Wright County Board Minutes

DEC. 26, 2000

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 12-19-00 as presented, second by Eichelberg, carried unanimously.

Petitions were accepted to the Agenda as follows: Consent Agenda Item A.1, Performance Appraisals for K. Mortenson and S. Marquette, Hwy. Eichelberg moved to approve the Agenda as amended, seconded by Jude, carried unanimously.

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


1. Performance Appraisals: S. Schwan, E. Liberato, Attorney; R. Hiivala, D. Reddemann, Aud./Treas.; K. Mortenson, J. Putnam, S. Marquette, Hwy.; R. Broadhead, P&Z; K. Preston, M. Skoog, Sheriff.

2. O/T Report, Period Ending 12-08-00.

3. Authorize Signatures, Certificate Of Substantial Completion, Rochon Corporation (4th Floor Remodeling).

4. Claim, Frank Madden, $1,097.80.

5. Claim, MCIT, $2,473 (1999 Workers' Comp. Payroll Audit).


1. Claim, Buetow & Assoc., $2,698.48 (Fund 34, Courthouse Imp.).

2. Rochon Corp., $60,259.06 (Fund 34, Courthouse Imp.).


1. Approval Of Municipal Maintenance Payments For Eight Cities.


1. Accept Resignation, Geoffrey Grisso, Eff. 12-21-00 & Authorize Replacement.

Jude moved to adopt Resolution #00-62 for a grant in the amount of $24,235.00 from the Minnesota State Transportation fund for the CSAH 30 Culvert Project (Construction of County Bridge No. 86J08, SAP 86-630-18). Seconded by Eichelberg, carried on a 5-0 roll call vote.

Russek moved to schedule a Labor/Management Health Insurance Committee Meeting Re: County Utilization Presentation by Medica for 9:00 A.M., January 24, 2001. Seconded by Eichelberg, carried unanimously.

Due to five Tuesdays in January, Jude moved to cancel the January 16, 2001 meeting, seconded by Russek, carried unanimously.

Sawatzke moved to reappoint Bernard Kirscht (2nd District) to the Board of Adjustment and Franklin Denn (2nd Distict) to the Planning Commission, seconded by Eichelberg, carried unanimously.

Norman stated the Board needs to make an appointment to the open seat on the Great Regional Library Board and at this time has not received any nominations. Russek and Jude indicated they may have a possible nomination. Sawatzke stated current lay members are from the Fourth and Fifth Districts. This item will be added to next week's Agenda for further discussion.

Doug Gruber, Auditor/Treasurer, presented three bids received for the Official County Newspaper for 2001. "Cost per column inch for legals" received were as follows: Howard Lake Herald, $1.00 plus 10% discount for items sent via e-mail; Annandale Advocate, $1.69; and Maple Lake Messenger, $1.68. Gruber recommended the Howard Lake Herald be awarded the bid as the official county newspaper for 2001 with the Maple Lake Messenger as alternate. In response to a question by Sawatzke regarding receipt of bids, Gruber stated they were not sealed bids and were to be received prior to 9:00 A.M. today with the award of the bid to be made at today's Board Meeting. He stated two bids were received last week and the third at 8:30 A.M. this morning. Jude moved to award the bid for Official County Newspaper for 2001 to the Howard Lake Herald with the Maple Lake Messenger as an alternate. Seconded by Russek, carried unanimously.

Gruber presented the claims listing for approval. Mattson expressed concern that medical bills on the claims listing for one prisoner exceeded $4,000, not including transportation costs. Russek concurred with Mattson's concern and commented that prisoner medical costs are an unfunded mandate that taxpayers end up paying. On a motion by Eichelberg, second by Russek, all voted to approve the claims as listed in the abstract, subject to audit.

