Wright County Board Minutes

DECEMBER 21, 1999

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 12-21-99 as presented, seconded by Jude, carried unanimously.

Petitions were accepted to the Agenda as follows: "Closed Session RE: Superior Litigation at 10:30 A.M." (Asleson).

Jude moved to approve the Agenda as amended, seconded by Eichelberg, carried 5-0.

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


1. Performance Appraisals: R. Linder, Ct. Adm.; J. Putnam, Hwy.; A. Richardson, Rec.

2. Approve Non-Union Salary Schedule For 2000.

3. O/T Report, Period Ending 12-10-99.

4. Claim, MCIT, $4,058 (Workers's Compensation Audit Adjustment).


1. Increase hours of John McCooley, Law Librarian, from 19 to 25 per week and Rate of Pay from $9.00 to $10.25 per hour.


1.Tobacco License, Mik-Patti's Grill & Bar (Hanover).


1. Accept Resignation, Karla Lanie, Case Management Deputy, Eff. 12-28-99 & Authorize Replacement.

2. Acknowledge Hire, Marcia Krupa, Case Management Deputy, Eff. 1-3-00 (Class F, Step 3).

3. Acknowledge Hire, Judy Merritt, Case Intake Deputy, Eff. 1-3-00 (Class E, Step 3).


1. Approval of Municipal Maintenance Payments for Annandale, Buffalo, Cokato, Delano, Howard Lake, Maple Lake, Monticello & Montrose.

2. Approve Personal Leave Request for Tricia Latour.


1. Approve Purchase of Tandem Truck from the Highway Department, $13,309.62, (Line Item 01-521-6617).


1. Acknowledge Hire, Danielle McNellis, Half-time Juvenile Holdover Attendant, Eff. 1/4/00 (Step 1).

Bob Hiivala, Chief Deputy Auditor/Treasurer, presented the November Revenue/Expenditure Guidelines for approval. Eichelberg moved to acknowledge receipt, seconded by Jude, carried 5-0.

Correspondence was received from Jim Horton relating to tree removal on Lot 18, Sugar Lake Beach. Marc Mattice, Parks Administrator, stated he was unsure how the County acquired the property, but confirmed there were dead trees. Jude moved to request that Mattice and the Attorney's Office meet and bring a recommendation back to the County Board.

The claims listing was reviewed. Mattson referenced page 15, a payment from the Sheriff/Corrections budget to the Human Services budget for flu serum ($1,075.00). He questioned whether the serum was for employees or prisoners. The Board authorized payment, but requested explanation at the next meeting. Jude referenced page 12 and page 13 where per diem payments were made from the Planning & Zoning budget to members of different committees. Jude felt it would be helpful to identify in the report which committee or board the person serves on as the payments come from the same line item. Jude noted that the claim on page 19 to Briggs & Morgan was in the proper place for approval (instead of being placed on the Consent Agenda). On a motion by Mattson, 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 12-15-99:

Don Hozempa, Sheriff. The Committee reviewed the responsibilities and duties of the office, experience, qualifications, and performance of the Sheriff. Based on this review and market considerations it is recommended that the salary for the Sheriff in 2000 be set by resolution at $79,524.

Tom Kelly, Attorney. The Committee reviewed the responsibilities and duties of the office, experience, qualifications, and performance of the County Attorney. Based on this review and market considerations it is recommended that the salary for the County Attorney in 2000 be set by resolution at $84,246.

Doug Gruber, Auditor/Treasurer. The Committee reviewed the responsibilities and duties of the office, experience, qualifications, and performance of the Auditor/Treasurer. Based on this review and market considerations it is recommended that the salary for the Auditor/Treasurer in 2000 be set by resolution at $78,180.

Marcia Lantto, Recorder. Lantto was unavailable to attend the meeting, but the Committee had the opportunity to review materials she provided to members prior to the meeting. The Committee reviewed the responsibilities and duties of the office, experience, qualifications, and performance of the recorder. Based on this review and market considerations it is recommended that the salary for the Recorder in 2000 be set by resolution at $65,907.

At today's meeting, Mattson said that subsequent to the meeting he decided that the Sheriff's salary request should be discussed further. Mattson moved to approve the minutes of 12-15-99 with the exception of Item 1, "Don Hozempa, Sheriff," seconded by Jude, carried 4-1 with Sawatzke casting the nay vote. Sawatzke supported the recommendation which came from the Personnel Committee Of The Whole. Mattson moved to refer Item 1, "Don Hozempa, Sheriff" to a Personnel Committee Of The Whole meeting on 12-27-99 at 10:00 A.M. The motion was seconded by Jude and carried 4-1 with Sawatzke casting the nay vote.

