Wright County Board Minutes

NOVEMBER 17, 1998

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

The minutes of 11-10-98 were reviewed. Jude stated he would vote against approval of the minutes due to Item A5 of the Consent Agenda, "Claim, Briggs & Morgan, $9,950.53". He did not agree with payment of the claim. Sawatzke responded that approval of the minutes indicates that the minutes are accurate, not approval of the action. Mattson said that he did not understand why Jude would vote against payment of the claim, as Jude originally made the motion to hire the firm. Richard Norman, County Coordinator, requested that Item G1 have the effective date changed from "11-4-98" to "11-14-98." Russek moved to approve the minutes as amended, seconded by Sawatzke, carried 4-1 with Jude casting the nay vote.

Petitions to the Agenda were called for. Jude requested that the Briggs & Morgan Contract be added to the Agenda. Sawatzke responded that he did not feel this would be appropriate as the item is controversial and other Board members did not have an opportunity to research the issue. Briggs & Morgan have been hired to represent Wright County on solid waste and zoning issues. Sawatzke felt Wright County needs to be represented as Superior Landfill is represented by the largest law firm in Minnesota. The request to have this item added to the Agenda failed 4-1 with Rose, Mattson, Sawatzke and Russek casting the nay votes. Mattson moved to add Item For Consid. #2, "Correspondence" to the Agenda, as requested by Rose. Russek seconded the motion and it carried 4-1 with Jude casting the nay vote.

Groshens requested to add Item B2, "Approve Tobacco License, Don Berning, Don's Auto Service & Repair, Inc., Albertville" (Groshens) to the Agenda. On a motion by Russek, second by Mattson, all voted to approve the Consent Agenda with the addition of Item B2:


1. Performance Appraisals: S. MacDonald, Bldg. Maint.; B. Peterson, Ct. Svcs.; T. Bamford, Extension; C. Davis, Hwy.; K. Eich, Parks; A. Richardson, Recorder.

2. Claim, Frank Madden & Associates, $8,979.14.

3. 3rd Quarter Training Reports.


1. Approve Tobacco License, The Wave (City of Waverly).

2. Approve Tobacco License, Don Berning, Don's Auto Service, Albertville. (Groshens)


1. Authorization To Hire Tom Haag, Maintenance Person, Eff. 11-23-98, Step 1.

Darla Groshens, Auditor/Treasurer, presented a draft resolution calling for a tax forfeit sale to be held for PID No.105-010-013010, located in Cokato City. The sale would be held on 12-18-98 at 10:00 A.M. in Room 120A of the Government Center. The sale bill provides that the building be razed within 90 days. Approval of the County Attorney and DNR have been obtained. Mattson moved to adopt Resolution #98-60, seconded by Sawatzke, carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.

Correspondence was received from the City of Clearwater indicating their interest in purchasing PID No. 104-010-013020 located in Clearwater City. The City proposes to remove existing buildings and place residential housing on the property. Groshens previously received County Board approval to clean up the property. Costs expended by the County are $770.00. The City incurred costs of $98.00 to remove tires and appliances from the property. Value of the property is between $1200.00 and $1500.00. Brian Asleson, Assistant County Attorney, indicated that the Board would have two options regarding reimbursement of the $98.00 to the City. The first would be to add the cost to what the City is paying for the parcel and the second would be to reimburse the City from SCORE Funds. Jude moved to honor the request of the City to purchase the property with the costs expended to be taken from the proceeds. Motion was seconded by Russek. The motion was amended to include a sale price of $1500.00. Motion carried 5-0. Jude moved to authorize the $98.00 in recycling costs to be taken from the proceeds of the sale, seconded by Sawatzke, carried unanimously.

Groshens stated that a request for repair work to Joint Ditch 11 had been brought before the Board previously on a request by Mattson. McLeod County is the host County with 79.8% of the ditch, and Wright County's share is 20.2%. McLeod County has received two bids for repair work to the two-mile section: Erickson & Templin Contracting ($1.24 per foot) and Structural Specialties ($1.25 per foot). Mattson moved to acknowledge the bids and to authorize McLeod County to handle the contract, seconded by Sawatzke, carried 5-0.

Jude moved to acknowledge the October Revenue/Expenditure Guidelines, seconded by Russek, carried unanimously.

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

Norman stated that the request to schedule a Personnel Committee Of The Whole meeting should be changed to a Negotiation Committee Of The Whole meeting due to negotiation issues of two bargaining units. Jude moved to set a Negotiation Committee Of The Whole meeting for 11-23-98 at 3:00 P.M. Motion carried 5-0 on a second by Russek.

Correspondence was received from Metro Region Trails and Waterways acknowledging the Board's support of an additional water access on Clearwater Lake. The letter states they are interested in meeting to discuss possibilities for access development. Mattson moved to appoint Russek and Jude as County representatives, seconded by Sawatzke, carried 5-0.

Correspondence was received from AMC referencing a letter sent in the last month from Lieutenant Governor Joanne Benson asking for support for an increase in the advertising and marketing budget for the Minnesota Office of Tourism. Nineteen counties have submitted their resolution of support thus far. The Lieutenant Governor has requested that those counties who have not responded be contacted to determine whether a resolution of support will be adopted. A copy of the letter will be provided to each of the Commissioners and will be brought forth at a future meeting if so desired.

