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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:
EDWARD V. PREWITT
LOCATION: 6424 Pilger Avenue NW – Lot 1, Coates P. Bull Addition, according to plat of record, Also, Part of Gov’t Lot 5, all in Section 33, Township 121, Range 28, Wright County, Minnesota. (E. Lake Sylvia - Southside Twp.) Tax #217-022-000010 & 217-000-0334101
Requests a variance of Section 155.026, 155.049 & 155.057, Chapter 155, Title XV, Land Usage & Zoning of the Wright County Code of Ordinances to build a 15’ x 16’ two-level screen porch 49.1 ft. from the Ordinary Highwater Mark of lake (OHW) and convert a 12’ x 16’ main level covered deck and lower level patio into two levels of living space, 40.6 ft. from the OHW. Also proposed is a new 30’ x 40’ detached garage 61 ft. from the OHW and 41.8 ft. from the traveled centerline of platted road, 24.3 ft. from the right-of-way.
REASON A VARIANCE IS NEEDED: Minimum setbacks required are 75’ from the Ordinary Highwater Mark of lake; 65’ from centerline of a platted/local road.
REFERENCE TO THE PROPOSED APPLICATION, YOU WILL BE HEARD ON:
DATE: Friday, December 4, 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 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, December 3. Written testimony may also be provided and mailed to: Wright County Planning and Zoning, 10 2nd St. NW, Room 140, Buffalo, MN 55313-1185.
SIGNATURE
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.t
Published in the Herald Journal, Nov. 20, 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:
MICHAEL J. STONECIPHER
LOCATION: 3084 Colbert Avenue NW – Part of SE 1⁄4 of SE 1⁄4 & Part of NE 1⁄4 of SE 1⁄4 Section 15; also part of Gov’t Lots 5 & 6, Section 14, all in Township 120, Range 26, Wright County, Minnesota. (Lightfoot Lake - Maple Lake Twp.) Tax #210-000-154402 & -1433303
Requests a variance of Section 155.026, 155.049 & 155.057, Chapter 155, Title XV, Land Usage & Zoning of the Wright County Code of Ordinances to locate a 20’ x 40’ inground pool 12’ from the bluff.
REASON A VARIANCE IS NEEDED: A minimum of 30’ from a bluff is required.
REFERENCE TO THE PROPOSED APPLICATION, YOU WILL BE HEARD ON:
DATE: Friday, December 4, 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 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, December 3. Written testimony may also be provided on the space provided below and mailed to: Wright County Planning and Zoning, 10 2nd St. NW, Room 140, Buffalo, MN 55313-1185.
SIGNATURE
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, Nov. 20, 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:
SHANE D. POTTER
LOCATION: corner of CR 7 & 160th Street – part of S 1⁄2 of SW 1⁄4; NE 1⁄4 of SW 1⁄4 in Section 12; and E 33’ of S 47 ft. of SE 1⁄4 of NE 1⁄4 and E 33’ of NE 1⁄4 of SE 1⁄4 lying northeasterly of centerline of CR 7, Section 11, all in Township 122, Range 27, Wright County, MN. (Clearwater Twp.) Property owners: Applicant & Hanebuth Tax# 204-100-123400; -123200; -123100; -111401 & -114102
Requests a variance and lot line adjustment as regulated in Section 155.026, 155.026(E)(2), 155.048 Chapter 155, Title XV, Land Usage & Zoning of the Wright County Code of Ordinances to allow a small triangular lot line adjustment from the Hanebuth property (204-100-123200) to the Potter property (204-100-123400) to give access to 160th Street. Also, a lot line adjustment to add the wetland and wooded area from 204-100-123100 to 204-100-123400.
REASON A VARIANCE IS NEEDED: Parcel does not meet minimum road frontage requirements and lot line adjustments of this nature require Board approval.
REFERENCE TO THE PROPOSED APPLICATION, YOU WILL BE HEARD ON:
DATE: Friday, December 4, 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 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, December 3. Written testimony may also be and mailed to: Wright County Planning and Zoning, 10 2nd St. NW, Room 140, Buffalo, MN 55313-1185.
SIGNATURE
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, Nov. 20, 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:
STEVEN A. GRANITE
LOCATION: 5516 Quinlar Avenue NW – Lots 7 & 8, Davidson’s First Addition, according to plat of record, Also: Part of Gov’t Lot 2, and part of NW 1⁄4 of SE 1⁄4, all in Section 5, Township 120, Range 28, Wright County, MN. (W. Lake Sylvia– French Lake Township) Tax #209-000-051211, 209-000-051300 & 209-014-000070
Requests a lot line adjustment as regulated in Section 155.026, 155.026(E)02, 155.048, 155.049 & 155.057, Chapter 155, Title XV, Land Usage & Zoning of the Wright County Code of Ordinances to allow an approximate one-acre backlot, out of applicants existing 8.9-acre lot of record, to be attached to applicant’s lakeshore parcel. Existing 1,800 sq. ft. detached accessory structure would be oversized for the proposed backlot.
REASON A VARIANCE IS NEEDED: Divisions of this nature require Board approval. Maximum size allowed for a storage building has been limited by the Board on backlots.
REFERENCE TO THE PROPOSED APPLICATION, YOU WILL BE HEARD ON:
DATE: Friday, December 4, 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 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, December 3. Written testimony may also be provided and mailed to: Wright County Planning and Zoning, 10 2nd St. NW, Room 140, Buffalo, MN 55313-1185.
SIGNATURE
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, Nov. 20, 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:
ANDREW D. GABRELCIK
LOCATION: 5576 65TH Street SE –Part of the NW 1⁄4 of SE 1⁄4, Section 1, Township 118, Range 25, Wright County, MN. (Franklin Township) Tax #208-200-014201
Requests a variance as regulated in Section 155.026& 155.048, Chapter 155, Title XV, Land Usage & Zoning of the Wright County Code of Ordinances to allow construction of a 20’4” x 13’8” screen porch and 12’ x 7’ covered porch 118’ at the closest point to the centerline of County Road No. 17; also, 25’6” x 29’ attached garage 129’ from the centerline of the County Road at the closest point. A 22’ x 14’ deck is proposed on the backside of dwelling along with a second-story addition over the existing dwelling.
