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BOARD MINUTESBOARD OF WRIGHT COUNTY COMMISSIONERSAPRIL 28, 2020DATE APPROVED: MAY 5, 2020
The Wright County Board met in regular session at 9:00 A.M. with Husom, Vetsch, Potter and Daleiden present. Commissioner Borrell joined the meeting remotely.
COUNTY BOARD MINUTES 4-21-20
Daleiden moved to approve the 4-21-20 Wright County Board Minutes. The motion was seconded by Vetsch and carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.
AGENDA
Vetsch moved to approve the Agenda. The motion was seconded by Daleiden and carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.
CONSENT AGENDA
Daleiden moved to approve the Consent Agenda. The motion was seconded by Vetsch and carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.
A. ADMINISTRATION
1. Schedule Committee Of The Whole Meeting On 5-05-20 @ 10:30 AM RE: Follow-Up From Strategic Planning Sessions
B. ATTORNEY
1. Authorize Signatures On Amended Joint Powers Agreement For Family Home Visiting Services 2. Authorize Signatures On Collaborative Agreement For Grant Administration And Data And Resource Sharing.
C. ATTORNEY
1. Authorize Signatures On Contract For Professional Services Of Guardianship And/Or Conservatorship Services With Amy Tulp, Contract Period 1-01-20 Through 12-31-20
D. AUDITOR/TREASURER
1. Acknowledge Warrants Issued Between April 15, 2020 And April 22, 2020.
2. Set County Canvassing Board Meeting, To Canvass Results Of The State Primary Election, For Friday, August 14, 2020 At 1:00 P.M. In The County Board Room.
E. RECORDER
1. Approve Schedule B - Service Amendment To Master License Agreement With Trimin For Indexing And Import Project In The Estimated Amount Of $372,270.00.
TIMED AGENDA ITEMS
HALEY DUBOIS, PSAP MANAGER, SHERIFF’S OFFICE
Resolution To Accept Grant Funding From The Central MN Emergency Services Board Related To The Next Generation 9-1-1 Project
The Central MN Emergency Services Board (CMNESB) received Federal grant money for the furtherance of the Next Generation 9-1-1 project. This grant money will be distributed amongst all PSAPs (Public Service Answering Point) within their region. Wright County PSAP is a part of CMNESB region and will receive $92,617.17 for the NG9-1-1 project. Overall grant management is the responsibility of CMNESB. DuBois stated the majority of the grant funding will be utilized for wages. No match is required. The system is expected to be operational in a couple of years. PSAP will provide a statewide data set that will assist with call routing for 9-1-1 calls and address validation to send responders to appropriate locations more quickly. It will also help with text to 9-1-1 routing to the appropriate PSAP. Currently, each county has their own set of data and the change will move to a statewide set of data.
Daleiden moved to adopt Resolution #20-30 accepting the grant funding from the Central MN Emergency Services Board related to the NextGeneration 9-1-1- Project. The motion was seconded by Vetsch and carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.
The meeting recessed at 9:12 AM due to technical difficulties and reconvened at 9:22 AM.
ITEMS FOR CONSIDERATION
4-22-20 PERSONNEL COMMITTEE MINUTES
At today’s County Board Meeting, Daleiden moved to approve the minutes and recommendations of the 4-22-20 Personnel Committee Meeting. The motion was seconded by Potter.
Discussion followed on the Committee recommendation to approve the presence of a non-licensed uniformed officer at the Department of Motor Vehicles once the public facing counters are allowed to reopen by the State of Minnesota at the Wright County License Bureau. Sheriff Sean Deringer stated that he discussed this recommendation with the Administration Office. He will not proceed with designating an officer at that location for the purpose of social distancing because it is not a good use of resources. There is discussion at the State level that portions of courts will need to open because of the back up in court hearings. Utilizing part-time bailiff staff is not an option as those staff are allotted to work a specified number of days per calendar year. Budget discussions will need to occur long range if the request is to staff the current Government Center with an officer when the Justice Center opens.
Vetsch asked for clarification from the Sheriff on security versus not having the staff to facilitate that request. Sheriff Deringer responded that the security of the Government Center is not in his purview; the Sheriff’s Office is responsible for the security of the Judges, Courts and Court Administration. Vetsch asked whether the Sheriff would suggest the use of a private security company. Sheriff Deringer stated that would be one solution if the Board understands they are taking that on and they are going to assign those staff members. He thought it would be a similar situation to when the Sheriff’s Office took over Emergency Management. The Board would understand there is a security need at the new Government Center and those staff would be under the Sheriff’s Office. He is open to that conversation but not willing to approve it today.
Potter said once the move is made to the Justice Center, there will no longer be a roving bailiff in the Government Center. The Board will also need to address security at the new Government Center Building. Sheriff Deringer said that is why he is drawing the line in the sand. There have been conversations about having an officer at the Government Center once the Justice Center opens, but he does not plan to do that.
Vetsch said the Committee recommendation to ‘approve the presence of a non-licensed uniformed officer at the Department of Motor Vehicles once the counters are allowed to reopen by the State of Minnesota at the Wright County License Bureau’ creates the expectation that there will be an individual present. He does not want to set that expectation. Potter said the recommendation could be in the form of hiring a private security firm. Vetsch prefers holding off discussion until information is available on options and associated costs. Borrell agreed.
Sheriff Deringer said there are solutions that may not be costly. Currently, the Sheriff’s Office lobby is by appointment only. Building Maintenance devised cubicles with plexiglass for use while assisting the public. This is something that could be considered at the Government Center to mitigate the number of people in the hallway and to provide information. When Courts is moved to the Justice Center, Sheriff Deringer said he does not know of anything that would obligate having an officer at the Government Center. In the situation where assistance is needed, a call would be made to 9-1-1 just like with any other business. The Government Center is under the jurisdiction of the Buffalo Police, so they would respond. The Sheriff’s Office may aid if they are in the area.
Daleiden withdrew the motion to approve the minutes and recommendations.
Daleiden made a motion to accept the 4-22-20 Personnel Committee minutes to include the Committee recommendation to approve moving forward with the development of a new election technology coordinator position. The motion does not include the recommendation for approval of a non-licensed uniformed officer at the License Bureau. That topic will be referred to a future Committee Of The Whole Meeting or the 5-12-20 County Board Workshop. The motion was seconded by Potter and carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.
The 4-22-20 Personnel Committee Minutes follow:
I. Department of Motor Vehicles
Bob Hiivala, County Auditor and Becky Aanerud, License Bureau Supervisor shared with the Committee that they have concerns about the high demand and build up response from the community regarding the services provided by the license bureau once the shelter in place order is lifted by Governor Walz and the license bureau counter is reopened to the public for in person transactions. Hiivala explained that they want to be prepared. Hiivala noted that adding additional staff at this time is not an immediate solution due to the amount of time it takes to train new staff members and concerns about providing the necessary social distancing amongst staff members. Hiivala stated that they had been utilizing bailiffs prior to the shutdown, and it reportedly seemed to help with lessening the tension amongst the customers.
Aanerud explained that prior to the Governor’s orders and closing the counters to the community that both the department and community members had been experiencing high levels of tension with the long lines, wait time with the new specific requirements that has been added to the workload. Aanerud said that during that time period, they had the opportunity to utilize a bailiff to assist with controlling the lines and providing a presence of security, which lessened the tension. She added that once the counters reopen, the tensions and stress is anticipated to possibly being much more elevated than before with added confusion of longer lines following the space distancing protocol. Aanerud commented that her main request is to have a non-licensed uniformed officer available once the counters reopen to assist with crowd control and provide security if needed. The license bureau would also like to continue utilizing a non-license uniformed officer once we move into the new building.
A discussion occurred regarding the possibility of the driver’s license testing stations in Buffalo not reopening and what that may possibly mean for their department for renewals which also may add to the stress and confusion levels for everyone.
Commissioner Mark Daleiden wondered if it’s possible to assign one staff member to be exclusively performing one item, as tab renewals, etc. Aanerud explained that due to the amount of training and certification to log into the state systems will take time and needed space to allow the space distance which they don’t have right now. Hiivala replied that if any of these suggestions occur are something that may happen outside of normal operating business hours or extended business hours and if so, then it becomes another issue all together. Aanerud commented that her staff is already at their max and cannot take on more hours. Aanerud replied that at this time her main concern is crowd control and security.
Several different suggestions were discussed regarding budgetary options for this position. Lori Pawelk, Assistant Human Resources Director added that ultimately the training responsibilities for this position would still fall under the Sheriff’s Office, even if it was an assignment of security for a County department. Pawelk, reported that there are currently two part-time bailiffs and the rest are temporary employees. Human Resources Director, Schawn Johnson commented that the bailiffs are under the Teamsters Local 320 Union and responded that he will reach out to the Sheriff’s Office to start the conversation about using a non-licensed officer to assist with the license bureau.
