Wright County Board Minutes

WRIGHT COUNTY BOARD MINUTES
DECEMBER 16, 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 12-02-14 County Board Minutes as presented. The motion was seconded by Borrell and carried unanimously.
Daleiden moved to approve the 12-04-14 County Board Minutes. The motion was seconded by Sawatzke. Changes were made to Page 4 as follows:
• Paragraph 5 was corrected to read:
“McGregor said the newspapers are reporting that the County had a zero percent growth budget policy for the last six to ten years. His research finds otherwise. Sawatzke said the County Budget has not been zero percent growth in the last ten years. If inflation is calculated per capita, it might show negative growth. Husom said the total inflation for the last ten years is 25.9 percent or an average 2.59 percent per year. One would have to look at each year with the rate of inflation. Husom said last year the Levy was pretty flat. Sawatzke said the levy went up less than one percent. Sawatzke said he would not be surprised if on a per capita basis in real dollars that the Budget has gone down in the last ten years. Borrell said that argument could be made when adjusting for inflation and population growth.”
• Paragraph 6, 4th line, sentence should read:
“Husom said her wages have stayed the same, and that the cost of goods and services is not equal to wages.”
The motion to approve the 12-04-14 County Board Minutes as amended carried 5-0.
The Agenda was amended as follows:
• Consent Item G should read, “Planning & Zoning, Lay over discussion on sale of Equipment at Compost Facility until information is available.” (Daleiden)
• Remove Timed Agenda Item scheduled for 10:10 A.M., Tammy Bigelow, “Request For Employee Personal Leave” and add Consent Item H., “Administration, Extend Employee Personal Leave Up To Four Weeks” (Bigelow).
• Auditor/Treasurer Time Agenda Item #1 and #2 are the same action (Hiivala).
• An Agenda attachment entitled, “12-16-14 Request For Board Action RE: Public Hearing For Proposed Assessments” should be moved from the 9:45 A.M. Agenda Item, Sean Riley, Planning & Zoning Administrator, to the 9:30 A.M. Public Hearing Agenda Item (Riley).
• Add “Aquatic Invaders Summit!” to the 10:25 A.M., Joe Jacobs, Water Resource Specialist Agenda Item on the AIS Draft Plan (Daleiden).
Daleiden made a motion to approve the Agenda as amended. The motion was seconded by Borrell and carried unanimously.
The Consent Agenda was discussed. Daleiden requested removal of Item G of the Consent Agenda for discussion. Sawatzke moved to approve the remainder of the Consent Agenda. The motion carried 5-0 on a second by Potter.
A. ADMINISTRATION
1. Claim: Madden, Galanter & Hansen, LLP - $9,242.48
B. ADMINISTRATION
1. Schedule Negotiation Committee Of The Whole Meeting (Closed Session) for 12-23-14 @ 10:00 A.M. RE: Negotiation Strategies.
C. ADMINISTRATION
Schedule 2014 Employee Recognition Ceremony for 3-03-15 @ 10:00 A.M.
D. AUDITOR/TREASURER
Approve Renewal of 2015 Tobacco Licenses for:
City of Albertville: Casey’s Retail Company DBA Casey’s General Store #2412; Coborn’s, Inc. DBA Coborn’s #2029; Coborn’s, Inc. DBA Coborn’s Liquor #6038; Don’s Auto Service & Repair, Inc.; Coborn’s, Inc. DBA Little Duke’s; Midwest Tobacco, Inc.;
City of Clearwater: Clearwater Enterprises, Inc. DBA Clearwater Travel Plaza; Clearwater Enterprises, Inc. DBA Clearwater Travel Plaza - Fuel Center; Coborn’s, Inc. DBA Coborn’s #2008; Coborn’s, Inc. DBA Coborn’s Liquor #6034; Coborn’s, Inc. DBA Little Duke’s;
City of Cokato: Casey’s Retail Company DBA Casey’s General Store #1647; Lake Region Coop Oil Association;
City of Delano: Coborn’s, Inc. DBA Coborn’s #2028; Hansoline, Inc. DBA Flippin Bill’s; Coborn’s, Inc. DBA Holiday Stationstore #4073;
Township of French Lake: Lantto’s Store;
City of Hanover: River Inn Bar & Grill; Jonwall, Inc. DBA The Original Tom Thumb;
City of Maple Lake: H&H Outdoor Outfitter & Sports Shop, Inc. DBA H&H Sport Shop; Lake Region Coop Oil Association;
City of Monticello: Ecig Logic LLC; Kwik Trip, Inc. DBA Kwik Trip #345; Monticello Smoke Shop, Inc.;
City of Montrose: Casey’s Retail Company DBA Casey’s General Store #1881; O’Brothers Wine & Spirits;
City of Otsego: JLM, LLC DBA Pour Wine Bar and Bistro; Shag-bark, Inc. DBA Riverview Liquorette;
City of Rockford: Casey’s Retail Company DBA Casey’s General Store #2156;
City of South Haven: South Haven Sports LLC;
City of St. Michael: Coborn’s, Inc. DBA Cash Wise Liquor #7043; W & S, Inc. DBA Corner Bar; Kwik Trip, Inc. DBA Kwik Trip #681;
City of Waverly: Mark’s Service.
E. HUMAN SERVICES
1. Position Replacement a. Social Worker
F. PARKS DEPARTMENT
1. Appoint Martyn Dibben to a three-year term on the Parks Commission (January 2015 - December 2017).
Martyn will represent Commissioner District #1.
Discussion followed on Item G, PLANNING & ZONING, “Lay Over Discussion on Sale of Equipment at Compost Facility Until Information Is Available.” Daleiden said he removed this item to clarify that the Agenda item originally did not include the word “equipment.” He wanted the public to know that this item relates to information on the sale of the equipment at the Compost Facility and not the sale of the Facility itself. Lee Kelly, County Coordinator, said this was a clerical error and it would be corrected. Sawatzke made a motion to lay this topic over to a future date when the information is available, seconded by Potter, carried 5-0.
Adam Tagarro, Information Technology Director, introduced Joseph Ihrig to the County Board who was recently hired as a Network Analyst. Ihrig was welcomed.
Bob Hiivala, Auditor/Treasurer, presented his Agenda items. He requested approval of the 11-25-14 Tax Forfeit Committee Minutes. Daleiden moved to approve the minutes, seconded by Potter, carried 5-0. The Committee Minutes follow:
The committee met on November 25th 2014 at 8:15 am in the Auditor/Treasurer conference room, with the following individuals present: Bob Hiivala, Denise McCalla, Brian Asleson, Alicia Gillham, Shawne Lindenfelser, Michael Potter, Charles Borrell and Tammi Vaith.
Justin Kannas was also present from the City of Montrose.
The purpose of the meeting was to set the minimum bid price for The Preserve of Montrose Addition. After a lengthy discussion on the topic, Borrell motioned for $1.00 per parcel sale to the City of Montrose plus fees, under the blighted land statute. This motion was seconded by Potter.
The City will be sending a resolution reconfirming the purchase and their intentions for the land purchase.
Brian Asleson requested to add one item to the meeting. Brian explained that we have three parcels of land that the DNR says we need special legislation in order to sell because of the waterfront it resides on. These parcels will need to be classified as non-conservation in order for him to proceed with the special legislation request. Potter motioned to have the three parcels listed as non-conservation, Borrell seconded that motion.
