Wright County Board Minutes

WRIGHT COUNTY BOARD MINUTES
AUGUST 18, 2015
The Wright County Board met in regular session at 9:00 A.M. with Daleiden, Potter and Borrell present. Husom and Sawatzke were not present, as they were attending an Emergency Operations Center Nuclear Training drill.
Daleiden moved to approve the 8-11-15 County Board Minutes as presented. The motion was seconded by Borrell, and carried 3-0.
Petitions were accepted to the Agenda as follows: Items for Consideration, Item C, “Authorize Attendance, Greater MSP Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, 11-10-15” (Potter); and Items for Consideration, Item D, “Authorize Letter of Support for Rockford Township’s Request for Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Funds for a Public Water Park Pavement Overlay Project” (Potter). Borrell moved to approve the Agenda as amended, seconded by Daleiden, and the motion carried 3-0.
Bob Hiivala, Auditor/Treasurer, requested an amendment to Item E on the Consent Agenda. He asked that an item on Page 14 of the Claims Listing be pulled regarding a Thrifty White Pharmacy invoice in the amount of $9,296.05. He said the County was notified that there may be a dispute regarding payment. This will lower the amount of claims to $298,279.11.
On a motion by Daleiden, seconded by Borrell, all voted to approve the Consent Agenda as amended:
ADMINISTRATION
Authorize Signatures On Labor Agreement With Teamsters Local 320, Courthouse Unit, 2015-2016
ADMINISTRATION
Authorize Signatures On Law Enforcement Contract With The City Of Montrose, Eff. 1-01-16 To 12-31-17
ADMINISTRATION
Authorize Signatures On Law Enforcement Contract With City Of South Haven, Eff. 1-01-16 To 12-31-17
ADMINISTRATION
Authorize Signatures On Law Enforcement Contract With The City Of St. Michael, Eff. 1-01-16 To 12-31-17
AUDITOR/TREASURER
Approve Claims As Listed In The Abstract, Subject To Audit, For A Total Of $307,575.16, With 181 Vendors And 257 Transactions
HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES
Position Replacement:
A. Social Worker
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Refer To Technology Committee:
A. IT Project Snapshot And Position Request Overview
B. Security Awareness Training
C. Computer Training Room
Adam Tagarro, Information Technology Director, introduced ConnieMae Cooper, the new Information Technology Business Analyst. Cooper was most recently employed in the Health & Human Services Department as a Technology Coordinator.
Borrell moved, seconded by Daleiden, to accept the appointment of Chris Uecker to the Clearwater River Watershed District Board of Supervisors. The motion passed 3-0.
Daleiden moved to approve a new tobacco license for Kwik Trip #177 in the City of Monticello. Borrell seconded, and the motion carried 3-0.
Hiivala requested approval of a contract with US Bank for purchasing cards. He said he and Business Analyst Olga Strobel created a business requirement document, interviewed all Departments, researched vendors, and ultimately chose US Bank. Hiivala said US Bank has a State contract. Hiivala said his office will have controls in place to prevent abuse. The goal is to reduce the number of claims and checks issued, and to empower individual Departments in the purchasing process. Hiivala also requested that the County Board authorize him to sign the contract with US Bank. Daleiden moved to approve the contract with US Bank for purchasing cards, allowing Hiivala to sign the contract on behalf of the County, seconded by Borrell. The motion passed 3-0. Hiivala added that training will be provided for Administration and the other Departments. He said the existing purchasing policy, drafted in the 1980s, will have to be updated.
Borrell moved to approve Resolution #15-39 conveying PID # 116-010-025050 to the City of Waverly. Daleiden seconded, and the Resolution carried 3-0 on a roll call vote.
Daleiden moved, seconded by Borrell, to adopt Resolution # 15-40 conveying PID # 203-038-000010 to the Whispering Ponds Homeowners Association. The Resolution carried 3-0 on a roll call vote.
Hiivala referenced discussion regarding the structure of the 2015A Public Works Bond. There are opportunities before the County to structure that Bond to allow smaller banks to bid on it. He said it is possible to lower the interest rates. Hiivala said he and Commissioner Potter also talked about the refunding issue. They want to quantify when the appropriate time would be for the County to refund the Bond.
