WRIGHT COUNTY BOARD MINUTES
NOVEMBER 4, 2014
The Wright County Board met in regular session at 9:00 A.M. with Husom, Sawatzke, Daleiden, Potter and Borrell present.
The 10-28-14 County Board Minutes were corrected as follows: Page 2, 6th paragraph, Line 3 should read, “He did not think the Water Management Plan and Land Use Plan would be codified” (Daleiden and Sawatzke). Daleiden moved to approve the County Board Minutes as corrected. The motion was seconded by Borrell and carried 5-0.
Petitions were accepted to the Agenda as follows: Item For Consideration B, “Refer to Building Committee Update on Equipment at the Compost Facility” (Daleiden). Daleiden moved to approve the Agenda as revised, seconded by Potter, carried 5-0.
On a motion by Borrell, second by Daleiden, all voted to approve the Consent Agenda:
1. Refer Ag Inspector Contract to Ways and Means Committee
1. Refer Drainage Inspector to Ways and Means Committee
1. Authorize Signatures on Memorandum of Understanding with Non-Union Employees, For Donation of Vacation to an Employee.
D. SHERIFF’S OFFICE
1. Authorize Signatures on Emergency Management Performance Grant 2014, $59,301, Effective 1-01-14 to 12-31-14.
Bob Hiivala, Auditor/Treasurer, presented the claims listing for approval. Daleiden moved to approve the claims as listed in the abstract, subject to audit, for a total of $121,828.82 with 124 vendors and 175 transactions, subject to audit. The motion was seconded by Borrell and carried 5-0.
Brian Asleson, Chief Deputy Attorney, said Wright County holds a Contract with Crossroads Animal Shelter to provide dangerous dog services for 2014/2015. Compensation is $3,000/year (paid quarterly). Due to the increased volume of dangerous dog matters, Crossroads Animal Shelter is requesting an additional $500 for in compensation for 2015. Asleson said the Sheriff’s Office supports this request. Sawatzke said he normally would be opposed to changing a contract at mid point. However, even with the $500 increase in fees the County would be paying less than what was paid to the previous provider of this service, and the County is receiving more in services. Asleson said that Crossroads Animal Shelter follows through with the dog owner, including making sure the animal is registered when necessary. They also assist the Sheriff’s Office in determining whether a dog is dangerous. Asleson said the County operated under State Law for dangerous dogs until about five years ago. It was decided at that time to adopt a Dangerous Dog Ordinance in Wright County. Borrell moved to increase the compensation to Crossroads Animal Shelter an extra $500 starting in 2015. The motion was seconded by Sawatzke. Daleiden referenced collection of the various fees in the Contract. Asleson said that Crossroads Animal Shelter has been successful in collecting those from the animal owner. If the fees are not collected, the County is responsible to pay Crossroads and can sue the dog owner to collect them. The motion carried 5-0.
Sean Riley, Planning & Zoning Administrator, announced that Tracy Janikula, Feedlot Officer, received the Minnesota Association of County Feedlot Officers (MACFO) “Tina Rosenstein Award.” The award “honors a MACFO Member who has demonstrated leadership and achieved significant results in educating the general public about livestock operations, assist livestock producers with recognizing the benefits of proper nutrient management, and fostered working relationships with livestock producers so that both the environmental permitting process and the requirements of Minnesota Rules Chapter 7020 are better understood and implemented.” Riley said the Award recognizes someone who goes above and beyond normal job functions. Janikula said it is nice to be recognized for her work in bringing producers into compliance. Janikula was congratulated on receiving the award.
Riley requested the Board set a Committee Of The Whole (COTW) Meeting to discuss the Corinna Township Services Contract. The purpose of the agreement is to provide coordinated building and sewage treatment code administration within Corinna Township. The current Contract expires 12-31-14. Sawatzke moved to set a COTW Meeting on 11-25-14 at 11:00 A.M., seconded by Potter. The County Board requested that any proposed changes to the Contract be provided ahead of the COTW meeting. The motion carried 5-0.
Marc Mattice, Parks Administrator, requested approval of a Maintenance Agreement between Wright County, the City of Monticello, and Mark Holker for maintenance activities to assist with the restoration of 39.5 acres of land at Bertram Chain of Lakes Regional Park into land suitable for park and recreation costs (no cost to the County). This involves 29 acres of cultivated land on Parcel #213-100-084301 and 10 acres of cultivated land on Parcel #213-100-171201 of Bertram Chain of Lakes Regional Park. No rent will be paid and a cover crop of soybeans will be planted. Next year, grading and site development is planned by the City. Sawatzke moved to authorize signatures on the Maintenance Agreement, seconded by Potter. Daleiden questioned whether bids are required. Asleson stated that Statute reflects a certain dollar threshold for bids of leases with real property. This would be considerably lower than that threshold. The arrangement allows for benefit to both the County and Holker. Mattice said this type of arrangement has been done in other areas where land is rented prior to having restoration plans in place. This Agreement involves a one-year timeline. The motion carried 5-0.
Mattice asked the Board to approve a Parks Commission recommendation to partner with the Cedar Lake Conservation Association (CLCA) on the construction and installation of a Chimney Swift nesting structure at Schroeder Park. The CLCA has offered to provide materials and labor to complete the project at no cost to the Parks Department. He said the Parks Department has developed a good partnership with the CLCA working on a variety of projects at Schroeder Park in the past (Aquatic Invasive Species Inspections, Purple Martin nesting structure, and Kids Don’t Float PFD loaner station). It was the consensus that this project can move forward without approval by the County Board.
