Wright County Board Minutes

OCTOBER 20, 1998

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

Jude moved to approve the minutes of 10-13-98 as presented, seconded by Sawatzke, carried unanimously.

Mattson moved to approve the Agenda as presented, 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. Huston, Bldg. Maint.; H. Gillham, E. Leander, C. Smithson, Sher./Corr.

2. Claim, Frank Madden, $4,229.09.

3. County Agricultural Inspector Work Plan.


1. Claim, KUE Contractors (Payment 6), $73,426.00 (Pub. Wks.) (Capital Fund).

2. Claim, KUE Contractors (Payment 7), $3,808.34 (Hum. Svcs.) (Capital Fund).

3. Claim, Braun Intertec, $6,531.25 (Pub. Wks.) (Capital Fund).

4. Claim, EZ Flush, $65.33 (Pub. Wks.) (Capital Fund).

5. Claim, McDowall Co., $61,492.00 (Hum. Svcs.) (Capital Fund).


1. Authorize Signatures On Shared Services/Income Contract With St. Peter Regional Treatment Facility For 1999.

2. Authorize Hire, Jennifer Gordon, Records Clerk, Eff. 11-2-98, Step 2.


1. Accept Resignation, Scott Okronglis, Jail Cook, Eff. 11-7-98 & Auth. Replacement.

2. Accept Resignation, Christopher Boeckers, Deputy Sheriff, Eff. 11-7-98 & Auth. Replacement.

A Committee Of The Whole meeting was held on 10-13-98. A summary of the minutes follows.

Representatives from MICA (Metropolitan Inter-County Association) provided information relative to MICA. The organization brings counties together with similar demographics and issues. Four points were presented including that MICA members are assured early involvement in the policy making process; that developing facts in a format that can be presented to the legislature is vital; that a one-year trial membership is being offered at the reduced rate of $5,000; and that MICA can provide rapid response to late developing issues at the legislature. It was pointed out that MICA's intent is not to compete with nor take the place of AMC. Consensus of the Committee was to discuss this issue at the 10-20-98 County Board meeting.

At today's meeting, the Board discussed membership. Points brought forth were the idea of funding of two lobbyists and staff time it may take to attend meetings. It was suggested that Sherburne County, who recently joined on a trial basis, should be contacted in a year for their perspective. No action was taken on joining MICA at this time. Jude moved to approve the minutes as presented, seconded by Russek, carried unanimously. Norman was directed to request copies of the MICA meeting minutes.

Darla Groshens, Auditor/Treasurer, introduced Dennis Mahlstadt who is a resident of Stockholm Township. Mahlstadt requested County Board direction relating to his request to clean out a portion of County Ditch 10. Mahlstadt explained that due to a high area in the ditch, flooding has occurred. He thought clean out may need to occur on both his property and on the Lehtola property to the north. Mahlstadt stated that he and another property owner were willing to assume costs associated with the work. After further discussion, Jude moved to have the Ditch Committee (Mattson and Russek) review the ditch and bring a recommendation back to the County Board. Motion carried 5-0 on a second by Sawatzke. The ditch will be viewed on 10-23-98 at 1:30 P.M.

Groshens requested approval of two separate ditch assessments allowing notices to be sent to property owners. Mattson moved to approve the 1999 assessment for Jt. County Ditch 15 in the amount of $16,983.43. Motion carried 5-0 on a second by Russek. On a motion by Russek, second by Mattson, all voted to approve the 1999 assessment for County Ditch No. 33 in the amount of $286.89.

Groshens distributed the September Revenue/Expenditure Guidelines for review and approval at the next meeting. On a motion by Russek, second by Jude, all voted to approve the claims as listed in the abstract, subject to audit.

A Personnel Committee Of The Whole meeting was held on 10-14-98:

Performance Appraisal, Jerry Uhde, Surveyor. Based on review of five appraisals submitted the Committee recommends an overall rating of "Superior".

Performance Appraisal, Genell Reese, Civil Defense/Veterans Service Director. Based on review of five appraisals submitted the Committee recommends an overall rating of "Superior".

Performance Appraisal, Kathy Gramsey, Administrative Clerk. Based on review of five appraisals submitted the Committee recommends an overall rating of "Superior".

Sawatzke moved to approve the minutes, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0.

A Ways & Means Committee Of The Whole was held on 10-14-98: Review Proposed Amendments to the Supportive Care To Frail, Elderly or Disabled Ordinance. Asleson presented two proposed amendments to the Ordinance. The majority of the Committee favors setting a date to consider the amendments and publish notice of the date and time. Richard Norman, County Coordinator, stated that three weeks would be required to advertise the notice for review of the ordinance. Jude moved to establish review of proposed amendments to the Supportive Care to Frail, Elderly or Disabled Ordinance at 9:30 A.M. on 11-10-98 . Motion carried 5-0 on a second by Russek.

On a motion by Mattson, second by Sawatzke, all voted to reappoint Jerry Uhde as Wright County Surveyor, effective 1-1-99 (Four-Year Term).

Dennis Moeller, U of M Extension Service, provided an update on 4-H member and volunteer activities. These activities included the County Fair, State Fair, State Horse Show, State Wildlife and Shooting Sports Contest, and Regional and State Dog Shows. He extended thanks to the County Board for their efforts at the County Fair and for supporting upgrades to the Fairgrounds, which he feels attributed to higher attendance. He commended the volunteers and the effect they have on the success of the events. He said Wright County has been fortunate to have such dedicated volunteers. Moeller commended the 4-H participants and the manner in which they represented Wright County and the 4-H Program. The Board complimented the Extension staff for their work in this area.

