Wright County Board Minutes

OCTOBER 12, 1999

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

The minutes of 10-5-99 were reviewed. Jude referenced page 3, 3rd paragraph, last sentence which reads, "Russek said that some of the Historical Society's space is taken up for storage of records for offices of the Government Center." Jude added the following sentence just after the above noted sentence, "Jude confirmed with Betty Dircks that it is not mandated for the Historical Society to keep these records." Mattson referenced page 2, 5th paragraph, changing the second sentence to read "He noted that the previous Facility Manager's wages were lower than Stephens' wages and thought the description was being tailored to the individual." Eichelberg moved to approve the minutes as presented, seconded by Russek, carried unanimously.

On a motion by Jude, second by Russek, all voted to approve the Agenda as presented.

Jude requested that Consent Agenda Item C1, "Approve Legal Action Against Kjellberg's, Inc." be removed for discussion. On a motion by Jude, second by Russek, all voted to approve the remainder of the Consent Agenda:


1. Performance Appraisals: S. Sandberg, Atty.

2. Authorize Hire, Jerry Wells, Custodian, Eff. 10-13-99 (Step 1).

3. Refer To Ways & Means Committee, "Policy RE: Lyme Disease Vaccinations" (Referred From Budget Committee Of The Whole).

4. Approve Mobile Home Placement, Supportive Care To The Frail, Elderly Or Disabled Ordinance, Glen Peterson.

5. O/T Report, Period Ending 9-17-99.


1. Acknowledge Hire, Karen Litz, Court Attendant, Eff. 10-13-99 (Class D, Step 3).


1. Accept Resignation, Rick Jordan, Corrections Sergeant, Eff. 9-24-99 & Authorize Replacement.

Item C1, "Approve Legal Action Against Kjellberg's, Inc." was discussed. Jude requested clarification on whether legal action should be taken by the Monticello Orderly Annexation Area (MOAA) rather than the County. Jude was concerned with the potential of litigation costs. Sawatzke said the MOAA Board was designed specifically for land annexed into the City, but follows the Wright County Planning & Zoning Ordinance for all land within the Township. All permits are obtained through the Wright County Planning & Zoning Office. Russek confirmed that anything in the Township comes before the Planning Commission for approval. Brian Asleson, Assistant County Attorney, stated their office debated the same issue and concluded that until the area has been annexed into the City, the County Zoning Ordinance would apply. The legal action pertains to environmental concerns and work being performed without a permit. If the legal action were to be lengthy, Asleson suggested that the suit could be handed off to private counsel or the City of Monticello. In response to a question by Jude on whether this would set a precedence, Asleson suggested that each case would need to be reviewed on its own merits. Russek moved to approve legal action against Kjellberg's, Inc., seconded by Mattson, carried 4-1 with Jude casting the nay vote. Jude stated he voted against the request due to potential litigation costs.

Doug Gruber, Auditor Treasurer, received correspondence from the State Commissioner of Transportation with respect to minor alterations or changes in Wright County Ditch No. 38 scheduled for 2000 or 2001. The State will attempt to realign the ditch flow under Highway 12. Jude moved to schedule a Public Hearing on the request for 11-23-99 at 9:30 A.M., seconded by Russek, carried 5-0. Mattson referenced a culvert just West of CR #5 in Stockholm Township. The State realigned a culvert and missed a failed tile tract by 15 feet. Mattson felt this will result in a water problem in this area. Mattson said the State should be contacting Townships when repair or realignment is done in areas that do not involve the County.