REASON A VARIANCE IS NEEDED: Minimum setback from a County Road is 130’ from centerline.
REFERENCE TO THE PROPOSED APPLICATION, YOU WILL BE HEARD ON:
DATE: Friday, December 4, 202
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 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, December 3. Written testimony may also be provided and mailed to: Wright County Planning and Zoning, 10 2nd St. NW, Room 140, Buffalo, MN 55313-1185.
SIGNATURE
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, Nov. 20, 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:
JONATHAN H. FERRELL
LOCATION: 15014 80TH Street NW – SW 1⁄4 of SE 1⁄4; also, SE 1⁄4 of SE 1⁄4 all in Section 21, Township 121, Range 28, Wright County, Minnesota. (Southside Twp.) Tax # 217-000-214400 & -214401
Property owners: Applicant & Gravco Land LLC
Requests a lot line adjustment as regulated in Section 155.026, 155.026(E)(2), 155.048 Chapter 155, Title XV, Land Usage & Zoning of the Wright County Code of Ordinances to allow approximately 10 acres from the Gravco Land, LLC property (tax #217-000-214400) to be attached to the Ferrell property (tax #217-000-214401). Proposed expansion does NOT include a building “entitlement”.
REASON A VARIANCE IS NEEDED: Divisions of this nature require Board approval.
REFERENCE TO THE PROPOSED APPLICATION, YOU WILL BE HEARD ON:
DATE: Friday, December 4, 202
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 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, December 3. Written testimony may also be provided and mailed to: Wright County Planning and Zoning, 10 2nd St. NW, Room 140, Buffalo, MN 55313-1185.
SIGNATURE
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, Nov. 20, 2020.
Lester Prairie City Council MinutesNovember 12, 2020
Pursuant to public notice, the Lester Prairie City Council met in a zoom meeting special session on Thursday, November 12, 2020 to canvass the election results. Mayor Angvall called the meeting to order at 4:00 p.m.
Clerk Pawelk presented the election judge’s report and the Abstract of Votes cast for the precinct as complied from the official returns. She noted the difference from the preliminary information they received and the official report was due to the absentee ballots received by McLeod County. As of 7:00 a.m. on election day, there were 1,105 persons registered as of 7 a.m.. There were 15 new registrations, 160 absentee ballots cost, 836 voted at the polls for a total of 996 ballots were cast. Of that, the total votes cast for Mayor, 329 were for Eric Angvall, 599 were for Chris Mike and 9 write-in votes for other persons. For City Councilmembers, 4 year terms, 318 votes were cast for Paul Dhoore, 485 votes cast for Sean Tritbaugh, 514 votes cast for Gary Krause and 204 votes cast for Joshua Schroeder. There were 32 write-in votes for other persons. There were no questions regarding the results.
Motion – Foust; Second – Meyer; Carried – Unanimously; To accept and certify as correct the election judge’s report of the 996 votes cast and declare the results of the City Election held on November 3, 2020, as reported.
Mayor Angvall adjourned the meeting at 4:06 p.m.
Marilyn L. Pawelk
City Clerk-Treasurer
Published in the Herald Journal., Nov. 20, 2020.
Lester Prairie City Council MinutesNovember 10, 2020
Pursuant to public notice of the Lester Prairie City Council meeting being held in person and through zoom, Mayor Angvall called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m..
Mayor Angvall opened the Special Assessments Public Hearing at 7:00 p.m.. No one was in attendance for the public hearing nor were any comments received in writing. Clerk Pawelk informed the City Council several residents have paid their 2020 Infrastructure Assessments and the owner of the mobile home park has been working with the tenants to clean up those unpaid utility bills. Currently, $ 26,591.71 remains on the 2020 Infrastructure Project Assessments and $ 3,099.35 remains in unpaid delinquent City bills. Clerk Pawelk requested the City Council certify the amounts, which she can reduce if they are paid within the week.
Mayor Angvall closed the public hearing at 7:05 p.m..
Motion – Foust; Second – Meyer; Carried – Unanimously; To authorize Clerk Pawelk to certify, to the McLeod County Auditor, the unpaid 2020 Infrastructure Assessments and delinquent City bills and have them added to the ensuing tax roll.
Motion – Foust; Second – Meyer; Carried – Unanimously; to accept and approve the October Minutes as submitted.
Motion – Meyer; Second – Tritabaugh; Carried – Unanimously; to accept and approve the October Treasurer’s Report as submitted.
Motion – Meyer; Second – Foust; Carried – Unanimously; To authorize a sanitation waiver for 10 Lily Street through March, 2021.
Councilman Foust introduced the following resolution and moved for its adoption:
RESOLUTION NO. 55-20 RESOLUTION APPROVING JOINT AND COOPERATIVE AGREEMENT FOR ONGOING WEEKEND USE OF LAW ENFORCEMENT PERSONNEL AND EQUIPMENT The foregoing motion was duly seconded by Councilman Meyer and following discussion thereon, a vote was taken. Mayor Angvall declared Resolution No. 55-20 adopted by a unanimous vote this 10th day of November, 2020.
Councilman Meyer introduced the following resolution and moved for its adoption:
RESOLUTION NO. 54-20 A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE PURCHASE OF A 2021 FORD POLICE SUV The foregoing motion was duly seconded by Councilman Tritabaugh and following discussion thereon, a vote was taken.
Mayor Angvall declared Resolution No. 54-20 adopted by a unanimous vote this 10th day of November, 2020.
Motion – Foust; Second – Tritabaugh; Carried – To reallocate $ 58,776.10 of funds set aside for SCBA equipment into a certificate for Fire Department radios and communication equipment.