A public hearing for the 1999 Solid Waste Debt Service Charge is scheduled at 9:30 A.M. Groshens provided the schedule of estimated assessment collections for 1997 (payable 1998) for a total of $1,361,934. With the estimated 300 additional residences for 1999, the amount Groshens estimated for 1998 (payable 1999) is $1,374,534. Groshens thought the service charge should be set at $42.00.

The meeting recessed at 9:25 A.M. and reconvened at 9:30 A.M.

The Board recessed the regular meeting and called the 1999 Solid Waste Debt Service Charge Public Hearing to order. Asleson said the public hearing notice had been placed in the legal newspaper but it did reflect a typographical error. The notice referenced solid waste management service charges for 1998 when the service charges actually apply to the 1999 statements. Asleson stated the draft resolution was changed from last year to include paragraph 2 and is identical to previous years resolutions. As no public comment was received, Rose closed the Public Hearing and reconvened the Board meeting.

Russek moved to adopt Resolution #98-61, seconded by Sawatzke, carried 5-0 on a roll call vote:

WHEREAS, Wright County has solid waste management authority under Minnesota Statutes Chapter 400; and

WHEREAS, The Wright County Board of Commissioners has adopted a Solid Waste Management Service Charge Ordinance pursuant to the provisions of Minnesota Statutes Section 400.08; and

WHEREAS, This Solid Waste Management Service Charge will be imposed against all parcels of real property as well as against certain personal property located within Wright County, unless said property is otherwise exempted by action of the County Board; and

WHEREAS, The Wright County Solid Waste Management Service Charge Ordinance specifies that the County Board shall establish the amount of the service charge by Resolution;


1. That the Wright County Board of Commissioners hereby imposes a Solid Waste Management Service Charge for 1999 upon real and personal property located in Wright County as follows:

(A) All real property parcels containing structures, except those containing apartment buildings with four or more units - $42.00;

(B) Real property parcels containing apartment buildings with four or more units - $42.00 (per unit);

(C) Manufactured homes and other structures taxed as personal property parcels - $42.00; and

(D) Bare land and any other type of property not listed above. - $0.00

2. That, insofar as the Solid Waste Management Service Charge produces revenue used to pay off the cost of the bonds for the Wright County Compost Facility, this service charge shall be designated on the tax statements as the "Solid Waste Debt Service Charge".

3. That the Wright County Board of Commissioners intends this Resolution to be effective immediately with the "Solid Waste Debt Service Charge" to be collected through the 1999 property tax statements issued by the County.

The Building Committee Of The Whole meeting scheduled for 10:30 A.M. today has been rescheduled for 11-24-98 at 10:30 A.M.

The County Board will be going into closed session today following the funeral services for Tom McAlpine.

Bills Approved

Brian Abrahamson 476.16

Airtouch Cellular Bellevue 235.81

AMI Imaging Systems Inc 11014.52

Annandale Marine 667.97

Bachman Printing 308.42

Bryan Rock Products 509.82

Melanie Courrier 164.26

Election Sys. & Software In 19345.73

Bridget Falbo 390.00

G & K Services 1415.55

Gateway 2000 1770.00

Greenview Inc 1200.60

Harkers 395.12

Chris Jahnke 264.12

Lakedale Telephone Co 224.59

LaPlant Demo Inc 650.52

Maple Lake Lumber Co 734.85

McDowall Co 5375.00

MN Counties Ins Trust 1000.00

Monticello Times 370.00

Margaret Munson 230.95

Pitney Bowes 160.55

Reentry Services Inc 431.55

Shoplifters Alternatives 993.41

State of MN Intertech Group 366.35

Toms Superette 102.24

United States Plastic Corp 823.15

US West Communications 510.96

Walmart Store 01-1577 104.40

Winsted Publishing Inc 280.69

Wright County Journal Press 1055.99

Zack's Inc 314.18

Advanced Graphic Systems Inc 114.91

Alliant Foodservice 2490.60

Annandale Advocate 178.25

Appert Foods 1824.05

Brown Cty Evaluation Center In 2080.00

Buff 'N' Glo Inc 211.50

Edens Group 120.00

Facility Systems Inc 254.47

Fisher Scientific 107.41

Garys Auto Service 106.50

GE Capital Info Tech Solutions 1196.75

Gregorys Foods Inc 151.25

Institute For Forensic Psych 325.00

Kramer Sales & Mfg 672.33

Landwehr Construction Inc 2979.00

Little Mountain Feed Inc 104.58

Marco Business Products 1507.30

MN Assn of Cty Administrators 200.00

MN Dept of Health 263.75

Motorola Inc 2303.56

Office Depot 758.08

R & J Aquatic Weed Control 11725.00

Research & Information Technol 155.77

Simplex Time Recorder Co 137.50

Sysco Minnesota Inc 3167.50

Total Printing 174.93

University of Minnesota 3187.21

Voss Lighting 648.76

Western Surety Co 340.00

Wright County Auditor-Treas. 265.00

Wright Lumber & Millwork Inc 143.83

38 payments less than $100 1,734.66

Final Total $91,516.91

The meeting adjourned at 9:33 A.M.

Judie Rose, Chairperson

ATTEST: Richard W. Norman, County Coordinator

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