Wright County Board Minutes



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 8-25-98 was made by Jude, seconded by Mattson, carried unanimously.

Petitions were accepted to the Agenda as follows: Consent Agenda Item A4, "Claim, MCIT, $1,404.00" (Norman); Item for Consid. #4, "Appointment to SWTF" (Rose); Item For Consid. #5, "Mailings" (Rose). Items removed from the Agenda included: Aud./Treas. Item 2, "Approve G&F Agent, D&R Liquor, Otsego" (Groshens). Jude moved to approve the Agenda as amended, seconded by Mattson, carried 5-0.

On a motion by Mattson, second by Sawatzke, all voted to approve the Consent Agenda with the addition of Item A4:


1. Performance Appraisals: R. DeBlois, Sheriff; M. Schafer, Surveyor.

2. Refer Insurance Loss Prevention Report To Building Committee Of The Whole.

3. O/T Report, Period Ending 8-21-98.

4. Claim, MCIT, $1,404.00.


1. Claim, Buffalo National Agency, $50, Deputy Treasurer Bond.

2. Claim, Emergitek Inc., $512.50 (Public Works).

3. Claim, Economy Sweeping, $4,691.00 (H.S. Parking Lot-Gen. Rev. Site Impr.).

4. Approve Tobacco Licenses: Mik Patti's Bar & Grill, Hanover; Smoke Shop 6, Monticello City.


1. Accept Resignation, Diane Palmer, Case Intake Deputy, Eff. 9-18-98 & Auth. Replacement. Authorization To Fill Subsequent Positions Which May Vacate Due To Internal Promotion.


1. Approve Partial Payment #11 ($12,910.38) To Glenwood Bridge For Contract 9709.

On a motion by Jude, second by Sawatzke, all voted to schedule a Labor/Management Health Insurance Committee Meeting for 9-16-98 at 8:00 a.m. As Commissioner Mattson has a conflict, Russek will serve as the alternate.

Darla Groshens, Auditor/Treasurer, presented a request to approve North American Inc. (City of Rockford) as a G&F Agent. Mattson moved to approve the request, seconded by Jude, carried unanimously.

Groshens received notice from the City of Albertville that they will be considering the TIF District No. 10 plan at a public hearing on 9-21-98 at 7:00 p.m., City Hall. TIF District No. 10 will be an economic development district intended to facilitate development of a manufacturing facility. Russek moved to acknowledge receipt of the notice. Motion carried 5-0 on a second by Mattson.

A Building Committee Of The Whole meeting was held on 8-25-98. A summary of the minutes follows. The Committee received an update on the mechanical problems encountered at the Public Works site relative to tying the existing building to the new construction. Discussion also included the 30-day occupancy (HS Center), verification of pressure tests, and cleanup by Kluever at the Public Works site. The voice/data update is proceeding under the presented time line. The Human Services Center parking lot will not be sealcoated until Spring, 1999. The lot will be striped this Fall before Human Services occupies the building. Committee consensus was to purchase cement bumpers to better outline the drive and to paint them yellow to be more visible. Committee consensus was also to obtain separate quotes for plowing and snow removal with the County providing the hauling site. The amount of gravel needed by Carlson Construction will exceed the agreed upon trade of 1,000 yards. Committee consensus was to sell the gravel needed at Public Works at a cost of $1.00 per yard to Carlson with payment up front. Due to the occurrence of five Tuesdays in September, the next Building Committee Of The Whole meeting will be held on 9-15-98 instead of 9-8-98. At today's meeting, Russek moved to approve the minutes as presented. Motion carried 5-0 on a second by Jude.

Richard Norman, County Coordinator, stated there is a continuous need for temporary clerical support throughout the organization and difficulty has been experienced in recruiting temporary placements. Temporary Help Agencies have been contacted in the past and they either don't have an individual to meet our particular need or they are too costly. Norman requested that Rena Westphal assume the role as the half-time person in the clerical pool effective 9-1-98. Westphal currently is employed half-time in the Extension Office. Norman felt that Westphal's experience within the Government Center will be very valuable to departments seeking temporary help. Assignments to departments on a temporary basis will be handled through County Administration. Jude moved to approve the concept, seconded by Russek. It was clarified that Westphal's position is guaranteed 20 hours per week with a maximum of 40 hours per week. There will be no budget implications as departments will fund expenses from the temporary line item. Motion carried 5-0.

Wayne Fingalson, Highway Engineer, presented a resolution which would authorize R/W Plat preparation for the CSAH 35 Flood Alleviation Project (Wolff Swamp). Mattson moved to adopt Resolution #98-49, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.

Fingalson requested Board authorization for final payment ($134,600.47) to Buffalo Bituminous, Inc. for Contract No. 9601 and presented a Resolution of Final Acceptance. Jude moved to adopt Resolution #98-50, seconded by Sawatzke, carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.

As presented by Rose, Mattson moved to appoint Al DeRuyter to the SWTF. Motion carried 5-0 on a second by Russek.

The MPCA sent correspondence inviting Commissioners to a meeting to discuss the water quality in the Crow River. The meeting will be held at the Litchfield VFW on 9-16-98 from 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sawatzke moved to authorize attendance, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0.

