Wright County Board Minutes


AUGUST 25, 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 8-18-98 was made by Russek, seconded by Mattson, carried unanimously.

Petitions were accepted to the Agenda as follows: Hwy. Engineer Item #4, "Add Two Items to the Transportation Committee Meeting on 9-2-98" (Jude); Item For Consid. #4, "Closed Session" (Rose). Jude moved to approve the Agenda as amended, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0.

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


1. Performance Appraisals: C. Hohl, M. Sandquist, Attorney; R. Linder, Ct. Admin.; N. Tallman, Ct. Svcs.; S. Safar, MIS; R. Borell, Parks.

2. Sentencing To Service Quarterly Report, April 1-June 30, 1998.

3. Claim, Shadduck Young & Brown, $310.50 (July Services).


1. Claim, Loberg Plumbing & Heating Co., $111.30 (Public Works Building).

2. Acknowledge Indian Lake LID 1998 Annual Report.

3. Claim, Emergitek Inc., $100.00 (Public Works Building).

4. Claim, KUE Corp., $115,250.24 ($83,336.00 Public Works) ($31,914.24 Human Services Center).

5. Claim, Buetow & Assoc., $2,928.19 (Human Services Center).


1. Authorize Partial Payment #2 ($832,180.02) To Buffalo Bituminous For Contract 9801.


1. Approve Request To Rezone From AG & S-2 To A/R & S-2, Michael W. Froslie (Monticello Twp.).

2. Approve Request To Rezone 76 Acres From AG To A/R, Chere & Walter Knutson (French Lake Twp.).

3. Approve Request To Rezone From AG To R-2a (request was for R-2), Dave & Joy Carlson (Corinna Twp.).

4. Approve Request To Rezone From AG To A/R, James D. Fenning (Franklin Twp.).

5. Approve Request To Rezone 80 Acres From AG To A/R, Harvey & Beverly Burau (Franklin Twp.).

6. Approve Request To Rezone 8.24 Acres From AG & S-2 To R-2 & S-2, Fred Naaktgeboren & Richard Naaktgeboren.

7. Deny Request To Rezone from AG & S-2 To R-2 & R-2a & S-2, Steven J. Cheney (Silver Creek Twp.).


1. Acknowledge Appointment of Greg Findley, Sergeant Deputy Sheriff, Eff. 9-5-98.

On a motion by Jude, second by Russek, all voted to cancel the 9-8-98 County Board Meeting due to the occurrence of five Tuesdays in September.

Darla Groshens, Auditor/Treasurer, received notice that the City of Monticello will be considering the adoption of TIF #1-25 District and will hold a public hearing on 9-14-98 at 7:00 p.m. Russek moved to acknowledge the notice, seconded by Sawatzke, carried 5-0.

Sawatzke moved to appoint Commissioners Russek and Jude to the Canvassing Board, 9-17-98 @ 10:00 a.m. Motion carried 5-0 on a second by Mattson.

The claims listing was reviewed. Mattson questioned a claim on page 8 to Buffalo Hospital ($2,251.95) and whether this was covered under the Jail medical contract. Mattson will contact the Sheriff's Department for clarification. Jude moved to approve the claims as listed in the abstract, subject to audit, seconded by Sawatzke. Rose referenced the claim to herself on page 1 ($149.60). She stated that the amount should be $139.60. Motion carried 5-0.

A Deferred Compensation Committee meeting was held on 8-19-98:

Updates/Amendments. The Committee recommended that employees in the I.D.S. deferred compensation plan be eligible to withdraw their money from the plan as long as they understand the tax implications of withdrawing the money. The Committee also recommended that the refusal of I.D.S. to continue with the plan be considered a "hardship" on those employees within the plan. Nelson stated that Valerie Zumbusch has asked to take part in the Deferred Compensation Fair at Wright County even though she is not a Wright County approved plan. The Committee recommended that only those who are a Wright County approved deferred compensation plan will be allowed to take part in the fair. The Coordinator's Office will write a letter to Ms. Zumbusch indicating this decision. Nelson stated that Barry Kleg would not have the draft approval of the Wright County Deferred Plan in time for the Deferred Compensation Fair but stated it would be in place by January 1, 1999. Groshens stated that Richard Norman, Wyman Nelson, and her reviewed the Theis/Dougherty's Overture Variable Annuity Series and PEBSCO's Deferred Compensation Plan; she said they believe the plans met the Internal Revenue Service's requirements for our 457 deferred compensation plan. The Committee recommended approval for these funds to take part as a Wright County deferred compensation plan as long as they received the minimum number of participants required by the County.

At today's meeting, the following was added to the last paragraph of the minutes: "Upon County Board approval of the Committee minutes, the two companies can submit to the Auditor/Treasurer their listing of 20 transfers or new members." Sawatzke moved to approve the minutes as amended, seconded by Jude, carried 5-0.