Mike MacMillan, Court Services Director, requested approval of a Department of Corrections grant in the amount of $30,410.00 for the Electronic Monitoring Program. The Program has been operating for the past four years in Wright County, with funding from the State of Minnesota and Tenth Judicial District for the last two years. The grant will meet State Statute 169.121 for conditional release and long-term monitoring and will cover programming and rental of products. Mattson moved to approve the grant for $30,410.00 to fund the Electronic Monitoring Program, seconded by Sawatzke, carried 5-0.

Melanie Courrier, Court Services Department Agent, explained the program and how the equipment works. The program works with individuals with DUI offenses who are placed on conditional release. Previously, all offenders were required to report to the Court Services Department for urinalysis and breath tests. With the implementation of the Electronic Monitoring Program, offenders are monitored and tested at home. In order to be on the program, the offender must be nonviolent and a Judge must order the release with electronic monitoring. The offender signs a court order stating they will not use alcohol or drugs. If they do, there is an order for a warrantless arrest. The equipment allows the monitoring company to visually affirm that the offender is performing the test. If they fail the test, the offender is arrested and held in custody until a meeting is held with the Judge. Courrier stated that last year, 30 offenders were on the program in comparison to 102 thus far in 1998. Of the 102 offenders, approximately 10 have violated the program. She stated that very few people consume alcohol when on the program and that the immediate consequence makes it an effective program. MacMillan said this program has provided a good working relationship with the Sheriff Department, County Attorney's Office, local law enforcement and local prosecutors. It was pointed out that it is very costly for counties to provide jail space for nonviolent people and that this program is one way to help alleviate costs. Although insurance will not cover program costs, many times offenders do pay a portion of the cost. The grant will be used in those instances where costs are not covered.

On a motion by Russek, second by Jude, all voted to schedule a Deferred Compensation Committee meeting on 10-27-98 at 10:30 A.M. to review amendments to the Deferred Compensation Plan as prepared by Rider Bennett Egan & Arundel.

Bills Approved

Advanced Graphic Systems Inc 100.00

Alliant Foodservice 3528.98

Annandale Rock Products 4570.61

Bear Graphics Inc 154.66

Braun Intertec 6531.25

City Buffalo 390.32

Tim Cameron 100.00

Catholic Charities 7904.00

Computer Training International 227.50

Department of Public Safety 240.00

East Central Regional Juvenile 13446.10

Facility Systems Inc 241.16

Gateway 2000 1505.91

GE Capital Information Technol 780.00

W Grainger Inc 396.51

Gregorys Foods Inc 160.13

Holiday 2960.77

Institute for Forensic Psychol 812.50

Koch Materials Co 874.87

KUE Contractors Inc 77234.34

LaPlant Demo Inc 325.79

M-R Sign Company Inc 357.64

Marco Business Products 430.26

Marks Standard Parts 2272.09

Mid-Minnesota Hot Mix Inc 2894.96

Mobil Oil Corporation 135.81

MTI Distributing Co 127.39

NADA Appraisal Guides 112.00

Oertel Architects 160.00

Omann Brothers Inc 114.49

Dave Peterson Monticello Ford 1273.03

RDO Truck Center, Inc 2116.61

Royal Tire-St Cloud 3767.22

Simplex Time Recorder Co 158.69

Dorothy Stuhr 233.18

Sweeney Brothers Tractor Inc 7248.07

Tims Tower Service 5135.00

Total Printing 140.58

US West Communications 7447.37

James Weinberger 247.38

West Group Payment Center 137.81

Zep Manufacturing Co 365.87

Airtouch Cellular Bellevue 915.15

American Institutional Supply 705.94

Anoka County Juvenile Center 880.00

Betmar Languages Inc 216.38

Buff 'N' Glo Inc 270.00

Business Records Corporation 2787.05

Lola Carlson 108.00

Clearwater Ashland 135.00

Crow River Tools 255.55

E-Z Flush 343.29

Election Systems & Software Inc 1314.49

Federated Propane 259.59

GE Capital Info Tech Solutions 322.70

Goodhue Cty Auditor-Treasurer 752.00

Greenview Inc 12553.19

Hillyard Floor Care Supply 1362.64

The Inn on Lake Superior 266.68

Interstate Battery System 275.06

Kenneth Kremer 140.00

Lake Region Coop Oil 22042.41

Kimberly LeClaire 491.40

Maple Lake Lumber Co 242.82

The Market Place 550.69

McDowall Company 66867.00

MN State Auditor 3767.00

Motorola Inc 6910.69

Myers Tire Supply Co 3221.63

Northern States Power Co 101.86

Office Depot 564.61

Paging Network of MN Inc 143.39

Pirtek Plymouth 397.06

Rons Ice 140.28

San-Tom Enterprises Inc 441.15

State of MN Intertech Group 366.35

Superior Service - Central MN 841.02

Temporary Assets 728.50

Toms Superette 153.36

Total Tool Supply Inc 2318.40

Voss Lighting 344.79

West Central Regional Juvenile 260.00

Zee Service Co 134.93

Zip's Diesel Injection Serv 223.01

39 payments less than $100 1,846.92

Final Total $294,322.83

The meeting adjourned at 9:50 A.M.

Judie Rose, Chairperson

ATTEST: Richard W. Norman, County Coordinator

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