A Joint Ditch #15 Committee meeting was held approximately one month ago. Present were Commissioners from the counties of Wright, McLeod, and Meeker. Subsequently, Mattson met with Township officials to review the area and determine a plan of action for repair. Three spots for repair were identified and should be completed this fall. A maintenance plan should also be developed for the ditch. Mattson moved to authorize the Auditor/Treasurer to obtain bids for repair of the three identified areas, seconded by Russek. Mary Anderson, property owner in the area, said there is a property between hers and the ditch which is not being assessed for repair work. Anderson was directed to consult with the Auditor/Treasurer. Mattson said cleanout of the BR2 Lateral of Joint Ditch 15 was approved last year. The Highway Department was contacted to check the tile underneath CSAH #21 but Mattson did not feel this had been completed. Both Russek and Mattson felt the tile was not functioning underneath CSAH #21. They felt if the tile under the road was plugged, that it may impact repairs made to Joint Ditch #15. The motion and second were amended to approve obtaining bids on the three identified areas and also tile blowouts. The amended motion includes directing the Highway Engineer to check the tile underneath CSAH #21 and bring a response identifying the problem and recommended solutions to the next County Board meeting. Motion carried 5-0.

The claims listing was reviewed. Gruber indicated that two claims had been added to the listing including the monthly UPS bill and a bill from Midland Corporation. On a motion by Jude, second by Russek, all voted to approve the claims as listed in the abstract (including the two added claims), subject to audit.

David Baraga, Executive Director for the Central Minnesota Mental Health Center (CMMHC), said their Board has proceeded with plans to purchase a building at 308 12th Ave. S. in Buffalo as part of an expansion project. CMMHC is a 501 C(3) non-profit corporation which can incur debt obligations (bonds, notes, leases) at tax-exempt interest rates. However, the non-profit organization requests assistance of the local city or county to act as issuer of the debt. The CMMHC would be the borrower. Baraga said the cost of the building is $400,000 and requested the County's assistance in obtaining approximately $300,000 in tax-exempt debt. Michael Olauson, Norwest Public Finance, referred to such financing as conduit-financing. The City of Buffalo would also have to approve of the action. Under IRS rules, political subdivisions can incur up to $10 million in tax-exempt debt per calendar year and still retain the IRS status of "small issuer." Olauson explained that the County would have no liability and would merely act as a conduit. Once the transaction closed, the County would sign the note over to Norwest Public Finance.

In response to a question by Jude, Baraga confirmed that everything was in line for the purchase (purchase agreement, etc.). Jude said he was not against the philosophy but the protocol used. He thought the CMMHC should have presented the request to the County Board for vote prior to making the purchase. Jude said this was the first time this request had been brought forth. Sawatzke responded that the County Board had been informed over the past few months that the CMMHC had been looking for a facility and would potentially be asking the County for some type of sponsorship. Sawatzke stated that this had been discussed at the end of a Human Services Board meeting also. Sawatzke noted that Wright County is one of the four owners of the CMMHC. The advantage of approving the tax-exempt debt would be that it would save taxpayers dollars for the four counties involved. Jude said that when the CMMHC budget was approved at the Human Services meeting two weeks ago, the Board did not discuss this purchase. Sawatzke referenced minutes of the CMMHC which each County Board member receives. Jude responded that receipt of them did not necessarily mean they were read. Olauson said that if the Board were to adopt the draft resolution, it would provide for a public hearing relative to the issuance of the bonds. The Board would still not be committed until the second resolution was adopted, which would be done after the public hearing. Eichelberg moved to adopt Resolution #99-57 calling for a Public Hearing regarding Issuance of Revenue Bonds. The Public Hearing will be held on 11-2-99 at 10:00 A.M. The motion was seconded by Mattson and carried 4-1 with Jude casting the nay vote.

The consensus of the Board was to direct Richard Norman, County Coordinator, to consult with the legislative delegation to schedule a meeting to discuss issues such as gravel tax, Out-Of-Home Placements, etc. Jude requested that the Agenda also include the $2 million State grant for the Compost Facility. Suggested dates were Tuesday afternoons, with the exception of November 16th.

On a motion by Jude, second by Russek, all voted to set a Closed Meeting to discuss Labor Negotiation Strategies on 10-25-99 at 11:00 A.M.

Russek moved to cancel the 11-30-99 County Board meeting due to the occurrence of five Tuesdays in November. Motion carried 5-0 on a second by Jude.

