Wright County Board Minutes


AUGUST 18, 1998

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

Motion to approve the minutes of 8-11-98 was made by Jude, seconded by Russek, carried unanimously.

Petitions were accepted to the Agenda as follows: Item For Consid. #3, "Medical Hardship Mobile Home Placement" (Norman). Russek moved to approve the Agenda as amended, seconded by Sawatzke, carried 5-0.

Jude acknowledged Item D2 of the Consent Agenda, "Acknowledge Donation Of $100.00 To Wright County Sheriff's Reserves From The Cedar Lake Conservation Club" and moved to approve the Agenda as presented. Motion to approve the Consent Agenda was seconded by Russek and carried 5-0:


1. Performance Appraisals: H. Engstrom, A. Backes, Hwy.; J. Carpenter, K. Clemence, M. McNulty, J. Rivers, Sher./Corr.

2. O/T Report, Period Ending 8-7-98.

3. Authorize Amendment To The 1999 Law Enforcement Contract With City of South Haven.

4. Accept Quote Of $2,600.00 From ASTECH For Crackfill (Human Services Center).


1. Approve Tobacco License, Lake Region Coop (Maple Lake Twp.).

2. Claim, Scott Builders, $4,072.50.

3. Claim, Buffalo Rental, $48.81 (Public Works).

4. Claim, Vaughn Display & Flag, $63.85 (Human Services Center).

5. Claim, Klatt True Value, $7.99 (Human Services Center).

6. Claim, Emergitek, $4,413.43 (Human Services Center).

7. Claim, G.E. Capital, $1,072.45 (Human Services Center).

8. Claim, MAAC Metro, $5,350.00 (Public Works).


1. Accept Resignation, Adam Backes, Hwy. Tech I, Eff. 8-24-98 & Auth. Replacement.


1. Accept Resignation, Dan Kempf, Corrections Officer, Eff. 8-28-98 & Auth. Replacement.

2. Acknowledge Donation Of $100.00 To Wright County Sheriff's Reserves From The Cedar Lake Conservation Club.

3. Authorize Signature Of Board Chair On Request For Two Additional Deputies From New COPS Grant For 1999.

A Building Committee Of The Whole Meeting was held on 8-11-98. A summary of the minutes follows. Asbestos removal digging has been completed. Consensus of the Committee was to approve the $1,000 payment in exchange for 1,000 yards of gravel, to be hauled over the next couple of days. Regarding repair to 21 new roof penetrations since bids were made, the Committee recommends McDowall do the job carrying a five-year warranty and for Scott to oversee work on one or two penetrations to determine an additional cost, to be funded out of Capital Improvements with a pay back to the project from the bond proceeds. Scott recommended that chalkboards at the Public Works Building be addressed to avoid a repeat of problems experienced at the Human Services Center. Regarding a Public Works Banner temporarily being placed at the Human Services Center, the consensus was for Fingalson to cover the $140 cost apart from moving costs. Consensus was for Scott to proceed with a footing and building the wall up to support the panels where the two asbestos pipes are being removed. The demolition went well at the Public Works site and the Committee received an update on the punch list for the Human Services Center. In view of the 30-day Certificate of Occupancy, it was requested that Scott continue to push KUE for completion. Regarding the Human Services Center parking lot, consensus was to rely upon Steve Meyer's recommendations to ensure work is properly done and that striping layout falls under the Architect's area of responsibility. At the recommendation of Scott, consensus was to have Scott contact Otto & Associates to ensure that dirt work is being done according to specs. Pressure testing on the water main and a chlorine check have not been done. The stability of the fiber link appears satisfactory and is functioning at 100% at this time. Electrical problems have occurred. Committee consensus was to approve the Public Works furniture order ($57,000) and coordinate delivery in order to avoid storage. Hiivala will meet with Scott regarding response to a bond holder letter received by the Auditor/Treasurer. A letter was drafted to Shelva Swanson in appreciation for Brad Thompson's assistance with the Sentence To Serve Program in moving Public Works to the Human Services Center. At today's County Board meeting, Rose made the following correction to the minutes: Page 2, 3rd paragraph, should read, "Scott stated in his opinion it would be worth the extra expense to have someone full-time from Braun Intertec at Public Works during the digging, backfilling and compacting to make sure it is done right. Rose stated the contract stipulates a person full-time from KUE shall be assigned to the project and that it is the County's understanding that Jim Kuelhle would be full-time at the Public Works project. Scott explained in digging out the contaminated soil that each time you go down a foot it's required to also go out another foot. Responsibility for soil testing with Braun was mentioned, as well as marking locations and Wright/Hennepin's shut down of the project for underground location of lines." Jude moved to approve the minutes as amended, seconded by Russek, carried unanimously.

