Wright County Board Minutes

DECEMBER 28, 1999

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

Jude moved to approve the minutes of 12-21-99 as presented, seconded by Russek, carried unanimously.

On a motion by Russek, second by Eichelberg, all voted to approve the Agenda as presented.

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


1. Performance Appraisals: M. Doppenberg, Atty.; K. Horsch, Aud./Treas.; R. White, Hwy.; R. Broadhead, P&Z; J. Robasse, Sher./Corr.

2. Claim, Frank Madden, $2,145.54.

3. 1999 Annual Report, Wright County Economic Development Partnership.

4. Reappoint Mary Wetter to the Extension Committee (Russek).

5. Approve Contracts For Sheriff Services: Delano, Hanover, Otsego, St. Michael, South Haven, and Waverly.

6. Refer to Building Committee:

a. Data/Voice wire for Historian's New Addition.

b. Request for Ceiling Mounted Projector & Shelving (deferred from 10-27-99 meeting).


1. Approve Abatement, PID: R 110-400-000070, Gerald D. LaPlant (Maple Lake City).

2. Approve Abatement, PID: P 110-600-000110, Gerald D. LaPlant (Maple Lake City).


1. Renewal of Coalition of Utility Counties Contract.


1. Authorize Hire, Kurtis Mortenson, Highway Maintenance Person, Eff. 1-3-00 (Step 2).

2. Approval of "Wright County Highway Right of Way Plat No. 41", for CSAH 8 Intersection Realignment in Waverly.


1. Approve Request To Establish A Rural Planned Unit Development, William Corty (Marysville Twp.).

2. Approve Request To Rezone From AG & S-2 to A/R & S-2, Benet Desmarais (Marysville Twp.).


1. Acknowledge Retirement, Mary Jaeger, Corrections Officer, Eff. 1-15-00 & Authorize Replacement.

A Building Committee meeting was held on 12-22-99. Mattson moved to approve the minutes as presented, seconded by Eichelberg, carried unanimously:

Request For Exterior Over-Door Awning, North Entry, HSC. Recommendation: Approve request. Fund out of Budget 820, Site Improvement line item (approximate cost is $1,500).

Jail Kitchen Temperature Problem. Torfin and Buskey explained that the problem occurs in the Spring and Fall. It gets too hot in the kitchen and Buskey has to run the chiller in order to bring the temperature down. Recommendation: Have Craig Hayes quote installation of an air-conditioning unit similar to the one installed in the Communications Center.

Laid over from the last County Board meeting was discussion relating to tree removal on Lot 18, Sugar Lake Beach. Correspondence had been received from Jim Thorton relating to removal of dead trees on County property which borders his property. The Board voted to have the Parks Administrator meet with the County Attorney and present a recommendation. At today's meeting Doug Gruber, Auditor/Treasurer, distributed an opinion from the Attorney's Office which indicates there is no statutory or case authority to provide direction. The recommendation was to rectify the dangerous situation, making sure to obtain advance approval of neighboring properties if the County or its contractor must go onto their properties. Jude moved to direct the Parks Administrator to remove the tree. If needed, the Parks Administrator should work with the Purchasing Agent to hire an outside contractor with funding from Professional Services. Motion carried 5-0.

The claims listing was reviewed. Mattson questioned a claim on Page 11, Best Inc. ($3,831.39) for Jail food. He inquired whether the County would be billed from outside vendors. Sheriff Hozempa responded that there would be no costs outside of the contract with Best Inc. Russek referenced page 14, Prairie Lake Detention Center ($1,080.00) and Sheriffs Youth Program of MN ($5,059.75). Sheriff Hozempa responded that these are detention fees through Court Services over and above the contract with the Anoka Juvenile Detention Center. On a motion by Jude, second by Russek, all voted to approve the claims as listed in the abstract, subject to audit.

A Labor/Management Health Insurance Committee meeting was held on 12-22-99:

Medica Group Summary reports for the 12 month period ending 10/31/99 were reviewed. It was noted that utilization has decreased considerably when compared for the two prior years. Loss ratios for period ending 10/31/99 are as follows: #60155 - 91.95%, plan #43107 - 102.18%, and plan #44013 - 231.13%. Walmart is no longer a participating Medica pharmacy. The County will not be allowing employees to waive health insurance coverage effective 3/1/2000, but the County will need to discuss the financial impact this will have on part-time employees. It is anticipated that Medica will be providing premium rates for the March 1, 2000 renewal soon. A meeting will be held when that information is available. The Voluntary Dental Plan implemented this summer currently has 45 enrollees, with 30 employees having single coverage and 15 employees having family coverage. Employees will be allowed to pay for these premiums through the County's flex plan effective 3/1/2000. The Benefits Fair is tentatively scheduled for February 10, 2000.

