WRIGHT COUNTY BOARD MINUTES
APRIL 26, 2011
The Wright County Board met in regular session at 9:00 A.M. with Sawatzke, Mattson, Russek, Thelen, and Eichelberg present.
Thelen moved to approve the 4-19-11 County Board Minutes. The motion was seconded by Eichelberg and carried 5-0.
Eichelberg moved to approve the Agenda as presented. The motion was seconded by Mattson and carried 5-0.
On a motion by Eichelberg, second by Thelen, all voted to approve the Consent Agenda:
1. Performance Appraisals: D. Lee, T. Rasmuson, Assr.; N. Carlson, Hwy.; K. Guinn, Sher./Corr.; R. Benedict, M. Trunk, Surv.
2. Regional Crime Laboratory Activity Report For March.
1. Approve Renewal Of Seasonal On/Off Sale 3.2 Malt Liquor License For Olson’s Campground (Silver Creek Township).
1. Approval Of Wright County Highway Right Of Way Plat No. 66, CSAH 75 Construction, SAP 86-675-13.
1. Appoint Lt. Todd Hoffman As Law Enforcement Representative To The Regional Crime Laboratory Committee.
Tim O’Connor, Site Vice President of the Monticello Nuclear Plant, was present to update the Board on the Monticello Nuclear Plant, on recent events at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Japan, and how the situation may or may not apply to United States nuclear plants. O’Connor has been in this business for 30 years. He works in the Monticello Nuclear Power Plant (not in the office) and has first-hand knowledge on operations. Highlights of the information provided follow:
• There are two types of Reactors in the United States, which include the Boiling Water Reactor (produces steam within the Reactor) and the Pressurized Water Reactor (water is boiled in a separate device and the heat is taken from that to produce the steam in a different way). The Monticello Plant uses the Boiling Water Reactor. The Plant has a 600 Mwe capacity. At the current time, they are increasing the output by another 71 Mwe as part of a power upgrade project.
• O’Connor explained the management focus at the Monticello Plant. They use a methodical, fact-based decision making approach. They are very committed to detail and follow through. They also take the time to challenge uncertainty.
• The Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Japan has six reactors. At the time of the earthquake, three of the reactors shut down. When the tsunami and earthquake occurred, all of the plants went into a shutdown condition. The Fukushima Plant lost off-site power as a result of the earthquake, which registered 9.0 on the Richter Scale. The Plant was designed for an earthquake of 7.6 or 7.7 on the Richter Scale. The emergency diesel generators started but failed in the tsunami. The batteries sustained operations for 6-8 hours but ultimately depleted.
• O’Connor said the question posed is whether what happened in Japan can happen here. He felt it was not likely but they need to know more. The Monticello Plant is designed to cope with loss of off-site power emergency diesel generators and off-site backups for “station blackout.” This is a different methodology than is used in Japan.
• The Monticello Plant design can withstand earthquakes, tornadoes, extreme cold, and floods. They have looked at the scenario which includes combination of an earthquake and the break of the St. Cloud Dam and are prepared for those types of conditions.
• Another question is whether the Monticello Nuclear Plant is safe in comparison to the recent events in Japan. O’Connor said the Monticello Plant operates with a defense, in-depth approach. This means they have multiple barriers as a way of protection through design, controls, philosophy, and operation of the facility. The Monticello Plant can keep fuel cool without power from the grid. The reactor has two diesel generators, each with enough fuel to supply all of the safety-related needs for the unit for at least a week. If the diesel generators fail, the battery backup systems will supply power. The Plant has steam-driven turbines that supply water to the reactors without electricity to keep the core cool. This is a different situation than with the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Japan. The Monticello Plant has many backups to keep water in the core, which is the primary issue that occurred in Japan.
• Containment. O’Connor said there are similarities in containment to the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Japan. They both use a Mark 1 containment unit. The Monticello Plant Reactor is among 23 U.S. reactors that are the same base design as the Fukushima Daiichi Unit 1 design. However, since the thumbprint of the design was issued, there have been many changes made in the U.S. plants in recent years versus what Japan has done. The U.S. plants have added separate diesel generators to support cooling. They added containment vent lines to make sure the containment never becomes breached due to various conditions. They have additional batteries beyond “station blackout.” They have also made structural changes over the last few years to the containment, and backup safety systems have been separated.
