Wright County Board Minutes

OCT. 10, 2000

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 10-3-00 as presented, seconded by Eichelberg, carried unanimously.

Petitions were accepted to the Agenda as follows: Consent Agenda Item A3, "Authorize Signatures On Contract With Scott Builders For Collinwood Park Comfort Station" (Norman); Consent Agenda Item A4, "Refer To Building Committee Request To Place Vending Units In Government Center" (Norman); Consent Agenda Item E3, "Accept Resignation, Ray Anderson, Highway Maintenance Person, Eff. 10-20-00 & Authorize Replacement" (Norman); Asst. County Attorney Item #3, "Update-Sale Of Railroad Property Near Fairgrounds" (Asleson); Item For Consid. #4, "Clean Water Alliance Meeting" (Mattson); Item For Consid. #5, "Refer To Personnel Committee Discussion RE: Recorder Position" (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 amended:


1. Performance Appraisals: S. Bakeberg, J. Benn, T. Dehmer, S. Deringer, P. Miller, R. Williams,

D. Wold, Sheriff.

2. O/T Report, Period Ending 9-29-00.

3. Authorize Signatures On Contract With Scott Builders For Collinwood Park Comfort Station.

4. Refer To Building Committee Request To Place Vending Units In Government Center.


1. Authorize Signatures On Deed To Daniel & Donna Kellas.


1. Seasonal On Sale Beer License, "Buffalo Jaycees Event" (Rockford Township Hall).

2. Claim, Scott Builders, $1,775.00 (Fund 34).


1. Approve Hire, Mary Mortezaee, Court Attendant, Eff. 10-11-00 (Class B, Step 3).

2. Authorize early fill for Court Attendant position approved in 2001 Budget to commence 11-1-00. Authorize replacement for any subsequent opening should this position be filled from within the department.


1. Approve Hire, Greg Loeffler, Mechanic, Eff. 10-23-00 (Step 4).

2. Approve Hire, Tom Weber, Highway Maintenance, Eff. 10-10-00 (Step 1).

3. Accept Resignation, Ray Anderson, Highway Maintenance Person, Eff. 10-20-00 & Authorize Replacement.


1. Accept Resignation, Paul Burke, Deputy, Eff. 10-14-00 & Authorize Replacement.

At 9:05 A.M., Doug Gruber, Auditor/Treasurer, requested approval of the August Revenue/Expenditure Reports distributed one week ago. Jude moved to approve the Reports, seconded by Eichelberg, carried unanimously.

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

A Committee Of The Whole meeting was held on 10-3-00. Russek moved to approve the minutes, seconded by Jude, carried 5-0:

Update. Malchow provided an overview and status report of the Healthy Communities Partnership Program through the Initiative Foundation for the Cities of Delano and Rockford. He extended an invitation for the Commissioners to volunteer to serve as small group facilitators for the October 8, 2000 visioning session for Delano.

He reported a large turnout for the design team visit to Rockford last weekend with over 150 people signing the volunteer sign up sheet. There was discussion regarding downtown revitalization attempts in other cities, special interest groups, funding, and small business retention and expansion. Malchow reported he is also working with Ken Olson to put together a pilot to help small unsewered communities look at the various options that are available to them. Several townships were mentioned as either being in the process of looking into community systems or identified as possibilities for Malchow to contact.

It was suggested Malchow also contact Tom Salkowski, Planning & Zoning Administrator. Malchow reported a trip is planned for October 7, 2000 to Lake Washington where the U of M has a research facility studying eight different sewage treatment methods, and extended an invitation to anyone who would be interested in going.

On a motion by Jude, second by Russek, all voted to schedule a Building Committee meeting on 10-18-00 at 9:00 A.M. to discuss the 4th Floor furniture and blinds. The motion was seconded by Russek and carried unanimously.

Brian Asleson, Assistant County Attorney, referenced correspondence from Jeff Roos, St. Michael City Engineer, relating to the Public Informational Meeting held on 10-3-00 on the Lake Charlotte/Lake Martha sanitary sewer district.

The recommendation from Roos was to schedule a formal Public Hearing with the County Board. Roos plans to meet with Tom Salkowski, Planning & Zoning Administrator, before that time to determine whether marginal parcels are buildable. Asleson stated that one revision was made to the district boundaries for a landowner who owned two parcels of land East of CR120. The revision was done so that both parcels were included in the district boundaries. Statutes require that a Public Hearing be held but provide no guidance as to publication. The consensus was that mailed notice of the Public Hearing would be sent by Roos to landowners and that Asleson would publish the notice once in the Howard Lake Herald, the Journal Press and the Rockford newspapers. Statutes require the Public Hearing be held before the district is formed.

The County Board shall make a decision within 30 days of the Hearing as to whether to form the district. Russek moved to establish a Public Hearing for 10-30-00 at 7:00 P.M. for the purpose of determining whether a Subordinate Sewer District should be formed for Lake Charlotte and Lake Martha. The motion carried 5-0 on a second by Eichelberg.

Asleson updated the Board on the MN Federated Humane Societies bill relating to the care and feeding of a buffalo herd near Delano. The issue has been laid over for several meetings in order to obtain a final billing which was presented today for a total of $8,861.00 ($8729.00 plus $132.00 civil filing fees).

The costs are the responsibility of the County but the County has certain rights to collect the costs from the owner of the herd. Both the civil and criminal cases have been settled and call for the owner to abide by certain conditions and remain under court supervision for one year. In addition, the owner must pay $5,000 to the County by 12-25-00 ($1,500 of this is on deposit as bond).

