Wright County Board Minutes

WRIGHT COUNTY BOARD MINUTES
JULY 7, 2015
The Wright County Board met in regular session at 9:00 A.M. with Daleiden, Potter and Borrell present. Commissioners Husom and Sawatzke were absent due to their participation in a nuclear drill.
Daleiden moved to approve the 6-23-15 County Board Minutes as presented. The motion was seconded by Borrell and carried 3-0.
Petitions were accepted to the Agenda under the Auditor/Treasurer as follows: #3, “Refer License Bureau Position To The 7-08-15 Personnel Committee Meeting” (Hiivala); #4, “Refer The Assistant Finance Director Position To The 7-08-15 Personnel Committee Meeting” (Hiivala). Daleiden moved to approve the Agenda as amended, seconded by Borrell, carried 3-0.
On a motion by Daleiden, second by Borrell, all voted to approve the Consent Agenda:
A. ADMINISTRATION
Schedule Committee Of The Whole Meeting On 7-08-15 from 1:00-4:00 P.M. For County Assessor Interviews
B. ADMINISTRATION
Refer Health & Human Services Center exterior lighting retrofit to Building Committee
C. ADMINISTRATION
Authorize Attendance at AMC Fall Policy Committee Meetings, 9-17-15 to 9-18-15, Pequot Lakes
D. ADMINISTRATION
Refer Wright Choice Request Regarding Rent to Building Committee
E. ADMINISTRATION
Refer to Building Committee Discussion on Roof Repair to Existing Public Works Building.
F. ATTORNEY
Schedule Public Hearing on 8-18-15 at 9:30 A.M. to discuss Proposed Ordinance Amendments to the Wright County Water Surface Use Ordinance
G. ATTORNEY
Position Replacement:
1. Assistant County Attorney
H. AUDITOR/TREASURER
Approve Claims as Listed in the Abstract, Subject to Audit, for a Total of $742,083.53, with 295 Vendors and 476 Transactions
I. INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Position Replacement:
1. IT Business Analyst
J. PLANNING & ZONING
ADAM C. SYLVESTER – (Rockford Twp.) Planning Commission unanimously recommend rezoning property currently zoned AG General Agriculture as follows: 1.7 acres to an R-1 Urban-Rural Transitional zone and the balance of parcel, 46.26 acres to A/R Agricultural-Residential zone.
K. SHERIFF
Position Replacement:
1. Office Tech II
L. SHERIFF
Request to approve appointments to the Central Minnesota Emergency Services Board Committee’s.
1. Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) – Sgt. Annette Habisch; Alternate: Capt. Todd Hoffman
2. Owners and Operators (O&O) – Sgt. Jason Kramber; Alternate: Richard Nevala
3. User Committee - Steve Berg, Jason Kramber, Bob Vanlith (Delano Fire), Brian Kunkel (Clearwater Fire), David Peterson (Howard Lake Ambulance)
M. SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT
Authorize Signatures On Feedlot Performance Grant, 7-01-14 through 6-30-15, $4,357.00
N. SURVEYOR
Refer to 7-22-15 Personnel Committee the Surveyor Department Staffing Needs (Survey Supervisor, Clerical and GIS positions discussion).
Bob Hiivala, Auditor/Treasurer, presented for approval a new Tobacco License for DG Retail, LLC DBA Dollar General Store #16105 (City of Montrose). Borrell moved to approve the Tobacco License, seconded by Daleiden, carried unanimously.
On a motion by Borrell, second by Daleiden, all voted to approve the 6-15-15 Board of Appeal and Equalization Minutes.
Daleiden moved to refer the following to the 7-08-15 Personnel Committee Meeting: “Office Tech 1, License Bureau,” and “Assistant Finance Director, Auditor/Treasurer’s Office.” The motion was seconded by Borrell and carried 3-0.
Bill Weldele, resident on Pelican Lake, spoke to the Board about the water levels on Pelican Lake. He has been in contact with Fred Bengtson, DNR, on this matter. Weldele said the DNR did not clean out Regal Creek prior to outletting water from the Lake last winter. The DNR is now taking bids to clean out Regal Creek. He questioned why this cleanout did not occur previously. Weldele also said that if the DNR owns land, they should allow snowmobiling and four-wheeling activities. He would like these issues placed on the next County Board Agenda. He will invite other nearby landowners to provide input. Potter responded that the DNR must acquire the necessary permits and approval from the Army Corp of Engineers.
