Wright County Board Minutes

JANUARY 24, 2012
The Wright County Board met in regular session at 9:00 A.M. with Sawatzke, Russek, Thelen, and Eichelberg present. Commissioner Mattson was absent.
Eichelberg moved to approve the Agenda as presented. The motion was seconded by Russek and carried 4-0.
The Consent Agenda was discussed. Russek requested discussion on Item A6, “Schedule Closed Session For 2-14-12 @ 10:30 A.M. RE: Classification Study.” Eichelberg moved to approve the remainder of the Consent Agenda. The motion was seconded by Russek and carried unanimously:
1. Performance Appraisals: L. Kelly, Admin.; M. Erickson, Atty.; C. Nelson, Aud./Treas.; K. Shrode, Hwy.; D. Anselment, T. Baxter, J. Carpenter, H. Gerads, G. Howell, B. LaRose, M. Pacelli, M. Silbernagel, J. Winkelman, Sher./Corr.
2. Claim, Madden Galanter Hansen, LLP, $6,547.97.
3. O/T Report, Period Ending 1-07-12.
4. Claim, MCIT, $545,390 (Property/Casualty Premium).
5. Claim, MCIT, $696,722 (Workers Compensation Premium, 2012).
1. Schedule Closed Meeting On 1-31-12 @ 10:30 A.M. To Discuss Pending Litigation, Mathiowetz Construction, Co. v. Wright County v. City of Buffalo.
2. Claim, Night Owl Document Management Services, $2,236.47, Budget 100 Professional Services Budget.
1. Approve Renewal Of 2012 Tobacco License For: Olson’s Truck Stop (Clearwater City); Quik Shop (Delano City); Tower Street Market (Rockford City).
1. Refer To Building Committee Discussion RE: Courthouse Security & Space Needs:
A. Courthouse Security Personnel/Citizen Space.
B. Building Security (Doors/Cameras).
C. Security Scanners.
Discussion occurred on Item A6, “Schedule Closed Session For 2-14-12 @ 10:30 A.M. RE: Classification Study.” Russek heard from the Attorney’s Office yesterday that they are not pleased with the results of the Classification Study. He heard from other Departments as well. One Department Head conveyed they did not have a chance to review the job descriptions. They were to make comments during a two-week review period. Russek questioned whether the County Board will be ready to meet on the Classification Study on 2-14-12 as proposed given this information. Richard Norman, County Coordinator, said there will be an appeals process. Russek said he does not want to go through 40 appeals. Norman said suggestions for changes by Department Heads are being reviewed and forwarded to the Consultant. Norman suggested the Board should meet with the Consultant on 2-14-12 as proposed. If the Board feels the process is complete enough at that time, discussion can be forwarded to an upcoming Board Meeting. Thelen asked the purpose of the Closed Session on 2-14-12. Norman said it is to discuss the Study from a labor negotiations standpoint. Department Heads were given two weeks to review the job descriptions and forward their comments to Norman. Norman said he has received most of the comments. Sawatzke asked whether the Board will take action on the Classification Study on 2-14-12. Norman explained that action cannot be taken in Closed Session. If this is not ready in two weeks, then the County can ask for a delay until such time as the Consultant feels the Study is complete.
Bob Hiivala, Auditor/Treasurer, said staff met with Trusight previously with the expectation that Supervisors and Department Heads would have time to review the job descriptions. His comment is that the process may not have received due diligence. Department Heads and Supervisors could be reviewing job descriptions with job functions under or over estimated by staff.
Russek stated he would like to hear from the Consultant. The Classification Study took two years, and now the Board is receiving complaints that Departments didn’t get to see the results of the Study during that time. Sawatzke said that it was pretty much a given that this process would involve complaints. This is a Classification Study and not a Compensation Study. The goal is to reduce the number of classifications, to simplify things, and to rewrite very old job descriptions.
Tom Kelly, Attorney, understands the Classification Study is not to include a Compensation Study. He stated employees of the Attorney’s Office were present because of their job classifications, not money. He understands that the Study is complete and it is proposed to go into Closed Session to discuss the results as it has an impact on labor negotiations. Kelly said that it is understood that once points are established for positions, there will be an impact. If there will be an impact on compensation or how positions are ranked, that should be made clear. He said it is acceptable for the County Board to learn of the points assigned to positions in Closed Session. He hopes the appeal process will be functional. Kelly said although the Board has not had the opportunity to review the job descriptions, he felt someone had missed the mark on the Attorney I, II and III positions. He asked that the County Board work with Departments in this process and do so transparently. Thelen asked Kelly whether he would benefit from having the Closed Session delayed, providing more time for review and recommendation. Kelly stated that the Attorney’s Office is ready to move forward but he could not speak on behalf of the other Departments. He is unsure what the Board is going to discuss at the Closed Session. When the Board holds a Closed Session because it has an impact on labor negotiations, Kelly said everyone knows that means money. Kelly said it is important not to let this process be as divisive as it could be if it isn’t as transparent as it should be. Thelen said it appears Kelly is not objecting to the Closed Session and asked him whether he is asking for the opportunity to discuss the situation. Kelly said he would like the opportunity to address the Consultant on the job descriptions for the Attorney I, II and III positions. Kelly said if the Classification Study impacts where a position is ranked and impacts labor negotiations, there needs to be that discussion. There is concern with transparency, as the first time the placement of positions will be discussed is at the Closed Session. Kelly said there may be a misunderstanding of what is going to be discussed at the Closed Session. Employees have talked and are somewhat fearful on how this process started out two years ago, and how there will be a Closed Session on 2-14-12 when the Study was not to have anything to do with compensation. He understood the process was to reduce the number of job descriptions and possibly compress some of the classifications together. Kelly encouraged the Board to work with Departments who have done a great job during these economic conditions.
Sawatzke said the Board could hear the report at the Closed Session, recognizing the issues brought forth by employees. After the Board has heard the report and if they feel there is cause for concern, appropriate action can be taken at that time. Sawatzke does not have any idea what the report will reflect, and he has not been involved in the process. He would like to receive the report prior to casting judgment on all of the issues brought forth. This is not to say Department Heads do not have a reason for concern. Sawatzke said action would not be taken that day. The purpose of the Closed Session is to provide information to the Board. Norman said the Study is not complete until the appeals process is complete. Sawatzke said at the Closed Session, the Board could provide input on the appeals process. The Board doesn’t even know what the appeals process is at this point. Russek agreed that the Board should look at the results of the Classification Study. Russek made a motion to move forward and to schedule a Closed Session for 2-14-12 at 10:30 A.M. Russek said the Board can receive the information during Closed Session. If they feel it is not correct, they do not have to recommend approval. The motion was seconded by Sawatzke. He said that some of the issues that have been brought up can be brought up to the Consultant at the Closed Session. That still provides Department Heads the opportunity to ask questions when it is brought up in a public format a couple weeks after that. Thelen said it appears the process will include an opportunity for Department Heads to weigh in on the issue. The motion carried 4-0.
