Wright County Board Minutes

AUGUST 24, 1999

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 8-10-99 as presented, seconded by Eichelberg, carried unanimously.

Petitions were accepted to the Agenda as follows: Consent Agenda Item C5, "Extend Medical Leave Without Pay Through 9-24-99 for Sandra Dickerman" (Gruber); Aud./Treas. Item #7, "Set Additional Budget Committee Of The Whole Meetings" (Norman). The Agenda was changed to have the Bid Opening for the Government Center Parking Deck Repair at 10:00 A.M. (originally scheduled for 9:30 A.M.) as the Bid Addendum incorrectly reflected the bid opening at 10:00 A.M. On a motion by Jude, second by Russek, all voted to approve the Agenda as amended.

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


1. Performance Appraisals: M. Sandquist, Atty.; C. Webb, Hwy.; M. Aitchison, K. Clemence, P. Even, C. Hafften, S. Hall, D. Korus, B. Rainwater, J. Rivers, Sher./Corr.

2. Claim, Frank Madden & Assoc., $3,311.42.

3. O/T Report, Period Ending 8-6-99.

4. Claim, MCIT, $2,158.87 (Deductible-Peine v. Wright).

5. Claim, MCIT, $1,000.00 (Deductible-Torkelson v. Wright).

6. Claim, MCIT, $1,000.00 (Deductible-Williams v. Wright).


1. Approve Promotion of Lori Thingvold from Appraisal Technician to Property Appraiser, Eff. 9-1-99 (Step 2). Authorizing advertising for Appraisal Technician position.


1. Claim, Scott Builders Inc., $337.50 (Fund 34 HSC/PW) - July Services.

2. Claim, Climate Air Inc., $3,190.00 (Fund 34 PW) - AC Installation.

3. Tobacco License Transfer - Circle C Convenience Store (Montrose).

4. Seasonal On Sale Beer License, "Silver Creek Sportsmen Club" (Silver Creek Twp.).

5. Extend Medical Leave Without Pay Through 9-24-99 for Sandra Dickerman.


1. Accept Resignation, Brenda Whittaker, Court Attendant, Eff. 8-17-99 & Auth. Replacement. Authorize filling any subsequent openings should the position be filled from within the department.

2. Acknowledge Hire, Lisa Peterson, Records Clerk, Eff. 8-25-99 (Grade A, Step 3).


1. August Parks Commission Minutes and Parks Department Monthly Activity Report.


1. Deny Request To Rezone from AG to B-2, Patrick & Staci Fruth (Clearwater Twp.).


1. Acknowledge Appointment, Scott Wellsted, Deputy Sheriff, Eff. 8-9-99 (Grade 5).

Commissioner Dick Mattson presented the Buffalo Kiwanis Club with a Certificate of Appreciation for their involvement with the Adopt-A-Highway Program covering a two-mile area on County Highway No. 12. Members of the Kiwanis Club present were Kent Asheim, Gary Torfin, Dennis Moeller and John Wright. Mattson expressed appreciation for their efforts in helping to maintain the roads in Wright County.

A Personnel Committee meeting was held on 8-11-99:

Discuss Proposal From Best, Inc. Fox stated that if the County accepts their proposal to provide food service management for our Jail their intent is to discuss the opportunity to work for Best with the current Jail kitchen staff. They currently provide this service for Stearns, Sherburne, Benton, Anoka, Carver, Chisago, Dakota, Washington, Meeker, and other jurisdictions in Minnesota and Wisconsin. They envision at least a six-week transition period prior to taking over this function. Norman stated that the County will be meeting with the union on September 1st to discuss this issue. Fox stated that they would at least pay as much as employees are currently earning. Any differences in benefits would be made up for in additional wages. Norman will research what benefit levels currently employees have selected. It was agreed that Best, Inc. will forward sample contracts to Torfin.

At today's meeting, Mattson questioned whether the other counties contracting with Best, Inc. had been contacted for their opinion as to the services received. Sawatzke responded that this had been done with nothing but positive feedback. On a motion by Eichelberg, second by Russek, all voted to approve the minutes as presented.

