WRIGHT COUNTY BOARD MINUTES
JUNE 10, 2014
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 6-03-14 County Board Minutes as presented. The motion was seconded by Potter and carried 5-0.
Petitions were accepted to the Agenda as follows: 9:05 Auditor/Treasurer, Item #4, “Provide Instruction To Ditch Viewers To Include DNR Land On Ditch 38 & Jt. Ditch 14” (Hiivala). Borrell moved to approve the Agenda as amended, seconded by Daleiden, carried unanimously.
On a motion by Daleiden, second by Borrell, all voted to approve the Consent Agenda:
1. Approve Renewal Of Combination On/Off Sale Liquor License For “Hitching Post At Lake Center” (Corinna Twp.).
2. Authorize Up To A Two Month Personal Leave Of Absence For Employee, Auditor/Treasurer’s Office, Effective Approximately 6-11-14.
B. Human Services
1. Position Replacements:
A. Accounting Clerk, Fiscal/Technology Unit.
B. Financial Worker, Family Financial Services Unit.
(End of Consent Agenda)
Bob Hiivala, Auditor/Treasurer, presented two tax forfeit land resolutions for approval. On a motion by Daleiden, second by Potter, roll call vote carried 5-0 to adopt Resolution #14-36 recommending that the Minnesota Commissioner of Revenue convey to the City of Albertville by quit claim deed the following parcel:
101-081-000010; for storm water retention purposes
On a motion by Potter, second by Daleiden, roll call vote carried 5-0 to adopt Resolution #14-37 recommending that the Minnesota Commissioner of Revenue convey to the City of Buffalo by state deed the six tax forfeit parcels:
103-059-000010; for storm water storage
103-129-000010; for street right-of-way and storm water control
103-129-000011; for street right-of-way and storm water control
103-174-000010; for storm water damage
103-213-000010; for storm water damage
103-213-000030; for storm water control and storage
Hiivala said a meeting was held last week with Ron Ringquist who provided a report on viewer’s work that has been completed on Ditch 38 and Joint Ditch 14. Discussion at that meeting included a recommendation to instruct viewers to assess DNR land. Potter made a motion to instruct the viewers to include DNR land, seconded by Borrell. The motion carried 5-0.
The claims listing was reviewed. The following questions were asked:
• Page 2, Breezy Point Resort Inc. ($900.00), Court Services for Overnight Conferences X5. Daleiden asked that in the future, the claims listing include more of a description on what type of conference it is. Hiivala said this claim relates to the annual Minnesota Association of County Probation Officers Conference and is a budgeted item. He said they can modify the report to reflect more information in the future.
• Page 7, MN Department of Labor & Industry ($2,734.89), May Surcharge under Miscellaneous Revenue. Daleiden asked if this was miscoded. Sawatzke said this relates to the building surcharge collected in Planning & Zoning and a portion of it goes to the State. Daleiden requested the definition be changed to reflect something such as “Building Permit Surcharge.”
On a motion by Daleiden, second by Borrell, all voted to approve the claims as listed in the abstract, subject to audit, for a total of $270,132.36, with 138 vendors, and 206 transactions.
Bill Stephens, Environmental Health Officer, said the Building Committee recommended an assessment of the fixed machinery at the Compost Facility to help determine the potential need for an appraisal of the equipment as to the value of the Facility, both as individual pieces and as a whole. He requested approval for Buhler Group to complete this assessment of the Compost Facility fixed machinery at a cost of $2,400 (24 hours x $100/hour). The price includes travel time and expenses, and a summary report of the findings and general recommendations. Borrell moved to authorize Buhler Group to complete the assessment, seconded by Daleiden. Sawatzke asked whether the expectation of Buhler Group is that they will market this or profit from it. Stephens said the sole purpose is to make a determination on the functionality of the equipment. Once a report is provided, Buhler’s involvement is complete. The motion carried 5-0.
Barb Chaffee, CEO, Central Minnesota Jobs & Training Services (CMJTS), and representatives from CMJTS provided an update and overview. It is the 30th Anniversary of the CMJTS Joint Powers Board Agreement. The Central MN CMJTS serves an 11-County area (Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Kandiyohi, McLeod, Meeker, Mille Lacs, Pine, Renville, Sherburne, and Wright). Programs include Public Assistance and Senior Services, Adult and Dislocated Worker, Youth, and Workforce Development Division. Potter moved to adopt Resolution #14-38 approving the Joint Powers Agreement, seconded by Borrell, carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.
A Committee Of The Whole Meeting was held on 5-27-14. At today’s County Board Meeting, Daleiden moved to approve the minutes, seconded by Borrell. The following correction was made to the minutes: Page 1, list all Board members under Members Present (Sawatzke). The motion to approve the minutes carried 5-0. The minutes of the meeting follow:
I. Tour of Courts Area.
A tour of the Courts facilities was presented by the Judges and staff of the 10th Judicial District. An overview was provided outlining the changes in court proceedings that have taken place over the last decade. This has created challenges due to the limitations of the current facilities.
The Judges noted the size of the courtrooms make it difficult to conduct in jury trials. Scheduling is challenging when jury trials run concurrently.
The Committee discussed desired changes related to the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Improvements to the sound system were desired to better accommodate those with hearing difficulties.
Desired changes to courtroom layouts and judges benches were discussed. The changes would improve security and workflow. Additional space would be created to present documents.