Cathleen Gabriel, CGW Law Office, provided an update on the 2011 CHIPS Child Protection Cases. Last year, it was requested that Gabriel provide this information annually to the County Board. The number of cases increased from 37 in 2010 to 48 in 2011 (23% increase). A total of 1,125 hours were spent on cases. There was 1 appeal to the Court of Appeals that originated in 2010. There were no new filings in 2011. There were 5 Court Trials in District Court and no cases were declined by Gabriel due to conflicts. Gabriel appeared at 21 EPC (Emergency Protective Care) Hearings in 2011 and was assigned to all but 3 of them. These are not included in the contract. Gabriel said she previous worked on CHIPS cases with only one Attorney, Thomera Karvel, from the County Attorney’s Office. Two other Attorneys, Kari Willis and Amy Busse, work on CHIPS cases as well. The transition into the new process has gone well. Gabriel serves on the CGI Committee in Wright County which provides a good opportunity to develop systems and issues. Gabriel is happy with the CHIPS process in Wright County and it is her number one priority for employment. She works in Wright County when judges appoint her to cases. The cases may or may not fall under CHIPS. Gabriel performs civil commitments if time permits. Gabriel said there are no issues of concern and she feels things are going well. County Attorney Tom Kelly spoke of the positive relationship with Gabriel on CHIPS cases. It is a specific area of the law for children in need of protective services. At the last County Attorney’s Annual Meeting, this type of contract was discussed. Kelly shared Wright County’s CHIPS Contract with about 20 other counties. In the past, Public Defenders were assigned to CHIPS cases. At one point, the Public Defenders Office said they could not financially handle the cases. The burden for these cases was shifted to counties by the State Supreme Court. Thelen understands crime is down but there has been an increase in domestic abuse, child neglect, and child abuse cases. She asked whether Gabriel has seen an increase in or a difference in the cases she handles. Gabriel stated the trend has been relative to the financial impact families face. Clients are those eligible for court appointed attorneys. There were 23% more cases this past year but the issues remain the same. The focus has always been with financial hardship and that comes with all the other issues as well (neglect, chemical dependency, parenting skills). Thelen asked if there is a high correlation between poverty and child protection. Gabriel said that is correct. Thelen said she is impressed with Gabriel’s commitment to the issue.
Bill Swing, IT Director, said the City of Annandale approached the County in September on the subject of broadband. This issue is before the City of Annandale because of poor internet services. Since that time, Swing has attended meetings with city administrators. Commissioner Thelen and Lee Kelly (Administration Office) have attended these meetings as well. Swing suggested the idea of a broadband symposium to discuss what broadband is and what it can do for the county, cities, townships and the public. He said this needs to be understood before proceeding. Swing said he distributed an RFI (Request For Information) to known broadband consultants and he has received information back. He feels broadband needs to be a coordinated effort, with the County in the middle. Whether broadband takes off is yet to be determined. Swing suggested a Committee Of The Whole Meeting to discuss information on what broadband is, the benefits to the County, options for funding, how funds can be allocated, etc. Swing suggested inviting cities to attend the Meeting. Sawatzke said it is unclear what Swing is trying to accomplish and whether the idea would be to compete with the private arena in providing these services. Sawatzke spoke of the City of Monticello’s fiber net project, which competes with some fairly significant companies. This has created some issues. Bringing this forth is not criticism of the City’s project. He wants to point out that the County could be placed in a similar situation. He said the question should be asked whether the County should be involved in an arena that the private sector can provide. Swing said that is a large concern and there are different arrangements that can be established (i.e., government/private arrangements). A coordinated feasibility study is needed for the County at large but that particular issue needs to be considered. Swing said it may be that the County will partner with a private entity. Those arrangements are available. Swing suggested that the County leverage everything possible. The two cities that have stepped forward in this area are Monticello and Buffalo, as well as the State of Minnesota. He said a very important consideration is taking into account the current carriers. Sawatzke suggested that if a meeting is held, other utility providers should be invited as well. He said Monticello has a good product that is competitive. He is not familiar with what is happening in Buffalo. Sawatzke said if it is important enough to invite cities to the meeting, it is important that the broadband providers in the local communities are invited as well. If there is push back, Sawatzke said the County needs to know this. He is also concerned with subsidizing. Sawatzke said he is willing to participate in the meeting, but he has those concerns up front. Thelen said Carver County received a grant to do broadband County wide. Service is very poor. In Monticello, private industry did not step in until they saw the City’s efforts. Thelen felt that a first step assessment may provide more information on whether this should be a public/private partnership or something the private sector should provide. Thelen said another important group to invite to the Meeting would be the townships. There are places in her District where service is not available. She felt Clearwater is under served as well. Thelen feels it is good to talk about all of these items and the process going forward, especially as it relates to federal grants. Sawatzke said the County needs to be cautious about what they are getting at the end of the process. For access, the Government Center uses fiber and he personally uses a telephone line at home. He said there is no difference in speed, so he questioned what has been gained and at what expense. Swing said the process is important. He proceeded with the RFI to obtain more information and discussion needs to be held on the issues. Once educated, those involved can decide whether to move forward with a feasibility study and what funds would be allocated. Russek moved to schedule a Technology Committee Of The Whole Meeting for 3-13-12 at 10:30 A.M. in the County Board Room. The motion was seconded by Eichelberg and carried 4-0.
Bob Hiivala, Auditor/Treasurer, said correspondence was received from Kurt Deter, Rinke Noonan, offering the idea for the County to host drainage informational meetings as it relates to ditch systems. Deter offered his assistance in presenting information as part of these meetings. Hiivala said a meeting will provide landowners with an overview of the ditch process, including petitioning repairs and outlining who is responsible for what. This may prove useful with several pending ditch issues. Norman said that if a meeting is scheduled, it should be a Ditch Committee Of The Whole Meeting. Sawatzke moved to authorize Hiivala to obtain from Rinke Noonan potential dates for a drainage informational meeting. This will be discussed at a future Board Meeting. The motion was seconded by Russek. Hiivala asked whether the Board would consider an evening meeting as the information is more directed to the members of the public. The consensus is that this should be considered. The motion carried 4-0.
