Wright County Board Minutes

SEPTEMBER 29, 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 9-22-98 was made by Russek, seconded Mattson, carried unanimously.

Petitions were accepted to the Agenda as follows: Aud./Treas. Item #4, "Claim, U.S. West, Human Services Center" (Groshens); Aud./Treas. Item #5, "Meeting Notice RE: Drainage Ditches" (Groshens); Item For Consid. #3, "Collar Counties Meetings" (Jude); Item For Consid. #4, "General Government Policy" (Jude); Item For Consid. #5, "Set Personnel Committee Meeting, Performance Appraisals For Jerry Uhde (Surveyor) and Genell Reese (Vet Svcs./Civil Defense Director)" (Norman). Jude moved to approve the Agenda as amended, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0.

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


1. Performance Appraisals: C. Hayes, Admin.; D. Swenson, Assr.; M. Ruzicka, Auditor; A. Gilbertson, Ct. Admin.; J. Klein, P&Z; C. Boeckers, Paul Johnson, A. Pribyl, M. Tuttle, Sheriff.

2. Approve & Authorize Signatures, Change Order No. HS-4, Human Services Center, $693.00.

3. Approve & Authorize Signatures, Change Order No. PW-2, Public Works, Credit of $350.00.

4. Reaffirm AMC Voting Delegates.


1. Approve Personal Leave Request, Michelle Solvie.

2. Approve Claim, Legend Technical Ser., Inc. , $25.00 (Public Works Capital Fund 34).

3. Approve Claim, Otto Assoc., $104.63 (Public Works Capital Fund 34).

4. Approve Claim, Citi-Cargo & Storage, $90.53 (Public Works Capital Fund 34).


1. Approve Hire, Briana Latzig, Juvenile Case Aide, Eff. 9-29-98.


1. Approve Request To Rezone 37 Acres From AG to A/G, Greg Mooney (Maple Lake Twp.).

Darla Groshens, Auditor/Treasurer, presented the August Revenue/Expenditure Guidelines for approval. Mattson moved to accept the Guidelines, seconded by Russek, carried unanimously.

On behalf of the City of Buffalo, Northwest Associated Consultants provided notification of the proposed establishment of TIF District No. 13 which relates to the expansion of the existing Universal Circuits Industry facility. The City will hold the hearing on 9-19-98 at 7:30 P.M. in the Council Chambers. Russek moved to acknowledge receipt of the notice, seconded by Jude, carried 5-0.

Groshens requested approval of a claim to U.S. West for a one time charge for lines to the Human Services Center ($433.95) and for phone usage for the Highway Department ($373.03). The charge for lines will be paid out of Fund 34, Capital Account and the usage fees will be paid from the Highway Department budget. Jude moved to approve payment of the claim and for the appropriate accounts to be charged for the expenditures in order to track building expenses. Motion carried 5-0 on a second by Sawatzke.

Groshens received notice from the MN Association of Drainage Inspectors of a meeting being held on 10-15-98 at 9:30 A.M., Willmar. The Agenda will include the Business Meeting, Financing/Levy Issues, and Legal and Drainage issues. Sawatzke moved to authorize attendance, seconded by Russek, carried unanimously.

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

A Building Committee Of The Whole Meeting was held on 9-22-98. A summary of the minutes follows. The Committee consensus was to have Scott request Engel to process a change order through KUE for an additional 800 yards of sand. Balancing of the air exchanger is continuing at the HSC. Committee consensus was for Loberg to be contacted regarding additional lights required at the HSC and for this work to be handled separately from the building project. A change order will is forthcoming for a Parts door at the PW site which is not included in the specifications or door schedule. Confirmation was made that the consensus at the 9-15-98 meeting was to order red letters for the new PW site and that the other letters could be used on the Cokato building. Consensus also at that meeting was to approve the additional water location at PW for vending machines. The Committee consensus was to send a letter to the Architect requesting a change deduction for the markers boards and the sink at the HS Center. Committee discussion also included the specification for full-time inspector being present at the site for supervision. Safety on the job site was discussed and Building Committee Of The Whole Minutes the requirement of wearing hard hats. Regarding the move of HS employees to the new site, the consensus was to not move units of Human Services until the building is ready.

At today's meeting, Rose made the following correction to the minutes: Page 2, 6th paragraph, last sentence should read, "Rose stated she felt the red block makes a positive difference in appearance." On a motion by Russek, second by Jude, all voted to approve the minutes as corrected.

A Communications Committee Meeting was held on 9-21-98. A summary of the minutes follows.

The Committee discussed billing problems with Gopher Sign. The Committee recommended that McDougall (Rockford Township) and Gopher Sign attend the next Committee Meeting on 9-29-98 at 1:30 p.m. County Civil Attorney

Asleson will also be in attendance. The Committee also recommended a change of address request which had been submitted.

