Wright County Board Minutes

DECEMBER 29, 1998

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

The following corrections were made to the minutes of 12-22-98: Page 2, 3rd paragraph, 1st sentence should be changed to read, "Jude said the City of Annandale notified him of their intent to consider changing the budget." (Jude); page 3, 5th paragraph, 1st sentence should read, "At the last County Board meeting, a Ditch committee meeting was scheduled for 12-18-98 to review Joint Ditch #15." (Groshens). Motion to approve the minutes as corrected was made by Russek, seconded by Jude, carried 5-0.

Petitions were accepted to the Agenda under Items For Consideration: #3, "Authorize Signatures On Amended Law Enforcement Contract with the City of St. Michael" (Norman); #4, "Discussion RE: 1999 Committee Assignments" (Norman); #5, "Correspondence" (Rose); #6, "Discussion RE: Cokato Bakery Property" (Mattson). Mattson moved to approve the Agenda as amended, seconded by Russek, carried unanimously.

Groshens requested that Item B4, "Approve Tobacco License, Pizzazz Bar & Grill" be added to the Consent Agenda. On a motion by Jude, second by Mattson, all voted to approve the Consent Agenda as follows:


1. Performance Appraisals: N. Carlson, Hwy.; R. Broadhead, P&Z.

2. Accept Resignation, Thomas N. Kelly, Assistant County Attorney, Eff. 1-4-99, & Authorize Reimbursement of Sick/Vacation Time.

3. MHFA, Minnesota Cities Participation Program.

4. Authorize Signatures, Amended Joint Powers Agreement, Central Minnesota Jobs & Training Services.

5. Claim, Frank Madden, $3,234,25.

6. Claim, GE Capital IT Solutions, $449.43 (1998 Budget).


1. Approve Claim, Fyle's Excavating, Co. Ditch No. 10, $2,375.00.

2. Approve Claim, FCR Landfill, $192.52, Cokato Bakery Forfeit Cleanup.

3. Approve Claim, GE Capital, $7,035.40 (Fund 34), Pub. Wks. Bldg.

4. Approve Tobacco License, Pizzazz Bar & Grill.


1. Acknowledge Resignation, Jennifer Thurn, Corrections Officer, Eff. 1-4-99 & Auth. Replacement.

Darla Groshens, Auditor/Treasurer, and Wyman Nelson, County Attorney, were presented retirement plaques by Commissioner Rose. Groshens was employed by Wright County from 1970-1998 and Nelson from 1991-1998. Rose presented a retirement plaque to Jim Gabrelcik, Highway Maintenance Crew Supervisor, who was employed from 1959-1998. Commissioner Rose was honored for her years of service (1993-1998) and was presented with a plaque, certificate and cup. All were extended thanks for their hard work and dedication.

Wayne Fingalson, Highway Engineer, recognized Tom Decker and Conrad Webb for their participation in the Statewide Snowfighter's Rodeo Competition. Decker and Webb competed both individually and as a team. Their team effort placed 7th in the State out of 70 teams. Tom Decker placed 3rd in the State individually out of 140 competitors. Fingalson said the awards reflect the high caliber of drivers Wright County employs.

On a motion by Sawatzke, second by Mattson, all voted to add to the Agenda Item For Consid. #7, "Jail Medical Contract."

Bids for the 1999 Legal Newspaper were opened at the last County Board Meeting. Groshens presented the calculations of bids received: Howard Lake Herald 0.104651; Annandale Advocate 0.143707; Maple Lake Messenger 0.169217; and Delano Eagle 0.155004. Mattson moved to approve Groshens recommendation to award the bid for 1999 Legal Newspaper to the Howard Lake Herald and for the second newspaper to be the Annandale Advocate. Motion carried 5-0 on a second by Jude.

