Wright County Board Minutes

OCTOBER 26, 1999

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

Eichelberg moved to approve the minutes of 10-19-99 as presented, seconded by Russek, carried unanimously.

Petitions were accepted to the Agenda as follows: Aud./Treas. Item #5, "Claims from KUE Contractors" (Gruber); Item For Consideration #8, "MN Transportation Alliance Meeting, November 3 & 4, 1999" (Eichelberg). Russek moved to approve the Agenda as amended, seconded by Jude, carried unanimously.

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


1. Performance Appraisals: B. Aanerud, M. Franke, L. Schmatz, B. Swan, Aud./Treas.; C. Huston, Bldg. Maint.; D. Demarais, Hwy.

2. Claim, Frank Madden, $2,520.64.

3. Approve Recommendations From Negotiation Committee RE: Job Description Evaluation Results.

4. O/T Report, Period Ending 10-15-99.


1. Acknowledge Hire, Melissa Loken, Court Attendant, Eff. 11-8-99 (Class D, Step 3).


1. Acknowledge Appointment, Kenneth Fitchwell, Communications Officer, Eff. 11-1-99 (Step 1).

At the last County Board meeting, correspondence was reviewed from the City of Albertville relating to a parcel owned by the County which may be assessed $1,375 as part of the 1978 EDA Watermain Project. A Public Hearing was held on 10-20-99 at the St. Michael City Hall. Doug Gruber, Auditor/Treasurer, was directed to research the location of the parcel. Today, Gruber indicated that the old parcel number (PID #101-500-024401) had been referenced in the letter from the City. Gruber said the new parcel number is PID #101-034-001010 and relates to the Wright County Highway Maintenance property in Albertville. As part of the project in 1978, certain parcels (Green Acres, Ag, etc.) were not assessed as was the case with the parcel that the County owns. The City is now considering imposing a special assessment and must notify the County by the end of November. The consensus of the Board was not to take action at this time. The claim will be presented for approval when it is received, and Gruber and Norman are to determine the appropriate line item.

On a motion by Jude, second by Russek, all voted to acknowledge the September Revenue/Expenditure Guidelines.

At the last County Board meeting, a complaint was brought forth regarding erosion on County Ditch #9. The ditch had been cleaned by Pilot Land Company in 1998 as authorized by the County Board. At the last meeting, the Board voted to request review of County Ditch #9 by the SWCD and for the Attorney's Office to provide an opinion on the Agreement with the City of Albertville regarding maintenance of the ditch. Today, Gruber indicated that Saxton had provided a response as requested. Saxton indicated that the banks are steep, all the trees were not removed, and there are spoils which are still in piles. There are areas which are slouching due to undercutting and steepness. Saxton did not feel the erosion which had taken place was currently affecting water flow but that it may pose a problem over time. Saxton thought there may be areas where the ditch was dug deeper than authorized, and that the ditch may be dangerous if housing development is continued in that area.

Reference was made to the 3-24-98 minutes where the County Board authorized clean out of County Ditch #9 by Pilot Land Company if certain criteria were followed. As part of the action taken, the County Board authorized signatures on a Joint Powers Agreement with the City of Albertville calling for the City to be responsible for 90% of future maintenance costs of the ditch. Brian Asleson, Assistant County Attorney, said the City would be responsible for all repairs within the City limits as delegated to them by the County. Subsequent to the Agreement with Albertville, an Agreement was entered into with the City of St. Michael for repairs outside of the Albertville City limits. From the action taken in March of 1998, Sawatzke understood that the County Board could order the repair and the City would have the right to respond. After further discussion, Eichelberg moved to order review of County Ditch #9 by Saxton, County officials, and the City of Albertville to determine problems and methods of correction. Motion carried 5-0 on a second by Russek.

Gruber requested the Board authorize payment of two claims received from KUE Contractors: $22,341.82 (Human Services Building) and $28,504.40 (Public Works Building). Payment of these claims was discussed and recommended by the Building Committee at their last meeting. Jude moved to approve payment of the two claims, seconded by Eichelberg, carried 5-0.

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

The Board scheduled a Budget Committee Of The Whole meeting for 11-9-99 at 1:30 p.m. The purpose will be to meet with the State Auditors to review the audit for Fiscal Year 1998. The Agenda will also include reviewing errors in the draft budget, and discussing the Truth In Taxation Hearing scheduled for December.

Correspondence was received from Mayor Fred Naaktgeboren, City of Buffalo. The Buffalo City Council understood that the County was to construct a signalized intersection at CSAH 35 and CR 134. Reference was made to Agreement No. 98-02 between the City and County relating to this project. Eichelberg stated that the Highway Engineer indicated that the current 4-way stop sign at this location is working well with regard to safety. However, there would be an in-house study performed over the Winter/Spring to determine whether the intersection warranted a stoplight. Russek, representing a portion of the City of Buffalo, said that the project was not completed last year due to the bid amounts. The project was held over and was supposed to be bid in conjunction with the St. Michael project, but was not. He felt the City should be informed of the status of the signal. Mattson was in support of the 4-way stop, feeling that it provides the safest condition. Discussion led to the Agreement. Asleson stated that the format used for the Agreement is one which is used for most projects within City limits and outlines the funding formula if and when the project is completed. Jude moved to direct Norman to write a letter to the City explaining the Agreement as it relates to funding and that the intersection will continue to be studied. Motion carried 5-0.

