Wright County Board Minutes

MINUTES

SEPTEMBER 15, 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 9-1-98 was made by Russek, seconded by Mattson, carried unanimously.

Petitions were accepted to the Agenda as follows: Aud./Treas. Item #4, "Canvassing Board" (Groshens); Item For Consid. #5, "Speed Computation Information" (Mattson); Item For Consid. #6, "Fair Board Meeting" (Mattson). Jude moved to approve the Agenda as amended, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0.

The Consent Agenda was reviewed. Jude requested that claims listed under the Aud./Treas. indicate the fund source. On a motion by Russek, second by Sawatzke, all voted to approve the Consent Agenda as follows:

A. ADMINISTRATION

1. Performance Appraisals: J. Palm, Bldg. Maint.; B. Douglas, Ct. Admin.; W. Cordell, S. Marquette, E. Ross, Hwy.; T. Eull, Sher./Corr.

2. Claim, Midwest Forensic Pathology PA, $39,750.00, Coroner Services (2nd Half 1998 Contract).

3. Claim, GRRL, $238,928.00, (4th Qtr. Payment).

4. Claim, Frank Madden, $6,612.64.

5. Refer To Ways & Means Committee Discussion RE: Sponsorship Of Smoking Cessation Programs.

6. Change Flex Plan enrollment date for new employees from September 1st of each year to the 1st of the month following the date of hire. Annual enrollment for all employees will remain March 1st of each year.

B. AUDITOR/TREASURER

1. Approve Tobacco Licenses: Total Mart #5305 & #5306 (Monticello) and Total Mart #5308 (St. Michael).

2. Claim, Moody's Investment Services, $6,500.00.

3. Claim, Springsted, $19,387.63.

4. Claim, Scott Builders, $4,297.50.

5. Claim, Citi-Cargo & Storage, $90.53.

6. Claim, Facility Systems, $608.00 (H.S.).

7. Claim, Emergitek, $400.00.

8. Claim, Economy Sweeping, $10,617.00.

C. HIGHWAY

1. Approve "Wright County Highway Right Of Way Plat No. 37," signal project at CSAH 35/CR 134 intersection.

D. MIS

1. Approve Hire, Paula Ries, System Support Specialist, Eff. 9-21-98, Step 3.

2. Authorize Signatures On Professional Services Agreement Between Wright County & The Lawrence Group.

E. PLANNING & ZONING

1. Approve Request To Rezone From AG To R-1, Arthur & Ruby Geisinger (Corinna Twp.).

2. Approve Establishment Of Planned Unit Development District, Jim Swanson (Corinna Twp.).

3. Approve Request To Establish A Rural Planned Unit Development District, Clinton Duske (Marysville Twp.).

F. RECORDER

1. Accept Resignation, Betty Stueven, Clerk II, Eff. 9/11/98 & Auth. Replacement. Authorization To Fill Subsequent Position Which May Vacate Due To Internal Promotion.

G. SHERIFF

1. Acknowledge Resignation, Jean Carlson, Full-Time Cook, Eff. 10-3-98 & Auth. Replacement.

Richard Norman, County Coordinator, said today was the last day to set the draft Budget and Certified Taxable Levy for 1999. Once approved the figures can be modified until one week following the Truth In Taxation Hearing held in December. The draft figures can only be reduced from this point forward, not increased. The 1999 draft budget is .8% higher than the 1998 budget, and the levy is 5.1% higher than the 1998 levy. This will be the second year that Wright County came under the State levy limit, which is at 6.3% for 1999. The amount Wright County receives from the State for Homestead and Ag Credit Aid (HACA) is passed directly onto the taxpayers by reducing the levy. Wright County will receive $2,266,080 in State HACA funding in 1999. Mattson moved to adopt Resolution #98-51, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0 on a roll call vote:

BE IT RESOLVED that the Wright County Board of Commissioners hereby establishes draft 1999 budgets as follows:

GENERAL REVENUE $20,403,056

HUMAN SERVICES 15,217,700

ROAD & BRIDGE 11,755,372

GREAT RIVER REGIONAL LIBRARY 1,020,453

DEBT SERVICE 1,651,914

LAKE PULASKI L.I.D. 36,000

TOTAL BUDGET $50,084,495

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Wright County Board of Commissioners hereby establishes a draft 1999 Certified Taxable Levy as follows:

GENERAL REVENUE $10,986,308.00

HUMAN SERVICES 4,844,200.00

ROAD AND BRIDGE 2,305,079.00

GREAT RIVER REGIONAL LIBRARY 1,020,453.00

DEBT SERVICE 1,651,914.00

LAKE PULASKI L.I.D. 36,000.00

Subtotal $ 20,843,954.00

MINUS HOMESTEAD & AGRICULTURAL CREDIT AID: 2,266,080.00

TOTAL DRAFT CERTIFIED

TAXABLE LEVY: $ 18,577,874.00

Darla Groshens, Auditor/Treasurer, requested that a Communications Committee be scheduled. Mattson moved to schedule a meeting for 9-21-98 at 9:00 a.m., seconded by Sawatzke, carried 5-0.

The Canvassing Board was scheduled to meet on 9-17-98 at 10:00 a.m. Groshens explained that the information required will not arrive until that date and requested that the date and time be changed. In addition, an alternate should be selected as Jude may not be able to attend the meeting. Sawatzke moved to appoint Mattson as the Canvassing Board alternate, seconded by Jude, carried 5-0. Russek moved to reschedule the Canvassing Board until 9-18-98 at 10:00 a.m., seconded by Jude, carried 5-0.

Groshens received correspondence from the City of Cokato confirming that Parcel #105010-013010 has been deemed as a "hazardous" property by the City's Fire Chief and Building Inspector and has been condemned. The letter requests expeditious action by the County Board for removal of the building. This tax forfeit parcel was reviewed by County staff, Jude and Mattson and found to be in poor shape. Brian Asleson, Assistant County Attorney, stated that the City has secured the property and that the previous property owner can obtain access through the City, as long as they are notified in advance. Asleson provided the last occupant of the building 7-10 days to remove personal items. Groshens has contacted the DNR and must receive a response from them before proceeding. Groshens is required to publish a sale date for the property twice and also is required to send notices to property owners. She estimated $10,000 to remove the building. Jude suggested that the County sell the property for $1.00 and that the buyer would then be responsible for everything, including liability insurance. Asleson referenced personal property left behind and the requirement to hold that property for 45-90 days before it is sold. He will attempt to obtain a letter waiving this from the previous property owner. Jude moved to authorize Groshens to proceed with setting a date for the sale of the property with the conditions that the starting bid be a minimum of $1.00, that the buyer assume all responsibilities, and that the building must be removed within 90 days of the date of purchase or they must negotiate a separate date with the County Board. Motion second by Mattson. The motion and seconded were amended to stipulate that the building be removed as soon as possible and that Groshens was directed to work with the County Attorney's Office to cover all legal matters. Motion carried 5-0.

The claims listing was reviewed. Groshens made the following changes: Page 4, Winsted Publishing ($321.27), should be coded as Board Minutes and not Primary Elections; Page 6, Winsted Publishing ($880.43) should be coded as Primary Elections and not Board Minutes; Page 6, Wright County Deputy Registrar ($33.90) should be changed to Office Depot. On a motion by Russek, second by Mattson, all voted to approve the claims as listed in the abstract, subject to audit.

At 9:30 a.m., Commissioner Rose closed the bidding process for Contract 9808, Traffic Control Signal System Project, CSAH 35/CR 134 Intersection.

Jim Elmquist, Special Projects Administrator, was to give a presentation asking for authorization to participate in the Cities Special Assistance Program. Just prior to the meeting, the MN Housing Finance Agency contacted him stating that an alternative plan may be a better choice for the County. He therefore removed the request and will present information at a later date.

