WRIGHT COUNTY BOARD MINUTES
APRIL 21, 2015
The Wright County Board met in regular session at 9:00 A.M. with Husom, Sawatzke, Daleiden, Potter and Borrell present.
Husom moved to approve the 4-14-15 County Board Minutes as presented. The motion was seconded by Daleiden and carried 5-0.
Borrell moved to approve the Agenda as presented, seconded by Husom. The motion carried unanimously.
On a motion by Daleiden, second by Borrell, all voted to approve the Consent Agenda:
1. Claim, Madden, Galanter & Hansen, LLP, $3182.90
1. Approve Abatement, PID 210-000-172404, Brian and Cheryl Caughey
1. Approve Renewal Of Season On-Sale/Off-Sale 3.2 Malt Liquor License for Olson’s Campground
2. Approve Renewal of Annual Off-Sale 3.2 Malt Liquor License for Lantto’s Store, Inc.
3. Position Replacement:
A. Office Tech I
D. SHERIFF’S OFFICE
1. Position Replacement:
At 9:05 AM, Commissioner Potter welcomed students present for Boy/Girl County Day. The School Districts of Buffalo/Hanover/Montrose, Maple Lake, Delano, and Monticello were represented. The County Board introduced themselves, the Districts they represent, and provided information on the various committees and boards they serve on. As part of Boy/Girl County Day, students toured other parts of the Government Center and attended a lunch at the American Legion.
Lee Kelly, County Coordinator, introduced Sunny Hesse who was hired as the Human Resources Director for Wright County. Hesse was welcomed.
Bob Hiivala, Auditor/Treasurer, said quotes were obtained for bond advisor services for the Public Works bond issuance and for service for refinancing current debt. The quotes are as follows:
[Quote Received From]; New Bond Issues; Refunding Bond Issues; Combined Bond Issues
Northland Securities; $22,400; $26,175; $48,575
Springsted; $18,000; $39,010; $57,010
Ehlers; $25,706; $32,118; $57,824
Hiivala said after meeting as a Budget Committee Of The Whole last week, it is unclear how much will be bonded for versus utilizing reserves. Hiivala requested the Board accept the quotes and refer the issue to the Budget Committee Of The Whole Meeting already scheduled for 5-12-15 at 10:30 A.M. Sawatzke made a motion to refer the Bond Advisor Quotes to the 5-12-15 Budget Committee Of The Whole Meeting at 10:30 A.M. for further analysis. The motion was seconded by Daleiden and carried unanimously.
On a motion by Borrell, second by Sawatzke, all voted to approve the claims, as listed in the abstract, for a total of $343,974.73 with 174 vendors and 262 transactions.
Sean Riley, Planning & Zoning Administrator, recommended approval of a Service Agreement between Wright County and the City of South Haven. The purpose of the Agreement is to provide coordinated building and sewage treatment code administration for the City. Husom moved to approve the Service Agreement with South Haven, seconded by Sawatzke, carried 5-0.
A Committee Of The Whole Meeting (COTW) was held on 4-14-15. At today’s County Board Meeting, discussion occurred on whether the City will allow the new Impound Lot for the Sheriff’s Office to be connected to the City’s fiber optics. Greg Kryzer, Assistant County Attorney, provided a copy of M.S.A. § 237.19, Municipal telecommunications services, Currentness, which reads:
“Any municipality shall have the right to own and operate a telephone exchange within its own borders, subject to the provisions of this chapter. It may construct such plant, or purchase an existing plant by agreement with the owner, or where it cannot agree with the owner on price, it may acquire an existing plant by condemnation, as hereinafter provided, but in no case shall a municipality construct or purchase such a plant or proceed to acquire an existing plant by condemnation until such action by it is authorized by a majority of the electors voting upon the proposition at a general election or a special election called for that purpose, and if the proposal is to construct a new exchange where an exchange already exists, it shall not be authorized to do so unless 65 percent of those voting thereon vote in favor of the undertaking. A municipality that owns and operates a telephone exchange may enter into a joint venture as a partner or shareholder with a telecommunications organization to provide telecommunications services within its service area.”