Potter spoke with Bengtson who indicated that the City of St Michael has allowed more water flow from Pelican Lake than was originally planned. With regard to the issue of snowmobiling on State land, that is something that Weldele will have to take up with Legislators. Weldele said Representative Marion O’Neill and Senator Bruce Anderson should be invited to attend the Board Meeting. Daleiden said the DNR is working on an alternate route for the water and that is why the permitting is required from the Army Corp of Engineers. Bengtson told him the DNR stopped outletting water from the Lake because of haying activities by farmers. It was the consensus that Bill Weldele will be placed on the next Board Agenda to further discuss these issues. Bengtson will be invited to attend.
Capt. Pat O’Malley requested approval of Amendment #9 to the Jail Food Service Contract with Aramark, with a term of 7-01-15 through 6-30-18. The Contract runs July 1 through June 30 annually. There will be no cost increase for the first year. The second year will realize a 2.5% increase and the third a 3% increase. The cost averages about $2.20/meal, and about 70,000 meals were served this year. O’Malley said a price comparison was completed with other vendors and there would be no cost savings. Recent health and fire inspections passed with no issues, as did the DOC inspection of the diet. Borrell moved to authorize signatures on Amendment #9 to the Jail Food Service Contract with Aramark for the period of 7-01-15 through 6-30-18. The motion was seconded by Daleiden and carried unanimously.
Adam Tagarro, IT Director, introduced Olga Strobel who was recently promoted to the position of IT Manager of Systems Development and Operations. Strobel previously served as the IT Business Analyst.
Tagarro provided information on the use of publicsurplus.com by the Information Technology Department to dispose of surplus equipment. Information on auction proceeds since 2010 reflects that desktop pc’s sold for $10-$12 each. Sales on the new website are averaging $36 each. Total sales since March, 2015 are $2,739 (excluding tax) which has been placed back into the General Fund. In 2014, the County auction proceeds were $2,400. The other benefit is the storage area for surplus equipment will not be overloaded. The IT Department will still participate in the annual County auction. Selling online reaches a wider audience and reaches people who are looking for the items. A reduction in staff time has also been realized. Those who purchase items are required to pick them up at the Government Center. Tagarro suggested utilization of this site for other departments as well. This was provided as an informational item.
Brian Asleson, Chief Deputy Attorney, said Public Health and the Sheriff’s Office perform alcohol compliance checks for establishments with retail alcohol licenses issued by the County Board. Two establishments failed those checks, Up The Creek Grill and Bar, and Whispering Pines Golf Course. Both establishments also failed compliance checks in the spring of 2014.
In 2004, the County Board adopted Resolution #04-46 which sets forth the following:
1. That any liquor licensee selling alcoholic beverages to a minor shall be assessed the following civil penalties:
1st Violation $200 administrative fine
2nd Violation within 2 years $500 administrative fine
3rd Violation within 2 years $1,000 administrative fine + one week suspension of license
2. That no suspension or revocation shall take effect until the licensee has had the opportunity for a hearing regarding the violation.
3. That the County Board may waive or modify the civil penalties set out in this policy if it finds good cause to do so, if it makes findings as to the reasons for doing so, and if doing so does not violate the terms of any grant Agreement with the State of Minnesota.
Asleson said that the process includes the Board imposing a fine. The establishment has the opportunity to appeal. The Board can entertain comments today from the licensee but it is not the appeal hearing. He stated that the County offers annual training for retailer.
Mark Dvorak, Whispering Pines Golf Course, agreed that the business did not pass the compliance check. He asked the Board for leniency on the fine. He explained the person that sold the liquor was overwhelmed because of the amount of people in the business at the time and it was their first day of work. When the Golf Course added the bar and grill, it became a private course. Whispering Pines Golf Course was told all of the participants in the golf tournament that day were over 21. Potter said the concerning part is that Whispering Pines Golf Course failed the compliance check in 2014 as well. Dvorak responded that incident involved a new employee. He said they did pass the second compliance check in 2014. Potter said he used to own a liquor store, which failed a compliance check. He said it can cause problems for the Board to modify the established fines.