• Security. The Monticello Plant has made modifications to protect against both natural and man-made issues. This is different than in Japan.
• Procedures and training of personnel. The Monticello Plant trains personnel on various types of emergency responses for various types of outcomes.
• Natural Disasters. O’Connor said the Monticello Plant is prepared for earthquakes and is designed for an earthquake between 4-8 on the Richter Scale. The largest quake in this area would be between 0-4 on the Richter Scale and the potential of having one is very low. The Monticello Plant monitors seismic activity daily. The Plant is protected from external and internal flooding. All of their systems are designed to operate at the 1000-year flood level. Flooding would only occur in this area at above a 930’ elevation. The normal water depth of the Mississippi River near the Plant is at an elevation of 905’-906’. The Plant is also protected against an internal flood. The fuel tanks at the Fukushima Plant were above ground. The Monticello Plants fuel tanks are buried and sealed against water intrusion. He said the earthquake itself was not the issue with the Fukushima Plant in Japan. The flooding that occurred afterward caused the problems. They had operational equipment that was lost, primarily fuel to the diesels. The Monticello Plant is built to withstand 300 mph winds. They have analyzed where items being projected during this type of event may hit equipment and have protected against it. The Plant is also protected against internal and external fires. Portable equipment is available in case this happens.
• Dry cask storage. The fuel is stored in dry cask storage in canisters and is seismic, earthquake, and flood proof.
• Industry operating experience. In 1979, the Institute of Nuclear Power was formed. One of its primary functions was to exchange lessons learned through events so the same mistakes do not happen again. O’Connor said that is a major difference between what is seen in the U.S. and overseas. They value and take advantage of events and experience. They find out what the best practices are and evaluate themselves against them. They work to create a higher level of accountability to raise standards in the Monticello Facility.
• Emergency Preparedness. O’Connor said the two facets involved in preparedness include making sure the site is prepared for an emergency and preparing external agencies that work with the site. The Monticello Plant runs thousands of scenarios and combinations with the operating crew and management staff as part of routine training. The Monticello Plant exercised the Fukushima event to see how it would be handled and how they would mitigate any type of circumstance that arose. They coordinate emergency preparedness with FEMA, the FBI, cities, counties, police departments, etc.
• O’Connor said when a serious event occurs, the Monticello Plant does not wait for information from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. They generate and initiate their own actions to respond. He provided a list of industry measures taken in the wake of the events which occurred in Japan. The NRC inspectors will assess the adequacy of these actions.
O’Connor said the information received on the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Japan has been sketchy and changes regularly. Part of the problem lies in the translation capabilities of those interpreting information passed along by those who run the Plant. The presentation today provided information on what occurred and what the industry has done to make this type of situation a low probability. Mattson said the security of the Monticello Plant is unbelievable. O’Connor said they exercise force-on-force activities with the objective being to eradicate the source. Thelen questioned to what extent the Monticello Plant works with external groups that have concerns. She said the Monticello Nuclear Power Plant is listed as a risk because of its age and containment. O’Connor said there is no such thing as a group that doesn’t have a good idea or potential concern. They take everyone’s input seriously and work with these groups. There are times they agree to disagree. If any group has a potential concern or view, they will evaluate it until the facts prove differently. The focus of their facility and company is to keep the risk as low as possible. They look for challenges. In some cases, changes are made. Thelen said she serves on the Emergency Operations Center team. She understands that the evacuation zone may be expanded from 10 miles to 50 miles. O’Connor responded that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission is looking at the 50 mile radius. One of the reasons the evacuation area in Japan was 50 miles was because there were multiple units involved. The radiological concern with more units caused them to expand the boundaries. He said that would not be the case at this point for the Monticello Plant. However, the Federal Government, through the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, is looking at whether the current EP zones are adequate for various types of situations. To date, they are holding with the 10-mile radius. O’Connor was thanked for his presentation. This was provided as an informational item.