Bills Approved

Brian Abrahamson 189.10

Alliant Foodservice 2870.50

Amoco Oil Co 167.71

Mark Antil Stump Chipping 352.00

Appert Foods 2218.15

Beaudry Propane Inc 1420.44

Betamr Languages Inc 174.10

Buffalo Drug 446.85

City Buffalo 35457.05

Tim Cameron 125.00

Climate Air 130.00

Computer Training International 862.50

Melanie Courrier 119.54

Cub Foods 549.92

Karen Determan 118.73

Howard Ellis 113.26

Enterprise & Dispatch 368.70

Fall Maintenance Expo 200.00

G C Concrete Group 1702.94

Janet Gholson 453.22

H & H Sport Shop 149.00

Heart of the Lakes Pumping 580.00

Hillyard Floor Care Supply 1008.05

Holt Motors Inc 159.75

Chris Jahnke 242.11

Johnson Controls 228.80

Greg Kramber 127.72

Lathrop Paint 324.48

Lawson Products, Inc 765.20

Long Lake Power Equipment 110.66

Maple Lake Messenger 200.69

Masys Corporation 2475.08

MCF-RW 2767.06

Mid-Minnesota Hot Mix Inc 1465.58

Minncor Central 126.00

MN Dept of Corrections-Sts 14687.50

MN Weight s and Measures 190.00

Monticello Times 546.31

Norstan 273.25

Office Depot 233.43

Pagenet 563.80

Panther Electronics 823.00

Professional Portable Xray Inc 100.00

Royal Tire-St Cloud 1052.56

Michelle Sinkula 100.00

Specialized Products Co 101.70

St Cloud Fire Equipment Inc 351.45

Lori Thingvold 150.00

Traffic Marking Service Inc 64474.00

Aladdin Synergetecs 151.10

American Institutional Supply 313.34

Ancom Technical Center 253.41

Apec Corporation 308.95

Aspen Publishers, Inc 183.36

Best Disposal Services 256.61

Bowman Distribution 492.74

Buffalo Hospital 531.50

Bunniss Enterprises 1900.00

Clearwater River Watershed 473.06

Coast to Coast - Annandale 122.49

Consulting Radiologists Ltd 122.00

CPS Technology Solutions 160.00

Department of Public Safety 120.00

Doyle Equipment Inc 4992.50

Engineering Repro Systems 170.20

Facility Systems Inc 2424.00

Tom Feddema 179.80

Garys Auto Service 223.66

W Grainger Inc 959.36

harkers 686.85

Dr Henk 203.00

Holiday 1995.15

Interstate Battery System 187.28

JLM Telecommunications 148.75

Koch Materials Co 5116.30

Lakedale Telephone Co 359.46

Michael Laurent 110.60

Lee's Farm & Garden Store 160.07

Craig Madson 104.16

Marks Standard Parts 2315.50

McDowall Company 2322.89

Menards 198.23

Midland Corporate Benefits Svc 581.75

MN County Attys Association 1841.29

MN State Auditor 1147.20

Dennis Moeller 264.95

Steven Morgan 187.75

Novell 213.00

Denise Olson 293.57

Paging Network of MN Inc 212.35

Precision Pavmnt. Marking Inc 3300.70

Reliant Energy Minnegasco 1316.33

SEH 1254.31

Smith Well Drilling 450.00

Sprint 166.73

Sysco Minnesota Inc 2386.39

Toms Superette 115.00

Carol Vander Kooi 6072.86

Harry Walsh 275.00

Scott Wellstad 274.98

Wright Lumber & Millwork Inc 120.23

Robert Zrust 1327.76

James Weinberger 375.72

Wright County Journal Press 280.87

Earl Zachman 144.00

48 payments less than $100 2,408.19

Final total $195,674.14

The meeting adjourned at 9:50 A.M.

Patrick Sawatzke, Chairperson

ATTEST: Richard Norman, County Coordinator

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