After discussion, the consensus is there is not cause to modify or waive the penalty for Whispering Pines Golf Course. Asleson said that State Law allows a civil penalty up to $2,000 and revocation of the license for up to 60 days. He is unsure as to why the County set the amounts in 2004. His recollection is that a grant agreement was involved which included minimum fines. The grant agreement has since expired so State funding is no longer being received for compliance checks. Dvorak requested the Board lower the fine to $350. The Board consensus was not to honor the request. Asleson said the motion should include imposing a $500 fine for the Whispering Pines Golf Course and for Up The Creek Grill and Bar. Asleson will notify both establishments and give them 30 days to pay. Daleiden moved to impose the civil penalty of $500 for both establishments, seconded by Borrell. The motion carried 3-0.
A Building Committee Meeting was held on 6-24-15. At today’s County Board Meeting, Daleiden moved to approve the minutes. The motion was seconded by Borrell and carried 3-0. The Committee Minutes follow:
I. Compost Facility Equipment.
Stephens said he contacted three of the metal dealers with whom the County has transacted business in the past: Northern Metal Recycling, French Late Auto Parts, and Midway Iron. Two of them returned his calls. Both said current metal prices are depressed and range from $60 to $90 per ton. Neither were interested in the Buhler Zuk Compost Windrow Turning Machine (Zuk). Stephens said the machine by itself weighs a little over 20 tons. County staff would have to drain fluids and decommission the Zuk before dealers would be interested in it.
The third metal dealer, Northern Metal Recycling, called Stephens back and left a message that he is interested in looking at the Zuk before quoting a value. Stephens said he has not spoken with this representative yet. Stephens said metal prices dropped by about $100 per ton in February 2015. The representatives from French Lake Auto Parts and Midway Iron feel prices will eventually come up, but don’t know when that might occur. Stephens said perhaps metal prices will increase by the time County staff decommissions the Zuk, if that is the path directed to take.
Potter said Karels Brothers & Sons are located in the County. Stephens said he has worked with them in the past, and would also contact them for a quote. Potter said he would rather that the buyer decommission the Zuk instead of County staff, unless Stephens wanted to save the power plant.
Stephens said he called Jim Borchart of Borchart Steel, Inc. regarding the Caterpillar (Cat) motor to determine his interest. He talked with Kevin Borchart, Borchart’s son, who said they have a “neutral” interest in the Cat motor. He is not sure they are interested in the Zuk. Stephens said he also called Jack Kemble of Kemble, Inc. Kemble was not interested in the Zuk as a whole, but said he could use some of its parts. His main interest is the motor. He will look into it and make an offer. Stephens said these two people have interest in the Cat motor. Kemble said he would decommission the entire Zuk, although he has not yet submitted a formal proposal. Stephens was not sure if a full Request For Proposal (RFP) was required in this case. Asleson said an RFP was not required if the value is less than $15,000. Stephens said it is, as the machine scrap metal is not worth much. Stephens said the Zuk could be dismantled by County staff as they wait for scrap metal prices to rise. In the meantime, two of the three people he spoke with are at least somewhat interested in the Zuk machine.
Potter did not want staff to decommission the Zuk. Daleiden said if it comes down to a major difference in price, then perhaps it is worth having someone on staff drain the fluids.
Potter said the power plant is drawing interest. The Cat motor was barely used. Daleiden directed Stephens to determine the value of the motor, and then figure future options. Stephens said it is not feasible to refurbish the compost equipment. He said perhaps he can convince the parties interested in the motor to agree to getting rid of the scrap metal as well.
Recommendation: Obtain more quotes on the Zuk and the motor, and contact additional prospects.
(End of 6-24-15 Building Committee Minutes)
A Personnel Committee Meeting was held on 6-24-15. At today’s County Board Meeting, Daleiden moved to approve the minutes. The motion was seconded by Borrell and carried 3-0. The Committee Minutes follow:
I. Adult Outreach Social Worker (HHS Board).
II. Performance Review – Barb Gabrelcik.
Recommendation: Based on three reviews received, the Committee recommends a rating of “Exceeds Expectations.”
