Wright County Board Minutes

WRIGHT COUNTY BOARD MINUTES
MARCH 28, 2017
The Wright County Board met in regular session at 9:00 A.M. with Husom, Vetsch, Daleiden, Potter, and Borrell present.
3-21-17 COUNTY BOARD MINUTES
On a motion by Husom, second by Vetsch, all voted to approve the Minutes as presented.
AGENDA
Petitions were accepted to the Agenda as follows: Items For Consideration E, “Schedule Closed Session
RE: Property ID #103-500-172203” (Potter). On a motion by Potter, second by Husom, all voted to approve the Agenda as amended.
CONSENT AGENDA
Daleiden moved to approve the Consent Agenda. The motion was seconded by Vetsch and carried unanimously.
A. ADMINISTRATION
1. Schedule Finance/CIP Committee Meeting For 4-12-17 With The Following Agenda Items:
A. Budget Process
B. Funding Sources
C. Capital Improvement Projects
B. ADMINISTRATION
1. Schedule Owners Committee Courts Facility Meeting For 4-03-17, 12:30 PM, Meeting Location Rm 120. Agenda Items:
A. Updated Site Plan / Landscape Plan
B. Updated Overview Of Floor Plans
C. Exterior Design Based On 3/20 Comments
D. Overview Of Mechanical & Electrical Systems
E. Preliminary Project Estimate
F. Schedule Review
C. ADMINISTRATION
1. Schedule Owners Committee Courts Facility Meeting For Construction Manager Interviews, 3-30-17 @ 12:30 PM., Meeting Location C118. Agenda:
A. 12:30 - 1:15 Adolfson and Peterson
B. 1:30 - 2:15 Wenck
C. 2:30 - 3:15 Contegrity Group
D. 3:30 - 4:15 Kraus Anderson
D. COUNTY ATTORNEY’S OFFICE
1. Position Replacement:
A. Assistant County Attorney, Eff. 6-01-17
E. AUDITOR/TREASURER
1. Confirm date, time and location of Regional Joint Ditch Meeting: Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. at North Complex, 2391 Hennepin Ave N, Glencoe, MN 55336
2. Refer to Building Committee: Elections and Absentee Voting
F. AUDITOR/TREASURER
1. Approve Claims As Listed In The Abstract, Subject To Audit, For A Total Of $195,896.36 With 179 Vendors And 412 Transactions
G. HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES
1. Position Replacement
A. Financial Assistance Supervisor
H. PLANNING & ZONING
1. Accept The Findings & Recommendations Of The Planning Commission For The Following Rezonings:
A. JANIS J. OLSON - (Buffalo Twp.) Planning Commission Unanimously Recommends Approval To Rezone Approximately 33 Acres From AG General Agricultural To A/R Agricultural-Residential
B. GARY B. FORSBERG - (French Lake Twp.) - Planning Commission Unanimously Recommends Approval To Rezone Approximately 40 Acres From AG General Agricultural To A/R Agricultural-Residential
I. SHERIFF’S OFFICE
1. Position Replacement:
A. Sergeant
TIMED AGENDA ITEMS
VIRGIL HAWKINS, HIGHWAY ENGINEER
Approve MSAS Designation On Portion Of CR 119 In St. Michael
Potter moved to adopt Resolution #17-18, seconded by Daleiden. The motion carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.
Approve Annual Maintenance Agreements With Six Cities In Wright County
Vetsch moved to approve the Agreements, seconded by Husom. The motion carried 5-0. The Agreements are with the Cities of Delano, Elk River, Maple Lake, Monticello, Montrose and Waverly.
CHIEF DEPUTY TODD HOFFMAN, SHERIFF’S OFFICE
Request Approval Of The 2017 Safe And Secure Courthouse Initiative Grant
Hoffman explained the State Court Administrator’s Office has set aside approximately $1 million to improve courthouse security in Minnesota. Two versions of the grant application were distributed . One is for $37,580 with a County match of $37,580. The other is for $576,039.00 with a County match of $576,039.00. Hoffman worked with Administration and the Owners Committee identifying security features desired in the new Courts Facility. An email from the Architect for that project reflects security features of $1.1 million. The grant has a requirement that the project be completed the fall of 2018. The Court Facility project is not anticipated to be completed until the spring of 2019. A grant extension is being requested.
