Wright County Board Minutes

AUGUST 11, 1998

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

Sawatzke moved to approve the minutes of 8-4-98, seconded by Russek, carried unanimously.

Petitions were accepted to the Agenda as follows: Aud./Treas. Item #3, "Distribute July Revenue/Expenditure Guidelines" (Groshens); Item For Consid. # 5, "Announcement" (Mattson); Item For Consid. #6, "Leadership Training & Policy Meetings" (Rose). Russek moved to approve the Agenda as amended, seconded by Jude, carried 5-0.

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


1. Performance Appraisals: L. Kuklok, Administration; M. Webb, Aud./Treas.; G. Gapinski, J. Wright, Hwy.; G. Lebovsky, P&Z; Timothy Andersen, M. Fiske, D. Korus, G. Windler, Sher./Corr.

2. Claim, Frank Madden, $655.00.

3. O/T Report, Period Ending 07-24-98.


1. Claim, Facility Systems, Inc., $130,834.36 (Human Services Center).

2. Approve Annual On Sale Beer License, "Osowski's Orchard" (Monticello Twp.).


1. Accept Resignation, Jason Panaz, Highway Maintenance Person, Eff. 8-14-98 & Auth. Replacement.

A meeting was held with the Mississippi River Parkway Commission on 8-4-98. Mississippi River Parkway Representatives reviewed the mission of their commission. The focus was to gain preliminary interest in an interpretive signing program along the Great River Road. The group will meet with 21 counties along the route. Request was made for the Commissioners to sign a statement expressing local interest in such a program to help secure funding. The Commissioners requested that the Park Commission review this project at their 8-18-98 meeting and report ideas to them. At today's meeting, Sawatzke moved to approve the minutes, seconded by Mattson, carried unanimously.

Darla Groshens, Auditor/Treasurer, said the City of Monticello will hold a TIF District No. 1-24 Public Hearing on 8-24-98 at 7:00 p.m. This is to consider a 60-unit independent living senior housing center. The potential tax liability for the County is $3,500. Jude stated he normally does not support housing projects, but feels senior housing is needed in Wright County. Sawatzke moved to acknowledge the Public Hearing, seconded by Mattson, carried 5-0.

Groshens distributed the July Revenue/Expenditure Guidelines for review and approval at the next meeting.

The claims listing was reviewed. Groshens made a correction to page 2, Hillyard Floor Care Supply ($127.38). The claim was incorrectly coded under the County Coordinator budget and will be changed to the Building Care & Maintenance budget. Jude moved to approve the claims as listed in the abstract including the correction cited, subject to audit. Motion carried 5-0 on a second by Russek.

Mary Anderson, University of MN Extension Service, updated the Board on the results of the Waste Pesticide Collection held at the Wright County Fairgrounds on 7-20-98. The program is a collaborative effort with participation by the Department of Agriculture, the Wright County Planning & Zoning Department, chemical dealers and the University of Minnesota. The program is funded by the chemical manufacturers. A total of 6,100 pounds of waste pesticide was collected from 43 participants at a cost of $2.00/lb. Anderson stated that the program previously was open only to farmers, but this year it was open to everyone. Including the 1998 collection, 25,000 pounds have been removed from Wright County since 1993. Another collection will be held in 2000. Positive feedback was received on use of the Fairgrounds as the collection site. Anderson added that United Agri Products, who collects clean pesticide containers from chemical dealers, will be making another collection on September 15th. As of 8-1-98, United Agri Products had collected 6,500 containers in 1998. Bill Stephens, Planning & Zoning, commended Anderson for her efforts and success with the program. The Board also extended thanks to Anderson.

Anderson presented a request to grant a one-time increase of $240 to the Extension Office temporary help budget. The temporary personnel worked additional hours this summer to accommodate personal leaves. Jude and Sawatzke responded that normally the Board does not grant this type of request in order to achieve a true budget. Instead of an increase, they would rather approve the line item going over budget. Jude moved to acknowledge that the temporary line item will be over by $240, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0.

Wayne Fingalson, Highway Engineer, requested approval of an agreement with Mn/DOT and Burlington Northern Sante Fe Railway for railroad crossing improvements at CSAH 7 in Howard Lake. A draft resolution was presented in support of this action. The County share of the cost will be $9000 (20% of the total signal cost). Mattson moved to adopt Resolution #98-46, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.

On a motion by Sawatzke, second by Jude, all voted to schedule a Transportation Committee meeting for 9-2-98 at 10:00 a.m. Agenda items include 1) Review bids received for Cokato Vehicle Storage Building and discuss salt storage options for Cokato and French Lake; 2) Discuss access permit for proposed outlet mall in Albertville; 3) Discuss request for road vacation request in Clearwater Township; 4) Discuss County map pricing. The meeting will be held at the Human Services Center.

