WRIGHT COUNTY BOARD MINUTES
9:00 AM MEETING
DECEMBER 1, 2015
The Wright County Board met in regular session at 9:00 A.M. with Husom, Sawatzke, Potter, Daleiden and Borrell present.
Husom moved to approve the 11-24-15 County Board Minutes. The motion was seconded by Daleiden and carried 5-0.
Daleiden petitioned an item to the Agenda, Items For Consideration B, “Discuss Setting A Negotiation Committee Of The Whole Meeting.” Daleiden moved to approve the Agenda as amended, seconded by Borrell. The motion carried 5-0.
Daleiden moved to approve the Consent Agenda, seconded by Borrell, carried unanimously.
1. Refer to Personnel Committee Meeting Revisions to Performance Evaluation Process & Form For Department Heads
1. Refer to Personnel Committee Meeting Administration Department Reorganization
1. Refer to Personnel Committee Meeting Request for Reclassification resulting in new salary range
1. Approve 2016 Non Union Salary Range Effective January 1, 2016
1. Claim - Madden, Galanter & Hansen, LLP, $1356.30
1. Authorize Participation in the 2016 MCPP First Time Homebuyers Program
1. Approve Claims as Listed in the Abstract, Subject to Audit, for a Total of $1,577,976.26 with 155 Vendors and 216 Transactions.
H. HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES
1. Position Replacement
A. Social Worker (.5 FTE)
I. INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
1. Refer to Technology Committee:
A. Board video streaming update
B. Board video retention
C. Project initiation and criteria
1. Authorize Signatures on Addendum to Medical Services Agreement with MEnD Correctional Care, Additional Health Technician Services, Eff. 1-01-16
TIMED AGENDA ITEMS
BOB HIIVALA, AUDITOR/TREASURER
Set Final Cut Off for 2015 Claims at 3:00 p.m. on 12/22/2015
Husom moved to set the final cutoff for 2015 claims for 12-22-15 at 3:00 p.m. The motion was seconded by Sawatzke and carried 5-0.
Review Recommendations for the Issuance of the 2016A Bonds
Terri Heaton, Springsted Financial Advisor, provided an overview of the handout relating to the recommendations for issuance of $7,040,000 in General Obligation Capital Improvement Bonds, Series 2016A for the Highway Building project. The bonds will be repaid over 20 years with an estimated interest rate of 2.91%. Action today includes setting a sale date of 1-11-16 at 1:00 p.m. with results being presented at the 1-12-16 County Board Meeting. The decision is to proceed with bank qualified bonds. This action utilizes $7 million of the $10 million authorized annually. Any refunding that may be considered will transpire in November/December, 2016.
Adopt Resolution Authorizing Sale of 2016A Bonds
Sawatzke moved to adopt Resolution #15-76 providing for the issuance and sale of General Obligation Capital Improvement Plan Bonds, Series 2016A, in the proposed aggregate principal amount of $7,040,000. The motion includes setting a sale date of 1-11-16 at 1:00 p.m. with results being presented at the 1-12-16 County Board Meeting. The motion was seconded by Daleiden and carried 4-1 with Borrell casting the nay vote.
MARC MATTICE, PARKS ADMINISTRATOR
Authorize Signatures on 2016 Park Caretaker Agreement With Green View Inc.
Sawatzke moved to approve the Agreement, seconded by Husom, carried 5-0.
Review and Take Appropriate Action on Park Commission Recommendations From November 16, 2015 Wright County Parks Commission Meeting.
1. Recommendation Related To Park Dedication Funds Expenditures For Franklin Township Park Project.
On 3-31-15, the Wright County Board approved for Franklin Township to negotiate the purchase/development of a parcel as a park. Acquisition is to follow regular County protocol. Franklin Township agrees to be the owner, and responsible for all future development, maintenance and operations of the park area. In March, the County Board authorized a maximum of $114,000 from Park Dedication Funds to Franklin Township upon providing proper documentation.
At today’s Board Meeting, Mattice said the Parks Commission recommendation is for the County contribution not to exceed the appraised value of $63,450. Mattice said it is common practice that the County Board not exceed appraised value. Grant funding does allow exceeding the appraised value by 10%. Mattice said the cost to the County cost would be his time.
Borrell made a motion to approve the Parks Commission recommendation to allow use of Park Dedication Funds for Franklin Township’s property purchase for a park with funding not to exceed the appraised value of $63,450. The motion was seconded by Daleiden and carried unanimously.
2. Recommendation to expend funds From the Ney Park Account for removal and cleanup activities of Allone Potter’s Life Estate.
The Life Estate for Allone Potter has been executed. The Parks Commission recommends use of $15,000 from the Ney Park account funds to cover building removal and additional cleanup. Daleiden moved to approve the recommendation, seconded by Borrell. Mattice said the original funding in the Ney Park account is depleted, so approval of expenditures by Maple Lake Township is no longer a requirement. The Fund is replenished with gifts for restoration projects, the CRP Program, and payments from the USDA. The motion carried 5-0.
3. Authorize the Parks Department to continue conversations and document preparations with the City of Clearwater on a joint park improvement concept at Clearwater Wayside.
Mattice said there is land owned by the County that does not necessarily fit into the Parks system well. Discussions have occurred with the City of Clearwater relating to Clearwater Wayside. The City is interested in a cooperative agreement for a more useable space. The request presented to the Parks Commission was the development of a 3D archery range. The Parks Commission desires to see a concept development draft, cost estimates, and a roles and responsibilities document draft. This item will be referred to the March 2016 Parks Agenda.