The three parcels are 209-000-352402, 209-000-352400 and 216-137-000010.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:50
(End of 11-25-14 Tax Forfeit Committee Minutes)
Brian Asleson, Chief Deputy Attorney, said Auditor/Treasurer Item 1, “Approve City of Montrose Tax Forfeit Land Resolution” and Item 2, “City of Montrose Resolution To Purchase The Preserve Addition” relate to the same topic. One is a copy of the City’s resolution that was adopted and the other is a request for the County Board to adopt a resolution conveying tax forfeit parcels to the City of Montrose for $1.00 each. Asleson said the area is currently platted as townhomes and some of the infrastructure had already been installed. The intent is to re-plat this area as single family homes. The City’s main goal is to recuperate some of the costs and to provide affordable housing. Part of the Statute associated with this request has to do with affordable housing and clean up of a blighted land situation. Daleiden questioned whether the County should follow up to assure affordable housing is put in. Asleson said that is something the State is expecting the County to do. The State has indicated they do not want the Statute abused. Sawatzke asked what expectation is placed upon the City relating to affordable housing. He did not want to place a limit on the City as to what type of housing occurs. Asleson said that everything submitted thus far has gained approval from the Department of Revenue. Borrell moved to adopt Resolution #14-75, seconded by Potter, carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.
Hiivala asked for Board approval to increase the Change Fund in the License Bureau from $1,000 to $2,000. Sawatzke moved to approve the request, seconded by Potter, carried 5-0.
Hiivala requested approval of a $100 Change Fund and a $100 Petty Cash Fund for the Coordinator’s Office. After discussion on process, Potter made a motion to approve the request. The motion carried 5-0 on a second by Daleiden.
At 9:32 A.M., the Board Meeting was recessed into a Public Hearing on a proposed assessment for a property located at 10856 Pleason Avenue N.W. in South Haven. Greg Kryzer, Assistant County Attorney, said this is a result of civil action against the property owner with total costs incurred of $3,883.72 for removal of a tree and six vehicles. Notice was sent to the property owner by certified mail. Kryzer said the vehicles will be held at the Compost Facility for 90 days and then will be sold by auction. The property owner can pick up the vehicles prior to the 90-day time frame expiring, but they cannot be moved back to the property. No public comment was received at today’s Hearing.
The Public Hearing was closed at 10:36 A.M. and the Board Meeting was reconvened. Potter moved to adopt Resolution #14-76 adopting the assessment for abatement of nuisances at the above mentioned property, seconded by Borrell, carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.
Hiivala presented for approval the 11-20-14 County Ditch 38 Public Hearing Minutes. Discussion at today’s Board Meeting included a possible correction to the Minutes on Page 1, last Paragraph, which reflects “The ditch system consists of a main tile, no tile branches, and a shallow open outlet ditch.” Borrell thought there were branches on the south side of the road. Hiivala indicated that Ron Ringquist suggested this language and the language may have been taken from the original legal description. Hiivala said that there may have not been branches at the time of the original legal description but that could have been modified since. Borrell moved to approve the County Ditch 38 Public Hearing Minutes, seconded by Daleiden, carried 5-0. The Minutes of the County Ditch 38 Public Hearing follow:
The Ditch Authority met at 6:00 PM in the Wright County Board Room with Commissioner Borrell, Daleiden, Sawatzke, Potter and Husom present.
Also present was Kurt Deter from Rinke Noonan, Minnesota Viewers; Ron Ringquist, John Dotolo, and Rick Battles, Brian Asleson; Wright County Attorney, Mike Young; Wright County Ditch Inspector, and Janice Edmonson; Auditor’s Office.
Husom asked if the public notice requirements had been met. Edmonson stated that the notice requirements of the Public Hearing were met by 3 consecutive publications in the Wright County official newspaper. Also, mailings were sent to all benefited landowners impacted by the redetermination.
Kurt Deter stated the purpose of the redetermination hearing was to update the benefit rolls. Benefited lands and benefits of many public drainage systems have not been updated for decades, some for over a century. To create a sense of fairness within the watershed by creating a system whereby every acre of land in a watershed that receives benefits pays for that benefit. The available levy dollars are low and in today’s costs, that kind of funding can not do much, especially if any major work needs to be done. Deter stated that Ron Ringquist, the lead Viewer will present the Viewers’ Report and the following 3 conditions must be met for the Joint Board to approve the report:
1. The Viewers’ Report has been made and other proceedings have been completed under Minnesota Statutes 103E.
2. The reports made or amended are complete and correct.
3. The damages and benefits have been properly determined.
Ron Ringquist then presented the Viewers’ Report as follows:
In accordance with the Minnesota Statute 103E.351, we, the viewers, herewith submit the following Viewers’ Report:
Benefits and Damages Statement
This report covers the redetermination of benefits for a previously constructed drainage system. The basis for determining benefits and damages is, therefore, based upon a comparison of the conditions that would have existed prior to the ditch system’s construction with those that do exist with the drainage system in a reasonable state of repair.
Wright County Ditch No. 38 was originally established in 1918. In 1926 an extension of the tile system was proposed. In the 1960’s the outlet was extended with a shallow open ditch. The ditch system consists of a main tile, no tile branches, and a shallow open outlet ditch. The watershed includes land from all or portions of Sections 33, 34, and 35, in Marysville Township and Sections 2, 3 and 4 of Woodland Township, all in Wright County. The drainage system has had some maintenance as required to avoid system failure.
Supporting documentation for the analysis and conclusions of the report are contained in our files and are available for inspection.
The figures stated herein are based on a full and fair consideration of all pertinent facts and information that we were aware of at the time of this redetermination process. The following aids were used during the viewing process.
1. Soil Survey Manuals and Maps of Wright County
2. FSA Aerial Photos
3. Yield averages and production costs taken from Minnesota State College and University Farm Management Records
4. Sales data from the Wright County Assessor’s office
5. Visual inspection of each 40-acre tract
6. Consultation with service providers and area producers.
Land classification benefit values are based upon an increase in the potential for agricultural production as a result of constructing the drainage project, or to property that is responsible for increased drainage system maintenance or drainage system capacity because the natural drainage on a property has been altered or modified to accelerate the drainage of water from the property. Direct benefit values are reconciled with sales value increases. Existing individual land management practices were not considered. All present land use was evaluated under estimated best land management practice. Special consideration was given to areas which were considered to be in a native/non-converted condition or identified as wetland under wetlands inventory and restricted from drainage by state or federal regulations.
No direct consideration was given to structure values within the watershed.
Watershed conditions prior to drainage
To complete the viewing practice during a redetermination of benefits the viewers identify the before project land use, property value, and economic productivity. The native conditions of lands within the watershed prior to the construction of Wright County Ditch No. 38 consisted of upland native woods and prairie, shallow wetlands and a meandered lake.
Valuation with constructed County Ditch No. 38
The after project condition has considered both direct and indirect benefits. The Potential direct benefit is based upon the highest potential land use, property value, and an economic productivity, after public and private drainage have been installed with consideration of the limited open ditch and tile system capacities. The indirect land use and increased drainage contribution from upland conversion and development areas are valued as contribution units.
The land and benefit values are:
“A-” - Seasonally ponded hay or pasture use with a market value of range of $2500.00 to $3000.00 per acre. The value of drainage within the market is between $1500.00 to $2000.00 per acre with an annual economic productivity of $100.00 based upon grazing days or grass hay value. With consideration of the accelerated run-off within the ditch system watershed, extended ponding occurs in this class of land causing a declining benefit value.
“B” - Upland agricultural use. Changed from native cover to an agricultural use that has accelerated runoff.
“B-”- Drained hydric soil agricultural use. Changed from native cover to an agricultural use that has accelerated runoff as well as potential subsurface drainage for optimum production.