Both Commissioner Daleiden and Husom were supportive of the request of having a non-licensed uniformed officer present at the Department of Motor Vehicles when the counters open and we move into the new building.
RECOMMENDATION: Approve the presence of a non-licensed uniformed officer at the Department of Motor Vehicles once the counters are allowed to reopen by the State of Minnesota at the Wright County license bureau.
II. Authorize a New Election Technology Coordinator Position
Bob Hiivala, County Auditor is requesting approval of a new election coordinator position. This position would require experience working with elections and have a technology background. He believes that this year there will be a massive turn out to vote even if it is absentee voters. Election judges are already expressing concerns about working in a polling place. Hiivala noted that Wisconsin needed to bring in the National Guard to assist with their most recent election due to the shortage of election judges.
He also added that by incorporating more technology into elections and utilizing the pole pads was very much appreciated by the voters in the last County elections. This-in-turn allowed for voters to sign in in just a few minutes.
Hiivala explained that they have added two DS tabulators which will allow them to move more absentee ballots through the system faster. He continued that this position would also need to be engaged and assist in serving the public, the municipalities along with the technology and feels that this position needs to be added sooner than later.
Commissioner Christine Husom asked what happens to this position after the election period. Hiivala replied that he foresees that there will always will be special elections for township schools, training on homeland security, and covering other gaps for the department. Office Manager I, Corissa Aronson is anticipating where there are off seasons of elections where we will be playing catch up on maintenance of equipment and technology and found through discovery of last campaign poling and feedback that the poling pads were a tremendous help, and this will take more time and need someone who is an expert with this equipment.
Commissioner Mark Daleiden asked if there was a job description already created and Hiivala said they already have it. Aronson commented that they created it as an Elections Equipment Coordinator. Human Resources Director Schawn Johnson added that it will have to go through the Position Analysis Questionnaire (PAQ) process. Human Resources will provide a copy of the PAQ form that needs to be completed by the department. Hiivala mentioned that neighboring counties are extremely interested in seeing this job description, because they are also seeing the need for this type of position in the elections area.
Commissioner Mark Daleiden asked if the I.T Director has been contacted regarding what level of technology might be needed for this position. Hiivala responded that they have reached out about the possibility of having an IT person assigned for election duties. Aronson explained that they are looking for someone with an IT background they also need someone who can work in the customer service area. The selected candidate must be relatable to the public and office staff and also be able to train others on equipment and other areas.
A discussion was had regarding to the timing of hiring on how soon the position could be filled. It was noted by the committee that this position could be filled by July or August.
The positions potential compensation (grade and pay range) was discussed. Johnson added that it will all depend on how it comes back rated by Baker Tilly. Lee Kelly, County Administrator stated that there are a couple of positions that were included in the 2020 Budget that may not be filled.
RECOMMENDATION: Approve to move forward with the development of a New Election Technology Coordinator Position.
4-22-20 Personnel Committee Minutes submitted by Kathleen Brannan-Merritt
(End of 4-22-20 Personnel Committee Minutes
PUBLIC HEARING - PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE SHERIFF’S FEE SCHEDULE
At 9:43 A.M., Commissioner Husom opened the Public Hearing on the proposed changes to the Sheriff’s Fee Schedule. Lee Kelly, Administrator, said the hearing notice was published in the newspaper per Statute. He stated he had received no public comment. Sheriff Deringer extended appreciation to the Board for consideration of the changes. He has received a number of positive responses since it was published. Husom called for public comment and there was none.
Potter moved to close the Public Hearing at 9:45 A.M. The motion was seconded by Vetsch and carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.
Borrell moved to approve the changes to the Sheriff’s Fee Schedule. The motion was seconded by Potter and carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.
The following are the approved changes to the Sheriff’s Office Fee Schedule pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 373 (changes in bold):
SECTION I. GENERAL REVENUE
SHERIFF
Change the following language/fees on the Schedule:
From To
Wright County Sheriff’s Office Employee/Retired-in-Good Standing
$100.00 $10.00
Employee Permit to Carry Fee $10.00
Proposed Spouse of Wright County Sheriff’s Office Employee Permit to Carry Fee $100.00 $25.00
Any Active or Retired Peace Officer
Permit to Carry Fee $100.00 $25.00
U.S. Military Veteran Permit to Carry Fee $100.00 $25.00
Spouse of U.S. Military Veteran Permit to Carry Fee $100.00 $25.00
(End of Fee Schedule changes)
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING APPROPRIATE COUNTY OFFICIALS (DIRECTOR OF PARKS AND RECREATION) TO SIGN GRANT APPLICATIONS, AGREEMENTS, AND CERTIFICATIONS IN REGARDS TO THE WRIGHT COUNTY SNOWMOBILE ASSOCIATION PARTICIPATION IN THE GRANT IN AID SNOWMOBILE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM FOR THE 2020 – 2021 SEASON
Vetsch moved to adopt Resolution #20-31 authorizing signatures on the grant applications, agreements and certifications for the Wright County Snowmobile Association’s participation in the Grant In Aid Snowmobile Assistance Program for the 2020-2021 Season. The motion was seconded by Potter and carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.
COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS)
Jami Goodrum-Schwartz, Health & Human Services Director, provided an update on recent activity that relates to COVID-19. She referenced newspaper articles reflecting the lack of staff available at the State level to perform the initial contact and tracing of those that have tested positive for COVID-19. With increased testing, the number of confirmed cases is expected to grow. The initial contact and tracing will fall to local Public Health Officials. For the foreseeable future, Goodrum-Schwartz said they will assign this task to Public Health Nurses and will proceed with assigning 8-hour shifts on Saturdays and Sundays. It may take some time to get in stride working with those at the State level that have been completing this.
An increase is expected in some of the essential services. As required by Statute, the County is required to provide essential services in times of emergency. Outside of plans they have in place for foster care children and those being released from the hospital in congregate care facilities, they plan to ask individuals that test positive whether they have a place to shelter or isolate themselves. In situations where individuals cannot isolate themselves, it will be an essential duty of the County to provide a place. They will be working with mutual aid with other public entities and FEMA on this effort. This update is to let Board members know they are transitioning to another iteration of the COVID-19 pandemic and what that means for Health & Human Services. That might detract from other services they normally provide. Goodrum-Schwartz said the plan is to initially have two Public Health Nurses on duty every day to include the weekends to perform the initial contact and tracing. That could change depending on how things transpire. She said the State is asking counties to work in that capacity and this effort will be extending for quite some time.
Discussion moved to opening of the Compost Facility. Vetsch asked that the Facility be open to the public starting next week or the earliest possible date. He has been contacted by a number of constituents and townships with regard to brush. Those dropping off brush can do so with no contact, and there will be minimal contact for those dropping appliances (to receive payment). Kelly said there have been numerous discussions and a lot of work by Building Maintenance as they look forward to the potential of reopening to the public on May 4th, which is something that will be directed by the Governor. This includes building protective barriers between staff and the public. As things reopen, he said it is important to be cautious about face-to-face contact. Relative to the Compost Facility, those activities should be able to be achieved with social distancing. A lot of discussion has occurred with departments on operations moving forward. Daleiden said more discussion will need to occur for those employees that are unable to work at home due to technologies, and how employees will be paid going forward (use of vacation/sick/PTO).
The Board discussed whether to schedule an additional Board Meeting this week, so they can react to any orders given by Governor Walz. Kelly stated that the Board can recess this meeting to a date and time specific.
Vetsch moved to continue today’s Board Meeting to 4-30-20 at 10:00 AM to further these discussions. The motion directs Administration to work with Planning & Zoning to open the compost Facility next week to the public. Administration should bring additional information to the meeting to assist with decisions based on Governor Walz’s orders. The motion was seconded by Daleiden. Daleiden questioned whether Kelly had suggested items to discuss Thursday. Kelly said a lot of the effort is in preparing the facility internally. The timeline provided by Governor Walz will be helpful in determining what to do with personnel items. Staff has been reviewing a couple of policies that other public entities are entertaining, to include an early retirement program as an option. This is dependent on the length of the order. Kelly will gather information from departments on the status of employees. Vetsch said he would information on how many employees are working outside of their assigned department. Kelly said they are working to keep tabs on what options are available, so they can provide them to the Board. Kelly will provide to the Board information received from departments on the status of recruitments, open positions, and associated savings. The motion carried 5-0 on a roll call vote to continue this meeting to 4-30-20 at 10:00 AM and to reopen the Compost Facility.