At today's meeting, Sawatzke moved to approve the minutes as presented, seconded by Jude, carried 5-0.

A Ways & Means Committee meeting was held on 9-23-98. At today's meeting, Jude moved to approve the minutes, seconded by Russek, carried unanimously:

Discuss State Funding Of Court System. Judge Meyer stated that State Funding Committee of the Minnesota Conference of Chief Judges is still talking about State funding of the court system. The judicial branch won't suggest funding alternatives, that is a legislative branch function. At this point it is still a concept proposal. We will have to wait until a detailed bill is introduced to the legislature. He will keep us informed since he is a member of the Committee.

Sponsorship For Smoking Cessation Programs. Young reported that Optimum, through our health insurance plan, will offer a program free of charge providing they get a minimum of twelve employees to enroll. Buffalo Hospital has a six week program which costs $85 per person. Also, Medica will pay for an eight week supply of nicotine replacement therapies at 80/20. Users would need a referral from their physician. Recommendation: Sponsor smoking cessation programs through the Wellness Committee. Employees completing the program provided by Buffalo Hospital will be reimbursed through the Wellness Committee after verifying attendance at all the sessions. Those repeating the course will not be reimbursed. Also, seek enrollment of at least 12 employees for the program put on by Optimum.

A Ways & Means Committee Of The Whole meeting was held on 9-23-98. At today's meeting, Mattson moved to approve the minutes, seconded by Sawatzke, carried 5-0:

Discuss Supportive Care To Frail, Elderly or Disabled Ordinance. The issue is whether temporary placement of a mobile home under the Ordinance should be allowed in every zoning district. After discussion it was the consensus that Salkowski work with Brian Asleson to develop language that would not allow temporary placement of a mobile home in an R-1 district and rewrite Subd. 6, IV. to allow the County Board more flexibility. The language changes will be brought back to Committee for review prior to being placed on the County Board agenda.

A Labor/Management Health Insurance Committee meeting was held on 9-23-98. A summary of the minutes follows.

The Committee reviewed Medica Group Summary Data for the period of 6-1-97 to 5-31-98. Discussion included how costs were set and different options which Medica offers. The Committee received a list of plans which Medica has available and the premiums in comparison to the current low option plan (MIC1). MIC 100-500 plans have deductibles rather than copays. The Committee decided that Medica should provide a projected premium analysis for 1999 of the MIC 100, 200 and 300 plans for Single, Single +1, and Family coverage. Members indicated the desire to proceed with the bid process for next year's health coverage. Another meeting will be scheduled when the figures are available from Medica.

At today's meeting, Sawatzke suggested that the Flex Plan be placed on a calendar basis. Mattson moved to approve the minutes as presented, seconded by Sawatzke, carried 5-0.

The Minnesota Department of Economic Security has been designated by Gov. Carlson in consultation with the State Juvenile Crime Enforcement Coalition and the Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee to allocate a total of $4,167,900 in Federal Juvenile Accountability Incentive Block Grant funds. Wright County has the opportunity to receive an allotment of $18,882 under the program and would be required to provide a cash match of $2,098. The program is intended to help reform the juvenile justice system and to provide greater accountability for juveniles involved in the juvenile or criminal justice system. Mike MacMillan, Court Services Director, stated he reviewed the materials and would like further opportunity to discuss this grant with staff. He also felt it would be beneficial to attend the Block Grant Technical Assistance Workshop on 11-5-98 in St. Cloud. He thought township and cities should be notified regarding the program. MacMillan pointed out that the funding is for one year and is not ongoing. Sawatzke suggested potentially using the grant funds toward technology and equipment. MacMillan stated that the matching funds could be funded from the Court Services budget or split between those departments which are involved with the court system. Jude moved to approve the application, seconded by Sawatzke. Sawatzke offered a friendly amendment to the motion asking MacMillan to request from the cities and townships use of their grant funds if they will not be using them. The amendment would also stipulate that the grant is written so there is no financial tail to Wright County. The friendly amendment was accepted and the motion carried 5-0.

Jude attended a Collar Counties Meeting last week. Participants discussed common issues and a draft mission statement. Although not officially organized, the group would like to have a representative attend MET Council meetings to obtain information which pertains to collar counties. Issues involved include mass transit transportation, growth, roads and bridges. Jude stated that the idea is to slowly move ahead and to bring information back to County Boards. The Collar Counties Group would have no authority but would gather information. AMC will facilitate the group. At today's meeting, discussion involved the potential of a light rail transit system with five routes. Jude stated that Mn/DOT would officially recommend the light rail system by the end of November. Mattson stated that he has researched this issue and that light rail works in cities of more than four million people and he would not be in favor of it. Jude stated that there would be no control over the decisions of the MET Council or legislature in this regard and that it would be beneficial to attend the meetings and gather information. Russek moved to appoint Jude to attend the Collar Counties Meetings, seconded by Sawatzke. Russek stated that although he agreed with Mattson, he felt that they should stay on top of the issue. Jude reemphasized that decisions would be made by the County Board. Motion carried 5-0.