“C” – Developed commercial or industrial land use that has undergone a change of land use and have accelerated runoff, at a rate greater than that from conversion to a higher intensity agricultural use..
“C-” Developed residential land use of low density platting that have undergone a change of land use and have accelerated runoff, at a rate greater than that from conversion to a higher intensity agricultural use..
“D” Developed residential land use of medium density platting that have undergone a change of land use and have accelerated runoff, at a rate greater than that from conversion to a higher intensity agricultural use.
“D-” Developed residential land use of high density platting that have undergone a change of land use and have accelerated runoff, at a rate greater than that from conversion to a higher intensity agricultural use.
Road benefits were determined with consideration of the reduced construction and maintenance costs that were realized after construction of the drainage system. No tile benefits were given but normally reflect the additional value added as the ditch system tile provides one of the normal lines of tile for subsurface drainage.
The open ditch portion of the drainage system, as established, does not have adequate capacity to provide an adequate outlet for conversion of the adjacent lands to a change of use. The channel provides a flowage area for flow contributions from the upper watershed only. These adjacent lands are considered non benefited due to the channels limited capacity and depth.
The net benefit provided by the ditch system is determined by the potential benefit value being applied to the number of acres determined to be in each class per tract, accumulating the sum of these benefit values, and then applying the location adjustment.
Damages have been given for the easement acquisition for the area required to establish the one-rod seeding area adjacent to the channel required by Minnesota Statute No. 103E.021. The lands taken are considered as a permanent easement only and will be restricted from use for commodity crop production. The damage value in our opinion is the difference between the current land value and the value of the same lands with the easement in place.
Sawatzke asked for an explanation regarding the buffer strips and if the viewers during the viewing process had found any private tile or laterals into the ditch system without authorization. Ringquist explained that the required buffer strip per Section 103E.021 requires the establishment of minimum 1-rod (16.5 ft) buffer strips of perennial vegetation along drainage ditches on both sides of the ditch. Landowners assessed benefits for a county ditch do not have to seek authority pursuant to use such ditch for an outlet for a proposed lateral. However, no lateral or lateral system can be constructed for drainage lands not assessed benefits into an existing ditch system without authorization. The viewers did not make any attempt to determine unauthorized laterals into the system.
Husom opened the floor for public comment and questions concerning the Viewers’ Report.
Keith Duske located at: 5700 Cushing Ave SW, Waverly
Duske was concerned regarding the property benefit value on his 21 acres at $750.00 per acre. Duske said the area was basically a Meandered water body and he would end up “purchasing” that land again for $38 thousand. Deter explained that the only way he would be assessed is if there were repairs or maintenance done on the ditch system. If there are no repairs or maintenance then he would pay nothing. Duske pointed out that his dad used to plant corn in that pasture, but with everything that has happened, I haven’t gotten anything out of that pasture. Ringquist stated that the viewers realized that they would not get that valued crop anymore. The seasonally ponded hay or pasture use has a market value of range of $2500.00 to $3000.00 per acre. The value of drainage within the market is between $1500.00 to $2000.00 per acre with an annual economic productivity of $100.00 based upon grazing days or grass hay value. We felt it was a reasonable market value.
Graham and Ellen Sones located at: 5324 Clementa Ave SW, Waverly
Ellen Sones wanted to request that their parcel be excluded from the benefited rolls. According to the maps we received from the Auditor’s office, the ditch dead ends on our property line. There has to be a point of restriction here. Since the 1950’s there has been no evidence of a ditch. It is a meandered water body that is DNR protected.
Borrell pointed out that where the wetland is on the Sones’ property, the ditch would not be extended. There is a ditch there now and the water does flow into that for a very short distance. The water flows just up to the wetland and then back to the road; it flows out east and eventually gets to the Crow River. Duske explained that the water flow has to get to the natural creek and that is why the blue line on the map went all the way through the Sones’ property. Ringquist reinforced that there is no improvement, meaning there is no plans to extend the ditch beyond its original establishment. This process is to take care of what has all ready been established only.
Alicia Engstrom located at 421 66th Street, Waverly:
Engstrom wanted to know if the redetermination process will fix the water problem they are having. They bought a home on swamp land and the water table is too high.
Deter stated that the process tonight will not fix their water problems. Tonight’s process is just to update the benefited roll lists. Borrell added that fixing the tile in the future would likely not fix the problem either. Deter stated that if the drainage system wasn’t established their water problem could be worse however.
Ken and Jean Davis located at 321 Lachermeier Lane, Waverly:
Ken Davis stated that there is a catch basin on Lachermeier Lane and all our water goes to Carrigan Lake. The area is low and drains into Carriagan Lake. Jean Davis added that, as a taxpayer, we are in a sense going to be assessed twice for our water drainage. Once by the City of Waverly being assessed and also as a benefited landowner we will be assessed.
Ringquist stated that the viewers did drive that area and used LiDar technology to identify the elevation changes. Ringquist also believed that they only assigned a 1/2 drainage lot in those areas. Deter stated that if indeed the landowners water does drain to Carriagan Lake and not County Ditch 38, then they should not be a benefited landowner and be assessed. Deter and the Ditch Authority felt that this is an area that the viewers should go back out and look at to make sure the report is accurate. Ringquist agreed, that they want to make sure they get things right.
Steve Fisher located at 6847 Nevens Ave NW, Annandale:
Fisher wanted to know what land, in this watershed, did the DNR own. Ringquist stated that the DNR has no ownership of any land in this watershed. They have some regulatory authority but they do not own any of the land.
Keith Duske stated that the wetland waters are getting higher and higher and that he lost more land and the ditch needs to be cleaned out. Ringquist reinforced that the process being completed today is to update the assessment rolls only, no maintenance. Deter did state that the cost of a repair cannot exceed the total value of benefits of the drainage system on record, which is $207,302.80 for County Ditch 38 after the redetermination.
Deter then recommended that the Ditch Authority continue the public hearing until further information can be gathered on the area located on Lachermeier Lane. Ringquist indicated that they would need about 30 days to complete the process. The area in question is part of Windgate at Carrigan Lake Plat in the City of Waverly.
Borrell made a motion to continue the Public Hearing on Tuesday, January 6th, 2015 at 11:00 AM, second by Sawatzke. Sawatzke added that if there were landowners present who did not want to speak in public tonight, they should feel free to contact the board or viewers, in writing, regarding any concerns or questions they may still have in regards to County Ditch 38 and the redetermination.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:10 PM.
(End of 11-20-14 County Ditch 38 Public Hearing Minutes)
Hiivala presented the 11-20-14 Public Hearing Redetermination Joint Ditch 14 Minutes. He said the County Board is the Ditch Authority and Wright County has the majority of this authority on Joint Ditch 14. The Joint Ditch 14 Committee elected Borrell as the Chair of that Committee. The action being taken is that of the Joint Ditch Authority, not as County Commissioners. Borrell requested a correction to the Minutes on Page 5, 2nd to the last Paragraph, sentence should read, “As there were no further landowners that came forward, Borrell closed the public questions and comment time at 4:05 PM.” Borrell made a motion to approve the Joint Ditch 14 Public Hearing Minutes as corrected, seconded by Daleiden, carried 5-0. The minutes follow:
The Joint Ditch Authority met at 3:00 PM in the Wright County Board Room with Commissioner Borrell, Daleiden, and Husom from Wright County, Commissioner Jon Christensen from McLeod County, and Commissioner Bryon Larson from Meeker County present.
