Wright County Board Minutes

August 15, 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 8-08-00 as presented, seconded by Russek, carried unanimously.

Petitions were accepted to the Agenda as follows: Consent Agenda Item C8, "Authorize Hire, Lori Pulvermacher, Office Assistant-License Bureau, Eff. 8-28-00 (Step 2)" (Gruber); Item For Consid. #4, "East Central Regional Juvenile Center" (Sawatzke). Referred to next week's Agenda was Aud./Treas. Item #2, "Plowe Engineering Request To Drain Site Storm Water Runoff Into Co. Ditch 9, City Of Albertville" (Gruber). On a motion by Russek, second by Sawatzke, all voted to approve the Agenda as amended.

The Consent Agenda was reviewed and the following items were removed for further discussion: Item A2, "Briggs & Morgan, $278.06 (Service For June 2000)" (Jude); Item D1, "Refer Proposed Changes To The Public Works Building To The Building Committee" (Sawatzke); Item C1, "Waive 30 Day Comment Period For Proposed TIF District #1-15, City of Maple Lake" (Mattson). On a motion by Sawatzke, second by Eichelberg, all voted to approve the remainder of the Consent Agenda as follows:


1. Performance Appraisals: G. Lebovsky, P & Z.

3. O/T Report, Period Ending 8-4-00.

4. Authorize AMC Delegates To Attend Policy Committee Meetings, 9/21-9/22, Bloomington.


1. Approve Abatement, PIN 202-028-004010, Robert C. & Valerie J. Brownlee (Buffalo Twp.).

2. Approve Abatement, PIN 107-500-123412, MMMP (City of Delano).


2. Claim, Buetow & Associates (Fund 34-Courthouse Improvements) $1,621.24, Services July 1 - July 27.

3. Claim, Durdahl Construction (Fund 34-Fairgrounds), $56,437.70.

4. Claim, Maple Lake Lumber (Fund 34-Fairgrounds), $3,164.36.

5. Claim, Fisher Drywall (Fund 34-Fairgrounds), $4,915.00.

6. Claim, Diers Electric, Inc. (Fund 34-Fairgrounds), $4,910.14.

7. Claim, E.M. Branstrom & Associates (Fund 34-Fairgrounds), $2,308.83.

8. Authorize Hire, Lori Pulvermacher, Office Assistant-License Bureau, Eff. 8-28-00 (Step 2) .

Item A2, "Briggs & Morgan, $278.06 (Service For June 2000)" was discussed. Jude suggested that this claim be paid from the County Attorney Professional Services line item, as this line item is at 14% at 60% of the year.

Brian Asleson, Assistant County Attorney, said that this line item is utilized for expert witnesses in criminal matters and that the funds should be used cautiously as large cases can deplete the funding rapidly. He explained that most of the Briggs & Morgan claims have been paid from the Landfill Surcharge Fund.

Doug Gruber, Auditor/Treasurer, suggested that the claim be paid from the same fund as in the past. After further discussion, Sawatzke moved to approve payment of the claim as presented unless the Auditor/Treasurer determines it should come from another line item. The motion was seconded by Russek and carried 4-1 with Jude casting the nay vote.

Item D1, "Refer Proposed Changes To The Public Works Building To The Building Committee" was pulled from the Consent Agenda by Sawatzke. He questioned the Board's intent on this issue which had been discussed as part of budget hearings.

Sawatzke understood that the costs presented by the Highway Engineer were underestimated. He was not supportive of proceeding at this time due to remodeling projects at the Government Center and Parks buildings. Sawatzke moved to deny the request and to lay it over until after budget sessions, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0.

Item C1, "Waive 30 Day Comment Period For Proposed TIF District #1-15, City of Maple Lake" was pulled from the Consent Agenda by Mattson. Past requests appeared to be mainly by Maple Lake and Annandale.

Jude said that statutes call for a 30-day waiting period for school districts and counties. The cities request waiver of the 30-day waiting period so they can proceed with the public hearing process. Gruber added that more requests in that district may be due to the promptness of either the city or their consultant completing the work.