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

Mattson brought forth discussion on the old bakery property located in the City of Cokato. The building has been condemned. A tax forfeiture sale was held on 12-18-98 with no bids being received. The County is offering the parcel for sale for $1.00 with removal of the building within 90 days. At their last meeting, the County Board voted to send this issue to the Ways & Means Committee for recommendation. Today, Mattson felt the Board should close the sale and move forward with the cleanup of the property. Brian Asleson, Asst. County Attorney, said State Statute relating to demolition, improvement or leasing of a tax forfeit property states that the County is responsible for such action. Relating to demolition, the County can solicit two written quotes in the $12,000-$25,000 range and may select one as long as it falls within the specified dollar range. He suggested leaving the sale date open until demolition has been awarded as the option to sell then remains open. Consensus was for Asleson, Hayes and Gruber to solicit quotes to present to the Ways & Means Committee for review. Direction was also given to investigate and quote the removal of asbestos and freon if any is found

Asleson presented a recommendation for cancellation of tax forfeiture on Parcel #116-010-018030 (Krey Property). Asleson stated that since this was addressed by the Board in November, a Stipulation for Settlement of the litigation has been verbally agreed upon with Krey and his attorney. Asleson has not yet received confirmation of this in writing, however said the Board could approve his request contingent upon receipt of the document. He does not recollect going through this process before, but State Statute allows for the County Board to make a recommendation to the Department of Revenue in this regard. The Commissioner of Revenue then must sign off on the recommendation, which is forwarded back to the County Auditor for court filing of the Certificate of Cancellation. All taxes which have been cancelled or omitted are reinstated. Krey will then be responsible for payment of all of these taxes before conveyance of the property to the third party. The City of Waverly took the same action as the County Board in support of the idea and concept. In response to a question by Russek whether Krey could take possession of the property and refuse to sell it, Asleson stated that all the steps need to be taken or the lawsuit will remain in effect. He said he will take the proper steps to assure this does not happen. Mattson moved to approve the recommendation for cancellation of tax forfeiture on Parcel #116-010-018030, seconded by Russek. It was clarified that the motion includes all contingencies involved in order for the cancellation to take place. Motion carried 4-1 with Rose casting the nay vote. Rose voted against the motion as she has no confidence in the other party involved.

Ken Felger, Mn/DOT, presented a request for signatures on a Temporary Permit To Construct relating to T.H.24 by Clearwater Pleasant Park. Felger stated there is a slight delay in Mn/DOT's acquisition of replacement park land north of Maple Lake (Ney Park) and that is why the temporary permit may be required. Jude moved to sign the Temporary Construction Permit, seconded by Sawatzke. Jude stated that the property in Clearwater Pleasant Park is not useable park land, and that the land replacement in Ney Park will enhance that area. Motion carried 5-0.

A Building Committee meeting was held on 12-23-98. At today's meeting, Sawatzke moved to approve the recommendations, seconded by Jude, carried 5-0.

Reimbursements for Jail Damages. Torfin stated that the assumption is that repairs are needed as a result of prisoners causing damage. Most of the time this is not the cause. When they can isolate damages caused by a prisoner, a restitution claim is filed. No further action is required.

Lower Parking Garage Request. Don Mleziva is requesting that a parking space for their staff-designated courier to transport materials between buildings several times a day. He also wishes to retain one parking spot for Ellen Dressel. After discussion, it was the consensus to have the courier share the parking slot currently used by Public Works staff. Also, the courier can use the loading dock and call for a custodian to assist with the moving of heavy materials. The parking slot currently used by Public Works will need to be resigned. It was also decided for safety purposes to move Bill Swing into Larry DeMars parking slot once he moves to the Human Services Center. The requests received from Court Administration and the Office of County Attorney cannot be filled at this time.