Borrell said he wished to postpone this decision for now. Potter said the full Board should receive the information. Daleiden moved to table the discussion on the structure of the 2015A Public Works Bond until the entire County Board can be present and hard copies of numbers are provided. Borrell seconded, and the motion carried 3-0.
Hiivala said there is a public hearing on the Capital Improvement Plan on Tuesday, 8-25-15. A representative from Springsted Incorporated may also present at the 8-25-15 Board meeting, which could allow the Board to set conditions of the sale by 9-01-15.
County Attorney Tom Kelly requested authorization to hire an Assistant County Attorney at a higher-than-minimum wage. The candidate is well qualified, with a broad range of experience. Currently, T. Kelly said he may hire up to 12 percent above the starting salary, or $67,200. The candidate currently earns $76,000. T. Kelly requested an additional $2,800 to bring the starting salary to $70,000. He summarized the candidate’s work experience. Brian Lutes, Chief Attorney, Criminal Division, said the candidate’s diverse experience would provide staffing flexibility to fill in if another attorney is out. Borrell asked if the candidate had agreed to the proposed starting salary of $70,000. Lutes said yes. Potter said he spoke with Commissioner Sawatzke previously, and he is in favor of the request. Daleiden moved to approve hiring an Assistant County Attorney at a salary of $70,000. Borrell seconded, and the motion carried 3-0.
The County Board recessed at 9:30 A.M. for a Public Hearing regarding proposed amendments to the Wright County Water Surface Use Ordinance.
Greg Kryzer, Assistant County Attorney, said the two proposed amendments to the Water Surface Use Ordinance involve Lake Ann and Lake Charlotte. Originally the high water point for no wake restrictions on Lake Ann was 990.50 feet above sea level. The Ordinance Amendment would reduce that by three feet to 987.50 feet. Kryzer said lake residents and the SWCD favor this change.
Kryzer said the Lake Charlotte Lake Improvement District (LID) Board is recommending a seasonal no wake restriction of 150 feet from the shoreline between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day, versus a set high water point. Kryzer said Franklin Township sent a letter stating that they “did not take a stance on this proposal.”
Kryzer added that the purpose of this Ordinance is to avoid emergency actions. Daleiden said the Sheriff’s Office says the Ordinance is difficult to enforce.
Public comment was heard from the following:
Tom Larson, Lake Charlotte resident: Larson said their LID Board voted last fall to pursue this Amendment. The Lake Association recommended it, and 72 percent of lake residents favored the change. He understands the enforcement issue. Violators will receive a letter first. He said the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources supports the Ordinance Amendment as well.
City Councilman Chris Schumm, St. Michael: Schumm said the City Council was split on this Ordinance Amendment. One member was neutral. He has spoken to Sheriff’s Office personnel, who say the Ordinance is impossible to regulate, as it is difficult to prove that alleged violators know where 150 feet from the shoreline is from their position on the lake.
The Public Hearing closed at 9:49 A.M., and the County Board reconvened.
Daleiden moved to approve the proposed Amendment to the Water Surface Use Ordinance. Borrell seconded. The Ordinance Amendment passed unanimously on a roll call vote.
Daleiden moved to approve the Maintenance Agreement with Meeker County (CSAH 2 and CSAH 21). Borrell seconded, and the motion passed 3-0.
Virgil Hawkins, Highway Engineer, requested approval of the 7-21-15 Transportation Committee Of The Whole Minutes. Daleiden moved to approve the 7-21-15 Transportation Committee Of The Whole Minutes, seconded by Borrell. The motion carried 3-0. The Transportation Committee Of The Whole Minutes follow:
1. Introductions
Chairperson Potter called the meeting to order and introductions were made. [Members of this committee and attendees toured the site in question (CR 147) immediately prior to this meeting.]