Lee Kelly, County Coordinator, asked for approval of a Christmas Eve Policy for employees. The Policy has been utilized the past several years. It would allow County offices to close to the public at 12:00 P.M. on Christmas Eve. Employees would have the option to take that time off using vacation, floating holiday, compensatory time, or without pay. Flexible scheduling is not an option. Employees who do not desire or not able to take advantage of the time off will remain on their normal work schedule. Daleiden said with the upgrade of the telephone system, it would allow monitoring of how many calls are received the afternoon of Christmas Eve. Sawatzke moved to approve the Christmas Eve Policy for 2014, seconded by Daleiden, carried 5-0.
Daleiden moved to refer to the Building Committee an update on the equipment at the Compost Facility. He said the person analyzing the equipment would like to provide an update on the equipment and values. The motion was seconded by Sawatzke and carried unanimously.
Advisory Committee/Advisory Board Updates.
1. Water Management Task Force. Discussion included how to utilize State funding toward invasive species including Education/Outreach, Inspection/Decontamination, Treatment, and Ordinances/State Legislation. Highest rated by the group were Education/Outreach. Inspection/Decontamination and Treatment came in second and third. Various educational pieces were discussed including rotating inspections at lakes, kiosks, and QR codes for information and videos. The C.R.O.W. is assisting this effort. Information on how funding will be used needs to be sent to the State by the end of the year. Daleiden said Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) treatment is expensive. There are limits on how much of a lake can be treated at a time for milfoil or plant life. Lake associations need to partner in addressing AIS.
2. Hazard Mitigation Meeting. Husom said a meeting was held on 10-28-14 at the Rockford Township Hall and included attendance by firefighters, emergency management, and township officials. There will be two to four meetings per year to work on the Hazard Mitigation Plan and identification of event priorities. Potter said that the Plan requires an update every five years, which is the point it is currently at.
3. Public Works Owners Committee Meeting. Potter stated the first Public Works Owners Committee Meeting occurred on 10-29-14. Discussion included various things including design, size, mezzanine, meeting space, and the tempered storage area. He thought it was a good exchange of information. Sawatzke said a large meeting room is not needed in the new Public Works Facility; there will be a meeting room in the current Public Works site. Potter said the discussion centered more on adequate space to allow for safety training of larger groups of employees. Sawatzke understands the meeting space in the existing space should be adequate to allow for these trainings. There are also conference rooms located at the Law Enforcement Center and Historical Society that could be utilized for this purpose.
4. River Rider Meeting. Borrell said the group is still addressing unemployment for past employees of River Rider. Some employees were laid off and did not sign up right away for unemployment benefits. The attorney is researching how long the County will be responsible for this insurance. Daleiden asked about the time frame that applies to any remaining funding. Sawatzke said River Rider still has possession of the funding but more discussion may be needed on how it is used.
Abbott Northwestern Hospital $964.18
AGC Networks Inc 1,125.50
American Databank LLC 247.55
ANCOM Communications Inc 212.00
Annandale Rock Products 297.77
Annandale/City of 1,663.60
Apollo Glass Company 470.25
Aramark Services Inc 8,010.31
Black Box Resale Services 312.00
Buffalo Auto Value 101.99
Buffalo Hospital 962.46
Buffalo/City of 2,250.00
Burdas Towing 273.00
Cenex Fleetcard 1,707.79
Centra Sota Coop - Buffalo 10,401.03
Chatham Township 871.75
Clearwater/City of 1,131.10
Climate Air 570.00
Cokato/City of 957.40
Community Lawn Care 247.00
Consolidated Landcare Inc 3,981.61
Constellation Justice Systems 1,492.00
Constr. Services Diversified 2,620.90
Corinna Township 906.00
Cub Foods 200.14
Davis Excavating Inc 5,366.00
Dell Marketing LP 108.79
Design Electr. Inc-Cold Spring 3,733.35
Dynamic Recycling 2,871.73
Elk River Municipal Utilities 156.74
Engel/Dale L 700.00
Exceptional Outdoor Services 494.00
Expert Automotive & Towing Inc 195.00
Franklin Township 2,061.40
Grand View Lodge 747.00
Greene Espel PLLP 4,677.96
Hardings Towing Inc 175.00
Hillyard Inc - Minneapolis 2,998.98
Howard Lake/City of 2,847.30
Interstate Automotive 125.00
LaPlant Demo Inc 979.54
Loberg Electric 386.71
Maple Lake Lumber Co. 6,359.98
Maple Lake/City of 992.45
Mapping Solutions 1,128.00
Marco Inc 4,572.50
Marysville Township 1,483.68
Menards - Buffalo 329.25
Meritide Inc 2,100.00
Mid-Minnesota Hot Mix Inc 2,524.90
MN Fall Maintenance Expo 745.00
Moore & Moore Advantage 300.00
Morries Parts & Service Group 769.60
Office Depot 1,809.10
Omann Brothers Inc 279.46
Potter/Michael J 229.00
Pts of America LLC 2,321.55
RCM Specialties Inc 598.00
Rockford Township 2,724.64
Rockford/City of 1,586.00
Royal Tire Inc 2,000.86
Severson/Brian F 125.00
Traffic Marking Service Inc 7,610.15
Verizon Wireless 330.61
Woodland Township 577.00
Wright County Highway Dept 364.23
Xcel Energy 1,827.13
Ziegler Inc 1,519.10
27 Payments less than $100 1,419.76
Final total $121,828.82
The meeting adjourned at 9:46 A.M
Published in the Herald Journal Dec. 1, 2014.