(End of 6-24-15 Personnel Committee Minutes)
A Technology Committee Meeting was held on 6-24-15. At today’s County Board Meeting, discussion involved the 800 MHz software upgrade. Lee Kelly, County Coordinator, attended a meeting yesterday on the upgrade. Wright County will not realize as much of an expense as other jurisdictions but is responsible to maintain and upgrade equipment. Daleiden said the Committee’s recommendation is to leave the fee to other agencies at $75 and to revisit this fee next year. Borrell moved to approve the Technology Committee Minutes. The motion was seconded by Daleiden and carried 3-0. The Committee Minutes follow:
I. Technology Committee Charter.
Tagarro distributed a document entitled, “Wright County Technology Committee Charter” (see attached). At the last Technology Committee (Committee) meeting, Tagarro said members developed a draft Charter to outline the Committee’s function and standards. Referencing the Charter document, Tagarro said he expanded wording under the Membership category, as well as Meeting Schedule and Process, Voting Process, Project Evaluation, Project Criteria, and the Evaluation Process.
Jobe said Line 3 under the Membership category that reads, “For instance, the land records departments may be represented by one member” should be removed.
Daleiden objected to the last line under the Voting Process category which reads, “In the event of a tie, the absent members shall be contacted for their votes.” He said the Committee only makes recommendations to the County Board. Borrell agreed, and said he will listen to the viewpoints of Committee members, but he and Daleiden will make the final decision. Daleiden said the Committee will help prioritize the list of many projects before the Information Technology Department (IT). Borrell responded that he wants the entire Voting Process section deleted from the Charter. He said Daleiden and he will make the necessary decisions.
Hawkins said the Transportation Committee Of The Whole makes recommendations to the County Board after arriving at a consensus. The Board makes the final decision. Jobe said the concern is when Borrell and Daleiden disagree. He said sometimes the recommendation coming out of the Committee is that there is no consensus. When reviewing the minutes at the County Board meeting, the opposing Commissioners will have an opportunity to discuss their views. Daleiden said they can see how the process works out.
Tagarro said he will remove the Voting Process section from the Charter.
II. Guidelines for Project Evaluation.
Tagarro read from the bullet points under the Evaluation Process section on Page 2 of the Charter. He said these are areas to consider when evaluating a project.
Daleiden asked whether a rating system or points would be part of the evaluation process. Nelson said that would provide an objective way to evaluate projects. Borrell said if a certain area is given too much weight, it disproportionately affects the outcome. Daleiden said more consideration should be given to projects that save the County monetary or staff resources.
Nelson said a visual rating system is subjective and can change. A point system gives a general evaluation, but the final prioritization can be based on judgement and Committee approval. She said IT staff often use the most recent project as a template and adjust for the new one. Daleiden said this Committee is supposed to help IT make those decisions. There was additional discussion about whether or not to use a rating system for every project, or only for complex ones.
Regarding Project Criteria (also Page 2 of the Charter), Tagarro said he distributed information from Scott County at the last Technology Committee meeting regarding their project evaluation process. The Charter is a draft that includes some of the ideas from Scott County. Tagarro read the bullet points. He said this is the place to discuss proposed projects prior to review by the Capital Improvement / Finance Committee.
Discussion continued regarding various projects with substantive technology aspects that need to be addressed.
III. Future Enterprise Projects.
Tagarro said all projects should be evaluated to discern whether they could benefit other Departments. For example, Health & Human Services (HHS) is considering a product called PaperCut. He distributed a brochure (see attached).
O’Dell said he has been working with Marco on replacing multifunction printers at HHS at a savings of $100 per month. He asked Marco about solutions that would allow some workers the ability to mobile print and alleviate congestion in the office. One possibility was the PaperCut product. It is fully supported by Marco. O’Dell said it offers secure print release and detailed reporting by user, department, and division. PaperCut also has the capability to indicate which users print the most color and duplexed documents. If one printer is being heavily used, the user could go to another printer, swipe a card, and print automatically. Tagarro said this would also allow users to print off-site.
O’Dell said any Konica Minolta that Marco provides can use PaperCut. It may even be possible to utilize employee card keys for this purpose. O’Dell said that has to be tested. If County card keys are not compatible with the system, users could login at the unit.