Borrell made a motion to authorize the Parks Department to continue conversations and document preparations with the City of Clearwater on a joint park improvement concept at Clearwater Wayside. The motion was seconded by Daleiden and carried 5-0.
4. Approve recommendation to not continue to pursue continued acquisition negotiations on a parcel adjacent to Robert Ney Regional Park.
Mattice said that on 7-15-14, the County Board approved for the Parks Department to complete an appraisal on a parcel adjacent to Robert Ney Regional Park. The appraisal has been completed. Negotiations will not continue because of the difference in the land appraisal versus what the landowner is willing to sell the land for. The Parks Commission recommends not to continue consideration of this parcel as an addition to the Park.
Borrell made a motion to approve the Parks Commission recommendation, seconded by Husom, carried 5-0.
PUBLIC HEARING PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE FEES FOR SERVICE SCHEDULE
At 9:30 A.M, Potter recessed into the Public Hearing for proposed changes to the Fees for Service Schedule. No public comment was received. Borrell was contacted by a constituent relative to parcel data fees for the offices of Assessor and Auditor. It was explained that the parcel data fees are not new. The fees are currently being charged by the Information Technology Department. Adding them to the Assessor and Auditor Fee Schedules will allow those two offices to assess the fees when data requests are submitted. Sawatzke asked why firewood bundles are being removed from the Parks Fee Schedule. Mattice said it is a resale item and the price is driven by the market. Kelly said some of the proposed changes to the Fees For Service Schedule relate to language clarifications.
At 9:37 A.M., Daleiden moved to close the Public Hearing and reconvene the County Board Meeting. The motion carried 5-0 on a second by Husom.
Sawatzke made a motion to approve the changes to the Fees For Service Schedule, seconded by Daleiden, carried 5-0. The changes are reflected below in bold:
Item; Current Rate; Proposed Rate Eff. 1-01-16
Add the following language to the Fee Schedule:
Data is available at no charge to government entities.
Standard Dataset; N/A; $.03 per parcel,
Non-Standard Dataset; N/A; $.06 per parcel, $50 minimum
Item; Current Rate; Proposed Rate Eff. 1-01-16
Changes to the Fee Schedule for the Auditor/Treasurer Department:
Data File Requests; N/A; $.03 per record per fil, $50.00 minimum
Auditor’s Certificate of Compliance; N/A; $30.00
Notice of Expiration of Redemption; N/A; $40.00
Notarization (change to “Notary Services”); $1.00; No change
(Statute 357.17, no change to fee, just revising how it is listed)
Voter Certificate (add “from SVRS”); $5.00; No change
(Was listed as “Auditor Certificate Voter,” renaming to “Voter Certificate from SVRS”)
Changes to the Fee Schedule for the Auditor/Treasurer License Bureau Department:
Notarization (change to “Notary Services”); $1.00; No change
(Statute 357.17, no change to fee, just revising how it is listed)
Genealogy Search Fee (per hour); $30.00; Remove from schedule
Staff Research Time (per hour); $20.00; No change
(Renaming to “Genealogy Search Fee (per hour)” because this is a Statute-driven fee Statute 144.226)
Item; Current Rate; Proposed Rate Eff. 1-01-16
Mailbox Supports (Installed on County Highways); $60.00; $70.00
Remove the following language from the Fee Schedule:
“We would Continue To Provide Mailbox Supports To Township Residents For $50.00, Where No Installation Is Involved.”
Item; Current Rate; Proposed Rate Eff. 1-01-16
Camping Sites (Collinwood and Schroeder)
Electric Sites - Resident; $25.00 per night; $27.50 per night
Electric Sites - Non-Resident; $25.00 per night; $30.00 per night
Non-Electric Sites - Resident; $16.00 per night; $18.50 per night
Non-Electric Sites - Non-Resident; $16.00 per night; $20.00 per night
Seasonal Dump Station; N/A; $60.00 per season
Bertram Shelters; N/A;l $50.00 per day
Bertram Amphitheater; N/A; $75.00 per 5 hours
(10 AM to 3PM & 4PM To Sunset)
Firewood Bundles; $4.00 per bundle; Remove from schedule
(End of changes to Fees For Service Schedule)
SEAN RILEY, PLANNING & ZONING ADMINISTRATOR
Accept the findings and recommendations of the Planning Commission to accept the zoning amendments concerning:
SECTION 724 SIGN REGULATIONS: to update current sign regulations to be content neutral.
SECTION 405.5 NON-CONFORMING SIGNS: remove this section.
SECTION 302 DEFINITIONS: to amend definitions in Sections 302.
SECTIONS 506.1 BUILDING PERMITS: to amend the minimum sized building requiring a building permit from 120 square feet to over 200 square feet.
SECTION 704 SCREENING AND FENCING: amend requirements for fencing.
SECTION 761 WIND ENERGY CONVERSION SYSTEMS: amend UBC reference.
SECTION 606 SUBURBAN RESIDENTIAL R-2: amend size restriction of individual pole sheds.
SECTION 610.2 GENERAL INDUSTRY DISTRICT I-1: remove Billboards, signs, as regulated.
Sean Riley, Planning & Zoning Administrator, and Greg Kryzer, Assistant County Attorney, reviewed the proposed amendments to the Zoning Ordinance. Discussion followed on billboard/sign changes, including dynamic signs. Riley said billboard regulations are consistent with State regulations. Daleiden moved to adopt Ordinance Amendment #15-03, seconded by Sawatzke. The motion carried 5-0. The text of Ordinance Amendment #15-03 follows:
THE COUNTY BOARD OF WRIGHT COUNTY HEREBY ORDAINS:
The Wright County Zoning Ordinance is hereby amended as follows:
Amend Section 302 DEFINITIONS as follows:
(18) Building Code - Minnesota State Building Code as adopted by Wright County. May also be referred to as the Uniform Building Code (U.B.C.)