Steve Berg, Emergency Management Director, said Governor Mark Dayton declared a State of Emergency due to spring flooding. Wright County has been included in this declaration. Berg recently met with management from Homeland Security and FEMA to review expenses related to the damage Wright County has experienced. To qualify for disaster relief, a $294,254.22 threshold must be met. Berg said expenses thus far are close but not yet to that figure. Delano was the largest affected City due to the sanitary sewer being impacted by ice flow. Since January, Berg has tracked expenses of the cities and townships that may be impacted by flooding. One township had expenses due to road flooding. Some roads incurred damage but don’t qualify under FEMA regulations. Overtime hours must be used or the expenses do not qualify. Thelen moved to adopt Resolution #11-22, requesting a Presidential Declaration of a Major Disaster. The motion was seconded by Mattson and carried 5-0 on a roll call vote. Eichelberg moved to adopt Resolution #11-23, declaring a State of Emergency. The motion was seconded by Mattson and carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.
At 9:30 A.M., Russek closed the bid process for the Safe Routes to School Trail Project (SP 86-591-02), City of Otsego. On 8-17-10, the County Board approved an agreement and resolution allowing Mn/DOT to act as the County’s agent in accepting Federal funds in connection with this project along CSAH 42 in the City of Otsego. The Engineer’s estimate is $246,757. Fingalson said this is a small trail project along CSAH 42 and there is some City funding included. The bids were opened:
BIDDERS; Bid Bond; Bid Price
Barber Construction, Inc., St. Bonifacius, MN; Yes; $215,668.40
Fehn Companies, Inc., Albertville, MN; Yes; $181,693.84
Knife River Corp., Sauk Rapids, MN; Yes; $199,675.56
Omann Brothers Paving, Inc., Albertville, MN; Yes; $186,710.02
Rum River Contracting, Princeton, MN; Yes; $173,949.20
Sunram Construction, Inc., Corcoran, MN; Yes; $235,259.79
Fingalson said he would like to table the bids until the next Board Meeting which will be in two weeks. The bids will also be reviewed by the City of Otsego. Sawatzke moved to lay the bids over to the 5-10-11 County Board Meeting, seconded by Eichelberg. Mattson referenced the trail between Dassel and Cokato and asked whether that trail could qualify for maintenance under this program as the trail is tied into the school. Fingalson explained that the funds are for construction and do not qualify for maintenance. The idea behind the funding is to help with the obesity problem in kids. The motion carried 5-0.
Bob Hiivala, Auditor/Treasurer, presented a retirement plaque to Lonnie Davis for her 30 years of service. Davis began employment in 1981 as a Steno Clerk. She moved to Senior Accountant, and is retiring as a Tax Forfeiture Specialist. In 2001, Davis was nominated for Employee Of The Year. Hiivala read letters of support in nominating Davis for that award. Davis took over additional responsibilities in the office when employees retired. The responsibility of paying more claims arose out of paying more bills and Davis did so with accuracy. She also streamlined many aspects of the office. Davis was described as dependable, positive, cheerful, and a team player. Davis said she has come to view Wright County as an extension of her family. Her definition of retirement is the freedom and time to pursue her own passions. Davis was thanked for her service. A reception will be held on May 6th at 9:00 A.M. in the Community Room.
The claims listing was discussed. Russek referenced a claim on Page 13, Diamondback Airboats ($15,000), for a deposit on an airboat and trailer, being charged from the EM Grant Expense line item. Russek asked Sheriff Joe Hagerty whether the Board approved applying for that grant. Sheriff Hagerty asked that he be allowed to contact staff involved with the grant for clarification. Russek said the County generally does not pay for things up front. Hiivala said he consulted the State Auditor’s Office who indicated that down payments are an allowable expense. Hiivala said he told Joel Mackereth of the Sheriff’s Office to proceed with the purchase. The down payment relates to the construction of the airboat. Hiivala asked if the Board wants to go ahead and make the payment if the grant has been received. Russek supported this if Hiivala could show that the grant funding has been received. Russek asked whether the grant funding is in hand. Hiivala said he will have to find that out. Mattson said in all of the years he worked with busing, he never had to pay for a new bus ahead of time. He supported seeing the product prior to making payment. Russek said it was his recommendation to pull the claim for more information. Mattson moved to remove the Diamondback Airboat claim from the claims listing for further information. The motion was seconded by Thelen and carried 5-0. On a motion by Eichelberg, second by Thelen, all voted to approve the claims as listed in the abstract, subject to audit.