Eichelberg moved to approve the request as presented and to direct the Auditor/Treasurer to send a letter to all cities requesting that the statute be followed. The motion was seconded by Jude and carried 5-0.

The Board reviewed a request from the Auditor/Treasurer to approve an expenditure of $3,329.72 from E911 funds to allow the base station upgrade to function properly. Lt. Rollie Helgeson explained that as part of the Year 2000 upgrade, an additional transmitter was installed.

However, problems resulted and the recommended correction by the engineers will allow Dispatch to turn one of the two transmitters off. Gruber noted that the E911 fund currently has a negative balance but should be replenished by year end. Jude moved to approve the request, seconded by Russek, carried unanimously.

On a motion by Russek, second by Eichelberg, all voted to approve the claims as listed in the abstract, subject to audit.

John Bowers, Minnesota Counties Insurance Trust (MCIT), presented the State Of The County Report. The purpose of the report is to highlight MCIT's performance and to examine Wright County's Role in the Pool's success. MCIT meets the needs of the County by tailoring specialized coverages, loss control, risk management, and training and education.

MCIT is a Joint Powers Organization which is governed by a Board of Directors elected by member counties. There are 81 counties in the pool with over 300 affiliated entities. Wright County's membership began in 1980. Bowers noted that coverage has evolved over the years, with upcoming coverage in 2001 for boiler and machinery. Dividends, rate reductions and coverage enhancements are controlled by the MCIT Board.

In 2000, MCIT member counties will experience the largest dividend ever of $15.5 million. Wright County's contribution in 2000 was $488,354 and will receive a $285,612 dividend. Wright County's workers' compensation experience has been below average for the last four years.

The property/casualty side has also had good experience with the exception of losses in 1996. Wright County utilizes the Employee Assistance Program, the MN Safety Council, and Training Opportunities through MCIT. MCIT is encouraging strong participation in training on land use decisions as approximately 40% of claims are seen in this area.

Richard Norman, County Coordinator, was commended for his service on the MCIT Board of Directors. Norman and Patrick Melvin, Special Projects Administrator, were also cited for their efforts in implementing the Wright County Safety Program and associated training.

Bower closed by stating that in his 25 years experience with insurance, he felt that the MCIT was one of the best insurance programs for such a large organization. Norman stated that taking a proactive approach with training, safety issues and hazards in the workplace proves effective in the experience ratios for not only Wright County but all member counties. The report was an informational item.

Marc Mattice, Parks Administrator, presented cost estimates on the St. Michael sewer line hookup for Beebe Lake County Park. Wright County will be required to pay $2,730.66 in assessments.

To hook up completely to the sewer line, an additional $22,850.66 assessment would be due. A 20-year amortization schedule was included. The work is scheduled for 2001 and the response to the City of St. Michael must be completed by 9-12-00.

Mattice learned that the cost to hook up in two years is estimated to be double. The current Beebe Lake sewer system was installed in 1972. The Beebe Lake Park land is actually owned by Hennepin County but Wright County maintains the Park.

In contacting Hennepin County, Mattice learned that they would be willing to sell or continue leasing the property to Wright County. The current 25-year lease expires this year. If the land were transferred to Wright County, it must remain Park land.

Jude moved to approve the $2,730.66 assessment out of the Parks Department Site Improvement line item and to lay over the $22,850.66 assessment, seconded by Eichelberg. The motion includes directing Chuck Davis, Planning & Zoning, to perform an assessment of the current sewer system at Beebe Lake Park. The motion carried 5-0.

A Building Committee meeting was held on 8-9-00:

Collinwood Park Comfort Stations. The Committee reviewed the design plans with Branstrom. The building will be 40' x 28'. It was decided to bid a 30-year roof shingle with a metal roof bid as an alternate. It was also decided to install child changing stations in all bathrooms. Branstrom was reminded that floor pitch is important for proper drainage in the showers. Borell requested that one outside hot water line be installed.