(89) Manufactured Home - A structure manufactured in accord with the Manufactured Home Building Code as defined in Minnesota Statutes 327.31 Subdivision 3 327 B and meeting the definition in Minnesota Statutes 327.31 Subdivision 6 327 B. For the purpose of this Ordinance, Manufactured Homes which comply with the standards listed in Section 740 of this Ordinance shall be considered to be Single Family Dwellings.
(139) Sign Any structure or device that has a visual display A name, identification, description, display, illustration or device which is affixed to or represented directly or indirectly upon a building, structure, or land that is visible from a public right-of-way in view of the general public and is designed to identify, announce, direct, or inform which directs attention to a product, place, activity, institution or business.
(140) Sign Digital Sign, Dynamic Any sign with a characteristic that appears to have movement or that appears to change, caused by any method other than physically removing and replacing the sign face or its components. This definition includes a display that incorporates a technology or method allowing the sign face to change the image without having to replace the sign face or its components physically or mechanically. This definition also includes any rotating, revolving, moving, flashing, blinking, or animated graphic or illumination, and any graphic that incorporates rotating panels, LED lights manipulated through digital input, “digital ink” or any other method or technology that allows the sign face to present a series of images or displays. Digital signage is a form of advertising in which content and messages displayed on an electronic screen, or digital sign, can be changed without modification to the physical sign. Digital signs may be scrolling message boards, LCD or plasma display panels, electronic billboards, projection screens, or other emerging display types like Organic LED screens (OLEDs).
Remove Section 405.5 Non-Conforming Signs
506. PERMITS AND FEES
506.1 Building Permits
For the purpose of enforcing this Ordinance, a land use and building permit shall be required of all persons intending to erect, alter, wreck or move any building or structure. Buildings two hundred (200) square feet and less less than 120 square feet in total ground coverage shall not require a permit, however, they shall meet all required setback distances. All additions to residences shall require a permit. Buildings and permits shall conform with all applicable codes and ordinances adopted by Wright County. Permits shall not be required for the location of mobile homes or manufactured homes in mobile home parks which the County recognizes as legally established mobile home parks.
606. SUBURBAN RESIDENTIAL R-2
606.3 Accessory Uses
Pole sheds less than 2,000 square feet.
Remove: Billboards, signs, as regulated, listed as a Conditional Use in Section 610.2 GENERAL INDUSTRY DISTRICT I-1 (See Section 724.4 proposed billboard regulations.)
704. SCREENING and FENCES
Fences which impede visual sight lines in anyway shall not encroach closer to any shoreline than the principal building setback. Electrified or barbed fences shall be prohibited in residential districts. Electrified fences used as an accessory to permitted agricultural uses are allowed. Swimming pools with a capacity exceeding 5000 gallons shall be surrounded by a fence at least four (4) feet in height with a self-latching gate or a power safety cover complying with ASTM F 1346.
724. SIGN REGULATIONS
It is hereby found and declared that in the interest of and to promote the general welfare of the people and to conserve the natural beauty of the unincorporated rural areas of Wright County that it is necessary to reasonably and effectively regulate and control the erection or maintenance of signs. The objectives of this chapter include preserving the right of free speech and expression, providing easy and pleasant communication between people and their surroundings, and avoiding excessive levels of visual clutter and distraction that are potentially harmful to traffic and pedestrian safety, property values, business opportunities, or community appearance.
All signs hereafter erected or maintained shall conform to the provisions of this Ordinance and any other ordinances or regulations of Wright County except, (1) official traffic and street signs; and (2) signs in locations subject to Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 173, but not including signs subject to these laws in cases where this Ordinance is more restrictive.
724.1 General Provisions
(1) Sign Types:
(a) Canopy A protective roof like covering, made of canvas or similar fabric, mounted on a frame over a walkway, door, or window of a building.
(b) Wall A painted or non-painted sign affixed on the side of a building.
(c) Monument a ground sign having a solid appearance and a generally low profile. Must be attached to a proportionate enclosed base (fifty percent minimum). The sign may be constructed with stone, concrete, metal, routed wood planks or beams, or similar materials which harmonize with the establishment it serves. The sign base area shall not exceed the actual sign face area by ten percent.
(d) Identification sign A sign that identifies a place of business or occupant of the lot where sign is placed.
(e) Temporary signs - A sign that is not permanent in nature and must be removed within a specific time frame.
(f)(d) Pole/Pylon A freestanding sign that is suspended by no more than three (3) metal, wood, or concrete poles.
(g)(e) Window A painted or freestanding sign placed in or / on a window of a business.
(h)(f) Billboard A large freestanding signboard, on or off premise, which displays a message or advertising in a public place alongside a highway or freeway. Any sign that exceeds ninety-six (96) square feet in surface area.
(2) All signs, unless otherwise noted, shall require a permit.
(3) Sign Illumination:
(a) The light from any illuminated sign or from any light source, including interior of a building, shall be so shaded, shielded or directed that the light intensity or brightness shall not adversely affect surrounding or facing premises nor adversely affect safe vision of operators of vehicles moving on public or private roads, highways or parking areas. Light shall not shine or reflect in or into residential structures. Where a sign is illuminated, the source of light shall not shine upon any part of a single residential district.