2. Discuss Revocation of CR 147 to Buffalo Township and Rockford Township
A summary [Attachment 2] of the background of this project was distributed to those present. Hawkins explained that the decision had been made at the previous TCOTW meeting to visit the site at CR 147, with township officials, in order to view that portion of roadway that is being considered for turnback to Buffalo and Rockford Townships. Representatives from both townships were present at the site and at this meeting to discuss the ramifications of taking over CR 147. Hawkins explained that with the new connection (Settlers Parkway) to TH 55 and the closure of the railroad crossing, traffic will dramatically decrease and CR 147 would no longer serve a county function. That is why it is considered a candidate for turnback. Kryzer said that a public hearing is required before a road is turned over to a township, and a 30-day notice is also required in addition to a resolution by the County Board. The road must be brought up to acceptable standards (based on a similar road owned by the township), and maintenance of that turned back roadway is provided by the county or is paid for by the county for an agreed upon period of time.
Settlers Parkway, a City of Buffalo project, is on schedule to open to through traffic this fall, which would be a reasonable time to begin the process of turnback of this roadway to the townships. There was discussion about which entity would maintain the road and what the average cost/year is to maintain it. The townships did not have an estimate on their maintenance costs, but Wright County does have maintenance contracts with several cities in which the average cost of (snow/ice) maintenance is determined by averaging the costs of the three previous years. This helps keep the annual fees relatively stable from year to year, even when an unusual snow/ice season occurs. Buffalo Township hires out for their snow/ice maintenance control, and Rockford Township, the City of Buffalo, and Wright County all use their own equipment. The City of Buffalo already plans to maintain that portion of CR 147 that was annexed into the city, so it is likely that future development could result in further annexation, thus extending the length of roadway for the city’s responsibility for maintenance. Borrell said that it’s not uncommon for a city to take over the road when they annex more property, but in the meantime, it wouldn’t be fair to have them take on this operation without reimbursement. If the City of Buffalo annexes more property, its tax base will increase, and that would be the time to give it back. CR 147 is bordered on either side by Buffalo and Rockford Townships, but Buffalo Township has no roads in that area that it maintains.
Sawatzke said that reimbursing the township for maintaining this road, perhaps indefinitely or until it is annexed, is a relatively small part of the county’s budget, and he doesn’t feel that the townships should be forced to take over the road if they don’t want to do so. He compared this situation to TH 241 in St. Michael, which MnDOT has proposed giving to Wright County. It wouldn’t be appreciated if MnDOT gave the road to Wright County without its permission. Hawkins said that it is his staff’s recommendation to turn this road over to the townships as it doesn’t meet a county function; however, he understands that it is ultimately the County Board’s decision. Daleiden asked if there are any other roads that are on the system but essentially don’t serve a county function, and Hausmann said that both CR 131 and CSAH 41 are portions of former TH 25 and don’t really serve a county function, and there are other roadways as well that are still on the county system that probably don’t belong there. Potter said it’s probably just a matter of time before CR 147 will be annexed into the City of Buffalo, and Sawatzke said that he did not think it was fair to give the problem to Buffalo and/or Rockford Townships before that time. Borrell said that he believes the staff is right in that this doesn’t serve a county function, but perhaps an agreement could be made with a township regarding maintenance, at least for some period of time. Kryzer said that the county would be responsible for the maintenance for two years and could agree to a longer term. The road will have to be improved before it is turned back, but there would be no reason to do so at this point in time. Sawatzke added that improvements should be made only if they are necessary. Cost of reclaiming generally runs about $200,000/mile. When asked if improvements to CR 147 have been budgeted for next year, Hawkins said that he has not included it in next year’s proposed budget. This road was a candidate for improvements about 10 years ago, but it got pulled in favor of higher priorities. Hausmann said that the road could just sit until someone wants to take it over, and improvements could be made at that time.
