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State of Minnesota District CourtCounty of Wright Tenth Judicial District
Carolyn M. Brown f/k/a Carolyn M. Sieben and Kyle Brown,
Plaintiffs,
v.
Dennis N. Sieben; Elaine M. Posterick; Donald L. Posterick; the unknown heirs of Marie B. Vasseur, deceased, the unknown heirs of Lawrence P. Vasseur, deceased; the unknown heirs of Andrew E. Graff, deceased; and the unknown heirs of Lila J. Graff, deceased; and all other persons unknown claiming any right, title, estate, interest or lien in the real estate described in the Complaint herein,
Defendants.
Case Type: Other Civil (Quiet Title)
Court File No.: 86-CV-20-1869
SUMMONS
THIS SUMMONS IS DIRECTED TO THE ABOVE-NAMED DEFENDANTS:
1. YOU ARE BEING SUED. The Plaintiff has started a lawsuit against you. The Plaintiff’s Complaint against you is attached to this Summons. Do not throw these papers away. They are official papers that affect your rights. You must respond to this lawsuit even though it may not yet be filed with the Court and there may be no court file number on this summons.
2. YOU MUST REPLY WITHIN 20 DAYS TO PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS. You must give or mail to the person who signed this Summons a written response called an Answer within 20 days of the date on which you received this Summons. You must send a copy of your Answer to the person who signed this Summons located at 3555 Plymouth Boulevard, Suite 117, Plymouth, MN 55447.
3. YOU MUST RESPOND TO EACH CLAIM. The Answer is your written response to the Plaintiff’s Complaint. In your Answer you must state whether you agree or disagree with each paragraph of the Complaint. If you believe the Plaintiff should not be given everything asked for in the Complaint, you must say so in your Answer.
4. YOU WILL LOSE YOUR CASE IF YOU DO NOT SEND A WRITTEN RESPONSE TO THE COMPLAINT TO THE PERSON WHO SIGNED THIS SUMMONS. If you do not Answer within 20 days, you will lose this case. You will not get to tell your side of the story, and the Court may decide against you and award the Plaintiff everything asked for in the Complaint. If you do not want to contest the claims stated in the Complaint, you do not need to respond. A default judgment can then be entered against you for the relief requested in the Complaint.
5. LEGAL ASSISTANCE. You may wish to get legal help from a lawyer. If you do not have a lawyer, the Court Administrator may have information about places where you can get legal assistance. Even if you cannot get legal help, you must still provide a written Answer to protect your rights or you may lose the case.
6. ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION. The parties may agree to or be ordered to participate in an Alternative Dispute Resolution process under Rule 114 of the Minnesota General Rules of Practice. You must still send your written response to the Complaint even if you expect to use alternative means of resolving this dispute.
7. THIS LAWSUIT MAY AFFECT OR BRING INTO QUESTION TITLE TO REAL PROPERTY in Wright County, Minnesota, located at 14737 84th Street NE, Otsego, Minnesota 55330 (“Property”), legally described as follows, to wit:
Lot 3, Block 2, Vasseur’s Oak Grove Estates Second Addition, according to the plat thereof on file and of record in the Office of the Register of Deeds of Wright County, Minnesota
The object of this action is to obtain a judgment that Plaintiffs are the owner, in fee simple, of the above-described real property, and that none of the Defendants have any estate or interest therein or lien thereon.
Dated: March 31, 2020
Brutlag, Hartmann & Trucke, P.A.
/s/ Matthew R. Doherty
Matthew R. Doherty (#0352159)
3555 Plymouth Boulevard, Suite 117
Minneapolis, MN 55447-1399
Telephone: (763) 222-2507
Email: mdoherty@brutlaw.com
Attorneys for Plaintiffs
Published in the Herald Journal, April 24, May 1, 8, 2020.
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
THIS IS A NOTICE TO INFORM YOU AS AN ADJACENT PROPERTY OWNER WITHIN 500 FEET, THAT AN APPLICATION FOR A VARIANCE HAS BEEN SUBMITTED TO THE WRIGHT COUNTY BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT BY THE FOLLOWING APPLICANT:
AARON T. FOUQUETTE
LOCATION: xxxx 27TH Street NW – N 1⁄2 of the SE 1⁄4 of the NW 1⁄4, & W 200 ft. of N 1⁄2 of SW 1⁄4 of the NE 1⁄4, all in Section 23, Township 120, Range 26, Wright County, Minnesota. (Chatham Twp.)
Tax Parcels: 203-000-232401, -232400 & -232100
Property owners: Fouquette, James Munsterteiger & Francis Munsterteiger Estate
Requests variance and reconsideration of Board action dated April 6, 2018 according to Section 155.026, 155.026(E)02, 155.048(G)4(c), Chapter 155, Title XV, Land Usage & Zoning of the Wright County Code of Ordinances to allow approximately 10 acres (tax #203-000-232400) that was previously joined with Tax ID #203-000-232100 to be combined with the applicant’s 13.63-acre homesite (tax #203-000-232401) that is directly to the east.
REASON A VARIANCE IS NEEDED: Change to previous Board action/conditions. Adjustment exceeds the size allowed for “1 per 40” entitlement divisions.
REFERENCE TO THE PROPOSED APPLICATION, YOU WILL BE HEARD ON:
DATE: Friday, May 8, 2020
TIME: 8:30 a.m.
In response to COVID-19, and pursuant to Minnesota Statute Chapter 12 relating to Emergency Management, Governor Walz has declared a state of emergency. In response to the state of emergency and in accordance with Minnesota Statute Chapter 13D.021, Board of Adjustment members and the applicant may participate in person, by telephone, or other electronic means. The meeting will be held at the Wright County Board Room located at 10 2nd St. NW, Buffalo, MN 55313. In person public attendance and comments will not be allowed, to conform with MDH and CDC guidelines to minimize gatherings. The meeting will be broadcast live on the Wright County YouTube channel. Please visit the Wright County Board of Adjustment website at http://www.co.wright.mn.us/325/Board-of-Adjustment the week of the meeting for the link to the video and further instructions on how to participate.