ADVISORY COMMITTEE / ADVISORY BOARD UPDATES
1. Potter participated in a webinar last week with MnDOT. As gas tax revenues have decreased because of COVID-19, it is anticipated there will be a 20% reduction in revenues for next year’s funding cycle and a 50% reduction for the 2022 cycle. It will not have any effect on this year’s projects. The Legislature will need to decide whether to fill in the gap or there will be less delivery of projects.
2. GRRL (Great River Regional Library) Board. Potter said the GRRL Board will meet this afternoon. A 1.76% levy increase is anticipated for next year’s budget, which has to do with union contracts for employees. This equates to an estimated $65,000 increase for Wright County. The GRRL has utilized $100,000 of reserves toward the signatory reduction and there is the potential for use of reserves for another $100,000 reduction.
3. Water Management Task Force Meeting. Vetsch attended a meeting last week which involved the annual workplan and updates from three watersheds on the One Watershed One Plan. The group has moved more things to the AIS (Aquatic Invasive Species) Committee and that is working well. He said it is good to be able to discuss water quality instead of all AIS related items.
4. Husom remotely attended a Safety Committee and a Safe Harbors Meeting. There will be a Crime Lab Meeting this afternoon via skype.
5. Daleiden reported that the local board of appeals meetings have started.
6. Administrator Updates:
A. Kelly was notified that technical difficulties affected today’s livestream of the Board Meeting during the Public Hearing held for proposed changes to the Sheriff’s Fee Schedule. He recapped that the Public Hearing was held at 9:45 AM on the proposed changes to the fee schedule. No public comment was received and the changes to the fee schedule were approved as presented.
The County Board meeting recessed at 10:19 AM and will reconvene on Thursday, April 30, 2020 at 10:00 AM.
County Board Minutes submitted by Susan Backes, Clerk to the County Board
Published in the Herald Journal, May 15, 2020.
WRIGHT COUNTYWARRANTS FOR PUBLICATIONWarrants Approved On 4/16/2020 For Payment 4/16/2020
BUILDING MATERIAL SUPPLY INC 3,337.70
DONLAR CONSTRUCTION COMPANY 47,296.03
GR MECHANICAL 89,442.50
HUFCOR INC 2,192.60
LAFORCE INC 12,034.60
MODERN ELECTRICAL SOLUTIONS INC 75,632.35
NORTHERN GLASS & GLAZING LLC 31,350.00
PATRIOT ERECTORS INC 16,544.25
QUALITY DRYWALL MIDWEST INC 62,225.00
RJM CONSTRUCTION LLC 35,647.00
ROOF 1 RBR INC 36,186.57
SPECIALTY SYSTEMS INC 66,101.00
STEINBRECHER PAINTING COMPANY 3,610.00
THORNBERG STEEL 5,008.40
TRS RANGE SERVICES 328,168.37
WEIDNER PLUMBING AND HEATING CO 216,622.80
Final Total: 1,031,399.17
Warrants Approved On 4/16/2020 For Payment 4/17/2020
AMERICAN TOWER CORPORATION 7,363.33
ANOKA COUNTY 82,091.50
AT&T MOBILITY 5,105.68
BROCK WHITE CO LLC 2,163.00
BRUNTON ARCHITECTS, LTD 5,000.00
BUFFALO HOSPITAL FOUNDATION 3,600.00
BUFFALO/CITY OF 94,306.37
CENTERPOINT ENERGY 10,496.83
CHAMBERLAIN OIL CO 2,856.67
COMM OF MMB, TREAS DIV 34,356.00
GLOVER CONSULTING LLC 6,840.00
GRAINGER 2,132.17
GRANITE ELECTRONICS 27,009.00
GROVER/DION 30,000.00
HILLYARD INC - MINNEAPOLIS 2,927.88
LOCATORS & SUPPLIES INC 4,384.06
MARCO 3,535.60
MN COUNTIES COMPUTER COOPERATIVE
7,840.25
MN UC FUND 24,069.43
ON-DEMAND SERVICES GROUP INC 9,350.25
RICK OLSON SEMINARS 7,000.00
ROYAL TIRE INC 5,056.58
SAND CREEK EAP LLC 3,656.65
SHI INTERNATIONAL CORP 3,388.00
SUBURBAN TIRE WHOLESALE INC 10,928.64
VARITECH INDUSTRIES INC 15,810.00
VERIZON WIRELESS SERVICES LLC 13,190.15
WM CORPORATE SERVICES, INC. 2,162.78
WSB & ASSOCIATES INC 30,537.72
69 Payments less than 2000 30,474.73
Final Total: 487,633.27
Warrants Approved For Payment 4/17/2020
US BANK VOYAGER FLEET SYSTEMS 15,491.56
Final Total: 15,491.56
Warrants Approved For Payment 4/17/2020
US BANK-PROCUREMENT CARDS 47,503.33
Final Total: 47,503.33
Warrants Approved On 4/21/2020 For Payment 4/22/2020
ANOKA COUNTY CORRECTIONS 18,391.96
ARAMARK SERVICES INC 7,905.57
BRUNTON ARCHITECTS, LTD 34,843.00
BUFFALO HOSPITAL 2,439.00
CENTURYLINK 2,601.74
CIBER GLOBAL LLC 50,000.00
DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS 19,565.00
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY 8,310.00
GILMAN/DEBORAH M 4,114.00
IMPACT PROVEN SOLUTIONS 12,710.91
KJELLBERG’S CARPET ONE 20,967.29
LEO A HOFFMANN CENTER INC 10,602.00
MEND CORRECTIONAL CARE PLLC 40,805.25
NEXUS MILLE LACS ACADEMY 11,278.73
OMNICARE INC 12,297.86
PRESIDIO NETWORKED SOLUTIONS GROUP LLC 95,674.05
SRF CONSULTING GROUP INC 13,858.35
STREICHERS 12,070.25
THE HOME DEPOT PRO 4,018.86
TRUE NORTH CONSULTING GROUP, LLC 4,792.50
TW VENDING INC 14,835.53
32 Payments less than 2000 16,497.43 32
Final Total: 418,579.28
BOARD MINUTESBOARD OF WRIGHT COUNTY COMMISSIONERSAPRIL 21, 2020DATE APPROVED: APRIL 28, 2020
The Wright County Board met in regular session at 9:00 A.M. with Husom, Vetsch, and Daleiden present. Commissioner Borrell joined the meeting remotely. Commissioner Potter arrived at 9:37 AM.
COUNTY BOARD MINUTES 4-07-20
Daleiden moved to approve the 4-07-20 Wright County Board Minutes. The motion was seconded by Vetsch and carried 4-0 on a roll call vote.
COUNTY BOARD MINUTES 4-09-20
Vetsch moved to approve the 4-09-20 Wright County Board Minutes. The motion was seconded by Daleiden and carried 4-0 on a roll call vote.
AGENDA
Alicia O’Hare, Wright Soil & Water Conservation District, requested to petition an item onto the Agenda:
1. Appointments To The Water Management Task Force, Effective 4-21-20 Through 12-31-23:
A. Reappoint Jeffery Burns, SWCD Supervisory Appointment
B. Reappoint Doug Triplett, Township Representative
C. Reappoint Gloria Grant-Wynnemer, Citizen-At-Large
Daleiden moved to approve the request to petition this onto the Consent Agenda. The motion was seconded by Vetsch and carried 4-0 on a roll call vote.
CONSENT AGENDA
Daleiden moved to approve the Consent Agenda with the one addition by SWCD. Vetsch referenced Consent Item K1A, and requested removal for discussion. Daleiden amended the motion to include approval of the Consent Agenda with the removal of Item K1. The motion was seconded by Vetsch and carried 4-0 on a roll call vote.
A. ADMINISTRATION
1. Approve Voluntary Leave Without Pay Program, Eff. 4-21-20 Through 12-31-20
B. ADMINISTRATION
1. Adopt The Wright County Remote Worker Guidelines, Eff. 4-21-20
C. ADMINISTRATION
1. Approve & Authorize Signatures On The Labor Agreement With Wright County Deputies Association (WCDA) For The 2020-2022 Calendar Years
D. ADMINISTRATION
1. Approve And Authorize Signatures On A Memorandum Of Agreement (MOA) With The Wright County Deputies Association (WCDA) Authorizing Fifteen Employees That Were Negatively Impacted Financially By Leap Frogging Issue That Were Addressed In The 2015-2016 Collective Bargaining Agreement A One-Time Market Rate Adjustment Of $0.75 Per Hour That Will Go Into Effect Retroactively To January 1, 2020.