Also present was Kurt Deter from Rinke Noonan, Minnesota Viewers; Ron Ringquist, John Dotolo, and Rick Battles, Brian Asleson; Wright County Attorney, Bob Hiivala; Auditor/Treasurer, Ron Mortensen; Meeker County Ditch Inspector, Mike Young; Wright County Ditch Inspector, and Janice Edmonson; Auditor’s Office.
The meeting was called to order at 3:04 PM by Bob Hiivala, Auditor Treasurer. First order of business was to elect a Chair for the Joint Ditch Authority for the rest of 2014 and 2015. A motion was made by Daleiden to appoint Commissioner Borrell as Chair; the motion was second by Christensen. Borrell then made a motion to appoint Commissioner Bryon Larson from Meeker County as Vice Chair; the motion was second by Christensen.
The following item was added to the agenda by Commissioner Borrell:
VII: Consider the possibility of the division of the Joint Ditch 14 Drainage System into 2 separate systems once the Viewers’ Report is accepted.
Edmonson stated that the notice requirements of the Public Hearing were met by 3 consecutive publications in the Wright County official newspaper, the McLeod County official newspaper, and the Meeker County official newspaper. Also mailings were sent to all benefited landowners impacted by the redetermination.
Kurt Deter stated the purpose of the redetermination hearing was to update the benefit rolls. Benefited lands and benefits of many public drainage systems have not been updated for decades, some for over a century. To create a sense of fairness within the watershed by creating a system whereby every acre of land in a watershed that receives benefits pays for that benefit. The available levy dollars are low and in today’s costs, that kind of funding can not do much, especially if any major work needs to be done. Deter stated that Ron Ringquist, the lead Viewer will present the Viewers’ Report and the following 3 conditions must be met for the Joint Board to approve the report:
4. The Viewers’ Report has been made and other proceedings have been completed under Minnesota Statutes 103E.
5. The reports made or amended are complete and correct.
6. The damages and benefits have been properly determined.
Ron Ringquist then presented the Viewers’ Report as follows:
In accordance with the Minnesota Statute 103E.351 law, we herewith submit the following Viewers’ Report:
Benefits and Damages Statement
This report covers the redetermination of benefits for a previously constructed drainage system. The basis for determining benefits and damages is, therefore, based upon a comparison of the conditions that would have existed prior to the ditch system’s construction with those that do exist with the drainage system in a reasonable state of repair.
Wright, McLeod, Meeker Counties Judicial Ditch No. 14 was originally established in 1924 at a cost of $18,248.82. The drainage system consists of an open ditch at the outlet and several tile branches. The tile branches vary from a 20” tile down to a 6” tile in size. The drainage system serves as an outlet to parcels in sections 29, 30, 31 and 32 in Stockholm Township in Wright County, sections 1, 2, 3, 10, and 11 in Hutchinson Township and Section 6 in Hale Township in McLeod County, and sections 24, 25, 26, 34, 35, and 36 in Collinwood Township in Meeker County. The ditch outlet was Sucker Creek, now Joint Ditch No. 15, then into Cokato Lake and the North Fork of the Crow River.
Supporting documentation for the analysis and conclusions of the report are contained in our files.
The figures stated herein are based on a full and fair consideration of all pertinent facts and information that we were aware of at the time of this appraisal. The following aids were used during the viewing process.
1. Soil Survey Manuals and Maps of Wright, McLeod and Meeker Counties
2. GIS Aerial Photos and Data
3. Minnesota LIDAR
4. Yield averages and production costs taken from Minnesota State College and University Farm Management Records
5. Sales data from the County Assessor’s offices
6. Visual inspection of each 40-acre tract
7. County ditch records
Land classification benefit values are based upon an increase in the potential for agricultural production as a result of constructing the drainage project and reconciled with sales value increases. Existing individual land management practices were not considered. All present land use was evaluated under estimated best land management practice. Separate consideration was given to areas owned by the state and those that were considered to be in a native/non-converted condition or identified as wetlands under wetlands inventory and restricted from drainage by state or federal regulations.
Valuation Prior To Drainage
Beginning land use, property value, and economic productivity have been determined with the consideration that the benefited properties within the watershed currently do not have an adequate outlet for artificial drainage.
“A” -- Standing water or cattails, wetland classification with a market value for agricultural purposes of $0.00 per acre, economic productivity of $0.00.
“B” -- Seasonally flooded/pasture ground. Pasture classification with a market value of $1000.00 to $1500.00 per acre, economic productivity of $60.00 based on grazing days and/or hay values.
“C” -- Wet subsoil -- Marginal crop land, low to medium crop land classification with a market value of $4000.00 to $5000.00 per acre, annual economic productivity of $432.00 based upon average annual yield of 80 % of optimum with $295.61 production costs.
“D” --Upland areas not needing artificial drainage but irregular in shape and intermixed with wetter soils. Medium to high cropland classification with a market value of $3000.00 to $5500.00 per acre, annual economic productivity of $513.00 based upon average annual yield of 95 % of optimum with $295.61 production costs.
Valuation with NRCS Guideline Tile Drainage System
Potential land use, property value, and economic productivity, after public and private drainage have been installed and with the restrictive existing tile drainage system in a reasonable state of repair, using current crop rotation, income, and expense:
“A” -- Seasonally ponded agricultural ground. Low cropland classification with a market value of range of $ 4000.00 to $5000.00 per acre, annual economic productivity of $459.00 based upon average annual yield of 85 % of optimum with $295.61 production costs.
“B” -- Occasionally flooded agricultural ground. Medium cropland classification with a market value range of $4500.00 to $5500.00 per acre, economic productivity of $496.80 based upon average annual yield of 92 % of optimum with $295.61 production costs.
“C” -- Wet subsoil. Medium high cropland classification with a market value range of $5500.00 to $6500.00 per acre, annual economic productivity of $529.20 based upon average annual yield of 98 % of optimum with $295.61 production costs.
“D” --Upland areas not needing artificial drainage, but irregular in shape and intermixed with wetter soils. Medium to high cropland classification with a market value range of $ 3500.00 to $6500.00 per acre, annual economic productivity of $534.60 based upon average annual yield of 99 % of optimum with $295.61 production costs.
Special consideration was given to areas where the ditch system has only provided an outlet adequate to convert the lands to pasture or hay land and are restricted from further individual improvements by regulatory restrictions.
Consideration of benefits for residential or commercial development, whether utilized for commercial agriculture, livestock confinement, or other commercial use has been developed based upon the property’s individual use.
Road benefits were determined with consideration of the reduced construction and maintenance costs that would be realized after construction of the drainage system or for accelerated run-off caused by a change of land use. No additional tile benefits were determined to exist due to the restricted land use of the properties it traverses.
Utilizing these productive values, potential benefit values were determined for the system based upon a 25-year effective life with proper maintenance, private improvement cost depreciated over the same 25-year period, and an allowance of 1.0% return on the system investment. Adjustment was made to each land class based upon consideration of the change in hydraulic capacity and the subsequent increased productivity that the construction of the drainage system improvement provides. Benefit values were rounded off to an even percentage benefit increase for ease of computation.
Example: “B” Benefits per Acre
Potential productivity Value $ 540.00
Adjustment for 92% economic efficiency $ 496.80
Production Cost -295.61
Beginning Productivity Value -60.00
Change in Productivity Value 141.19
Private Improvement ($900/25)
-36.00
(Surface and /or tile)
Annual Benefit Value $ 105.19
$105.19 x 25 years, discounted @ 1.0% = $2316.62
Rounded to $2320.00
The drainage system does not have adequate size and capacity to meet the NRCS recommended tile drainage system capacities for agricultural drainage. Adjustment to the potential benefit value is made by the application of an efficiency rate. This rate reflects the viewer’s determination of that portion of the potential benefit currently being provided by the Joint County drainage system. Additional consideration was given of the substandard size capacity and a proximity rate to reflect a parcel’s location in relationship to the county tile.