Hawkins said that it would be a good idea to let a new traffic pattern develop, after Settlers Parkway opens, to see how the volume is affected. He suggested that it might go as low as 300-400/day. It won’t cost any more to delay the improvements, except for inflation, but the road will get rougher and rougher. Sawatzke said that improvements could be considered depending on how the 2016 budget numbers come in, and he would not like to see it get too bad. Ernesti commented that this road is already rough and causes vibrations to the school bus she drives on that route. When asked what the base is, Hawkins said that he has no information on that because CR 147 is a former state highway which was given to Wright County. It would probably have to be drilled to get that information. Schmidt said that he would like to see the county keep the road. Borrell said that this is what the county has to do for now because that’s what they’ve done in the past, and Sawatzke added that the only turnbacks were either agreed to by both parties or traded for another roadway. Hawkins said that he couldn’t recall any turnbacks to townships, but that cities generally are in mutual agreement with the county for turnbacks because it is often fits in with their plans. Potter said that if annexation doesn’t take place within two years, a decision will have to be made about maintenance at that time; and Daleiden agreed with Borrell that things could be left ‘as is’ for now to see what traffic patterns develop and then come up with a plan as a County Board on how they want to handle this in the future. The Board knows what the requirements are, but it can offer more than the minimum if it chooses to do so. There was some further discussion about the configuration of the eastern end of CR 147 when the railroad crossing closes. If the landowner moves his driveway farther to the west, he will gain more privacy and the roadway will be shorter. Eckblad said that he appreciated hearing what the County Board’s possible plans are for this roadway so that the township would know how it might be impacted. He added that he would like to view plans ahead of time when they affect a township, and all agreed that this was reasonable.
Discussion followed about the backup of water from a culvert under CR 147 that a homeowner recently noticed. The landowner said that this has happened many times in the past, but Meyer said that he has never been notified of water over the road in that location. Daleiden said that it makes no sense to tear up the road at this time, but rather to address the issue at the same time the road is improved. It can be checked to see if it is plugged and make sure that it gets cleared. Hawkins said that it will need to be replaced, and this will be taken care of when necessary. Schmidt said that he didn’t think the culvert is big enough, and Hawkins said that lowering it might solve the problem. Sawatzke asked if the county owns permanent easement at the end of CR 147 that would have to be vacated to the landowner, and Hawkins said that utilities would have to be kept in place. No decision has been made yet on the restrictions of the easement. Utilities have to be maintained. Hawkins said that it seemed that the consensus of the Board was to keep CR 147 on the county highway system, not immediately improve it, watch the traffic volumes as different patterns develop with the opening of Settlers Parkway, and revisit this conversation again. Decisions can be made about how to handle the plowing in the winter, whether by county, township, city, or contractor. Rockford Township would be the most logical first consideration, as it already plows nearby roads. The close-to-average payment for snow/ice maintenance is about $3,000/year/mile, and that is based on an average of the county three year’s costs. Meyer said that the county expects townships/cities to maintain these roads in the same manner that they maintain the other roads on their system.
RECOMMENDATION: It was the consensus of the TCOTW that CR 147 remain on the county road system until future/new traffic patterns are established with the opening of Settlers Parkway; and once a stable pattern of traffic has developed, the county and townships will meet again to discuss future ownership/responsibility of this roadway. In the meantime, Wright County will discuss maintenance options with the townships and city and attempt to come to an equitable and fair agreement to have the maintenance completed by one of the entities whose equipment services the adjacent roadways.
The meeting was adjourned at 2:40 p.m.
(End of 7-21-15 Transportation Committee Of The Whole Minutes)
Daleiden presented the 8-12-15 Building Committee Minutes. Daleiden moved to approve the 8-12-15 Building Committee Minutes, seconded by Borrell. The motion carried 3-0. The Building Committee Minutes follow:
I. wRight Choice Request Regarding Rent
This item was laid over to a future meeting.
II. Health & Human Services Center Exterior Lighting Retrofit
Kelly said former Purchasing Agent Craig Hayes was directed to obtain several more quotes for the Health & Human Services Center (HHSC) exterior lighting project. He contacted two vendors. Kelly said one declined, and the other did not respond. No other quotes were received. The existing quote is from Loberg Electric, Inc., for $25,064 (see attachment).
Kelly said he discussed updating the exterior lighting at the Historical Society. Dahl asked to get quotes for the Government Center exterior lighting when obtaining quotes for the Historical Society and HHSC.
Daleiden said all three projects could be done at the same time. He would like the website to notify the public of opportunities to provide quotes.
Recommendation: Obtain more quotes for exterior lighting for the Health & Human Services Center, the County Historical Society, and the County Government Center.
III. Possible Relocation of Law Library
Kelly said staff was directed at the last meeting to get a breakdown of all costs for both the new Information Technology (IT) Training Room, and the new Law Library location. He distributed a quote for the new Law Library location in the amount of $22,693.00 (see attachment).