At today's meeting Richard Norman, County Coordinator, requested that the option to waive health insurance coverage for part-time employees be referred to the Personnel Committee for discussion. Jude moved to approve the request, seconded by Eichelberg, carried 5-0. On a motion by Russek, second by Eichelberg, all voted to approve the minutes.

At 9:15 a.m., the bidding process for the 2000 Legal Newspaper was closed. Gruber opened the bids and requested they be laid over to the next Board meeting for review. Jude moved to approve the request, seconded by Mattson, carried 5-0.

Newspaper ­ Line Length In Pica, Lines/Inch In Legals, Length Of Lower Case Alphabet in Pts., Cost Per Column Inch For Legals:

1. Annandale Advocate ­ 12.5, 8, 102, $1.72

2. Dassel Cokato Enterprise Dispatch ­ 12, 8, 102, $5.20

3. Howard Lake-Waverly Herald ­ 12, 8, 103, $1.17, If sent by E-Mail (10% discount) $1.05

4. Maple Lake Messenger ­ 12.5, 8, 102, $1.68

A Personnel Committee meeting was held on 12-22-99. On a motion by Eichelberg, second by Mattson, all voted to approve the minutes as presented:

Performance Evaluation - Gerald Kritzeck, Assessor. Based on review of five performance evaluations the Committee recommends an overall rating of "Superior."

A Personnel Committee Of The Whole meeting was held on 12-27-99:

Don Hozempa, Sheriff. Hozempa requested the Committee reconsider their previous recommendation to set the Sheriff's salary at $79,524. After review, the majority of the Committee recommended that the salary for the Sheriff in 2000 be set by resolution at $84,668 reflecting a 13.5% increase. The consensus of the Committee was that the salaries of the Attorney, Auditor/Treasurer and Recorder will remain as set on 12-21-99 by County Board action.

At today's meeting, Jude moved to approve the minutes, seconded by Mattson. Sawatzke stated the minutes accurately reflect what transpired at the meeting but he did not agree with the recommendation. Motion carried 3-2 with Sawatzke and Russek casting the nay votes.

A Ways & Means Committee meeting was held on 12-22-99. Jude moved to approve the minutes and recommendation, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0. The Ag Inspector Contract will be presented for approval at a future Board meeting:

Agricultural Inspector Contract. After discussion with Johnson all agreed to propose a two-year contract with an increase each year of $50/month. Norman will revise the contract and send it to Johnson for signatures.

Jude moved to adopt Resolution #99-71 setting the County Commissioners Salary for 2000. Eichelberg seconded the motion and it carried 5-0 on a roll call vote:

WHEREAS, Minnesota Statutes, Section 375.055, provides the procedures for fixing the County Board compensation for the next year;

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that as of January 1, 2000, members of the Wright County Board of Commissioners shall have an annual salary, exclusive of per diem payments, of $27,067. Said salary shall continue in effect until such time as this resolution is amended or otherwise modified.

Jude moved to adopt Resolution #99-72 setting the County Commissioner per diems payments at $40.00 for 2000, seconded by Mattson, carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.

Mattson moved to adopt Resolution #99-73 setting the Sheriff's Salary for 2000 at $84,668, seconded by Eichelberg. Russek said he would vote against the motion as he supported the agreement made at the Personnel Committee Of The Whole meeting on 12-15-99. Gruber said he and the County Attorney had discussed this issue. Although Gruber felt the Sheriff was deserving of the salary, previous discussion had taken place as to how the salaries would be set at the 12-15-99 Personnel Committee meeting. Gruber said he and the Attorney felt that if one of the elected department heads salaries were sent back for discussion, all of them should have been. Sawatzke agreed with Russek and supported the increase previously recommended. Mattson stated that the Sheriff had requested to meet with the Board three times and the Board did not follow up on the request. He supported the salary being proposed today. Motion carried 3-2 with Sawatzke and Russek casting the nay votes.