The net benefit provided by the ditch system is determined by the potential benefit value being applied to the number of acres determined to be in each class per tract, accumulating the sum of these benefit values, and then applying the efficiency and proximity rate percentages.
Damages have been given for the easement acquisition for the area required to establish the one-rod seeding area adjacent to the channel required by Minnesota Statute No. 103E.021. The outlet ditch exists in an area of wet pasture land with little change of value with this land use restriction easement.
Borrell then opened the floor for public comment and questions concerning the Viewers’ Report.
Bryon Sangren located at: 11656 Quist Ave SW in Section 30.
Sangren gave a brief history of section 32 on Joint Ditch 14 and stated that there used to be a Judicial Ditch 3 that existed years ago and he believed was still part of the ditch. Sangren stated he would be in favor of splitting the ditch into 2 systems and would like to see that small section that used to be Judicial Ditch 3 abandoned.
Deter stated that at the hearing today, the Joint Board would not be able to make a decision regarding the partial abandonment of a portion of the system. This would need to be completed at a separate hearing. Sangren was willing to put the request of a partial abandonment in writing and submit it to the Auditor’s Office for further review and discussion at a later point. The area Sangren would like to request abandonment is part of the main outlet ditch in the NW 1/4 of section 30-118-28. Ringquist did point out that the area is still a part of Joint Ditch 14 whether maintained or abandoned and it has little to do with the value. There is evidence that both branches do exist.
Dave Sand located in Stockholm Township representing his son, Davis Sand located at: 11483 Quist Ave SW Section 32.
Sand stated that on that property he has a perpetual agreement with the government, as part of the Reinvest in Minnesota (Rim) Program, and that no agricultural development will be done on this property. Sand would like to proceed with completing a petition for abandonment on this land and therefore these acres then be removed from the assessment rolls.
Deter stated that as part of the Joint Board’s order, they can approve the Viewers’ Report but as an order; that should Mr. Sand get it partially abandon, then the Viewers’ Report would be changed accordingly. If Mr. Sand’s does not petition for a partial abandonment then the Viewers’ Report would stay as is. There would need to be a separate hearing for the Joint Board to grant the partial abandonment and to remove this portion from the assessment rolls. The area Sand’s would like to request abandonment is on parcel 218-000-322101 – NENW and SENW Section 32-118-28.
Ron Ringquist then went over the changes to the Viewers’ Report that he will be making after meeting with landowners on an individual basis on Tuesday, November 18th.
1. Parcel 218-000-321400 - David Wanous – reduced “D” acres to 10
2. Parcel 08-0010100 was listed twice on the report – removed one
3. Parcel 08-0100100 – John & Mary Adamek – removed from the report
4. Parcel 08-00100600 – Donald & Marian Adamek – removed from the report
5. Parcel 08-0111350 – Charles Smyalski & Pamel Von Loh – reduce SWNW to 5 “D” acres; reduce SENW to 1 “C” acre and 16 “D” acres.
As there was no further landowners that came forward, Borrell closed the public questions and comment time at 4:05 PM.
Husom made a motion to accept the Viewers’ Report made and completed under statue 103E, second by Larson, roll call vote carried 5-0.
Deter stated that under section 103E.801.2 the consolidation or division of the ditch may be initiated by the drainage authority on its own motion or by any party interested in or affected by the drainage system filing a petition.
Daleiden made a motion to divide the ditch into 2 systems based on statue 103E.801.2 and to be heard at a later hearing, second by Christensen, roll call vote carried 5-0.
As there were no further discussions, the meeting was adjourned at 4:15 PM.
(End of 11-20-14 Joint Ditch 14 Public Hearing Minutes)
The claims listing was presented for approval. Daleiden referenced a claim on Page 8, CDW Government Inc. ($481.13) for software which is coded to Line Item 6621, Furniture & Equipment. He said the same is true for a claim to Dell Marketing ($2,831.02) on Page 8. A claim on Page 2, Dell Marketing ($3,874.44) for computers is coded to Line Item 005-6620, Computer or Software Purchases. Hiivala said that Departments may still be using Line Item 6621 to fund these purchases but Auditor/Treasurer staff will move these purchases to be funded from Line Item 6620. On a motion by Potter, second by Borrell, all voted to approve the claims as listed in the abstract, subject to audit, for a total of $835,978.90 with 306 vendors and 490 transactions.
Asleson presented a draft resolution authorizing the Auditor/Treasurer to subdivide tax forfeit parcels in the City of St. Michael. Two tax forfeit parcels in St. Michael are situated such that portions of the property are of interest to the County, while other portions are of interest to the City (PID 114-062-000030 and 114-067-000030). State statute allows the County Board, by resolution, to authorize the Auditor/Treasurer to either subdivide or group properties to enhance their sale possibilities. The parcels are located along CSAH 35. The City would like to take the portion along the City street on the east end. The portion that is along CSAH 35 and CR 119 the Highway Department is requesting. The intent is to subdivide at the corner. The other parcel is further up along CR 119 which the Highway Department would like to claim. Daleiden thought there were walking paths in this area already. Asleson said that he is not aware of that. According to Mark Johnson, Right-of-Way Agent, the area that was dedicated or set aside as an out lot is not wide enough for the City to put in a walking path or maintain it. The intent is to use this for utility and drainage easements at this time. The request is for the County Board to adopt the draft resolution so the City can request a portion and the County can request a portion. Daleiden moved to adopt Resolution #14-77, seconded by Potter, carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.
Asleson presented a draft resolution recommending conveyance of seven tax forfeit parcels to the City of St. Michael. Two tax forfeit parcels located in St. Michael are situated that portions of the property are of interest to the County, while other portions are of interest to the City. Statute allows the County Board, by resolution, to authorize the Auditor/Treasurer to either subdivide or group properties to enhance their sale possibilities. Legal descriptions have been developed and staff requests to proceed to subdivide these properties. The City has, by Council action, requested conveyance of the five parcels and portions of two others. Daleiden made a motion to adopt Resolution #14-78 recommending that the Minnesota Commissioner of Revenue convey to the City seven tax forfeit parcels (or portions thereof) for use as follows:
114-062-000010 for utility and drainage easement
114-062-000020 for utility and drainage easement as well as street right-of- way
114-062-000030 for street right-of-way (portion as described on Exhibit A)
114-067-000010 for utility and drainage easement
114-067-000020 for utility and drainage easement
114-067-000030 for utility and drainage easement (portion described on Exhibit A)
114-067-000040 for utility and drainage easement.
The motion was seconded by Potter and carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.
Asleson requested approval of a draft resolution recommending conveyance of tax forfeit parcels to Wright County. Two tax forfeit parcels located in St. Michael are situated that portions of the property are of interest to the County, while other portions are of interest to the City. Statute allows the County Board, by resolution, to authorize the Auditor/Treasurer to either subdivide or group properties to enhance their sale possibilities. Legal descriptions have been developed and staff requests to proceed to subdivide these properties. The Highway Department recommends that the County request conveyance of two parcels and portions of two others. On a motion by Daleiden, second by Potter, roll call vote carried 5-0 to adopt Resolution #14-79 recommending that the Minnesota Commissioner of Revenue convey to Wright County by state deed the four tax forfeit properties known as:
114-062-000030 (portion as described on Exhibit A)
114-062-000040
114-062-000050
114-067-000030 (portion as described on Exhibit A)
Lt. Annette Habisch presented for approval a PowerPhone Contract for a “Total Response” Emergency Call Handling System to be paid from the E-911 Fund. This System will be utilized in the Dispatch Center to assist with consistency and appropriate questions when responding to callers and evidence preservation. Medical calls will continue to be routed to Allina. Daleiden moved to approve the PowerPhone Contract, seconded by Potter, carried 5-0.