Darla Groshens, Auditor/Treasurer, presented the July Revenue-Expenditure Guidelines for approval. Mattson moved to acknowledge receipt, seconded by Sawatzke, carried 5-0.

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

A Labor Management Health Insurance Committee meeting was held on 8-5-98. A summary of the minutes follows. Review of neighboring counties (Sherburne, Stearns, Anoka, Benton, Carver and Chisago) health insurance plans was presented by Joan Grotjahn, Meadowbrook Insurance Consultant. Medica is the primary carrier among the counties discussed except Stearns and Benton which access Central MN Group Health. Anoka County has been experiencing loss ratios of 130% and will receive a 20% increase effective 9-1-98. Current medical inflation is at 10%-14%. Health insurance rates are expected to increase as follows: Blue Cross/Blue Shield (20-30%); Health Partners (15-20%); and Medica (18-25%). Grotjahn did not recommend pursuing bids due to the high loss ratio and the likelihood that insurance providers may not be interested in placing bids. Current utilization is 115%. The Committee decided to look at alternate plan options in an effort to control premium rate increases. Personnel will contact Medica to ascertain the cost savings in changing the $10 co-pay to a $20 co-pay. A meeting will be set after this information is obtained. At today's County Board meeting, discussion involved the increase in office calls by employees and family members. Jude felt that all co-pays should not be increased rather those which are experiencing increases. Co-pay increases would require Union approval if it affects the Base Plan. Sawatzke moved to approve the minutes as presented, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0.

A Ways & Means Committee meeting was held on 8-12-98:

Potential State Takeover Of Local Court Costs. Nordeen reported that the State Funding Committee of the Minnesota Conference of Chief Judges reviewed the letter from Anoka County concerning use of HACA to fund State takeover of the Courts. They adopted the Association of Minnesota Counties' guidelines for State takeover. Judge Douglas stated that this process is being conducted because the State funding for the Eighth District sunsets January 1, 2000. The State Funding Committee will be meeting again this month and in early September. Judge Meyer sits on the Committee. It was the consensus to schedule the next meeting for September 23rd so that Judge Meyer can be in attendance. Related discussions included analyzing the impact on Wright County specifically and researching the history behind HACA and what the funding formula is now.

At today's County Board meeting, Rose stated that an educational meeting will be held for the entire Board on this issue. Jude referenced the AMC Fiscal Affairs Task Force which he serves on and their discussions on how this will affect counties. Jude was also concerned with the effect this may have on taxpayers. Wright County receives $2.1 million per year in HACA funding which is being viewed as a potential funding source by the Courts. Sawatzke commented that the 8th District Court is a pilot project. He stated that the study will hopefully reflect whether the State or the County would most efficiently handle local court costs. Jude requested that Norman draft a letter to Dan Erhart, Anoka County Board Chair, stating the concerns. Jude moved to approve the minutes, seconded by Russek, carried unanimously.

