WRIGHT COUNTY BOARD MINUTES
AUGUST 20, 2013
The Wright County Board met in regular session at 9:00 A.M. with Husom, Sawatzke, Daleiden, Potter and Borrell present.
Daleiden moved to approve the 8-13-13 County Board Minutes as presented. The motion was seconded by Borrell and carried 5-0.
Petitions were accepted to the Agenda as follows: Items For Consid. #3, “Email from MnDOT RE: River River” (Sawatzke). Borrell moved to approve the Agenda as amended, seconded by Husom, carried 5-0.
The Consent Agenda was discussed. Daleiden requested removal of Item E1A for discussion, “PLANNING & ZONING, 1. Accept The Findings & Recommendations Of The Planning Commission For The Following Rezoning: A. Jeremy Carlson (Buffalo Twp.). A vote of 4/1 to recommend approval of the rezoning of approximately 60 acres from AG & S-2 to A/R & S-2.” Potter moved to approve the remainder of the Consent Agenda. The motion was seconded by Daleiden and carried 5-0:
1. Performance Appraisals: C. Goodrich, Aud./Treas.; L. Diederich, Ct. Svcs.; G. Lebovsky, P&Z; N. Aarvig, N. Larson, T. MacLeod, T. Olson, Sher./Corr.
2. Refer To Building Committee Discussion RE:
A. Create Lunchroom In Former Sheriff Administration.
B. Move File Systems From Former Sheriff Administration To Jail.
1. Position Replacements:
A. Office Manager/Election Supervisor.
C. HUMAN SERVICES
1. Position Replacements:
A. Child Foster Care Licensing Social Worker.
D. INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
1. Refer To 9-11-13 Technology Committee Meeting:
A. Web Streaming Of Board Meetings.
B. Board Packet.
C. Committee Minutes & Documents.
D. Web Redesign.
Daleiden referenced Consent Item E1A, “PLANNING & ZONING, 1. Accept The Findings & Recommendations Of The Planning Commission For The Following Rezoning: A. Jeremy Carlson (Buffalo Twp.).” His concern is whether approval will have an impact on the development of roads, etc. associated with future expansion of the City limits. He said this is something that occurred in the eastern part of Wright County with sub-developments. Greg Kryzer, Assistant County Attorney, said this was reviewed as part of the rezoning process by the Planning Commission and the Township. The property is located on Schmidt Lake north of CR 35 and outside of the Orderly Annexation Area. The Planning Commission made a site visit and found this to be an exceptional place for the three lots. Kryzer stated that he did not foresee any impacts on the Township Road and no new roads are being created that he is aware of. Husom said she attended the Buffalo Township Meeting where this was discussed and supports the project. Kryzer said that a subdivision review will occur at the 8-29-13 Planning Commission meeting. Daleiden said he is concerned with issues that could result associated with large lots located in a city and potential requests to subdivide in the future. His concern is for the future when the land is annexed into the City.
Sawatzke said the Land Use Plan provides for some leeway with lakeshore properties. He asked Kryzer for his opinion on setting precedence on A/R requests in the townships based on this request. Kryzer responded that what the Land Use Plan calls for is that development can occur in this area on riparian lots that are especially suited for development. The Planning Commission felt this particular lot (dimensions, location, and lake frontage) does fit within the riparian area especially being suited for development, even though it is a natural lake setting. Sawatzke confirmed with Kryzer that if this property was not riparian to the Lake, then it would not have been allowed under the Land Use Plan. Kryzer said the Planning Commission reviewed files that were both approved and denied for riparian requests. He said it is a finding that is lot and application specific. Staff recommendation on this request was neutral. It provided one example of an approval and one example of a denial. Daleiden moved to accept the Findings and Recommendations of the Planning Commission for the following rezoning: A. Jeremy Carlson (Buffalo Twp.). The motion was seconded by Husom and carried 5-0.
Lt. Todd Hoffman asked that the Board to consider a petition to the Agenda for approval of a DNR Supplemental Equipment Grant. Sawatzke asked whether this item could be referred to the next Board Agenda. Lt. Hoffman explained that purchases and payments must be made prior to 9-16-13. It was the consensus that the item would be added due to time constraints. Husom moved to add this as Items For Consideration #4. The motion was seconded by Potter and carried unanimously.