Wayne Fingalson, Highway Engineer, presented for approval a Grade Crossing Construction and Maintenance Agreement with BNSF Railway Company for the CSAH 75 Project. This project in Monticello is scheduled for this year. The total cost to Wright County is $157,405. As part of the CSAH 75 realignment, the existing bridge will be demolished and a new railroad at-grade crossing will be added (approximately 1,000 feet easterly of the existing bridge). Fingalson said they hope to obtain bridge bonding money along with some State Aid money so there are no local dollars involved. The project may be eligible for bridge funding as a bridge is being removed as part of the project. Eichelberg moved to approve the Grade Crossing Construction and Maintenance Agreement with BNSF Railway Company. Mattson asked whether Xcel Energy would be providing any financial assistance. Fingalson said they have worked out a separate agreement, not for financial assistance but for exchange of land. Mattson asked whether Xcel Energy claimed the bridge construction was unsafe. Fingalson said he did not recall that but the bridge needs to be replaced. The motion was seconded by Sawatzke. Sawatzke said Xcel Energy has been very cooperative in working with R/W exchanges. The bridge has lasted five years beyond its expected replacement date. The bridge replacement has been a casualty of a number of budgets. Fingalson said it has paid off to be patient with this bridge removal. The rail is used once every five years. It is an exempt crossing so flag people are required when there is a train. Fingalson said they were able to switch from using Federal funds to State Aid funds. The motion carried 5-0 to approve the Agreement.
Laid over from the last meeting, discussion resumed on a speed zoning request involving segments of CSAH 19, CSAH 36, CSAH 37 and CSAH 75. The discussion was laid over as Fingalson was not present at the last meeting. Today, Fingalson explained that the Highway Department has obtained documentation of support for the speed studies from all cities affected except Albertville. Documentation in the form of email from Albertville reflects they support the studies as well. Fingalson said of the roadways identified, it is unlikely that there will be an increase in the speed limit. Eichelberg said the Board wanted to make sure the cities and townships affected are aware of the study request. Eichelberg moved to adopt Resolution #11-24, seconded by Thelen. Mattson said that usually when the speed is set, it goes by local traffic. The motion carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.
Fingalson said the bids for the Seasonal Requirement Contracts were opened at the 4-13-11 Ways & Means Committee Meeting. At today’s County Board Meeting, Fingalson presented a summary of the bids and recommendations:
Corrugated Steel Pipe Culverts & Metal End Sections
Bidder; Bid Bond; Bid Amount
Contech Construction Products; Yes; $68,502.50
Johnston-Fargo Culvert Co.; Yes; $88,628.50
Note: Quantities by unit prices on items 3, 4, 5, 6, 20, 21, 22, 23, 34, 35, 36 & 37
Recommendation: Bid be Awarded to Lower Bidder: Contech Construction Products.
Bidder; Bid Bond;
Pearson Bros.; Yes;
77,772 Gal CRS-2P; 2.37/$184,319.64
277,757 SQ FA-2; 0.20/$55,551.40
27,776 Gal CSS-1H; 1.48/$41,108.48
11,428 LF Pave Marking; 0.35/$3,999.80
GRAND TOTAL: $284,979.32
Astech Corp.; Yes
77,772 Gal CRS-2P; 2.26/$175,764.72
277,757 SQ FA-2; 0.22/$61,106.54
27,776 Gal CSS-1H; 2.00/$55,552.00
11,428 LF Pave Marking; 0.30/$3,428.40
GRAND TOTAL: $295,851.66
Caldwell Asphalt Co.; Yes;
77,772 Gal CRS-2P; 2.26/$175,764.72
277,757 SQ FA-2; 0.35/$97,214.95
27,776 Gal CSS-1H; 1.53/$42,497.28
11,428 LF Pave Marking; 0.29/$3,314.12
GRAND TOTAL: $318,791.07
Allied Blacktop; Yes;
77,772 Gal CRS-2P; 2.20/$171,098.40
277,757 SQ FA-2; 0.37/$107,770.09
27,776 Gal CSS-1H; 1.90/$42,774.40
11,428 LF Pave Marking; 0.28/$3,199.84
GRAND TOTAL: $329,842.73
Recommendation: Award to Low Bidder Pearson Bros. for $284,979.32 bid. County portion of this bid is $217,002.97 (Corinna Township portion is $67,976.35)
Bidder; Bid Bond; Bid Amount
Astech Corp.; Yes; $258,053.70
Recommendation: Award to Low Bidder, Astech Corp. Note: Bids for Micro-surfacing and Seal Coating combined are $9,943 under the budgeted amount.