Laid over from the last meeting, the County Board reviewed the draft Region 7W Transportation Planning & Programming Joint Powers Agreement. Question had arisen as to the meaning of "developing and implementing regional planning activities" (Page 2, Item VI). Jude said he consulted State Statutes and found that the language specifically relates to transportation planning. Jude moved to enter into the Agreement, seconded by Eichelberg. Jude noted that approval of the Agreement would be to only support transportation planning. Mattson spoke with Steve Voss, Mn/DOT, who would like to discuss the Agreement with the attorneys offices of each of the counties involved in an effort to incorporate any changes. Jude and Eichelberg amended the motion to include approval of the concept of the Agreement only, carried 5-0. Jude noted for the record that he was opposed to using the name "Region 7W" as he is against regional government.

On a motion by Jude, second by Russek, all voted to schedule a Ways & Means Committee Of The Whole meeting for 11-9-99 at 3:00 P.M. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss priorities with the Fair Board.

On a motion by Russek, second by Eichelberg, all voted to schedule a Building Committee Of The Whole meeting for 11-16-99 at 10:30 A.M.

Jude moved to schedule a Committee Of The Whole meeting on 11-23-99 at 3:00 P.M. The Board will meet with the legislative delegation to discuss such issues as Gravel Tax, Out-Of-Home Placements, $2 Million State Grant for the Compost Facility, and the upcoming legislative session. Motion carried 5-0 on a second by Eichelberg.

The Annual Meeting of the Minnesota Counties Insurance Trust will be held on 12-6-99 at 1:00 p.m. An election will be held for three seats on the MCIT Board of Directors. The MCIT Bylaws provide for the designation of official voting delegates and alternates. Russek moved to appoint Richard Norman as the Voting Delegate and Douglas Gruber as the Alternate. Mattson seconded the motion and it carried 5-0.

On a motion by Eichelberg, second by Jude, all voted to authorize attendance at the MN Transportation Alliance Meeting on November 3 & 4, 1999, in Brooklyn Park.

Bills Approved

Acme Window Cleaning Co 1437.75

City Albertville 1866.00

Ancom Technical Center 1767.24

AT&T 1191.37

Betmar Languages Inc 204.80

Buffalo Clinic 516.00

Catholic Charities 8087.56

Central MN Council on Aging 150.00

Corinna Township 2061.25

Decorative Designs Inc 175.53

Direct Safety Company 103.08

Doyle Equipment Inc 420.91

E-Z Flush 381.95

Dale Engel 259.47

Franklin Township 1843.00

Fyles Excavating & Honey Wagon 100.00

Going Under Dive Center 1820.85

Grafix Shoppe 116.83

HIllyard Floor Care Supply 683.45

Interstate Battery System 130.89

Kennametal Inc 18017.14

Lilia Lantto 122.50

Laser Label Technologies 119.50

Kimberly LeClaire 221.40

M-R Sign Company Inc 4317.40

Marco Business Products 1472.55

Masys Corporation 16303.95

MCF-RW 526.48

The Metro Group Inc 2779.22

Mid-Minnesota Hot Mix Inc 11033.83

Mies Equipment Inc 5291.00

MN Dept of Corrections 405.21

MN Sheriffs Association 137.43

City Montrose 481.60

Margaret Munson 122.45

Northern States Power Co 465.26

Omann Brothers Inc 726.16

Photo I 565.58

Royal Tire-St Cloud 4177.95

Ryan Motors Inc 393.99

Sheriffs Youth Program of MN 5583.48

Snap-on Tools 594.44

Southside Township 475.00

State of MN Intertech Group 116.64

Sunsource Technology Services 498.53

Total Printing 982.57

US West Communications 2391.08

Wright County Highway Dept 870.93

Zack's Inc 1962.05

Airtouch Cellular Bellevue 2192.27

American Society of Civil Eng 155.00

City Annandale 1639.10

Bear Graphics Inc 773.64

Paul Bjorklund 200.00

Lola Carlson 825.00

Central Glass 259.91

Collins-Communications 19681.06

Crow River Industrial Coatings 950.00

Department of Public Safety 8520.00

Ralph Douglas 286.50

Dupont Flooring Systems 6587.00

East Central Regnl. Juvenile 36002.84

Bridget Falbo 363.90

French Lake Township 1565.00

GE Capital Info Tech Solutions 2030.00

Gould Bros Chev-Olds 299.48

Hazwoper Training 495.00

Hudson Map Company 228.86

Keepers Inc. 302.00

Lakeland Transmission 427.22

Larson Publications Inc 249.80

Leaders in Community Alternat 504.00

Loberg Plumbing & Heating Co 21127.42

City Maple Lake 705.40

Martin McAllisters Consulting 913.50

McDowall Co 8237.91

Patrick Melvin 155.33

Margaret Michaud 210.60

Middleville Township 888.25

Minnesota Monitoring 916.00

MN Recreation & Park Assn, Inc 275.00

Monticello Township 1183.60

Mumford Sanitation 140.03

NADA Appraisal Guides 100.00

Office Depot 596.35

On Site Monitoring 2970.00

Precision Prints of Wright Co 221.31

Jack Russek 177.94

Sensible Land Use Coalition 200.00

Silver Creek Township 1381.25

City South Haven 407.50

Sprint Local Telecommunication 244.28

Structural-Specialities Inc 65109.27

Tools Unlimited 578.88

Uniforms Unlimited 408.96

City Waverly 373.00

Wright Hennepin Electric 5539.49

Zep Manufacturing Co 424.17

36 payments less than $100 1,734.53

Final Total $304,230.80

The meeting adjourned at 9:50 A.M.

Patrick Sawatzke, Chairperson

ATTEST: Richard Norman, County Coordinator

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