Vetsch moved to proceed with the grant application for $576,039.00 with a County match of $576,039.00 (total of $1,152,078.00). The motion was seconded by Daleiden and carried 5-0.
MARC MATTICE, PARKS ADMINISTRATOR
Authorize Signatures On The First Amendment To The Operating Agreement Between YMCA Camp Manitou, Wright County, And The City of Monticello, Related To The Construction And Use Of The Bertram Beach House
The Amendment to the Operating Agreement was approved by the Monticello City Council. The YMCA will review the Amendment at their meeting on 4-05-17. Daleiden moved to approve the Amendment to the Operating Agreement, seconded by Vetsch. Husom questioned whether the City will participate in the funding equation, as the Agreement reflects 64% County and 36% YMCA. Mattice explained the Beach House is located in the passive area of Bertram Park so the City does not participate financially. Grant funding will make up a portion of the 64%. Insurance will be the County’s responsibility. The motion carried 5-0.
BRIAN ASLESON, CHIEF DEPUTY ATTORNEY
Approve Of Retaining Dwight Dahlen To Perform Appraisal For Purposes Of Tax Court
Dahlen would be retained to provide an appraisal for PID #155-010-002011, the Kentucky Fried Chicken Restaurant property in Monticello. Asleson stated there is a possibility that the case will be dismissed by the petitioner (landowner) but action must be taken to proceed to meet tax court schedules. Potter moved to approve retaining Dwight Dahlen, seconded by Daleiden. The motion carried 5-0.
BOB HIIVALA, AUDITOR/TREASURER
Approve Budget Committee Of The Whole Minutes - Audit Entrance Meeting
Potter moved to approve the 2-06-17 Budget Committee Of The Whole Minutes, seconded by Daleiden. The motion carried 5-0:
I. Reviewed Audit Entrance letter (presented at the January 10, 2017 County Board Meeting)
II. Discussed Audit Objectives
III. Discussed Management Responsibilities
IV. Discussed the following aspects of Audit Procedures
a. General
b. Internal Controls
c. Compliance
V. Discussed Audit Administration
(End of 2-06-17 Budget Committee Of The Whole Minutes)
Approve February Revenue/Expenditure Budget Report
Hiivala stated that funds were received from River Rider and placed in Fund 100-5830, Miscellaneous Revenues. That line item appears to be way over budget. Hiivala received information from MnDOT recommending what should be done with the funds. He alerted the Board that prior to year-end, a decision will need to be made whether to restrict or commit those funds for public transit. Borrell stated with the state of flux in the transit system, it may be wise to hold off at this time. Daleiden moved to approve the February Revenue/Expenditure Report, seconded by Husom. The motion carried unanimously.
Accept Professional Services Agreement With Ehlers As Municipal Advisors
Bruce Kimmel, Senior Municipal Advisor/Director, Ehlers, explained the Agreement outlines the scope of services provided as part of the bond issuance process including structuring of the bonds, issuance, and closing. It includes a not-to-exceed fee of $50,000 for the refunding, including all staff and out-of-pocket costs. Kimmel stated this is a significant reduction from the standard fee, as Ehlers is motivated to regain a relationship with Wright County. Potter moved to approve the Agreement with Ehlers, seconded by Husom. Daleiden questioned whether Ehlers will receive compensation as part of the sale. Kimmel stated that as an independent advisor, Ehlers is compensated on a fixed fee basis. The underwriter buying the bonds would get compensated through the underwriters discount or choosing an amount through the allowance. They can also sell bonds at a higher price than they are purchased, providing additional compensation. Kimmel stated that is separate from Ehlers goal in this process. The motion carried 5-0.
Approve Resolution Authorizing The Refunding Of The 2007A Jail Bonds
Kimmel provided an overview of the Pre-Sale Report for Wright County, for $40,960,000 in General Obligation Jail Refunding Bonds, Series 2017A. The refinancing of the 2007A Bonds will result in a savings of $6.74 million.