O’Dell said the cost for the software is on a volume user basis. Marco said 250 users would be $150 per month for the licensing, not including the rest of the infrastructure. Tagarro said this is a great example of a project that could go enterprise wide. He would like the Committee to discuss this project and make a recommendation.
There was discussion of potential costs. Tagarro said more research is needed, including the software requirements for using the card key. Tagarro said they need to determine where this project fits in with the others. He wants more projects from the Department technology committees to be brought to this Committee. Daleiden said that should be added to the project criteria. Tagarro said he wants to develop a project initiation form that could be submitted online. Daleiden said the departments submitting the form should be required to answer a number of questions to reduce the workload on IT.
IV. 800 MHz Radio Agency Fee for 2016.
Tagarro said the 800 MHz Radio Agency Fee has been $75 for the last few years for Departments, the Law Enforcement Center, cities and towns. Tagarro didn’t think the $75 fee covered half of the expense. Kelly said Departments need to know for budgeting purposes. Borrell said the fee should remain the same for this year. Tagarro said IT processes the billing.
There was discussion on the initial costs and how to calculate the fee. Daleiden said the fee should stay the same for now, to be addressed in the future. Tagarro said he will insert a statement that the fee may increase in 2017 when the chargeback memos are sent to Departments and other agencies. Tagarro said the State plans to upgrade their 800 MHz radio software at a cost of hundreds of thousands of dollars.
There was discussion regarding how many radios are held by individual cities.
Daleiden reiterated that the fee should stay the same, with a disclaimer that there may be an increase in the future due to rising costs.
Recommendation: Approve the Wright County Technology Committee Charter with the following changes:
1) Remove Line 3 of the Membership category that reads: “For instance, the land records departments may be represented by one member.”
2) Remove the Voting Process section from the Charter.
3) 800 MHz radio fee to Departments and other agencies to remain at $75, with a disclaimer noting that there may be an increase in the future.
(End of 6-24-15 Technology Committee Minutes)
A Ways & Means Committee Meeting was held on 6-24-15. At today’s County Board Meeting, discussion occurred on the Parrish Ave. property in Otsego. Kelly said that since the Committee Meeting, he was informed that Pletsch is interested in selling the property but is not interested in a tax forfeiture swap. Daleiden said the caveat to the purchase is that closing costs will be split 50/50. This is the last parcel on Parrish Avenue before the bridge in Elk River. Daleiden said that in 1965, the County Board agreed to easements for 65 properties. However, there is no record of the easements.
Borrell asked whether the property can be turned over to the Army Corp of Engineers. Greg Kryzer, Assistant County Attorney, said the Corp ends up with a good deal when a sponsoring county takes on a dike. The Corp agrees to maintain on the front end but later requires a county to maintain the dike to certain criteria for the life of the levee. Daleiden said the problem is that in 1965, the flooding caused an emergency. He asked how much property would be under water if the levee fails. Kryzer responded that he does not believe it will fail, but there could be extensive back flooding. The design of the system is inadequate for today’s standards. Daleiden said there is damage to a portion of the back levee where sand has washed away.
Borrell said the County is required to maintain the levee but has no rights to access private property. Kryzer said at least 26 parcels are designated on the Highway plat map as being part of the levee. About 4 years ago, property owners were contacted in an attempt to gain easement rights. Only 7-8 property owners agreed.
Daleiden said that the trees were existing when the levee was built. He has issue with the Army Corp asking the County to remove trees when they were there when the levee was built. In addition, there has been question as to whether someone dug into the dike when a building was constructed. The video also shows the building was there at the time the dike was built. Daleiden is working to see if he can obtain more history. He said the Army Corp will be reviewing ownership of the property at the time the dike was built. On a motion by Borrell, second by Daleiden, all voted to approve the Ways & Means Committee Minutes and recommendations. The minutes of the Meeting follow:
I. Contract Rate for City Contracts.
Miller distributed four documents (see attachments):
1. Wright County Sheriff’s Office City Contract Rates;
2. Rate Increases Effect On City Contracts;
3. City Contract Analysis Budget vs. Actual;
4. City Contract Deputies 2014 to 2016 Average Wage.
Miller referenced the first document, “Wright County Sheriff’s Office City Contract Rates,” listing the city contract rates from 1972 through 2017. Miller said rates increased each year. He said the yellow highlighted lines at the bottom of the page indicate that an increase of $2.50 per hour is required to adjust for expenses and to cover unforeseen costs.