Tom Larson, Lake Charlotte Lake Improvement District (LID) Chair, requested the Board amend the powers of the LID which were passed in 1985 by County Board resolution. The resolution restricted the LID to only completing a flood relief project. The requested action is to amend the resolution by eliminating the following language from paragraph 4, "noting that the approval extends only to a district which has the limited function of planning for a project to relieve flooding around the lake". Larson indicated that the LID would like the power to work on Lake Charlotte sewer problems. Brian Asleson, Assistant County Attorney, said in most instances, statutes allow broader powers for LID's. When the resolution was adopted in 1985, the County Board voted to retain some of those powers. Asleson said statutes do not address whether a public hearing would be required to amend the resolution. With the expansion of boundaries a hearing is required, whereas the expansion of powers is not addressed. He consulted Larry Kramka, DNR, who did not feel there was any type of procedural requirement. Asleson did suggest adopting a new resolution as opposed to amending the one adopted in 1985, as the statutes referenced in the resolution have been codified and therefore renumbered. Russek and Eichelberg met with Larson and Tess Hanson to discuss the change. They felt it basically would restore what would be permitted normally for a LID under State Statutes. Larson added that there are controls set on the LID, one of which is that the LID cannot expend more than $5000 without the majority of the LID voting in favor of the action. Larson thought 85% of the LID was in favor of the sewer project. He stated the Lake Charlotte LID Board was unanimously in favor of the project. Asleson consulted State Statutes and as there were no public hearing requirements set forth, he recommended a one-time publication of the hearing notice. Representatives from the City of St. Michael requested that the Board act as expediently as possible so they can proceed with their sewer project. They wanted to have a commitment from Rockford Township and the LID by mid January as the bid letting is scheduled for February. Jude moved to establish a public hearing on 1-10-00 at 7:30 p.m., seconded by Russek. The motion and second were amended to including publishing in area newspapers as well as the legal newspaper. Motion carried 5-0.

Sheri Harris, Central MN Housing Partnership, Inc. (CMHP), requested the Board adopt a resolution which would authorize the CMHP to submit an Application for Administrative Authority to the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency for participation in the HOME Rental Rehabilitation Program (HRRP). The CMHP would be designated as the administrative body for implementing the program in Wright County. The goal of the HRRP is to provide long-term benefits to lower income tenants who occupy affordable housing rental units and to owners of these properties. Funding is through a loan with a 0% deferred interest rate for five years. The loan is completely forgiven if terms of the program have been complied with for the five-year period. Participants must meet rent and income restrictions during this period also. Since administering the program in 1996, the CMHP has provided approximately $2.2 million HRRP Funds to rehabilitate more than 400 units of affordable housing. Of the thirteen counties where CMHP is the administrator for the program, Wright County has received a total of $851,000 to rehabilitate more than 170 units. Sawatzke thought the program created an incentive for people to not fix properties. In addition, those residents of properties which are maintained are not eligible for the funds. Harris responded that the recipient must meet the criteria outlined. Jude thought the program was a way to add tax base by upgrading properties and allows low income people to be provided housing. The recipient of the loan also has restrictions on what can be charged for rent (maximum of $660) and income levels (2 person family, maximum of $38,000). The restrictions are in place for five years. The market rate for a 2-bedroom unit in Wright County is $908. The CMHP is required to monitor the program annually. Jude moved to authorize signatures on Resolution #99-69, seconded by Eichelberg. The motion and second were amended to include an expiration of this action in four years (through 2003). Motion carried 4-1 with Sawatzke casting the nay vote.

Asleson stated with the reorganization of Planning & Zoning, one of the activities remaining is to shift the local Comprehensive Water Management Plan updates and activities to the SWCD. Submitted for review was the first draft of a Joint Powers

Agreement implementing this action. Asleson said the Water Management Task Force (WMTF) met on 12-9-99 where they indicated they would still like to be involved with local water issues. A subcommittee was designated to study and compile a plan for the future of the WMTF. Asleson said the SWCD Board also approved of the concept of the draft. A problem experienced by the WMTF is that many times they have been unable to reach a quorum at their meetings. Asleson said one of the Committee members identified some of the goals and objectives in the Plan that had not been addressed in recent years. Sawatzke referenced the language under Item #3 in the Agreement, "That the County delegates to the Wright SWCD the responsibility for updates and amendments to the WCCLWMP, with the understanding that these changes will be considered by and approved by the County before submission to BWSR." Asleson said BWSR indicated that amendments must be adopted by County Board resolution. What is essentially being delegated is the work involved. Sawatzke felt the County Board should be able to act independently of the SWCD, even though their goals are the same. The Board felt the role of the WMTF was an important one as the input is broad based and the committee serves as a vehicle for people to be involved in water issues. Regarding the timeline, Eichelberg indicated that the BWSR needs a Plan update by 1-20-00. Consensus was to direct Eichelberg to work with the WMTF subcommittee and to come back with a recommendation.