Interest rates on the Series 2007A Bonds proposed to be refunded are 4.00% to 4.75%, whereas the estimated refunding interest rates are 0.80% to 2.90%. The refunding is expected to reduce the County’s future interest expense for this obligation by approximately $6.74 million over the next 12.5 years. The net present value benefit of the refunding is estimated to be $5.84 million, equal to 12.5% of the refunded debt service. This refunding transaction is considered an Advance Refunding as the new Bonds will be issued more than 90 days prior to the December 1, 2017 first optional redemption date (call date) of the Series 2007A Bonds.
Daleiden asked that Kimmel provide information for the public on why $40 million is owing on a $50 million debt after 10 years. Kimmel said much like home mortgages, the first number of years’ payments are predominantly interest. The amount applied to principal increases over time, and will continue to accelerate over the next 10-12 years. Daleiden asked whether the County can pay additionally on principal, such as done with home mortgages. Kimmel said the County does not have that option. Funds can be set aside for the next prepayment date. Once the County decides on a debt structure, it is set. The County has the option to front load a refunding, taking the approach of paying off the debt earlier. He said the $6.74 million saved on the refunding of the 2007A Jail Bonds will help to offset the future costs of the Courts Facility. The term is that of the existing bonds, through 2029. The last three bonds maturing on and after 2027 will be callable for refinancing at that time for $10 million, or the County will have the option to prepay some of the funds. Kimmel reviewed the proposed debt issuance schedule for the period of 3-28-17 through 5-25-17. The $6.75 million in savings is net all costs. If there were no costs of issuance, the total would be just over $7 million.
Kimmel referenced the Courts Facility. Updated information has been received from the Architect, contemplating a fall bond issuance for the Courts Facility. He referenced discussions with the Board two weeks ago where it was decided it did not make sense to do a combined bond issuance (bond refunding and the Courts Facility bonding) in the spring of 2018. Doing so would require a longer timeline and going through the Capital Improvement Plan process. Another option discussed at that time was to wait until 2018 to bond for the Courts Facility. The third option would be to issue bonds in the fall after obtaining information on the project and analyzing cash versus debt.
Kimmel provided information on a fall issuance scenario. Potter said it is premature to combine the Jail refunding bonds and the bonds for the Courts Facility, as the cost of the Courts Facility needs to be defined. A space study of the Government Center will include additional costs that could be included in the bonding. Potter stated it makes more sense to proceed separately, and Husom agreed. Tammi Vaith, Chief Deputy Auditor/Treasurer, presented information on a tax impact comparison of properties. The comparison is based on a Courts Facility Project cost of $40 million. Vaith explained that the tax capacity outlined in the documentation is the same for 2018, 2019, and 2020. Potter said the Assessor’s Office also provided information on the tax value increase for next year of $223 million and the comparison did not include that.
Daleiden moved to adopt Resolution #17-19 providing for the sale of $40,960,000 of GO Jail Refunding Bonds, Series 2017A. The motion was seconded by Potter and carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.
ITEMS FOR CONSIDERATION
3-22-17 BUILDING COMMITTEE MINUTES
Potter moved to approve the Minutes and recommendations. The motion was seconded by Vetsch and carried unanimously. The Minutes follow:
I. Public Works Flat EPDM Roof
Wilczek presented a summary of the storm damage to the Public Works building that occurred on 3/8/17. The high winds over the building created a vacuum condition and tore loose the fully adhered EPDM surface. In doing so, seams opened, flashing bent, and vents tore from their connections below. B&B Roofing provided tires for weight on the membrane and also repaired the tears to create a watertight system until replaced. The interior overhead radiant heating unit on the west side of the shop also fell as a result of the hangers being bent open. Climate Air will be replacing the heating unit.