(b) No signs shall have blinking, flashing or fluttering lights or other illuminating devices which have a changing light intensity, brightness or color, or which are so constructed and operated as to create an appearance or illusion of writing or printing. No signs should have flashing or rotating signs resembling emergency vehicles. An exception may be recommended by the Planning Commission for movement showing the date, the time and the temperature exclusively.
(4) Message substitution:
Subject to the land owner’s consent, a noncommercial message of any type may be substituted for any duly permitted or allowed commercial message, or for any duly permitted or allowed noncommercial message; provided, that the sign structure or mounting device is legal without consideration of message content. Such substitution of message may be made without any additional approval or permitting. This provision prevails over any more specific provision to the contrary within this chapter. The purpose of this provision is to prevent any inadvertent favoring of commercial speech over noncommercial speech, or favoring of any particular noncommercial message over any other noncommercial message. This provision does not create a right to increase the total amount of signage on a parcel, nor does it affect the requirement that a sign structure or mounting device be properly permitted.
The invalidation of any section, subsection, clause, word, or phrase of this chapter, or of any definition in this ordinance of any word or phrase used in this chapter, by any court of competent jurisdiction shall not affect the validity of the remaining portions of this chapter.
724.2 Signs in the S-2 Residential-Recreational Shorelands District, S-3 Commercial Recreation Shorelands, W/S Wild and Scenic, A/R Agricultural-Residential, AG General Agriculture District, and R-1, R-2, R-2a and R-3 Residential Districts.
In S-2, S-3, W/S, A\R, AG and R-1, R-2, R-2a, and R-3 Districts, no sign shall be erected except as follows:
(1) One (1) sign is allowed per lot frontage, except political signs where one (1) per each candidate is permitted and agricultural/farm signs where one (1) for each demonstration plot is permitted.
(2)(1) One (1) identification sign, not to exceed thirty (30) thirty five (35) square feet in surface area and not more than fifteen (15) feet in height above the average grade area for the following uses: church, school, hospital, parks, recreation areas, and signs advertising goods and products raised and sold on the premises that would not require a Conditional Use Permit. Such signs shall be solely for the purpose of displaying the name of the use and its activities and services shall be allowed on a parcel with an active agricultural, horticultural, forestry or nursery operation, or seasonal produce stand, or has a valid conditional use permit. No property will be permitted more than one sign under this provision. It may be illuminated, but not flashing.
(2) One (1) canopy, window, or wall sign, which shall not exceed thirty-five (35) square feet in surface area or the height of the building, for a parcel with an active agricultural, horticultural, forestry or nursery operation, or seasonal produce stand, or has a valid conditional use permit. This can be in addition to the sign allowed under Section 724.2 (1).
(3) Signs, located on the premises, for allowed conditional uses, subject to the following provisions:
(a) No more than one (1) freestanding pole/pylon sign of not more than thirty-five (35) square feet in surface area and not more than ten (10) feet in height above the average grade OR,
(b) No more than one (1) wall sign, which shall not exceed thirty-five (35) square feet in surface area OR,
(c) No more than one (1) monument, which shall not exceed thirty-five (35) square feet in surface area.
(d)(a) No sign shall be erected within thirty (30) feet from the road right of way.
(e)(b) No sign shall be erected within ten (10) feet of any abutting property line.
724.3 Signs in B-1 Highway Service, B-2 General Business and I-1 Limited Industry Districts
In B-1, B-2 and I-1 Districts, no sign shall be erected except as follows:
(1) Signs as permitted in S-2, S-3, A/R, and AG Districts.
(2) (1) Signs, located on premises, subject to shall comply with the following provisions:
(a) No more than one (1) pole/pylon sign or monument sign located on the premises. Except as provided in Section 3 below, it shall not exceed the permitted building height. The maximum surface area cannot exceed more than ninety-six (96) square feet. Signs permitted under this section are limited to a height not to exceed the permitted building height of the tallest structure on the property. It may be illuminated, but not flashing.
(b) No sign shall be erected within ten (10) feet of any abutting property line.
(c) No sign shall be erected within thirty (30) feet from the road right of way.
(d) Canopy, window, or wall sign shall not exceed ten (10) percent of the front façade. These can be in addition to the pole/pylon or monument.
(b) In addition to Section 724.3(2) (a), each parcel of property is allowed:
(1) One (1) canopy, window, or wall sign which shall not exceed ten (10) percent of the surface area of the front facade.
(2) For a property that includes a drive-through window, two (2) additional signs, one (1) no larger than ten (10) square feet in surface area and forty-eight (48) inches in height and located at least ten (10) feet from a property line and at least six (6) feet from a curb cut, and the second no larger than thirty (30) square feet in surface area and facing the drive-through lane.
(3) For a property (other than one including a drive-through window) that includes one (1) or more lanes limited to one-way traffic, one (1) additional sign, no larger than ten (10) square feet in surface area and forty-eight (48) inches in height and located at least ten (10) feet from a property line and at least six (6) feet from a curb cut.
(3) (2) Along US Highway 12, State Highway 55, and Interstate Highway 94 no more than one (1) pole/pylon sign with a maximum square footage of ninety-six (96) square feet per each approved conditional use on that property, not to exceed 300 square feet. Signs shall not exceed fifty (50) feet in height above the average grade. Parcels of property abutting US Highway 12, State Highway 55, and Interstate Highway 94 shall be permitted to construct one (1) pole/pylon sign or monument sign that is in excess of the permitted building height, provided the sign is not in excess of fifty (50) feet in height above the average grade. Signs permitted under this section shall not exceed ninety-six (96) square feet in surface area for each conditional use and shall not exceed three hundred (300) square feet in total surface area for all signs.
