WRIGHT COUNTY BOARD MINUTES
AUGUST 25, 2015
The Wright County Board met in regular session at 9:00 A.M. with Husom, Sawatzke, Potter, Daleiden and Borrell present.
Borrell moved to approve the 8-18-15 County Board Minutes as presented. The motion was seconded by Daleiden and carried 5-0.
Daleiden moved to approve the Agenda, seconded by Husom, carried 5-0.
On a motion by Husom, second by Daleiden, all voted to approve the Consent Agenda:
Authorize Signatures On Law Enforcement Contract With The City Of Cokato, Eff. 1-01-16 To 12-31-17
Authorize Setting the 2015 County Auction Date For 10-17-15
Claim, Madden, Galanter & Hansen, LLP, $12,965.28
Approve Claims as Listed in the Abstract, Subject to Audit, for a Total of $522,860.84, with 172 Vendors and 343 Transactions
E. HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES
A. Case Aide
Bob Hiivala, Auditor/Treasurer, presented the July Revenue/Expenditure Budget Report. Daleiden moved to approve the Report, seconded by Borrell, carried 5-0.
Virgil Hawkins, Highway Engineer, distributed the Highway Department 2014 Annual Report for review and acceptance at the next County Board Meeting.
Sheriff Joe Hagerty recognized the retirement of Deputy Ricky Fischer who is retiring after over 25 years of service with the Wright County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Hagerty described Fischer as an employee who requires little or no supervision and who handles situations without emotion, which is a tactic utilized by law enforcement. He stated that Deputy Fischer holds the Wright County record for continuous service working nights. Fischer said he has enjoyed his service in Wright County. Fischer was congratulated.
Lee Kelly, County Coordinator, presented a revised draft Budget Committee Of The Whole Schedule. The first Schedule was approved at the 8-18-15 County Board Meeting. On a motion by Daleiden, second by Husom, all voted approve the following additions to the Schedule:
9-03-15; 2:00 P.M.; Initiative Foundation
9-03-15; 2:45 P.M.; SWCD
At 9:30 A.M., Commissioner Potter closed the Board Meeting and opened the Public Hearing on the adoption of a Capital Improvement Plan and the issuance of General Obligation Capital Improvement Plan Bonds. Barry Fick, Senior Vice President for Springsted Inc., said the purpose is to adopt the Capital Improvement Plan and receive comment on the issuance of Capital Improvement Bonds for a portion of the Public Works Building Project, which is in the Capital Improvement Plan for $18,500,000. The bonds would fund not-to-exceed project costs of $17,000,000. Discussion followed on the impacts of the recent stock market activity, a reduction in commodity pricing, and interest rates.
At 9:38 A.M., the Public Hearing closed and the Board Meeting reconvened. Sawatzke moved to adopt Resolution #15-41 adopting the Capital Improvement Plan and providing preliminary approval for the issuance of bonds. It was clarified that such action is to accept the Plan but the motion does not indicate approval for all things included in the Plan. The motion was seconded by Daleiden and carried 5-0 on a roll call vote. Borrell indicated that he voted yes with the understanding that he is not in favor of the bond.
Fick guided the Commissioners through a Powerpoint presentation on Advance Refunding and Bank Qualified vs. Non-Bank Qualified Bonds. Discussion included the potential to refinance the Series 2007A Bonds through advance refunding, negative arbitrage, splitting the bonding into years 2015 and 2016, interest rates, and funding a portion of the project through reserves. Fick indicated that Springsted’s fee will not change with two bond sale dates. Two additional fees will be incurred including credit rating agency fees and bond counsel fees (estimated at $15,000 to $20,000 each). The potential savings with a bank qualified bond issuance would be in excess of those costs.
Hiivala stated that the intent is not to issue the refunding bonds today. Springsted would like to know the County’s intent on the structure of bonding by next week. Springsted will then put together a statement and market it. Discussion followed on splitting the bonding between two years (2015 and 2016) or issuance of a lump sum. Borrell suggested bonding in 2015 and potentially utilizing County reserves in 2016 to fund a portion of the project. Fick said that is an option but the County will need to make sure whether use of reserves poses challenges with the State Auditor on minimum cash position and liquidity. Hiivala stated that with bank qualification and minimizing the risk of interest rates, the timeline would be an October 5th sale date with closing by the end of October and a December 5th sale date closing in January.
Daleiden made a motion to proceed with a $10 million bank qualified bond issuance. Fick asked that the County delay action to next week’s Meeting as the County will need to adopt a resolution. Daleiden withdrew the motion. The consensus of the County Board members is to proceed with a $10 million bank qualified bond issuance in 2015 and up to $7 million in 2016 with 20 year terms. Hiivala said the figures are $10 million in 2015 and $7.265 million in 2016 (covering issuance costs). Fick stated that Standard & Poors recently affirmed the County’s AA+ rating which incorporates the $17 million in bonding.