The use of technology to present evidence and court documents has increased. This equipment currently has to be brought in as it is not currently integrated into the courtrooms. This mobile technology takes up additional space in the courtroom when it is brought in. A long term goal is to go paperless in the courtroom.
The Judges offered the Commissioners the opportunity to “ride along” for a day in the courtroom. Tours of the other Courts facilities in the 10th District could also be arranged if desired.
Recommendation: Informational only.
(End of 5-27-14 Committee Of The Whole Minutes)
Lee Kelly, County Coordinator, said two applications have been received for the Drainage Inspector position. He proposed scheduling a Committee Of The Whole (COTW) Meeting to review the applications. Sawatzke moved to schedule a COTW Meeting on 6-16-14 at 2:30 P.M. The motion was seconded by Potter and carried unanimously.
Commissioner Daleiden said with the new website, the County Board packets are available digitally. Discussion by the Board included whether to proceed with paper packets, the use of laptops in the Board Room, and having the claims listing included as part of the Board packet. The Board consensus was that the claims listing should include a disclaimer that the expenses are unapproved and are subject to and pending approval of the Board. Daleiden asked that Board packet discussion occur again at the next County Board Meeting so the Administration Office is not completing dual processes (digital and paper packets) for the remainder of the year.
Advisory Committee/Advisory Board Updates:
1. Tax Forfeit Committee. Potter said the Committee met and continued the meeting to 6-24-14 due to the large volume of tax forfeit items.
2. Sheriff’s Office Open House. Husom attended the Open House and said it was an enjoyable event. The event included military vehicles, the Life Link helicopter, and the Safe Communities Crash Vehicle.
3. Safe Communities Crash Vehicle. The vehicle is parked outside of the Government Center. The family that owned the vehicle felt it was important to remind people that they should drive safely.
4. Clearwater River Watershed District. Husom said the CRWD received an Environmental Initiative Award for Natural Resources for its Targeted Fertilizer Application Project: A unique, ongoing partnership with local agricultural co-ops and local farmers to protect lakes and streams while supporting farmers through optimized fertilizer use (more information is reflected on the CRWD’s website).
5. CROW Meeting and SWCD. Borrell said a meeting was held a couple of months ago on aquatic invasive species and inspections that are being completed. A State law has been passed which will provide money to counties as long as they come up with a plan to use the dollars. A formula is being used to determine the amount of money each county receives. The CROW and SWCD are developing plans on how to use this funding.
Affiliated Computer Serv. 2,935.00
Ag Neovo Technology Corp 135.00
Albertville/City of 50,000.00
Ameripride Services 396.91
ANCOM Communications Inc 787.00
Annandale Advocate Inc 197.25
Benson Psychological 200.00
Breezy Point Resort Inc 900.00
Brink Painting 2,100.00
Buffalo Auto Value 354.92
Buffalo Hospital 2,257.55
Buffalo/City of 56,812.18
Burdas Towing 206.00
CDW Government Inc 6,091.02
Centra Sota Coop. - Buffalo 2,404.63
Central Fire Protection 359.00
Contech Construc. Product 8,764.26
Cottens Inc 787.99
Ernst General Construction Inc 288.00
Expert Automotive & Towing Inc 185.00
Federal Signal Corporation 657.91
First Choice - St Cloud 151.26
Franz Reprographics 347.50
Gemmy Industries Corp 2,821.00
Glunz Const. Septic Serv. LLC 130.00
Green Interiors 450.00
Greenview Inc 10,063.96
Hancock Concrete Prod. LLC 2,846.10
Hillyard Inc - Minneapolis 607.54
Holen Aluminum Products Inc 3,471.30
Holt Motors Inc 348.88
Junction Towing & Auto Repair 234.00
L3 Communications Inc 3,402.00
Labor Relations Info. Systems 250.00
Laplant Demo Inc 574.23
M & M Express Sales and Serv. 672.16
Maple Lake Lumber Company 113.23
Martin Marietta Materials 1,746.64
Martin-McAllisters Consulting 2,250.00
McNamara Inc/B 26,780.00
Menards - Buffalo 547.77
MN Area Assoc. of Realtors 1,404.00
MN Bureau of Crim. Apprehen. 570.00
MN Dept. of Labor & Industry 2,734.89
MN Dept. of Labor & Industry 200.00
MN State Board of Assessors 105.00
MN Supreme Court 508.00
Monticello Towing LLC 250.00
Morrell Towing Inc 348.00
Motorola Inc 16,357.44
Mountain Stream Sports 713.70
Neopost Great Plains 1,143.70
Nuss Truck & Equipment 1,279.37
Office Depot 1,354.89
Performance Kennels Inc 103.20
PSS World Medical Inc 653.24
RCM Specialties Inc 2,232.00
Rockford Township 1,094.50
RTVision Inc 1,323.75
Specialty Turf & Ag 130.00
Stericycle Inc 377.95
Travel Gallery/The 436.90
Upr. MW Comm. Policing Inst 255.00
W D Larson Companies LTD 1,390.14
Walmart Store 01-1577 1,053.61
Warning Lites of MN Inc 984.00
Waste Management-TC West 2,919.01
Wright County Surveyor 2,050.07
Wright Hennepin Electric 342.90
26 Payments less than $100 1,355.88
Final total $270,132.36
The meeting adjourned at 10:31 A.M
Published in the Herald Journal June 30, 2014.