Vergin said she met with Tom Ernst of Ernst Construction, Inc. Ernst said if the County went to roll carpeting versus tile carpeting, there would be a $3,000 savings (from the initial quote of $10,000). Potter said the existing carpeting in the future Law Library location is clean with a few stains, but in general shows only a little wear. The consensus was to remove new carpeting from the proposal to remodel the new Law Library location, at a cost savings of $10,340.
Recommendation: Proceed with Ernst Construction, Inc. on the remodeling the new Law Library location, minus new carpeting, in the amount not to exceed $12,353. The project will be funded out of Site Improvements, and will begin after the new IT Training Room has been completed.
IV. IT Training Room Quote
Kelly distributed two quotes from Ernst Construction, one dated 8-03-15 in the amount of $33,605.00, and the other dated 8-06-15 in the amount of $23,980.00 for the new IT Training Room (see attachments).
Tagarro said the walls could be painted and not wallpapered. Instead of the heavy demolition to remove the doorframe as stated in the previous quote, they will remove the existing door but reuse the frame.
Daleiden said the IT Training Room will need tile carpeting. Potter agreed as the Training Room will be in this location long-term, and will be easier to replace if wear occurs. Tagarro said they will initially remove equipment from the HSC training room. At some point he would also like different tables and updated electrical infrastructure in the ceilings, a larger screen, and audio capabilities. At present, IT will reuse the existing screen.
Referencing the Climate Air quote for $992, and the Integrated Fire & Security proposal $1530 (see attachments), Vergin said Hatfield agreed that Building Care & Maintenance staff can do some of the removals to bring the costs down.
The time frame and order of events was discussed. Tagarro said he has to remove the equipment from the Health & Human Services former training room by the end of this month. The consensus was to proceed with the new IT Training Room first, then relocate the Law Library, and finally, begin the IT Expansion project into the former Law Library space.
Recommendation: Move forward with the IT Training Room in an amount not to exceed $26,502 (including the Ernst Construction, Inc., Climate Air, and Integrated Fire & Security costs). Building Care & Maintenance staff will do as much removal and demolition of cabinets and other components as possible. The project will be funded out of Site Improvements.
V. Roof Repair, Existing Public Works Building
A quote was distributed regarding roof repair to the existing Public Works Building (see attachment). Hatfield said he and Shop Maintenance Superintendent Brian Jans met with a representative from B&B Sheet Metal & Roofing, Inc. to look at the roof and under the deck. Hatfield has not yet received a quote from the insulation contractor, who stated he wanted to wait for the roof investigation to be completed first. Both vendors concurred that it makes sense to tackle the roof repair from the top side of the roof versus underneath. The B&B Sheet Metal & Roofing, Inc. quote is in an amount not to exceed $3,000.
Hatfield said the insulation contractor believes condensation contributes to the problem. The B&B representative said it might help to add insulation on the top. He will send a recommendation.
Recommendation: Approve quote from B&B Sheet Metal & Roofing, Inc., in an amount not to exceed $3,000, and proceed with investigating the roof issues at the existing Public Works Building.
VI. Assessor’s Office Remodel & Expansion
Rasmuson said three local assessors will retire in the near future. This means that potentially 8784 parcels will be added to the County Assessor Department workload. Another local appraiser may retire in the next couple of years who covers about 10,000 parcels. He requested three additional appraisers in his 2016 Budget to handle the increased work. The additional appraisers will need office space. If townships or cities decide to utilize County Assessor staff, the number of parcels could increase to as much as 20,000 over the next few years.
Rasmuson suggested taking down a wall that currently stands between a conference room and a storage area in the Assessor Department and creating three workstations. He said they need to get several quotes. He is not anticipating adding the three additional staff until 4-01-16, if his pending budget request is approved. Rasmuson said that is enough time to expand the office to add three workstations.
Rasmuson also discussed moving the door from the lunchroom into the Assessor Department to create a permanent office.
Recommendation: Informational only.
(End of 8-12-15 Building Committee Minutes)
Human Resources Director Sunny Hesse summarized the 8-12-15 Personnel Committee Minutes. Daleiden moved to approve the 8-12-15 Personnel Committee Minutes and recommendations, seconded by Borrell. Potter said Commissioner Pat Sawatzke indicated to him that he supports this request. The motion passed 3-0. The Personnel Committee Minutes follow:
I. Hiring and Retaining Qualified Information Technology Personnel
Hesse distributed a summary of the Attraction and Retention Salary Ranges for 2015-2016 – Information Technology (see attachment).