Advisory Committee/Advisory Board Updates:
1. Nuclear Drill. Husom and Sawatzke recently participated in a Nuclear Event. As part of the event, Husom and Sawatzke served as public information officers in both the St. Paul and Buffalo locations. Staff from the Nuclear Office indicate the initial analysis by the Federal Government reflects the event went well. The paper documentation will be received in the next few weeks. The drill is required every two years and involves a multitude of agencies.
2. Agricultural Drainage & The Future Of Water Quality Workshop. Borrell said the Workshop was held recently and included discussion on drainage with an environmental slant, flood control as it relates to marshes, and buffer strips.
3. City of Montrose. Borrell stated that the City of Montrose held a Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Ceremony last weekend. Beyond the Yellow Ribbon is a comprehensive program that creates awareness for the purpose of connecting service members, veterans, and their families with community support, training, services, and resources. Husom also attended the event. Borrell said other Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Cities include Buffalo, Annandale, Delano, and St. Michael.
4. Health and Human Services Partnership Meeting. Daleiden will attend a meeting on 8-25-15 at the MCIT Building. The group meets to allow Health and Human Services an opportunity to provide information prior to decisions being made. The meetings have been occurring for a few years.
5. I-94 Project. Potter said a tour was held with MnDOT last week on the I-94 Project. The Project is two weeks ahead of schedule. For the next portion from St. Michael to Albertville, there is a $4.50 for every $1.00 spent return on benefit to Minnesota citizens. Congressman Emmer indicated that the State will create Six-Year Transportation Plan.
6. Economic Development Partnership. A meeting/tour was held at PenRad in Buffalo. Discussion included dynamics of saving money, including management of test results at clinics and hospitals to prevent double billing to patients. Sawatzke asked that Potter find out more information on the EDP’s State of the Cities Meeting and bring that forth at an upcoming Board Meeting to authorize attendance. Potter responded that the EDP Meeting will occur at the same time as the AMC Policy Conference.
7. Husom said a military appreciation picnic will be held on 8-27-15 at Sturges Park. The picnic will be held at 5:00 p.m. followed by a Concert in the Park at 7:00 p.m. The event is being sponsored by the Yellow Ribbon group and the Buffalo Lions.
8. River Rider. Sawatzke said the attorney handling the River Rider audit is unavailable due to personal reasons. Sawatzke and Rachel Leonard reviewed the list of outstanding items and were able to accomplish half of them. Sawatzke asked Borrell to contact a former River Rider employee to go over the remaining items.
AGC Networks Inc $32,822.00
American Databank LLC 274.35
Annandale Rock Products 5,071.45
Anoka County Fiscal Services 15,241.00
Anoka County Sheriff 42,657.56
Aramark Services Inc 7,157.99
Arctic Glacier USA Inc 496.30
Associated Oral Surgeons, P.A. . 862.92
Black Box Resale Services 1,152.00
Boyer Truck Parts 2,607.44
Brock White Co LLC 696.00
Buff ‘N’ Glo Inc 340.27
CDW Government Inc 2,382.93
Centra Sota Coop. - Buffalo 17,241.86
Commissioner of Transportation 2,796.40
Compass Minerals America Inc 42,787.56
Constellation Justice Systems 3,404.00
Diamond Mowers Inc 765.25
Gilbarco Inc 525.00
Grabar Voice and Data Inc 2,450.00
H M Cragg Co 2,030.00
Hanover/City of 1,271.80
Hillyard Inc - Minneapolis 7,705.19
Holt Motors Inc 307.50
Integrated Fire & Security 7,000.00
JK Landscaping 11,580.00
Lake Restoration Inc 500.00
LaPlant Demo Inc 737.63
Marco Inc 462.00
Menards - Buffalo 493.80
Metro Group Inc/The 1,316.80
Middleville Township 481.60
MN Corrections Association 220.00
MN GIS-LIS Consortium 795.00
MN Transportation Alliance 377.00
Monticello Towing LLC 150.00
Morries Parts & Service Group 158.28
Motorola Inc 13,527.45
NAMI-IN St Cloud Area 100.00
Office Depot 2,437.62
Pope Douglas Solid Waste 1,017.90
Rockford Township 1,093.75
Russell Security Resource Inc 480.00
Schwans Home Service Inc 135.06
SHI International Corp 6,853.00
Southside Township 545.20
Specialty Turf & Ag 188.90
Suburban Tire Wholesale Inc 1,521.26
Thrifty White Pharmacy 8,640.70
Truck Utilities Inc 183.03
W D Larson Companies LTD 542.88
West Payment Center 1,122.68
Westside Pest Solutions Inc 298.00
Wolff/J. Shannon 125.00
Wright County 4-H 342.00
Wright County Highway Dept 365.39
Wright Hennepin Coop Elec Assn 5,418.21
Wright Hennepin Electric 2,824.91
Xcel Energy 991.54
Xiotech Corporation 14,427.95
Zep Sales & Services 175.28
Ziegler Inc 231,640.00
19 Payments Less Than $100 1,024,.89
Final Total: 522,860.84
The meeting adjourned at 10:22 a.m.
Published in the Herald Journal Sept. 14, 2015.