Plant-Mixed Bituminous Mixture Seasonal Bid ($/ton).
Note: 1st price is per ton unit price; 2nd price is 100+ ton/day unit price
Bidder, Bid Bond,
Item 1, SP 12.5, 200; Item 2, SP 9.5, 5000; Item 3, Fine Mix, 200
Knife River; Yes;
$51.00*; $52.00*; $55.00*
NA; NA; NA
Mid-Minnesota Hot Mix; $250 Check;
$47.50; $47.50; $62.00
$46.40; $46.40; $52.00
Commercial Asphalt; $250 Check;
$43.60 ER; $50.45 ER; NA
$45.45 MG; $51.94 MG
$42.60 ER; $49.45 ER; NA
$44.45 MG; $50.95 MG
Hardrives, Inc.; Yes;
$45.00; $47.00; $65.00
$44.00; $46.00; $64.00
*Naaktgeboren Pit When Available
ER = Elk River Plant
MG = Maple Grove Plant
Recommendation: Accept All Bids Received
Bidder; Bid Bond; Yellow; White; Bid Amount
Traffic Marking Service; Yes; $11.92/gal (9,000); $12.61/gal (15,000); $296,430.00
AAA Striping; Yes; $13.00/gal (9,000); $12.80/gal (15,000); $309,000.00
Note-the 2011 Budget for Pavement Markings is $275,000 (over budget by $21,430). This means 32 fewer miles of edge striping in 2011, no pavement messages, and no unexpected special striping projects. Should any of the above items need to be done, then more mileage would have to come off the edge striping.
Recommendation: Award to Low Bidder Traffic Marking Service.
The following bids were received:
Hydraulic Excavator or Large Backhoe/hr.
Keith Wurm Const. $120.00 2000 JD 110 Exc
Jake’s Excavating Inc. $125.00 2008 Komatsu PC-160 HYD Thumb
4 CY Front End Loader (4 WD pneu. tired)-/hr.
Keith Wurm Const. $85.00 JD Front End, 2-1/2 Bucket
Crawler Type Loader (3 CY)/hr.
Jake’s Excavating Inc. $115.00 Cat 277C w/2-Speed
1/2 CY Skid Loader (#1650 life capacity)/hr.
Keith Wurm Const. $75.00 Case 1845 Skid Loader
10 CY Truck/hr
Keith Wurm Const. $70.00 1985 Ford Dump
Jake’s Excavating Inc. $80.00 2 Tri-axle 12 CY capacity
Self-Propelled Pickup Sweeper/hr
T&S Trucking $72.00 1996 Elgin & 2004 Elgin
Recommendation: Accept all Bids Received.
Further discussion occurred on the following bid categories:
Sealcoating: Fingalson said the bid includes work for two townships. The County’s portion is $217,002.97. Sawatzke said the Historical Society parking lot may need to be sealcoated and asked whether there would be an option to include this in the bid as well. Fingalson said the work will be in a different part of the County, but he will discuss this with Pearson Bros. Fingalson said one of the options for the Historical Society lot would be sealcoating, which will extend the life another 4-5 years. Crack sealing will not be required. The other option would be replacement at a higher cost, but that would last 10-15 years. Sawatzke said the parking lot at the Historical Society is 20 years old. Sawatzke asked that Fingalson obtain pricing on various options and either ask to have the item referred to the Building Committee or bring it up for discussion in a couple of weeks. Mattson suggested obtaining a bid on sealcoating the parking lot, as he felt this work was different than sealcoating roads. Fingalson said there are companies that specialize in sealcoating parking lots. In this situation, the contractor could complete the parking lot sealcoating.
Equipment Rental: A bid came in from Deno’s Excavating one week after bids were due (postmarked one week late). The bid will be kept on file. Russek said if equipment was bid by Deno’s that others did not bid on, then the County could potentially use that bid. Fingalson said the bid can be kept on file and it would be his recommendation to accept all bids.