Substantial completion will be this year. Recommendation: Set a bid opening for September 19, 2000 at 9:30 A.M. Bids will be awarded the next week.

At today's meeting, Norman stated that he anticipates receiving Capital Improvement Account financial information from the Auditor's office. The building is estimated to cost approximately $160,000.

Sawatzke moved to lay this issue over until the next meeting so financial information on the Capital Improvement Account can be obtained. The motion was seconded by Eichelberg and carried 5-0. On a motion by Jude, second by Sawatzke, all voted to accept the minutes as presented noting that discussion involving setting the bid opening will be laid over until the next meeting.

A Personnel Committee meeting was held on 8-9-00. On a motion by Jude, second by Russek, all voted to approve the minutes as presented:

Staff Photo Identifications. Reese is ordering a photo identification machine for the EOC. Once we see what the badges look like we can decide who should wear them.

A Ways & Means Committee meeting was held on 8-9-00. On a motion by Sawatzke, second by Eichelberg, all voted to approve the minutes as presented:

Update, Land Next To Ney Park. Mattice stated that 237.5 Acres has been sold to another party. He has been in contact with the new owner. After lengthy discussion it was the consensus that Mattice continue discussions with the new owner, Ducks Unlimited, Pheasants Forever, DNR and the City of Maple Lake.

Two quotes were received for the removal of the house located at 107 First Avenue NW: Veit & Company, Inc. ($8.009.08) and Carlson Construction ($5,150.00). The quotes include termination of the sewer and water service. Quotes were not taken for moving of the house.

The expense associated with moving power lines and bringing the house up to code if it were moved made it cost prohibitive. Jude moved to accept the low bid of $5,150 from Carlson Construction, for all bid specifications to be followed, and to fund the expenditure from Site Improvements. The motion was seconded by Eichelberg and carried 5-0.

Brian Asleson, Assistant County Attorney, updated the Board on a case involving animal neglect/substandard conditions for a herd of buffalo on a farm near Delano. An order and search warrant was issued on 8-1-00 to seize the buffalo. The order was posted on 8-4-00 and the owner had 10 days to request a hearing and post a bond.

The bond amount ordered by the Court was $1,000. The owner has requested a hearing to contest the order to seize the buffalo. Correspondence from the MN Federated Humane Societies (MFHS) counsel indicates that by statute, Wright County is responsible for costs associated with the investigation. These expenses will be paid by the County Treasurer from the General Fund.

If the person is found guilty of the violation, the County shall hold a judgment against the guilty person for the amount of the expenses. Approximate costs expended as of 8-8-00 were $3,500. The Court has ordered the MFHS to care for the animals.

Both civil action and criminal charges have been filed. In both cases, the proposal calls for the owner to perform certain items in a time frame established by the court in order to retain the animals. If agreed upon, the owner is responsible for the costs. Asleson hopes some type of settlement can be reached.

Sawatzke referenced correspondence from the East Central Regional Juvenile Center. The letter indicates that Wright County received a check for $23,667.74 from the 1999 surplus budget at the Juvenile Center. Issues such as the economy, difficulty in finding employees, and bed space being utilized more than expected created the surplus.

Mattson extended thanks to the Fire Department Association for their tremendous demonstration at the Wright County Fair.