Bob Hiivala, Auditor/Treasurer, presented his Agenda items. Brian Asleson, Chief Deputy Attorney, provided information on a request by Rockford Township for the County to grant a temporary slope easement for road improvements on a tax forfeit parcel. The property is located on the northwest side of Crawford Lake (south of Buffalo). The parcel went tax forfeit a number of years ago. The DNR indicated the County cannot sell the property as it is conservation property (wetland). Rockford Township is completing street improvements (paving) on 30th St. SE and has asked for the easement. The law reads that the Auditor can sign off on the easement with Board approval. It would be a temporary easement for construction purposes. Borrell moved to authorize the Auditor/Treasurer to grant a temporary slope easement to Rockford Township for road improvements on tax forfeit parcel ID #215-116-000010. The motion was seconded by Daleiden. The motion and second were amended to include that the property should be placed back to its natural condition within three years. The motion carried 5-0.
Asleson presented a draft resolution that would allow repurchase of a tax forfeit property, PID #204-123-001080. The property is classified homestead in Clearwater Township and has gone tax forfeit. Prior to that, there were two separate confessions of judgment. That is a process by which a property owner can redeem their property by signing off on a contract for deed to pay the back taxes over a ten-year period. Statute allows for two strikes on failure to make a payment under the installment plan, which has occurred, and the property has gone tax forfeit. Statutes allow the property owner to request repurchase once it has gone tax forfeit. The Statute calls for a ten-year installment plan. Asleson referenced the draft resolution language which states, in part, “The County Board has good cause to believe that a repurchase installment payment plan is unnecessary and not in the public interest.”
Staff is recommending that the repurchase be authorized with the condition that the entire repurchase price is paid at the time of the repurchase. This is because of the time that has been expended in trying to obtain payment from the property owner. The amount is less than $2,500 in back taxes. The final amount will be dependent on the repurchase date and miscellaneous fees. Daleiden asked whether the property owner has made any payments. Asleson stated they have but the majority of the delinquency relates to taxes from 1992, 1993, and 1997. They have paid current year taxes through 2012 but have failed to make payment on the back taxes. Asleson said the property owner has been verbally notified of the staff recommendation to the Board. Statute allows for a ten-year repayment for homestead and a five-year repayment for commercial and other classifications. The Board can choose a one-time payment option. Hiivala recommended the one-time payment. Daleiden made a motion to adopt Resolution #13-25 approving the repurchase of the tax forfeit property, PID #204-123-001080. The Auditor/Treasurer is directed to allow such repurchase, with the condition that the entire repurchase price be paid at the time of repurchase, and is also authorized to sign said contract according to Minnesota Statutes, Sections 282.241-282.261. The motion was seconded by Husom and carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.
On a motion by Daleiden, second by Potter, all voted to approve the claims as listed in the abstract, subject to audit, for a total of $236,593.16, 224 vendors, and 416 transactions.
Steve Jobe, Surveyor, said the 2013 edition of the Wright County Plat Books are available. They were last updated in 2007. The Books are available at the Surveyor’s Office, at the Public Works Building, at a cost of $30 each (plus $5 shipping and handling if mailed). For more information call 763-684-2390. Included in the plat book are traditional land ownership maps by township and range, a land owner index for easy cross referencing, and a general county road map. New in this edition are aerial view maps opposite the land ownership maps. It was the consensus that Jobe should work with the Auditor/Treasurer’s Office and/or the Planning & Zoning Office to make the Books available for sale at the Government Center location. Jobe announced that a drawing will be held 10-01-13 for a 42” size wall map of the same layout. Contact the Surveyor’s Office for details on entering the drawing. The Surveyor’s Office also produces the Highway Map, which is sold by the Highway Department. These are a number of things the County is now doing in house.
Daleiden moved to authorize attendance at the 2013 MCIT Regional Risk Management Workshops being held in September, 2013 at various locations throughout the State. The motion was seconded by Potter and carried 5-0.