(4) (3) All signs shall meet the following restrictions and setbacks:
(a) No sign shall be erected within ten (10) feet of any abutting property line.
(b) No sign shall be erected within thirty (30) feet of the road right of way.
724.3A Signs In Other Zoning Districts
All signs shall be prohibited in any Zoning District which is not specifically listed in Sections 724.2, 724.3, and 724.4 except for signs which are classified as exempt under 724.5.
(1) Billboards are only permitted to be placed on property directly abutting along US Highway 12, State Highway 55, and Interstate Highway 94 in the B-1, B-2, and I-1 Districts and in conjunction with a conditional use hearing.
(2) Billboards shall not exceed may contain no more than a maximum total surface area of six hundred seventy two (672) square feet per side, including any extensions, with a maximum of two (2) sides. Billboards may not be stacked vertically.
(3) The Maximum height of the top edge of a billboard cannot exceed forty (40) feet above existing grade of the sign site with a minimum ground clearance of ten (10) feet.
(4) No billboard shall be erected within one a hundred (100) feet of any abutting property line in a district where billboards are prohibited. Otherwise billboards shall meet the same side and rear setback as any other building or structure in that district.
(5) No billboard shall be permitted within fifty (50) ten (10) feet from the right of way of any street or road.
(6) No billboard shall be located within a radius of six hundred sixty (660) feet of any existing billboard.
(7) No billboard shall be located within three hundred (300) feet of a dwelling, at grade intersection of two (2) or more roads, or at grade intersection of any road and a railroad.
(8) Billboards shall be a freestanding signboard located on or off premise.
724.5 Exempt Signs
The Unless prohibited in Section 724.6 the following signs shall be authorized in all Zoning Districts and shall not require a permit. These exemptions, however, shall not be construed as relieving the owner of the sign from the responsibility of its erection and maintenance, and its compliance with the provisions of this ordinance or any other law or ordinance regulation the same.
(1) Public Signs
Any public sign (directional, safety, danger, trespassing, traffic, warning, public information or public organization) whose primary purpose is to communicate community events erected by, or on the order of, a duly constituted public office of City, County, State, or Federal governments in pursuance of their public duties and provided signs are erected by or on order of a public officer or employee in the performance of official duty.
Any sign owned or maintained by a governmental entity.
(2) Integral Signs
Names of buildings, dates of erection, monumental citations, commemorative tablets and the like when carved into stone, concrete or similar material or made of bronze, aluminum or other permanent type construction and made an integral part of the structure.
(3) Private Traffic Direction Signs
Signs directing traffic movement onto a premise or within a premise, not exceeding eight (8) square feet in area for each sign. Illumination of these signs shall conform to 724.1 (3) hereof, except that standard traffic signal light devices may be used if needed. Horizontal directional signs on and flush with paved areas are exempt from these standards.
(4) All political signs must comply with State Regulations.
(5)(2) The changing of the display surface on a previously approved painted or printed sign.
(6)(3) One (1) identification sign six (6) square feet or less in size and no more than five (5) feet in height per lot property.
(4) Non-commercial signs beginning forty-six (46) days before the state primary in a state general election year until ten (10) days following the state general election.
(5) When the date of a local, municipal, county, township, or school election does not correspond with the state primary or state general election, non-commercial signs may be erected, within the jurisdiction conducting the election, and maintained beginning forty-six (46) days before any scheduled primary or general election until ten (10) days following the general election.
(6) Each newly platted subdivision or development shall be allowed one (1) sign, at each entrance of the subdivision or plat. Each sign shall not exceed ninety-six (96) square feet in surface area and no more than fifteen (15) feet in height. Each sign shall be allowed for one (1) year after the recording of the plat, or for thirty (30) days after the last property or parcel in the plat is sold or transferred, whichever is later.
(7) Every parcel of property is entitled to additional signs totaling but not exceeding twelve (12) square feet in surface area and no more than five (5) feet in height while the parcel of property is actively being marketed for sale or rent.
(8) Every parcel of property shall be entitled to one (1) sign no more than one hundred twenty (120) square inches in surface area to be placed in all of the following locations:
a) On the front of a residence;
b) On each side of an authorized United States Postal Service mailbox;
c) On one (1) post which measures no more than forty-eight (48) inches in height and four (4) inches in width.
(9) Every parcel of property is entitled to additional signs totaling, but not exceeding, twenty four (24) square feet in surface area and no more than fifteen (15) feet in height when there is an event at the subject property and not posted for more than twenty eight (28) days.
(10) Every parcel of property is entitled to additional, unilluminated signs, to be used during the construction of a building, and which in total are not to exceed twelve (12) square feet each in surface area and are no more than fifteen (15) feet in height. Said signs shall be removed within six (6) months from the start of construction.
(11) In the interest of safe traffic flow, every parcel of property is entitled to additional signs totaling, but not exceeding, twenty four (24) square feet in surface area and no more than fifteen (15) feet in height.
724.6 Signs Prohibited
(1) No signs shall be permitted in the F-P Flood Plain District or the S-1 Special Protection Shoreland Districts, except where deemed essential by the Planning Commission.
(2)(1) Flashing or rotating signs resembling emergency vehicles, official traffic control devices not owned by a public body, or railroad signs or signals not owned by a railroad or a public body, shall not be permitted in any District.
(3)(2) Digital Dynamic signs shall not be permitted in any District.
(4)(3) No sign shall be permitted to obstruct any door, fire escape, stairway or other opening intended to provide light, air, ingress or egress of any building or structure.
(5) (4) No sign shall be placed that resembles any official marker erected by a governmental agency or shall display such words as “stop” or “danger”.