Al DeRuyter met with the Board on behalf of the SLOPE (Stop Landfilling Our Precious Environment) group which has been formed by a group of local citizens concerned about the proposed landfill expansion. An informational booth was set up at the Wright County Fair to educate people regarding the expansion and allowed people to sign a petition against the expansion if they so desired. DeRuyter presented the petition to the Board which reflected 280 signatures. The petition's key points include: 1) The landfill is not needed; 2) It is counter to State and local policy; and 3) All landfills pollute. DeRuyter stated that after spending time discussing the issue with people, it is clear that Wright County citizens are very dismayed at the proposal of the landfill. Jude questioned whether the information presented was based on legal fact or on popularity. He stated the County Board has an obligation to do what is legally correct. DeRuyter responded that although it is a popular issue, he could not speak to whether it was a legal issue as he is not an attorney. DeRuyter provided the Board with the petition and SLOPE literature. He thanked the County Board for their efforts in planning and steps they have taken to attempt to keep our County safe and sound regarding environmental issues.

Chuck Davis, Environmental Health Officer, provided the Board with SWTF membership information. Terms which have expired include John Simola, Mary Johnson, Dick Naaktegeboren and Ralph Peterson. Gary Mattson has resigned. Members whose terms have not expired include P.J. Hanson, Merlin Martinson and Dave LaPlant. Jude moved to reappoint Dick Naaktegeboren to the SWTF, seconded by Sawatzke, carried 5-0. Peterson and Johnson will be contacted regarding their interest in reappointment.

Jude stated a SWTF meeting should be scheduled, as the last one was held in June, 1997. Appointments to the SWTF will be laid over and discussed at the next County Board meeting.

Wyman Nelson, County Attorney, met with the Board regarding the (PCMT) Preferred Correctional Medical Team of Minnesota, which has been providing jail medical services since the first of the year. Problems with PCMT payroll have been brought forth, as well as benefit premiums not being paid and health care providers not being paid in a timely fashion. Nelson stated this does not affect the delivery of Jail services at this time. As requested by the County Attorney, Jude moved to put PCMT on notice that they should correct deficiencies which exist within 10 days from today as notified by Captain Gary Torfin. The relationship will continue to be monitored and the contract may be canceled should these deficiencies not be corrected. Russek seconded the motion. Mattson referenced letters he has written to PCMT and the Colorado Better Business Bureau and the time frame it took to receive the information requested. He is still awaiting information from the second quarter relating to cost breakdowns. Nelson requested that Mattson forward copies of his letters to Captain Torfin as PCMT is required to provide reports on a timely basis. The motion and second were amended to include that the Sheriff and Attorney will draft the letter to PCMT. Motion carried 5-0.

The Board addressed which meeting in September should be canceled due to the occurrence of five Tuesdays in the month. Russek made a motion to cancel the 9-8-98 meeting but later withdrew his motion. Russek moved to lay this issue over to the next County Board meeting, seconded by Mattson, carried 5-0. Norman stated that this will allow review of the status of the Budget process. Additional Budget Committee Of The Whole sessions may be required in order to set the draft levy on September 15th.

Referred from the last County Board meeting, the Board addressed the request for a mobile home placement on the Weiman property under Ordinance 85-2 (Supportive Care to the Frail, Elderly or Disabled). Subsequent to that meeting, staff from Planning & Zoning viewed the site and met with the property owners regarding screening options. Sawatzke stated the recommendation is to require a certain location on the property for the placement of the mobile home and to also require planting of 8' trees adjacent to the mobile home. In response to whether neighbors' concerns have been properly addressed, Sawatzke stated that the Ordinance requirements have been met and that appropriate conditions will be placed upon the request. Jude questioned the eight deciduous trees chosen to provide screening stating he did not feel they would provide much screening. He felt he would vote in support of the request as a compromise was reached. Sawatzke moved to approve the recommendation of the Zoning Office to approve the request, seconded by Russek, carried unanimously.

Further discussion ensued on Ordinance 85-2 as it relates to lot size and zoning districts. Sawatzke suggested that the Ordinance requirements be revisited prior to potential future requests on lots 2.5 acres or smaller in residential zones. Jude felt that the Ordinance actually saves the County money while allowing people to care for their relatives. He did not feel that the Ordinance needed review. Russek also felt that each request should be reviewed based on its own merits. After further discussion, Mattson moved to refer study of the appropriate lot sizes for Ordinance 85-2 to the Ways & Means Committee Of The Whole, seconded by Sawatzke, carried 5-0.

