Wright County Board Minutes

SEPTEMBER 14, 1999

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

Mattson moved to approve the minutes of 9-7-99 as presented, seconded by Russek, carried unanimously.

Petitions were accepted to the Agenda as follows: Consent Agenda Item C5, "Accept Resignation, Sandra Dickerman, Clerk I, Eff. 9-16-99" (Gruber); Consent Agenda Item E2, "Accept Resignation, Gary Moe, Highway Maintenance, Eff. 9-16-99 & Auth. Replacement" (Norman); Item For Consid. #4, "Solid Waste" (Eichelberg). Brian Asleson, Assistant County Attorney, requested that the Board go into closed session at 10:00 A.M. today to discuss Superior Litigation. On a motion by Jude, second by Eichelberg, all voted to approve the Agenda as amended.

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

A. ADMINISTRATION

1. Performance Appraisals: A. Gilbertson, J. Knowles, Ct. Admin.; R. Borell, Parks.

B. ASSESSOR

1. Approve Promotion, Sandra Dickerman, Appraisal Technician, Eff. 9-16-99 (Step 3).

2. Authorize Hire, Anthony Rasmuson, Property Appraiser, Eff. 9-16-99 (Step 1).

C. AUDITOR/TREASURER

1. Approve Hire, Pamela Terveer, Clerk I, Eff. 9-20-99 (Step 3).

2. Approve Hire of Denise McCalla, Tax Specialist, starting at $38,090, Eff. 9-27-99.

3. Claim, Scott Builders Inc., $180.00 (Fund 34, HSC & PW), August Consulting.

4. Approve Tobacco License Transfer: Pizzazz - Maple Lake City (Chris & Dawn Nelson).

5. Accept Resignation, Sandra Dickerman, Clerk I, Eff. 9-16-99.

D. COURT SERVICES

1. Accept Resignation, Briana Jacobs, Juvenile Case Aide, Eff. 10-1-99 & Auth. Replacement.

E. HIGHWAY

1. Award Contract 9908 (Middleville Twp. Bridge) to Structural Specialties of Hutchinson, $319,794.49.

2. Accept Resignation, Gary Moe, Highway Maintenance, Eff. 9-16-99 & Auth. Replacement

F. MIS

1. Accept Resignation, Denise McCalla, Programmer, Eff. 9-24-99 & Auth. Replacement.

G. SHERIFF

1. Accept Resignation, Risa Beckius, Part-Time Cook, Eff. 9-12-99 & Auth. Replacement.

2. Acknowledge Appointment, Geoffrey Grisso, Deputy Sheriff, Eff. 9-15-99 (Grade 3).

Doug Gruber, Auditor/Treasurer, presented the claims listing for approval. On a motion by Russek, second by Eichelberg, all voted to approve the claims as listed in the abstract, subject to audit.

A Ways & Means Committee Meeting was held on 9-8-99. At today's meeting, a correction was made to the minutes, 4th sentence, from "...and approve the concept of creating a mountain bike course" to "...and in the future look at the creation of a mountain bike course." Jude moved to approve the minutes as corrected, seconded by Eichelberg, carried unanimously:

Discuss Bill Anderson Park. Mattice explained that the top twenty acres of the Park has an old gravel pit. Once reclamation occurs he proposes that the County create a mountain bike course. No motorized vehicles would be allowed. The consensus of the Committee is that the Highway Department clean up the gravel pit and in the future look at the creation of a mountain bike course. In a related matter, Mattice stated that he has been approached by a property owner to see if we would be interested in purchasing a piece of property for Park expansion. At the direction of the Committee, he will research the issue.

Captain Gary Torfin referenced the Consent Agenda reflecting the resignation of a Cook in the Jail kitchen. He alluded to staffing problems and the contract with Best, Inc. to provide food service. He said it is desired to proceed with the contract at the earliest possible date. A meeting to discuss this has tentatively been set for 9-24-99 at 1:30 p.m. depending on confirmation from Best, Inc. Torfin and Richard Norman, County Coordinator, have experienced problems obtaining response from Best, Inc. Consensus of the Board was that they were supportive of proceeding with the contract as soon as possible.

Richard Norman, County Coordinator, presented a resolution establishing the draft 2000 Budget and Certified Taxable Levy. Norman said the Human Services Board passed a resolution setting the Human Services Draft Levy, and the figures have been incorporated into the draft being reviewed today. With the adoption of the resolution today, the Board can no longer increase the Certified Levy but it can be reduced. Jude said he supported the figures being presented, as the Budget Committee Of The Whole reviewed each line item and mandate. Sawatzke said he would vote against the resolution. The Committee had previously brought the Levy down to $19,636,529 and he felt that he could support that number rather than what was being presented today. Russek moved to adopt Resolution #99-53, seconded by Eichelberg, carried 4-1 on a roll call vote with Sawatzke casting the nay vote:

BE IT RESOLVED that the Wright County Board of Commissioners hereby establishes draft 2000 budgets as follows:

GENERAL REVENUE $22,347,254.