Kryzer said the first clause prevents the City from extending fiber optics outside of the City limits. Discussion followed on communities which may have offered services to surrounding areas. Kryzer replied that this may have done under another statute or through a joint powers agreement. Sawatzke stated the plan is to consult with Adam Tagarro, Information Technology Director, on options for internet access at the Impound Lot.
Sawatzke made a motion to approve the 4-14-15 COTW Minutes, seconded by Daleiden. Kelly stated that the original plan was to proceed with a well on site. He asked for clarification on whether that is the direction the County will follow as he wants to follow the project timeline. It was the consensus of the Board to proceed with a well at that location. The motion carried 5-0 to approve the 4-14-15 COTW Minutes, which follow:
The purpose of the meeting is to address the orderly annexation of County property into the City of Buffalo, currently located in Buffalo Township. The two parcels identified are those adjacent to the LEC facility, one is intended for the Sheriff’s impound lot, and the other is a gravel pit.
Auger informed the group that the City is proposing to annex two additional properties into the City limits as identified within the Orderly Annexation Agreement (OAA) with Buffalo Township. This is in the interest of public safety and good planning. The City is agreeable to grandfathering in the gravel pit operation. This would also allow fiber optic availability to the impound lot, per State Statute.
Sawatzke questioned the fiber optics State Statute. Auger responded that the City is only allowed to extend fiber optics into properties within their incorporated boundaries, per State Statute.
Ernesti questioned why the City was utilizing the OAA from 1974. Auger responded that OAA is still in affect; the language remains, but the maps change over time. Auger stated that the exception to the OAA is the proposed impound lot.
Husom expressed concern with the process in which the City notified the County of seeking annexation.
Borrell questioned why the County would want to do this, what benefit will it serve.
Sawatzke stated that having fiber optic would be nice, but questioned why it could not be located within an unincorporated area. Similar to the City of Monticello seeking to provide outside of their city limits.
Discussed what benefit the city would receive with a gravel pit in their boundaries. It is already regulated under the township.
Auger stated that fiber optic would be a benefit to the County, but sees that the County is not agreeable to the annexing in of those two additional properties. The City will not pursue those parcels without a petition from the County.
Kryzer was directed by the Committee to follow up on the Statute regarding location of fiber optics.
It was clarified that the OAA does not expire until both parties agree to it.
The Committee of the Whole meeting closed at 11:35 AM.
(End of 4-14-15 COTW Minutes)
Advisory Committee/Advisory Board Updates
1. Wright County Community Action (WCCA). Borrell attended a meeting on 4-14-15 where Mark Sexton, Executive Director, announced his retirement at the end of May. Sexton has been the Executive Director for about 28 years. Potter added that WCCA applied for grant funding and received more funding than requested. The two locations that applied for grant funding were Monticello ($5,000) and Maple Lake ($1,000). The $3,900 additional was distributed equally between the two organizations.
2. Highway 55 Coalition. Potter attended a meeting held last week. A fatal crash recently occurred on TH 55 where the road changes from four lanes to two lanes. He has been in contact with several State Representatives and Senators on extending the four lanes on TH 55 to Loretto. That will be worked on during the next budget. Potter said Claudia Dumont, MnDOT Sr. Transportation Planner, provided information at the Coalition Meeting on the TH 55 and TH 25 project. He stated that TH 55, east of Dickinson Spring, does not have a bypass lane near the intersection of CR 116. When work is completed on TH 55 next year, Dumont will have that section reviewed and possibly included. Husom said a left turn lane may be put in at the intersection of TH 55 and CR 14 in 2016. There will also be dual left turn lanes at TH 55 and TH 25. She said a safety study completed on TH 55 reflects 70% of crashes involve people crossing the centerline. This is probably due to distracted driving and people being in a hurry.
3. Extension Committee. Potter attended an Extension Committee Meeting last week. Extension is still looking for one part-time person.
4. Potter stated a Move Minnesota Rally was held at the Capitol.
5. I-94 Expansion. Potter will testify on 4-22-15 at the State House on a House File relating to the I-94 expansion. This is similar to the bill that Potter testified to with the Senate a couple of weeks ago relating to the extension of I-94 from St. Michael to Albertville.
6. 4-16-15 Budget Committee Of The Whole Meeting. Sawatzke said the Meeting can be viewed online at the Wright County Website.