Heidi Peper, Economic Development Partnership, requested approval of an Enterprise Fund loan to De'Barbeque, Inc. In the amount of $25,000. De'Barbeque, Inc. is a wholesale rib smoker and will sell ribs without sauce to wholesale and retail markets, and will locate in the new Montrose industrial park. The purpose of the loan is to cover construction costs of a 5,000 sq. ft. building, purchase of land and equipment and professional fees. Other participants in the project include Citizens State Bank of Waverly and Small Business Administration, with a total project cost of $593,536. De'Barbeque, Inc. will provide 13 jobs averaging $11.58/hour. Peper stated the Finance Committee approved a loan of $25,000 at one point below prime interest based on: meeting lending criteria, approval from SBA and Citizens State Bank, and experience of the principal owner. Eichelberg moved to approve the loan application, second by Jude, carried 5-0. Peper introduced Dan Conroy, the principal owner to the Board, and Jude welcomed him to the business community.

Brian Asleson, Assistant County Attorney, provided an update on the Memorandum of Understanding between Wright County and Peter Fisher, the new owner of the 100 foot strip of land between the BNSF Railroad and the Wright County Fairgrounds in the City of Howard Lake. This agreement covers calendar year 2001, during which time Mr. Fisher is pursuing development on the eastern portion of his property. Asleson stated the original request was to authorize signatures on the agreement, and since that time has been contacted by Jerry Uhde, Wright County Surveyor, about the preliminary plat and concern about a couple railroad crossings. Asleson stated he has contacted Dennis Beise from the Fairground Board, and will continue to make contact with the city administrator. Questions were raised regarding access to a residence if a crossing is closed, location of a fair ticket booth and whether it would need to be moved, whether these crossings are actual streets, and the official process to be followed if they are to be abandoned by the City. Asleson stated the agreement with Fisher does not concern these items and could be approved with continued discussion with the City of Howard Lake regarding these other issues. Jude moved to authorize signature on the agreement with Mr. Fisher; seconded by Eichelberg. Sawatzke questioned whether the County should pursue purchasing a portion of the land from Fisher that affects the Fairgrounds. Asleson stated one-third to one-half of the land doesn't affect the Fairgrounds and that the County could look into purchasing the western portion. He assumed Fisher would want to go through the rest of the platting and didn't see that affecting the possibility of the County purchasing the western portion. Russek stated there was also some wetland in the middle. Jude questioned whether the developer was aware of how restricted development may be, and felt the Board should be notified of any variances. Asleson stated there has been one meeting with the Planning Commission and that he has asked to be notified of any further meetings regarding this property. The motion carried 5-0 to approve signature of the agreement.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:22 A.M.