Announcement of the Annual Drainage & Wetland Conference was received. The Conference is being hosted by Rinke Noonan at the St. Cloud River’s Edge Convention Center on 2-23-12. Cost is $95/person. Russek moved to authorize attendance, seconded by Sawatzke. The motion carried 4-0.
Hiivala stated that due to the Annual Drainage & Wetland Conference being held on 2-23-12, the Annual Joint Ditch Meeting originally scheduled for that date will be moved to 2-22-12. The Joint Ditch Meeting involves Wright, Meeker, Sibley and Renville Counties. The group meets annually to discuss joint ditch projects. Hiivala said since Russek and Mattson will attend, they could also hold a Joint Ditch 15 Meeting that day. Joint Ditch 15 needs to be discussed as part of the CR 3 project. Culvert improvements are needed where the Ditch crosses under CR 3. Russek stated he will be unable to attend on 2-22-12 but Mattson and Hiivala can meet with the group. Russek moved to authorize attendance at the Annual Joint Ditch Meeting on 2-22-12 at 9:00 A.M. in Glencoe. The motion was seconded by Eichelberg and carried 4-0.
Hiivala provided County Ditch Updates:
County Ditch 19: Kerry Saxton, SWCD, is working on the scope of the project. The scope has changed.
County Ditch 31: Saxton has been out to review the Ditch and approves of the cleanout work being done by Diers. Hiivala said the cleanout should be approved by the Ditch authority (County Board). He communicated to Diers what cleanout has been approved and that cleanout efforts must be reviewed by Saxton. Russek informed Diers that he must provide a written outline of the cleanout. Hiivala has not received anything. Diers will perform the cleanout at his expense. Russek moved to approve the cleanout. He indicated that Diers explained to him what will be done. Russek recalled that work on the Diers property occurred last year by Fyle’s Excavating. Hiivala said that Diers completed some work also. Russek said the Board should authorize the cleanout by Diers at his own expense and that there should be a written request in the record. Hiivala said they do want something in writing for the Ditch file and there is a standard format to follow. Russek said that someone recently dug in Ditch 31 south of Dempsey Avenue on Millerbernd’s land. He is unsure who completed the work and they did not do a very good job. It appears ice and muck was removed. On a motion by Russek, second by Eichelberg, all voted to approve work by Diers on County Ditch 31.
County Ditch 38: Hiivala said this is an action item. It involves water issues where the water was not draining by the Montrose trailer park. Saxton went to the site and there is a sink hole. Saxton contacted Gopher 1 but was unsure if they found what was causing the sink hole. If they did, no bill was received. Russek made a motion to authorize up to $1,000 to complete exploratory digging as requested by Saxton. Water levels have been high in this area all summer. It is unclear what work will be required but he said something needs to be done. This will be funded from the ditch fund. The motion was seconded by Eichelberg and carried 4-0.
Joint Ditch 14 (Stockholm Twp.). This involves broken drainage tile and associated repair work. Meeker and McLeod Counties need to be contacted as this is a Joint Ditch. Hiivala said if there is a desire to meet before the Annual Joint Ditch Meeting on 1-22-12, a Joint Ditch 14 meeting will be called. Otherwise, this can be discussed on 1-22-12. Wright County has three Commissioners on the Joint Ditch 14 Committee. Sawatzke questioned who the third Commissioner appointment is, as he is not familiar with a third appointment. Hiivala said that last time the Committee met, Commissioner Heeter attended as well. Hiivala will present a proposed date and agenda at a future meeting.
The claims listing was reviewed. Hiivala referenced a claim on Page 12, Mid America Business Systems ($1,566.26) relating to the first payment for imaging of past County Board of Commissioners meeting minutes. The quote received was $190/book. Ten books were scanned including some old and some new books. Yesterday, there was a meeting on how to input these images into the SharePoint system. Hiivala expects to come under budget on the project. Russek referenced the claim on Page 12, American Tower Corporation ($11,183.59) for a quarterly payment for the 800 MHz radio system and asked if that claim is for tower lease. Sawatzke said two towers are leased. They are located by Howard Lake and Annandale. Hiivala said the payment reflects the contract is in its third year with a 3.5% cost increase. The billing appears to be for the first quarter for two towers. Sawatzke said if the contract is in its third year, the County should review it soon, versus in the fall. The County could research if there are any other towers in the vicinity that could be used. Sawatzke felt it was important for the Board to receive the information on the contract for review. He instructed Hiivala to determine if this is a three year contract and any options the County has. Hiivala referenced a claim on Page 44, Rinke Noonan ($390.00). An informational meeting was held on County Ditch 10 and Kurt Deter attended. Deter provided guidance and a legal opinion at that meeting. Hiivala felt it was an appropriate use of funds. Deter has been retained by the County to provide legal opinions on ditch matters (through phone calls and emails only). Deter charges additionally to attend meetings. On a motion by Russek, second by Eichelberg, all voted to approve the claims as listed in the abstract, subject to audit.
A Personnel Committee Meeting was held on 1-11-12. At today’s County Board Meeting, Eichelberg moved to approve the minutes and the recommendations. After the vote, the County Board will have to take up the issue whether to approve or disapprove of the Temporary Sign Person in the Highway Department. Sawatzke seconded the motion to approve the minutes and the recommendation on the first position (Public Health Nurse). The motion carried 4-0. Discussion then following on the Temporary Sign Person request as the Committee recommendation was split. Russek asked how many days the temporary person could work. Norman said he has not had time to review the union contract. It will be a minimum of 67 days but it could fall under the definition of seasonal. Fingalson said it is unknown if and when the employee on workers compensation leave will return. It could be as late as fall. Sawatzke said the whole discussion relates to government trying to be efficient and flexible in these economic times. He said today’s discussion is not the same as discussions held in the fall on position replacements for the Highway Department. Today’s issue relates to the Sign Person position. In the past, there have been times when a position is replaced because of a workers compensation leave, but it is generally not the case. This requires permission from the County Board and is not standard procedure. Sawatzke said the County does not know if the employee is coming back so there is no opening in the Department. For summer, there are two staff budgeted for part-time summer work. Discussion has not occurred on those positions. Thelen asked for clarification on whether the two summer positions are in addition to the two full-time positions in the Sign Department. Sawatzke responded that has been the traditional occurrence but that dialogue has not taken place yet for next summer. Last year, there was a great deal of discussion on whether to fill the Maintenance position and that passed on a 3:2 vote. The position was left vacant and filled in the fall. The Sign Person position will not be filled until March 1. The County’s Maintenance Division has an employee that previously worked in the Sign Department (same pay scale as Highway Maintenance). Sawatzke suggested that person could assist with sign work on an interim basis as needed. In March, the snow season is just about over. Sawatzke said he does not deny that a second person is needed in the Sign Division. The Sign Person position could be left open to save money. The Maintenance employee could work in the Sign Division and plow snow when needed. During the summer, the Highway Department could get by with 24 employees as they did last year. If the employee that is on workers compensation returns, things would return to the way they were. If the employee does not return, the County can address the opening at that time. He viewed utilizing the Highway Maintenance Worker with sign experience as a matter of efficiencies.