HUMAN SERVICES 16,197,200.

ROAD & BRIDGE 10,145,278.

GREAT RIVER REG. LIB. 1,071,158.

DEBT SERVICE 1,922,928.

LAKE PULASKI L.I.D 36,000.

TOTAL BUDGET $ 51,719,818.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Wright County Board of Commissioners hereby establishes a draft 2000 Certified Taxable Levy as follows:

GENERAL REVENUE $12,029,081.

HUMAN SERVICES 4,904,700.

ROAD AND BRIDGE 2,285,782.

GREAT RIVER REG. LIB. 1,071,158.

DEBT SERVICE 1,922,928.

LAKE PULASKI L.I.D. 36,000.

$22,249,649.

MINUS HOMESTEAD & AGRICULTURAL CREDIT AID: 2,487,570.

TOTAL DRAFT CERTIFIED TAXABLE LEVY: $ 19,762,079.

On a motion by Jude, second by Eichelberg, all voted to schedule a Building Committee Of The Whole meeting for 9-21-99 at 10:30 a.m.

Eichelberg said he requested minutes of the Solid Waste Task Force meeting approximately one month ago and has still not received them. He has since learned that the next SWTF meeting has been canceled due to the lack of agenda items. Eichelberg questioned whether anyone had seen the Solid Waste Plan which the County was supposed to have updated. Sawatzke responded that the SWTF discussed the Plan at the last meeting and were concerned that the Plan be brought up to date as soon as possible. The Planning & Zoning Office will attempt to hire someone to complete this project.

Eichelberg questioned why the minutes have not been completed and whether consequences should be involved when they are not done in a timely fashion. In response to Eichelberg's reference to the Solid Waste Plan, Sawatzke said the Board has been made aware of the dilemma the County is experiencing with the pending lawsuits and their tie to the Solid Waste Plan. Sawatzke said the Board was notified by staff that deadlines would not be met. Russek referenced staff time during depositions, etc. Jude said he learned of the County being in violation for not having an updated Plan through a letter from the State. Eichelberg said he brought forth this issue as he had yet to receive the minutes. Sawatzke suggested that these type of issues should be placed on the Agenda so that staff could attend the meeting and have an opportunity to respond.

Marc Mattice, Parks Administrator, introduced Hannah Dunevitz from the MN DNR. Dunevitz explained that her work with the MN County Biological Survey (MCBS) is different than other work performed by the DNR. Systematic surveys are conducted throughout Minnesota to identify examples of natural vegetation, rare plants, and rare animals. Dunevitz shared the preliminary results of the Wright County Biological Survey. As part of the survey, today's landscape is compared to that of 200 years ago. Significant areas identified include Big Woods forest tracts, new rare birds, several high quality wetland areas, and several native prairies. Dunevitz said that less than 5% of Wright County has natural vegetation remaining. Her purpose is to carry this information to cities, counties and landowners in an effort to educate people on how to preserve these areas in the future. It was found that much of the land identified in Wright County is public land. Regarding rare plants and animals, there are no regulations attached, so it will be up to landowners and the DNR to determine how to best manage and protect the land.

A new program which may be introduced is the Big Woods Heritage Forest Program. A coalition of organizations is drafting legislation creating the boundaries for a new State forest unit in which the State could purchase or accept donations of land from willing private landowners. This would bring new resources into the area helping landowners manage natural resources. Wright County is within the boundaries of this proposed region.

The DNR is in the process of applying to the federal government to become part of the Forest Legacy Program making funding available for the purchase of conservation easements on certain forested lands owned by interested private individuals. The program would result in lands being kept permanently forested and provide some financial compensation to landowners. The program would be voluntary and only lands meeting the criteria of the Program could be enrolled. It is estimated that Wright County would have approximately 1000 acres available and participation would depend upon the interest of landowners.

Jude supported the program and said it paralleled farmland preservation. However, he felt that landowners should be compensated fairly and taxes reduced if they cannot use the land. Dunevitz said that one of the reasons this was being presented today was to make sure that the County was supportive of their efforts. Sawatzke suggested that Dunevitz and Mattice draft a resolution in support of the Big Woods Program which would be presented as part of 2000 AMC Platform. Sawatzke serves on the AMC Environment and Natural Resources Policy Committee. The draft resolution will be presented for Board approval at an upcoming meeting.

The meeting recessed at 9:46 a.m.

Sawatzke reconvened the meeting at 10:00 a.m. On a motion by Russek, second by Mattson, all voted to go into closed session to discuss Superior litigation with the County Attorney and members of his staff.