Miller said the second document, “Rate Increases Effect On City Contracts,” estimates the financial impact on contract cities over the next two years. The third page, “City Contract Analysis Budget vs. Actual,” compares the $2.50 average increase figure to actual excess divided by hours. Miller said it takes 46 deputies and 5 sergeants to fill the Sheriff’s contract obligation to the cities, or 68 percent of patrol officers.
Directing attention back to the first document, Miller said after 2009, the decision was made to increase the hourly rate to the contract cities by 2.7 percent (for 2010), and 2.6 percent (for 2011). Miller said the average increase to contract cities over the last 15 years has been 3.6 percent. This year, they are seeking a 3.9 percent increase.
Sawatzke asked whether they considered the cost of lieutenants and captains. Miller said there is a fiscal impact on administration, although it is hard to identify. He said the numbers are conservative. Referring to the fourth document, Miller said they estimate the County will pay $13,144.80 towards benefits expenses per deputy in 2015. He said they are confident that the additional $2.50 per hour figure covers everything for the Sheriff’s Department, with a small margin left over for unforeseen expenses. Sawatzke asked what costs Miller analyzed to determine the $2.50 figure. Miller said they examined costs for telephone use, postage, travel, meals, fuel, training, uniform allowances, Workers Compensation, and property casualty insurance to arrive at percentages.
Recommendation: Approval of Contract Rates for City Contracts at $67.00 per hour for 2016 and $69.50 for 2017.
II. Parrish Ave. Property in Otsego.
Sawatzke stated for the purposes of the Open Meeting Law that Daleiden was present only to present factual information about the topic at hand, and not to participate in any decisions, as he is not a member of this Committee.
Pletsch said he is offering to sell his two-acre parcel to the County. He said the County would benefit from its strategic location on the dike on the Mississippi. Pletsch said the Army Corps of Engineers has been an ongoing problem for years, and the situation will not soon be resolved. Daleiden said the property is part of the dike system. Discussion ensued regarding the property location.
Sawatzke said that Pletsch owns the entire parcel, but there is no legally described easement. Daleiden said the County agreed to gain legal access to the property in 1965. Daleiden met with the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) earlier this year. He said they would like the Corps to delist the dike so it no longer resides on the floodplain map. Sawatzke said he understood that the Corps would do so if the dike did not comply with their standards. Kryzer said that would only happen with an Act of Congress. The Corps wouldn’t help the County in that instance. He said it would be the County’s responsibility, but the Corps could require the County to bring the dike up to standard at a cost of $200,000 to $300,000.
Daleiden said he met with representatives from the Corps. They said they will research the matter. He asked them which portion of the dike belongs to the owner and which to the Corps. They said they will try to obtain a legal decision on that question by this fall.
Daleiden said he has spoken with the City of Otsego. They are waiting for the County to make suggestions or to make a decision. He said the City has no desire to own or pay for the property.
Kryzer said the Corps would not be happy with picnic tables and people playing on top of the dike. Pletsch said the Corps wanted him to sign a document allowing them to cut down all his trees. Kryzer said the entire area of Pletsch’s property is covered with trees. It would be expensive to cut them down.
Pletsch stated that his tax value is $12,600, but he would sell the property to the County for $10,000. Kryzer said the assessor tried to assess the parcel to the north, but they couldn’t find any comparable properties. Pletsch said the two parcels he owns are a total of 5.5 acres.
Kryzer asked Pletsch if he was still considering a tax forfeiture swap. Pletsch said he would if an appropriate property were available. Kryzer said the lot Pletsch looked at previously is now available. It has to be sold for the assessed value, and must be approved by the Department of Revenue.
Sawatzke asked Kryzer whether there were any drawbacks or liabilities to County ownership of Pletsch’s property. Kryzer said if the levee broke, it likely wouldn’t be in that location. Before a rupture occurs, there would be massive back flooding from the downstream side.