E. ADMINISTRATION
1. Refer To 4-22-20 Personnel Committee Meeting:
A. Department Of Motor Vehicles
B. Authorize A New Election Technology Coordinator Position
F. ADMINISTRATION
1. Authorize Signatures On Proposal With MP NexLevel LLC For Fiber To The Tactical Training Center
G. AUDITOR/TREASURER
1. Approve Transfer Of $24,385.50 From Fund 41-Ditch Fund To 01-General Fund. These Are Grant Dollars That Will Be Used To Purchase Equipment For The Agricultural/Ditch Deparment.
41-610-000-0000-6910 Transfer Out $24,385.50
01-522-000-0000-5910 Transfer In $24,385.50
2. Approve Transfer Of $11,800.00 From Fund 11-Human Services To 34-Capital Improvements Fund. These Funds Will Be Used For Dental Clinic In The New Administration Building.
11-450-000-0000-6910 Transfer Out $11,800.00
34-163-100-0000-5910 Transfer In $11,800.00
3. Acknowledge Warrants Issued Between April 1, 2020 And April 14, 2020.
H. HIGHWAY
1. Position Replacements:
A. Highway Technician I
B. Highway Technician II
I. INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
1. Refer To 04-22-2020 Technology Committee Meeting:
A. General Feedback
B. Project Updates
1. ERP Implementation
2. CAMA - Assessor
3. Sheriff’s Office Key Management System Upgrade / Expansion
4. Fleet Maintenance Solution - Highway
5. EDMS - HHS Social Services
6. ISeries (AS400) Hosted
C. Review Active / New Requests
1. HHS Call Center
2. New Requests For Review
J. PARKS AND RECREATION
1. Acknowledge Submittal Of The Wright County Parks And Recreation 2019 Annual Report
L. SOIL & WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT
1. Appointments To The Water Management Task Force, Effective 4-21-20 Through 12-31-23:
A. Reappoint Jeffery Burns, SWCD Supervisory Appointment
B. Reappoint Doug Triplett, Township Representative
C. Reappoint Gloria Grant-Wynnemer, Citizen-At-Large
Consent Item K1, Surveyor, Position Replacement, Survey Technician
Vetsch stated the position replacements for the County as a whole should be discussed. His understanding is that because of the COVID-19 situation, some position replacements may be on hold. He wanted more discussion if the intent is to replace the positions.
Lee Kelly, County Administrator, said based on discussion at the 4-14-20 Workshop Meeting, all positions will be reviewed before filling them. Approval of the position replacement by the Board doesn’t mean the position will be filled at this time. Discussion will occur with the Administration Department as to the need. Vetsch said there may be a need to reallocate positions to other departments. He wanted to be sure that when positions are approved, it is setting a fair expectation for departments. Husom said needs are changing, and there are situations that they would not have anticipated a few months ago. Vetsch said when approval of a position replacement is on the Agenda, it doesn’t mean that the replacement will occur. A lot of positions are on hold and the majority of open positions will not be filled at this time.
Vetsch moved to approve Item K1, Surveyor, Position Replacement, Survey Technician. The motion was seconded by Daleiden and carried 4-0 on a roll call vote.
TIMED AGENDA ITEMS
BOB HIIVALA, AUDITOR/TREASURER
Approve March Revenue/Expenditure Budget Report
Daleiden moved to approve the Report. The motion was seconded by Vetsch and carried 4-0 on a roll call vote.
VIRGIL HAWKINS, HIGHWAY ENGINEER
Approve Speed Zoning Resolution For Segments Of CSAH 19 And CSAH 38. With The Recent Reconstruction Projects And Addition Of Five (5) Roundabouts And A Signal System On These Segments, The Speed Study May Authorize Posting Different Speeds Limits Than Exist Currently.
Hawkins stated that action will allow determination of a safe and reasonable speed on the roads, allowing MnDOT to complete the studies. The selected segments of CSAH 19 and CSAH 38 are on highways that have been modified with improvements since the last speed zone study has been completed. The current speed zones on these segments are:
• Posted 45 mph on CSAH 19 (from CSAH 37 to CSAH 38)
• Posted 50 mph on CSAH 38 (from CSAH 19 to Martin Farms Ave); and statutory speed of 55 mph from that point east through the interchange with TH 101, to CSAH 42
With the recent reconstruction projects and addition of five roundabouts and a signal system on these segments, the speed study may authorize posting different speeds limits than exist currently.
Daleiden moved to adopt Resolution #20-27 approving the speed zoning resolution for segments Of CSAH 19 And CSAH 38. The motion was seconded by Vetsch and carried 4-0 on a roll call vote.
Approve Two (2) Resolutions For Changing The Designation Of The Following County Highways.
County State Aid Highway (CSAH) 41 Changes To County Road 114
County Road 138 Changes To County State Aid Highway (CSAH) 83
These changes in county highway route designation are in accordance with the direction of the Transportation Committee Of The Whole (TCOTW) recommendation made at the February 4, 2020 meeting. Minutes of the February 4, 2020 TCOTW were approved by the County Board at the February 18, 2020 regular County Board Meeting. Hawkins stated that the City of Buffalo will need to pass a concurring resolution.
Daleiden moved to adopt Resolution #20-28 revoking the designation of County State Aid Highway (CSAH) 41 and re-designating the roadway as County Road 114. The motion was seconded by Vetsch and carried 4-0 on a roll call vote.
Vetsch moved to adopt Resolution #20-29 re-designating County Road No. 138 as County State Aid Highway (CSAH) 83. The motion was seconded by Daleiden and carried 4-0 on a roll call vote.
ITEMS FOR CONSIDERATION
4-14-20 COUNTY BOARD WORKSHOP MINUTES
At today’s County Board Meeting, Daleiden moved to approve the Workshop Minutes not including the recommendations. The motion was seconded by Vetsch and carried 4-0 on a roll call vote.
Discussion followed on the recommendations from the County Board Workshop Meeting.
Daleiden asked whether the Board should discuss a possible furlough of employees which would allow employees to go on unemployment. He understands that with unemployment, there is an additional $600 available to in addition to unemployment pay. He is unsure how this affects the County overall. Husom said the County will pay the same amount whether an employee is working or on unemployment. Daleiden viewed this as another option that could be considered. Husom asked that this item be placed on the next Board Agenda for discussion and to invite the Human Resources Director to the meeting.
Discussion at the Workshop included sending a letter to municipalities regarding the County exploring the option of forming an economic development authority (EDA). This would include the creation of a committee consisting of eleven to fifteen members representing local jurisdictions and other interested parties. It was the consensus of the Board that the letter should include a response deadline. Anyone interested in serving on the committee should include a statement on their expertise in economic development and their vision for the County in terms of economic development.
Potter arrived at the meeting at 9:37 AM.
Vetsch moved to approve the recommendations of the 4-14-20 County Board Workshop to include the additional language for the EDA letter and direction to staff to create policies. The motion was seconded by Daleiden. Vetsch clarified that the motion includes the modifications to the letter but does not include the creation of an EDA. The letter is to seek members for the EDA exploratory committee to decide whether to proceed. Borrell said he will vote against the motion as he does not want to proceed with the EDA.
Vetsch and Daleiden amended the motion to approve the Workshop recommendations excluding the recommendation on the EDA letter. The motion carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.
Vetsch made a motion to move forward with sending the EDA letter to municipalities for the creation of an exploratory committee, setting a response deadline of June 15, 2020. The motion was seconded by Potter carried 4-1 with Borrell casting the nay vote.
The 4-14-20 County Board Workshop Minutes follow:
The Wright County Board met in workshop session at 9:21 A.M. with Husom, Daleiden, Potter, and Vetsch present. Borrell was present remotely.
I. Schedule Meetings As Needed
This portion of the agenda was addressed at the end of the meeting.
Lee Kelly, County Administrator, noted committee meetings have been suspended. Alan Wilczek, Facilities Services Director, will continue to provide written updates on facility construction. The Technology Committee plans to meet next week via WebEx. Kelly said a number of Personnel items are on hold since there was a recruitment freeze due to COVID-19. He is assessing the impact the pandemic will have on the budget.
Jami Goodrum Schwartz, Health & Human Services Director, brought up her desire to talk with Human Resources and Administration about hiring four of ten positions that are vacant. These positions provide needed services to the community and are budgeted.
Discussion continued regarding whether preliminary budget discussions should begin earlier than usual due to the need to evaluate the impact from COVID-19. Administration will work with the Auditor’s Office in developing budget information for the May workshop.
Kelly said a Trailblazer update is planned for the May workshop. A preliminary budget discussion could be scheduled at the same time. Vetsch said Trailblazer could be scheduled in June or later. Vetsch said he would like to schedule an overview of the WIC program from Wright County Community Action as well.
Recommendations: Add Preliminary Budget Discussions to the 5-12-20 County Board Workshop Agenda.