Wilczek presented a proposal from Inspec (the firm working on the sloped roof replacement project) to design, bid, and oversee construction on the flat roof system. As a result of the storm damage, the existing system is not salvageable. The proposal for the complete scope of services totaled $40,700 and it is estimated the project will be at a replacement cost of approximately $300,000. Tim Dahl is working with MCIT to coordinate the insurance coverage of the day-of emergency services, repairs, and replacements. The deductible is $5000.
Recommendation: Potter & Vetsch recommended moving forward with Inspec for their design and oversight services as they were recently vetted and are engaged in the site with the upcoming sloped roof replacement. Also recommended was to engage bidders early in the process as to keep the project moving forward given the risk with the current roof condition.
A Committee Of The Whole Meeting was held on 3-20-17. At today’s County Board Meeting, Potter moved to approve the Minutes. The motion was seconded by Husom and carried 5-0. The Minutes follow:
The meeting started with a presentation by Mr. Niewind and Mr. Curry about the construction of a lined landfill system. Mr. Niewind and Mr. Curry reviewed how the clay layers and liners are installed. The construction and operation of the leachate collection, gas extraction, and flare systems were also reviewed. Mr. Niewind indicated Advanced Disposal intends to file a rezoning application with the Office of Planning and Zoning within the next month.
After the presentation the committee then toured the grounds of the active landfill area. The committee was shown how the flare/gas and leachate collection systems work. The gas and water test wells were also identified during the tour. The committee then toured the active face of the landfill and observed the staging areas used by Advance Disposal.
No action required. Informational only.
(End of 3-20-17 Committee Of The Whole Minutes)
3-22-17 PERSONNEL COMMITTEE MINUTES
A Personnel Committee Meeting was held on 3-22-17. At today’s County Board Meeting, discussion occurred on Item II, Sheriff’s Office Reorganization Plan.
Borrell started by applauding Sheriff Hagerty for the effort to make government more efficient. He questioned the ability of the employees in the two Office Supervisory positions that are proposed to be eliminated to apply for two positions that are proposed to be added to the Department. Sunny Hesse, HR Director, said the two positions being eliminated are non-union and follow the Personnel Policy. The two positions being added are union positions so union contract language must be followed, requiring posting internally at a minimum.
Vetsch said the reorganization also includes positions being reclassified from Office Technician II to positions at higher pay grades. Under the County’s reclassification policy, filling of those positions do not need to be posted. Hesse responded that the reorganization would reclassify the positions to appropriately reflect the duties those employees are currently performing. Vetsch asked for further discussion as a group, so that action taken will foster a good work environment.
Vetsch would like to find out if there is a different option with the reclassifications and positions. Another option would be the feasibility of a managerial audit from the top down. As a Commissioner, Vetsch does not want to get into the Sheriff’s Office business; however, he wants to make sure good working relations are being built and fostered with the employees at the County.
Borrell said with change and streamlining, things may not be smooth and someone may not like it. Hesse stated that situations like this are not easy. It is part of her job and the Sheriff’s to look at how to run more efficiently as a County. She relayed to Vetsch that she understands his concern regarding reclassification. The other perspective is that they have employees performing duties outside of their classification now. Vetsch said the department should have looked at this prior to giving the employees those job duties. Hesse said there have been situations where reclassifications occur due to changes in process, responsibility, and technology. Decisions like this are never easy.
Vetsch agreed. He has reviewed this from various standpoints and he feels there are no good answers on this entire situation. He wants to make sure that the pertinent questions are asked and the situation is vetted to the best possible option. Daleiden said in the business world, elimination of positions happens frequently. Vetsch agreed but stated that this is a public entity, and it is about managing employees and funds for everyone. Daleiden replied if things can be done more efficiently, then it should be done.
Hesse questioned what Vetsch viewed as the proper vetting. Sheriff Hagerty brought the reorganization to HR, and HR brought this to the Personnel Committee. Vetsch said he would have liked the newly created accounting tech position to be opened up for all to apply. Vetsch said if anyone internally could have applied for the position, it may have led to less upheaval within the Department.
Potter asked whether the two employees would be able to apply for positions within the Sheriff’s Office. Hesse said they will be able to apply but they cannot automatically be placed in the positions. Per contract language, the open positions must post 7 days internally at a minimum.