You may submit written testimony by emailing Barry Rhineberger at barry.rhineberger@co.wright.mn.us by 4:30 pm, Thursday, May 7th. Written testimony may also be provided and mailed to: Wright County Planning and Zoning, 10 2nd St. NW, Room 140, Buffalo, MN 55313-1185. PHONE INQUIRIES TO: (763) 682-8947
INTERPRETER SERVICES FOR THE HEARING IMPAIRED WILL BE PROVIDED ON PRIOR REQUEST FOR PUBLIC MEETINGS & OTHER COUNTY SPONSORED CLASSES & EVENTS
This meeting is subject to change. Please visit the Wright County Board of Adjustment webpage or sign up for automatic updates for this meeting at http://www.co.wright.mn.us/list.aspx.
Published in the Herald Journal, April 24, 2020.
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
All interested persons are hereby notified that the Winsted Planning Commission, acting as the Board of Adjustment and Appeals for the City of Winsted, will meet to conduct a public hearing on a request for variance to reduce the front yard setback for an off-street parking lot on property zoned I-1 Industrial District. The property is located at 801 Kingsley Street (County Road 9) with a parcel identification number of 21.011.2010.
The application, if approved, would reduce the front yard setback for an off-street parking lot from the required fifteen feet (15’) to eleven and three tenths feet (11.3’).
The Winsted Planning Commission will hold the public hearing on Monday, May 11, 2020 at 6:00 P.M. or as soon thereafter as possible, in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 201 - 1st Street North in Winsted.
If you so desire, you may attend the public hearing, either in person or by agent or attorney, to make comments in opposition to or support of the request. Please visit the City’s website at www.winsted.mn.us for notifications and instructions on how to attend an electronic/telephonic public hearing, if necessary, due to COVID-19. Please also email your comments to adam.birkholz@winsted.mn.us by 3:00 p.m. on Monday, May 11, 2020, in addition to attending the meeting. This will ensure that the comments are heard during an electronic/telephonic hearing. Written and emailed comments must include your name and property address.
If you would like to make comments but will be unable to attend the hearing, you may do so in writing by mailing comments to the City of Winsted, P.O. Box 126, Winsted, MN 55395 or by email by emailing adam.birkholz@winsted.mn.us. Written and emailed comments must include your name and property address, and must be submitted no later than 3:00 p.m. on Monday, May 11, 2020.
Respectfully,
Adam Birkholz
City Administrator
POSTED AT CITY HALL ON: Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Published in the Herald Journal April 24, 2020.
Summary of the BOARD OF EDUCATION REGULAR MEETINGMonday, March 9, 2020HLWW HS Media Center
The March 9, 2020 Regular School Board meeting of the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted ISD #2687 was called to order at 6:01 pm. by Vice Chairperson Bravinder. After the pledge of allegiance, roll was taken with the following members present: Koch, Bravinder, Peterson, Scheuch, Diers and Detlefsen; absent: Heuer. Also present were Superintendent Brad Sellner, Principals Jim Schimelpfenig and Jennifer Olson, and Board Secretary Marilyn Greeley.
(Item IV) Scheuch motioned to approve the agenda; Peterson seconded; passed unanimously.
(Item VI) Scheuch recommended approval of the consent agenda; Peterson seconded; passed unanimously. The consent agenda included February meeting minutes, payment of bills, enrollment, leave approval, resignation, retirement, new hires, policy approval, communications and recognitions.
(Item VII, Subd. C) Diers recommended the approval of an Operating Levy Referendum Election for November 3, 2020; Detlefsen seconded; passed unanimously.
(Item VII, Subd. D) Scheuch recommended the approval of the 2020-21 calendar with the update; Peterson seconded; Superintendent Sellner clarified the update was that if there is school day cancellation prior to February 1, we will have a makeup day on Presidents Day; passed unanimously.
(Item VII, Subd. E) Scheuch recommended approving that the school board and district are meeting the needs of American Indian students per the American Indian Parent Advisory Committee (AIPAC) recommendation; Koch seconded; passed unanimously.
(Item VII, Subd. G) Scheuch recommended approval of the resolution accepting donations; Diers seconded; those in favor: Detlefsen, Diers, Scheuch, Peterson, Koch and Bravinder; those opposed: none; passed unanimously.
(Item VII, Subd. I) Scheuch recommended approval of the items for the Work Session; Detlefsen seconded; passed unanimously.
(Item IX) Next Meeting Dates:
• Work Session Meeting - Monday March 23, 2020 6pm HLWW HS Media Center
• Regular Board Meeting - Monday April 13, 2020 6pm HLWW HS Media Center
For the full report, visit the district website at www.hlww.k12.mn.us/board-meeting-minutes or view a copy in the district office.
Bravinder adjourned the meeting at 7:15pm.
Respectfully submitted,
Lacy Detlefsen, Clerk
Published in the Herald Journal, April 24, 2020.
SUMMARY Of the BOARD OF EDUCATION WORK SESSION MEETINGMonday, March 23, 2020HLWW HS Media Center
The March 23, 2020 School Board Work Session meeting of the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted ISD #2687 was called to order at 6:00 pm. by Chairperson Heuer. After the pledge of allegiance, roll was taken with the following members present: Heuer, Koch, Bravinder, Scheuch, Diers and Detlefsen; Peterson arrived at 6:05 pm. Also present were Superintendent Brad Sellner and Board Secretary Marilyn Greeley.
(Item IV) Scheuch motioned to approve the agenda; Diers seconded; passed unanimously.
Peterson arrived at 6:05 pm.