Thelen said it appears Sawatzke is suggesting that the Highway Maintenance Person does not have responsibilities other than snow plowing. She said the position carries a full job description and plowing is just a portion of it. Sawatzke said that last year, all five Board members agreed to leave vacant a Highway Maintenance position. In the fall, filling of the position passed on a 3:2 vote. He said Thelen shifted her position to support filling of that vacancy at the last minute. Thelen responded that she came to that position after review. Residents in rural districts are dependent on having County roads maintained so they are safe to travel. Referring to Sawatzke’s comments, she again stated the Highway Maintenance Person has more responsibilities than snowplowing. Although she agrees the County should look at ways to realize efficiencies, she is not sure that she agrees with the process. If efficiencies are to be realized, she prefers the Board look at efficiencies in departments instead of waiting until a position becomes open and reviewing it at the Personnel Committee. She did not necessarily feel it was a fair process to look at efficiencies at a time when a department may be in a hardship situation. Eichelberg referred to the split decision at the Committee level. He feels it is important to have employees in the Sign Department to complete the job functions. He understood that today, a plow truck hit some mailboxes. A Sign Person will need to repair those mailboxes while there is still a need for snowplowing. Eichelberg felt that for safety reasons, there should be two employees in the Sign truck. Sawatzke said he can support Fingalson’s request to have someone work in the Sign Person position but felt that assistance could come from the Highway Maintenance area. Russek concurred with Eichelberg that there should be two sign people on a job site for safety. The request is to have someone fill in for several months. Russek said he is in favor of filling the position with a temporary person. The County is required to replace all signs with reflective signs by 2014. Wayne Fingalson, Highway Engineer, said the signs will be installed by a contractor (furnish and install). The Highway Department will be responsible for quality control (making sure they are installed properly) this summer. Russek moved to authorize a temporary Sign Person, seconded by Eichelberg.
Sawatzke said he is hearing that the County is better off spending money to hire someone that has no training in signs when there is already someone on staff trained in signs that could do the job. Russek said the Highway Maintenance Person who is trained in signs left the Sign Division so they could work in Highway Maintenance. Russek did not feel he would enjoy getting told that he has to return to the Sign Division. Fingalson said that the Highway Maintenance Person with sign experience works the night shift. He was unsure how the different hours would be addressed. Sawatzke asked whether the Maintenance Division employee works nights in April and May when it is not snowing. Fingalson said it snows in March and sometimes in April. Fingalson referenced the last sentence of the Personnel Committee Minutes which reads, “Sawatzke said Fingalson is saying the Department can perform highway maintenance with 25 employees but not 24.” Fingalson felt that sentence needed clarification. He felt insulted that the suggestion is that the Highway Department is not about efficiencies. Fingalson said they are all about efficiencies and they have a job to do. There is one person in the Sign Division at this time taking care of 16,000 signs. He referenced Sawatzke’s comment that there will be one extra person in Highway Maintenance. Fingalson said that this does go back to the original vote last fall because they need that Maintenance Person to do all of the other activities. He referenced Sawatzke’s comment indicating there was no problem having one less Maintenance Person this past summer. Fingalson said at a previous Transportation Committee Of The Whole Meeting, Bruce Bersie and Steve Meyer spoke to the Committee about problems in Highway Maintenance and why a second person is needed. He said the Maintenance Division does a lot more than snow and ice control. Luckily, this fall there was not the snowplowing required. There were other things the Division worked on including tree removal and shouldering. Fingalson asked that it not be implied that the Department is not about efficiencies just because of this request. The motion carried 3-1 with Sawatzke casting the nay vote. The Personnel Committee Minutes follow:
I. Position Openings:
A. Public Health Nurse.
Nesseth distributed a written request to replace Public Health Nurse Mesha Torkelson (see attached). Some of the duties in the unit in which Torkelson worked were decreased. The functions Torkelson performed were split between several nurses.
Nesseth said the Agency needs more staff for family home visiting. The requested Public Health Nurse position is funded through reimbursements, whereas Torkelson’s was not. Nesseth said because there is less need for staff in Torkelson’s former unit and an increased need for family home visiting, the Agency is requesting staff for the latter area. The growth in population, the reallocation of some staff, and an increase in referrals have contributed to higher demand for family home visiting. Nesseth said they are having difficulty meeting the needs of residents who require this service, which has resulted in waiting lists. She said they struggle to find staff to do home visits. Sawatzke asked Nesseth to clarify whether this position would do home visits, although Torkelson did not. Nesseth said Torkelson implemented disease prevention and control. Sawatzke asked how many staff currently do home visits. Nesseth said the Agency has 2 part time staff doing traditional home visits for a total of 1.2 FTEs covering all home visits in the County. Sawatzke said suppose the Agency would go from 1.2 to 2.2 FTEs. He asked within which category disease control falls. How many are working in that area? Nesseth said the tasks are divided between two staff, and disease prevention and control were only part of Torkelson’s job. Sawatzke asked Nesseth to describe Torkelson’s job functions. Nesseth said she did no family visiting. Torkelson did some waiver case management, but most of her position involved epidemiology and disease prevention and control. Sawatzke asked how many staff did that in the past. Nesseth said one. Sawatzke reiterated that Nesseth proposed to move from 1.2 FTEs to 2.2 FTEs. He said now there would be several people to fill in for each other. Nesseth said the change would more evenly allocate staff to meet the need. Sawatzke asked whether there will be more reimbursements for the new position, the same, or less. Nesseth said more. The old position received no reimbursement. The old position required by law that the County delegate staff to perform disease prevention and control.
Sawatzke asked how the state of the economy affects the quality and number of candidates for Public Health Nurse. Nesseth said last time it was fairly easy. Sawatzke asked what Step One on the Salary Schedule is for Public Health Nurses. Pawelk said Public Health Nurses start at $26.72 per hour. Sawatzke said that amounts to about $53,000 per year for wages, and with benefits about $75,000. He asked Nesseth to clarify that this position would easily pay for itself. Eichelberg asked whether the position will be advertised. Pawelk said yes. Nesseth said this Public Health Nurse position is different, so former applicants may not be eligible. Sawatzke asked Eichelberg his opinion on this request. Eichelberg said there is a need and the County can recover as much, if not more than, the cost of the employee. Sawatzke said he likes the fact that the Agency considers the need for a position when an employee leaves. He recommended the position be filled as there is no financial disadvantage to the County.