Wyman Nelson, County Attorney, requested that a closed meeting be scheduled at 10:15 a.m.

The County Board recessed at 9:45 a.m. and reconvened at 10:00 a.m. for the General Obligation Capital Improvement Plan Bond Sale, Series 1998A. Barry Fick, Vice President with Springsted Public Finance Advisors, said that yesterday $3,270,000 of CIP Bonds were offered on the competitive market. Nine bids were received as outlined in the handout material. The winning bid was from Cronin & Company, Inc., Salomon Smith Barney, and Josepthal & Co., Inc. in the amount of $3,234,739.60 reflecting a true interest rate of 4.6692%. Fick stated that this is a reduction in projected interest costs of over $300,000. The closing of the bonds will be the first week of September and that is when the County can expect to receive the funds. The bonds are dated 9-1-98 and interest will commence as of that date. Jude moved to adopt Resolution #98-47 accepting the offer on the sale of $3,270,000 General Obligation Capital Improvement Plan Bonds, Series 1998A, providing for their issuance and levying a tax for the payment thereof. The motion was seconded by Mattson and carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.

Bills Approved

A-1 Marine 142.22

Alliant Foodservice 2085.74

Annandale Rock Products 148.52

Assn of MN Emergency Mgrs 170.00

Patrick Atkins 150.00

Big Map Company 223.66

Catco Parts Service 1551.30

Central Landscaping 2875.00

Conestoga-Rovers & Associates 826.40

E-Z Flush 156.98

Eulls Manufacturing Co Inc 271.58

Functional Industries 779.63

Greenview Inc 9636.80

Douglas Gruber 139.81

Hillyard Floor Care Supply 156.56

Interstate Battery System 466.15

KRWC 220.00

LaPlant Demo Inc 574.95

Loberg Plumbing & Heating Co 747.21

Marco Business Products 549.12

MN Weights and Measurers 190.00

MTI Distributing Co 1379.22

Office Depot 2874.19

Photo I 888.32

Reds Auto Electric 166.84

Royal Tire-St Cloud 1375.96

Scott Builders Inc 4072.50

Spill 911 Inc 1978.06

Streichers 2005.21

Surveyors Supply Co 154.25

Terminal Supply Co 244.36

United Parcel Service 138.30

Walmart Store 01-1577 150.93

David Zinken 700.00

Aladdin Synergetecs 263.58

Andys Towing Service Inc 213.00

Appert Foods 2292.12

AT&T 391.23

Bear Graphics Inc 563.00

Brinkmans Inc 1125.36

Central Glass 843.97

Central McGowan, Inc 457.82

Contech Construction Product 2878.80

Emergitek Inc 4487.98

Facility Systems Inc 501.61

GE Capital Info Tech Solution 1072.45

Gregorys Foods Inc 152.04

Harkers 262.27

Industrial Supply Co 334.41

Interstate Bearing 160.09

Lakedale Telephone Co 287.06

Lawson Products, Inc 314.01

MAAC Metro 5350.00

The Market Place 472.44

Mr Rooter of Wright County 1347.60

Northern Hydraulics Inc 544.18

Olsen Chain & Cable Co Inc 236.93

Precision Prints of Wright Co 314.18

Roche Diagnostic Systems 500.00

Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge 180.00

Sign City 285.42

Standard Truck & Auto 1971.44

Dorothy Stuhr 139.35

Teply Equipment Inc 155.02

Tessman Seed Co Inc 428.14

US West Communications 7514.43

Wright County Journal Press 126.72

Robert Zrust 1497.48

41 payments less than $100 2,156.77

Final Total $78,010.67

The meeting adjourned at 10:07 a.m.

Judie Rose, Chairperson

ATTEST: Richard W. Norman, County Coordinator

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