Tom Jackson and Deron Ruesch, Natural Resources Conservation District, distributed and reviewed the Wright County Soil Survey Interim Report. Work commenced on this pilot project in 1993 as they were completing their work with the Sherburne County Soil Survey. Jackson indicated that Wright County has very complex soils and that new soil names were established as a result. Copies will be given to the County Board, Administration, Highway, Planning & Zoning, Assessor, and Extension. A final copy will be distributed to the County Board when it is available. The old Soil Survey will be used for use with the Conservation Reserve Program as all of the data bases have not been updated; otherwise the Soil Survey Interim Report will be utilized. Jackson stated the County received the Report at a very reduced cost (estimated $60,000) due to it being a pilot project. He estimated the County would otherwise have spent approximately $1 million on the Report. Jackson and Ruesch were thanked for the extensive work put into this project.

Wayne Fingalson, Highway Engineer, opened the bids for Contract 9808, Traffic Control Signal System Project, CSAH 35/CR 134 Intersection. Two addendums were included. Engineer's estimate was $320,000.00. Russek moved to accept the bids and to direct the Highway Engineer to review them and present a recommendation at the next meeting. Motion carried 5-0 on a second by Sawatzke.

Name of Bidder ­ Bid ­ Amount Includes Bid Bond

Buffalo Bituminous, Inc., Buffalo, MN ­ $437,844.75 ­ Yes

Hardrives, Inc., Rogers, MN ­ $452,370.60 ­ Yes

The next issue addressed was the enlargement of the Public Works garage doors in the main shop and welding shop. A prior decision of the Building Committee Of The Whole was to include as part of the bid package the cutting of the larger door openings and the installation of the garage doors. Fingalson contacted Asleson last week regarding the bid process as he has been unable to obtain design drawings from the company that manufactured the walls. Fingalson stated that in checking with the Attorney's Office, it would be possible to proceed with a quote process instead of through the bid process. Asleson clarified that labor and materials cannot be separated to avoid competitive bidding. He estimated that the cost would range from $15,000 to $25,000 and that would fall within the limits to obtain at least two quotes, which would be kept on file for one year. Sawatzke moved to allow Fingalson to obtain quotes on the garage door improvements and to bring a summary of the quotes back to the County Board for final approval. Motion carried 5-0 on a second by Jude.

Sawatzke moved to adopt Resolution 98-52 of final acceptance authorizing final payment ($21,930.34) to Midwest Contracting, LLC for Contract 9710, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.

A Transportation Committee Of The Whole (TCOTW) Meeting was held on 9-2-98. A summary of the minutes follows as well as County Board action taken at today's meeting:

Discuss Request for Road Vacation in Clearwater Township: Mike Flynn and Gary Holthaus requested that a portion of property owned on CSAH 75 be vacated to them. They are the underlying fee owners of the ROW and are planning a storage facility operation. At the 3-13-98 TCOTW Meeting, the proposal to vacate a portion of old CSAH 7 ROW adjacent to the west side of this property was approved subject to the two owners paying the fee of $250.00 each. The action was postponed by one of the owners. Flynn indicated that the City of Clearwater will annex the property into the City limits as part of the orderly annexation agreement. The Consensus of the TCOTW at their 9-29-98 meeting was to: 1) Have Highway Department staff discuss the future of this area with City officials to determine what part or parts of the old easement may be needed in long range development action; 2) Have the 0.65 acre easement area in question appraised to determine a value in releasing the easement to the fee owners.

At today's meeting, Fingalson indicated that the City of Clearwater would like him to meet with the City Engineer to review turnback options. He will pursue this and present the County Board with an appraisal rate at a future meeting. No action was taken today.

Discuss Church Sign in Annandale (Jude): Several requests were received from St. Johns to place a sign along the west ROW area of CSAH 5 between the RR tracks and CSAH 38 in Annandale. Church signs fall under the category of specific service signs. Under County policy, they can only be placed in a rural location. Jude requested that the Committee review the request as he felt this was a hardship case. Fingalson said this would be in violation of the sign policy and questioned action of future requests if this request were granted. Discussion included current signs at this location and proposed alternatives. The request was presented to assist the public in finding the church.