Recommendation: Approve Public Health Nurse Position.
B. Temporary Sign Person, Engineering Division.
Fingalson provided information regarding the traffic signing needs in the County (see attached). He said the Highway Department maintains nearly 16,000 signs. They need two full time Sign Technicians, and are operating with one at the present time. The current Sign Technician is new. The other Sign Technician is on the payroll but is on full time Workers Compensation and is unable to do any work. Fingalson said the Highway Department made accommodations for him last year, but cannot any longer. He said they are down to one Sign Person and need two sign crews. Fingalson said the Department purchased a second sign truck in 2009 with the goal of having two full time trucks with two Technicians in each truck (one permanent employee and one seasonal). However, this goal has not been achieved due to personnel issues. Fingalson said the issue is safety. With two people in a truck, in an emergency, especially when called out after hours, one Technician may do the work, but it is preferable for safety reasons to have two. Fingalson said there are minimum reflectivity standards for signs designated by the Federal government that must be addressed. Fingalson said the Department needs to replace 1055 signs per year to keep on track with that program. He said it takes two employees per truck to accomplish that objective.
Fingalson said in the spring crews will have to inspect existing signs. Today’s request is simply to obtain a temporary full time Sign Person to fill in for the person on Workers Compensation. The injured employee may have surgery this summer, but it is unknown whether he will be able to return to work after that. Fingalson said the Department needs a temporary Sign Technician for the summer. Eichelberg clarified that Fingalson was requesting a temporary employee until they find out whether the employee on Workers Compensation will be able to return. Cordell said the longer they may have a temporary employee, the better. Pawelk said she needed to clarify the time period allowed by union contract. Norman said if the position is authorized, Administration will look at the contract and figure where the request fits.
Sawatzke asked what amount is budgeted for staff. He said Fingalson’s plan is to have two crew members in winter and add two more full time seasonal employees in the summer. Sawatzke asked whether they had considered utilizing another employee, a former Sign Technician who transferred to Maintenance, to help the new Sign Technician. When it snows, Sawatzke said this same employee can help plow roads and then return to the sign crew when the snow events are over. Sawatzke said that would be similar to the way the private sector operates and is an efficient use of staff. Sawatzke said Fingalson could then hire two seasonal employees. Cordell said the plan is not to start the temporary person until March 2012. Sawatzke said at that point there are about four weeks left in the snow season. If it snows, Fingalson could shift the Maintenance Person to the plowing crew. He said the majority of the County Board was concerned about keeping the roads clear of snow, which is why the Highway Department was allowed to keep the same level of staff. Sawatzke said his idea would decrease the budget by one staff person and give them another Sign Technician 95 percent of the time without reducing the number of employees able to help with plowing.
Cordell said the Department is not looking at snow events. He said Sign and Highway Maintenance people have a full slate of activities. Sawatzke said last year the Department was down by a Maintenance Person, yet he did not see an adverse affect on County roads. Fingalson said the Department is focused on efficiencies. Cordell said the Department does not have 27 people on the sign crew. Sawatzke said they were losing one Maintenance Person and they would have their Sign Technician. Eichelberg said the Highway Department has other projects that need to be done. He said he recommended they fill the Temporary Sign Technician in the Engineering Division. Sawatzke said he was against it, calling it a split recommendation. Norman said the next County Board meeting is 01-24-12. Fingalson said Sawatzke recommends the Department use the former Sign Technician but shift him back over to Maintenance for snow events. Fingalson said he is more aware of Department needs than Sawatzke, and it is not efficient to take one person from Highway Maintenance to work the sign crew. Sawatzke asked how many employees work in Highway Maintenance. Fingalson said 25. Sawatzke said Fingalson is saying the Department can perform highway maintenance with 25 employees but not 24.
Recommendation: Split recommendation – One for and one against hiring a Temporary Sign Technician.
C. Request To Hire Part-Time Social Worker To Work On Parent Support Outreach (PSOP) Grant. (Human Services Board Item)
(End of 1-11-12 Personnel Committee Minutes)
A Ways & Means Committee Meeting was held on 1-11-12. At today’s County Board Meeting, Sawatzke said the Board could take action on the requests including the employee yoga classes. However, since the Committee Meeting, he learned that the Law Enforcement Center may not have a meeting room available for the classes. At minimum, the County Board could approve the processes to be followed for liability reasons. Sawatzke moved to approve the 1-11-12 Ways & Means Committee Minutes. The motion was seconded by Russek and carried 4-0:
I. Community Supported Agriculture Program (CSA) & Request Authorization To Host CSA Fair For Employees.
Norman stated that the Extension Services Department requested offering a CSA Fair at the 12-20-11 Wright County Board meeting. The Board referred the matter to this Committee. Neaton proposed the CSA Fair be held over a lunch hour, open house style, from 11:00 A.M. till 1:00 P.M. at the Government Center or any County building designated. Neaton said Room 120 at the Government Center would work well. He thought the event should be open only to County employees. He will invite farmers that operate within this community supported agricultural model. Neaton has a list of five farms in the County, as well as another five just outside the County.
Neaton said the farmers will come with their information on shares and farms. Employees may meet with farmers, ask questions, and choose to buy a share if they wish. Neaton said one of the big benefits and reasons why the Wellness Committee is promoting this event is health – participants would get fresh vegetables 18 weeks out of the year. Neaton said everyone benefits when employees are healthier. He was asking the Committee’s permission to hold the CSA Fair at the Government Center.
Sawatzke asked whether the fruits and vegetables need refrigeration. Neaton said it depends on the crop; however, the Government Center will not function as a drop site. The only request is to hold the CSA Wintertime Fair at the Government Center so employees may learn more about the program. Perhaps in future years there could be discussion regarding a drop site. Sawatzke reaffirmed that employees would not pick up their vegetables at the Government Center. Neaton said no. Sometimes the farmers drop produce at a grocery store or community center. Norman said he liked the arrangement that produce would be picked up elsewhere. Neaton said there are many details, but the Fair is the first step. Neaton said interested people could buy shares now, but it would also be possible to cross promote.