Hesse said the four positions listed on the first document have been difficult to fill, requiring numerous recruitment cycles. She pulled salary data from a number of counties with comparable positions and figured the average wages (as highlighted in yellow). If directed, and once the full County Board approves the basic concept, she would negotiate with the union and come back to the Board for final approval.
Hesse said if the need for the Attraction and Retention Salary Ranges no longer exists at some point in the future, the County could revert back to the regular salary schedule.
Recommendation: Approve the basic concept behind the Attraction and Retention Salary Ranges for 2015-2016. Human Resources Director will negotiate the Attraction and Retention Salary Ranges with the union, and present the final version to the County Board for approval.
II. Request to Reclassify Vacant .08 FTE Health Promotion Coordinator to Planner (HHS Board)
III. Proposed Revisions to Wright County Personnel Policy 101, Position Classification and Reclassification
Hesse distributed three documents:
1) A red-lined copy of proposed changes to the County Personnel Policy relating to Sections 104.07, 104.08, and 104.09;
2) A copy of the existing County Personnel Policy relating to Sections 104.07, 104.08, and 104.09 adopted 11-16-04; and
3) A Job Evaluation Request Form (see attachments).
Hesse said the current Policy is not clear. A set procedure is necessary to enable Human Resources staff to facilitate the process and fully understand requested changes. Under Section 101.03, Paragraph 1, Sentence 1, Hesse said the words “in the annual budget process” should be eliminated.
Hesse referred to Items a – i in Section 101.04. She said these clauses describe the process involved with requesting a job reclassification. Hesse also referred to new verbiage under Section 101.07 regarding minor revisions to job duties and/or description language.
Recommendation: Approve changes to the Wright County Personnel Policy, Section 101, Position Classification and Reclassification.
(End of 8-12-15 Personnel Committee Minutes)
Potter read from the 8-12-15 Ways & Means Committee Minutes regarding disposition of the water damage claim for the Wright County Historical Society. Daleiden moved to approve the 8-12-15 Ways & Means Committee Minutes, seconded by Borrell. The motion carried 3-0. The Ways & Means Committee Minutes follow:
I. DISPOSITION OF A WATER DAMAGE CLAIM FOR THE WRIGHT COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY.
The Historical Society building incurred damage from a water softener system leak. The softener is located in the mechanical room on the second floor. A check was issued by the vendor’s insurance company in the amount of $5,356.84 and was made payable to the Wright County Historical Society. The vendor’s insurance company required the Historical Society to sign a final release relating to the damages.
As the Historical Society is a County-owned building, a claim was filed with MCIT (Minnesota Counties Intergovernmental Trust). MCIT hired an independent adjusting service and the damages came in under the $5,356.84 amount. Ernst Construction provided an estimate of repair. The end result is a surplus of funds following the repairs.
Possible use of the surplus was discussed. Dahl indicated that MCIT identified several areas of potential repair to the Historical Society including exterior siding, indoor emergency lighting, and exterior lighting. The consensus of the Committee was that the surplus could potentially be used to repair the exterior lighting.
Recommendation: The County will deposit the check into the Insurance line item 100-6353. Dahl will proceed with the repair of the exterior lighting at the Historical Society.
(End of 8-12-15 Ways & Means Committee Minutes)
County Coordinator Lee Kelly requested approval of a revised Budget Committee Of The Whole Schedule. The only change is to move the time for County Surveyor from 1:30 P.M. on 9-03-15 to 2:30 P.M. on 8-27-15.
L. Kelly said he is still working with outside groups who indicated they would like to present to the County Board. He hopes to schedule them on the afternoon of 9-03-15. Daleiden moved to approve the revised Budget Committee Of The Whole Schedule, seconded by Borrell. The motion passed 3-0.
Daleiden moved to approve Commissioner Potter’s attendance at the Greater MSP Annual Meeting 11-01-15. Borrell seconded, and the motion carried 3-0.