The bid from Deno’s Excavating is as follows:
Dozer/hr. $70.00 1977 Fiat Allis
Hydraulic Excavator or Large Backhoe/hr. $100.00 1977 690B John Deere
4 CY Front End Loader (4 WD pneu. tired)-/hr. $70.00 1980 64413 John Deere 3CY
2 CY Skid Loader (#1650 life capacity) $70.00 (No Description Given)
On a motion by Thelen, second by Sawatzke, all voted to accept all bids for Seasonal Requirement Contracts.
Pat O’Malley, Jail Administrator, recognized Charlene Flemming, Corrections Officer, on her upcoming retirement. She is retiring on 4-29-11 after 11 years of service with the Sheriff’s Office. O’Malley said Flemming’s past experience as a sales representative has aided her in her role as a Correctional Officer. She has great communication skills and works well with inmates. He said Flemming is a person who is happy, fun to be around, and has a great attitude toward the Sheriff’s Office and the County. Flemming said it has been an honor and pleasure to work in her position, and thanked the Board for the opportunity. Flemming was thanked for her years of service.
Mattson moved to adopt Resolution #11-25, proclaiming May 1-7, 2011, as Corrections Officers Week in Wright County. The motion was seconded by Sawatzke and carried 5-0 on a roll call vote:
RESOLUTION PROCLAINING MAY 1 7, 2011 AS CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS WEEK IN WRIGHT COUNTY
WHEREAS, In 1984, President Ronald Reagan signed Proclamation 5187 creating “National Correctional Officers Week”;
WHEREAS, The first full week in May has since been recognized as National Correctional Officers’ Week to honor the work of correctional officers and correctional personnel nationwide;
WHEREAS, The Wright County Board recognizes that the duties of the corrections personnel has become increasingly complex and demanding;
WHEREAS, The Wright County Board recognizes that correctional personnel are called upon to fill, simultaneously, custodial, supervisory and counseling roles;
WHEREAS, The Wright County Board recognizes the professionalism, dedication and courage exhibited by our correctional personnel throughout the performance of these demanding and often conflicting roles deserve our utmost respect;
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That we, the Wright County Board of Commissioners, do hereby acknowledge the week of May 1 7 2011 as “Correctional Officers’ Week” in honor of the dedicated professionals who supervise the County’s inmate population.
(End of Resolution #11-25)
O’Malley presented a renewal Contract with the MN DOC for the Sentencing To Service Program, effective 7-01-11 to 6-30-13. The contract provides the same service the County is currently receiving (75%-County projects/25%-State Projects). There is no increase in fees or costs associated with the Contract. It has been reviewed by the County Attorney’s Office. Thelen moved to authorize signatures on the Contract, seconded by Eichelberg, carried 5-0.
As part of the approval of the claims earlier in today’s meeting, the County Board took action to pull the claim to Diamondback Airboats ($15,000) for a deposit on an airboat and trailer, being charged from the EM Grant Expense line item. They asked Sheriff Joe Hagerty to research the claim for more information. Sheriff Hagerty returned to the meeting to provide this information. He said the Sheriff’s Office is looking to replace their current equipment with the purchase of a new airboat. The County has already received the Federal grant funding for this purchase ($58,000+) and it will include shipping costs from Florida. The manufacturer would like $15,000 down to start construction. Sheriff Hagerty anticipates selling or donating the current hovercraft. They recently used the hovercraft, which required some repairs after use. Eichelberg moved to rescind the motion made earlier in today’s meeting to lay the claim over. The motion was seconded by Mattson and carried unanimously. Sawatzke moved to approve the claim to Diamondback Airboats, seconded by Eichelberg, carried 5-0.
The meeting recessed at 10:15 A.M. and reconvened at 10:31 A.M.