Sawatzke received an email from MnDOT with an invite from the Commissioners and Transit Providers of Kandiyohi, McLeod, Meeker, Renville and Sibley Counties to a meeting on the future and possibilities of “Transit for Our Future” on 8-23-13 at 10:00 A.M. at the MnDOT District 8 Office in Hutchinson. Potter moved to authorize Sawatzke and Borrell (River Rider Delegates) to attend. The motion was seconded by Daleiden and carried 5-0.
Lt. Todd Hoffman, Sheriff’s Office, requested approval of a DNR Supplemental Equipment Grant in the amount of $940 to be used for the purchase of equipment. There are no matching funds required. Purchases and payments must be made prior to 9-16-13. Borrell moved to approve the DNR Supplemental Equipment Grant Agreement in the amount of $940, seconded by Potter, carried 5-0.
Access Data $2,495.00
Advanced Disposal Services 816.64
Allina Hospitals & Clinic 182.86
Allina Hospitals & Clinics 1,158.30
Ameripride Services 521.74
Annandale Rock Products 1,679.80
Annandale/City of 621.63
Anoka County Corrections 15,037.00
Arctic Glacier USA Inc 1,007.93
Boyer Truck Parts 543.22
Buff N Glo Inc 165.00
Buffalo Hospital 3,290.69
Buffalo/City of 1,827.25
Burdas Towing 551.39
Center Point Energy 1,984.84
CES Imaging 108.21
Clearwater/City of 2,130.20
Climate Air 5,436.90
Corporate Payment Systems 1,266.00
Croteau Plumbing 333.06
Cub Foods 111.05
Culligan of Buffalo 318.11
Dell Marketing LP 7,128.56
Design Elec.-Cold Spring Elec. 2,246.03
Diers Electric Inc 161.12
Edocument Resources 16,121.28
Ernst Gen. Construction Inc 2,900.00
Expert Auto. & Towing Inc 371.93
Farm-Rite Equipment Inc 1,816.05
Forestry Suppliers Inc 234.75
FS3 Inc 222.39
Garage Door Store 197.63
Golden Elect. Train. & Support 2,147.40
Gopher State One Call 250.95
Grand View Lodge 100.00
Greenview Inc 24,244.35
GTS Educational Events 130.00
Hillyard Inc - Minneapolis 2,299.51
Integrated Fire & Security 206.25
Jakes Excavating 815.00
Jerrys Towing & Repair 224.44
Junction Towing & Auto Repair 105.81
LaPlant Demo Inc 1,060.61
Loberg Electric 1,220.00
M-R Sign Company Inc 3,873.98
Madden Galanter Hansen LLP 3,432.27
Martin-McAllisters Consulting 1,350.00
McCarthy Well Company 205.00
Medical Arts Press 219.09
Menards - Buffalo 1,087.31
Metro Group Inc/The 7,504.22
Middleville Township 577.20
MN Assn. of CVSO 150.00
MN Chief Engineers Guild 110.00
MN Monitoring Inc 8,090.75
MN Recreation & Park Ass’n Inc 385.00
Monticello/City of 1 6,117.26
Morries Parts & Service Group 355.45
NAMI Minnesota 750.00
Office Depot 682.79
Plastocon Inc 612.28
Prairie Lakes Youth Programs 1,295.00
Precision Prints of Wright Co 253.29
Rockford Fire Department 5,000.00
Royal Tire Inc 733.34
Ryan Chevrolet 113.85
Ryan/Jonathan J 33,414.00
Sherwin Williams 194.04
State of MN-Off. Enterp. Tech 1,345.67
State Supply Co 109.97
Stearns County Sheriff 150.00
Theisen/Cynthia M 105.00
Total Printing 542.02
University Of Minnesota 1,000.00
Verizon Wireless 7,774.98
Warning Lites of MN Inc 2,502.81
West Payment Center 1,114.78
Westside Wholesale Tire 3,913.83
Wright Henn. Coop Elec Assn 7,075.91
Wright Hennepin Electric 1,194.20
10 Payments less than $100 753.79
Final total $236.593.16
The meeting adjourned at 9:35 A.M.
Published in the Herald Journal Sept. 9, 2013.