A Building Committee Of The Whole meeting was held on 12-22-98. Russek moved to approve the minutes as presented, seconded by Sawatzke, carried unanimously. A summary of the minutes follows:

Project/Schedule Update: Scott provided an update of the work schedule and what has not been completed. Reference was made to the lack of attendance of subcontractors at progress meetings. The project is at least two weeks behind. Consensus was for the Board to send a letter to KUE stating that all subcontractors are to attend meetings and to convey the concern that the schedule is not being met. The letter will state that KUE should attend the next meeting to discuss scheduling. After discussion of the hot gas piping running from the condenser to the air-conditioning unit (PW), the consensus was to have the hot gas piping installed per specifications. The Committee reached a consensus to authorize Scott to obtain costs on insulating the ceiling area above the divider wall in the PW meeting room (estimated at $200-$300) and to proceed. Scott will also obtain a cost on the vinyl for the wall area above the partition. Relative to the PW roof, the counter flashing has not been installed where the new roof meets the roof. Scott informed the contractor that they must install lead shims as the contract calls for it. Damaged flashing on the west side of the building will be replaced by KUE. Scott has obtained an electrical inspection report. He is still awaiting a quote for the blueprint machine venting. Regarding leaks in the fresh air intakes (HSC), these will be reevaluated after another snowfall. The hot water relief valve (HSC) will not be replaced and an expansion tank will be installed instead.

Voice/Data Update: The floor and grid have been installed (PW) so Dell Comm and Collins Communications can proceed. Wire has been run for the fire alarm system. In reference to the boiler room, Scott instructed KUE to make a schedule for the new building and address the mezzanine as a separate issue.

A Personnel Committee Of The Whole meeting was held on 12-22-98 to address the 1999 Auditor/Treasurer and County Attorney salaries. It was the consensus of the Committee to recommend a 1999 salary of $74,597 for the Auditor/Treasurer and $79,472 for the County Attorney.

At today's meeting, Norman presented a draft resolution which would approve the recommended salaries. Russek moved to adopt Resolution #98-73, seconded by Mattson. Jude said he would vote against the resolution as he felt the step system in place was adequate. He said the proposed salaries were that of the current individuals in those positions. By approving the salaries, he felt they were sending a message reflecting on the current individuals quality or quantity of work. He felt the positions should be paid, not the people. Sawatzke said the two are outstanding individuals but felt the County may be starting their salaries too high on the salary schedule. Mattson responded that in comparison to salaries throughout the State, neither one of the proposed salaries were extreme. He said he will vote for this due to their experience. Motion carried 3-2 with Sawatzke and Jude casting the nay votes.

A Ways & Means Committee meeting was held on 12-23-98:

Jail Medical Services. Torfin outlined the proposal for services received from Buffalo Hospital. The scope of service does not include training, prescriptions, or off site medical. These will be provided through oversight by Jail Administration staff at an additional cost. Recommendation: Agree in principal to have Buffalo Hospital provide jail medical services as outlined in their proposal. A contract will be presented at a future Board meeting.

At today's meeting, the draft contract with Buffalo Hospital was reviewed. Asleson is in agreement with the terms of the contract. He said the term of the Agreement will be 1-1-99 through 12-31-99 and those dates should be inserted on page 3 of the document. Total cost of the annual contract is $65,000, not including pharmaceutical and off-site lab costs. He stated that the contract should be amended on the last page to include the signature of the County Coordinator. Mattson moved to approve the minutes of the Ways & Means Committee, seconded by Sawatzke, carried 5-0. Jude moved to approve the Jail Medical Contract as presented, seconded by Russek, carried unanimously.

Norman presented a draft resolution (amending Resolution #98-70) setting the Sheriff, Recorder and Court Administrator salaries for 1999. All three positions had a 10-Year Step increase in July, which was not included in the figures presented in Resolution #98-70. Jude moved to adopt Resolution #98-74, seconded by Sawatzke, carried 5-0 on a roll call vote:

Resolution Amending Resolution 98-70

BE IT RESOLVED that the 1999 salaries of elected department heads and the Court Administrator shall be as follows:

Sheriff $74,597

Recorder $61,823

Court Administrator $61,823

On a motion by Sawatzke, seconded by Russek, all voted to authorize signatures on the amended 1999 Law Enforcement Services Contract with the City of St. Michael.