A Ways & Means Committee meeting was held on 8-11-99:

Discuss Aerated Lakes Ordinance. Paul Diedrich, Montrose Area Fisheries Supervisor, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources suggests that Wright County consider passing an ordinance which would prohibit the use of all motorized vehicles on lakes that are being aerated. The prohibition would be from sunset to sunrise. The purpose of the ordinance would be to prevent accidents which may occur when a motorized vehicle falls through thin ice. Four lakes are currently permitted to aerate in Wright County. They are Mink, Somers, Little Waverly and Crawford Lakes. The aeration systems are not operated every year nor are they always operated during the entire winter. Currently, a lake association is required to get insurance in order to get a permit. A notice has to be posted in the newspaper twice prior to starting aeration. All accesses must be posted. The main issue is safety. The Committee feels the main issues involve liability and enforcement should we decide to pass an ordinance. Prior to discussing this further the Committee requested that DNR provide us with information and ordinances from counties currently using this enforcement mechanism. Also, the County Attorney's Office should be represented. It was decided that the Committee will meet on August 25th at 9:00 A.M. to continue discussions on this issue.

At today's meeting, Jude stated he has attended Clearwater Lake meetings where this issue was discussed. He said there was not an overall enthusiasm for creating an ordinance and they will continue to discuss the pros and cons of doing so. Jude moved to approve the minutes as presented, seconded by Eichelberg, carried unanimously.

Doug Gruber, Auditor/Treasurer, referenced a letter dated 8-5-99 from Scott Dahlke, Meyer-Rohlin, Inc. relating to County Ditches 9 & 21 (Royal Meadows Development). The letter requests approval of the following items: 1) County Ditch 21 Cleanout; 2) Storm Sewer Outlet; and 3) Street Crossings over County Ditch 9 and Ditch 21. Gruber said the letter addresses concerns the County Board had in previous discussions on these requests. Kerry Saxton, SWCD, said more review was needed with regard to the outlets and the best use of the ponds. He said the latest plans he reviewed did not have 10:1 benches on the ponds, which he felt was a safety feature and was critical. Dahlke said that the current pond has a 4:1 slope, but they intend to change this to a 10:1 slope. Discussion led to State Statutes which require review by the MPCA when a municipality connects to a county ditch system. Saxton said he had contacted the MPCA for their opinion, but had not done so under this pretense, but rather as a professional favor. Dahlke explained that he has attempted to obtain a response from the MPCA, but has not received one to date. It was suggested that the County send a letter to the MPCA requesting a response. Saxton thought the developer should be allowed to proceed with grading as the pond areas are large enough. He felt that if the MPCA had any problem, it would most likely be in the configuration of the ponds.

Gruber posed a question as to whether there would be lots outside of the development where the 1.5:1 slope would not be met. Dahlke referenced an area within the development south of CR 119. He said the City of St. Michael identifies 14 acres of this project and another 6 from an adjacent property in their regional park plan. Sawatzke referenced past discussion on the importance of slope requirements, especially in areas where children may be present. He felt this land will be used by children as it is a small lot residential development and there were tentative plans for the land to be used as a park. Dahlke said there is an approximate 600' area from CR 119 to the development where the slopes have not been completed.

Jude moved to direct the Wright County Attorney's Office to send a letter to the MPCA asking for a response within 30 days, otherwise the County will assume the MPCA does not have any concerns. Motion carried 5-0 on a second by Eichelberg. Jude moved to direct the Wright County Attorney's Office to send a letter to the City of St. Michael requesting they address the ditch slopes in the 600' area above the Royal Meadows Development. Safety issues should be reviewed with the developer. A recommendation as to how this will be addressed is requested back to the Wright County Board within 30 days. The motion was clarified that this would just be within the park area, and that the developer will complete the slope in the other areas. Motion carried 5-0 on a second by Eichelberg. Jude moved to approve the three requests as outlined in the 8-5-99 letter from Dahlke relating to County Ditch 21 cleanout, storm sewer outlet, and street crossings. This approval is granted contingent upon final approval by the SWCD. Any difficulties encountered should be brought back before the County Board. Motion carried 5-0 on a second by Eichelberg.