At today's meeting, the minutes were corrected and the following is the correct consensus of the TCOTW: Have Bill Cordell work with Pastor Doppenberg and St. Johns congregation to determine the legend on a white on blue 30" x 24" sign which will use the same sign post as the Southbrook Golf Course sign. Consistent with policy, the church will pay for costs.

Discuss Access Permit for Proposed Outlet Mall in Albertville: The Committee was provided with an overview of what had transpired to date. In July 1998, Wright County received an access permit application for access to the proposed mall on the west side of CSAH 19, just north of Interstate 94 in Albertville. A letter was sent to the developer and the City of Albertville outlining the transportation needs which would need to be met. Subsequently an EAW was completed reflecting that the mall could generate 10,000 vehicles per day. The EAW determined that two additional traffic signals would be required on the County's highway system. Representatives from the City explained that the mall cannot use Tax Increment Financing. The City is working with the developer to reach an agreement regarding the wastewater treatment plant and road improvement needs. Wetland mitigation needs are being addressed with the SWCD. The developer is challenging the EAW traffic projections. The original traffic figures were generated by the consultant hired by the developer. The developer will meet with the City Planning & Zoning Commission on 9-8-98. The Highway Engineer said County policy and participation in funding would come into play if this proposal becomes a reality. He suggested establishing a task force of city and county representatives to deal with this situation. The consensus of the TCOTW was to work with the City of Albertville in a task force type capacity, as the need arises, to deal with planning and funding issues associated with the mall development issue in Albertville.

Discuss the CSAH 33/CSAH 20 Intersection per Request of City of Rockford (Russek): Correspondence was received from the City stating its concern about safety at the intersection due to the large number of gravel trucks traveling eastward on CSAH 33. The letter references the potential for an accident at the intersection of CSAH 20 due to locked brakes on the downhill approach to this intersection. The letter also references repair work to CSAH 33 that would be assessed to city residents because of the truck traffic. The Committee agreed that because CSAH 33 is on the County's highway system, the County would be responsible for the maintenance and repair of this road. The City's request is for the County to install a 4-way stop. This request was previously denied by the County Board due to not meeting the warrants. Records indicate there has not been an accident at this location since July 1997. No accidents were reported in 1996 or to date in 1998. The accident rate for this intersection is 0.212 while the statewide average is 2.8. Russek noted that the intersection is in the middle of the City and in a 30-mph zone next to a city park. The Highway Engineer strongly disagreed with the concept of allowing a 4-way stop at this location which has proven to be safe and well short of meeting warrants for such an installation. Sawatzke felt there were other intersections in the County similar to this one. On a split decision, the TCOTW recommends that the 4-way stop be allowed at the CSAH 33/CSAH 20 intersection in the City of Rockford.

At today's meeting, Jude moved to accept the recommendation, seconded by Russek. Sawatzke indicated that he would vote against the placement of the 4-way stop sign as it is a safe intersection today. He felt there were 40-50 other intersections which could warrant the placement of a 4-way stop sign before this one based on accident volumes. Mattson responded that he travels this area frequently and although inconsistent with County policy, he felt it would make this intersection safer. Motion carried 4-1 with Sawatzke casting the nay vote.

Review Bids Received for Cokato Storage Vehicle Building; Discuss Salt Storage Options for Cokato and French Lake: Bids were received on 9-1-98 and referred to the TCOTW. There were six alternate bids. After discussion of the alternate bids, the Committee recommends that:

Alternate #1 be accepted which allows a deduction for the standard grey concrete panel instead of the porcelain tile on portions of the 80' x 84' building.

Alternate #2 be rejected. This retains the concrete aprons, footings and block frost footings at four overhead doors and service doors on the 80' x 84' building in the base bid.

Alternate #3 be rejected. This retains four variable speed industrial quality ceiling fans with associated wiring, switches and related electrical work in the base bid.

Alternate #4 be rejected. This retains the 80' x 84' building with four truck bays as included in the base bid.

Alternate #5A be rejected. This allows the elimination of the concrete roof system and the placement of the steel roof system as included in the base bid.

Alternate #5B does not apply to the 80' x 84' building which is being accepted in the base bid. This alternate applied to the 64' x 80' building which is being rejected.