Borrell said he spoke with Hagerty and these are two valued employees. He said Sheriff Hagerty would like to keep these people in the organization.
Daleiden moved to approve the minutes and recommendations, seconded by Husom. Vetsch said he is not in favor of this action and would like discussion on how this could be handled differently. Daleiden said he has a problem with people working out of classification. It is the responsibility of the supervisors to bring this forward.
Karen Davis, Office Supervisor for the Sheriff’s Office since 2010, said she was also speaking on behalf of Teresa Doerr, who has been a supervisor for 30 years. One of the main questions on why their positions are being eliminated relates to Sheriff Supervisory level positions in other Divisions of the Sheriff’s Office.
Davis said the new Business Manager will become part of command staff, and the Sheriff has decided that the two Office Supervisory positions are not needed. Davis and Doerr supervise 17.5 positions, and 1.5 of those positions are vacant. Davis feels her Office Supervisor position is on the same hierarchy as a Sergeant. She referenced examples of Sergeants supervising employees but reporting to Lieutenants.
Davis said the clerical unit is down 1.5 positions, and the reorganization will eliminate 1.5 positions. She suggested the two Office Supervisor positions be kept and not post for the open 1.5 positions. Davis stated the two Office Tech positions that are vacant could be eliminated and the result would be the same number of people as in the Plan.
Davis said she has been with the Sheriff’s Office for 22.5 years. Doerr has been with the Sheriff’s Office for 40 years in June. They were informed the Office Supervisory positions will be eliminated 4-28-17. Davis was informed of this on 3-22-17 and Doerr on 3-23-17.
About a month ago, Davis said she and Doerr attended a meeting called by Sheriff Hagerty. The clerical division was discussed. Sheriff Hagerty decided the plan would be to wait to post the position until the Business Manager started. The Business Manager could review the clerical staff to see whether any workload could be redistributed. There was nothing mentioned at that time about a reorganization, job titles being changed, or about losing their jobs.
Vetsch questioned whether this was about saving money. He said that is what Borrell is suggesting through the efficiencies of reorganizing. He said if that is the case, they should audit the entire Sheriff’s Office. Vetsch said an audit may result in more positions being opened up in the Department. Hesse stated it is about aligning tasks to the right level. Supervision will be moved to the Business Manager.
Daleiden moved to withdraw the prior motion to approve the Minutes and recommendations, seconded by Husom.
Daleiden moved to accept the Minutes and recommendations for Items 1 and 3. Item 2 should be placed on the County Board Agenda next week for a final decision. This will provide Commissioner Vetsch an opportunity to have further discussions. The motion carried 5-0. The Personnel Committee Minutes follow:
I. Amend Property Appraiser Job Description
Tony Rasmuson, County Assessor, explained recent changes in MN State Board of Assessors licensure requirements effective July 1, 2019. Accordingly,
• Individuals first licensed as a Minnesota assessor prior to July 1, 2015 and whom appraise or physically inspect real property for property tax purposes must obtain an Accredited Minnesota Assessor (AMA) license no later than July 1, 2019.
• Individuals first licensed as a Minnesota assessor after July 1, 2015 and whom appraise or physically inspect real property for property tax purposes must obtain an AMA license within four (4) years of receive the initial Minnesota assessor license.
NOTE: Individuals have two (2) years from hire date to obtain the Certified Minnesota Assessor (CMA) license. Additionally, to obtain Accredited Minnesota Assessor (AMA) licensure, field experience is required.
Rasmuson, Deputy Assessor Triplett, Sr. Property Appraiser Anderson and HR Director Hesse have been discussing the impact of the change in licensure requirements and how best to address the change since August 2016.
The proposed request is three-part.
1. Revise the minimum qualifications of the Property Appraiser job description to reflect the new certification requirements including the AMA licensure. This revision results in an increase in overall rating of the position. Therefore, the position will be reclassified from Grade 11 to Grade 12. Additionally, the minimum qualifications of the Sr. Property Appraiser will be revised to include SAMA licensure and 5-years of experience. This revisions results in an increase in overall rating of the position. The position will be reclassified from Grade 17 to Grade 18.