Asleson envisioned that the matter could have gone on for some time due to the attorneys for both sides being somewhat unreasonable which would have resulted in much higher costs for care of the animals. If the cases had not settled, the County could have lost the right to collect depending on the outcome of the cases.

Asleson plans to meet with the Feedlot Administrator because one of the conditions of the settlement is that the owner must comply with all County and MPCA requirements relating to feedlots. Eichelberg moved to approve payment of the bill, seconded by Jude. The motion and second were amended to include payment of the bill from Budget 820, Professional Services.

Mattson said he would vote against the motion as he did not support the $3.50 cost/bale of hay whether it is allowed by Statute or not. Russek stated he would vote against the motion as he feels the owner of the buffalo should be responsible for the entire bill, not just $5000. Sawatzke stated he would support the motion as it is required by Statute and that denial would just increase the costs in the future.

Jude added that in times of emergency, people must do what is needed. Discussion followed on the costs associated with caring of the animals. The $3.50/bale of hay includes delivery and labor. The motion carried 3-2 with Mattson and Russek casting the nay votes.

The property near the Wright County Fairgrounds which was recently sold by the railroad was discussed. Brian Asleson, Dennis Beise and the new landowner met on 10-9-00 at the site.

The landowner indicated he would like to construct multi-family housing on the site which is approximately 125 feet wide at the western end. Asleson said he was unsure if this land use would be appropriate due to zoning and possible wetlands. The property owner is scheduled to meet with the Howard Lake Planning Commission this evening, but has indicated he may be willing to sell the property to the County or provide temporary use by the County during the Fair.

Jude moved to refer this issue to the Ways & Means Committee for further discussion and to direct Asleson to contact the City of Howard Lake in relation to potential use of the property. The motion carried 5-0 on a second by Sawatzke.

Richard Norman, County Coordinator, said a request was received from Court Administration staff to donate vacation time to another employee. The employee has exhausted their benefits and donating time would allow her to remain on the payroll. Norman said there is only one collective bargaining unit that allows this to be done administratively, otherwise it must be completed through a Memorandum of Agreement with the Union. Russek moved to approve the request to enter into a Memorandum Of Agreement with the Union, seconded by Sawatzke, carried 5-0.

Mattson referenced correspondence received from the Clean Water Action Alliance relating to a Department of Commerce Energy Meeting at the Buffalo Public Library on 10-26-00. This issue was discussed at the last meeting and the Board authorized attendance.

At the request of Norman, Sawatzke moved to refer to the Personnel Committee discussion relating to the Recorder position. The motion was seconded by Russek and carried 5-0.

Bills Approved

Brian Abrahamson 455.33

ACS Government Information 1863.75

Advanced Graphics Systems Inc 149.34

Agro Distribution 6146.71

Albertville Body Shop Inc 1407.33

Ancom Communications Inc 1048.38

Ancom Technical Center 1339.07

Joe Backes 263.98

Baers Body Shop 167.75

George Bakeberg 496.20

Bauerly Brothers Companies 113617.05

Lawrence Bauman 804.00

Beckius Truck Repair Inc 812.96

Best Inc 3636.29

Buff 'N' Glo Inc 340.00

Buffalo Bituminous 981.78

Rod Bunting 456.25

Clearwater River Watershed 434.38

David Clemence 284.94

Climate Air 4144.14

Delano Eagle 382.20

Department of Employee Realtio 150.00

Karen Determan 155.35

Ralph Douglas 465.00

ESS Brothers & Sons Inc 136.32

Facility Systems Inc 105.44

Tom Feddema 125.78

Finken's Water Centers 988.92

Russell Friesen 9378.50

Gateway 484.85

Gateway Companies Inc 1984.10

Granite City Heating Company 252.60

Hillyard Floor Care Supply 568.51

Lucian Jordan 19000.00

Keepers Inc. Inc 268.95

Bernard Kirscht 399.40

Klatt True Value Electric 124.88

Gerald Kritzeck 103.03

Holly Kunkel 1500.00

Lakedale Telephone Company 337.42

Lakes Area Human Services 180.00

Lathrop Paint 175.90

Lawson Products, Inc 431.22

Marco Business Products 795.04

Martin-Mcallisters Consulting 913.50

Richard Mattson 101.33

Mccombs Frank Roos Associat 442.60

Midwest Bank Note Company 617.61

Roger Millner 365.00

MN Sheriffs Association 182.08

MN Weights and Measures 190.00

Marcia Mooney 6250.00

MTI Distributing Inc 645.44

Office Depot 1013.21

Dave Peterson Monticello Ford 3409.33

Photo I 327.49

Redstone Construction Co Inc 8665.94

Reliant Energy Minnegasco 2184.00

Rivers of Hope 110.63

Royal Tire-St. Cloud 2846.75

Robert Schermann 531.95

Donald Schmidt 430.55

Scott Builders Inc 1775.00

Scott Cty Court Services 260.00

Simplex Time Recorder Comp 262.96

Society of Human Resource Mgt 160.00

Sprint 151.61

State of Minnesota Itd 179.88

State of MN Intertech Group 431.35

Total Printing 1017.29

Verizon Wireless 1735.61

Walmart Store 01-1577 213.98

Waste Management TC West 592.05

James Weinberger 271.38

Westside Equipment 217.56

Wright County Highway Dept. 23723.69

Wright County Human Services 112.50

Wright County Journal Press 318.24

Ziegler Inc 112.17

David Zylstra 478.00

911 Emergency Products Inc 236.29

32 payments less than $100 1,438.13

FINAL PAYMENT $240,258.14

The meeting adjourned at 9:51 A.M.

ATTEST: Richard Norman, County Coordinator

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