At the 7-28-98 Board meeting, Fingalson was directed to review parking problems at the Pelican Lake Public Access as requested by Bill Weldele. Fingalson stated that the Highway Department and Township have posted "No Parking" signs on both sides of CSAH 15 and did not feel there was much else that the County could do at this time. Rose stated that she was in contact with Bruce Thielen, DNR, and requested that he contact Weldele regarding the DNR purchasing land for a new access. Fingalson will send a letter to Weldele.

Fingalson stated the plan for the CSAH 35/CR 134 Traffic Control Signal Project has been submitted to the State for review. In this circumstance, the State has agreed to allow scheduling of the letting date prior to their approval. Russek moved to schedule the letting date for the CSAH 35/CR 134 Traffic Control Signal project for 9-15-98 at 9:30 a.m. Motion seconded by Sawatzke, carried 5-0.

A Communications Committee Meeting was held on 8-3-98:

Tower site, Rockford. A study has indicated potential communication problems with mobile data terminals from the Rockford site. Helgeson has obtained the following quotes:

Lease Agreement, Wright-Hennepin $ 1,500.00

Licensing/Specifications - Vegemast 3,588.00

Equipment Purchase - Motorola 55,481.50

Installation - Tim's Tower 5,135.00

Total Estimate $65,704.50

The equipment purchase estimate from Motorola is exclusive of sales tax. Groshens reported that through June there was a balance of $59,869.41 in the E911 Fund. The County receives about $4,300 a month from the State. Since there is an estimated 10-12 weeks delivery for the new base station there should be a sufficient balance to cover the total costs. Recommendation: Approve request. Fund out of #911 account.

At today's meeting, Mattson moved to approve the minutes, seconded by Jude. Jude said he was uncomfortable with the idea that there "should be" sufficient funds to cover the total costs. Mattson said that the funds are available due to the $4,300 per month that is received from the State. Motion carried 5-0.

The Board reviewed the Medical Hardship Mobile Home request for the Gary and Margaret Weiman property (Monticello). Richard Norman, County Coordinator, said the Human Services Screening Team recommends that the placement is appropriate. Planning & Zoning sent notices to neighbors of the Weimans stating that they can submit written comments to the Board to consider or demand a public hearing. Two responses were received questioning the placement of the mobile home, and neither requested a public hearing. Correspondence received from Monticello Township reflects that the Township does not have objection to the placement of the mobile home. A copy of Wright County Ordinance 85-2 (Supportive Care to the Frail, Elderly or Disabled) was sent to those who responded. Norman stated the Board could approve the request, deny it, lay the request over for further information, or set a public hearing. Tom Salkowski, Planning & Zoning Administrator, said staff reviewed the site and found that the request would meet minimum setbacks and requirements. In response to being questioned about screening, Salkowski stated he has not reviewed the site first hand. He would suggest that screening be considered if the mobile home were placed long term. For short term, he did not feel it would be worthwhile. Sawatzke moved to approve the request for mobile home placement with the stipulation that the Planning & Zoning Office require screening if they deem it appropriate. Motion seconded by Russek. Jude stated this action was inappropriate and felt the request should be laid over for one week. Mattson felt that the neighbors' responses should be taken into consideration. Sawatzke responded that the Board is taking the neighbors' input into consideration, but the property owner has met the requirements of the Ordinance. He clarified his motion stating that the screening issue will be laid over for further consideration and that the Planning & Zoning Office will make this recommendation. Motion carried 3-2 with Jude and Mattson casting the nay votes. Salkowski stated he will not issue the Building Permit until after the next County Board Meeting.

The Employee Enhancement Committee forwarded to the Ways & Means Committee a request to place an ATM Machine in the lobby of the Government Center. This would be a potential source of revenue to work with for employee functions as well as providing a service to employees and the public. Proposal requests were sent to seventeen County Banks and Savings & Loan institutions. Three responses were received back reflecting that additional revenue would not be generated as a result of installing an ATM machine. MacMillan and Helgeson will be contacted as to the logistics of not authorizing the placement of an ATM. Norman will have Hayes write to those who submitted a proposal letting them know that we are not going to install an ATM at this time.