A Personnel Committee Of The Whole meeting was held on 8-17-98:

Discuss Implementation Of "After Ten Year Step". Norman stated that three grievances have been filed by three different unions regarding the implementation of the "After Ten Year Step" increase. Apparently, there is confusion between the definition of what is a job versus what is a class. Norman and Madden explained the difference. An example of how an employee moves on the Salary Schedule when they are promoted versus when they are reclassified was outlined. The Committee was in unanimous agreement about their understanding of what was negotiated in the last union settlements. Madden and Norman will be meeting with the unions as part of the grievance process.

Russek moved to approve the minutes as presented, seconded by Jude, carried unanimously.

Referred from the last County Board Meeting, appointments to the Solid Waste Task Force (SWTF) were addressed. Russek moved to reappoint Mary Johnson, seconded by Mattson, carried 5-0. On a motion by Mattson, second by Jude, all voted to reappoint Ralph Peterson. Jude moved to direct Chuck Davis to schedule a SWTF meeting, seconded by Mattson, carried 5-0.

Tom Jackson, Natural Resources Conservation District, provided a brief update on the soil survey. The Last Acre Ceremony was held in October 1997 and field work has now been completed. The next step is to produce an interim report, which Jackson stated he did not have available for review today due to printing problems. He will present this information at the next County Board Meeting. The manuscript has been completed and they hope to complete the digital control base by February, 1999. Training sessions will be held with Planning & Zoning. Jackson was thanked for the update.

Rose announced that the County Board will be going into a closed session immediately following today's meeting.

The meeting was recessed at 9:19 a.m. and reconvened at 9:25 a.m.

Tom Salkowski, Planning & Zoning Administrator, presented for approval the Victor Township Land Use Plan. At the March 1997 Annual Meeting, the Town Board moved to have the Plan reviewed. Monthly meetings were held from June 1997 through March 1998. The intent was to explore permitting limited residential growth if certain areas of the township were suited to such development. Victor Township is an agricultural community with excellent soils and low population densities. The Committee met with representatives from the cities of Howard Lake and Winsted. Salkowski kept the Committee updated on the Feedlot Ordinance and transportation issues relating to CR #6. The desire was to keep the growth close to the City of Howard Lake. Changes to the Land Use Plan map include the designation of an area west of Howard Lake as a new Major Growth Area (approx. 450 acres). Only 80 acres of this area had been designated Ag in the old Plan. This area was chosen after consulting with the City of Howard Lake and the County's plans to route CR #6 along the west side of this district. The Committee recommends that the City and Township begin discussions to develop an orderly annexation agreement. About 240 acres of land will change from Ag to Ag/Residential south of Lake Ann and Lake Emma and north of CR #30. Prime considerations were the existence of improved roads already servicing the area and limited residential development. A small area located between existing residential developments on the northwest side of Lake Ann is designated for Residential Large Lot. Changes to the Land Use Plan are not expected to impact aggregate resources in any way. The Plan has been recommended for approval by the Township Board, Planning Commission and the Committee. Russek commented that this was one of the better Plans reviewed by the Planning Commission. Jude questioned whether Mattson had any concerns with the Plan as it related to preservation of Ag land. Mattson responded that the land south of the Lake is not suitable for Ag and that the west side of Howard Lake would be the only expansion area. This area is rolling and would have low productivity. Mattson added that Victor Township is very concerned with the preservation of Ag land. Mattson moved to adopt the Victor Land Use Plan, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0.

The meeting recessed at 9:35 a.m. and reconvened at 9:40 a.m.

Marc Mattice, Parks Administrator, reviewed the August Parks Commission Minutes and recommendations. A summary follows:

Discussion included camping rules and regulations and the possibility of developing a campground at Clearwater/Pleasant Park. The Parks Department will research private and public systems to be reviewed by the Parks Commission this winter.

Solutions to the parking problems at Schroeder Park continue to be explored.

An update of the Budget Meeting of 8-18-98 was presented by Russek.

The Parks Commission recommends that Wright County not participate in the Great River Road Interpretive Signing Program.

A Park projects update was provided which included the following: 1) Expansion of the Otsego Parking Lot with final paving completed by the Highway Department; 2) Beebe Lake volleyball court reconstruction, piers were fixed and branches cut; 3) Collinwood Park, painting of the restrooms, picnic shelter and tables; 4) Beebe Lake picnic shelter shingling, along with painting of tables and rails; 5) Roofed and repaired storm damaged bathrooms at Riverside Park; 6) Park road and access, maintenance and repairs continued throughout the month; 7) Safety inspections on the Parks playground equipment.

The Parks Commission would like the Parks Department to look into a proposed lake access on Clearwater Lake near the Park.

Resigning of the directional signs for the Limestone Lake Access was discussed. The Parks Commission recommends that the access route be signed from both the North and the South to help control traffic patterns.