2. Establish standard hiring criteria for applicants whom have obtained any of the required licensure levels prior to beginning employment with Wright County
3. Establish a standard increase in hourly wage, within the assigned salary grade of the classification, for employees whom obtain required certification levels while employed.
*upon Board approval, the County is required to negotiate the implementation of only the standard increase in hourly wage portion of this request.
This request comes before you prior to the effective date of the licensure requirements in an effort to be proactive with adjusting pay for the position based on the new requirements and to assist in future recruitment and retention efforts of qualified applicants in a specific industry of which the supply is shrinking.
Hesse reviewed the information outlined in the handout and further discussion ensured.
RECOMMENDATION: Approve all three (3) requests as proposed. Enter into negotiation with 320 Courthouse union to discuss implementation of standard increase in hourly wage due to certification level.
II. Sheriff’s Office Reorganization Plan
Hagerty presented a reorganization plan for the clerical and communications divisions of the Sheriff’s Office.
Clerical Division
The recent hire of the new Business Manager at the Sheriff’s Office has opened up an opportunity to review the structure of the clerical staff. Hagerty explained he has been looking at restructuring clerical staff for some time. He and Chief Deputy Hoffman have met with HR Director Hesse several times over the last month to review and discuss the proposed reorganization.
The new Business Manager will start employment with Wright County on April 3, 2017. The individual brings strong supervision experience. Additionally, the clerical division has improved processes with technology specifically for transcription tasks. The division is currently down 1.5 FTEs through attrition.
The proposed reorganization of the clerical division includes the following:
• The Business Manager will assume supervisor responsibilities of clerical division. This position will be part of the Sheriff’s Office Command staff.
• Eliminate two (2) Office Supervisor positions.
• Reclassification of two (2) OTII positions to Accounting Technician. Two (2) staff in the OTII position are already performing Accounting Technician responsibilities.
• Reclassification of one (1) OTII to TAS. One (1) staff in the OTII position is already performing TAS responsibilities.
• Add one (1) Accounting Technician position
• Add one (1) OTII position
Timeline
• OTII position reclassifications effective the first day of the pay period following Board approval (4/10/17)
• Office Supervisor position elimination effective April 28, 2017 (staff have been made aware of the reorganization plan proposed and will be notified immediately of formal Board approval)
• Vacant Accounting Technician and OTII position posted internally April 3-7, 2017, external posting April 10 if necessary.
Communications/Corrections Division
Eliminate licensed sergeant position in Communications through attrition over next several months. In the meantime, Sheriff’s Office staff will work with HR to develop Civilian Communications Supervisor job description for transition.
Net result of reorganization of Sheriff’s Office is a reduction of 1.5 FTE.
RECOMMENDATION: Approve Sheriff’s Office reorganization plan as proposed.
III. Performance Review – Sean Riley, Planning & Zoning Administrator
RECOMMENDATION: Based on five (5) performance evaluations received, the Committee recommends a rating of “Meets Expectations”.
(End of 3-22-17 Personnel Committee Minutes)
The meeting recessed at 10:49 A.M. and reconvened at 10:57 A.M.
3-22-17 WAYS & MEANS COMMITTEE MINUTES
A Ways & Means Committee Meeting was held on 3-22-17. At today’s County Board Meeting, Husom moved to approve the Minutes. The motion was seconded by Vetsch. Board members discussed the establishment of the LID for Lake Sylvia. Vetsch received feedback that the public would like more discussion on whether the Lake Sylvia Association can accomplish this without forming the LID. Borrell said the Association needs to put together a business plan that reflects costs and funding. He said he does not support changing the County’s Ordinance until that time. Vetsch agreed. Greg Kryzer, Assistant County Attorney, said the procedure for establishment of a LID would include a public hearing with notice of the hearing mailed to anyone within the LID. It is proposed that would occur following the Lake Association’s Annual Meeting. There is a process whereby residents could petition for a formal election by the County Auditor. Husom said residents on Lake Sylvia have spent a lot of money thus far. Residents in the Annandale area are very supportive of a regional inspection site. The motion to approve the Minutes carried 5-0. The Minutes follow:
I. Regional AIS Inspection Program Update
Kryzer said the purpose of this meeting is to provide an update regarding Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) funding, and the inspection process for Lake Sylvia. He said the Lake Sylvia Association met with the County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) on 3-13-17. The Greater Lake Sylvia Association applied for a grant from the Initiative Foundation for a regional inspection program. Kryzer said they should hear within the next month whether they were approved for the grant.