Sean Riley, Planning & Zoning Administrator, requested approval of a Services Contract between Corinna Township and Planning and Zoning. Corinna Township reviewed the Contract at their meeting and is forwarding to the County Board for approval. Riley said the fee split is included in the document, as discussed at the Committee Of The Whole Meeting. Changes made since Corinna Township reviewed the document were to Section 14, Status Reporting, and relate to Wright County submitting a monthly report to Corinna Township. Dick Naaktgeboren, Corinna Township, reviewed and approved the language in Section 14 at today’s County Board Meeting. Sawatzke moved to approve the Services Contract between Corinna Township and Planning and Zoning as amended. The motion carried 5-0 on a second by Potter.
The meeting recessed at 9:58 A.M. and reconvened at 10:11 A.M.
A Personnel Committee Meeting was held on 11-21-14. At today’s County Board Meeting, Sawatzke moved to approve the Minutes, seconded by Borrell, carried 5-0. The Committee Minutes follow:
I. Policy 702 Drug And Alcohol Testing.
Bigelow said the proposed policy changes originated from legal counsel. Concern was expressed from the Board about whether the County should conduct random drug testing.
Bigelow said she met with Sheriff Joe Hagerty, Deputy Sheriff Dave Miller, and Captain Todd Hoffman on 11-20-14. After researching the practices of other counties, the Sheriff preferred thirty percent of the “safety sensitive” positions be tested over the course of the year, conducting so many per month. Bigelow said she calculated thirty percent on the number 238 (or the entire Sheriff’s Office staff). Thirty percent of the total equals six employees per month, or 72 per year that would be tested. The approximate cost would be $6,192 annually. If the policy is approved by the Board and agreed to by the unions, the testing would start in January 2015.
Husom said Highway staff undergo random drug testing currently. She asked what percentage of employees is tested. Dahl said the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) determines who and how many are tested. All employees with Commercial Drivers Licenses are in this pool. The County’s vendor ensures compliance with the program. Bigelow added that the procedure is dictated by law. Kelly said the cost is borne by the Professional Services line item in the General Fund, similar to the pre-employment physicals.
Miller said the Sheriff’s Office pays for psychological exams, but not the physicals. Miller said it might be easier if the cost of drug testing came out of 100 Professional Services versus one fund for Corrections, one for Highway, and so on. Bigelow said Dahl will facilitate the random drug testing as he does with MnDOT.
Hoffman also asked about adding drug testing to the pre-employment physicals. Bigelow will explore that suggestion. Bigelow said after the first drawing, the employee’s name goes back into the pool. Sawatzke asked whether an employee could get called at any time for random drug testing. Dahl said every month the third party administrator would send him a list. He would then relay the information to the Captains in the Sheriff’s Office. If the employees are on shift, they are directed to get tested immediately. Sawatzke asked when the employee gets tested if they are not on shift when their name is received. Dahl said they are sent when they come in for their shift. Bigelow clarified that there is usually a window of time for them to get tested.
Hoffman said there could be additional costs for testing depending on the location of the clinic for employees who work outside of normal business hours. Sawatzke asked if the testing facility is open over night. Bigelow said they are considering Allina in Buffalo, which is open 24/7. In that case, there would be no overtime. Dahl said they are also looking at another clinic.
Sawatzke asked if Sherburne County analyzes their tests. Dahl said their jail medical is on duty 24/7, and operate under a physician’s supervision. They collect samples but do not analyze them. Bigelow said Statute wouldn’t allow an employer to do their own tests. They are only allowed to collect if they have the proper facilities.
Sawatzke said Commissioner Borrell asked about replacing the term “safety sensitive” with “Sheriff’s Office” under the proposed policy section 702.04 E. Random Testing. Bigelow said the definition is in State Statute. Sawatzke said the term is not clear and could be applied to Department Heads and others. Bigelow said she will talk with the County’s legal counsel to see if it can be modified. Sawatzke asked if the County has the constitutional authority to do drug testing. Bigelow said the County does per legal counsel if the union agrees. Husom said if every employee knew they may be subject to random drug testing, it might act as a deterrent.
Bigelow asked what the response would be to a positive result if tested in other departments that were not considered “safety sensitive.” She understands that safety sensitive employees are held to a higher standard. Hoffman said there are also policies for loss of productivity and excessive use of sick leave. He referenced Section 702.03 Prohibitions and Requirements, fifth paragraph. This clause discusses employees who are taking prescription or over-the-counter drugs which may impair their ability to perform their job responsibilities or pose a safety risk. Hoffman said this policy requires an employee who is taking such drugs to notify their supervisor. Miller said the Sheriff’s Office sends employees home who are taking certain pain medications.
Bigelow said the policy gives the opportunity to explain a positive test result. The language says “may discipline” under item 1. d, Positive Test Result. The employee cannot be discharged on the first offense unless certain conditions have occurred as listed under this section.
Sawatzke said he feels Bigelow answered the questions raised by the County Board. He asked whether the Drug Free Workplace Policy applies to the County Board. Bigelow said the policy does not apply to elected officials.
Sawatzke asked what recourse the County would have if an elected official was tested and found to have a positive result. He did not want elected officials included if in reality the County could not enforce the policy with them. Bigelow said Sheriff Hagerty is a willing participant. Hoffman said a positive test result is private data. Dahl asked whether the Peace Officer Standards and Training Board (POST) would be notified of the results. Sawatzke said to ask the County’s legal consultant about that matter.
Bigelow asked whether the Committee wished to replace the term “safety sensitive” with “Sheriff Office.” She said there may be a conflict with the Data Privacy Act.
Recommendations: Bigelow to obtain further information on the following from legal counsel, and bring the policy to a Wright County Board Meeting in December:
1) Replacing the term “safety sensitive” with “Sheriff’s Office;”
2) Determine whether Sheriff Hagerty may be included in the random testing pool;
3) Confirm that random drug tests will be budgeted under 100-Professional Services Line Item.
(End of 11-21-14 Personnel Committee Minutes)
Tim Dahl, Risk Manager, and Tammy Bigelow, Human Resources Director, presented information on the request to repeal and replace Policy 702, Drug and Alcohol Use, effective 1-01-15 (referred from the Personnel Committee). Bigelow referenced the recommendations outlined by the Personnel Committee on 11-21-14. She was in consultation with legal counsel on whether the term “Sheriff’s Office” can replace the term “safety sensitive” in the Policy and also on whether Sheriff Hagerty may be included in the random testing pool. The legal recommendation is that the term “safety sensitive” should be left in the policy as it is for protective services positions. She said case law and State statute refer to those classifications and it is not intended to be used more broadly. Sawatzke asked whether there is a definitions area in the Personnel Policy where the safety sensitive language could be defined. Bigelow said Statute does not provide a definition but they could work with legal counsel on this. With regard to whether the Sheriff is included in the random testing pool, Bigelow said that would be up to the County Board. Legal counsel is unaware of another county where they are not participating. Discussion followed on budgeting for drug tests under the Budget 100-Professional Services Line Item. Bigelow stated that random drug tests for Highway staff are funded from the Professional Services Line Item. Borrell pointed out that those tests are mandated by law. Daleiden suggested that the County should work toward having drug test costs reflected in the affected Department’s budget. The total annual cost for drug testing is $6,100. Borrell asked whether legal counsel indicated that the term “safety sensitive” could not be replaced with “Sheriff’s Office.” Bigelow said legal counsel recommended following statute and using the term, “safety sensitive.” Borrell moved to table discussion on this request until the next County Board Meeting, seconded by Sawatzke. Daleiden asked whether changes will need to be negotiated with unions. Bigelow said they would and a preliminary draft has been sent to the unions. In response to Daleiden, Bigelow stated that if a union requests a change in language, it would have to be presented for Board approval. Borrell thought the term “safety sensitive” was too broad and did not want to approve this until he sees a definition. The consensus was to fund drug tests from the the Sheriff’s Professional Service Line Item at this time. Funding for Highway Department drug testing will be discussed at next year’s budget sessions. The motion carried 4-1 with Husom casting the nay vote.
