Wright County Board Minutes

SEPTEMBER 21, 1999

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

Russek moved to approve the minutes of 9-14-99 as presented, seconded by Mattson, carried unanimously.

Petitions were accepted to the Agenda as follows: Consent Agenda Item A6, "Big Woods Program" (Sawatzke); Aud./Treas. Item 3, "Joint Ditch 15" (Mattson). On a motion by Jude, second by Eichelberg, all voted to approve the Agenda as amended.

Jude requested Item A5, "Refer Discussion of Fairground Bathroom Facilities to Ways & Means Committee" be pulled. The Fair Board will be meeting to discuss this issue and would like to meet with the Ways & Means Committee sometime after they meet. Russek suggested the meeting be with the Ways & Means Committee Of The Whole to discuss bleachers as well as bathroom facilities. The Board concurred with his suggestion.

On a motion by Eichelberg, second by Jude, all voted to approve the remainder of the Consent Agenda.


1. Performance Appraisals: l. Ogden, M. Palmquist, Auditor; P. Mackie, T. Merwin, M. Tuttle, G. Windler, Sheriff; R. Benedict, M. Minnick, Surveyor.

2. Claim, MCIT, $1,000 (Deductible, Holderson v. Wright)

3. O/T Report, Period Ending 9-3-99.

4. Accept Resignation, Calvin Vollbrecht, Custodian I, Eff. 9-17-99 & Auth. Replacement.

5. "Big Woods Program".


1. Acknowledge Appointment, Peter Anderley, Deputy Sheriff, Eff. 10-04-99 (Grade 4).

Bob Hiivala, Chief Deputy Auditor, requested Item 1, "Approve Registered Land Survey (Albion Twp.)" beheld until the end of today's meeting to allow review by Salkowski, Planning & Zoning Administrator, prior to further discussion.

Mattson reported that he viewed Joint Ditch 15 yesterday (9/20/99) with Dean Terning, Byron Sangren and David Sand and found three major locations in need of repair. Afterwards, they also viewed the BR2 Lateral of Joint Ditch 15. He stated they also looked for evidence of tile under County Road 21 and could find no evidence that the tile layer underneath had been examined in order to determine that water was free flowing. This area was also staked. He stated today's report is for informational purposes and that he would like to meet with Doug Gruber, Auditor/Treasurer, for bids to be put together, and also to meet with Wayne Fingalson, County Engineer, and Kerry Saxton, Soil and Water Conservation District. Jude stated the consensus at an earlier joint meeting was for this to be looked at and concurred with Mattson to move forward on securing bids in order for the work to be done late fall after harvesting has been done.

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

Tom Salkowski, Planning & Zoning Administrator, presented the draft License to Operate a Sanitary Landfill/Demolition Landfill by Superior FCR, along with the addendums which specified requirements which would need to be met before approval could be granted. He stated the County Attorney's Office was involved in the drafting of the license and copies were distributed prior to today's meeting for review by all parties. He indicated that at the time the County established a Waste Handling District the sanitary landfill became a permitted use, and as such, if all conditions are met it is his understanding the County is bound to issue a license. He stated there are some requirements of the ordinance which cannot be completed until closure and those have not been included. He clarified the license is strictly vertical and that there is no horizontal dimension to this expansion.

Rod McGillivray, Operator, thanked the Board for the opportunity to comment, and stated he believes the application meets all of the Waste Handling District requirements and that all conditions have been met. He indicated he will be working on some of the conditions with the employee from the Planning & Zoning Office who will be assuming responsibility at the Composting Facility.

Tom Kelly, County Attorney, stated his office has reviewed the application and everything seems to be in order.

Russek made a motion to approve the license based upon staff recommendation and that all conditions have been met. Second by Eichelberg. Carried unanimously.

Salkowski reported there is a Pollution Control meeting this evening at 7:00 P.M. at the Buffalo Middle School to discuss their procedures. Jude questioned approving the license prior to public comment at tonight's meeting. Tom Zins, Assistant County Attorney, stated the Board's approval is based upon meeting our requirements, and that licensure is contingent upon receiving all licenses and approvals needed by the State.