Discussion included the salt storage facilities at Cokato and French Lake and the budget situation. The TCOTW recommends that the base bid of KUE Contractors, Inc. in the amount of $378,447 minus the Alternate #1 bid of (8,050) for a total bid of $370,397 be accepted for the new Vehicle Storage Building in Cokato. Alternates 2, 3, 4, 5A and 5B will be rejected. The Highway Department staff will work with the Attorney's Office to determine proper procedure to purchase Cover-all Shelters for Cokato and French Lake. The additional funds needed (approximately $17,000) for these expenditures be withdrawn from the Capital Outlay Reserve. Current available balance is about $40,000 after costs for enlarging garage doors, etc. at the Public Works Building. This is in addition to the budgeted $50,000 for the French Lake salt facility.

At today's meeting, Mattson moved to award the bid to KUE Contractors, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0. Mattson then moved to proceed with the two salt sheds with the understanding that the draw of the additional $17,000 will be from the Public Works Capital Outlay Reserve Fund, seconded by Jude. The TCOTW minutes will be corrected on page 10 to reflect this. In response to Jude, Fingalson stated that jersey barriers will be used to protect the outside walls of the structures. Motion carried 5-0.

Discuss County Map Pricing: The recommendation of the TCOTW is to charge $2.00 per map, including sales tax, for the new map when it becomes available. The Committee also recommends that a new laminated map be given to each township and city in the County. The members also suggested that a laminated map be made for each County Commissioner's Office.

At today's meeting, Russek moved to approve the recommendation, seconded by Mattson, carried 5-0. Norman was directed to research whether a public hearing is required or whether setting fees is authorized by statute.

Discuss Think Sign Program (Rose): A grant in the amount of $180,000 is available for a portion of the Safer Communities Program. The 55 MPH Speed Limit Committee, which Rose serves on, is proposing to erect "Think Signs" at locations in the County where fatalities have occurred. The recommendation of the TCOTW was to table this item until Rose has time to have the 55 MPH Speed Limit Committee further research the Think Sign program with State and other appropriate officials.

Discuss 8-27-98 Meeting in Waverly RE: CSAH 8: Fingalson and Mattson met with Waverly officials regarding the TH 12 project which Mn/DOT is designing for construction in the Year 2000. The City must approve the portion of the plans within their limits. As part of this approval, the City had a list of five conditions which they wanted completed. One was to have CSAH 8 realigned about ? mile west of Waverly to directly connect with TH 12 on the Emerson Avenue alignment. The RR crossing was discussed by the Committee. The City feels the TH 12 project gives the opportunity to do something about the poor crossing. Mn/DOT is willing to incorporate any intersection changes and improvements, including the RR crossing, into its future TH 12 project. After review of a proposal from the Highway Engineer, the consensus of the TCOTW was to have highway staff work with Mn/DOT, the City of Waverly, Marysville Twp., Woodland Twp., and Burlington Northern Railroad in an effort to realign CSAH 8 onto the current Emerson Avenue alignment north of TH 12. It would be beneficial to have the realignment work including a new railroad crossing with gates completed by Mn/DOT when they improve TH 12. Any funding assistance from Mn/DOT for this work should be pursued. If the effort to realign CSAH 8 is successful, highway staff should work with the City of Waverly to revoke the portion of CSAH 8 between TH 12 and CSAH 9 to the jurisdiction of the City. CSAH 9 can then be extended westward on a portion of the former CSAH 8 alignment to intersect with CSAH 8 at the Emerson Avenue/60th Street intersection.

At today's meeting, the Board stated that correspondence had been received from the City of Waverly supporting proposed rerouting of CSAH 8 to Emerson Avenue and CSAH 9 to Atlantic Avenue, as well as the upgrade plans for the RR crossing on Emerson Avenue. Jude moved to continue working on this issue, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0. Mattson made a motion to approve the TCOTW minutes with the two corrections noted, seconded by Sawatzke, carried 5-0. The Board recognized the efforts of Dick Marquette who takes the minutes of the TCOTW meetings.