(Item V, Subd. C) Peterson motioned that at the discretion of HLWW Superintendent he could invoke the remote meeting rules to convert the meeting to a teleconference meeting and subject to meeting statutory requirements; Detlefsen seconded; passed unanimously.
(Item VIII) Next Meeting Dates:
• Regular Board Meeting - Monday April 13, 2020 6pm HLWW HS Media Center
• Work Session Meeting - Monday April 27, 2020 6pm HLWW HS Media Center
(Item X) Bravinder motioned to close the meeting at 7:17 pm; Scheuch seconded; passed unanimously.
Bravinder motioned to open the closed meeting at 7:24 pm to discuss the superintendent performance review; Detlefsen seconded; passed unanimously.
Discuss the Superintendent Performance Review.
Scheuch motioned to close the closed meeting at 8:00 pm; Diers seconded; passed unanimously.
For the full report, visit the district website at www.hlww.k12.mn.us/board-meeting-minutes or view a copy in the district office.
(Item XI) Bravinder motioned to re-open the meeting at 8:00 pm.; Diers seconded; passed unanimously.
Heuer adjourned the meeting at 8:00 pm.
Respectfully submitted,
Lacy Detlefsen, Clerk
Published in the Herald Journal, April 24, 2020.
Lester Prairie City Council MinutesApril 14, 2020
Pursuant to public notice of an online meeting through” Zoom” due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Lester Prairie City Council met in regular session on Tuesday, April 14, 2020.
Additions to the agenda included a Declaration by the Mayor, street patching, and sealcoating quotes.
In light of the process taking place and the Coronavirus, Mayor Angvall made the following proclamation: City of Lester Prairie Mayor, Eric Angvall, Determination Regarding Conducting Meetings by Telephone or Other Electronic Means
Councilman Foust introduced the following resolution and moved for its adoption:
RESOLUTION 22-20 A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING ELECTRONIC MEETINGS The foregoing motion was duly seconded by Councilmember Meyer and following discussion thereon, a vote was taken. Mayor Angvall declared Resolution No. 22-20 adopted by a unanimous vote this 14th day of April, 2020.
Motion – Dhoore; Second – Meyer; Carried – Unanimously; To accept and approve the March Minutes as amended. (Following the March 10, 2020, City Council meeting, further legal advice was sought for opinion as to the outcome of the vote. The following motion was amended based on additional legal opinion as to the vote. Motion – Foust; Second – Meyer; Motion – Failed; To proceed with the vacating of the street and alley.
The motion is amended to state: “Motion – Passed by a majority vote.” (There is an exception to the statute and the supervote (4/5) majority was not required.)
Motion Foust; Second – Meyer; Carried- Unanimously: To accept and approve the March Treasurer’s Report as submitted. Councilman Foust introduced the following resolution and moved for its adoption:
RESOLUTION NO. 17-20 A RESOLUTION TO FILL VACANCY The foregoing motion was duly seconded by Councilman Meyer and following discussion thereon, a vote was taken. Mayor Angvall declared Resolution No. 17-20 adopted by a unanimous vote this 14th day of April, 2020.
At this point, Sean Tritabaugh was administered the Oath of Office and welcomed to the Council.
Motion – Foust; Second – Meyer; Carried – Unanimously; To appoint Councilman Tritabaugh to the EDA Authority.
Councilman Meyer introduced the following resolution and moved for its adoption:
RESOLUTION NO. 20-20 A RESOLUTION ACCEPTING THE BID FOR THE 2020 INFRASTUCTURE IMPROVEMENT PROJECT The foregoing motion was duly seconded by Councilman Dhoore and following discussion thereon, a vote was taken. Mayor Angvall declared Resolution No. 20-20 adopted by a unanimous vote this 14th day of April, 2020.
Councilman Meyer introduced the following resolution and moved for its adoption:
RESOLUTION NO. 18-20 A RESOLUTION VACATING A STREET AND ALLEYWAY The foregoing motion was duly seconded by Councilman Foust and following discussion thereon, a vote was taken. Mayor Angvall declared Resolution 18-20 adopted by a unanimous vote this 14th day of April, 2020.
Motion – Foust; Second – Meyer; Carried – Unanimously; To select the Regular Premium option for Worker’s Compensation insurance at the deposit rate of $ 26,329.00.
Motion – Foust; Second – Meyer; Carried – Unanimously; To inform the League of MN Cities Insurance Trust the City will not waive the state statute tort liability limit.
Motion – Foust; Second – Dhoore; Carried – Unanimously; to accept and approve the 1st quarter 2020 budget as provided.
Councilman Foust introduced the following resolution and moved for its adoption:
RESOLUTION NO. 19-20 A RESOLUTION TO ACCEPT RETIREMENT NOTIFICATION The foregoing motion was duly seconded by Councilman Dhoore and following discussion thereon, a vote was taken. Mayor Angvall declared Resolution 19-20 adopted by a majority vote this 14th day of April, 2020.
Motion – Tritabaugh; Second – Meyer; Carried – Unanimously; To award the patching work to the low quotes as submitted by MJ Neisen Asphalt of Green Isle in the amount of $12,750.00.
Councilman Dhoore introduced the following resolution and moved for its adoption:
RESOLUTION NO. 21-20 A RESOLUTION AWARDING SEAL COATING WORK FOR THE CITY OF LESTER PRAIRIE The foregoing motion was duly seconded by Councilman Foust and following discussion thereon, a vote was taken. Mayor Angvall declared Resolution 21-20 adopted by a unanimous vote this 14th day of April, 2020.
Motion – Foust; Second – Meyer; Carried – Unanimously; To pay the claims as submitted.
Mayor Angvall adjourned the meeting at 7:27 p.m.