Once notified, Kryzer said they will ask the SWCD to set up a regional inspection program. Staff will bring an Ordinance Amendment to the County Board before Memorial Day requesting adoption of the program. He said the above series of events are contingent on whether the Initiative Foundation grant is awarded. Staff and the SWCD are not in favor of setting up regional inspections unless the sites are fully staffed.
Kryzer said if the County Board adopts a resolution scheduling a public hearing regarding the establishment of a Lake Improvement District (LID) for Lake Sylvia, lakeshore owners would be notified by mail. The public hearing could be held after the Greater Lake Sylvia Association annual meeting in early June, and then the LID could be reflected in the 2018 County budget. Kelly said the Board would have to adopt the LID in September, but it would be advantageous to have the information by August.
Discussion ensued regarding the spread of Starry Stonewort to other lakes, and how to raise awareness and motivate State officials and lawmakers to address the problem. Potter encouraged those present from lake associations to contact their legislators regularly.
Recommendation: Informational only.
(End of Ways & Means Committee Minutes)
AUTHORIZE ATTENDANCE, ORIENTATION TO THE MN DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH (MDH), JUNE 15-16, 2017
The Meeting will provide an overview of the programs available through the MN Department of Health. Husom moved to authorize attendance. The motion was seconded by Potter and carried 5-0.
LETTER OF SUPPORT FOR GRRL
The draft letter supports the Great River Regional Library, MN Library Association, and the Council of Regional Public Library System Administrators proposal to the MN State Legislature to increase the annual appropriation for Regional Library Basic System Support. Potter made a motion to authorize sending the letter to the Governor and Legislators that represent Wright County. The motion was seconded by Husom and carried 5-0.
SCHEDULE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE RE: COURTS FACILITY
Potter made a motion to set an Owners Committee Of The Whole Meeting for 4-11-17 at 11:00 A.M. The motion was seconded by Husom and carried unanimously.
SCHEDULE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE MEETING, CLOSED SESSION, RE: PROPERTY 103-500-172203
Potter moved to schedule the Committee Of The Whole Meeting, Closed Session, for 4-04-17 at 8:30 A.M. The motion was seconded by Daleiden and carried 5-0.
ADVISORY COMMITTEE / ADVISORY BOARD UPDATES
1. Central MN Mental Health Center. Vetsch provided an update on the meeting held on 3-27-17. Discussion at that meeting included financials, a bonding bill to construct a building in the St. Cloud area for mental health services, and the governance of the CMMHC. Vetsch anticipates a meeting with all four counties to discuss the governance piece.
2. Ditch Meeting. Daleiden and Vetsch attended a meeting last week with the SWCD. One quote was received for spraying. There is a fair amount of maintenance required on Ditch 10 which was cleaned out a few years ago. Three bids were also received for Ditch 10 to improve the quality of water flowing to Lake Ann. More clarification is being sought on the study performed prior to the cleanout. Borrell said they should also incorporate a study completed by Wenck on TMDL (total maximum daily load). He feels there have been enough studies and it is time to do something. Vetsch said the SWCD was directed to ask questions on the County’s behalf based on the bids. The SWCD will work with the Ditch Inspector.
3. Census. Borrell and Kelly recently met with a representative of the U.S. Census Bureau on the 2020 Census.
4. State Community Health Services Advisory Committee. Husom attended a meeting on 3-24-17. Discussion included health equity and policies around the State, and a SAMHSA grant related to substance abuse. In 2015, there were 583 Minnesota residents that died of opioid overdose.