Councilman Meyer introduced the following resolution and moved for its adoption:
RESOLUTION NO. 56-20 A RESOLUTION HIRING AN ASSISTANT CITY CLERK The motion was duly seconded by Councilman Foust and following discussion thereon, a vote was taken. Mayor Angvall declared Resolution No. 56-20 adopted by a unanimous vote this 10th day of November, 2020.
General consensus of the City Council was they did not have any objection to the Conditional Use Permit request submitted by Darryl Robinson to reduce the front footage setback and to construct an accessory building greater than 2,400 sq. ft. on a parcel less than 10 acres for a Home Occupation. It was noted a portion of the property is in a Flood Zone AE with no stage increase.
General consensus of the City Council was they did not have any objection to the Conditional Use Permit request submitted by Nokomis Energy for a solar garden to be established on property North of but along Highway 7 and East of County Road 9.
General consensus of the City Council was they did not have any objection to the 1 lot sketch plan as submitted by Bergen Township for building eligibility for future sale.
Councilman Foust introduced the following resolution and moved for its adoption:
RESOLUTION NO. 57-20 A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING UP TO $ 5,000.00 TRANSFERRED TO THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY The foregoing motion was duly seconded by Councilman Tritabaugh and follow discussion thereon, a vote was taken. Mayor Angvall declared Resolution No. 57-20 adopted by a unanimous vote this 10th day of November, 2020.
Motion – Foust; Second – Meyer; Carried – Unanimously; To pay the claims as submitted.
Mayor Angvall adjourned the meeting at 7:35 p.m..
Marilyn L. Pawelk
City Clerk-Treasurer
Published in the Herald Journal, Nov. 20, 2020.
BOARD MINUTES BOARD OF WRIGHT COUNTY COMMISSIONERSOCTOBER 27, 2020DATE APPROVED: NOVEMBER 3, 2020
The Wright County Board met in regular session at 9 a.m. with Commissioners Husom, Vetsch and Potter present. Daleiden attended remotely. Commissioner Borrell was absent.
COUNTY BOARD MINUTES 10-20-20
Vetsch moved to approve the 10-20-20 Wright County Board Minutes. The motion was seconded by Potter and carried 4-0.
AGENDA
Vetsch moved to approve the Agenda as presented. The motion was seconded by Potter and carried 4-0.
CONSENT AGENDA
Potter moved to approve the Consent Agenda as presented. The motion was seconded by Daleiden and carried 4-0.
A. ADMINISTRATION
1. Approval of a Separation Agreement with Olga Strobl
B. AUDITOR/TREASURER
1. Acknowledge Warrants Issued Between October 14, 2020 and October 20, 2020
2. Motion to Approve the Reimbursement of CARES Act Funds as Follows:
* County CARES Funds: County Reimbursement of $736,109.44 from 01-099-489.6910 Transfer Out
Into 01-100-489.5910 Transfer In
* School District Reimbursement of $298,320.79 from 01-099-489.6813 – CARES School District
Expense: Rockford $122,084.85 (Maximum Allocation Remaining $12,299.15); Watertown-Mayer $45,712 and Delano $130,523.14
* Election CARES Funds: Cities Reimbursement of Election CARES Funds of $201.58 from 01-099-490.6816; Elections CARES Cities as Follows: City of Annandale $201.58
* Township Reimbursement of Election CARES Funds of $618.23 from 01-099-490.6812; Election CARES Townships as Follows: Victor Township $618.23
C. HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES
1. Position Replacement
A. Office Technician II
B. Eligibility Specialist
D. HUMAN RESOURCES – ADMINISTRATION
1. Request Approval of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Between the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 49ers and Wright County for Ten-Hour Work Days for the Highway Engineering Division.
2. Board Approval of the Wright County Policy Regarding Christmas Eve Work Hours
E. INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
1. Position Replacements
A. IT Business Analyst
B. IT Developer
F. PLANNING & ZONING
1. Board Action for Approval and Authorization of Chairman’s Signature on Grant Application for the 2021 Septic Treatment Systems
TIMED AGENDA ITEMS
None
ITEMS FOR CONSIDERATION
ADMINISTRATION
Support for ConnectAbility of MN Phase 2 of the RTTC Plan
Wright County Administrator Lee Kelly said he attempted to gather more information about Regional Transportation Coordinating Councils (RTCC). He had been told by Gary Ludwig, Executive Director of Trailblazer Transit, that there would likely be a request coming from ConnectAbility of MN, which is looking to submit a proposal to serve as the RTCC in Wright County and the surrounding area. ConnectAbility was seeking a letter of support from the Wright County Board by the end of October. Husom said the group was formerly known as United Cerebral Palsy of Central Minnesota and changed its name to ConnectAbility of MN to open up services to individuals with any disability. Husom said the organization does some amazing things to help individuals with disabilities and that transportation is one of the biggest hurdles for the disabled. She added that there was no financial obligation from the county being sought, simply a letter of support. Vetsch asked if approval of the letter of support would imply any level of commitment on behalf of the County. Kelly responded that they were simply looking for a letter of support for their application to serve in this role with no financial support being sought from the County. Potter said that Wright County is still somewhat in its infancy in a transit system and a letter of support would not encumber or obligate the County. Husom said ConnectAbility of MN is viewed in a very favorable light by the Minnesota Department of Transportation and will have a good chance of getting funding through MnDOT. Wright County Health & Human Services Director Jami Goodrum-Schwartz said in her department’s assessment of needs analysis, transportation factors highly and gave her support to the request.
Vetsch moved to approve a letter of support for ConnectAbility of MN Phase II of RTCC Plan. The motion was seconded by Potter and carried 4-0.
COMMITTEE MINUTES
Committee of the Whole (October 20, 2020)
At today’s County Board meeting, Vetsch moved to approve the minutes and recommendations from the meeting. The motion was seconded by Daleiden and carried 4-0.