II. Economic Development Authority
Bruce Kimmel, Senior Municipal Advisor from Ehlers, presented a proposal via telephone regarding Ehlers’ facilitation of a Wright County Economic Development Authority (EDA) establishment process. Kimmel said it is important to do the required steps as mandated by statute for the EDA Committee. This involves explaining to stakeholders how the County intends to use the EDA to guide County economic growth. Kimmel said the first two projects for the EDA would be to redevelop the current County Government Center property and the Health & Human Services site.
Brian Asleson, Chief Deputy County Attorney, discussed the option to sell the property without an EDA. He said it is possible, but the statutes are cumbersome. The County cannot do a partnership without an EDA. Darek Vetsch, County Commissioner, said the County needs as many options on the table as possible. Michael Potter, County Commissioner, said an EDA is another tool for the County. He wants to keep taxes low. Charles Borrell, County Commissioner, said the County is better off not having an EDA. If the County keeps taxes low, it will be fertile ground for business as it has been in the past. Borrell suggested trying to sell the Government Center buildings at an auction. Discussion continued regarding the merits of utilizing an EDA or selling the property without one.
Kimmel said there are a number of tools and greater powers available with an EDA. The County is free to use any of those tools as deemed beneficial. The first decision to make is whether to establish an EDA. Once an EDA is created, another set of decisions will be needed regarding how the County wants to use it.
Vetsch expressed concern about long market times, and suggested creating the EDA now and deciding later whether to use it to sell the properties. Then the EDA would be in place to use as needed.
Kimmel said an EDA would allow the County to apply for Federal funds that are not otherwise available. Most of these programs require an entity to come to the table with certain tools (such as an EDA) and a level of commitment. Without that, the State or Federal government will not be as willing to help the County achieve its objectives.
Kimmel said that if the County focuses on the mandate for the Committee to be limited, the EDA process could be done within six months. Vetsch said he would rather wait to begin the process until June. Hopefully the COVID-19 situation will be under control by then and meetings will not have to be held remotely.
Kimmel said the County Board must discuss the composition of the EDA Advisory Committee. He suggested that the County Board begin discussions now about whom they want to invite to be part of the EDA Committee in compliance with State requirements. This could be done in June or July or whenever the Board decides. Mark Daleiden, County Commissioner, said the County must notify all the cities and townships and solicit input regarding which entities are interested in becoming involved. There must be a minimum of one township and one city official on this committee, among other requirements. Kimmel said the County has the option to ask for volunteers to serve on the EDA Committee.
Kimmel said actual hours worked by Ehlers would be billed at $250 per hour. The total amount depends on the scope of work determined by the County Board. He estimated a maximum cost of less than $10,000, or about 40 hours.
Kimmel outlined the areas Ehlers would help the County implement the steps required by Minn. Statutes 469.1082:
1) Kickoff meeting with the Wright County Board
2) Notification to all local government units and development agencies within the County that the County is taking steps to establish a new County EDA
3) County Board adopts resolution to create committee to recommend options for a County economic development service provider
4) Facilitate process with the County to identify and select committee members
5) Facilitate Committee meetings and a Draft Committee Report within 90 days of its initial meeting
6) Facilitate County Board discussion and action on the committee’s report to form an EDA or seek special legislation
7) Coordinate resolutions electing to participate
8) As desired, assist the County Board and EDA Board with the consideration and adoption of EDA policies and procedures
Kelly said there are certain people in the County who are more interested in economic development than others. It is important that everyone knows that the County will initially be focused on repurposing the Government Center and the Health & Human Services sites. There will likely be other projects down the road for which the EDA could be utilized. The County Board has to comply with certain minimum statutory requirements and put forth a recommendation to develop an EDA, if they so choose.
Vetsch recommended that Ehlers and the Administration Department create a letter to the townships and cities that includes the goals for the EDA. Once the County Board has reviewed and approved it, the letter may be sent, and the EDA Committee can be established.
Kelly said he will work with Kimmel to draft a letter to the cities and townships. He will bring it to the 4-21-20 or 4-28-20 County Board as an Item For Consideration. The Board may choose to act on the matter at that time or refer it to a Committee Of The Whole.
Recommendations: Administrator Kelly will work with Bruce Kimmel of Ehlers to draft a letter regarding the establishment of an EDA Committee. Kelly will bring it to the 4-21-20 or 4-28-20 County Board Agenda as an Item For Consideration. The Board may choose to act on the matter at that time or refer it to a Committee Of The Whole.
III. Jurisdictional Transfer Braddock Ave. and CR147
Virgil Hawkins, Highway Engineer, distributed a status report on the jurisdictional transfer of Braddock Avenue and CR 147. Also distributed was a draft Cooperative Agreement 20-53 between the County of Wright and Buffalo Township related to this transfer. Hawkins said as part of this Agreement, the County would reimburse them for three years of maintenance costs following the transfer. Since the Agreement was drafted, Hawkins said they learned that there is a stretch of 380 feet on half the road on the east end of CR 147 that is in Rockford Township. Hawkins has reached out to Rockford Township in hopes of negotiating something with them as well. The Township indicated they will discuss it at their next Town Board meeting. No agreement has been reached yet. Although only a small piece of road, the process requires a public hearing at each Township because it is a turnback. Once agreements are reached with both Townships, public hearings would be held at each Township. Following that, Hawkins would bring resolutions to the County Board to adopt the jurisdictional changes. Hawkins said the Agreement he drafted for Rockford includes three years of maintenance costs, similar to the Buffalo Township Agreement. Rockford Township said they will work something out with Buffalo Township regarding snow plowing.
Recommendations: Informational only.
IV. CMRP (Central Mississippi River Regional Partnership) Update
Vetsch said the CMRP hoped to have a sample survey out by now, but that was delayed due to COVID-19. They are still in the process of creating a survey to push out to jurisdictions to get community engagement. The project itself is called Framework 2030. Planning NEXT is the consultant. They are creating a guide book for regional planning in this area. Vetsch emphasized that CMRP does not have planning authority. It provides a cross-jurisdictional planning perspective to provide the greatest value and the highest quality of life for the region. Regarding the river crossing, CMRP is considering the needs of all jurisdictions and how they would be affected. The goal is to take a wholistic view of the region. Every CMRP Partner is required to keep their individual jurisdictions updated.
Resolutions of Concurrence and PowerPoint presentations are forthcoming from CMRP. Vetsch said the group is not trying to adopt a new land use plan. CMRP will make some recommendations for the future. Each jurisdiction will control their land use. CMRP recommendations will be based on compiled data and community input.
Recommendations: Informational only.
V. Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Kelly asked for clarity regarding how the Board wants to communicate the policy related to Wright County Working Remotely Procedures During a Public Health Emergency. He distributed a draft document with the same title. Kelly said his understanding is that the goal remains to keep as many employees as possible working remotely out of the office. He stressed that employees need to be responsive, whether that means a one-hour time frame, or is left stated in general terms. Employees must use their Paid Time Off (PTO) or vacation leave if they are at home but working on chores or doing other nonwork-related activities.
Kelly asked whether the County will require employees to use sick time if they are ill. If so, he assumes that will be noted on the COVID-19 line on timesheets. Currently there is a line titled COVID-19 Working Hours and another COVID-19 Nonworking Hours. If an employee is working home remotely, those hours are tracked under the COVID-19 Working Hours. If at home but not working, the COVID-19 Nonworking Hours would be noted. Kelly said he assumes the County will continue to track those hours.
Kelly commented that if an employee who is working remotely only has five hours of work, they should contact their supervisor and request more work. Supervisors must ensure there is sufficient work provided. Departments should discuss between themselves regarding what tasks they have that could be done by someone outside of their department.
Kelly said his understanding is that employees will now use their Paid Time Off (PTO) / leave time if they are not working, or there is no work, or if they are sick. He asked for clarification on that point.
Kelly also discussed at the 4-09-20 County Board meeting that there were some forthcoming policies, such as Voluntary Leave Without Pay. Some employees that have plenty of leave accrued may choose to go unpaid at this time (within a reasonable amount) rather than use up their PTO or leave accrued hours.
Daleiden said a lot will depend on the Department Heads. They are responsible for knowing whether their employees are working remotely. Kelly said employees should also check in with their supervisors regarding their work loads and whether they need more work. They should also let the supervisor know if they need a day off or will not be available to work.
Vetsch asked whether the County is subject to the 80 hours of additional paid sick leave under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Kelly said his understanding was that the CARES Act applies universally. Schawn Johnson, Human Resources Director, said that County falls under the CARES Act as it is a government agency. The number of employees doesn’t matter for a government agency. Daleiden said County employees are eligible for an additional two weeks of sick leave if they are sick with COVID-19 or caring for someone who is, along with the other parameters as defined in the CARES Act. Johnson said the pay varies depending on whether the employee is sick, or they are caring for someone else. Due to the complexity of the CARES Act, Johnson requested that employees who may fall under those guidelines contact a County Human Resources Representative. Daleiden said that message should be communicated to employees. Johnson said the CARES Act sick leave is available to employees until the end of 2020.