(6)(5) Signs shall not be permitted within public right-of-way or easements except for signs allowed under sections 724.5 (1) and 724.5 (8)(b).
(7)(6) Abandoned Signs shall be removed by the owner or lessee of the premises upon which the sign is located when the business which it advertises is no longer conducted on the premises. If the owner or lessee fails to remove the sign, the Zoning Administrator shall remove it in accordance with 724.9(3) hereof. These removal provisions shall not apply where a succeeding owner or lessee has a valid conditional use permit conducts the same type of business and agrees to maintain the signs as provided in this Ordinance or changes copy on the signs in accord with a valid conditional use permit to advertise the type of business being conducted on the premises and provided the signs comply with the other provisions of this Ordinance.
(8) (7) Any sign which becomes structurally unsafe or endangers the safety of a building or premises or endangers the public safety must be taken down and removed by the owner, agent, or person having the beneficial use of the building, structure or land upon which the sign is located.
(9) (8) Unless otherwise noted, no sign shall be placed on public street/traffic signs, utility poles or public property. Signs in violation of this Subdivision may be removed by County personnel at their discretion, without advance notice to the sign owner.
(10)(9) Any other structure, banner, balloon, trailer, building, portable device, or anything visible from a public road which is used as an advertising device a sign is prohibited unless specifically authorized by this Ordinance.
724.7 Temporary Signs
Do not require a permit unless they extend past the allowed duration of the sign.
(1) Temporary signs advertising a new subdivision or development. Each subdivision or development shall be allowed one (1) sign not to exceed ninety-six (96) square feet in surface area, no more than fifteen (15) feet in height. Such signs shall be allowed no more than twenty-one (21) days prior to sale and must be removed within six (6) months from that date.
(2) Temporary unilluminated signs identifying an engineer, architect, contractor or product engaged in or used in the construction of a building, provided such signs shall not exceed twelve (12) square feet each in surface area and are no more than fifteen (15) feet in height and shall be removed within six (6) months from the start of construction.
(3) Temporary real estate signs, pertaining to a sale or lease of a building or property, shall not exceed twelve (12) square feet in area located on the subject property and limited to one (1) such sign for each frontage of a home, lot, parcel or tract under two (2) acres in area. Signs shall be removed within seven (7) days of the sale. Temporary real estate directional signs not exceeding three (3) square feet in area and four (4) in number showing a directional arrow and placed back of the property line shall be permitted on approach routes to an open house. The top of such signs shall not exceed three (3) feet in height.
(4) Temporary signs announcing any public, charitable, educational or religious event or function, located entirely within the premises of that institution and set back no less than ten (10) feet from the property line up to a sign area of twenty-four (24) square feet. Such signs shall be allowed no more than twenty-one (21) days prior to the event or function and must be removed within seven (7) days after the event or function. Such signs may be illuminated in accordance with the restrictions set forth in 724.1(3) thereof. If building mounted, these signs shall be flat wall signs and shall not project above the roofline. If ground mounted, the top shall be no more than six (6) feet above ground level.
(5) Temporary signs that relate to an event, date, or time that has passed shall be removed within seven (7) days of the event, date, or time specified therein. If they are not removed by this date, the Zoning Administrator or his/her designee may remove it and charge the costs of removal to the individual or enterprise responsible or property owner per the County’s Fee Schedule.
724.8 724.7 Permits and Fees
(1) The property owner or other persons having control of signs subject to the requirements of this Ordinance shall be responsible to see that the regulations contained herein are followed.
(2) The erection of any new sign outlined in this ordinance, unless otherwise noted, shall require a permit. The fee for sign permits shall be established by resolution of the County Board.
(3) It shall be the duty of the Zoning Administrator and/or the Building Official upon filing of an application for a sign permit, to examine such plans and specifications and other data; and if it appears that the proposed structure is in compliance with all requirements of this Ordinance and all other laws and Ordinances of the County, then he/she the Zoning Administrator shall grant the sign permit. In addition, all illuminated signs shall be subject to the provisions of the State Electrical Code and shall comply with the Underwriter’s standard as defined in the current Underwriter Laboratories standard for safety, electric sign.
(4) Where work for which a permit is required by this ordinance is started or proceeded with prior to obtaining a permit, the fee as provided by the County Board shall be doubled. Payment of such double fee shall neither relieve any persons from fully complying with the requirements of this Ordinance in the execution of the work nor from any other penalties prescribed herein.
(5) If the work authorized under a sign permit has not been completed within six (6) months after the date of issuance, said permit shall expire automatically and renewal of the permit shall be required.
724.9 724.8 Inspection, Removal, Safety
Any sign for which a permit is required may be inspected periodically by the Zoning Administrator for compliance with this Ordinance and all other applicable laws.
(a) The owner, lessee or manager of any ground sign and the owner of the land on which the same is located shall keep grass or weeds and other growth cut and debris and rubbish cleaned up and removed from the lot property on which a sign is located.
(b) All signs shall contain current information. Outdated signs or signs with information that is outdated shall be removed by the property owner.
(c)(b) Painting, repainting, cleaning and normal maintenance and repair of a sign or sign structure is required to protect the sign and prevent its deterioration and maintain its neat appearance. Such maintenance is allowed without permit unless a structural change is made. All signs must be maintained in a neat and orderly condition.