A Solid Waste Task Force meeting was held August 18, 1999. A summary of the minutes follows:

Pat Sawatzke petitioned to have discussion of the Solid Waste Plan added to the agenda. Agenda item #3 was to recommend to the County Board possible uses for the Compost Facility. The staff report was reviewed. Contained in the report was a list of companies that showed an interest in leasing the facility or otherwise utilizing it in some manner. Also listed in the staff report were possible options the Solid Waste Task Force could discuss: 1) outright sale of the facility; 2) pursue the lease of the facility to a private entity for uses allowed in the Waste Handling District and issue an RFP; 3) search out possible uses of the facility in partnership with other government entities in the surrounding area; and 4) proceed with the household hazardous waste and problem material drop-off proposal immediately while additional uses are developed for the long term.

Peterson felt the facility should be kept by the County because he was not convinced that land filling would be continued. Wenck of the OEA felt 1994 legislation prevented the County from selling the facility. Asleson question that legislation prevented the sale, but stated he would look into it further. The Task Force felt the County would take a severe loss on the sale and the $42 fee would still have to be paid. Sawatzke suggested the Task Force search out other uses and try to find an organic waste stream including grass and leaves that could be composted. DeRuyter said there is a need for a HHW drop-off. Simola suggested that utilizing the facility with other governmental units and a drop-off would be the recommendation he prefers. LaPlant agreed with Simola. Johnson thought the facility should be used for County needs and not sold or leased. Peterson opened the discussion up to the audience. McGillivrary thought a drop-off center is a good idea, but felt yard waste composting would cause more odor in addition to the landfill. Bryant said the County should maintain control of the facility and not utilize a private company. Uecker said the County should operate the facility because the last operator ruined the equipment.

A motion was made by Naaktegeboren and seconded by Sawatzke to recommend utilizing the plant as a HHW and problem material drop-off center and look to other nearby governmental entities for long term use of the facility. The motion passed unanimously.

Item #4 on the agenda was to increase the recycling incentives to cities and townships. Simola suggested goals should be lowered because most entities cannot meet the recycling goals. Johnson suggested the increase in payments might increase recycling efforts. Russek moved that the incentives be raised five dollars and the clean-up day incentives increase to $30/ton. Johnson seconded the motion. Passed unanimously. The payment increase begins October, 1999.

Item #5 was discussion of the plan. Wenck of the OEA indicated numerous counties are late in submitting plans due to the rapid change taking place in the industry. She suggested an intern would be helpful in gathering the information. The Task Force agreed help was necessary. Wenck stated she was available to assist when time permitted. Simola moved to recommend an intern to help with the plan. Johnson seconded; passed unanimously.

At today's County Board meeting, Eichelberg requested clarification on Page 2, Paragraph 2 regarding fees and charges stating that the fees/charges to be attached to various items needs to be determined; and the last sentence of the same paragraph regarding equipment being ruined. Sawatzke stated the comment was one individual's opinion that the equipment wasn't being well maintained and that the County would take better care of the equipment if operated by the County. Russek agreed that it was a general comment and that nothing was ruined. Jude stated the minutes should have reflected the statement was an opinion, and that as written indicates equipment was ruined. Eichelberg stated he assumes repairs will be needed for the equipment to be operational and cautioned that repair costs need to be considered as they could be costly. Mattson stated repairs were made prior to the facility being shut down and felt that equipment is in ready to use condition. He also stated a list had been developed which identified items and the corresponding charge. Sawatzke concurred that a list had been developed, but would need to be reviewed and updated according to current costs. Jude stated the Task Force was to develop a process in response to companies expressing interest in use of the facility and expressed concern that a meeting had been canceled for lack of agenda items. Sawatzke referenced the minutes and read the four options; stated the Task Force had recommended options #3 and #4 be adopted and #2 to be looked at in the future; and that the Board had unanimously accepted their recommendation. Jude stated he felt a real press does not exist and it's unclear what to tell interested parties. McGillivray stated that in regard to equipment concerns, he felt there are companies that would not use the equipment and the equipment would remain intact. Sawatzke stated the Task Force Minutes would normally not have come before the Board, but were placed on the agenda in response to Eichelberg's request for the minutes.