Mark Casey, MCIT (Minnesota Counties Intergovernmental Trust), provided the MCIT Annual Report. MCIT was created in 1979 and is a public entity joint risk retention pool designed to provide property, casualty and workers’ compensation coverage. MCIT provides risk management and loss control services and long-term rate stability to counties and associated members. In Minnesota, 81 of the 87 counties participate in MCIT along with 380 other public entities. MCIT provides coverage for property, automobiles, inland marine, liability, bonds, and workers’ compensation. MCIT currently provides coverage for over 26,000 employees, property valued at $3.7 billion, and over 8,200 vehicles. Claims experience in Property/Casualty and Workers’ Compensation in 2010 had a more positive development than expected. Members will benefit from an aggregate rate decrease of 4.5% in the Property/Casualty Division. Members will benefit from an aggregate rate decrease of 7.8% across all Workers’ Compensation class codes. MCIT will use the fund balance to pay the Workers’ Compensation Reinsurance Association’s assessments due 2011, resulting in a saving of $627,000 to members. A member’s contribution may have gone up as a result of the number of vehicles or employees insured. Of the Workers’ Compensation dollars spent in 2010 by MCIT, the largest portion (58%) was for medical payments. This percentage tends to grow due to the increase in cost of medical services. Casey said there was a $20 million dividend in 2010 to members. Since 1996, the Trust Board has annually returned varying amounts of fund balance to its members. The 2010 dividend was the result of higher than expected yield on investments and claims frequency and severity that did not develop as trends predicted. Casey provided information which reflected Wright County contributions and dividends over the past 5 years. In 2010, Workers’ Compensation dividends equated to 31% of Workers’ Compensation contributions. Casey covered ways to help control Workers’ Compensation costs. Casey said Wright County’s experience is comparable to MCIT’s in the Property/Casualty claims frequency. Mother Nature was not kind to MCIT in 2010. Floods, hail, and tornadoes resulted in several catastrophic losses with an estimated cost of over $2.3M, with $840,000 being covered by reinsurance. Land Use Endorsement claims and employment related claims remained low. During late 2010, several members sustained significant losses to heavy equipment due to fire. Casey suggested ways to help control Property/Casualty costs. MCIT renewed property reinsurance with Travelers in 2011 realizing a slight decrease in rates from 2010. MCIT renewed casualty reinsurance with Munich Re in 2011 reflecting no change in rates, structure or language from 2010. Casey provided information on services available to MCIT Members. He said if more than 4% of employees use these services, it has a positive effect on the claims. Services may be offered online or live. MCIT’s website is www.mcit.org.
Judy Brown, Personnel Representative, provided information on the Health Partners Journey Well Health Balance proposal. When Health Partners submitted their bid for Wright County’s employee health insurance, they indicated they would provide $90,000 toward health promotion. This includes $50,000 the first year and $20,000 per year for the next two years. Brown met with Health Partners on starting the JourneyWell HealthyBALANCE Proposal. The program provides employees and their spouses an opportunity to take a health assessment online. The intent is to keep people healthy. Brown said the Wellness Committee may spearhead the effort. They could look at what programs should be offered in the future. Thelen made a motion to move forward with the program, seconded by Sawatzke. Sawatzke clarified whether there is any Wright County funding involved. Brown said that there is no County money involved and the program is not funded through premiums. It is something that Health Partners offers. The motion carried 5-0.
Correspondence was received from the Wright County Administrators’ Association relating to a Joint Meeting being held on 5-12-11 at 6:00 P.M., City Center, St. Michael. The letter extends an invitation to Mayors, City Council Members, Township Supervisors, County Commissioners and Department Heads. The topic of the Meeting will be the SCALE model, Scott County Association for Leadership and Efficiency. Sawatzke moved to authorize attendance, noting there may be more than two Commissioners present. The motion was seconded by Thelen. Norman said the letter does ask attendees to RSVP for planning purposes. He asked that interested parties RSVP directly to the Clearwater City Administrator. The motion carried 5-0.