Mattson announced the Cokato Corn Carnival which runs through August 12, 1998. Rose attended AMC Leadership Training and Policy Meetings in Marshall on 8-5-98. Many of the sessions were handled by Extension and the Humphrey Institute. Discussions involved language diversity in the State, citizen involvement and county government. Rose also attended a tour of the Windmill Farms and a confinement farrowing facility in Lincoln County. Sawatzke said he attended an AMC Environmental and Natural Resources Policy Committee Meeting on 8-7-98. Changes were made to the platform and the recommendations will be part of the 1999 platform. Sawatzke said a separate committee reviewed and recommended language changes to the platform, which was reviewed by the Natural Resources Policy Committee. He felt this was a positive step and made the process smoother. Jude said the process will also be streamlined at the convention and a consent agenda will be used for each committee. Rose learned at the AMC meeting that many counties feel it is extremely important to be present at the Legislative Session and some smaller counties have hired lobbyists to present their issues. Jude said AMC is only as effective as those who show up and that is how language is entered into the platform.

Russek referenced the Feedlot Registration Compliance Meeting held on 8-6-98 by the SWCD. He said although there was slim attendance, good questions were raised. Since that meeting, the SWCD has been contacted by farmers to work with upgrading runoff.

Bill Approved

Advanced Graphic Systems Inc. 306.30

Airtouch Cellular Bellevue 1720.87

All District Legal Education 195.00

American Health Care Supply 345.26

AMI Imaging Systems Inc. 426.70

Ancom Communications Inc 968.53

Earl F. Andersen Inc 3655.31

Artdirections 596.50

Barton Sand & Gravel Co 216.81

Batteries Plus 149.06

Best Disposal Services 262.38

Betmar Languages Inc 404.40

Bowman Distribution 1007.05

City of Buffalo 30301.31

Cargill Inc. Salt Division 25990.37

Catholic Charities 7215.00

Chamberlain Oil Co 103.49

City of Cokato 200.00

Commissioner of Transportation 369.36

Contech Construction Product 12930.42

Copy Equipment Inc 169.93

Department of Public Safety 120.00

John R. Dziuk 193.80

Emergitek Inc 2667.00

Enterprise & Dispatch 146.10

Facility Systems Inc 131799.25

Bridget Falbo 390.00

Tom Feddema 114.39

Fedex 126.00

G&K Services 1121.64

Gateway 2000 2971.00

Sam Glucklich 224.50

GME Consultants Inc 7717.53

Gould Bros. Chev-Olds 106.50

Granite Electronics 920.90

Greenview Inc 676.00

HIllyard Floor Care Supply 639.22

JLM Telecommunications 122.50

Mark Kaufman 224.00

Lake Region Coop Oil 22893.39

Lakedale Telephone Company 323.55

Leader Printing 2476.00

Mack Trucks RDO Truck Center 287.55

Madden Resorts 417.64

Maple Lake Messenger 108.46

Marco Business Products 1362.24

Mark's Standard Parts 2452.71

Matco Tools 245.86

Richard Mattson 128.34

McDowall Company 5375.00

Metro Commercial Service 135.76

MFSRC 100.00

Mid-Minnesota Hot Mix Inc 658.45

Midformation Inc 110.50

Midland Corporate Benefits Svc 396.50

Minnegasco 378.72

Minnesota CLE 510.00

MN Assn of Women in Criminal 120.00

MN Dept of Corrections 200.00

Dennis Moeller 274.09

Monticello Times 714.85

Tracy Erickson Morris 135.78

MPELRA 125.00

Oertel Architects 4744.00

Office Depot 1135.30

Omann Brothers Inc 10303.88

OSM & Associates 6140.60

Paging Network of MN Inc 382.66

Performance Office Papers 359.27

Dave Peterson Monticello Ford 755.86

RDO Equipment Co 3508.65

Reentry Services Inc 334.95

Research & Information Tech. Off 361.80

Royal Tire St. Cloud 3188.97

John F. Schmitz 8049.60

Schulte's Greenhouse & Nrsry 134.16

Sherwin-Williams 288.83

Snap-On Tools 258.26

Sprint 101.00

Star Tribune 528.00

Stearns Inc 114.12

Streicher's 345.00

Sweeney Brothers Tractor Inc 296.86

Sysco Minnesota INc 2625.43

Nancy Tallman 343.50

Rhonda Thielen 163.20

Lori Thingvold 158.93

Total Printing 521.85

Transcor America Inc 980.44

Trueman Welters Inc 2538.98

Twin City Labor Mgt. Council Inc 367.00

Uniforms to You 109.15

USWest Communications 278.59

Carol Vander Kooi 5418.24

Wal Mart Store 01-1577 199.66

West Group Payment Center 172.79

Winsted Publishing Inc 438.51

Wright County Journal Press 164.44

Wright Lumber & MIllwork Inc 1077.36

Xerox Corporation 538.89

63 payments less than $100 $3,226.57

Final Total $338,783.45

The meeting adjourned at 10:00 a.m. The County Board went into a closed session as requested by the County Attorney.

Judie Rose, Chairperson

ATTEST: Richard W. Norman, County Coordinator

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