I. Review CARES Act Grant Fund Allocations
Kelly explained that Jolene Foss, Executive Director of the Wright County Economic Development Partnership (WCEDP), had submitted a list of grant applications that had been pre-approved by the WCEDP’s CARES Act Review Committee and dollar amounts associated with each grant request. In addition, there was also a list of applications that have been vetted but require additional documentation before they can be approved. The purpose of the meeting was to determine whether additional funding needed to be reallocated from other funding sources to cover the costs of the applications that have been approved and/or anticipated to be approved pending required documentation.
Foss stated that WCEDP had received 171 small business applications and 40 non-profit applications. She said all applications were reviewed to make sure they were in compliance with the requirements of the program, including having a physical location in Wright County, having been in business for at least one year and having less than 50 employees. Of the 171 small business applications, 97 of them had been approved by the Review Committee. There were an additional 24 applications that were pending – requiring one or two more verifying documents before receiving approval. Foss said if the County Board was to approve all 121 small business grant applications for the amounts requested, the total would be $1,902,370. The County Board had authorized an allocation of $1,300,000 for small businesses, leaving a shortfall of $602,000. Of the 40 non-profit applications, 21 have been pre-approved and eight were pending approval. If all the applications were approved, the total would be $413,851. The amount allocated was $300,000, leaving a shortfall of $113,851.
Foss said that the grand total of the shortfall combining the small business and non-profit applications would require an additional $716,221. When the program was initiated, there was $200,000 set in reserve in the event requests exceeding the $1,300,000 allocation. Subtracting that amount, brings the total to $516,221. Because of the high number of applicants, the County Board had previously stated it would increase the WCEDP’s administration fee (approximately 10 percent of the total) by $50,000, bringing the total additional requested amount to $565,221.
Vetsch stated that the additional amount requested shouldn’t be an issue because the amount requested from the affiliates funding pool was far less than had been anticipated. He said he was inclined to approve the request and transfer the money in from the funding silo that had been earmarked for affiliate groups.
Foss said the hope is to get the funding out to the applicants by November 1, 2020 and is looking to get the list of approved applications as part of the Oct. 27 County Board agenda so as to get the checks out to the approved small businesses/non-profits as quickly as possible to give them time to complete reporting requirements as to how the grant money was utilized. Daleiden asked about a specific request from automotive shops and asked how they quantified sustaining a loss. He said that these businesses had financial difficulties for the two months that the state was locked down, but that many of them have seen normal levels of business if not more in the months since. Foss responded that one of the requirements of the grant applications was to demonstrate a financial loss from Quarter 2 of 2020 as opposed to Quarter 2 of 2019, which cover the months of April, May and June. Daleiden asked if Foss felt that any of the pending applications would potentially not be approved. Foss responded that, through the review vetting process, the only applications that would not be approved would be those that fail to provide the additional documentation required for eligibility.
Foss provided the County Board with a list of the businesses and non-profits that were approved or pending. She said that some of the businesses received funding from other CARES Act sources, so some requests were modified downward in order to leave more funding available for additional applicants. She added that there were 50 small business applications and 11 non-profit applications that were denied because they did not meet the basic requirements set forth in the application process (physical location, duration the business has been open, less than 50 employees, more than one full-time employee, etc.). She added that approximately 20 of the applications came from outside the United States.
Foss said that she appreciated the work of the County Board and Wright County Administration to provide CARES Act funds for small businesses and non-profits within Wright County. She said the Review Committee had spent time discussing the options if the additional $565,221 was not approved by the County Board. The Committee agreed that, if no additional funding was coming, WCEDP would reduce the maximum amount that could be awarded in grant funds to keep all applicants available to receive part of the grant allocation.
Vetsch said there are other Wright County CARES Act funding pools that aren’t going to be fully utilized and that the demand exists in the small business/non-profit pool, so he would be in favor in transferring $565,221 into the small business/non-profit portion of CARES Act funding. Husom said she agreed with the idea of making the transfer from the affiliate silo.
Foss suggested that, for the sake of anonymity, the names of the small businesses that receive funding, should not be openly publicized. She added that she would be willing to provide a summary that will show how many applicants received funding, the number of years those businesses have been active in Wright County, how many employees they have and any other pertinent information regarding that small business or non-profit. Husom said that, because it is public information, if someone requests to see a list of the businesses, the county will provide it, but the county won’t be publishing it.
Goodrum-Schwartz said that there will be leftover funding available in the Families/Individuals/Providers funding source. Her office has received 51 applications and 26 of them are complete, but she believes there will be a significant amount of money remaining after those requests are processed. She added that there was $20,000 set aside for people who didn’t meet hospital-level criteria for the Anoka Medical Treatment Center and those funds won’t be utilized.
Daleiden recommended that the $565,221 be transferred to fund the overage in the requests from small businesses and non-profits. Kelly wanted clarification that the transfer includes $50,000 for WCEDP to administer the program. Vetsch responded that it was his understanding that the administration fee for WCEDP would be increased in the event that the number of applicants and the amounts requested would increase proportionally. Kelly said that, because the initial contract with WCEDP included a “not-to-exceed” limit, an amendment to the contract will likely be required.
Vetsch commended Foss for taking over the administering of the application process because the County Board wasn’t ideally suited to vet out small business applications. He added that the County Board will reassess the status of remaining CARES Act funding after October 30, 2020 – the deadline set for school districts and affiliate groups to submit requests for reimbursement. Kelly asked if a Committee of the Whole meeting be set for November 3, 2020 following the County Board meeting. Lemieux said that she would have an idea of the general amount of money that is remaining. Lemieux said the amount of eligible expenses the county can seek reimbursement for is significantly more than any funds that may remain in other funding silos.
Recommendations:
1. Approve transferring $565,221 from the CARES Act Affiliates funding silo into the CARES Act Small Business/Non-Profit funding silo.
2. Add CARES Act updates to the agendas of the November 3 Committee of the Whole meeting and the November 10, 2020 County Board Workshop.