Johnson clarified that the CARES Act policy states that an entity has to have 500 or less employees. His understanding after talking to the County labor attorney is that government agencies are required to provide the additional sick leave through the COVID-19 legislation, which means all County employees are eligible. Depending on which scenario an employee falls under, they would be paid either 2/3 of their sick leave or 1/3. Employees may also compensate for the remaining balance with their regular sick leave or PTO hours to make their paycheck whole. Employees will have to work with Payroll on the details. Because of the challenge related to this situation, employees should reach out to Human Resources staff. Johnson said he sent information to Human Resources staff with additional guidance on this matter. With the assistance of the County labor attorney, Human Resources is putting together forms that outline the six different criteria required to be eligible for the CARES Act leave. The Family Medical Leave Act law (FMLA) changed because of the Emergency FMLA, so those forms had to be modified as well.
Recommendations: Administrator Kelly will draft communication for employees regarding the Voluntary Unpaid Leave policy, expectations of staff and supervisors regarding accountability when working remotely, and availability of additional sick leave through the CARES Act. Kelly will forward these items for action at the 4-21-20 County Board meeting.
The meeting adjourned at 10:45 A.M.
4-14-20 County Board Workshop Minutes submitted by Deb Schreiner, Administrative Specialist
(End of 4-14-20 County Board Workshop Minutes)
PROPERTY TAX PAYMENTS
Kelly said the County has reached out to cities, townships and school districts for input on two options relating to property taxes. The options are being considered by other counties in the region and include:
1. Delay the due date of property tax payments
2. Keep the due date at May 15th and impose a reduced penalty for late payments
Hiivala requested feedback from municipalities on the preference to delay tax payments or impose a smaller penalty. Some eastern counties have recognized residents need relief so are looking to postpone the property tax payment due date, some school districts say they need the tax dollars and support a reduced penalty for late payments, and some responses indicate a need to borrow funds for debt service. Hiivala said the County’s tax levy is large, and a good reserve balance is maintained for debt service.
Vetsch made a motion to reduce the penalty for late payments on property taxes from 8% to 1% in May and June and to 2% for July. He said this is following a similar practice of a majority of counties. Hiivala said if the State does not take action, that is what he would recommend. The motion was seconded by Daleiden. Potter said in his time as Commissioner, he has asked the Board to push for six months of operating reserve. This situation is an example of why this should be done.
Potter said deferral of the tax due date might result in unintended consequences, such as delayed payments by others who would pay on time. Large taxpayers might choose to invest their funds elsewhere until the taxes are due. Daleiden said the Auditor’s Office collects the state property taxes for businesses and asked about the remittance to the State. Tammi Vaith, Chief Deputy Auditor/Treasurer and Property Tax Administrator, stated the amount remitted to the State is based on what is collected. Borrell said his vote will be based upon the recommendation of the Auditor/Treasurer. He does not want this to be labor intensive. Hiivala restated that he supports the motion. The motion carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.
ADVISORY COMMITTEE / ADVISORY BOARD UPDATES
1. Fair Board. Borrell was in contact with Dennis Beise of the Fair Board relative to the Wright County Fair scheduled for this summer. They will hold off on cancellation as long as possible. There is a deadline to print the County Fair guide books. However, the County Attorney’s Office reviewed, and a digital version is acceptable past the print deadline. Because of the possible impact on attendance from COVID-19, one option would be to wait until next year to host the 150th Celebration of the Fair.
2. I-94 Project. Potter noted that the project has received funding from the Corridors of Commerce for the portion from St. Michael to Albertville, and supplemental money was received for the portion from Monticello to Clearwater. The missing piece is from Monticello to Albertville. Application was made to the BUILD (Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development) Grant, but funding was not awarded. Relative to the supplemental infrastructure bonding that is being done at the federal level, there is consideration being given to completion of the west bound portion of I-94 from Albertville to Monticello. The east bound portion could be completed at a later time. He believes the funding mechanism is where the hang-up lies. He has heard projections of $70 million total cost for that portion. At a cost of $35 million for the west bound portion, he thought it would be more palatable for the state and federal government. The west bound portion matches the State’s guidelines for traffic to flow out of the metro area. Potter said Congressman Tom Emmer has been instrumental in being at the forefront of this topic.
3. Highway 55 Coalition. Potter announced a webinar meeting toward the end of April with WSB regarding Tamarack Avenue in Medina.
4. Great River Regional Library (GRRL). Potter stated that some GRRL locations have implemented curbside pickup for library materials, similar to the locker system in Sartell. The GRRL Board met last week and budget discussions have started. The GRRL has a good reserve that is being used to counteract the effects of COVID-19. He does not expect an increase in the budget for next year, with the exception of the tax capacity portion that could increase the County’s share.
5. AIS (Aquatic Invasive Species) Committee. Vetsch and Husom attended a meeting via zoom last week. A grant treatment allocation was made for lakes. The group discussed applying to the educational behavior grant. The DNR (Department of Natural Resources) has twelve $5,000 grants for behavioral change. If the grant is received, bait disposals will be placed at a number of landings. There is also an AIS detector sponsorship available. There are two people with this designation in Wright County who are certified to search for AIS. The training is available through the Extension Office, University of Minnesota. Husom feels positive about the AIS Committee, which includes a cross section of people representing different areas.
6. MEADA (Mentorship, Education and Drug Awareness Coalition). Husom said the group met via zoom. Discussion involved the nine-month action plan. A grant will be applied for through drug free communities and will be used to provide educational materials.
7. KRWC Radio Show. At last week’s radio show, Husom presented information on the topic of COVID-19.
8. Association Of MN Public Safety Meeting. Husom attended a meeting via zoom where information was provided on what is occurring in the State. Incarcerations are down 50% since March 1st, but the incidence of domestic assaults and car thefts are up. Also discussed was the robust plan court services has in place to assist clients and keep probation agents safe.
9. Safe Harbor. Husom attended a webinar with this group.
10. Wright County Community Action (WCCA). Daleiden and Borrell attended a meeting last week via skype. The program to deliver meals to seniors has expanded dramatically. Trailblazer Transit, Public Health, and Head Start bus drivers have aided in delivery. Another option may be dry meals through Homeland Security in case the frozen meals are not available. Anyone interested in the program should contact WCCA or sign up via their website.
10. National Volunteers Week. Daleiden said this is National Volunteer’s week. Appreciation was extended to all volunteers.
11. Administrator Updates:
A. COVID-19. Kelly said staff is preparing for needs associated with reopening to the public, but this is dependent on the Governor’s Order.
B. Health and Human Services Board will meet on 4-27-20.
C. Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP). Recent focus has been on implementing some change management items. Those meetings have been held via webinars.
The meeting adjourned at 10:17 AM.
County Board Minutes submitted by Susan Backes, Clerk to the County Board
Published in the Herald Journal, May 15, 2020.
WRIGHT COUNTYWARRANTS FOR PUBLICATIONWarrants Approved on 4/02/2020 for Payment 4/02/2020
Vendor Name Amount
ANOKA COUNTY - MEDICAL EXAMINER 82,091.50
ARAMARK SERVICES INC 8,808.05
BEAUDRY PROPANE INC 2,505.26
DESIGN ELECTRICAL INC-COLD SPRING ELEC. 8,088.39
FRONTIER PRECISION INC 49,032.00
GABRIEL/CATHLEEN 7,280.00
GREAT RIVER REGIONAL LIBRARY
540,411.75
GUARDIAN FLEET SAFETY LLC 91,018.91
LITTLE FALLS MACHINE 2,078.86
MCKESSON MEDICAL-SURGICAL
3,854.47
MN COUNTIES COMPUTER COOPERATIVE
5,187.00
QUADIENT LEASING USA INC 2,557.96
THE SPYGLASS GROUP, LLC 16,872.96
WRIGHT COUNTY AG SOCIETY 38,000.00
WRIGHT COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY 74,500.00
WRIGHT SWCD 117,875.00
37 payments under 2000 24,840.81
Final Total: 1,075,002.92
Warrants Approved On 4/07/2020 For Payment 04/07/2020
BRADBURY STAMM CONSTRUCTION 23,700.00
CLIFTONLARSONALLEN LLP 2,310.00
GRANITE ELECTRONICS 17,507.40
MARCO 3,989.86
MN COUNTIES COMPUTER COOPERATIVE
13,682.50
REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MN 50,346.24
ST CLOUD/CITY OF 13,620.78
34 Payments less than 2000 17,896.33
Final Total: 143,053.11
Warrants Approved On 4/09/2020 For Payment 4/09/2020
PRESIDIO NETWORKED SOLUTIONS GROUP LLC 25,644.34
2 Payments less than 2000 656.96
Final Total: 26,301.30
Warrants Approved On 4/09/2020 For Payment 4/09/2020
BROCK WHITE CO LLC 21,166.25
CDW GOVERNMENT INC 2,224.83
CENTRA SOTA COOPERATIVE - BUFFALO 28,147.29
COMMISSIONER OF REVENUE 7,195.00
COTTENS INC 2,048.72
DATABANK IMX LLC 14,301.25
DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS 18,705.00
FURTHER 2,530.00
H2OVER VIEWERS LLC 14,181.25
INTERPROSE CORPORATION/THE 2,458.29
MINNESOTA MONITORING INC 17,894.75
MN DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH 2,422.50
VILLAGE RANCH INC 28,961.44
50 Payments less than 2000 20,110.39
Final Total: 182,346.96
Warrants Approved On 4/13/2020 For Payment 4/14/2020
ARAMARK SERVICES INC 8,306.35
17 Payments less than 2000 6,127.89 17
Final Total: 14,434.24
Warrants Approved On 4/14/2020 For Payment 4/14/2020
2 Payments less than 2000 2,173.94 2
Final Total: 2,173.9
WRIGHT TECHNICAL CENTER School District 966
The meeting of the Governing Board of Wright Technical Center, School District 966, was held on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at 1405 3rd Ave. NE, Buffalo, Minnesota 55313.