Marilyn L. Pawelk
City Clerk-Treasurer
The above is a summary version of the Lester Prairie City Council Minutes of April 14, 2020. The complete detailed minutes ma be viewed at the City Clerk’s Office during normal business hours. Items not included in the above report are the detailed resolutions, declaration and listing of claims.
Published in the Herald Journal, April 24, 2020.
REGULAR MEETING of the SCHOOL BOARD of EDUCATIONLester Prairie Public SchoolsMonday March 16th, 2019 5:45pmLester Prairie School Media Center
Roll call was taken and the following board members were present: Corbey Hentges, Steve Ziermann, Megan Stifter Knoll, Mary Otto, Brian Heimerl, and Rebecca Heimerl. Administration present: Dr. Melissa Radeke, Mike Lee, and Alice Daak. Other Staff present: Kim DeBruyckere, Mike Bjork and Christine Mattson Guests: Adria Carlson, Amy Meyer, Andy Hoffman with H&U via video, 11 LP students and Ivan Raconteur for the Herald Journal.
Pledge of Allegiance was led by Steve Ziermann.
Agenda
• Motion by Otto second by R. Heimerl to approve the Agenda as presented and or modified
Vote: 6 for, 0 against
Recognition of Communications since Last Meeting:
• Communication – Report -
1. Keegan Lemke went to state for wrestling.
• Open dialogue –
• Andria Carlson/Amy Meyer - Spoke regarding After Prom - looking for solutions
• Grand March Live Streaming
• Change Venue
• Chaperone to be parents
• Hypnotist – same one Alexandria HS hired
Minutes and Bills
• Motion by R. Heimerl and second by Otto to approve the meeting minutes of the Regular Board meeting on 02/10, Special meeting on 02/16 and pay the bills in the amount of $181,662.34 and student activity fees of $4,124.46
Vote: 6 for, 0 against
Administrative Reports
Mr. Lee K-12 Principal Report: - highlights
• Band and Choir Concert was done well
• Pennies for Patients – over $2,000
• Attended Northern Collaborative – Karen Schulte speaker K-1st guided reading
• Family Tours of School coming up
• Parent Senior Class meeting last Tuesday
* Parents wanted students to go on trip to New York
* Would need letter from the Board in order for the students to receive money put down on trip
* Parents Expressed their concerns
• National Honor Society here to speak on their accomplishments
* Alex Nelson, Emily Rademacher, Evan Lee, Lizzy Anderson, Miranda Hentges, Liam Meyer, Sydney Sheehan, Kayla Lorentz, Paige Heimerl, Anna Litzau, and Zach Jackson.
c. Food Drive for Food Shelf - collected 1,126 items
d. Blood Drive calling
e. Collected 155 Toys for McLeod Families
f. Participated in the Eye’s up Campaign for Kare 11
g. Highway clean up
Jeremiah Kraemer AD Report: - highlights
• Soccer Application – Glencoe is leaving to Coop with Hutchinson
Dr. Melissa Radeke Superintendent Report: - highlights
• Enrollment – 479 students
• Waiting on Coop Agreement in writing
• MASA meeting – Listening to Governor updates
• Appreciation of the LP staff on delivering instruction for E-learning
• Dashir – working hard on sterilizing and keeping clean
School Board Reports
• Community Ed. –
a. Robotics camp
b. New Jerseys for Basketball all grades
• PTO – Carnival cancelled
• Facilities/Maint. – none
• Facility Planning-
a. H&U update from Andy Hoffman
b. City special meeting coming up, city limiting the number of participants
• Tech/Media: Met on 2/26
a. 92 chrome books need to be replaced, new charging stations needed for 3rd,5th&6th grade, 6 new laptops for mobile teaching, new software for 11 machines, 30 IPADS will need to be replaced over the next 2yrs.
• Activities Committee – met 3/10
a. HT would like to dissolve Coop
b. Hentges requested concrete #’s on costs
c. Schedule another meeting
• Negotiations – none
• Meet and Confer –
• Policy – meeting on several policy updates
• Legislative – Legislature will meet on a an on-call basis through April 14th
Policy Administration
A. First reading discussion of Policy 703 – Annual Audit
B. Motion by Otto and 2nd by Ziermann to approve revisions to mandated Policy 721- Uniform Grant Guidance Policy Regarding Federal Revenue Sources.
Vote: 6 for, 0 against
Old Business - none
Personnel
• Motion by B. Heimerl and 2nd by Otto to approve the resignation of Amy Hoese-Schultz as paraprofessional effective March 13th, 2020.
Vote: 6 for, 0 against
• Motion by R. Heimerl and 2nd by Otto to approve Matt Wroge as JV Baseball Coach.
Vote: 6 for, 0 against
• Motion by Stifter-Knoll and 2nd by Otto to approve Whitney Dhoore as paraprofessional with assigned duties.
Vote: 6 for, 0 against
School Finance
• Motion by Otto second by B. Heimerl to approve Superintendent Authorization of Project Expenditures/Change Order Approval Process.
* $25,000 or less
Vote: 6 for, 0 against
New Business
A. Building Project update – H&U Bid update presented
a. Alternates given to Board – discussion took place on best for district
i. Board agreed on alternates #2 &#3 – Flooring and Pre-K partition
B. Motion by R. Heimerl and 2nd by Stifter-Knoll to approve Dissolution of Cooperative Sponsorship of Boys Soccer as presented.
Vote: 6 for, 0 against
C. Motion by R. Otto and 2nd by R. Heimerl to approve application for Sponsorship of Boys Soccer beginning with the 2020-2021 School Year.