Marc Nevinski, Economic Development Partnership, requested that the Board release funds for Mink Lake Manufacturing. Nevinski stated that the construction loan needs to be paid off and the permanent financing will take place. Jude moved to approve the release of funds, seconded by Mattson, carried unanimously.

Wyman Nelson, County Attorney, reviewed the chronology of events over the last few years regarding land use issues (specifically landfills), solid waste issues, and designation. He referenced the late 1980s which was the start of the issues relating to designation, the planning and construction of the Compost Facility, and the need for an ordinance designating that solid waste generated in Wright County be delivered to the Compost Facility when it became operative. In order to finance the Compost Facility, bonds were sold and commitments were made to the seller of the bonds that sufficient revenue was being generated to pay the bonds off.

In the early part of 1992, an Ordinance finally was operative. The Compost Plant began operations in April, 1992. For a period of time, the Ordinance was in effect requiring that all solid waste be delivered to the Compost Facility. About one year later, the Federal Courts made a decision that the counties could not have designation because of the dormant commerce clause and it would be in interference with interstate commerce. Thus, it would be illegal and could not be done. The County suspended the operation of the Ordinance regarding interstate commerce which has been continued to this date. The Ordinance only applied to intrastate (within Minnesota) commerce.

The period of time that the Ordinance was in effect has given rise to two separate pending lawsuits. The first, Randy's Sanitation (Delano), is in Federal Court. The County is being defended by Minnesota Counties Insurance Trust (MCIT). Nelson did not feel it was appropriate to comment on the merits of the litigation as it is being handled within the Court System. The second and more recent is the action started by Superior Landfill, the owner of the former Yonak Landfill (Monticello Twp.). The suit alleges Wright County interfered with the flow of solid waste on an interstate basis for a period of time when the Ordinance was in effect. Nelson was not aware that the landfill during that time was in a position to import or be involved with interstate commerce. The matter is before the Court and is being handled by MCIT. Nelson stated that is the litigation as it stands.

The other issue is regarding landfills. In early November, 1996, the County Board enacted a moratorium for a one-year period which applied to many things and included landfills and land uses (including feedlot operations). During that period of time, the County employed a law firm to represent them regarding environmental issues. They also employed a planner to be involved with planning of the overall amendments to zoning issues within the County. In October, 1997, an extension of the moratorium was required in order to complete the work. The extension lasted until March, 1998, at which time the moratorium was lifted and the County Board passed amendments to the Land Use Plan. At that time, as part of the legislation the Board passed, Solid Waste Handling Districts were created. One of those Districts included the FCR Landfill now owned by Superior Landfill. Approximately in October or November, Superior (represented by Dorsay-Whitney) brought action in the State Court of Appeals and it was dismissed and denied by the Supreme Court. The extension was determined to be valid.

During this period of time a request for both vertical and horizontal expansion was pending before the PCA and is still pending as of this date. Nelson thought one of the basic problems that exists is because of the action taken by Wright County in enacting a zoning Ordinance so that the County legislators have more meaningful control over land use in the County. Nelson thought that perhaps this was one of the problems which conflicted with the long range business plans of the current owner of the landfill. To set the stage and to give a clear understanding of the business objectives (both past and present), Nelson read a quote from George K. Farr, the Chief Financial Officer of Superior Landfill, "Superior plans to grow through the so-called "hub-and-spoke method: first buy a landfill in a market ripe for consolidation, then build around it buying small handling companies within 50-100 miles." Nelson said the conflict arises on whether or not the County would have the right by legislative action to act on land use where it may conflict with the business plans of the owner of the land.

A substantial amount of land was acquired by Superior Landfill reportedly as a buffer. On August 5, 1998, correspondence was received from Jay Warzinski, Project Engineer of Superior Landfill (Milwaukee) indicating, that the 300 plus acres to the east are included and anticipated to be in the expansion for a long period of time in the future. At this time, there are pending the requests for vertical and horizontal expansions. One problem most recently is the application to the Wright County Variance Board (Board of Adjustment) requesting that the Board make a determination on whether or not a 200' setback applies to the District or to the property line.