On a motion by Russek, second by Mattson, all voted to authorize a letter be written stating Wright County will sponsor the Crow River Organization of Water Joint Powers Agreement for MCIT membership. Russek stated his time and per diem would be reimbursable from the grant, as well as the $1,400 membership fee. He reported the grant should be received in about two weeks and are in the process of hiring a coordinator to begin by November 1, 1999. Norman stated MCIT would submit an invoice for payment and he would put it on the abstract when received.

On a motion by Mattson, second by Russek, roll call vote carried 5-0 to adopt Resolution #99-54 to approve the Charitable Gambling Application submitted by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society - Minnesota Chapter to be conducted at the Sundown Saloon & Grill (Rockford Township).

On a motion by Mattson, second by Eichelberg, all voted to schedule a MIS Steering Committee Meeting for 10-13-99 at 9:00 A.M.

On a motion by Jude, second by Russek, roll call vote carried 5-0 to adopt Resolution #99-55 approving Registered Land Survey No. 33 (Albion Twp.) as prepared by Tony Ellestad, Land Surveyor, MN License No. 17549, described in part as: Part of Government Lot 1 except that part lying Westerly of Rock Lake First and Second Additions; and except part of Outlot 1 of Rock Lake Second Addition commencing at the northwest corner of Rock Lake First Addition; Section 25, Township 120 North, Range 27 West; with all outstanding taxes having been paid.

At the 9-14-99 Board Meeting, Mattice, Parks Administrator, and Hannah Dunevitz from the MN DNR were asked to prepare a draft resolution of Wright County's support of the Big Woods Program which would be presented as part of 2000 AMC Platform. Sawatzke presented the statement received from Mattice to be forwarded to AMC requesting their support. On a motion by Russek, second by Eichelberg, all voted to forward the statement to AMC.

Mattson announced copies of the Drug Task Force Meeting minutes were distributed to the Board and media prior to today's meeting.

Bills Approved

Alliant Foodservice 1865.44

Annandale Advocate 115.00

Benchmark Computer Learning 752.00

Bogers Hardware 229.54

Circuit City 298.19

Computer Training Internationl 2082.88

Data Transmission Network 904.56

Edmund Scientific Company 296.25

Ergopro Inc 1406.84

Facility Systems Inc 139.32

G &K Services 1619.42

Going Under Dive Center 908.61

GTCO Calcomp 108.00

Institute for Forensic Psychol 325.00

Lakedale Telephone Co 365.85

Joel Mackereth 100.48

Meridian Aggregates Midwest 392.02

MN County Attys Association 148.00

Monticello Times 224.40

Denise Olson 126.79

Scott Builders Inc 180.00

Target 225.32

United Parcel Service 118.14

Walmart Store 01-1577 174.79

Winsted Publishing Inc 570.87

Wright County Journal Press 203.60

Ancom Technical Center 1986.32

Automatic Garage Door Co 264.34

Betmar Languages Inc 187.90

City Buffalo 26268.26

Collins Communications 530.11

CPS Technology Solutions 260.50

Decorative Designs Inc 175.53

Engineering Repro Systems 189.27

Ernst General Construction Inc 421.00

Freestyle Sales Co, Inc. 588.30

Gateway 2000 5332.47

Gregorys Foods Inc 109.76

Harkers 120.96

International Personnel Mngmnt 291.75

Michael Laurent 137.08

Anthony Mattson Electric 633.93

The Metro Group Inc 2779.22

MN Department of Corrections 200.00

Office Depot 567.79

Precision Prints of Wright Co 314.18

Sysco Minnesota Inc 2101.16

Total Printing 420.94

US West Communications 6037.75

West Group Payment Center 183.72

Wright County Highway Dept 21741.18

38 payments less than $100 3,193.01

Final Total $88,917.76

The meeting adjourned at 9:36 A.M.

Patrick Sawatzke, Chairperson

ATTEST: Richard Norman, County Coordinator

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