ADVISORY COMMITTEE/ADVISORY BOARD UPDATES
1. County Buildings. Daleiden said he wanted to make a statement concerning misinformation being passed along pertaining to building construction. The claims are stating the County Board has spent money on these buildings and some of the information is confusing and some is completely false. The Trailblazer Transit facility in Buffalo was paid for by MnDOT and has never been a county expense. As it pertained to the Justice Center, Daleiden said the County Board didn’t have much of a choice on whether to build a new facility, because if Wright County didn’t do something, the 10th Judicial District was going to do something that likely would have been much more expensive to county residents. He said he wanted to get that information out to the public because there is some misinformation going around on those matters. Husom said process of determining when and where to build the Justice Center and new Government Center was a process that took six or seven years. Potter said during those years, the County Board identified the issue, did its homework, gathered the facts and made a decision based on the options presented. Potter said neither of the buildings were approved on a whim – studies were done, meetings were held, options weighed and discussed, and the decision was made in the best interests of Wright County moving forward.
2. Monticello Nuclear Power Plant. Daleiden asked if the nuclear plant has asked for a continuance to remain operational beyond its current sunset date of 2030. Vetsch responded that the Monticello nuclear plant will be submitting its extension request to the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) in 2021 or 2022. The PUC has one to two years to make a recommendation. Once a recommendation is made, unless the State Legislature takes action to intervene on the matter, the extension request will be forwarded to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to get its final approval. Vetsch said everything continues to move forward in the process of the extension being granted.
3. Central Mississippi River Regional Planning Partnership. On Thursday, October 22, Vetsch and Daleiden virtually-attended a CMRP workshop. Representatives from the Federal Highway Administration and MnDOT made a presentation dealing with the process of getting a large project like a bridge crossing approved and the outlook for such a project. From the MnDOT/federal funding perspective, the outlook is very bleak. He said it would likely have to be part of some form of special legislation, a BUILD grant or in a bonding bill, which would force the hand of MnDOT to move forward. Vetsch said there was good information presented about the trends in the depletion of transportation funding with lower gas prices, people not driving as much and the increase in electric cars. Funds available to maintain roads are becoming more limited. Daleiden said, from the information he heard, he feels it will be a long time before any river crossing bridge will be constructed.
4. County Ditch 33. On Monday, October 26, Vetsch met with landowners along County Ditch 33 to look at possible solutions for flooding issues. No plan has been finalized and more investigation is taking place with the hopes of being able to come up with a viable solution before the spring melt/runoff.
5. Association of Minnesota Counties District 5 Fall Meeting. On Monday, October 26, Husom, Potter and Kelly all attended the meeting virtually. One of the presentations was on broadband availability in Minnesota. The presentation highlighted a map of the state that showed some areas within counties have very good broadband access while others do not, with disparities in areas in close proximity to one another. AMC is looking to promote bridging that divide. AMC asked that counties promote residents taking part in a statewide speed test that can be taken by going to the website www.mnruralbroadbandcoalition.com/speedtest. Since the site launched August 3, almost 33,000 people have logged on and taken the speed test. The expectation is that the data will be used to convince the State Legislature of the need for additional broadband in rural areas. Potter said that homes within the same neighborhood can have different broadband speed and that the requirement for distance learning for school children may be the driver to get legislative action on the matter.
6. Minnesota Bonding Bill. Potter said that, after months of delays, the 2020 bonding bill from the State Legislature was approved. Potter said counties need to be prepared for radical changes in state funding because there is projected to be a deficit of $2.7 billion for 2021 and $4.7 billion in the 2022-23 budget cycle.
7. I-94 Coalition. On Wednesday, October 21, Potter and other members of the I-94 Coalition met with staff from U.S. Representative Tom Emmer’s office about the potential to obtain federal highway grants to complete the expansion of I-94 between Albertville and Monticello and a bridge overpass on I-94 at the interchange with Highway 610. Potter said that unless more money is allocated from the federal Highway Trust Fund, projects like the bridge on Highway 610 will be on hold.
8. Safe Schools. Potter attended the virtual Safe Schools meeting with the St. Michael-Albertville School District. Discussion included the distance learning that is taking place under the district’s hybrid modeling. School officials are concerned because some students are doing fine with distance learning and others are not. There are concerns that the situation might change if COVID numbers continue to rise, which Potter compared to building an airplane while you’re flying it. He said it is important to work with students to continue their education during these unprecedented times.
9. Wright County Economic Development Partnership. On Friday, Oct. 23, the WCEDP Board of Directors heard a presentation from Clearwater City Administrator Annita Smythe, updating the board on the challenges the city faces in economic development. Special guests at the meeting were Peter Frosch, Amanda Taylor and Joel Akason from Greater MSP to discuss economic recovery and barometer tracking. Potter said that when a business considers coming to a location and selects somewhere else instead of Wright County, local officials need to learn what the county was lacking that made a business choose a different location, which can educate county and local officials as to what needs to be addressed to attract those businesses. With three major highway corridors (Interstate 94, Highway 55 and Highway 12) running through Wright County, the county is ripe for more business activity. Wright County is known as a “bedroom community” county and that can be changed. Potter mentioned that, if re-elected, Vetsch will join the WCEDP Board in 2021 and his business experience will be a valuable perspective to add to the group.
10. Union Health Care Negotiations. Potter said that some counties saw an increase in health coverage bids for 2021 of 10 percent or higher, while Wright County’s came in at 3.4 percent. Kelly stated that open enrollment for health insurance will begin Monday, November 9 and the county will be negotiating with the three remaining union groups Friday, Oct. 30.
11. Wright County Emerging Leaders. Husom said the Wright County Emerging Leaders, a group of 17 county employees from different departments, has launched its “Season of Giving” campaign, which will be collecting donations from staff and the public with an emphasis on baking supplies for distribution at local food shelves. Baking items are wanted for the holiday season but are rarely in supply at food shelves. There will be donation bins set up at the Government Center, Justice Center, Law Enforcement Center and Human Services Center. The program, which is looking for items like baking supplies, baking mixes, frosting, extracts, spices, candy melts, corn syrup, cookie cutters and festive toppings, launched Monday, October 26 and the campaign will run through Monday, November 23.