7. City of Buffalo Meeting. Husom attended a meeting on 4-20-15. She said Dumont also provided information at that meeting on the TH 55 and TH 25 project. A traffic signal is planned at the intersection of TH 25 and 14th St. NE which will include pedestrian crossings with sound. Signals may also be added further to north on TH 25 near the Buffalo Clinic. The 2012 traffic count statistics reflect 18,300 vehicles on TH 55 and 22,600 on TH 25. By 2036, an estimated 35,200 vehicles will travel the TH 55/TH 25 intersection in a 24-hour period. The Board discussed the importance of synchronizing signals in that area.
8. Sheriff Joe Hagerty provided information on the Toward Zero Death initiative. Law enforcement across the nation are participating in the goal to reduce fatalities to zero. Approximately 6-8 waves occur each year, each ranging from 2-10 days, and target such things as seat belt use, speed, and impaired driving. Much of the wave in April targeted distracted driving, primarily cell phone usage. He said there are many people that text and drive. He described it as a crisis situation and stated it results in the roadways being extremely dangerous. Sheriff Hagerty stated that their education efforts include such programs as youth driving classes, traffic diversion classes, teen night, and 55 Alive.
9. Buffalo City Council. Husom said the Buffalo City Council took action to annex a piece of property by the airport that the City currently owns. The City also approved the annexation of the Bremer property (north of the Heritage Center) and the site of the new Wright County Public Works Facility.
Allina Health Systems $510.36
American Alum. Accessories 445.00
Aramark Services Inc 7,492.41
Archonix Systems LLC 5,078.00
Autism Advocacy & Law Center 600.00
Black Box Resale Services 126.00
Burdas Towing 210.00
Bureau of Crim. Apprehension 120.00
CDW Government Inc 187.38
Center Point Energy 12,525.24
Climate Air 27,890.71
Cokato/City of 412.78
Corporate Payment Systems 1,710.65
Dell Marketing LP 9,692.66
Department of Public Safety 8,310.00
Evident Crime Scene Products 213.50
Federated Co-ops Inc 170.07
Ford of Hibbing 94,916.00
Fortres Grand Corporation 2,545.82
Gale-Tec Engineering Inc 1,580.75
Girards Business Machines Inc 280.00
Grassland Solutions 3,289.19
Green Interiors 450.00
Greenview Inc 796.17
Greystone Construction Co. 15,937.00
H&R Const Co 4,144.12
Handcuff Warehouse 128.52
Hillyard Inc - Minneapolis 2,941.17
Impact Proven Solutions 6,892.63
Integrated Fire & Security 213.55
Intereum Inc 2,379.33
Jeddeloh & Snyder PA 600.00
Johnson Larson Peterson PA 182.85
LaPlant Demo Inc 655.91
Loberg Electric 1,361.95
Martin-McAllisters Consulting 450.00
Menards - Buffalo 416.16
Menards - Elk River 100.27
Metro Group Inc/The 10,905.06
Minnesota Monitoring 23,692.00
MN Assn of Pretrial Service 160.00
MN Counties Computer Coop 4,466.80
MN Counties Ins Trust 364.00
MN Dept. of Labor & Industry 540.40
MN UC Fund 20,820.19
Morries Parts & Service Group 123.96
Motorola Inc 13,527.45
Peterson’s Towing & Recovery 146.00
Prairie Lakes Youth Programs 3,743.00
Precision Prints of Wright Co 1,064.00
Richards/Thomas W 400.00
Royal Tire Inc 290.00
RS Eden 1,646.39
Russell Security Resource Inc 439.50
SHI International Corp 1,023.30
The Sign Man of MN Inc 108.00
Thrifty White Pharmacy 184.89
Tri-Co Tree Movers 125.00
Verizon Wireless 9,646.58
Waste Management of WI-MN 335.75
West Payment Center 1,172.01
Wright Co. Auditor Treasurer 3,935.99
Wright County Highway Dept 1,294.86
Wright Co. Planning & Zoning 8,637.21
Wright Henn. Coop Elec Assn 5,374.69
Wright Hennepin Electric 221.97
Zarnoth Brush Works Inc 592.00
29 Payments less than $100 1,470.94
Final total $343,974.73
The meeting adjourned at 9:52 A.M
Published in the Herald Journal May 11, 2015.