Bills Approved

Airtouch Cellular Bellevue 507.97

Albion Township 1888.00

AMI Imaging Systems Inc 1613.00

City Annandale 706.75

Arnold's of Kimball Inc 1577.92

AT&T 5142.44

Bob Barker Co 277.72

Best Disposal Services 377.35

Buffalo Clinic 826.00

Buffalo Township 445.90

Frank Caruso 274.98

Catholic Charities 6869.07

Centennial Lakesnurse Anesthe 375.60

Chamberlain Oil Co 464.18

Clearwater Township 1397.05

Climate Air 340.33

City Cokato 792.46

Contech Construction Product 10878.00

Corinna Township 1409.90

Delano Eagle 106.20

Doyle Equipment Inc 394.50

Engineering Repro Systems 116.52

Forestry Suppliers Inc 364.65

French Lake Township 882.50

Gateway Companies Inc 7149.35

H&H Sport Shop 160.00

Hance Locating Inc 297.81

City Hanover 1628.75

Hillyard Floor Care Supply 1191.12

Holt Motors Inc 3902.50

Interstate Battery System 419.30

Klatt True Value Electric 163.21

LaPlant Demo Inc 582.08

Little Mountain Feed Inc 160.55

Loffler Business Systems Inc 1500.00

City Maple Lake 2419.82

Mariposa Publishing 101.18

Martin-McAllisters Consulting 609.00

Masys Corporation 5225.00

Mid-Minnesota Hot MIx Inc 9382.05

Midland Corporate Benefits Svc 588.25

MN Counties Computer Co-op 237.43

Mobil Oil Corporation 347.43

Monticello Township 3649.45

Mrs Inc 361.34

Northern States Power Co 180.92

Office Depot 265.12

Omann Brothers Inc 110.59

Phoenix International SC 360.45

City Albertville 3167.00

Allina Medical Transportation 165.00

Amoco Oil Company 164.28

Appert Foods 1715.32

Association of Minnesota Ctys 1375.00

Baers Body Shop 3048.81

Bauerly Brothers Companies 112368.15

Buff'N'Glo Inc 270.02

Buffalo Emergency Physicians 154.00

City Buffalo 4308.58

Catco Parts Service 626.74

Centennial Lakes Same Day 1473.00

Central Glass 349.37

Chatham Township 1182.35

City Clearwater 1583.10

Cokato Township 826.73

Construction Market Data 282.75

Copy Equipment Inc 283.59

Crow River Industrial Coatings 800.00

City Delano 9771.50

Emed Company Inc 510.83

Fall Maintenance Expo 140.00

Franklin Township 3468.75

Fullerton Lumber Co 243.05

GE Capital Info Tech Solutions 1373.34

Joseph Hagerty 142.36

Hancock Concrete Products Co 550.00

Hay Group 1747.20

Holiday 1056.24

City Howard Lake 3170.00

JLM Telecommunications 166.50

Lake Region Coop Oil 24807.16

Laser Technology Inc 3818.03

Loberg Plumbing & Heating Co 1101.10

Maple Lake Township 1271.15

Marco Business Products 109.91

Marks Standard parts 3621.86

Marysville Township 1834.75

McDowall Company 5375.00

Middleville Township 1680.75

Midway Iron & Metal Co Inc 116.86

MN County Attorneys Ass'n 524.95

Monticello Dental Group 203.00

City Montrose 1460.55

No Butts Bin Co Inc 1082.90

Northstar Repro Products Inc 112.03

Olympic Oil Co 145.75

Dave Peterson Monticello Ford 502.69

Photo I 1033.35

Fred Pryor Seminars 195.00

Reliant Energy Minnegasco 157.53

City Rockford 4180.25

Royal Tire-St Cloud 4355.06

Sharp Electronics 215.99

City South Haven 1671.62

City St Michael 4433.15

Stockholm Township 701.00

Tennant 140.90

Total Printing 191.70

Unlimited Electric Inc 178.40

City Waverly 1169.05

Woodland Township 786.05

Wright Lumber & MIllwork Inc 231.26

Reedsburg Hrdwe Co 1172.24

Rockford Township 1176.10

Rons Ice 315.98

Ryan Motors Inc 767.19

silver Creek Township 3049.80

Southside Township 958.40

Star Tribune 623.00

Streichers 105.97

Dean Terning Farms 4515.00

Trueman Welters, Inc 252.76

US West Communications 1687.21

Wicklander Zulawski & Assc 758.00

Wright Hennepin Electric 3723.31

43 payments less than $100 2,047.00

Final Total $324,066.26

At 10:30 a.m., Sawatzke reconvened the regular Board meeting. There being no additional business, he adjourned the meeting.

Patrick Sawatzke, Chairperson

ATTEST: Richard Norman, County Coordinator


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