The meeting adjourned at 9:35 a.m.
Minutes submitted by John Holler, Communication Specialist
Published in the Herald Journal, Nov. 20, 2020.
Warrants for publication
Warrants approved on 10/14/20 for payment 10/14/20
Albertville/city of 45,569.59
Buffalo/city of 120,566.75
Centerpoint Energy 2,574.81
Clearwater/city of 13,023.20
Cokato/city of 19,530.93
Delano/city of 26,046.39
Hanover/city of 6,507.73
Magnet Forensics Usa Inc 4,000.00
Maple Lake/city of 13,023.20
Melgaard Services 8,500.00
Monticello/city of 84,631.46
Montrose/city of 16,277.06
Otsego/city of 78,226.70
Rockford/city of 19,530.93
St Michael/city of 52,077.33
Vos Construction Inc 339,847.30
Waverly/city of 9,825.87
7 payments less than 2000 4,909.15
Final Total 864,668.40
Warrants approved on 10/14/20 for payment 10/14/20
All State Communications Inc 25,545.00
American Tower Corporation 7,621.05
Bradbury Stamm Construction 136,904.38
Ciber Global LLC 76,716.78
Comm Of MMB, Treas Div 53,006.50
Commissioner of Revenue 12,782.50
Databank IMX LLC 34,135.80
Department Of Corrections 1 7,630.00
Glover Consulting LLC 11,162.50
Health Partners 808,818.13
Health Partners - Dental 24,390.26
Hillyard Inc - Minneapolis 10,296.28
Inside Outside Architecture, Inc. 6,581.55
Jeddeloh & Snyder Pa 9,311.25
MN Counties Computer Coop 13,682.50
MN Department Of Health 5,100.00
On-Demand Services Group Inc 10,080.00
Plaggerman/Margaret M 2,685.85
Prairie Restorations Inc 3,000.00
Soldo Consulting, P.C. 9,872.10
Village Ranch INC 29,379.42
53 payments less than 2000 21,146.27 Final total 1,329,848.12
Warrants approved for payment 10/16/20
Us Bank Voyager Fleet Systems 15,784.93
Final total 15,784.93
Warrants approved for payment 10/16/20
US Bank-procurement Cards 118,756.57
Final total 118,756.57
Warrants approved on 10/16/20 for payment 10/16/20
Centurylink 2,445.19
Cottens Inc 2,402.68
Minnesota Paving & Materials 3,187.46
Verizon Wireless Services LLC 12,584.40
YTS Companies LLC 5,250.00
15 payments less than 2000 6,328.72
Final total 32,198.45
Published in the Herald Journal, Nov. 20, 2020.
Special School Board MeetingMonday, October 5, 2020HLWW HS Media Center8700 County Road 6 SWHoward Lake, Minnesota 55349
The Monday, October 5, 2020 Special School Board Meeting of the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted ISD #2687 was called to order at 6:01 pm. by Chairperson Heuer. After the pledge of allegiance, roll was taken with the following members present: Heuer, Koch, Bravinder, Peterson, Scheuch, Diers and Puncochar. Also present was Superintendent Brad Sellner.
(Item IV) Diers motioned for approval of the agenda; Scheuch seconded; passed unanimously.
(Item V, Subd. A) Koch motioned to close the meeting at 6:05 pm; Peterson seconded; passed unanimously. The meeting was closed to for preliminary consideration of allegations or charges against an employee pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, section 13D.05, subdivision 2(b).
Bravinder motioned to close the closed meeting at 6:39pm; Peterson seconded; passed unanimously.
Heuer reconvened the open meeting at 6:40pm.
(Item V, Subd. B) Koch motioned to adopt a resolution terminating employment of the School District Technology Director; Peterson seconded; those in favor: Peterson, Bravinder, Koch, Diers, Scheuch, Puncochar and Heuer; opposed: none; passed unanimously.
Heuer adjourned the meeting at 6:42 pm.
Respectfully submitted,
Dwayne Diers, Clerk
Published in the Herald Journal, Nov. 20, 2020.
REGULAR MEETINGMonday, October 12, 2020HLWW HS Media Center8700 County Road 6 SWHoward Lake, Minnesota 55349
The Monday, October 12, 2020 Regular Meeting of the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted ISD #2687 was called to order at 6:08 pm. by Vice Chairperson Bravinder. After the pledge of allegiance, roll was taken with the following members present: Koch, Bravinder, Peterson, Scheuch, Diers, Puncochar and Heuer. Also present were Superintendent Brad Sellner, Principals Jason Mix, Jim Schimelpfenig, and Jennifer Olson, and Board Secretary Marilyn Greeley.
(Item IV) Bravinder indicated we will be removing item E-Approving Snow Removal Estimates. Scheuch recommended approval of the agenda as amended; Diers seconded; those in favor: Koch, Peterson, Diers, Scheuch, Peterson, Heuer and Bravinder; those opposed none; passed unanimously.
(Item VI) Diers recommended approval of the consent agenda; Scheuch seconded; those in favor: Koch, Peterson, Puncochar, Scheuch, Diers, Heuer and Bravinder; those opposed: none; passed unanimously. The consent agenda included meeting minutes, payment of bills, enrollment, leave requests, lane changes, policy approval, and recognitions.
(Item VII, Subd. A) Koch recommended approval of the resolution approving and authorizing the execution of a lease agreement, a ground lease agreement and related documents and certificates with BCI; Diers seconded; Bravinder asked for a motion to not read the resolution aloud but each member read it themselves; Puncochar motioned to approve not reading the resolution out loud; Diers seconded; those in favor: Diers, Scheuch, Puncochar, Peterson, Koch, Heuer and Bravinder; those in favor of the resolution: Koch, Peterson, Puncochar, Scheuch, Diers, Heuer and Bravinder; those opposed: none; passed unanimously.