Sawatzke said employees cannot fill the break room refrigerators with produce. Norman said the County is not involved as this is between employees and farmers. Sawatzke said employees would be expected to attend the CSA Fair at break or lunch. Neaton asked if 11:00 AM till 1:00 PM is acceptable. Norman said it is. Backes asked if she should direct calls from farmers about the event to Neaton. Neaton said either Chris Brazelton or he can take the calls. Mattice said farmers must meet certain criteria to participate. Neaton said they have a list and will start with farmers in Wright County only. After that, they will offer the program to others on the border of the County. Sawatzke asked whether citizens are allowed to attend. Neaton said that was not their intent. Sawatzke asked if there would be a problem if they did. Neaton said room capacity may be an issue. Sawatzke suggested the organizers not advertise, but asked if there was a problem if a member of the public stopped by. Norman said the transaction is between the person and the farmer. Sawatzke said the County won’t advertise to the public, but if they hear about it, they may attend.
Recommendation: Authorize Request To Host Community Supported Agriculture Winter Fair At The Government Center.
II. Discuss Wellness Committee Offering Yoga Class At LEC.
Norman provided Committee members with background information on this issue. Norman said requests from the Wellness Committee or the Leadership Team involving for-profit or nonprofit organizations should come to this Committee and to the County Board. Sawatzke said that is an approved policy. Norman said it is a guideline the County has followed. He distributed the guidelines to attendees (see attached).
As part of this meeting, Norman said he would like the Committee to reaffirm these guidelines. Sawatzke asked whether the Board has approved them. Norman said they had not, although the guidelines have been discussed in prior Committee meetings. He continued, saying there has been discussion about allowing for- and non-profit organizations using County conference rooms. He said he was not opposed to a yoga class. His concern is that the appropriate procedure is followed. The Leadership Team, including Sheriff Hagerty, discussed this issue at length on 1-10-12. The Administration Office tries to be consistent with the way requests for conference rooms are processed. Norman said a for-profit organization is in competition with someone else in the private sector. For those who attended the Truth In Taxation meeting in November, there were many angry citizens asking the County to cut costs and be more efficient. The County has to be aware of the ramifications of its actions.
Mattice said Torkelson is the Wellness Committee Vice Chair. Kunkel organized the first yoga class and contract, the waivers, and so forth. Mattice said the class was a big hit. Their goal is to host a second class using the same scenario and place. Wellness Committee members organized the room and didn’t put demands on Building Maintenance staff. Mattice said the Wellness Committee would still require waivers from participants and the instructor, as they did last time. He said at the first Wellness class there was some miscommunication, which he mentioned at the Leadership Team meeting. He said discussion regarding process and protocol is relevant so the Wellness Committee knows how to move forward with this and other events. Mattice said the County has offered exercise programs in the past, so they assumed it was permissible to move forward. Today they seek approval for a second yoga class.
Norman said the Minnesota Counties Intergovernmental Trust (MCIT) advised the County to obtain a copy of the yoga instructor’s certification prior to offering a class. Organizers should compile a registration list of employees, and each participant should be required to sign a waiver form holding the County harmless regarding any liabilities associated with the activity. The waiver should be filled out and returned prior to the first class. Sawatzke asked about organizers’ reluctance to provide Administration with a roster of the most recent class participants. Mattice said a roster was never compiled, and that they had never done that previously. Sawatzke asked how the organizers knew who was registered or whether participants have signed waivers. Mattice said they do that the first day of class. Kunkel said when the class originated, the instructor said interested employees should come the first day and see if they like it. People emailed their interest to organizers and they let the instructor know. Kunkel said participants would just show up. Sawatzke said he understood the perception that Administration’s request may seem unnecessary. However, it is Administration’s role to protect the County from liability. Considering the rare chance something happens, it is good they followed MCIT recommendations. Otherwise, MCIT may not have helped in the event an accident or injury occurred. Norman said he was interested in protecting the County from liability issues.
Sawatzke asked if the Ways & Means Committee should recommend approval of the guidelines. Norman said he would like the Committee to reaffirm them or provide suggested changes. He said the County is not letting nonprofits utilize County conference rooms. Backes said nonprofits may utilize County facilities as long as they are working with a County Department or are receiving budgeted funds from the County Board. Otherwise, County Departments can’t find space to hold meetings. Sawatzke said one advantage about the proposed yoga class is it is offered after hours. Backes said Administration reserves a lot of meetings in the evenings at the Government Center. Norman said Hagerty mentioned offering this class to family members of employees who have family health coverage. Norman recommended the class be restricted to employees only. However, he said, that is up to the Board.
Mattson said other fitness center owners or yoga instructors in the area may read the meeting minutes approving this class and wonder why they weren’t given a chance to bid on it. He said he was concerned about being fair to the private sector and giving everyone a chance. Sawatzke said the more the class is expanded, the more problematic it becomes. Adding family members would make it more like a health club.
Backes said the County Board approved a Weight Watchers Program a couple of years ago. The same week the Board approved the Weight Watchers meetings, someone else came in with a competitive program. Administration staff referred them to Mattice as a member of the Wellness Committee, and fliers were placed in the lunchroom. She said those situations arise at times and is the reason guidelines are necessary. If the public calls, Administration wants to be fair and know how to respond.
Mattice said he understood her concerns. His Department encounters the same issues when they contract with a vendor for a minor repair, for example. Other vendors may call and ask why they didn’t get a chance to bid. He recommended that the Wellness Committee perform due diligence to find qualified instructors who will give the County the greatest benefit. He also suggested keeping a list of other instructors for future opportunities. Backes said she could refer inquiries to Mattice for his future reference. Vendors are allowed to put information about their products or services in employee break rooms for 30 days. The goal is to treat all vendors the same.
Mattson said he represents the private sector. He gets calls from vendors and citizens and wants to know County guidelines.
At the Leadership Team meeting yesterday, Norman said they discussed bringing ideas from the Wellness Committee to the Leadership Team first, and forwarding them to the Board. He asked Hagerty if he agreed. Hagerty said since the Wellness Committee is a subcommittee of the Leadership Team, it would be a good place to start. Norman said the Wellness Committee provides a budget at budget time as part of the Employee Enhancement line item in Budget 100. In his opinion, Wellness Committee items that are designated on the budget proposal are approved when the Board approves the budget. He cited examples such as the Poker Walk and the Chili Bowl. Norman said if the Wellness Committee event is not listed on the budget proposal, and it’s a cost item and utilizes nonprofits and for-profits, the Leadership Team should look at the event on a case-by-case basis along with the Administration Department. He wants to ensure the County is protected against liability issues in every instance. A few years ago, Norman said the County investigated a space for exercise equipment. Inspectors looked at the proposed area and stated it did not meet code. Norman said it would be nice if County employees could use the (Law Enforcement Center) LEC exercise room.