Bills Approved

Airtouch Cellular Bellevue 277.49

Alert Cort 495.00

Earl Andersen Inc 7394.00

Anoka County Juvenile Center 550.00

Aspen Equipment Co 1970.26

George Bakeberg 205.88

Lawrence Bauman 238.44

Buffalo Bituminous 89565.29

Bull HN Information Systems 945.72

Catco Parts Service 1147.21

Chatham Township 693.00

Columbia Propane 226.53

Computer Training International 5519.80

Crow River Industrial Coatings 250.00

Franklin Denn 538.90

Ralph Douglas 297.35

East Central Regional Juvenile 8145.00

Ernst General Construction Inc 125.24

G E Capital 755.14

GE Capital Info Tech Solutions 11131.33

GISRDC 8975.00

GTE Midwest 121.99

Hillyard Floor Care Supply 874.81

Imageware Software Inc 7217.20

JLM Telecommunications 176.50

Gerald Kritzeck 109.21

Life Fitness 100.00

Lorman Education Services 179.00

Michael MacMillan 433.38

Marshall & Swift 240.95

Richard Mattson 113.77

Menards 182.02

MN County Auditors Assn 150.00

MN Safety Council 100.00

Mobil Oil Corporation 289.00

National Camera Exchange 5867.68

Office Depot 2081.12

Pats 66 380.00

Phillips Petroleum Co 440.61

Steven Pribyl 122.50

Reentry Services Inc 725.55

Royal Tire-St Cloud 4337.16

Russells Lock & Key 1805.81

Simplex Time Recorder Co 256.25

Spectra Precision Surveying 158.38

St Cloud Stamp & Sign 180.03

State of MN Intertech Group 537.55

Duane Swenson 109.55

Timemark Incorporated 9644.98

Aladdin Temp Rite LLC 186.60

Ancom Technical Center 18085.42

Annandale Rock Products 13610.70

Arrowwood Radison Resort 306.72

AT&T 9261.28

Kathleen Bakeberg 106.62

Best Inc 3831.39

Buffalo Hospital 804.75

Lola Carlson 660.00

Cellular 2000 of St Cloud 445.72

Cintas-428 116.13

Commissioner of Transportation 4494.93

CPS Technology Solutions 260.50

Decorative Designs Inc 175.53

Denos Excav. & Drainage In 6967.50

Eagle Point 4715.00

The Economics Press Inc 111.97

Facility Systems Inc 7282.25

Gateway Companies Inc 1817.96

Gilson Company Inc 3026.63

Greenview Inc 585.60

Fred Hemmerich 139.00

Hunt Electric Corporation 115.24

International Personnel Mgmt 226.50

Klatt True Value Electric 150.16

Kimberly LeClaire 118.80

Loberg Plumbing & Heating Co 896.09

M-R Sign Company Inc 21792.99

Marco Business Products 5664.44

Matco Tools 186.80

McCarthy Gravel Inc 8964.64

The Metro Group Inc 1960.88

MN County Recorders Assoc 150.00

MN Seeding Contractors 130.00

Maria Morales 486.00

Northern States Power Co 244.00

Bob Parsons 990.00

Dave Peterson Monticello Ford 699.61

Prairie Lake Detention Center 1080.00

Anthony Rasmuson 111.10

Reliant Energy Minnegasco 231.25

Jack Russek 148.49

Sheriffs Youth Program of MN 5059.75

Snap-on Industrial 153.36

St Cloud Restaurant Supply 383.91

St Michael Veterinary Clinic 124.00

Sunsource Technology Services 398.00

Lori Thingvold 108.19

Tools Unlimited 554.58

Total Printing 181.26

Transportation Supplies Inc 443.62

Twin Cities Transport & Recov 133.13

University of Minnesota 190.00

US West Communications 170.21

Wright County Highway Dept 30811.02

Wright Lumber & MIllwork Inc 391.72

Total Tool Supply Inc 2172.55

Trueman Welters, Inc. 334.41

Uniforms Unlimited 114.66

Unlimited Electric Inc 110.00

Walmart Store 01-1577 127.60

Wright Hennepin Electric 2288.81

WSB & Associates Inc 2620.00

44 payments less than $100 2,084.78

Final Total $341,395.33

The meeting adjourned at 9:31 a.m.

Patrick Sawatzke, Chairperson


Richard Norman

County Coordinator

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