Members Present: Diers, Mealey, Steffens, Lee, and McAlpine present at WTC. Briesmeister. Curtis and Sixberry present at remote locations.
Others Present: Brian Koslofsky-Executive Director, Shaun Karson-Principal and Scott Zubrod-Staff Representative present at WTC. Dana Watters-Administrative Assistant and Anh Glewwe-Business Manager present at remote locations.
The meeting was called to order by Member Diers at 6:34 p.m. followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.
Agenda Review
On motion by Member McAlpine, second by Member Lee, the agenda was approved as presented. Motion carried by unanimous vote.
Consent Agenda
On motion by Member Mealey, second by Member McAlpine, to approve the consent agenda as presented. Motion carried by unanimous vote. 5.1 March 4 regular meeting, 5.2 Bills for Payment, 5.3 Approval of copier agreement with Marco, 5.4 Approval of agreement renewal with IEA, 5.5 Acceptance of letter resignation.
Financial Report
Business Manager Glewwe reported on the current finances. On motion by Member McAlpine, second by Member Lee, to approve the financial report as presented. Motion carried by unanimous vote.
Principal Report
Principal Karson reported on meetings, Distance Learning, scholarships, pre-registration, program updates.
Director’s Report
Director Koslofsky discussed the construction trades house, facilities, finance, meetings attended and upcoming and programs visited.
Negotiation Report
Member Mealey reported that teacher negotiations are going well. A meeting will be held again on April 15 to continue to review the language.
New Business
• On motion by Member McAlpine, second by Member Lee, to approve the posting for up to a 1 - Teacher, .5 Social Worker and a 1 - Paraprofessional for the Middle Level ALC program for the 2020-21 school year as presented. Motion carried by unanimous vote.
• On motion by Member Mealey, second by Member McAlpine, to approve limiting person-to-person contact due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, by action of the Governing Board to the Wright Technical Center, all future meetings of the WTC Governing Board will be conducted in accordance with Minnesota Statutes 13D.021-Meetings by Telephone or Other Electronic Means - until further notice. One or more board members may participate by telephone or other electronic means as presented. Motion carried by unanimous vote.
Chair Diers declared the meeting adjourned at 7:36.
Published in the Herald Journal, May 15, 2020.
NOTICE OF ASSESSMENT LIEN FORECLOSURE SALE
THE RIGHT TO VERIFICATION OF THE DEBT AND IDENTITY OF THE ORIGINAL CREDITOR WITHIN THE TIME PROVIDED BY LAW IS NOT AFFECTED BY THIS ACTION
THIS COMMUNICATION IS FROM A DEBT COLLECTOR. THIS IS AN ATTEMPT TO COLLECT A DEBT AND ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that default has been made in the terms and conditions of the Declaration of Sunset Ponds I Homeowners’ Association, (hereinafter the “Declaration”) recorded in the office of the County Recorder of Wright County, Minnesota on November 19, 2004, as Document No. A935958, which covers the following property:
Legal Description: Lot 56, Block 7, CIC No. 76, Sunset Ponds
Property Address: 6916 91st Street NE, Monticello, Minnesota 55362
PID: 155-159-007560
THAT pursuant to said Declaration, there is claimed to be due and owing as of April 15, 2020, from Thomas Heuer, title holder, to Sunset Pond I Homeowners’ Association, a Minnesota non-profit corporation, the amount of $3,213, for assessments, late fees and collection costs, plus additional assessments and other amounts that may have accrued since the date of this notice, including the costs of collection and foreclosure;
THAT prior to the commencement of this foreclosure proceeding, Lienor complied with all notice requirements as required by statute; that no action or proceeding has been instituted at law or otherwise to recover the debt secured by said lien, or any part thereof;
THAT the owner has not been released from his financial obligation to pay said amount;
THAT pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 515B.3-116 and/or the Declaration, said debt creates a lien upon said premises in favor of Sunset Pond I Homeowners’ Association, as evidenced by a lien statement dated January 21, 2020, and recorded on February 3, 2020, in the office of the Wright County Recorder as Document No. A1417646;
THAT pursuant to the power of sale granted by the owners in taking title to the premises subject to said Declaration, said lien will be foreclosed by the sale of said property by the sheriff of said County at the Main Office of the Wright County Sheriff, Civil Division, 3800 Braddock Avenue NE, City of Buffalo, Wright County, Minnesota, on June 30, 2020, at 10 a.m., at public auction to the highest bidder, for cash, to pay the amount then due for said assessments, together with the costs of foreclosure, including attorney=s fees as allowed by law. The time allowed by law for redemption by the unit owners, their personal representatives or assigns is six (6) months from the date of said sale.
DATE TO VACATE PROPERTY: The date on or before which the owner must vacate the property if the account is not brought current or the property redeemed under Minn. Stat. § 580.23 is December 30, 2020. If the foregoing date is a Saturday, Sunday or legal holiday, then the date to vacate is the next business day at 11:59 p.m.
REDEMPTION NOTICE
THE TIME ALLOWED BY LAW FOR REDEMPTION BY THE OWNER, THE OWNER’S PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE OR ASSIGNS, MAY BE REDUCED TO FIVE WEEKS IF A JUDICIAL ORDER IS ENTERED UNDER MINNESOTA STATUTES, SECTION 582.032, DETERMINING, AMONG OTHER THINGS, THAT THE PREMISES ARE IMPROVED WITH A RESIDENTIAL DWELLING OF LESS THAN FIVE UNITS, ARE NOT PROPERTY USED IN AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION, AND ARE ABANDONED.
SUNSET PONDS I HOMEOWNERS’ ASSOCIATION, Lienor
Dated: April 15, 2020
By /s/ Thomas P. Carlson
Thomas P. Carlson (024871X)
Carlson & Associates, Ltd.
1052 Centerville Circle
Vadnais Heights, MN 55127
(651) 287-8640
ATTORNEY FOR SUNSET PONDS I HOMEOWNERS’ ASSOCIATION
Published in the Herald Journal, May 15, 22, 29, June 5, 12, 19, 2020.
ORDINANCE NO. 113(Board of Appeals and Adjustments)CITY OF NEW GERMANYCARVER COUNTY, MINNESOTAMay 5, 2020
AN ORDINANCE AMENDING SECTION 154.003 OF THE NEW GERMANY CITY CODE TO PROVIDE FOR A BOARD OF APPEALS AND ADJUSTMENTS.
THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF NEW GERMANY, CARVER COUNTY, MINNESOTA, ORDAINS:
Section 1. Section 154.003 (Authority) of the New Germany City Code is hereby amended to add a subsection (C) to read as follows:
(C) The City Council of the City of New Germany shall serve as the Board of Appeals and Adjustments pursuant to Minnesota Statutes Section 462.354, Subdivision 2. The Council shall have the powers set forth in Section 462.357, Subdivision 6 and Section 462.359, Subdivision 4.
Section 2. This Ordinance shall be in full force effective upon its adoption and publication according to the law.
Passed and adopted by the City Council of the City of New Germany this 5th day of May, 2020.
Steve VanLith, Mayor
ATTEST: Twyla Menth, Clerk
Published in the Herald Journal, May 15, 2020.