A draft Joint Powers Agreement between Wright County and the City of St. Michael was reviewed. The Agreement relates to the repair, maintenance and the continued effective functioning of County Ditches 9 and 21. All portions of these ditches lie within the city limits of Albertville and St. Michael. A similar agreement was previously entered into with the City of Albertville for County Ditch 9. On a motion by Russek, second by Eichelberg, all voted to approve the Joint Powers Agreement as presented.

Gruber said a Joint Ditch 15 meeting will be held with representatives from Meeker County, McLeod County, and Wright County Districts 1, 3, and 5. Gruber asked for some tentative dates in order to establish the meeting. Russek moved to acknowledge that a Joint Ditch 15 meeting will be held on either September 3rd (morning), September 9th (afternoon), or September 13th. Motion carried 5-0 on a second by Mattson.

On a motion by Russek, second by Jude, roll call vote carried 5-0 to approve a plat, "FRANKLIN PONDS," as submitted by Harvey H. & Beverly M. Burau, husband and wife, fee owners of the following property described in part as: The S1/2 of the SE1/4 of Section 34, Township 118, Range 25 and Part of the NW1/4 of the SW1/4 and the SE1/4 of the SW1/4; with all outstanding taxes and green acre liability, if any, having been satisfied; the park dedication fee has been paid; there are no new roads involved; and the title opinion letter provided by Jan Larson, Attorney, and the Consent to Plat document drawn up by the State Bank of Delano have been reviewed by Thomas C. Zins, Assistant Wright County Attorney, who finds the plat to be in order to be filed and recorded along with the Consent to Plat document.

Russek moved to lay approval of the July Revenue/Expenditure Guidelines over for one week, seconded by Mattson, carried 5-0.

Richard Norman, County Coordinator, requested that the Board schedule the following Budget Committee Of The Whole meetings: 8-31-99 at 10:30 A.M. and 9-7-99 at 10:30 A.M. On a motion by Russek, second by Eichelberg, all voted to schedule the meetings as requested.

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

On a motion by Jude, second by Russek, roll call vote carried 5-0 to adopt Resolution #99-48 designating Wright County Community Action as the Administrator for the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency (MHFA) Rehabilitation Loan Program in Wright County.

At 10:00 A.M., Sawatzke closed the bidding process for the Government Center Parking Deck Repair. Craig Hayes, Purchasing Agent, opened and read the bids submitted. On a motion by Mattson, second by Eichelberg, all voted to lay the bids over for one week for review with the Engineering Consultant.

Bidder's Name - Brent Anderson Associates (Fridley); Total Sum Of Unit Prices - $111,836.00; Bid Bond Included - Yes

Bidder's Name - Cy-Con, Inc. (St. Paul); Total Sum Of Unit Prices - $62,447.00; Bid Bond Included - Yes

Bidder's Name - A.J. Spanjers Company (Minneapolis); Total Sum Of Unit Prices - $35,257.00; Bid Bond Included - Yes

Bidder's Name - Sunrise Specialty Contracting Inc. (Big Lake); Total Sum Of Unit Prices - $58,540.00; Bid Bond Included - Yes

Bidder's Name - Western Waterproofing Company (Minneapolis); Total Sum Of Unit Prices - $51,503.00; Bid Bond Included - Yes

At 10:05 A.M., the Public Hearing was held to review proposed amendments to the Building Code Ordinance. The language was approved by the Ways & Means Committee. Asleson said the proposed action would be to delete the Building Code Ordinance adopted in 1977 and adopt the new two-page Building Code Ordinance in its place. The reason for amending the ordinance is to clarify and clean up any references to what the State has in place. There will be no change in enforcement or administration of the code with this amendment. At 10:11 A.M., Russek moved to close the Public Hearing, seconded by Jude, carried 5-0. Russek moved to adopt Ordinance 99-02 adopting the Minnesota State Building Code, seconded by Mattson. It was clarified that the January 25, 1977 Ordinance will be deleted and the new language as proposed will be used for the Ordinance. Motion carried 5-0. A summary of the Ordinance follows:

"The amendments adopted on this date, consisting of Ordinance No. 99-02 Adopting The Minnesota State Building Code, replace the County Ordinance on this subject adopted on January 25, 1977. The new language is adopted mainly for purposes of clarifying administration and enforcement of the 1997 version of the Uniform Building Code, as adopted by the State of Minnesota. There are no substantive changes to the Ordinance. A printed copy of the amended Ordinance is available at the Office of the Wright County Coordinator."

Dennis Moeller, U of M Extension Service, presented the 1999 Wright County "Profile of Business and Labor." The report reflects the growth and labor statistics in Wright County and is available to the public at the Wright County Extension Office. The report was provided for informational purposes.

Wayne Fingalson, Highway Engineer, requested approval of an agreement with Albion Ridges Golf Course for the construction and maintenance of a pedestrian tunnel under CR 105. The Golf Course is covering all costs associated with the tunnel, including the concrete box culverts, traffic control, open cutting and the settlement which will occur after construction. The tunnel will be put in consistent with the County's standards regarding slopes and all insurance requirements are indicated in the Agreement. Russek moved to approve the Agreement, seconded by Jude, carried unanimously.

Fingalson requested that a Transportation Committee be scheduled to discuss: 1) Paving township roads leading to County Parks; 2) Spring Road Restrictions; 3) Proposed change to CSAH 7 in the Clearwater area; and 4) Improvement of old State Aid Highway 9 in Cokato. On a motion by Jude, second by Russek, all voted to schedule a Transportation Committee Of The Whole meeting on 9-14-99 at 10:30 A.M. The meeting will be held at the Public Works Building.

Mattson moved to adopt Resolution #99-49 approving the Agreement between Mn/DOT, Wright County and the City of Cokato for a new traffic control signal at TH12/CSAH 3. The motion was seconded by Russek and it carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.