Marc Mattice, Parks Administrator, asked the Board to confirm two At-Large Appointments to the Bertram Chain of Lakes Advisory Council: Kim Hewson-Garber, Monticello Township resident, and Wes Olson, City of Monticello resident. Applications were received by the Advisory Council and the recommendation was sent to the City Council and County Board for approval. Daleiden moved to confirm the appointments of Kim Hewson-Garber and Wes Olson to the Bertram Chain of Lakes Advisory Council. The motion was seconded by Borrell and carried 5-0.
Mattice asked the Board to authorize the County’s share of the local cash match ($86,000) for an Outdoor Recreation Grant for Phase 8 of the Bertram Chain of Lakes acquisition. If approved, the funding source would need to be identified. Mattice said this relates to two parcels within Bertram Park on the north side of Bertram Lake. The Grant Program is funded by the Federal Land and Water Conservation Program and administrated by the MN Department of Natural Resources. The $86,000 County cash match includes all costs associated with closing such as an updated appraisal and review appraisal. The Monticello City Council has authorized funding for their local share and associated costs. With the closing on Phase 7 (local match adopted 3-18-14) and Phase 8, the remaining acreage to be acquired is 293 +/- acres. Mattice pointed out that the City’s share is $86,000 and the County’s share is $86,000.
Mattice said a Joint Powers Agreement (JPA) has been drafted. He was confident that the JPA would be in place prior to closings. Borrell thought he would vote against this today. He desires an agreement reflecting clearly defined roles for the City and the County at Bertram Park. He said a Joint Powers Board will take power away from both the City and the County. Mattice said the County’s Risk Manager suggested a JPA instead of a Joint Powers Board. The JPA would leave the power with the City and the County Board and would reduce the insurance liability. If a claim is filed, both entities cannot be sued. Borrell said in review of the draft JPA, he does not see where the roles are defined. Mattice said all of the land is jointly owned but the active recreation space, described in the draft, is the City’s responsibility for maintenance, development, and operations. The passive use is under the responsibility of the County. Daleiden said the County has no interest in the ball fields. Borrell said that is what he would like reflected in the Agreement. Asleson said they will try to define that better in the JPA, possibly through exhibits.
Sawatzke said the Bertram Chain of Lakes Task Force has not had an opportunity to discuss the JPA to fine tune some of those specific details. Borrell said he wants to be able to put out scenario’s and conflicts that could happen. There will be a different City Council and County Board at that time, so the JPA needs to spell this out. Husom said there is generally an opt out clause in the JPA. Sawatzke agreed that the County is not interested in ball fields. That is not something the County is providing in other communities. He said the Task Force will review the draft. The Task Force does not want to take authority away from the City or the County. Some of the more simple changes may not necessarily come to the County Board level for approval.
Daleiden made a motion to authorize the County’s share of the local cash match for the Outdoor Recreation Grant for Phase 8 of the Bertram Chain of Lakes acquisition with funding from the Capital Improvement Fund (34-150). The motion was seconded by Potter and carried 4-1 with Borrell casting the nay vote.
Joe Jacobs, Water Resource Specialist, SWCD, requested approval of the AIS (Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention and Management Plan). He extended appreciation to the Crow River Organization of Waters for their assistance. Public meetings were held and an AIS Task Force was formed. The purpose was to look at how to utilize State funding for AIS prevention programs and prioritizing those efforts. The Plan was designed to be the framework of what they would like to accomplish. The actual work plan has not been completely developed. He said the information in the Plan will be used as a guiding principle for the strategies of AIS prevention and management in Wright County.
Jacobs said the County representatives wanted to see the Plan broken into different segments. The primary categories include education, prevention, and assisting with existing programs that the lakes associations are completing (spraying, inspections). The Plan does not include hourly breakdowns or amounts. That information will be included in the work plan.
Sawatzke attended an AMC Environment and Natural Resources Policy Committee Meeting. A good deal of the discussion was on AIS and how counties are handling this. Also attending was a representative from the MN Lakes Coalition who explained the diversity in treatment by counties.
Borrell questioned whether this should be administered by the SWCD . He suggested possibly giving the grant funding to the lake associations. He attended a SWCD Board Meeting last evening where the draft AIS Plan was reviewed. There are areas where SWCD is spending a considerable amount of time. Administering grants can be time consuming. Borrell said his intent was to obtain funding and get the project started. He said there are costs associated with administering the grants. He said the County already funds SWCD close to $500,000/year. He did not want a lot of administration costs taken from the grant funding. That was discussed at the SWCD Board Meeting.
Daleiden said he views the Plan as a road map and may not be exactly what will happen. Priorities need to be determined. The group that worked on this Plan was diverse and he feels they did a good job. It is a living document that will be changed. He added that the DNR is monitoring the long term effects of zebra mussels.
Borrell said at some point, the County should revisit whether the SWCD should handle this or whether the SWCD should advise the lake association on what should be done. The SWCD would be asked whether they want to continue as well. Jacobs referenced the administrative costs. He said that is the whole idea of placing the funding with the SWCD, as there are cross over efforts in the programs they work with. There are costs associated with getting the effort going and for inspectors. Jacobs explained that if staff spends time on AIS, that takes them away from those hours spent in other areas. They are trying to minimize administrative costs but anytime a new program is started there are associated costs. They are trying to utilize the private sector as much as possible by for administrative costs.
Jacobs said that the State requires the AIS Plan be submitted by 12-31-14. Kerry Saxton, SWCD Office Manager, referenced the discussion on administrative costs. He said a lot of the cost is associated with implementing the program, not necessarily with administration. He said if staff works on AIS, they are not available to work in other areas. He said more discussion is needed on the funding that is given to the SWCD. Saxton agrees that the administrative costs should be minor. He described the Plan as very comprehensive and said it addresses prevention and management.
Borrell moved to adopt Resolution #14-80 approving the Wright County Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention and Management Plan. Daleiden seconded the motion and the vote carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.
Lee Kelly, County Coordinator, said the County budget and levy must be set prior to 2015. The budget and levy were discussed at the County Board Meeting held the evening of 12-04-14. Since that time, $12,600 has been removed from the Human Services budget based on the reduction in subsidy that is provided to the Central MN Mental Health Center. Kelly distributed a revised version as the one included in the Board packet had a clerical error. This results in minimal impact on the levy. Discussion followed on the IRS Mileage Reimbursement Rate that was not lowered for 2015 and fuel line items in various departments. It was the consensus to reduce fuel line items by 10% and to reduce the total certified taxable levy from $53,038,096 to $52,959,811. Daleiden moved to adopt Resolution #14-81 setting the 2015 Budget at 106,014,185 and the Certified Taxable Levy at $52,959,811. The motion was seconded by Borrell. Hiivala indicated he will send an email to affected departments along with a final budget report. The motion carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.