ORDINANCE NO. 112(Zoning Amendment)CITY OF NEW GERMANYCARVER COUNTY, MINNESOTAMay 5, 2020
AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE OFFICIAL ZONING MAP OF THE CITY OF NEW GERMANY BY REZONING CERTAIN LAND FROM ZONING DISTRICT B-BUSINESS/COMMERCIAL TO ZONING DISTRICT I-INDUSTRIAL.
THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF NEW GERMANY, CARVER COUNTY, MINNESOTA, ORDAINS:
Section 1. The official Zoning Map of the City of New Germany as established and adopted pursuant to Chapter 154 of the New Germany City Code is hereby amended by changing the zoning district designation of the following described land from Zoning District B-Business/Commercial to Zoning District I-Industrial:
The North 405.12 feet of the East 215.05 feet of the West 430.10 feet of that part of the Northwest Quarter of Section 4, Township 116, Range 26, Carver County, Minnesota, described as follows:
Beginning at the northwest corner of said Northwest Quarter; thence Southerly along the west line of said Northwest Quarter, a distance of 1266.625 feet; thence Easterly, parallel with the north line of said Northwest Quarter, a distance of 430.10 feet; thence Northerly, parallel with the west line of said Northwest Quarter, a distance of 1266.625 feet to the north line of said Northwest Quarter; thence Westerly along said north line to the point of beginning.
Section 2. This land shall now be part of the I-Industrial District and subject to the provisions of Chapter 154 of the New Germany City Code (Zoning Ordinance), as amended.
Passed and adopted by the City Council of the City of New Germany this 5th day of May, 2020.
Steve VanLith, Mayor
ATTEST: Twyla Menth, Clerk
Published in the Herald Journal, May 15, 2020.
ORDINANCE NO. 114(Industrial District Standard)CITY OF NEW GERMANYCARVER COUNTY, MINNESOTAMay 5, 2020
AN ORDINANCE AMENDING SECTION 154.066 (E)(6) OF THE NEW GERMANY CITY CODE BY CORRECTING AND CHANGING THE REFERENCE IN DISTRICT STANDARDS TO I-INDUSTRIAL DISTRICT.
THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF NEW GERMANY, CARVER COUNTY, MINNESOTA, ORDAINS:
Section 1. Section 154.066(E)(6) of the New Germany City Code is hereby amended to read as follows:
(6) District standards. No building or land in the I-Industrial District shall be used, except in conformance with the following:
(a) Minimum lot area: 30,000 square feet;
(b) Minimum lot width: 100 feet;
(c) Maximum hard surface lot coverage: 85%;
(d) Maximum structure height: 40 feet;
(e) Minimum front yard setbacks requirements (all structures) from property line:
1. Front yards abutting right-of-way of new minor arterial or collector roadways constructed after the date of adoption of this chapter: 50 feet; and
2. Front yards abutting right-of-way of local streets: 30 feet.
(f) Minimum setbacks (all structures) from property line:
1. Corner lot: 30 feet;
2. Interior lot side yard: 15 feet; and
3. Rear yard: 30 feet.
(g) All uses shall comply with the provisions of §§ 154.080 through 154.092 of this chapter.
Section 2. This Ordinance shall be in full force effective upon its adoption and publication according to the law.
Passed and adopted by the City Council of the City of New Germany this 5th day of May, 2020.
Steve VanLith, Mayor
ATTEST: Twyla Menth, Clerk
Published in the Herald Journal, May 15, 2020.
French Lake Township Notice of Dust Control
French Lake Township residents are encouraged to sign up for dust control for the summer of 2020. The roads are scheduled to be sprayed in early June. The policy is for a minimum of 100 feet of road, with the first 50 feet being paid for by the township and the remaining balance to be paid for by the resident. The cost this year is $0.60 cents/ft after the first 50 feet. For example, 100 feet of sprayed road will cost $30 for the resident, while 200 feet will cost $90.
Please mail your check with the below information slip to the Township by May 15th, 2020, mark off the distance to be sprayed using flags or paint, and enjoy a dust free summer!
Any questions, contact Breanna Chapman, French Lake Township Clerk, at FrenchLakeTwpClerk@outlook.com.
Please include check & send to: ATTN: French Lake Township Clerk, 3133 County Road 3 NW, Annandale, MN 55302
Name ______________________
Phone Number _______________
Address to be sprayed__________
___________________________
Number of Feet to be sprayed ____
Published in the Herald Journal, May 15, 2020.
SECTION 00020 - ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDSElevated Water Tower RehabilitationMayer, MN
RECEIPT AND OPENING OF PROPOSALS: Proposals for the work described below will be received online through QuestCDN.com until 10:00 AM on June 5, 2020 at which time the bids will be opened and publicly read via conference call ONLY. Individuals will NOT be permitted to attend the bid opening in person. Please use the number and conference ID below to join the meeting:
1. Conference Call Number: 1 (612) 428- 8778
2. Conference ID: 284 970 702#
DESCRIPTION OF WORK: The work includes the following:
400,000 GALLON ELEVATED WATER STORAGE TANK
1. Interior Dry Rehabilitation
(a) Partial removal and replacement of protective coating system
(1) Inlet/Outlet Pipe
(2) Spot Repair (<5%).
2. Exterior Rehabilitation:
(a) Complete removal and replacement of protective coating system.
(b) Full containment curtain.
3. Miscellaneous grinding, welding, and caulking.
4. New LED aviation obstruction lightand pivoting post.
5. Remove/reinstall inlet/outlet pipe insulation.
6. New overflow pipe screen.
7. New City lettering/logos painted on exterior of tank.
8. Repair concrete foundation mortar and grout.
COMPLETION OF WORK: All work under the Contract must be substantially complete within sixty (60) calendar days after issuance of the Notice to Proceed. All work under the Contract shall be complete within seventyfive (75) calendar days after issuance of Notice to Proceed.
The award is subject to passing a paint adhesion test to be conducted by the Owner and Engineer. The Owner expects to conduct the paint adhesion test by October 1, 2020 if weather conditions permit such a test.
The project includes a bid alternate option to begin the work on April 15, 2021 and achieve substantial and final completion by July 1, 2021.
MINIMUM CONTRACTOR QUALIFICATIONS:
The Bidder shall have experience as a General Contractor in the successful completion of at least one municipal water or wastewater treatment plants within the last five (5) years.
TO OBTAIN BID DOCUMENTS: Complete digital project bidding documents are available at www.bolton-menk.com or www.questcdn.com. You may view the digital plan documents for free by entering Quest project #7069362 on the website’s Project Search page. Documents may be downloaded for $45.00. Please contact QuestCDN.com at 952-233-1632 or info@questcdn.com for assistance in free membership registration, viewing, downloading, and working with this digital project information.
BID SUBMITTAL: A Bid shall be submitted online no later than the date and time prescribed. For this project the City will only be accepting online electronic bids through Quest CDN. To access the electronic bid form, download the project documents and click the online bidding button at the top of the advertisement. Prospective bidders must be on the planholders list through QuestCDN for bids to be accepted.
BID SECURITY: A certified check or bid bond in the amount of not less than 5 percent of the total amount bid, drawn in favor of City of Mayer shall accompany each bid.
PLANHOLDERS LIST, ADDENDA AND BID TABULATION: The planholders list, addenda and bid tabulation will be available on-line at www.bolton-menk.com.
Bids will be received on a unit price basis as itemized in the Bid Schedule.
LABOR RATES - MINIMUM WAGE REQUIREMENTS: This project is being funded by the City of Mayer, Minnesota. The project is not subject to the provisions of Little Davis-Bacon Act.
PERFORMANCE AND PAYMENT BONDS: The successful Bidder will be required to furnish a Performance Bond and Labor and Materials Payment Bond each in the amount of the Contract.
The Bid, Agreement, and Bonds shall be conditioned upon compliance with all provisions of the Bid Documents.
PROJECT ADMINISTRATION: All questions relative to this project prior to the opening of bids shall be directed to the Engineer/ Manager for the project. It shall be understood, however, that no specification interpretations will be made by telephone.
Address inquiries to:
Bolton & Menk, Inc.
Attn: Ryan Kotta, P.E.
7533 Sunwood Drive NW #206
Ramsey, MN 55303
Tel: 763-433-2851
Fax: 763-427-0833
Email: Ryan.Kotta@bolton-menk.com
OWNER’S RIGHTS RESERVED: The OWNER reserves the right to reject any or all bids, to waive any informality in a bid, and to make awards in the interest of the OWNER.
Date: April 27, 2020
Owner: City of Mayer, Minnesota
/S/ Margaret McCallum
City Administrator
Published in the Herald Journal, May 15,
2020.