Bills Approved

Active Logic Corporation 233.30

Airtouch Cellular Bellevue 1351.19

Allina Hospitals & Clinic 225.00

American Health Care Supply 289.20

Mary Anderson 104.16

Appert Foods 2365.36

AT&T 4863.63

Automatic Garage Door Co 13782.25

Barton Sand & Gravel Co 3503.47

Bauerly Brothers Inc 1333.00

Betmar Languages Inc 807.41

Buffalo Clinic 637.00

Buffalo Fire Department 2010.00

Buffalo Hospital-OPTP Commer 141.25

Buildings Consulting Group Inc 3303.50

Calibre Press 370.90

Michael Campbell 2415.99

Carver County Treasurer 870.00

Catholic Charities 8850.79

Central Lock & Safe 454.45

Collins Communications 480.00

Computer System Products Inc 1719.03

Conoco, Inc 101.75

Dupont Flooring Systems 3318.00

Franklin Denn 363.40

Dispute Resolution Center 600.00

Econofoods 379.15

Elk River Printing and Venture 100.11

Facility Systems Inc 2596.93

Federated Propane 242.29

G&K Services 1329.65

GE Capital Info Tech Solutions 438.00

Greenview Inc 8396.60

Harkers 438.50

Hillyard Floor Care Supply 2263.77

Information Technology Div. 139.57

Interstate Battery System 283.08

Chris Jahnke 263.19

Kris Engineering Inc 749.36

Lakedale Telephone Co 238.14

Larson Publications Inc 254.20

Loberg Plumbing & Heating Co 5452.67

Maple Lake Messenger 215.09

Marks Standard Parts 2879.85

Masys Corporation 2698.48

Roger Mattila Electric 290.70

The Metro Group Inc 3167.09

Minnesota CLE 265.00

MN County Attys Association 210.00

Advanced Graphic Systems Inc 460.65

Albertville Body & Fender 810.97

AME Group 287.69

Ancom Technical Center 4244.45

Annandale Advocate 361.50

Arnold's of Kimball Inc 159.44

AT&T Wireless Long-Distance 303.02

Bob Barker Co 315.95

Bauerly Brothers Co. 1030290.00

Best Disposal Services 399.61

Buff 'N' Glo Inc 220.50

Buffalo Drug 182.58

Buffalo Hospital 5416.67

City Buffalo 726.70

Bureau of Criminal Apprehensn 160.00

Tim Cameron 125.00

Cargill Inc-Salt Division 18166.17

Catco Parts Service 860.96

Central Glass 267.37

Climate Air 3190.00

Commissioner of Transportation 195.00

Computer Training International 750.00

Cub Foods 470.25

Dictaphone 1289.15

Dominos Pizza 109.00

Ebert Construction 23573.00

Edens Group 260.00

Enterprise & Dispatch 253.10

Bridget Falbo 358.00

Maribel Fernendez 123.08

Gateway 2000 1562.35

W Grainger Inc 168.50

Gregorys Foods Inc 191.59

Harris-Billings Co 310.00

Humane Society of Wright Cty 145.00

Institute for Forensic Psychol 650.00

J Craft Inc 4552.35

Jerrys Towing & Repair 165.08

Lake Region Coop Oil 18501.14

Laplant Demo Inc 268.40

Lee's Farm & Garden Store 484.16

Joann Lowrie 132.68

Marco Business Products 3951.61

Martin-McAllisters Consulting 304.50

Matco Tools 365.94

McDowall Company 5375.00

Midwest Childrens Resource Cen 403.08

Minnesota Monitoring 376.00

MN Sheriffs Association 170.00

City Monticello 749062.30

Margaret Munson 265.05

National Business Systems Inc 1198.73

Northern States Power Company 294.67

Olympic Oil Co 196.82

Lynn Peavey Co 970.30

Dave Peterson Monticello Ford 817.53

Prairie Equipment Co, Inc 603.27

Reds Auto Electric 104.39

Reliant Energy Minnegasco 220.30

Rowekamp Associates Inc 4359.89

Ryan Motors Inc 145.02

Scott Builders inc 337.50

Sheriffs Youth Program of MN 2299.08

Simplex Time Recorder Co 184.95

St Cloud Times 235.52

State of MInnesota 228.98

Stepp Mfg Company Inc 184.03

Sysco Minnesota Inc 1911.39

TKDA 11313.11

Total Printing 1086.46

Trueman Welters, Inc 451.07

University of Minnesota 334.64

Viking Coca Cola Bottling Co 124.50

James Weinberger 306.28

Wright County Auditor-Treas. 190.00

Wright County Human Srvcs 93521.88

Wright Hennepin Electric 3857.85

Zack's Inc 113.60

Munson Lakes Nutrition 148.73

National Bushing & Parts 202.81

Norstan 161.43

Office Depot 895.13

Oman Brothers Inc 301.15

Performance Office Papers 987.09

Photo I 445.75

Precision Prints of Wright Co 534.10

Reds Cafe 260.93

Rons Ice 599.43

Royal Tire-St Cloud 3023.37

Scenic Signs 155.46

Sharp Electronics 207.87

Simmons Hunt & Simmons 213.00

Smith Well Drilling 876.82

Star Tribune 324.00

State of MN Intertech Group 484.35

Superior Service - Central MN 794.66

Thomas Mfg Co Inc 267.12

Toms Superette 200.22

Traffic Marking Service Inc 217.44

U S Office Products 477.13

US West Communications 9580.58

Walmart Store 01-1577 631.70

Winsted Publishing Inc 120.81

Wright County Highway Dept 350.98

Wright County Journal Press 217.07

WSB & Associates Inc 2268.84

61 payments less than $100 3,013.94

Final Total $2,123,073.66

The meeting adjourned at 10:24 A.M.

Patrick Sawatzke, Chairperson

ATTEST: Richard Norman, County Coordinator

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