(3) Removal of Signs
The Zoning Administrator shall order the removal of any sign erected or maintained in violation of this Ordinance. Ten (10) days’ notice in writing shall be given to the owner of such sign, or of the building, structure or premises on which such sign is located, to remove the sign or to bring it into compliance with the Ordinance. Upon failure to remove the sign or to comply with this notice, the Zoning Administrator may remove the sign. The Zoning Administrator may remove the sign immediately and without notice if it reasonably appears that the condition of the sign is such as to present an immediate threat to the safety of the public. Any costs of removal incurred by the Zoning Administrator shall be assessed to the owner of the property on which such sign is located and may be collected in the manner of ordinary department or in the manner of taxes and all costs shall be assessed against the property. Signs located within the right-of-way of County Roads may be removed by the County at any time without notice.
724.9 Prior Lawful Non-Conforming Signs
(1) Lawful signs existing on the effective date of this Ordinance which do not conform to the regulations set forth in this Ordinance shall become a non-conforming use.
(2) Business signs that were lawfully established when erected on the premises of a non-conforming building or use may be continued so long as they continue to comply with the version of this chapter in effect at the time the signs were established, but such signs shall not be increased in number, area, height, volume, or illumination. Such signs may be illuminated, but no flashing, rotating, or moving signs shall be permitted.
(3) No business sign erected before the passage of this Ordinance shall be rebuilt, altered, or moved to a new location without being brought into compliance with the requirements of this Ordinance.
(4) In the event that the use of a non-conforming business sign structure is discontinued or its normal operation stopped for a period of six (6) months, any subsequent use of the sign shall be a conforming use.
(5) Legal nonconforming signs on residential and seasonal residential real estate shall be allowed to continue as provided under Minnesota Statute § 394.36 Subd. 4.
761. WIND ENERGY CONVERSION SYSTEMS
761.7 Requirements and Standards
(1) Safety Design Standards
(c) Warnings For all Commercial WECS, a sign or signs shall be posted on the tower, transformer, and substation warning of high voltage. The signs must include emergency contact information.
For all guyed towers, visible and reflective objects, such as plastic sleeves, reflectors, or
tape shall be placed on the guy wire anchor points and along the outer and innermost guy wires up to a height of ten (10) feet above the ground. Visible fencing around the anchor points of guy wires may be substituted for the above referenced markers.
All towers and support structures shall be reasonably protected against unauthorized climbing. The bottom of the structure (measured from ground level to fourteen (14) feet above ground level) shall be designed in a manner to preclude unauthorized climbing and/or shall be enclosed with a minimum of an eight (8) foot chain link fence with a locked gate. The chain link fence will meet the requirements of the 2006 2012 IBC 3220.127.116.11. Depending on design, monopole structure may be exempt for the fence requirement.
This ordinance amendment is effective the day following final adoption and publication. The enacting clause will not be incorporated into the final Wright County Zoning Ordinance.
Adopted by the Wright County Board of Commissioners this 1st day of December, 2015.
(End of Ordinance #15-03)
ITEMS FOR CONSIDERATION
EXTERIOR LIGHTING RETROFIT (DALEIDEN)
An Electrical Engineering Services Proposal was received from Emanuelson-Podas Consulting Engineers for the lighting upgrade at the Government Center, Heritage Center, and Health and Human Services Center. Also included was a schedule of hourly rates and reimbursable expenses. Daleiden requested that Kelly contact the Engineer for clarification on the following listed under “Additional Services”:
Revisions to drawings after issue other than clarifications during bid time or response to code reviews.
Revisions to drawings to implement “value engineering.”
Sawatzke said that value engineering relates to reducing the cost of the project without reducing the benefit of the project. Daleiden said that the Engineering firm should be doing value engineering up front. A Proposal was received previously but more detail was requested. The Proposal now includes language relating to rebate submission assistance, and a statement reflecting that the Architect will attend a pre-bid meeting.
Daleiden moved to authorize proceeding with Emanuelson-Podas Consulting Engineers in the amount of $11,925.00. The motion was seconded by Husom. Daleiden directed Kelly to obtain clarification on the statement relating to revisions to drawings and what a reasonable cost will be. Daleiden also wants to attend the meetings with the Engineers so Kelly should obtain that schedule. The motion carried 5-0.
DISCUSS SETTING A NEGOTIATION COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE MEETING
Daleiden requested a Negotiation Committee Of The Whole Meeting (Closed Session) to discuss Negotiation Strategies. Kelly will bring back suggested dates at a future Board Meeting.
ADVISORY COMMITTEE/ADVISORY BOARD UPDATES
1. River Rider. Borrell and Sawatzke attended a meeting last week. There were no changes to the final audit. Discussion occurred on possible locations for records. Funds are being set aside for two employees of River Rider on unemployment and for the final bill for the attorney. There is a refund expected of approximately $19,000 from the IRS (fuel tax) in late December or early January. The final close out of the audit is estimated at about $450,000. The funds will be distributed first to Wright County for buses (cost of the buses paid for by Trailblazer) and the remainder will be split 2/3 to Wright County and 1/3 to Sherburne County.
2. 11-12-15 Planning Commission Minutes. Sawatzke asked Borrell to request a correction to the Planning Commission Minutes on the bottom of Page 2. The minutes show that Greg Kryzer made the motion when he does not serve on the Planning Commission.
The meeting adjourned at 10:10 a.m.
WRIGHT COUNTY BOARD MINUTES
6:00 PM MEETING
DECEMBER 1, 2015
The Wright County Board met in special session at 6:00 P.M. with Sawatzke, Borrell, Daleiden, Husom, and Potter present.
The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the proposed 2016 Budget and Taxable Certified Levy. The Assessor’s Office was open to assist with questions regarding individual property tax statements.
VIDEO: 14 REASONS PROPERTY TAXES CAN GO UP AND DOWN
A video was presented that was put together by the League of Minnesota Cities and the Association of Minnesota Counties.