Vote: 6 for, 0 against
D. Motion by R. Otto and 2nd by B. Heimerl to not authorize the Senior Class trip to New York.
a. Board expressed their concerns
b. Board to sign letter for re-imbursement of funds
c. Admin will look at other options
Vote: 6 for, 0 against
Meeting was adjourned at 6:57 PM
Steven D. Ziermann, Clerk ISD #424
Published in the Herald Journal, April 24, 2020.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that on Thursday, May 7, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. the Wright County Planning Commission will hold a hearing in the County Commissioner’s Board Room at the Wright County Government Center, in the City of Buffalo, Minnesota to consider the following item:
GREGG R. MATHIOWETZ
LOCATION: Part of E 1⁄2 of NE 1⁄4, Section 34, Township 118, Range 27, Wright County, Minnesota. (Victor Twp.) Tax #219-000-341102 Property owner: Lucille Schermann
Petitions for an extension of the 2019 Conditional Use Permit for a temporary borrow pit for the 2020 season to allow removal of 25,000-35,000 cubic yards of dirt to be used for the Winsted Airport project as regulated in Section 155.029, 155.048 & 155.100 Chapter 155 Title XV, Land Usage & Zoning of the Wright County Code of Ordinances.
In response to COVID-19, and pursuant to Minnesota Statute Chapter 12 relating to Emergency Management, Governor Walz has declared a state of emergency. In response to the state of emergency and in accordance with Minnesota Statute Chapter 13D.021, Planning Commission members and the applicant may participate in person, by telephone, or other electronic means. The meeting will be held at the Wright County Board Room located at 10 2nd St. NW, Buffalo, MN 55313. In person public attendance and comments will not be allowed, to conform with MDH and CDC guidelines to minimize gatherings. The meeting will be broadcast live on the Wright County YouTube channel. Please visit the Wright County Planning Commission website at http://www.co.wright.mn.us/333/Planning-Commission the week of the meeting for the link to the video and further instructions on how to participate.
You may submit written testimony by emailing Sean Riley at sean.riley@co.wright.mn.us by 4:30 pm, Wednesday, May 6th. Written testimony may also be provided and mailed to: Wright County Planning and Zoning, 10 2nd St. NW, Room 140, Buffalo, MN 55313-1185.
WRIGHT COUNTY PLANNING & ZONING OFFICE
WRIGHT COUNTY GOVERNMENT CENTER
10 - 2nd STREET NW RM 140
BUFFALO MINNESOTA 55313-1185
PHONE: (763) 6827338
This meeting is subject to change. Please visit the Wright County Planning Commission webpage or sign up for automatic updates for this meeting at http://www.co.wright.mn.us/list.aspx
Published in the Herald Journal, April 24, 2020.
PUBLIC NOTICE
The City of Mayer is requesting public comments on the potential historic, archeological, and environmental impact associated with improvements at the existing drinking water treatment facility located at the intersection of Second Street and Blue Jay Avenue North. The project will include construction of a new well and rehabilitation work at the existing drinking water treatment facility.
The City intends to finance the project with a Drinking Water Revolving Fund loan. The loan will be jointly administered by the Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota Public Facilities Authority.
Comments should be submitted via email to teresa.burgess@bolton-menk.com by noon on May 25, 2020.
Published in the Herald Journal, April 24, 2020.
STATE OF MINNESOTACOUNTY OF MCLEODNOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
YOU ARE HEREBY notified that the regular meeting of the McLeod County Planning Advisory Commission has been scheduled on Wednesday, the 13th day of May 2020 at 9:30 A.M. at the McLeod County Environmental Services Facility in the Large Conference Room, located at 1065 5th Ave SE, Hutchinson, Minnesota 55350.
THE PURPOSE OF THE SAID MEETING is to consider the following application located in the County of McLeod and filed with the Environmental Services Director. All requests are subject to modification during the hearing process. A complete legal description is on file in the Environmental Services Office.
A CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT application by Joseph Foster for a home occupation of a boat storage, shrink wrap, and boat repair business in an existing accessory structure with outdoor storage.
THE PREMISES UPON WHICH said conditional use is to be located is described as follows: 3.29 AC - LOT-3, BLOCK-1 HIGHPOINT ADDITION, Sec-14, Twp. 117-27, (Winsted).
THIS HEARING will be held by the McLeod County Planning Advisory Commission at which time you may appear if you desire, either in person or by agent or attorney, in opposition to or in support of the proposed application. Thereafter, the McLeod County Planning Commission shall forward its recommendations to the County Board of Commissioners. If you desire to provide comments or objections to the Planning Commission’s recommendations, you may take your request to the County Board which has the final authority to act on the findings of the Planning Commission.
Marc Telecky, Director
McLeod County Env. Services
Published in the Herald Journal, April 24, 2020.
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
THIS IS A NOTICE TO INFORM YOU AS AN ADJACENT PROPERTY OWNER WITHIN 500 FEET, THAT AN APPLICATION FOR A VARIANCE HAS BEEN SUBMITTED TO THE WRIGHT COUNTY BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT BY THE FOLLOWING APPLICANT:
FREDERICK V. SCHAEFER
LOCATION: xxxx 125TH Street NW – NE 1⁄4 of NE 1⁄4, SE 1⁄4 of NE 1⁄4 & NE 1⁄4 of SE 1⁄4; and SW 1⁄4 of SE 1⁄4 & N 990 ft. of Gov’t Lot 1 lying northwesterly of travelled road; all in Section 35, Township 122, Range 27, Wright County, Minnesota. (Sugar Lake – Clearwater Twp.) Tax #204-100-351100 & 204-100-354300 Property owners: Schaefer & Frieler
Requests a lot line adjustment according to Section 155.026(E)02, 155.048, Chapter 155, Title XV, Land Usage & Zoning of the Wright County Code of Ordinances to allow approximately 3 acres from the Schaefer property (204-100-351100) to be attached to the Frieler parcel lying to the south (204-100-354300). Also, requests a variance of Section 155.026, 155.048(G)4(c) to allow a “1 per 40” entitlement division of approximately 15 acres.