Daleiden moved to authorize a letter of support for Rockford Township to apply for Minnesota Department of Natural Resources funds for a public water park pavement overlay project, as it abuts a County road. Borrell seconded, and the motion passed 3-0.
Advisory Committee / Advisory Board Updates
1. Wright County Community Action: Borrell said they have a new Director, who is familiar with all the programs, and is off to a good start.
2. Greater MSP Indicators Dashboard: Potter attended a meeting last week regarding 11 peer cities and how the County ranks related to evaluation and retention of employees, business recruitment, and other factors. Potter said he will forward information to the other Commissioners once he receives it.
3. Transportation Economic Development: Potter said he attended this meeting hosted by the Minnesota Department of Transportation last Friday in Brainerd to get information on utilizing their grants.
4. Groundbreaking for New County Public Works Building: Potter said the event was yesterday. The first tip up panels are set to arrive 9-28-15. Some footings are in the ground already. County Highway staff are monitoring progress well.
Bills Approved
Advanced Disposal Services $361.53
AG NEOVOTechnology Corp. 143.00
Air Automation Engineering 124.42
All Safe Global Inc 1,595.00
Ameripride Services 600.77
Aramark Services Inc 7,376.03
Arctic Glacier USA Inc 501.84
Barthels Auto Body 1,257.00
Bear Graphics Inc 383.51
Benson/Sharon 100.00
Black Box Resale Services 111.00
Boyer Truck Parts 1,177.20
Buffalo Auto Value 652.74
Buffalo Hospital 495.39
Burdas Towing 697.00
Busch/Ryan 524.00
Cameron/Tim 150.00
Centra Sota Coop. - Buffalo 2,479.47
CenturyLink 564.32
CenturyLink 1,456.20
CenturyLink (hwy use) 231.29
Chatham Township 1,043.80
Clearwater Township 1,600.95
Climate Air 8,446.13
Cokato Township 362.90
Compass Minerals America Inc 37,975.36
Culligan of Buffalo 887.25
Custom Towing LLC 150.00
Engel/Dale L 475.00
Expert Automotive & Towing Inc 226.00
Fastenal Company 134.93
Federated Co-ops Inc 463.39
French Lake Township 457.40
Fyles Excavating & Honey Wagon 175.00
Gale-Tec Engineering Inc 1,294.00
Garage Door Store 252.20
General Rental Center of Monti 100.89
Glunz Constr. Septic Service LLC 130.00
Grainger 238.61
Granite Electronics 386.50
Greenview Inc 21,557.87
Hesse/Sunny 504.24
Hillyard Inc - Minneapolis 2,369.32
Holt Motors Inc 267.00
Jakes Excavating 6,155.00
Kotila Excavating 3,330.00
Laplant Demo Inc 688.40
Liman Post & Beam 150,000.00
M-R Sign Company Inc 116.95
Martin-McAllisters Consulting 900.00
Menards - Buffalo 128.09
Mies Outland Inc 135.98
Mini Biff LLC 757.01
Minnesota Monitoring 831.25
MN Continuing Legal Education 320.00
MN Counties Ins Trust 3,818.00
MN Dept. of Labor & Industry 300.00
Montrose/City of 1,335.40
Moon Motorsports 117.46
Morries Parts & Service Group 3,186.93
Neopost Great Plains 491.06
North Star Awards & Trophies 184.85
Office Depot 1,468.95
Office of MN IT Services 2,100.00
Performance Kennels Inc 103.20
Prairie Lakes Youth Programs 720.00
Rasmuson/Anthony 178.50
Rinke-Noonan 200.00
Royal Tire Inc 1,139.84
Ryan Chevrolet 143.36
Safelite Fulfillment Inc 401.49
Select Account 1,493.10
Sign Man of MN Inc/The 150.00
Snodepot 1,572.00
Solar Winds Inc 1,546.00
St Cloud Stamp & Sign Inc 141.80
Ultramax 945.00
Uniforms Unlimited 330.35
US Supreme Court 200.00
Verizon Wireless 10,422.21
West Payment Center 175.00
Westside Pest Solutions Inc 149.00
Windstream 396.75
Zion Lutheran Church 100.00
26 payments less than $100 925.73
Final total: 298,279.11
The meeting adjourned at 10:20 a.m.
Published in the Herald Journal Sept. 7, 2015.