The owner of land which is possibly for sale next to the Central Unit of Stanley Eddy Memorial Forest will be contacted. The Parks Department was asked to evaluate the possibility of creating a trail within Bill Anderson Memorial Park.

At today's meeting, Jude moved to accept the Parks Commission minutes and recommendations, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0. Regarding the Great River Road Interpretive Signing Program, the form will be faxed back today indicating that Wright County is not interested in participating in the Program.

Wayne Fingalson, Highway Engineer, asked that the Board approve an Agreement with Mn/DOT & Canadian Pacific RR Co. for a railroad crossing improvement at CSAH 12 (Buffalo). Mattson moved to adopt Resolution #98-48, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.

Fingalson requested that the following items be added to the Transportation Committee Meeting scheduled for 9-2-98: 1) Discuss the CSAH 33/CSAH 20 intersection per request of City of Rockford and 2) Discuss 8-27-98 meeting Waverly regarding CSAH 8. In addition, Jude asked that the following items be added to the same meeting: 1) CR #5 and Harrison Blvd. In Annandale and 2) Silver Creek Township signs. In response to Jude, Fingalson explained that signs for cities are placed upon their request but the signs are paid for by the city. Russek moved to add these items to the Transportation Committee Agenda of 9-2-98, seconded by Jude, carried unanimously.

Dick Marquette, Engineering Assistant, requested approval of Right of Way appraisal rates for the CSAH 35/CR 134 signal project and for approval to forward the offers to landowners. Independent appraisers have been working with landowners. One of the five landowners involved is Northern Natural Gas. In that case, there is a problem with ownership lines. Costs involved are 0.84 acres of permanent ROW ($18,000/acre), 0.34 acres of tillable slope easement ($300/acre), and 0.68 acres of crop damage ($218.00). Jude questioned the policy of property owners dedicating land as part of plat approval. Fingalson stated that this has been a Planning & Zoning Policy used nationwide for many years. Sawatzke stated that in both his and Russek's service on the Planning Commission, they did not receive a complaint from a developer regarding this policy. The rationale is that if the land is platted, there is potential that road improvement will be made at some time. The benefit is that the road authority would not have to acquire as much road Right of Way. Russek moved to approve the Right of Way acquisition, seconded by Mattson, carried 5-0.

Richard Norman, County Coordinator, referenced County Board action today to cancel the 9-8-98 County Board Meeting. He reminded the Board that there is a Building Committee Of The Whole Meeting also scheduled for that day. Sawatzke moved to cancel the Building Committee Of The Whole Meeting on 9-8-98 and to reschedule it for 9-15-98. Motion carried 5-0 on a second by Russek.

Bills Approved

Advanced Graphic Systems Inc 134.61

Advantage Water Conditioning 109.24

American Research Grant 900.00

Annandale Rock Products 565.83

Assn of Minnesota Counties 148.00

Bob Barker Co 197.96

Buetow and Associates Inc 2928.19

Buffalo Bituminous 832180.02

Buffalo Drug 111.69

Computer Training International 1450.00

CT Farm & Country 992.41

Duerrs Water Care Service 678.41

Election Systems & Software In 4395.04

H&H Sport Shop 122.00

Holiday 319.45

Lake Restoration Inc 200.00

Marco Business Products 1912.53

MN Resort Association 478.00

Munson Lakes Nutrition 156.31

Norstan 670.63

Lynn Peavey Co 204.50

Research & Information Tehcnol 282.76

Judie Rose 140.84

St Cloud Group Home 1504.72

City St. Paul 1000.00

Toms Superette 132.05

University of Minnesota 242.42

Wright County Journal Press 1046.38

Advantage Emblem Inc 766.16

Airtouch Cellular 157.14

Mary Anderson 114.18

Anoka County Juvenile Center 1956.99

AT&T 1357.01

Betmar Languages Inc 405.90

Buff 'N' Glo Inc 354.70

Buffalo Clinic 228.00

Buffalo Hospital 2251.95

CPS Technology Solutions 255.00

Decorative Designs Inc 167.18

Edens Group 240.00

Emergitek Inc 100.00

HIllyard Floor Care Supply 6491.99

Kue Contractors Inc 115250.24

Loberg Plumbing & Heating Co 111.30

Masys Corporation 2698.48

Mobil Oil Corporation 206.00

National Business Systems Inc 913.48

Office Depot 582.87

Mary Peterson 146.63

Rons Ice 630.43

Sharp Electronics 1005.57

St Cloud Stamp & Sign 125.93

Superior Service - Central MN 852.64

United Parcel Service 107.09

Harry Walsh 275.00

Wright Hennepin Electric 2737.50

52 payments less than $100 2,427.90

Final Total $996,121.25

The meeting adjourned at 10:02 a.m.

Judie Rose, Chairperson


Richard W. Norman

County Coordinator

Published in the Howard Lake Herald, Oct. 5, 1998.

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