REASON A VARIANCE IS NEEDED: Lot line adjustments of this nature require Board approval. Size of proposed “1 per 40” entitlement division exceeds what is allowed.
REFERENCE TO THE PROPOSED APPLICATION, YOU WILL BE HEARD ON:
DATE: Friday, May 8, 2020
TIME: 8:30 a.m.
In response to COVID-19, and pursuant to Minnesota Statute Chapter 12 relating to Emergency Management, Governor Walz has declared a state of emergency. In response to the state of emergency and in accordance with Minnesota Statute Chapter 13D.021, Board of Adjustment members and the applicant may participate in person, by telephone, or other electronic means. The meeting will be held at the Wright County Board Room located at 10 2nd St. NW, Buffalo, MN 55313. In person public attendance and comments will not be allowed, to conform with MDH and CDC guidelines to minimize gatherings. The meeting will be broadcast live on the Wright County YouTube channel. Please visit the Wright County Board of Adjustment website at http://www.co.wright.mn.us/325/Board-of-Adjustment the week of the meeting for the link to the video and further instructions on how to participate.
You may submit written testimony by emailing Barry Rhineberger at barry.rhineberger@co.wright.mn.us by 4:30 pm, Thursday, May 7th. Written testimony may also be provided and mailed to: Wright County Planning and Zoning, 10 2nd St. NW, Room 140, Buffalo, MN 55313-1185.
PHONE INQUIRIES TO: (763) 682-8947
NTERPRETER SERVICES FOR THE HEARING IMPAIRED WILL BE PROVIDED ON PRIOR REQUEST FOR PUBLIC MEETINGS & OTHER COUNTY SPONSORED CLASSES & EVENTS
This meeting is subject to change. Please visit the Wright County Board of Adjustment webpage or sign up for automatic updates for this meeting at http://www.co.wright.mn.us/list.aspx.
Published in the Herald Journal, April 24, 2020.
OFFICIAL SUMMARY OF ORDINANCE O-20-02
THE INTENT AND EFFECT OF THIS ORDINANCE IS TO AMEND CHAPTER 1, SECTION 6, OF THE MUNICIPAL CODE OF THE CITY OF WINSTED CONCERNING FISCAL YEAR 2020 FEE SCHEDULE.
PUBLICATION OF A SUMMARY (PURSUANT TO MINNESOTA STATUTE §§ 412.191, SUBD. 4 AND 331A.01, SUBD. 10) OF AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 1, SECTION 6 OF THE MUNICIPAL CODE OF THE CITY OF WINSTED CONCERNING FISCAL YEAR 2020 FEE SCHEDULE.
The following is the official summary of Ordinance No. O-20-02, which was passed by the City Council on April 21, 2020.
Ordinance No. O-20-02 allowing for the amendment of Chapter 1, Section 6 of Winsted’s Municipal Code, its ordinances and resolutions, amends section provisions as follows:
Chapter 1, Section 6 This section has been amended as it applies to the Fiscal Year 2020 Fee Schedule
The full text of Ordinance O-20-02 is available for inspection during regular office hours at the following locations: The office of City Clerk-Treasurer and the City’s website.
Published in the Herald Journal, April 24, 2020.
Important Information Regarding Property AssessmentsThis may affect your 2021 property taxes
The Board of Appeal and Equalization for Winsted Township will meet on May 6, 2020, 6 pm, at Winsted City Hall 201 1st St N Winsted, MN lower level Vollmer Room. The purpose of this meeting is to determine whether property in the jurisdiction has been properly valued and classified by the assessor.
If you believe the value or classification of your property is incorrect, please contact your assessor’s office to discuss your concerns. If you disagree with the valuation or classification after discussing it with your assessor, you may appear before the local Board of Appeal and Equalization. The board will review your assessments and may make corrections as needed. Generally, you must appeal to the local board before appealing to the county board of appeal and equalization.
Shirley Carlson
Winsted Township Clerk
Published in the Herald Journal, April 24, 2020.
BOARD OF WRIGHT COUNTY COMMISSIONERSAPRIL 2, 2020DATE APPROVED: APRIL 7, 2020
The Wright County Board met in special session at 3:00 P.M. with Husom, Vetsch, Potter, and Daleiden present. Commissioner Borrell joined the meeting remotely.
CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) - FUTURE STATE OF COUNTY OPERATIONS
I. REVIEW 3-26-20 COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE MINUTES
Lee Kelly, County Administrator, reviewed the 3-26-20 Committee Of The Whole minutes. Darek Vetsch, County Commissioner, moved to approve the 3-26-20 Committee Of The Whole minutes and recommendations. The motion was seconded by Mark Daleiden, County Commissioner. Michael Potter, County Commissioner, commented that employees are still performing essential services. Vetsch said County business is being conducted. Planning & Zoning has received 71 permits since 3-16-20, eight of which are commercial. Building inspections are being done. County business is carrying on. The motion carried 5-0 on a roll call vote. The 3-26-20 Committee Of The Whole Minutes follow:
CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
Christine Husom, County Board Chair, reported that the License Bureau is closed according to Becky Aanerud, License Bureau Supervisor. There are a few locations in the State that remain open, and can be found online. Husom said many employees are now working remotely. Mark Daleiden, County Commissioner, said Department Heads should post any notices of closures issued by the State to keep the public informed.
Lee Kelly, County Administrator, said this meeting was initially scheduled as a check-in based on the decisions made regarding the period of 3-18-20 through 4-04-20. Due to the Executive Order issued yesterday by Governor Tim Walz, Kelly asked whether the County should make additional changes. Departments have already sent some workers home in an effort to get as many employees as possible out of the building.