Jude requested that a Committee Of The Whole meeting be set to discuss committee assignments for 1999 with Elmer Eichelberg prior to the 1-5-98 County Board organizational meeting. Norman responded that by State Statute, committee assignments are to be done at the organizational meeting of the County Board. As Eichelberg is not officially a Commissioner until that day, he did not feel a Committee Of The Whole could meet to discuss appointments. Jude responded that meetings can be attended by members of the public and that the Committee would make a recommendation to the County Board for approval. Russek moved to have County Board members and Eichelberg complete the 1999 Committee Assignment matrix distributed today. Each is to indicate which committees they would like to serve on and return the matrix to the County Coordinator. Motion carried 4-1 with Mattson casting the nay vote.

Correspondence received from Winona County relating to bioterrorism and from the Nuclear Regulatory Commissioner will be forwarded to the Civil Defense Director.

Information was received from AMC offering individual county land use maps at a cost of $30.00. Previously, AMC forwarded a mounted copy of a statewide land use and cover map. Norman indicated that he ordered one County map already. The information will be distributed to the County Board and the Planning & Zoning Administrator.

Bills Approved

Alliant Foodservice 838.67

Earl Andersen Inc 11000.00

AT&T 1386.89

Bergstroms Quality Furniture 425.95

Catco Parts Service 2898.21

Central Glass 324.50

Cole Papers Inc 1215.70

Commissioner of Transportation 185.00

Computer System Products Inc 589.62

The Copy Shop 159.75

CYS Uniforms 122.75

Digital Biometrics Inc 9456.00

Functional Industries 1058.75

Gateway 2000 15049.52

Global Computer Supplies 160.56

Granite Electronics 408.50

Interstate Battery System 142.60

Klatt True Value Electric 497.49

LIttle Falls Machine 137.50

Marks Standard Parts 4088.06

Matco Tools 141.54

Minnesota Elevator Inc 1118.83

MN Ass'n of Assessing Officers 330.00

MN County Recorders Assoc 150.00

MOSTCA 270.00

National Bushing & Parts 310.73

Dave Peterson Monticello Ford 844.18

Postmaster-Buffalo 170.00

Royal Tire-St. Cloud 1287.74

Russells Lock & Key 1269.48

Sherry Schliesing 178.25

Superior FCR Landfill Inc 192.52

James Tillman 125.28

University of Minnesota 143.77

West Publishing Company 141.22

Wright Hennepin Electric 1973.42

American Institutional Supply 256.92

Mary Anderson 121.88

Lawrence Bauman 187.28

Buffalo Hospital 170.00

Catholic Charities 7098.00

Central Micro Systems In 239.62

Collins Communications 2142.78

Comp USA Inc 710.00

Computer Training International 3506.00

CPS Technology Solutions 260.50

Decorative Designs Inc 175.53

EPA Audio Visual Inc. 313.85

Fyles Excavating & Honey Wagon 2375.00

GE Capital Info Tech Solutions 7827.07

W Grainger Inc 250.88

Hillyard Floor Care Supply 484.73

Bernard Kirscht 374.56

Kimberly Leclaire 1128.60

Marco Business Products 9120.78

Marshall & Swift 213.95

Minncor Industries 3195.00

Minnesota Legal Register 220.38

MN County Attorneys Ass'n 135.00

MN Recreation & Park Ass'n, Inc 125.00

Margaret Munson 204.29

Office Depot 4365.30

Phillips Petroleum Co 408.16

Reds Cafe 146.97

Jack Russek 388.02

Pat Sawatzke 190.65

Donald Schmidt 303.87

Duane Swenson 101.18

Traffic Parts 117.00

Unlimited Electric Inc 1108.43

Wright County Highway Dept 1080.25

Keith Wurm Construction 468.00

43 payments less than $100 1,761.61

Final Total $110,070.02

The meeting adjourned at 10:00 A.M.

John Russek, Chairperson

ATTEST: Richard W. Norman, County Coordinator

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