BOB HIIVALA, AUDITOR/TREASURER
Understanding Your Property Tax Statement
Hiivala provided an overview of a handout with the following information:
• How your property taxes are determined
• Sample Property Tax Statement
• House Research, Property Tax 101: Property Tax Variation by Property Type
• Taxable Market Value by Class of Property
• Tax Capacity by Class of Property
• Initial Tax Capacity Rate
• Resolution from 9-22-15 establishing the draft 2016 Budget and Levy
• 2016 Departmental Net Operating Budgets with Prior Year Comparisons
• Wright County Proposed 2015 Budget with three pie charts (Where it comes from, Where it goes, and How the Budget is spent)
• Bar chart entitled Wright County Expenditure Budget by Function
• Bar chart entitled Wright County Expenditure Budget by Classification
• Bar chart entitled Wright County Revenue Budget by Type
LEE KELLY, COUNTY COORDINATOR
2016 Budget Summary
Lee Kelly, County Coordinator, reviewed the budget process for the year. Departments submitted budgets in July. Eleven budget sessions were held to review budgets and adjust revenues and expenditures for each Department.
The preliminary budget adopted in September reflects an increase from the 2015 budget amount of $106,014,185 to $110,309,723 (4.05% increase). This includes the General Revenue, Road & Bridge, and Human Services Funds, Debt Service payments, and Lake Improvement Districts.
BOB HIIVALA, AUDITOR/TREASURER
2016 Certified Levy
The preliminary levy adopted in September reflects an increase from the 2015 total certified taxable levy amount of $52,959,811 to $55,432,065 (4.67% increase). Since that time, small adjustments have been made which lowered the amount of the draft levy.
Discussion followed on law enforcement contracts held with cities. Borrell said a comparison should be drawn with surrounding counties on costs to run sheriff departments. He said the law enforcement contract revenues should cover or generate close to the cost of services.
PUBLIC COMMENT ON THE 2016 BUDGET/CERTIFIED LEVY
Katherine Skolte, Annandale, conveyed that she did not understand the figures and information included in the handout. She said the requested expenditures by departments far exceed revenues generated. It was explained that revenues do not cover all costs of providing service to the public and so counties levy taxpayer dollars. Some services are mandated, such as law enforcement and human services. Skolte voiced concern with the increase in her property taxes. After discussion, the consensus was that Skolte will make an appointment with County staff to discuss her concerns and obtain more information on the budget process.
On a motion by Daleiden, second by Husom, all voted to adjourn the meeting at 6:59 p.m.
Ag Neovo Technology Corp $270.00
Allina Health 465.00
Allina Hospitals & Clinics 1,260.00
Anoka County Sheriff 140.00
Aramark Services Inc 7,610.29
Atrix International Inc 340.00
Big Shot Targets 2,028.00
BP Amoco 658.43
BP Amoco 101.67
Braun Intertec Corporation 5,869.25
Cenex Fleetcard 1,087.87
Center Point Energy 4,724.97
Centra Sota Coop - Buffalo 18,394.63
Central MN Fabrication Inc 137,813.34
Climate Air 363.40
CMI Inc 323.33
Cokato/City of 915.87
Commissioner of Transportation 1,344.46
Custom Towing LLC 197.00
E2 Electrical Services Inc 59,850.00
Emergency Automotive Tech Inc 125.00
Excel Systems 1,713.48
Fabcon Precast LLC 922,735.00
Farm-rite Equipment Inc 963.11
Fastenal Company 146.24
Glunz Constr. Septic Service LLC 130.00
Gopher State One Call 226.30
Granite Electronics 10,122.24
Granite Pest Control Services 331.00
H M Cragg Co 1,575.00
Hillyard Inc - Minneapolis 2,160.65
Hoffman Security Solutions LLC 119.00
Howard Lake/City of 980.75
Howards Plumbing Heating & Air 325.00
Hyland Software Inc 8,500.00
Jerrys Towing & Repair 518.00
Kennedy & Graven 10,000.00
Lynn Peavey Company 777.35
MAAO Region III 100.00
Madden Galanter Hansen LLP 1,356.30
Marco Inc 3,458.20
Maxx Steel Erectors Inc 28,500.00
McKesson Medical-Surgical 1,297.11
Menards - Buffalo 158.24
Mend Correctional Care LLC 234.29
Midwest Protection Agency Inc 1,709.08
MN Career Development Assoc. 105.00
MN Counties Computer Coop 1,323.75
MN Native Landscapes 2,820.00
MN Sheriffs Association 120.00
Morries Parts & Service Group 133.84
MSDSONLINE Inc 8,319.00
Net Transcripts Inc 113.43
New Look Contracting Inc 176,136.30
O’Reilly Auto Parts 279.93
Office Depot 2,614.01
Omann Brothers Inc 483.30
Peterson’s Towing & Recovery 263.00
Precision Prints Of Wright Co 134.66
Select Account 1,464.90
SHI International Corp 1,141.05
Sign Man Of MN Inc/The 2,152.20
Suburban Tire Wholesale Inc 235.98
Tekton Construction Company 4,956.15
Thrifty White Pharmacy 1,633.36
Total Printing 319.60
Traffic Marking Service Inc 8,256.00
Waverly/City of 159.38
Weidner Plumbing and Heating 84,075.00
Westside Wholesale Tire 523.76
Wright County Auditor Treasurer 1,611.74
Wright County Highway Dept 31,001.73
Yellowstone Track Systems Inc 2,910.00
17 Payments less than $100 896.13
Final total $1,577,976.26
Published in the Herald Journal Dec. 28, 2015.