Bills Approved

Adtec Detention Systems Inc 1059.52

Advanced Graphic Systems Inc 324.56

American Institutional Supply 279.32

Ancom Communications Inc 915.58

Ancom Technical Center 3695.69

Annandale Advocate 341.75

Assn of Minnesota Counties 140.00

Assn of MN Emergency Managrs 160.00

Bachman Printing 226.58

Merlin Bendickson 4530.00

Benton County Treasurer 2012.50

Richard Bergstrom 8845.50

Robert Berning 197.50

Best Inc 11056.92

Eugene Bevers 9377.00

Branstrom Associates Architect 2308.83

Buetow and Associates Inc 1621.24

Buffalo Clinic 416.00

Buffalo Drug 637.93

Buffalo Hospital 6344.00

Carslon Wagonlit 1925.00

Central Lock & Safe 193.50

Paul Charboneau 16713.00

Linda Colbjornsen 485.00

CPS Technology Solutions 123.90

Mark Dehmer 1915.50

Scott Dehmer 894.00

Diers Electric 4910.14

Durdahl Construction 56437.70

E-Z Flush 221.30

Edens Group 130.00

Electrical Installation & Main 69350.00

Engineering Repro Systems 312.90

Enterprise & Dispatch 332.40

Clayton Erlandson 7726.00

Tom Feddema 179.08

Steven Fenske 4834.00

Fisher Drywall Inc 4915.00

Fred's Auto Repair 327.50

G & K Services 1633.63

Marie Gardner 10000.00

GCS Service Inc 364.04

GISDRC 3450.00

W Grainger Inc 138.15

Barry Hanson 9454.00

Bruce Hanson 4079.50

Jeffrey Harff 5317.50

Hay Group 756.00

Hennepin Parks Public Safety 150.00

Norman Herauf 1856.50

Hickory Tech Enterprise Slouti 20214.57

Hillyard Floor Care Supply 408.89

Holiday 1315.47

IBM Corporation 105.00

Imageware Software Inc 345.00

Info Logic 1425.00

Kenneth Jensen 280.00

Bruce Johnson 5052.50

Mark Kessler 5987.00

Steven Kolles 6113.00

Dennis Kraines 310.50

Kramers Hardware 166.32

Roger Kriese 6559.00

Russell Krone 3310.50

Mark Krutzig 12401.00

Lakedale Telephone Company 180.94

Laplant Demo Inc 733.00

Lucille Lasota 5907.50

Eveline Lehn 5907.50

Albert Lindenfelser 6244.50

Clarence Lindenfelser 2089.00

Lynn Lindenfelser 1410.50

Stanley Lindenfelser 11013.00

Loberg Electric 1445.31

Loberg Plumbing & Heating 524.33

Maple Lake Lumber Company 3164.36

Marco Business Products 1901.28

Melroy Martin 7576.50

Mark Michael 10638.80

Nathan Miller 404.60

Minnesota Cle 795.00

MN Assn of Cvso 149.00

MN Government Finance Officrs 200.00

MN State Auditor 9630.04

Monticello Times 856.65

Nortsan 129.48

North Central Radar 268.83

Office Depot 2646.60

Charlotte Olson 16364.50

Jessie Olson 5700.00

Pats 66 184.00

Photo I 521.93

Gerald Polaschek 5490.50

Gilbert Psyk 5862.75

Joseph Psyk 5862.75

Richard Rasmussen 14842.00

Mary Reed 6157.00

Reliant Energy Minnegasco 909.91

Gary Robeck 1556.00

Allan Roden 6553.50

Melvin Rosnow 9000.00

Betty Rowland 1700.00

Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge 459.27

Sherburne County Treasurer 1200.00

St. Cloud Times 283.60

Mary Stasson 12002.00

State of Minnesota ITD 192.98

Tactics Law Enforcement Supply 859.70

Tepley Equipment Inc. 615.82

Total Printing 882.36

Uniforms Unlimited 495.50

United Auto Body 978.96

Unlimited Electric Inc 295.97

US West Communications 560.98

Vetsch Partnership 34650.00

Viking Coca Cola Bottling Co 213.50

Voss Lighting 138.94

Walmart Store 01-1577 237.33

Waste Management TC West 442.45

James Weinberger 165.67

Shane Winkleman 9554.00

Winsted Publishing Inc 885.62

Wright County Highway Dept 24264.08

Wright-Hennepin 130.27

Michael Zachman 13205.00

40 payments less than $100 1,916.34

FINAL TOTAL $586,761.31

The meeting adjourned at 10:28 A.M.

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