The Board discussed the Minnesota Accountable Government, Innovation and Collaboration (MAGIC) Act draft resolution of support. AMC is requesting support of the Redesign Plan. If passed, the resolution will be forwarded to Wright County’s Legislative Delegation. Thelen moved to adopt Resolution #11-26, seconded by Eichelberg, carried 5-0 on a roll call vote:
Minnesota Accountable Government, Innovation and Collaboration (MAGIC) Act County Board Resolution of Support
WHEREAS, Minnesota is consistently placed at or near the bottom of national measures that assess the capacity for local government innovation in all 50 states,
WHEREAS, Minnesota and its counties face significant demographic trends that will require innovative approaches to program delivery in order to adequately meet the growing and changing needs of citizens;
WHEREAS, counties with innovative ideas should be provided the requisite opportunity and flexibility to successfully implement those ideas so as to best serve their communities,
WHEREAS, counties across Minnesota boast significant geographic, demographic and economic diversity that thus requires maximum flexibility in programmatic implementation,
WHEREAS, counties are willing and able to identify, implement and methodically verify increased programmatic efficiencies through a process that will cultivate and sustain a strong and trusting state-local partnership, and
WHEREAS, transitioning to an outcomes-based system of program evaluation is in the best interest of every Minnesota citizen and government that desires to maximize public resources and enhance the quality of life in their community to the fullest extent possible,
BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED, that Wright County recommends that the Legislature and governor work cooperatively with all 87 counties to swiftly pass the MAGIC Act into law during the 2011 legislative session, thus implementing a system that will enhance and incent local government efficiency and innovation throughout Minnesota by:
1. Allowing counties to take any action not prohibited by state law to provide for the health, safety and general welfare of the public; and
2. Creating a measured, outcomes-based waiver process whereby counties, in partnership with the legislative and executive branch of state government, can implement efficiency-based, time-limited pilot programs that are subject to final review by the Legislature and governor and will create a repository of best practices so as to improve long-term policy decisions across the state.
(End of Resolution #11-26)
Norman announced there will not be a County Board Meeting on 5-03-11. The meeting was cancelled previously as there are five Tuesdays in May.
ACS Government Informat. $4,694.98
Allina Hospitals & Clinics 345.50
American Society for Public 100.00
Ameripride Services 199.49
Anoka County Sheriff 11,825.69
Appraisal Institute North S 340.00
Aramark Services Inc. 6,322.59
Bankers Advertising Co. Inc 1,633.25
BNSF Railway Company 1,000.00
CAD Zone Inc/The 309.00
Center Point Energy 1,058.21
Climate Air 1,013.34
Collins Brothers Towing 116.49
Corinna Township 895.00
Croteau Plumbing 820.00
Crowne Plaza St. Paul River 126.69
Dell Marketing LP 2,578.35
Dingmann Marine & More LLC 319.13
Domestic Abuse Prevention 500.00
E Filliate Inc. 126.83
E Central Regional Juvenile 11,856.00
Engel/Dale L. 300.00
Evident Crime Scene Produc 158.00
Excel Systems 610.21
Farm Plan 255.43
Franklin Township 1,071.80
Franz Reprograpics 377.38
Going Under Dive Center 190.97
Hillyard Inc. - Minneapolis 4,596.61
Identix Incorporated 2,682.00
Impact Proven Solutions 3,933.66
LaPlant Demo Inc. 463.18
Maple Lake/City of 678.00
Marco Inc 2,367.86
Marysville Township 906.50
Mathiowetz Construction 19,256.96
McNamara Inc./The 24,036.19
Menards - Buffalo 713.57
Metro Group Inc./The 2,719.81
Mini Biff LLC 133.28
Minnesoa Departmant of H 1,287.41
MN Counties Computer Coop 104.64
Moorhead Machinery & Boile 1,899.00
Mumford Sanitation 129.87
National Assn. of Cty. Engin 900.00
Northland Business System 1,565.43
Office Depot 801.28
Reid and Associates/John E. 175.00
Rockford Township 1,360.00
Rockford/City of 1,431.60
RS Eden 810.75
Shell Fleet Plus 220.35
SHI International Corp 193.44
Shred Right 438.24
Smith Publishers/M Lee 734.00
South Haven/City of 313.80
St. Cloud Fire Equipment Inc 949.73
Total Printing 727.87
Transcend United Technol 3,846.06
Trophies Plus LLC 160.31
Verizon Wireless 1,259.38
Village Ranch Inc 10,703.00
Voss Lighting 633.13
Walker Trucking/C 3,050.00
Walmart Store 01-1577 528.30
Waverly/City of 424.53
West Payment Center 299.78
Wright County Auditor/Treas 3,357.50
Wright Co. HIghway Dept 49,947.80
Wright Hennepin Coop Elec 4,764.12
Wright Hennepin Electric 692.01
Wright Lumber & Millword In 142.18
21 Payments less than $100 1,089.24
Final total $223,704.61
The meeting adjourned at 10:55 A.M
Published in the Herald Journal June 6, 2011.