Darek Vetsch, County Commissioner, said he has read through the Order a number of times. It is open to interpretation regarding what constitutes essential or emergency services. Vetsch recommended to stay the course with some people working remotely through the next pay period ending 4-18-20. Perhaps a few more people could be sent home to work. On the judicial level, Vetsch suggested shortening the hours that the Government Center is open to 9 A.M. till 3 P.M. Husom agreed with continuing the current remote workplan through 4-18-20, but said people need to drop off or file documents with the Courts. The current hours are reasonable. The building closes at 5 P.M. now, and there are no evening meetings. Charles Borrell, County Commissioner, agreed with Vetsch about continuing the remote work schedule, but did not favor limiting the Government Center hours.
Monica Tschumper, Court Administrator, said they get their directives from the State. Their counters closed Monday, but staff is available through phone, fax, or email. Certain hearings will always be held. The court calendar has been cut back significantly. The hours remain the same. Several people are working from home. They keep minimal staff in the office to keep essential services going. Court Administration will reduce onsite staff even more next week.
Marc Mattice, Parks and Recreation Administrator, distributed a letter sent to his staff, dated today (see attachment). Mattice said this document outlines what Parks is doing starting tomorrow (3-27-20) to protect Parks workers and serve the public. He listed the staff who will be working remotely. Currently outhouses and portable toilets are open. Any flush toilets would be closed due to the Executive Order. Playgrounds and campgrounds are closed. Parks, trails, and open spaces are open. Fenced-in dog parks are closed. Off leash dog parks are open. The County can service 250 people per acre with social distancing.
Mattice said he has advised his staff that essential services include maintaining trash and refuse pickup, surface cleaning of portable toilets, outhouses, trash can lids and doors, and other high use amenities. They will continue to support the operations and overall maintenance of the park and trail systems. They will continue park, trail, and open space inspections and repairs related to safety and health hazards. Staff will also continue to keep the fleet and necessary equipment maintained to allow the continued operations on essential functions.
Campgrounds are set to open on May 1. He is working on a Continuity Of Operations Plan (COOP) for campgrounds and swimming beaches. Drinking fountains are closed. Portable toilets are being stocked with sanitizer by the vendor. Fishing piers are not deemed an essential service. Once the Stay-At-Home Order is lifted, they will begin working on fishing piers and docks.
Jami Goodrum Schwartz, Health & Human Services Director, said she would like to be able to lock the exterior doors to the Health & Human Services Center (HHSC) on Monday, 3-30-20 and direct public traffic to the third-floor office at the Government Center. Employees will continue to work inside the HHSC. They will use signs to direct the public who may stop by. They have a plexiglass window around reception on the third floor. The public will be assisted through the window with some services like EBT cards. The numbers of people coming into the HHSC lobby have dropped substantially. The Agency is still providing essential services. The consensus was to lock the HHSC exterior doors and post signage effective 3-30-20.
Sarah Grosshuesch, Public Health Director, said they have pushed out as many staff as possible. They don’t have access to testing. The Department has lost two people who were exposed to family members with COVID-19 symptoms who can’t get tests. There are two more cases in Wright County as of the latest update. Some COVID-19 cases are no longer isolated in the home. Grosshuesch confirmed that there is community transmission in Wright County, meaning that health officials are unable to determine where the patients contracted the virus. These patients had no history of travel or known exposure to a person infected with COVID-19.
Grosshuesch said Public Health has a very active response plan utilizing a Hotline and Text line for anything related to COVID-19. Wright County is the only county hotline with texting capability. The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is working with Wright County Public Health for homeless individuals. The Hotline / Text line number is 763-682-7607 and is available to receive calls now.
Grosshuesch did not have an update on the supply chain for COVID-19 tests. They are very difficult to procure. Those available in the community are reserved for hospital settings. For the next two weeks, tests will remain restricted to hospitals, so the supply chain can be built up. There will be more extensive testing once the restrictions are loosened.
Kelly summarized that the County will continue the plan originally put in place on 3-18-20 through the next pay period ending 4-18-20. Staff has looked at alternatives, and now that the Stay-At-Home order was extended by two weeks, those options may be reconsidered at a future time, if appropriate.
Kelly said there are a number of items related to facilities projects. Owners Committees have been canceled. A few items need action which are over the threshold of $10,000. Methods for handling these need to be determined. He asked whether the County Board will continue with weekly meetings as the pandemic develops. Otherwise, staff could handle certain items up to a dollar amount set by the County Board. Discussion ensued regarding dollar amount limits that staff could authorize. The consensus was that the threshold could be raised to $20,000. Borrell said Kelly should communicate with Husom when this situation occurs.
Kelly said contractors have asked whether the building site will be open or closed. Kelly said a letter will be sent today saying the site is open for business. Contractors have the option to decide whether or not they want to work at the site.
A special County Board Meeting has been scheduled at 3:00 P.M. on 4-02-20, Kelly suggested scheduling another Committee Of The Whole to keep discussions related to COVID-19 going on a weekly basis. Husom said the meeting on 4-02-20 will allow the Board to respond to any orders from the Governor. Discussion continued about whether and when to schedule the next Committee Of The Whole meeting.
Goodrum Schwartz asked for essential worker letters. Some staff are being asked for them by daycare workers. The letters may also be needed when staff travels for County work. Goodrum Schwartz asked for a centralized process to get these letters for staff. Kelly said it would be easiest to draft something County-wide. This morning he and other management staff discussed compiling a list of essential employees by classification. There is leeway in the Executive Order to determine essential employees on a department-by-department basis for government entities. So far, they have relied upon Department Heads to do so. Kelly will work with Department Heads to compile that list. Vetsch asked that the essential employee letter be distributed at the discretion of Department Heads.
Sheriff Sean Deringer said as long as the Courts are open, there will be deputies at the Government Center. Their presence is being felt in the community. Deringer said the Sheriff’s Office is thirty percent down for general calls for service for March when compared to a five-year look back. However, the Sheriff’s Office is not responding to medical calls unless life-saving measures are needed. Face-to-face contacts are limited. Complaints are taken over the phone when possible, or when there is no crime in progress or evidence to be collected. Deputies call ahead and ask to meet people outside whenever possible. There is still plenty of staff out in the community.