As part of the AMC Policy Committee Meetings, Jude attended a meeting on general government issues. Passed at this meeting was a resolution which states that the AMC Board supports an increase in the Homestead Exemption for Agricultural Real Property based on the inflation since 1992 and an indexing formula developed which would provide an increase in the homestead exemption on an annual basis, based on inflation each year. This issue will be brought forward in December at the AMC Annual Conference. Sawatzke said the Coalition of MN Counties is preparing for the upcoming legislative sessions. He will be bringing to the next County Board meeting a request for funds to participate in the League of Cities study that compared Minnesota utilities with other states. He felt that the information will be very beneficial to Wright County. Jude attended a presentation made by the Cook County Sheriff on jail crowding and the availability of bed space. Alternate options are being pursued for local, nonviolent offenders.

On a motion by Sawatzke, second by Jude, all voted to schedule a Personnel Committee Of The Whole meeting on 10-14-98 at 9:00 A.M. The agenda will include the Performance Appraisals for Jerry Uhde, whose reappointment is due January 1, 1999 and for Genell Reese, whose reappointment is due February 1, 1999.

Bills Approved

ABM Equipment & Supply 355.12

Airtouch Cellular 460.08

Albertville Body & Fender 4811.19

Assn of Minnesota Counties 286.90

Barton Sand & Gravel Co 178.05

Bogers Hardware 121.18

Briggs & Morgan 355.54

Cargill Inc-Salt Division 61147.87

Cellular 2000 of St Cloud 481.34

Concept Seating Inc 770.00

Contech Construction Product 300.33

Decorative Designs Inc 167.18

Election Systems & Software In 408.25

Finance and Commerce 175.00

Gateway 2000 169.34

Glock, Inc 220.00

Greenview Inc 9719.90

Hance Cable Testing & Locating 198.54

Holiday 1784.53

Industrial Supply Co 170.30

Interstate Battery System 175.56

Wesley Jensen 4140.00

John Klatt 2112.00

Kimberly LeClaire 426.60

Little Falls Machine 975.33

M-R Sign Company Inc 177.41

Masune Company 123.80

Mile 195.00

MN Counties Computer Co-op 2736.85

MN Sheriffs Association 159.75

Mpls Medical Research Foundtn 150.00

Northern States Power Co 316.09

Oman Brothers Inc 2617.45

Phillips Petroleum Co 294.17

Perry Puncochar 255.00

John Reid and Associates 650.00

Road Machinery & Supplies Co 207.11

Jack Russek 141.98

Sherry Schliesing 186.00

Sharp Electronics 746.92

James Sturges 3286.00

Temporary Assets 1419.80

Total Printing 517.85

US West Communications 848.56

Wright Co Radiator Repair 182.08

Wright Hennepin Electric 2138.03

Zack's Inc 2996.30

Advanced Graphic Systems 126.47

Airtouch Cellular Bellevue 259.45

AMI Imaging Systems Inc 3344.80

AT&T 1452.38

Betmar Languages Inc 812.18

Bowman Distribution 354.58

Bunnies Enterprises 350.00

Lola Carlson 324.00

Chamberlain Oil Co 406.43

Construction market Data 500.25

CPS Technology Solutions 940.65

John Dziuk 156.60

Howard Ellis 129.62

Force America Inc 339.56

GE Capital Info Tech Solutions 539.96

W Grainger Inc 136.86

H&H Sport Shop 116.00

Hillyard Floor Care Supply 413.16

Holt Motors Inc 115.08

International Personnel Mgmt 915.30

J Craft Inc 1848.62

Dwayne Klatt 2112.00

Lawson Products, Inc 300.67

LGK Inc 3780.00

Loffler Business Systems 950.00

Marco Business Products 622.62

Matco Tools 100.70

Minnesota Corrections Assn 720.00

MN GIS-LIS Conference 400.00

Mobil Oil Corporation 186.31

Mumford Sanitation 123.40

Office Depot 562.60

Lynn Peavey Company 414.90

Preferred Correctional 7000.00

Rebco 1448.98

Research & Information 123.82

Royal Tire-St Cloud 4667.90

Ryan Motors Inc 206.74

Shadduck, Young & Brown 742.50

St Cloud Stamp & Sign 112.96

Sweeney Brothers Tractor 2479.15

Teply Equipment Inc 743.34

Unitog Rental System 134.37

City Waverly 13675.80

Wright County Highway Dept. 3083.15

Earl Zachman 223.20

The 106 Group Ltd 706.75

43 payments less than $100 1,872.18

Final Total $171,532.09

The meeting adjourned at 9:52 A.M.

Judie Rose, Chairperson

ATTEST: Richard W. Norman, County Coordinator

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