Bills Approved

Active Logic Corp. $10,000.00

Advanced Filing Concepts 2,411.00

Allina Health Systems 493.00

American Health Care Supply 373.89

American Institutional Supply 1,448.40

Amoco Oil Company 107.52

Earl Andersen, Inc. 26,703.90

Andy's Towing Service, Inc. 175.00

Aspen Equipment Co. 223.65

AT&T 125.91

Automatic Garage Door Co. 509.20

B & D Plumbing & Htg. 636.42

Joe Backes 114.40

John Barthel 4,187.50

Barton Sand & Gravel Co. 2,158.06

Bauerly Brothers Co. 2,244.04

Beckius Truck Repair Inc. 1139.37

Best Inc. 3,750.35

Ralph Borrell 113.96

Bowman Distribution 136.21

Boyer Truck Parts 1,019.98

Bucyrus Blades Inc. 13,552.30

Buetow and Assoc. Inc. 2,698.48

Buffalo Clinic 314.00

Buffalo Hospital 6,438.09

Buffalo Hosp.-Otpt Comm. 4,068.62

Careertrack 149.00

Catholic Charities 11,113.73

CDW Government, Inc. 15,383.46

Central McGowan Inc. 1,350.51

Cintab Corp. No. 748 105.84

Citizens Communication 115.96

Climate Air 1,641,57

Computer Sys. Prod., Inc. 124.56

CPS Technology Solutions 310.50

Cragon's Lodging & Conf. 100.00

Dahlgren Shardlow and Uban 5.172.67

Decorative Designs Inc. 175.53

Delano Municipal Utilities 110.29

Randal DesMarais 132.93

Richard DesMarais 114.40

Karen Determan 174.63

Digital Biometrics Inc. 2,980.00

EMED Company Inc. 166.32

En Pointe Technologies 2,038.97

Engineering Repro Sys. 243.03

Ernst Gen. Construction Inc. 1,598.00

Facility Sys. Inc. 83,088.67

Wayne Fingalson 281.24

First Call For Help 120.00

Flickers TV & Appl. 618.69

Force America Inc. 176.52

Gall's Inc. 199.86

Gateway Companies, Inc. 3,092.61

Gordy's Foods 100.16

Douglas Gruber 107.58

H & H Sport Shop 183.60

H&R Const. Co. 14,562.60

City Hanover 33,290.58

Healthcomp Eval. Serv. 129.00

Herc-U-Lift 4,249.35

Hillyard Floor Care Supply 1,305.69

Indianhead Spec. Co., Inc. 2,305.41

Int'l Conf. of Bldg. Offcl. 195.00

Interstate Batteries 330.95

J Craft Inc. 8,363.47

JLM Telecommunications 165.20

Klatt True Value Electric 235.85

Krueger International Inc. 663.50

Kustom Signals Inc. 3,656.72

Lake Region Coop Oil 36,194.01

Laplant Demo Inc. 534.90

Lawson Products Inc. 430.01

Lee's Farm & Garden Store 296.33

Loberg Plumbing & Heating 124.83

Lockup Usa Productions 548.50

M-R Sign Co., Inc. 1,042.93

MACPZA 135.00

Marco Business Products 3,934.99

MASYS Corporation 2,503.95

Micro Direct International 448.35

Midland Corporate Benefits 643.50

Nathan Miller 217.08

MINNCOMM Paging 2494.96

MINNCOR Industries Central 1160.00

MN Counties Computer Co-op 384.95

MN County Atty's Assn. 1,263.09

MN County Recorders Assoc. 300.00

MN Hwy. Safety and Resrch. 1,568.00

MN State Auditor 9,345.72

Mobil Oil Corporation 319.40

National Business Furn. 225.90

Cheri Nelson 103.02

Office Depot 6,812.52

Olmsted Cty. Comm. Services 799.60

Lynn Peavey Co. 219.95

Dave Peterson Monticello Ford 488.27

Phillips Petroleum Co. 766.86

Precision Prints of Wright Co. 497.96

Proven Force 290.23

Quinlan Publishing Co. 148.84

Anthony Rasmuson 206.45

Red's Cafe 393.37

Reliant Energy Minnegasco 3,904.84

Roche Diag. Systems 1,035.00

Rochon Corporation 60,259.06

Rowekamp Assoc., Inc. 5,031.45

Royal Tire-St. Cloud 4,100.76

RS Eden 907.20

Jack Russek 565.12

Sharon Schubert 178.98

Sheraton Inn Midway 109.84

Sheriff's Youth Program of MN 114.77

Signcad Systems Inc. 633.13

Skillpath Seminars 199.00

Sprint 101.00

St. Cloud Times 346.40

State of Minn. ITD 126.19

State of MN Intertech Group 431.35

Lori Thingvold 122.85

Total Printing 171.15

Transcor America Inc. 611.39

Univ. of Minnesota 210.50

Voss Lighting 387.00

C Walker Trucking 360.00

West Group Payment Ctr. 156.35

West Publishing Co. 163.06

Westside Equipment 214.38

Mary Wetter 125.70

Wes Workman 121.88

Wright Co. Highway Dept. 3,215.55

Wright-Hennepin Electric 1,352.59

XCel Energy 1,462.63

54 payments less than $100 2,382.07

FINAL TOTAL $450,922.06

ATTEST: Richard Norman, County Coordinator

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