Sawatzke asked who at LEC is in charge of reserving rooms. Hagerty said Karen Davis. The Community Room at the LEC gets used a lot. The small conference rooms in the secured area may be reserved. Sawatzke said Backes reserves General Conference rooms for the Government Center (except the fourth floor conference room).
Sawatzke asked Norman for suggestions. Norman asked if the Committee wants to recommend a second yoga class. Sawatzke asked when it would start. Kunkel said as soon as it was approved. Norman said the Committee could recommend the guidelines suggested earlier. He also recommended obtaining an instructor certification and waiver, having a formal registration process, and requiring participating employees to sign a waiver prior to the first class. Those items (either the originals or copies) should be submitted to Administration to be kept on file prior to the first class.
If recommended, this request will go to the County Board Meeting 01-24-12. The class announcement should explain that participants must sign a waiver along with their registration form to be submitted prior to the first class.
Sawatzke wondered whether employees, who work until 4:30 P.M., have time to leave the Government Center, drive to the LEC, and change clothes in time to be ready for class at 4:45 P.M. Mattice said yes, unless they are delayed by a train. Norman said it would not be right for some people to leave work early to attend a yoga class, while other employees work until 4:30 P.M. Sawatzke said that would not be fair to taxpayers, either. Norman suggested the class start at 5:00 P.M. Sawatzke suggested the class start at 4:50 P.M. to give employees a reasonable opportunity to get to the LEC and change clothes. It’s not practical to set the time at 4:45 P.M. if it is not possible to get there by then.
Norman asked whether the Wellness Committee wanted to open the class up to others or restrict it to employees. Mattson said this could be in competition with private sector instructors. Kunkel said there is interest for spouses and people who are on the County’s insurance. Norman said that is a liability issue. Also, for example, the first three registrants may have four family members attending. Class is limited to 20 people, so some interested employees would not be able to attend. If the class remains restricted to employees, more employees may take part. Sawatzke said there are many similar classes offered in the community. Insurance often reimburses people on monthly fitness club dues if they work out 12 times per month.
Mattice said the goal is to give people who are not currently members of a health club to try yoga. The yoga class may motivate them to join a health club in the future.
Sawatzke asked Mattson for his opinion. Mattson said if 20 employees want to go and two bring family members, the class is filled. He thought the class should be restricted to employees.
Mattice suggested if any spaces are left after employees have registered, perhaps spouses who are covered by County insurance could be allowed to register. Norman said Wellness Committee events are for employees. Kunkel said sometimes employees who work overnight come in and work out with their spouse as something to do together since they work odd hours. She agreed the class is for employees, and they would understand if spouses can’t attend.
Norman suggested the County designate the next yoga class for employees only and see how many register. Sawatzke asked Mattson his thoughts on employees only and the number of registrants. Kunkel said the last class started with 25 but varied from class to class. She got 17 surveys on the final night. Sawatzke clarified that 25 were allowed. Kunkel said they started at 20, opened up to 25 and then the number of participants went down.
Norman said it was likely the first group would attend again, leaving less room for others. Sawatzke said organizers should restrict the class to employees only. Mattice asked whether the Wellness Committee should go through the same process the next time, starting with the Leadership Team. Norman said the process is established.
Mattice said the Wellness Committee also has a blood drive coming up, of which the Leadership Team is aware. Norman asked whether that was on the County Board Consent Agenda. Mattice said no. Backes said she thought it was proposed through Public Health. Mattice said no, it was always presented through the Wellness Committee. Torkelson said staff helps with registration. Norman said it wouldn’t hurt to put it on the Consent Agenda because employees sign up to give blood during work hours.
Backes said she never questioned the event because she thought it was a Public Health group coordinating it. If a Department wants space for training with their employees, that is allowed. Issues arise when a for-profit or nonprofit not working with a Department request conference rooms. Backes said Administration staff has to evaluate requests for conference room reservations. The goal is to treat all requests fairly, consistently evaluate them using the same guidelines, and make sure County liability is protected.
Sawatzke asked whether everyone was clear on the yoga class. Norman said the recommendation is for the Wellness Committee to follow the procedures outlined. He asked whether Sawatzke wanted to make a recommendation to the Board on the overall procedures followed for this event, or do a separate recommendation. Sawatzke said the recommendation is to accept the guidelines for County conference room use in all County Buildings.
Norman said he is the Department Head for Building Care and Maintenance. Sawatzke said that includes the Law Enforcement Center (LEC) and other buildings. Norman said yes, but he does not want to tell Hagerty what to do with his conference rooms. He said all Departments should be consistent in their application of the guidelines. Fingalson at Highway, Hagerty at LEC, and DeMars at the Human Services Center (HSC) have some discretion regarding their implementation of the guidelines day-to-day.
Sawatzke asked Hagerty his opinion on the policy. Hagerty said whatever the Leadership Team meeting determined is fine. He is not going to indiscriminately tell a nonprofit they may have use of his conference rooms, as that is not his call. Hagerty said this situation happened a little differently. The Wellness Committee and the Leadership Team need to know the process. Mattice said fundraisers, potlucks and showers are not allowed. Norman agreed, saying not in County conference rooms. Norman said it creates additional work for custodians.
Norman said the Wellness Committee Chili Bowl is an approved function. Mattice said as long as the Chili Bowl is in the budget, it is considered approved. Norman said yes. Mattice said that removes the requirement to obtain Committee authorization to proceed on that event. Norman said the more detailed the budget, the better. Hagerty said he would place the topic on the February Leadership Team Agenda.
Kunkel said she was not clear regarding the next yoga class. She said it is approved, but wondered whether the Wellness Committee could request two consecutive classes. Norman said that since this event has come to the Board, it could. The same criteria must be followed: employees only, registrations and waivers by all attendees, and teacher certification and waivers. Norman asked the Wellness Committee to please let him know when the second class is being scheduled. He will keep a file specifically for these events, just in case liability issues arise. Nolan asked whether class participants should initial a checklist for every session in addition to registering and signing waivers. Norman asked whether the instructor takes roll call. Nolan said they should in order to know who attended.
Jobe asked what the waiver included. Nolan said it has hold harmless verbiage. He said the County shouldn’t get a Workers Compensation claim as it is after work hours and attendance is voluntary. Norman said the County could get a claim either way. Sawatzke said from a liability standpoint it doesn’t matter. If the County follows all procedures correctly, there shouldn’t be any liability. The yoga instructor must be certified. He asked the Wellness Committee whether the instructor needs insurance. Norman said the instructor has to sign a waiver. The waiver was drafted by one of the County Attorneys. Nolan said the instructor has their own waiver that holds the County Board, the Sheriff, the County and the Law Enforcement Center harmless.