A letter was received from the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) notifying the Board of a meeting between the NRC and Northern States Power Company officials. The purpose is to discuss the results of NRC's most recent Systematic Assessment of Licensee Performance report for the Monticello Nuclear Power Plant. The meeting is scheduled for 9-9-98 at 2:00 p.m., Monticello Training Center. Sawatzke moved to authorize attendance, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0.

Correspondence was received from Governor Arne Carlson with a request to complete the Year 2000 Readiness Survey. Norman indicated that he had previously forwarded this survey to Bill Swing for completion.

At the request of Rose, Jude moved to add to the Transportation Committee Of The Whole Agenda of 9-2-98, "Request from Safe Communities to place sign markers on roadways." Motion carried 5-0 on a second by Sawatzke.

At 9:30 a.m., Commissioner Rose closed the bidding process for the Wright County Highway Department Vehicle Storage Building (Design and Build). Fingalson opened the four bids received. The bid process included six alternates, with alternate four being a reduction in the size of building from a four-bay to a three-bay. Bids received were as follows:

BIDDER: American Liberty Construction Co., Base Bid $420,186.00, Alternate 1 (Deduct) $7,000.00, Alternate 2 (Deduct) $7,500.00, Alternate 3 (Deduct) $500.00, Alternate 4 (Deduct) $50,000.00, Alternate 5A (Add) No Bid, Alternate 5B (Add) No Bid

Hunerberg Construction Co., Base Bid $374,500.00, Alternate 1 (Deduct) $2,400.00, Alternate 2 (Deduct) $3,500.00, Alternate 3 (Deduct) $1,000.00, Alternate 4 (Deduct) $27,400.00, Alternate 5A (Add) $28,950.00, Alternate 5B (Add) $18,000.00

Ebert Construction, Base Bid $405,000.00, Alternate 1 (Deduct) $6,700.00, Alternate 2 (Deduct) $4,000.00, Alternate 3 (Deduct) $500.00, Alternate 4 (Deduct) $40,000.00, Alternate 5A (Add) $5,300.00, Alternate 5A (Add) $5,300.00

KUE Contractors, Inc., Base Bid $378,447.00, Alternate 1 (Deduct) $8,050.00, Alternate 2 (Deduct) $1,600.00, Alternate 3 (Deduct) $1,400.00, Alternate 4 (Deduct) $22,453.00, Alternate 5A (Add) $36,000.00, Alternate 5A (Add) $12,310.00

Jude moved to acknowledge the bids and refer them to the Transportation Committee Of The Whole Meeting on 9-2-98, seconded by Mattson, carried 5-0. Fingalson was directed to bring to the meeting a summary of the bids including a breakdown of each of the alternates.

Bills Approved

Earl Andersen Inc 15126.35

Bogart Pederson & Assoc Inc 600.00

Bureau of Criminal Apprehensn 120.00

Catco Parts Service 1014.82

Cellular 2000 of St. Cloud 393.58

Chamberlain Oil Co 1726.12

CPS Technology Solutions 260.50

Economy Sweeping Sealcoating 4691.00

Emergitek Inc 512.50

Finance and Commerce 175.00

Gateway 2000 8237.78

Glenwood Bridge Inc 12910.38

Hedlund Plumbing 135.00

Hydraulic Jack & Equip Serv 425.25

Intoximeters inc 5026.80

Loffler Business Systems Inc 110.90

Marco Business Products 898.35

Mid-Minnesota Hot Mix Inc 556.72

MN Ass'n of Assessing Officers 125.00

MN Dept of Corrections 200.00

Motorola Inc 600.00

Mumford Sanitation 193.40

Richard Norman 264.63

Northern States Power Co 1256.40

Omann Brothers Inc 9285.47

Phillips Petroleum Co 348.99

Rudolph's Inc 9073.80

Scott Cty Court Services 120.00

Snap-On Tools 255.06

Stepp Mfg Company Inc 118.86

Tires Plus 453.13

United Parcel Service 101.05

James Weinberger 209.25

Wright County Sheriff 861.47

Keith Wurm Construction 5889.00

AT&T 1788.49

Bryan Rock Products 4789.43

Cargill Inc-Sale Division 38203.02

Catholic Charities 6435.00

Central MN Services 2478.30

Contech Construction Product 8921.50

Lester Daluge 150.00

Election Systems & Software In 147.30

Gerald Ferrell 100.00

Fire Alarm Service Co 160.00

GE Capital Info Tech Solutions 185.31

W Grainger Inc 208.22

Hillyard Floor Care Supply 307.37

Institute for Forensic Psychol 325.00

Lily Lantto 142.50

M-R Sign Company Inc 255.70

The Metro Group Inc 3767.54

Minnesota Copy Systems 346.95

MN Counties Computer Co-op 1407.00

MN Sheriffs Association 140.00

MTI Distributing Co 639.27

Neil's Floor Covering 275.00

Northern 719.74

Office Depot 110.41

Dave Peterson Monticello Ford 114.32

RoweKamp Associates 1031.45

Jack Russek 156.86

Sherwin-Williams 252.73

State of MN Intertech Group 1140.22

Teply Equipment Inc 102.95

Trueman Welters, Inc 3353.53

Warning Lites 612.35

West Suburban Industrial Suppl 154.28

Wright Hennepin Electric 3520.31

43 payments less than $100 28,935.40

Final Total $193,654.01

The meeting adjourned at 9:39 a.m.

Judie Rose, Chairperson


Richard W. Norman

County Coordinator

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

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