Kryzer added that it could cost $50,000 to $100,000 to cut down the trees. Sawatzke said he would not cut down the trees. Kryzer said the liability is that the County will have to pay to remove the trees if the Corps so directed. Sawatzke asked whether the County can assess anyone for the cost. Kryzer said that is not an option.
Sawatzke said he would agree to a sale price of $10,000 for Pletsch’s parcel, or Pletsch may use that as a credit for a tax forfeiture property. Kryzer said a tax forfeiture transaction requires more time to complete.
Recommendation: Purchase the parcel for $10,000, or conduct a tax forfeiture trade for a property of equivalent value.
(End of 6-24-15 Ways & Means Committee Minutes)
Kelly requested the Board set a Committee Of The Whole (COTW) Meeting to discuss departmental impacts of the new Public Works Building. He has met with the Surveyor, Highway and Parks Departments to discuss the current building and logistical issues. The Parks and Surveyors Departments are looking for guidance on how to budget rent, shared equipment, and repurposing of the existing facility. There are also implications for Building Maintenance. Daleiden moved to schedule a COTW Meeting on 7-13-15 at 11:00 A.M. The motion was seconded by Borrell and carried 3-0.
Advisory Committee/Advisory Board Updates:
1. Fair Board: Borrell attended a meeting last evening. The hoop building is complete at the Fairgrounds and includes approach ramps on either side to accommodate driving equipment into the building. The Wright County Fair will be held 7-29-15 through 8-02-15.
2. Borrell attended the Delano 4th of July celebration. Waverly Days is scheduled for this weekend.
3. Tri-County Regional Forensic Lab Tour: Board members recently toured the Tri-County Lab and the BCA. Borrell said staff at both facilities are complimentary of one another and work well together.
4. River Rider. Borrell said a meeting was held last week. Bills were recently received for unemployment and health insurance. Those are getting close to being done. Another meeting will be held later in July, and they hope the audit will be complete at that time. Audit results thus far have been positive. The audit firm indicates that the records kept by River Rider staff are impeccable. Daleiden questioned why it has taken a year for the audit. Borrell stated that the firm did not get to the audit right away as they were awaiting Board approval. The firm then was busy with tax season. Once this audit is complete, the State will perform an audit.
5. GRRL. The GRRL has been holding open houses in various locations (Cokato and St. Michael) to provide information on library services. Borrell attended the open house in Cokato on June 30th. He said it was informative and participants were engaged. Since every town will not have a library, a concept being explored is locating drop boxes in businesses. Books would be ordered online and brought to the drop boxes. The goal is to keep the momentum going for reading.
6. Trailblazer Groundbreaking Ceremony. The Ceremony will be held at 9:00 A.M. on 7-08-15 at the new location north of Buffalo.
Bills Approved
AGC Networks Inc $20,931.70
Albion Acres Bait 114.00
All Wheels Recovery 485.00
Allina Health System 215.26
American Databank LLC 305.95
Ameripride Services 598.95
Anoka County Fiscal Services 18,164.00
Aramark Services Inc 22,401.88
Arctic Glacier USA Inc 462.74
Authority Fence & Decks Inc 2,995.00
Bear Graphics Inc 267.21
Boyer Truck Parts 1,439.34
BP Amoco 200.93
BP Amoco 992.33
Brethorst/Darnell 117.00
Brock White Co LLC 1,313.26
Buffalo Auto Value 465.37
Buffalo Hospital 120.92
Buffalo/City of 420.00
Cenex Fleetcard 1,052.07
Center Point Energy 655.23
