30 A.M.

Jude moved to cancel the 9-5-00 County Board meeting, seconded by Eichelberg, carried 5-0.

A quote was received from KNR Communication Services, Inc. for a flood detector for the computer room, three panic alarms for the 4th floor, and an expansion module which is needed for the panic buttons. The total quote is $1275.00 installed. Jude moved to approve the quote, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0. Mattson requested that these types of requests be presented to the Building Committee in the future.

Norman stated that a Detention Facility Committee Of The Whole meeting is scheduled for 8-21-00 at 9:00 A.M. Benton County is interested in attending the meeting to discuss the potential of housing some of the Wright County inmates in their Jail facility. Sawatzke moved to accept the invitation to have Benton County staff and Commissioners join the Detention Facility Committee Of The Whole meeting, seconded by Eichelberg, carried 5-0.

At the request of Jude, the issue of random drug testing will be referred to the next Public Works Labor/Management Committee for discussion.

Bills Approved

Advanced Graphic Systems Inc 124.41

City Albertville 4480.86

Albinson Reprographics 179.12

Allina Health Systems 185.00

Ancom Technical Center 503.18

Earl Andersen Inc 2031.22

Annandale Rock Products 15808.11

Anoka County Juvenile Center 28692.50

AT & T Wireless Services 107.61

Joseph Babatz 147.50

Betmar Languages Inc 707.53

Boyer Truck Parts 2620.45

Darnell Brethorst 163.15

Buffalo Bituminous 942148.21

Bity Buffalo 29501.38

Bunniss Enterprises 2605.52

Chad Carlson 805.00

Lola Carlson 2017.00

CDW Government Inc 3697.30

Central Glass 276.15

Chamberlain Oil Co 1446.40

Cintas-428 198.43

Computer Training International 877.50

Concept Seating Inc 2946.00

Cummins North Central Inc 416.05

Dales 66 202.36

Department of Public Safety 120.00

Doyle Equipment Inc 236.11

John Dziuk 866.70

Colleen Elsberry 120.00

EPA Audio Visual Inc 1553.56

Facility Systems Inc 1772.18

Federated Propane 206.84

French Lake Township 620.00

Eric Frisch 228.00

Larry Garn 225.00

Gateway Companies Inc 8261.22

Granite City Ready Mix 145.79

Eileen Gray 210.00

Hydraulic Jack & Equip Serv 308.78

J Craft Inc 95970.65

Klatt True Value Electric 148.43

KRWC 100.00

Lakedale Telephone Company 132.18

M Litgin & Sons Inc 159.75

Maple Lake Lumber Company 182.12

Maple Lake Messenger 212.70

Marco Business Products 2605.51

Martin-Mcallisters Consulting 304.50

Minncomm Paging 170.38

Mitchell Repair Information Co 625.99

Northern States Power 71632.00

Northern States Power Company 118.63

Office Depot 1153.46

Olsen Chain & Cable Co Inc 239.63

On Site Monitoring 4375.00

Dave Peterson Monticello Ford 493.22

Prairie Lake Detention Center 280.00

Press & News Publications 268.40

Reliable Restoration & General 4850.00

Royal Tire - St. Cloud 3887.74

RS Eden 1890.00

Scott Builders Inc 3125.00

Scott Cty Treasurer 120.00

Sheriffs Youth Program of MN 8737.27

Sherwin Williams 141.07

Shoplifters Alternatives 994.64

Sirchie 421.18

Sprint 170.73

St. Cloud Times 224.25

St. Michael Veterinary Clinic 204.46

Standard Truck & Auto 493.68

Star Tribune 533.80

State of Minnesota ITD 341.53

Streichers 438.18

Sy-Ray Plumbing & Heating Inc 572.73

Technical Reproductions, Inc 801.00

Terminal Supply Co 409.44

Tires Plus 182.37

Total Printing 1858.80

Uhl Co 847.59

Uniforms Ulimited 548.80

Ver Tech 292.88

Verizon Wireless 2334.83

The Vernon Company, Dept. C 385.85

Village Ranch Inc 6726.00

Westside Equipment 199.22

Wright County Highway Dept 860.38

Wright County Journal Press 401.68

Wright Lumber & Millwork Inc 259.66

45 payments less than $100 1,921.06

FINAL TOTAL $1,282,110.49

The meeting adjourned at 9:54 A.M.

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