(Item VII, Subd. C) Heuer recommended approval of the quarterly treasurer report; Diers seconded; those in favor Diers, Scheuch, Puncochar, Heuer, Peterson, Koch and Bravinder; those opposed none; passed unanimously.
(Item VII, Subd. D) Diers recommended approval of the annual Assurance of Compliance report; Scheuch seconded; those in favor: Koch, Peterson, Heuer, Puncochar, Scheuch, Diers and Bravinder; those opposed none; passed unanimously.
(Item VII, Subd. H) Scheuch recommended approval of the items for the work session; Peterson seconded; those in favor Diers, Scheuch, Puncochar, Heuer, Peterson, Koch and Bravinder; those opposed none; 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.
Bravinder adjourned the meeting at 6:58 pm.
Respectfully submitted,
Dwayne Diers, Clerk
Published in the Herald Journal, Nov. 20, 2020.
WORK SESSION MEETINGMonday, October 26, 2020HLWW HS Media Center8700 County Road 6 SWHoward Lake, Minnesota 55349
The Monday, October 26, 2020 Work Session Meeting of the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted ISD #2687 was called to order at 6:03 pm. by Chairperson Heuer. After the pledge of allegiance, roll was taken with the following members present: Heuer, Koch, Bravinder, Peterson, Scheuch, Diers and Puncochar. Also present were Superintendent Brad Sellner, Principals Jason Mix, Jim Schimelpfenig, and Activities Director Scott Berning, and Board Secretary Marilyn Greeley.
(Item IV) Scheuch recommended approval of the agenda; Peterson seconded; passed unanimously.
(Item VI, Subd. B) Diers recommended approval of Travis Eldred for the Interim Technology Director; Koch seconded; Bravinder reviewed the interim Technology Director contract for 2022; passed unanimously.
(Item VI, Subd. C) Bravinder recommended approval of Brenda Behrens for PM SAC Supervisor; Diers seconded; passed unanimously.
(Item VI, Subd. D) Bravinder motioned to approve the distance learning teaching position for 5th and 6th grade; Scheuch seconded; passed unanimously.
(Item VI, Subd. E) Diers recommended approval of Kubasch Excavating for Winsted Elementary; Jon’s Lawn Care at Humphrey Elementary and Ashwell Companies for the Middle/High School Facility for snow removal for the 2020-21 season; Bravinder seconded; Scheuch asked why do we use three separate vendors. Heuer indicated one company is not able to give us adequate coverage district wide, which we have experienced in the past; passed unanimously.
(Item IX) Next Meeting Dates:
Regular Board Meeting-Monday November 9, 2020 6pm HLWW HS Media Center
Possible Special Board Meeting-Thursday or Friday November 12 or 13 HLWW HS Media Center
Work Session Meeting-Monday November 23, 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.
Heuer adjourned the meeting at 7:38 pm.
Respectfully submitted,
Dwayne Diers, Clerk
Published in the Herald Journal, Nov. 20, 2020.
WAVERLY CITY COUNCILNOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARINGDECEMBER 2, 2020 AT 7:00 PM
Notice is hereby given that the City Council of Waverly will hold a public hearing on December 2, 2020 at 7:00 pm regarding Municipal Liquor operations. The hearing will be held at the Waverly Village Hall (201 4th Street, corner of 4th Street/Atlantic Avenue. The purpose of the hearing is to provide citizens the opportunity to comment on the operations of the municipal liquor store. Those planning to attend must notify the City Office at 763-658-4217 to schedule the time to speak at the meeting. This is due to Covid-19 concerns and restrictions. Individual citizens or representatives unable to attend the meeting may submit written comments prior to the hearing.
Please contact City Hall at 763-658-4217 if there are any questions regarding the public hearing.
Published in the Herald Journal, Nov. 20 and 27, 2020.
REGULAR MEETING of the SCHOOL BOARD of EDUCATIONLester Prairie Public SchoolsTuesday October 27, 2020 5:45pmLester Prairie School Media Center
Roll call was taken and the following board members were present on site or via zoom: Steve Ziermann, Megan Stifter Knoll, Mary Otto, Brian Heimerl, Rebecca Heimerl and Corbey Hentges absent. Administration: Dr. Melissa Radeke, Mike Lee and Jenna Wolf. Remote Guests: Joe Uhlhorn with H&U, Alice Daak, Ivan Raconteur with Herald Journal, and Mark Lenz with MLA.
Pledge of Allegiance was led by Steve Ziermann.
Agenda
Motion by Otto second by Stifter-Knoll to approve the Agenda as presented and or modified
Vote: 5 for, 0 against
Recognition of Communications since Last Meeting:
Communication – Report -
1. Volleyball and Football off to good starts
2. Coronation had 110 peopled signed in for viewing
Open dialogue – none
Minutes and Bills
Motion by B. Heimerl and second by Otto to approve the meeting minutes of the Special Board meeting on 09/25 and Regular Board meeting on 09/21, and pay the bills in the amount of $153,069.24, Project bills $58,446.55 and Student activity fees of $94.70
Vote: 5 for, 0 against
School Board Reports
• Community Ed. – meeting Wed. 4pm
• PTO – approved world class Atlas for Mr. Machemehl 8th grade class, $100 3D printer for Robotics, and Title 1 – online Really Great reading
• Facilities/Maint. – none
• Facility Planning – Project meeting 11/10 + H&U update
• Tech/Media: mtg. – Ziermann attended LCTN meeting via Zoom. – updates on Finances, ITV schedule for SY2021, and School Bandwidth
• Activities Committee – discuss City lease Agreement at end of mtg.
• Negotiations – none
• Meet and Confer – none
• Policy – schedule meeting soon
• Legislative – Court has decided to count any ballot postmarked on Election Day for up to seven days after the election, canvassing for school boards could be shortened drastically this year.