Husom asked whether there was consensus to extend the current procedures such as closing the public counters and allowing employees to work from home when possible through the next pay period ending 4-18-20. She asked for other questions and comments.
Kelly estimated that potentially 45 employees would remain out after 4-04-20. Additionally, approximately 12 employees have no internet at home. He emphasized that these are rough numbers.
Husom said employees will continue to get paid as per the status quo through 4-18-20. Deringer requested that any communication regarding compensation for working remotely to please state that the Sheriff’s Office is not following this plan. If Sheriff’s employees are looking for clarification, they may speak with Command Staff. He said Administrator Kelly has done a good job indicating that no matter where staff is working, whether onsite or off, that staff will continue to get paid. It’s a good plan, but the Sheriff’s Office cannot operate under it for a number of reasons.
The meeting adjourned at 10:37 A.M.
Recommendations:
1) Schedule a Special County Board Meeting on 4-02-20 at 3:00 P.M.
2) Maintain the current plan for as many County employees as possible to work remotely with pay and to continue the closure of public counters at the Government Center through 4-18-20 (the end of the next pay period).
Minutes submitted by Deb Schreiner, Administrative Specialist
(End of 3-26-20 Committee Of The Whole Minutes)
II. HIRING OF TEMPORARY PUBLIC HEALTH WORKER
Jami Goodrum Schwartz, Health and Human Services (HHS) Director, petitioned this item onto the meeting. She requested a part-time, temporary Public Health Planner position for 15 hours per week to do data analytics. Schwartz spoke with AFSCME representatives and they agreed that this position would be important for the County and to proceed as it is related to COVID-19. The Public Health Planner would work from home. Sarah Grosshuesch, Public Health Director, said there is an initiative between several counties and the University of Minnesota to track information related to the socio-economic impact of COVID-19. She added that this person will compile various data regarding COVID-19 cases such as unemployment insurance applications, and other County data related to the pandemic and the Stay-At-Home Order. Currently the County is not able to get that information.
Charles Borrell, County Commissioner, asked whether current Public Health staff could cross-train to perform the Public Health Planner functions. Grosshuesch said the need is for someone to do data analytics and develop a system to track the COVID-19 illness in the County as testing resources are very limited. A local system needs to be developed because the State is currently not providing that information. Eventually staff could be cross-trained in these functions. Most of the HHS staff have caseloads which fill their time. Schwartz said HHS has only one Public Health Planner now. These duties would not fall under the job descriptions of other staff. The temporary Public Health Planner would work from 4-18-20 through 8-31-20.
Grosshuesch said there are seven confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Wright County to date. Borrell asked how many had recovered. Grosshuesch said her staff will post information every weekday on the County website regarding the number of cases, those off of isolation, and the number of deaths (currently at zero) in the County as it is received from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). Five cases have recovered to date. Daleiden said it would be good for the County to have this information. The State is not providing it. Grosshuesch said that information on cases reported via the media or other sources is not necessarily something she may disclose. Grosshuesch was not sure she could even disclose how many are hospitalized by County. All she may convey is that there were cases hospitalized. Public Health is waiting for a legal opinion on this question. Christine Husom, County Board Chair, said the State discloses the number hospitalized, the number of cases, deaths, and how many people have recovered. Unfortunately, they do not break down the information by counties. Grosshuesch said other counties are frustrated as well. They were told they may receive a legal opinion this week. Another legal opinion is sought regarding cases in congregate living communities, especially long-term care facilities. That is not considered public information, either.
Vetsch clarified that the part-time, temporary Public Health Planner position would be a .375 FTE, and the County may be able to receive reimbursement in the future. Daleiden moved to approve the hiring of a part-time, temporary Public Health Worker, seconded by Vetsch. The motion carried 4-1 on a roll call vote, with Borrell casting the nay vote.
III. SCHEDULE UPCOMING MEETINGS
A. Additional COVID-19 Related Meeting
Daleiden moved to schedule a Special County Board meeting on 4-09-20 at 1:00 P.M., seconded by Potter. The motion carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.
B. Cancel 4-13-20 Health and Human Services Board Meeting
Daleiden moved to cancel the 4-13-20 Health and Human Services Board meeting, seconded by Vetsch. The motion carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.
C. 4-14-20 County Board Workshop
This meeting will stay on the County Board calendar until a decision is made at either the 4-07-20 or 4-09-20 County Board meeting.
IV. DEFER PAYMENT FOR ENTERPRISE LOAN FUND WITH WRIGHT COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PARTNERSHIP (WCEDP)
Kelly said Duane Northagen, Executive Director of the WCEDP informed him that the Initiative Foundation has deferred payments on their loans for 90 days. Northagen asked Kelly if the County would like to do something similar with the Enterprise Fund loans. There are two outstanding loans. Potter said the two companies have been diligent about making on-time payments. Potter moved to defer payments for Plug Technologies & CowGirl Tuff for 90 days. The motion was seconded by Vetsch. Borrell said this item should not be discussed at this meeting as it was not posted on the agenda. Potter rescinded the motion. Daleiden said this item could be added to the 4-07-20 County Board meeting agenda.
In another matter, Schwartz and Michelle Miller, Social Services Manager, presented an update regarding contingency plans that are being developed for housing foster children and homeless persons with COVID 19. Several counties are working together on this plan and have identified potential locations in Central Minnesota. County employees may be needed to assist in staffing these locations if they are activated.
The meeting adjourned at 3:50 P.M.
County Board Minutes submitted by Deb Schreiner, Administrative Specialist
Published in the Herald Journal, April 24, 2020.