Wright County Board Minutes

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

The Board reviewed the minutes of 8-31-99. A correction was made to page 4, last paragraph, 1st sentence, change from "Mattson" to "Russek." Jude referenced page 2, 5th paragraph, 4th sentence, which reads, "Mattson noted that Jude had been a SWTF member up until this year and only posed questions as of late." Jude said he did not agree with the statement and felt that the portion of the sentence "and only posed questions as of late" should be stricken from the minutes. Jude referenced the 8-4-98 County Board minutes which reflected that he had been in contact with NRG representatives who were interested in leasing or purchasing the Compost Facility. He said this showed that he had been talking about this for the last 15-16 months. After further discussion, the consensus was not to change the minutes as requested by Jude as the sentence reflects what occurred at the meeting. Instead, today's minutes will reflect that Jude was not in agreement with the statement made. Eichelberg moved to approve the Agenda as amended, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0.

Petitions were accepted to the Agenda as follows: Item For Consid. #4, "Hours of Operation, Compost Facility" (Jude); Item For Consid. #5, "Article in USA Weekend RE: Teenage Driving" (Mattson). It was noted that the County Board will recess into a closed session today scheduled for 1:30 p.m. to discuss Superior Litigation. Eichelberg moved to approve the Agenda as amended, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0.

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


1. Performance Appraisals: J. Palm, Bldg. Maint.; S. Riley, P & Z.

2. Approve Annual Service Agreement For Human Services Center, Climate Air, $6,588.00.

3. Authorize AMC Delegates To Attend Annual Conference, December 6-8, 1999.

4. MN Housing Finance Agency, MN City (County) Participation Program Update.

5. Meeting Notice, "Public Services In The New Millennium", 7:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M., 9-22-99, Meeker County Courthouse.


1. Refer To 9-14-99 Transportation Committee Of The Whole Meeting:

a. Discuss Proposed Agreement with City of Albertville.

b. Discuss Agreement with City of Monticello RE: CR 117.

c. Discuss Traffic Control Signal Projects.

Doug Gruber, Auditor/Treasurer, requested the Board schedule a Communications Committee Meeting. On a motion by Mattson, second by Eichelberg, all voted to set the meeting for 9-20-99 at 9:00 A.M.

Correspondence was received from Congressman David Minge relating to the current ag crisis and proposals being reviewed to address the situation. Congressman Minge requests response of each of the Commissioners on the proposals and other suggestions in this regard. This was provided as an informational item.

Gruber received correspondence from the MN Dept. of Revenue, Property Tax Division, relating to new legislation passed in 1999 requiring all counties and cities with 500+ populations to hold a public hearing and adopt a resolution before a levy certification tax rate increase is allowed. In checking with Richard Gardner, the person who sent the letter, Gruber learned that if a taxing district will raise the levy (excluding general obligation bonds) beyond what it had the previous year, a public hearing must be held. Gruber said this was implemented by the State due to some cities making public statements that they are not raising taxes; however due to growth and new construction, they are actually getting more tax dollars. Discussion followed on how local units of government are accountable and responsible through the open budget hearing process, public hearings being held prior to setting the levy, and the Truth In Local Taxation Hearing. In addition, counties and cities deal with State mandates that do not include funding. This was provided as an information item at this time. If needed, the County will schedule a public hearing prior to October 20th.

Gruber indicated that interviews will be held this week for the vacant Tax Specialist position in the Auditor's Office. Due to upcoming deadlines, he requested that he be allowed to contract with Rod Bunting for Truth In Taxation, not to exceed 100 hours @ $25.00/hour, to be funded from the Auditor's Personnel line item. Jude moved to approve the request, seconded by Mattson, carried 5-0.

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

Brian Asleson, Assistant County Attorney, referenced a letter and $135.07 bill from the MN Dept. Of Corrections for an inmate sent to Camp Ripley. The program has since been canceled. The Sheriff's Office did not budget for this expense, and Court Administration does not feel incarceration costs should be their responsibility. The bill was forwarded to Richard Norman, County Coordinator, for a determination on what budget should cover the expenditure. At Norman's suggestion, Jude moved to pay the bill out of the Court Services Budget, Detention line item, and to recognize that the Court Services budget may run over by $135.00. Motion carried 5-0 on a second by Russek.

Correspondence was received from the Minnesota Association of Drainage Inspectors offering membership in the organization at a cost of $150.00. The purpose of the organization is to provide ongoing education and training to those involved with Minnesota Statute 103E relating to drainage. The Association also closely watches and participates in discussions on potential changes in Minnesota wetland and drainage laws. Jude moved to appoint Gruber to be the lead representative (contact person) and to pay the $150.00 annual dues out of the Professional Services line item. The motion includes authorizing County Board attendance at the Fall meeting and tour which will be held on 10-18-99 in Willmar. Motion carried 5-0 on a second by Eichelberg.