5. GRRL. Potter attended a meeting where the preliminary budget was presented, reflecting a .23% decrease in the budget. A goal of the group is to revise the branch library services agreement so that it is uniform but yet meets the law.
6. AMC Transportation Sub-Committee. Potter said the group talked about the platform and the areas of focus. It appears that since the gas tax may not be up for discussion, the path may be through an adjustment on tabs. He expects more information will be presented at a later date.
7. State Senate Hearing on Finance Election. Senator Kiffmeyer’s bill was discussed which included many parts. One of them was the State Auditor. Potter was in attendance when Auditor Otto provided testimony on her budget, and questions arose on discretionary money and how much Becker and Wright Counties have into this litigation. Potter said that Wright County is in the neighborhood of $50,000 and it didn’t appear they had that information. Potter said he brought election information to Hiivala that he obtained while there.
Bills Approved
Abbott Northwestern Hospital $476.30
ABM Onsite Services - Midwest 3,477.03
Allina Health 285.00
Alternative Business Furniture Inc 215.00
Ameripride Services 675.43
Anoka County Sheriff 25,229.11
B & B Sheetmetal & Roofing 2,804.55
Burdas Towing 396.00
Carlson Construction 34,500.00
CDW Government Inc 380.10
Center Point Energy 5,293.73
Centra Sota Coop - Buffalo 3,445.38
CenturyLink 3,548.30
CenturyLink 1,221.65
Climate Air 419.20
Cokato/City of 257.43
Conlin/Mary 152.00
Consolidated Landcare Inc 3,000.00
Cordell/William 487.50
Cotten/Daniel 149.28
Culligan of Buffalo 218.16
Databank IMX LLC 3,330.00
Dell Marketing LP 4,850.47
DLT Solutions LLC 2,319.10
Eichten/Jennifer L 200.00
Emergency Automotive Tech Inc 1,691.00
Expert Automotive & Towing Inc 150.00
Fleetpride 795.56
Fred Pryor Seminars Inc 198.00
Gabriel/Cathleen 200.00
Glunz Construction Septic Serv 130.00
Grainger 372.67
Granite Electronics 103.00
Green View Inc 4,296.38
Helena Chemical Company 917.36
Hermes/Richard 290.00
Hillyard Inc - Minneapolis 6,410.38
Howard/Jolanta 300.00
Info Tech Research Group 7,200.00
INSPEC 600.00
Integrated Fire & Security 354.56
Junction Towing & Auto Repair 135.00
Laplant Demo Inc 584.02
Loberg Electric 27,632.00
MACPO 250.00
Madden Galanter Hansen LLP 2,620.02
Manthey/Jenny 433.00
Marco 1,914.62
Minnesota State Auditor 6,027.20
MN Dept. of Labor & Industry 160.00
MN Dept. of Veterans Affairs 6,413.24
Morries Parts & Service Group 1,524.77
Office Depot 476.85
Otsego/City of 101.24
Putnam/Jeff 164.98
Rinke-Noonan 200.00
Rupp, Anderson, Squires, Waldspurger
2,943.15
Schmiginsky/Douglas 182.74
SHI International Corp 1,064.00
Snap On Tools 265.95
Sprint 4,232.75
St Cloud Stamp & Sign Inc 189.16
St Croix Recreation Co Inc 4,008.00
Suburban Tire Wholesale Inc 726.72
Summit Companies 320.00
TDS Metrocom 173.01
Tester/Josh 155.55
Total Printing 414.50
Verizon Wireless 167.03
Voss Lighting 156.00
W L Hall Co 1,531.40
Waste Management of WI-MN 386.20
Wright County Auditor Treasurer 1,580.32
Wright Hennepin Coop Elec Assn 2,058.44
Wright Hennepin Electric 4,039.11
Xcel Energy 104.53
Zep Sales & Services 422.68
15 Payments less than $100 798.55
Final Total: 195,896.36
The meeting adjourned at 11:35 a.m.
Published in the Herald Journal April 17, 2017.