The County Attorney's Office took the position and advised the Planning & Zoning Board that the setback requirements were to the district line, which are more restrictive, and that was the intent of the Ordinance. That matter was heard by the Board of Adjustment. Because the Attorney's Office has taken a position contrary to Superior's position, the Attorney's Office made no contact with the Board of Adjustment to keep a level playing field. Tim Young, an attorney from Annandale, was retained to advise the Board of Adjustment. Nelson's understanding was that the Variance Board (Board of Adjustment ) did verbally rule to the effect that the 200' setback requirement was to the District line rather than the property line. This was done as ownership outside of the District can change.

Nelson felt the perspective of the County was that there was no objection to the vertical expansion. Permits requested by Superior to the PCA have in their design horizontal expansion and that would contravene the Board of Adjustment's decision. The request for a permit from the PCA for the expansion onto what is now zoned agricultural would be a prohibited use and would require action by the County Board for rezoning. The law firm representing Superior Landfill exerted pressure on the PCA to grant permits, even in areas where this could not be done. PCA conferred with the County Attorney's Office and reported last week that they were issuing a permit for vertical expansion but not horizontal. PCA recognizes that those permits have been presented, buy they are not taking action on land outside of the District and would not until the County makes a decision on what use would be permitted in that area. Nelson said there has been a lot of activity in this area in the last year and there will continue to be more. They are looking to arrive at solutions.

Jude was concerned with expense to the County and felt it should be monitored. He referenced the expense of hiring Tim Thornton. He questioned why Tim Thornton was present for the Board of Adjustment meeting on Friday as Tim Young had been hired. Nelson responded that two attorneys were present from Dorsay-Whitney. The reason Thornton and Tom Zins were present is because there has been an affidavit filed by Superior Landfill which attacks the actions of Wright County employees. To permit them to go unchallenged would be detrimental to Wright County. Jude said he objected to ongoing costs. Sawatzke stated the County needs to be well represented and was following the advice of the County Attorney's Office. It was pointed out that expenditures have been included as part of the Consent Agenda. Rose added that when the process started, the Board voted to hire attorneys and for assistance with environmental land planning. This issue was presented as an informational item.

The 1998 AMC Annual Conference will be held in St. Cloud on November 30-December 2, 1998. Jude moved to authorize attendance of the AMC Delegates, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0.

On a motion by Mattson, seconded by Sawatzke, all voted to reschedule the 9-16-98 Labor/Management Health Insurance Committee Meeting for 9-22-98 at 1:30 p.m.

Jude moved to set a Committee Of The Whole meeting with Commissioner Joe Harris (Dakota County) and Dana Frey (MICA Executive Director) on 10-13-98 at 1:30 p.m. The meeting will be held to discuss membership. Motion carried 5-0 on a second by Russek.

Mattson received speed computation information from State Trooper Dick Berg. He will be dispersing this to the Wright County newspapers as he felt it was valuable information for the public.

Russek and Mattson meet with the Fair Board and Mark Custer, City of Howard Lake regarding a water tower to be located at the Fairgrounds. Russek stated that other antennas should be allowed at the site to potentially benefit the City and the Sheriff's Department. The bid process will be held in November and the tower will be built in 1999. Mattson moved to allow the City of Howard Lake to complete soil borings of the site, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0. Sawatzke moved to appoint Mattson and Russek to continue meeting with Howard Lake and to direct Norman to work on a meeting date if the soil borings reflect that the site is favorable. Motion carried 5-0 on a second by Jude.

Bills Approved

Airtouch Cellular Bellevue 1781.54

C Alexander Systems Inc 183.27

American Institutional Supply 437.44

Appert Foods 2831.29

Best Disposal Services 552.71

Boyer Truck Parts 2241.23

Buffalo Hospital 853.85

Lola Carlson 324.00

Catco Parts Service 1334.49

Computer Training International 1467.50

Country Home Products inc 675.02

Dales 66 181.06

Docs TV & Appliance 903.13

Economy Sweeping Sealcoating 10617.00

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