A draft resolution was presented setting the salaries for Elected Department Heads and the Court Administrator for 2000. Earlier in today's meeting, the Board voted to schedule a Personnel Committee Of The Whole to discuss the salary for the Sheriff. Therefore, the Board took action on the resolution with the removal of the proposed salary for the Sheriff. On a motion by Mattson, second by Jude, roll call vote carried 5-0 to adopt Resolution #99-70 as follows:

BE IT RESOLVED that the 2000 salaries for elected department heads and the Court Administrator shall be as follows: County Attorney $84,246, Auditor/Treasurer $78,180, Recorder $65,907, Court Administrator $65,907

Richard Norman, County Coordinator, said a tentative contract settlement has been reached with Teamsters Local 320, Essential Supervisors Unit. The three-year contract reflects a 3% general increase each year with a 3.5% step added to the Salary Schedule each year. This was done to reflect market considerations. The County contribution for health insurance will increase by $50/month commencing on March 1st of each year. Jude moved to authorize signatures on the agreement, seconded by Russek. The motion and second were withdrawn as Norman indicated the Union is reviewing the contracts which will be presented for approval at a future meeting.

Referred from the Human Services Board was a request by the Human Services Director to post and advertise for positions immediately upon receipt of resignations. Due to the Human Services Board meeting two times per month, there can be a three-week delay before approval is gained to advertise for positions. Russek moved to direct Norman to draft language to this effect for Board review. Upon approval, the language would be inserted into the Personnel Policy and Procedures Manual and would apply to all County departments. Motion carried 5-0 on a second by Eichelberg.

The Board recessed at 10:14 a.m. and reconvened at 10:30 a.m. for a Closed Session regarding Superior FCR Litigation.

Bills Approved

Active Logic Corporation 200.00

Ancom Technical Center 1703.93

AT&T 193.84

Lawrence Bauman 187.29

Beaudry Propane Inc 1084.49

Best Disposal Services 263.74

Braun Intertec 8043.50

Buffalo Hospital 6967.77

Tim Cameron 125.00

Catholic Charities 10189.79

Computer System Products Inc 2116.58

Decorative Designs Inc 318.70

Facility Systems Inc 1128.48

G&K Services 1610.40

Global Computer Supplies 107.98

Douglas Gruber 273.65

Dr Henk 130.00

JLM Telecommunications 134.88

Ken Jude 175.77

Klatt True Value Electric 120.27

LaPlant Demo Inc 330.53

M-R Sign Company Inc 3250.25

Marco 1031.99

McDowall Company 7199.00

Menards 180.65

Monticello Times 671.82

National Camera Exchange 315.80

Northern States Power Co 175.83

Olympic Oil Company 144.78

Pryor Resources INc 1026.00

Roberts Business Forms Inc 394.79

Donald Schmidt 218.60

St Cloud Times 231.03

State of MN Intertech Group 590.65

Taylor Technologies, Inc 675.00

University of Minnesota 775.00

Voss Lighting 271.59

Winsted Publishing Inc 550.59

Wright Hennepin Electric 1221.43

Airtouch Cellular Bellevue 575.16

Annandale Advocate 213.25

Automatic Garage Door Co 271.50

Bear Graphics Inc 252.70

Bergstroms Quality Furniture 425.94

Betmar Languages Inc 201.70

Briggs & Morgan 2305.26

Bunniss Enterprises 639.35

Cassidy Realty & Appraisal Inc 590.00

Central Tractor Farm & Ctry In 205.84

Cub Foods 347.86

Engineering Repro Systems 201.58

Doris Fossen 105.30

GE Capital Info Tech Solutions 184.83

W Grainger Inc 290.84

Hance Locating Inc 330.90

Donald Hozempa 239.64

J Johnson Sales & Services 165.00

Bernard Kirscht 233.48

Lake Region Coop Oil 27432.35

Lee's Farm & Garden Store 280.84

Maple Lake Messenger 196.69

Marco Business Products 4381.14

McNeilus Steel Inc 1730.61

MN Transportation Alliance 165.00

National Business Systems Inc 4345.98

Richard Norman 168.35

Office Depot 3029.65

On Site Monitoring 5037.00

Reliant Energy Minnegasco 4710.46

Joyce Schlagel 4709.00

Sharp Electronics 272.69

State of Minnesota LTD 123.91

Strategic Technologies INc 1710.00

Uniforms Unlimited 705.94

US West Communications 1847.17

West Publishing Company 875.44

Wright County Human Services 1075.00

David Zylstra 246.50

54 payments less than $100 2,062.38

Final Total $127,217.60

On a motion by Mattson, second by Russek, all voted to adjourn the meeting at 11:05 a.m.

Patrick Sawatzke, Chairperson


Richard Norman

County Coordinator

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