On a motion by Sawatzke, second by Potter, all voted to adopt Resolution #14-82 setting the County Board per diem rate at $50.00.
Daleiden made a motion to set the mileage reimbursement rate at $.50/mile, effective 1-01-15. The motion was seconded by Sawatzke and carried unanimously.
Advisory Committee/Advisory Board Updates
1. Aquatic Invaders Summit. The Summit is being held January 20-21, 2015 in St. Cloud. Sawatzke moved to authorize Daleiden and Borrell to attend. The motion was seconded by Potter and carried 5-0.
2. Tri-County Regional Lab. A Tri-County Regional Lab Meeting was held on 12-02-14 and was attended by Husom. Husom said they were provided with success stories realized through DNA testing. A meeting will be held with the sheriffs and county attorneys from member counties to discuss the funding formula.
3. Sawatzke expressed appreciation to Mayor Clint Herbst of Monticello who will end his service with the City as Mayor at the end of 2014. Herbst provided 22 years of service with the City in various capacities. Sawatzke said Herbst worked collaboratively with the County.
4. Borrell said that Roy Henry will end his service as Mayor of Montrose at the end of 2014. Borrell said it has been a pleasure working with Henry and described him as very dedicated.
Bills Approved
Aarestad/Paul $273.00
ACS Gov. Information Serv. 620.00
AG NEOVO Technology Corp. 140.00
AGC Networks Inc 475.00
All Media Supplies Inc 870.00
Allina Hospitals & Clinics 709.61
American Databank LLC 178.50
Ameripride Services 685.68
AMI Imaging Systems Inc 1,687.50
APEC Industrial Sales/Serv. 1,180.88
Aramark Services Inc 15,577.22
Atrix International Inc 340.00
Beaudry Propane Inc 2,932.23
Big Time Towing 275.00
Black Box Resale Services 226.00
Bluetarp Financial Inc 280.10
Boyer Truck Parts 228.37
Brethorst/Darnell 188.00
Brock White Co LLC 186.25
Buffalo Auto Value 1,248.76
Buffalo Hospital 387.88
Buffalo/City of 54,674.00
Busch/Ryan 347.00
Cameron/Tim 150.00
Careertrack Inc 199.00
CDW Government Inc 4,081.13
Center For Professional Dev. 5,000.00
Center Point Energy 603.64
Centra Sota Coop - Buffalo 25,421.02
Central McGowan Inc 100.36
CenturyLink 173.90
CenturyLink 831.41
Chamberlain Oil Co 466.66
Climate Air 29,087.25
Comm. of Transportation 300.00
Compass Minerals America 59,677.03
Constellation Justice Systems 1,711.00
Corporate Payment Systems 7,104.98
Cottens Inc 2,701.23
Databank IMX LLC 2,710.00
Dell Marketing LP 9,790.50
Demarais/Daren 125.00
Design Elec.-Cold Spring Elec. 7,115.91
Diers/Carter 267.50
Dotolo/John 2,355.32
Electric Pump 712.85
Elk River Municipal Utilities 120.36
Elsinore Technologies 600.00
Emergent Networks 390.00
Engel/Dale L 1,000.00
Envirotech Services Inc 10,755.15
Fastenal Company 304.70
Gabriel/Cathleen 300.00
Gale-Tec Engineering Inc 10,716.50
GCS Service Inc 403.34
Gopher State One Call 123.25
Grainger 279.02
Granite Pest Control Services 326.33
Green Interiors 450.00
Greenview Inc 2,348.33
Greystone Construction Co. 59,907.00
Hiivala/Robert 126.00
Hillyard Inc - Minneapolis 8,333.45
Hinton/Josh 187.46
Holiday 15,137.78
Howard/Jolanta 900.00
Huemoeller/Neal 617.00
Huston/Tarah 149.16
Indianhead Specialty Co Inc 321.15
Intereum Inc 2,458.95
J N Johnson Fire & Safety 250.00
Jahnke/Chris 144.00
Lacount Sales LLC 1,201.20
LaPlant Demo Inc 714.00
Laurent/Michael 205.10
Lawson Products Inc 121.38
Loberg Electric 288.40
MAAO Region 3 100.00
Marco 23,433.67
Marco Inc 2,366.55
Martin-McAllisters Consulting 900.00
Matthew Bender & Co. Inc 288.31
Menards - Buffalo 154.61
Mend Correctional Care LLC 18,418.71
Midway Iron & Metal Co Inc 126.00
Midwest Protection Agency 5,812.73
Milana P Tolins LLC 600.00
Minnesota Monitoring 10,787.25
MN Area Assoc. of Realtors 1,074.00
MN Bureau/Crim. Apprehens 240.00
MN Continuing Legal Ed 105.00
MN Counties Computer Coop 1,323.75
MN County Attorneys Assoc. 325.00
MN Dept. of Labor & Industry 1,231.32
MN Native Landscapes 7,000.00
MN Secretary of State 120.00
MN Secretary of State 120.00
MN Sheriffs Association 590.00
MN Society of Prof Surveyors 160.00
MN Society of Prof Surveyors 500.00
MN Society of Prof Surveyors 280.00
MN Society of Prof Surveyors 320.00
MN Society of Prof Surveyors 215.00
Mol/Daniel 471.00
Morries Parts & Service Group 607.70
MSC Industrial Supply Co 1,701.65
Mueller/Craig 150.99
National Seminars Training 124.00
Northern Safety Technology 143.86
Office Depot 2,395.35
Office of MN IT Services 2,100.00
Omann Brothers Inc 420.23
Onsite Medical Service Inc 911.00
Purick/Ryan 200.00
Ramacciotti/Frank 100.00
Reds Cafe 641.25
Regents of the Univ. of MN 4,095.90
Richards/Thomas W 300.00
Rinke-Noonan 1,670.00
Rons Appraisal Service 1,159.48
Royal Tire Inc 6,862.73
RS Eden 140.00
Ryan Chevrolet 219.01
Sawatzke/Pat 348.50
Schermann/Robert D 255.00
Schliesing/Sherry 102.50
Schmidt/Donald M 197.00
Schonstedt Instrument Co 508.89
Setter/Randi 400.00
SHI International Corp 6,013.00
Soldo Consulting, P.C. 10,299.06
St Cloud Stamp & Sign Inc 122.67
Suburban Tire Wholesale Inc 4,106.82
Tagarro/Adam 110.50
TASC 1,185.00
Total Printing 1,333.80
Towmaster 679.86
Towmaster 101,249.00
Towmaster 101,249.00
Truck Utilities Inc 130,925.00
Ultramax 1,585.00
Uniforms Unlimited 693.85
Univ. of MN/CCE Registration 150.00
Vergin Sales 628.00
Verizon Wireless 165.46
Walmart Store 01-1577 1,159.03
Waste Management of WI-MN 2,141.65
Waste Management-TC West 433.71
Windstream 173.16
Wolff/Karen 410.50
World Medical Gvt. Solutions 122.69
Wright Co. Auditor Treasurer 1,285.44
Wright Hennepin Electric 458.30
Young/Mike 495.00
Zep Sales & Services 442.95
41 Payments less than $100 1,966.83
Final total $835,978.90
The meeting adjourned at 11.25 A.M.
Published in the Herald Journal Jan. 12, 2015.