On a motion by Russek, second by Mattson, roll call vote carried 5-0 to adopt Resolution #99-52, approval of FY 2000 & FY 2001 Nuclear Grant Agreement.

At the last County Board meeting, a motion was passed to open the Compost Facility for the purpose of accepting HHW. Jude brought forth the minutes of 7-28-98 where the Board accepted the resignation of the Compost & Recycling Facility Manager. A motion was passed at that time to establish interim hours at the Compost Facility from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, with the remaining time being spent on maintenance and repair. During the interim period, the Facility would be open on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month for four hours and staffed by volunteers from Planning & Zoning. These interim hours would be authorized until such time as the position was filled permanently, and Davis would then establish regular hours for the Facility.

Jude said that anyone who may fill this position should understand that this motion is in effect. The position may not include work hours of 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. as the Facility needs to be open as a service to the public. Russek said the SWTF had discussed having the Facility open two Saturdays a month.

At 9:30 a.m., Sawatzke closed the bid process for the Bridge Replacement Project, S.A.P. 86-599-21 (Middleville Township), Contract 9908. Virgil Hawkins, Assistant Highway Engineer, opened the bids. On a motion by Jude, second by Russek, all voted to lay the bids over for one week for recommendation from the Highway Department. The Engineer's estimate for the project is $385,000.

Bidder - Structural Specialties, Inc. (Hutchinson), 5% Bid Bond - Yes, Total Bid - $319,794.48

Bidder - Duininck Bros. Inc .(Prinsburg), 5% Bid Bond - Yes, Total Bid - $328,485.90

Bidder - Glenwood Bridge, Inc., 5% Bid Bond - Yes, Total Bid - $371,283.15

Mattson brought forth an article on teenage driving which was featured in the Sunday edition of the USA Weekend Report. He said it was an excellent article on inexperienced teenage drivers and suggested reading it.

The meeting recessed at 9:37 a.m. for a closed session of the County Board to discuss the Superior-FCR Litigation.

Bills Approved

Brian Abrahamson 324.57

Airtouch Cellular Bellevue 1600.93

Barton Sand & Gravel Co 606.75

Buffalo Hospital - OTPT Comm. 265.25

Central Glass 1445.70

Cintas-428 105.96

Computer Training International 455.00

Cummins North Cental Inc 766.04

Elmer Eichelberg 218.86

Facility Systems Inc 10205.55

Raymond Glunz 730.00

Holt Motors Inc 127.80

International Personnel Mgmt 506.25

Klatt True Value Electric 139.97

Ladybug Communications 211.55

Michele McGovern 353.70

Minnesota Copy Systems 431.96

MN Counties Computer Co-op 1450.00

MN Sate Auditor 3994.25

Margaret Munson 162.13

Northern 569.76

Pagenet 527.69

Pats 66 104.00

Dave Peterson Monticello Ford 594.76

Phoenix International SC 360.45

Roche Diagnostic Systems 500.00

Sherry Schliesing 422.84

Shine Floor Care Inc 159.75

T & S Trucking 1038.00

US West Communications Srvc. 717.73

WalMart Store 01-1577 108.30

Keith Wurm Construction 7040.00

Advantage Emblem Inc 766.17

Automatic Garage Door Co 647.00

Buffalo Drug 712.34

Buildings Consulting Group Inc 1194.71

Chamberlain Oil Co 2179.73

Commissioner of Transportation 4694.28

CPS Technology Solutions 173.62

Karen Determan 134.23

Ess Brothers & Sons Inc 3050.16

Tom Feddema 138.88

Hillyard Floor Care Supply 1132.84

Horizons Inc 12260.00

Ken Jude 189.72

Greg Kramber 179.63

Kimberly LeClaire 305.10

Midwest Childrens Resource Cen 403.08

Minnesota Supreme Court 414.00

MN Govt. Finance Officers 200.00

Mobil Oil Corporation 307.90

Niche Products 205.83

Office Depot 727.73

Parr Emergency Product Sales I 208.68

Lynn Peavey Co 313.80

Phillips Petroleum Co 400.98

Reliant Energy Minnegasco 337.40

Russells Lock & Key 146.92

Sherwin Williams 442.66

Sprint 101.00

Total Printing 614.03

Vaughn Display & Flag 173.78

Wright County Highway Dept 2421.70

42 payments less than $100 1,866.84

Final Total $73,290.26

The meeting was reconvened at 1:30 p.m. On a motion by Mattson, second by Russek, all voted to go into closed session for the purpose of discussing litigation. At the conclusion of the closed session, Russek moved, Mattson seconded, and all voted to adjourn at 3:30 p.m.

Patrick Sawatzke, Chairperson

ATTEST: Richard Norman, County Coordinator

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