New Business
A. Motion by Otto and 2nd by B. Heimerl to approve Contract change orders #001 Widmer Construction $39.844,#002 Widmer Construction $54,941,#001 Laraway Roofing $7,040, #001 Taracon Construction $7,200,#001 JT Electric $1,616, #001 Culinex $1,952
a. Board Discussion with Joel from H&U for change orders
Vote: 5 for, 0 against
B. Motion by Ziermann and 2nd by Stifter-Knoll to approve Resolution for Combined Polling Place for calendar year 2021 for special elections.
Vote: 5 for, 0 against
Joe Uhlhorn Building Report: - highlights
• Discussion on change orders
• Working on brick options – burgundy brick mortar to match
• Discussion on lighting of Bulldog logo – was included in overall budgeting just not in bidding
• Will receive flooring and table finish samples
School Finance
• Eide Bailey presented School Audit via remote by Bradley VanDeinse.
o Minimum fund balance set by board is 16%
o Community Service Fund has deficit
• Motion by Ziermann and 2nd by Otto to approve Snow removal quotes from Litzau Excavating for the 2020-2021 snow season
Vote: 5 for, 0 against
• Motion by Ziermann and 2nd by B. Heimerl to approve the 2020 Grounds Maintenance Service Agreement for Andy’s Lawn and Sno, LLC.
o Discussion - Original contract did not have the cost of FB field stated
Vote: 5 for, 0 against
Administrative Reports
Mr. Lee K-12 Principal Report: - highlights
• Distance learning going well
• 13% at this time are distance learning
• 7% asked to stay home
• No busing issues
• 30% less students riding the buses
• City hall was used for ASFAB and ACT testing
• Conferences – teachers sent out online sign up
o 207 of 219 elementary parents attended
o 25% of parents attended for High School, last yr. was 33%
• Flu clinic had good turn out
• Fire Prevention week held – Fire Chief brought fire trucks over 4th grade participated
• Senior Class trip will be held in state
o Met with Seniors on options for 3 to 4 night stay up North sometime in May
• Maddie Stuedemann and Brian Vega were King and Queen
o Live streaming of Home Coming was well done by Mark Wawrzyniak and Kim DeBruyckere.
• Adison Hoof won Cross Country title for 2nd year in a row.
o She was invited to a running club this Saturday a non-sponsored school event.
• Next Friday is end of the quarter
Jenna Wolf Activities Report: - highlights
• Homecoming modified for COVID-19
o Classes receive points for participation in activities
o Live Streaming set up by Mark Wawrzyniak and Kim Debruyckere for games
156 concurrent viewers at peak for Football game on 10/9
o Robotics now has 3 teams – LP BullBots, LP Robodogs, and LP BullBits
27 participants
No fee to participate
State qualifier will be held December 13th
All meets held remotely at school
o Future Problem Solvers has 13 participants
o Knowledge Bowl coaches are preparing for season. Unsure if they will meet in person or not
o Football has 40 V/JV/C participants, and 19 participants in JH
Big Thanks to Dan Lamont and Tim Ross for helping clear the FB field of snow for JV game.
o Volleyball has 25 V/JV/C participants and 15 participants in JH
o Cheer team has 10 participants
o Fall Play has 11 participants
Performing the “Million Dollar Meat Ball”
Live streaming on December 4th
o Baseball – held practices as allowed by the MSHSL
6 to 8 students participated
o Basketball – will have 18 regular season games for V/JV/C
14 week season and 3 weeks of post season
o Wrestling – Coop with Glencoe
Practice begins on November 23rd
o Music
JH Band Concert – November 9th, 7:30 pm
SH Band Concert – November 10th, 7:30 pm
Dr. Melissa Radeke Superintendent Report: - highlights
• Enrollment is at 490
o Districts are struggling
• Big Thanks to Jenna Wolf for working through all the changes with schedules etc. for all activities during these COVID times
• Cares Act Funds presentation – Cares Act contains two major sources of funding for schools: the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund and the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund.
Dashir Report –
o Cleaning and sanitizing consistently throughout building
o Started boilers on October 5th
o Todd suggested purchasing a scrubber he located saving the district considerable amount of funds
Old Business - none
Policy Administration
• Motion by Sifter Knoll and 2nd by Otto to approve policy 520 Student Surveys
Vote: 5 for, 0 against
Personnel
• Motion by Otto and 2nd by B. Heimerl to approve the following contracts for 2020-21 School Year.
Ross Scheevel – Geography Bee Coordinator
Andrew Weber – Varsity Softball Coach
Andrew Dahl – Head Boys Basketball Coach
Andrew Weber – Assistant (JV) Boys Basketball Coach
Shannon Alsleben – Jr. High (7th) Volleyball Coach
Mike Lee – Head Girls Basketball Coach
Ross Scheevel – Assistant Girls Basketball Coach
Vote: 5 for, 0 against
• Motion by Otto and 2nd by Ziermann to approve Karissa Tumberg as Special Education Paraprofessional with assigned duties.
Vote: 5 for, 0 against
Other items
• Special meeting date set for November 13, 2020 at 7:45 am to canvass votes.
Vote: 6 for, 0 against
Meeting was adjourned at 8:35 PM
Steven D. Ziermann, Clerk ISD #424
Published in the Herald Journal, Nov. 20, 2020.
SPECIAL MEETING of the SCHOOL BOARD of EDUCATIONLester Prairie Public SchoolsFriday, November 13th, 2020 7:45AMLester Prairie School Media Center
Roll call was taken and the following board members were present: Corbey Hentges, Steve Ziermann and Brian Heimerl. Via Zoom: Mary Otto, Rebecca Heimerl, and Megan Stifter Knoll. Administration present: Dr. Melissa Radeke, and Mike Lee.
Pledge of Allegiance was led by Steve Ziermann.
Agenda
• Motion by B. Heimerl second by R. Heimerl to approve the Agenda as presented and or modified
Vote: 6 for, 0 against
• Motion by B. Heimerl and 2nd by Otto to approve the canvassing of School Board Election.
Vote: 6 for, 0 against
Meeting was adjourned at 7:48 AM
Steven D. Ziermann, Clerk ISD #424
Published in the Herald Journal, Nov. 20, 2020.