Sawatzke said the checklist is adequate. Norman said after the County Board approves the yoga class on 01-24-12, the Wellness Committee may proceed with coordinating it. Kunkel asked if they may post the information the same way they did the last time. Norman asked that she modify it so interested employees know they have to register and sign the waiver prior to attending the first class. Kunkel asked if she may post it on the Intranet. Norman said yes.
Recommendation: Approve Wellness Committee Yoga Class Offering At LEC Following The Criteria Established. Reaffirm The Guidelines Used By The Administration Department For Requests For Meeting Room Space By Outside Groups.
(End of 1-11-12 Ways & Means Committee Minutes)
The County Board reviewed a draft resolution and Grant Contract from the Veterans Services Office. The resolution would authorize signatures on the County Veterans Service Office Operational Improvement Grant Program Contract. The grant is in the amount of $4,200 for the period of 7-30-11 through 3-30-12. Grant funding is automatically sent to the County, on rotation, every third year. Norman stated the resolution will authorize the signatures of the County Board Chair and Coordinator on the grant documents. Genell Reese will be named as the grantee’s representative for the grant. Russek moved to adopt Resolution #12-07, seconded by Eichelberg, carried 4-0 on a roll call vote.
Bills Approved
Accurate Printers Inc. $1,337.19
Allina Hospitals & clinics 318.48
American Public Works Assn. 186.25
American Tower Corporation 11,183.59
Ameripride Services 786.70
Annandale/City of 1,531.90
Anoka County Corrections 31,802.79
Aramark Services Inc. 24,963.75
Barker Co./Bob 244.02
Beaudry Propane Inc. 1,682.28
Best Buy Advantage Account 533.76
Big Time Towing 411.50
Black Box Resale Services 136.00
Bottiger/Shawna 150.00
Bound Tree Medical LLC 363.87
Boyer Truck Parts 344.74
Buffalo Township 832.40
Buffalo/City of 600.20
Bureau of Criminal Apprehen 240.00
CDW Government Inc. 1,266.47
Center Point Energy 9,718.10
Centra Sota Cooperative-Buff 31,746.02
Central MN Mental Health Center 400.00
CenturyLink 6,778.78
Climate Air 4,346.67
Commissioner of Transporta 390.00
Computer Professionals Unlim 1,224.20
Corinna Township 887.60
Corporate Payment Systems 1,587.26
Cottens Buffalo 123.06
CRA Payment Center 176.31
Creative Forms & Concepts 1,337.22
CST Distribution LLC 1,222.74
Culligan of Buffalo 900.00
Dell Marketing LP 1,377.33
Denn/Franklin E. 341.00
Dental Care Assoc. of Buff 226.00
Department of Public Safety 8,310.00
Dept of Corrections 28,917.00
Design Electrical Contractors 2,164.04
Donahue Sports Center Corp 10,976.64
Emerson Network Power 4,315.09
Engel/Dale L. 362.50
Envirotech Services Inc. 17,215.60
Ernst General Construction 1,271.25
Fibernet Monticello 359.80
First State Tire Recycling 1,054.60
Frontier Precision Inc. 575.00
Gabrelcik/Barb 297.98
Glunz/Raymond 125.00
Hanover/City of 907.80
Hardings Towing Inc 133.57
Hiivala/Robert 103.00
Hillyard Inc. - Minneapolis 1,167.23
Holiday 106.33
Holt Motors Inc. 128.25
Horrocks Inc. 131.75
Howard/Jolanta 100.00
Impact Proven Solutions 17,204.00
Interstate Battery Systems 2,527.21
Kustom Signals Inc. 448.14
L3 Communications Inc. 440.15
LaPlant Demo Inc. 1,011.39
Lawson Products Inc. 399.81
Lee/Tina 960.80
Lous Gloves Inc. 592.00
M & M Express Sales & Serv 22,395.49
Maple Lake/City of 897.00
Marco 4,854.72
Matt Legal Services 100.00
McQuay International 654.00
Menards - Buffalo 692.75
Mid-America Business Sys 1,566.26
Mid-States Organized Crime Info 300.00
Midstates Equip and Supply 25,160.34
Midwest Protection Agency Inc. 952.50
Minnesota CLE 195.00
Minnesota Dept. of Human Se 486.42
Minnesota Monitoring 367.00
MN Assn. of County Administra 775.00
MN Counties Computer Coop 20,023.41
MN County Attorneys Assoc 119.99
MN Department of Labor & Ind 106.00
MN Deputy Registrar Assoc. 414.00
MN Juvenile Officers Assoc 330.00
MN Office of Enterprise Tech 1,215.00
MN Onsite Wastewater Assn. 765.00
MN State Bar Association 460.00
Monticello Towing LLC 160.31
Morries Parts & Service Group 2,000.23
Mueller/Craig 128.49
Mumford Sanitation 129.87
NADA Appraisal Guides 172.00
Neopost Inc. 555.13
North American Salt Co. 69,067.08
North Suburban Towing Inc 171.00
Northern Safety Technology 780.91
Office Depot 2,049.75
Pakor Inc. 268.66
Ramacciotti/Frank 100.00
Red River Specialities Inc. 105.69
Rigid Hitch Incorporated 277.05
Rinke-Noonan 590.00
Rockford Township 2,458.30
Rockford/City of 2,497.00
Roy/Richard 1,390.00
Royal Tire Inc. 5,918.92
RS Eden 1,673.83
Russell Security Resource Inc. 1,523.62
Ryan Chevrolet 403.09
Safelite Fulfillment Inc. 325.92
Screen Tech 298.87
SHI International Corp 504.45
Silver Creek Township 869.40
Specialist in General Surgery 551.31
Strategic Equipment and Supply 222.97
TASC 1,069.00
Trueman Welters Inc. 3,768.31
Uniforms Unlimited 145.02
University of Minnesota 290.00
US Bank 1,712.50
US Internet 325.00
Verizon Wireless 878.72
Voss Lighting 379.41
Waste Management TC West 360.59
West Payment Center 1,365.36
Windstream 286.22
Winter Equipment Co. Inc. 120.60
Woodland Township 528.00
Wright Co. Auditor Treasurer 1,000.00
Wright County Highway Dept 3,929.58
Wright Hennepin Coop Elec 5,727.01
Wright Hennepin Electric 1,991.11
Xcel Energy 1,517.38
Ziegler, Inc. 4,080.00
32 Payments less than $100 1,448.83
Final total $452,950.48
The meeting adjourned at 10:30 A.M
Published in the Herald Journal Feb. 13, 2012.

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