Centra Sota Coop - Buffalo 41,192.78
Centrasota Oral & Maxillofacial 3,427.00
CenturyLink 166.43
CenturyLink 1,554.26
CES Imaging 868.59
Chamberlain Oil Co 2,434.50
Chevrolet of Delano 15,000.00
Climate Air 1,133.83
Commissioner of Transportation 1,174.96
Constellation Justice Systems 16,002.00
Country Chevrolet 16,272.00
Creative Forms & Concepts 689.08
CST Distribution LLC 1,977.57
Dynamic Recycling 2,718.68
Dynamic Solutions Group LLC 2,310.00
Eich/Brittany 108.05
Election Systems & Software Inc 3,630.00
Elk River Municipal Utilities 153.70
Emergent Networks 21,975.01
Endreson/Tony 334.60
Engel/Dale L 800.00
Ernst General Construction Inc 2,301.00
Expert Automotive & Towing Inc 242.00
Force America Inc 221.47
Forest Mushrooms Inc 2,376.00
Gabriel/Cathleen 300.00
GCS Service Inc 192.42
Girards Business Machines Inc 2,850.00
Glunz Construction Septic Serv. 130.00
Grainger 581.63
Granite Pest Control Services 282.00
Hagen, Christensen & Mcilwain 105,817.83
Hancock Concrete Products LLC 1,030.80
Helena Chemical Company 1,232.28
Hillyard Inc - Minneapolis 568.05
Holiday 15,515.56
Holmquist/Barb 136.60
Howard/Jolanta 100.00
Husom/Christine 190.00
Impact Proven Solutions 1,393.27
J N Johnson Fire & Safety 1,000.00
Jeddeloh & Snyder PA 1,008.00
Jensen/Chris 112.00
Jerrys Towing & Repair 195.00
Junction Towing & Auto Repair 625.00
Keeprs Inc 999.54
Kelly/Lee 128.50
Kjolhaug Environmental Services 1,690.00
Kryzer/Greg 135.00
Kustom Signals Inc 919.47
L3 Communications Inc 213.00
LaPlant Demo Inc 332.50
Laurent/Michael 120.84
Lewis-Goetz and Company 324.97
Liman Post & Beam 150,000.00
M & M Express Sales and Service 451.01
Maple Lake Lumber Company 148.13
Marco Inc 6,722.02
Martin Marietta Materials 8,300.17
Mccalla/Denise 632.08
Menards - Buffalo 401.66
Metro Group Inc/The 20,985.96
Miller/Nathan 258.50
Minnesota Monitoring 10,218.50
MN Area Association of Realtors 1,404.00
MN Counties Computer Coop 10,598.05
MN Department of Health 100.00
MN Public Employer Labor Relat 250.00
MN Secretary of State 360.00
MN Sheriffs Association 660.00
Monticello Auto Body Inc 6,180.42
Morries Parts & Service Group 1,655.92
Morrow/Terry 480.00
Mountain Stream Signs & Graph 1,299.41
Mumford Sanitation 129.87
Net Transcripts Inc 218.90
Office Depot 2,731.08
Olson & Sons Electric 1,175.06
Parker International-Paul Bieber 2,600.00
Performance Kennels Inc 103.20
Potter/Michael J 194.00
Pts of America LLC 1,540.44
Purick/Ryan 100.00
RCM Specialties Inc 1,410.75
Regents of the Univ. of MN 40,269.68
Retrofit Companies Inc 983.86
Royal Tire Inc 1,506.61
Russell Security Resource Inc 152.26
Ruttgers Bay Lake Lodge Inc 416.16
Ryan Chevrolet 103.04
Safelite Fulfillment Inc 157.88
Schwans Home Service Inc 105.25
Schwans Inc 307.84
Scuba Center 336.00
SHI International Corp 1,201.96
Sprint 4,748.64
Sprint 2,960.14
St Michael Auto Body Shop 696.16
State Wide Protective Agency 2,168.75
Steve O Septic 370.00
Streichers 700.98
Tennant Sales and Service Co 276.48
Thrifty White Pharmacy 1,469.02
Tierney Brothers Inc 39,516.77
Towmaster 15,579.00
United Parcel Service 117.20
University of MN Bookstores 460.50
Unlimited Electric Inc 2,170.62
Varidesk 375.00
W D Larson Companies LTD 222.72
Walmart Community RFCS LLC 708.66
Waverly/City of 123.15
Webb/Janelle 213.00
Westside Pest Solutions Inc 149.00
Westside Wholesale Tire 175.26
Wilson/Catherine 194.45
Windstream 180.33
Wood Chuckers Firewood 2,970.00
Wright County Highway Dept 32,732.98
Wright County Journal Press 530.12
Wright County Surveyor 497.00
Wright Lumber & Millwork Inc 105.29
Xcel Energy 1,558.35
45 Payments Less Than $100 2,358.38
Final Total: 742,083.53
The meeting adjourned at 10:20 A.M
Published in the Herald Journal July 27, 2015.