WRIGHT COUNTY BOARD MINUTES
JANUARY 2, 2018
2018 BOARD REORGANIZATION:
Bob Hiivala, County Auditor/Treasurer, called the meeting to order and asked for an election of the Chairperson for the coming year. Potter moved, second by Vetsch, to nominate Daleiden as Chairperson. Borrell moved to close nominations and cast a unanimous vote for Daleiden. The motion carried 4-1, with Daleiden casting the nay vote. Commissioner Daleiden presided at the meeting.
Potter moved, second by Husom, to nominate Vetsch as Vice Chair. Borrell moved to close nominations and cast a unanimous vote for Vetsch. All voted to elect Vetsch as Vice Chairperson for 2018.
On a motion by Potter, second by Husom, all voted to transfer back any unused funds in the County Attorney’s Contingency Fund, the Sheriff’s Contingency Fund, and the Incidental Fund to the General Revenue Fund.
On a motion by Potter, second by Vetsch, all voted to recall all unused clerk hire and unused budgets for 2017.
On a motion by Husom, second by Potter, all voted to set the County Board’s regular sessions for every Tuesday for 2018. The meetings shall be called to order at 9:00 A.M.
The Chairperson presented the existing list of committee memberships and asked the members of the County Board to convey their preferences and suggestions regarding committee designations for 2018.
On a motion by Potter, second by Borrell, all voted that the appointments of committees for 2018 be made by the Chairperson with the approval of the Board and that the first member named act as chairperson of the committee and the County Coordinator act as Secretary. Alternates are designated on the committee by ( ).
The following is a list of members of 2017 committees and the 2018 appointments:
COMMITTEE; 2017 MEMBERS; 2018 APPOINTMENTS
Budget Committee Of The Whole; (2017 members) All Commissioners, Coordinator, Aud./Treas.; (2018 members) All Commissioner, Coordinator, Aud./Treas.
Building Committee; (2017 members) Potter, Borrell, (Vetsch) Facilities Services Director; (2018 members) Borrell, Potter (Vetsch), Facilities Services Director
Owners Committee-Courts Facility; (2017 members) Potter, Borrell (Daleiden); (2018 members) Borrell, Potter (Daleiden)
Finance/CIP Committee; (2017 members) Daleiden, Vetsch, Coordinator, Auditor/Treasurer, Asst. Co. Coordinator, Asst. Finance Director, and IT Director; (2018 members) Vetsch, Daleiden, Coordinator, Auditor/Treasurer, Asst. Co. Coordinator, Asst. Finance Director, and IT Director
Ditch Committee (Combined Committee to Inspect & Joint Ditch Committee); (2017 members) Borrell, Daleiden, (Husom), Auditor/Treasurer. Plus Commissioner from District being addressed shall attend if not part of Cmte. Jt. Ditch meetings will require 3 Commrs.; (2018 members) Daleiden, Borrell, (Husom), Aud./Treas. Plus Commissioner from District being adressed shall attend if not part of Cmte. Joint Ditch meetings will require 3 Commissioners.
Noxious Weed Appeal Committee; (2017 members) Borrell, Daleiden; (2018 members) Daleiden, Borrell
Nuclear; (2017 members) Husom, Vetsch, Coordinator, Emergency Management Director & Emergency Management Deputy; (2018 members) Vetsch, Husom, Coordinator, Emergency Management Director & Emergency Management Deputy
Personnel/Employee Relations; 2017 members) Husom, Daleiden, (Vetsch), and HR Director, County Coordinator and Assistant County Coordinator for Union Negotiations. For Deferred Compensation, Aud./Treas. and Chief Deputy Attorney; (2018 members) Daleiden, Husom, (Vetsch), and HR Director. County Coordinator & Asst. Cty. Coordinator for Union Negotiations. For Deferred Compensation, Aud./Treas. and Chief Deputy Attorney.
Safety; (2017 members) Husom, Borrell, Coordinator, Assistant County Coordinator, Risk Manager, Emergency Management Coordinator. (Also one Representative from each unit: Teamsters, WCDA, AFSCME, Attorney’s and 49ers). (2018 members) Husom, Borrell, Coordinator, Asst. Cty. Coord., Risk Manager, Emergency Mgmt. Coordinator. (Also one Representative from each unit: Teamsters, WCDA, AFSCME, Attorney’s and 49ers).
Security; (2017 members) Borrell, Husom, Two Judges, Coordinator, Risk Manager, Court Administrator, & Representatives from the following Departments: Sheriff, Court Services, & County Attorney ; (2018 members) Husom, Borrell, Two Judges, Coordinator, Risk Mgr., Court Administrator, & Representatives from the following Departments: Sheriff, Court Services, & County Attorney
Tax Forfeit Committee; (2017 members) Potter, Borrell, Auditor/Treasurer; (2018 members) Borrell, Potter, Auditor/Treasurer
Technology; (2017 members) Daleiden, Vetsch, Coordinator, IT Director, Auditor/Treasurer, & a Representative from Each Sub-Technology Committee: Land Records, Sheriff, Public Works, Law Legal, HHS & Administration; (2018 members) Vetsch, Daleiden, Coordinator, IT Director, Auditor/Treasurer, and a Representative from each Sub-Technology Committee: Land Records, Sheriff, Public Works, Law Legal, HHS, & Admin.
Transportation Committee of The Whole; (2017 members) All Commissioners, Highway Engineer, Coordinator; (2018 members) All Commissioners, Highway Engineer, Coordinator
Ways & Means; (2017 members) Husom, Borrell, Coordinator (Potter); (2018 members) Borrell, Husom, Coordinator (Potter)
Area Transportation Planning (ATP); Potter; Potter
Bertram Chain Of Lakes Advisory Board; Daleiden, Vetsch; Vetsch, Daleiden
Central MN EMS Region Joint Powers Board; Husom (Borrell); Husom (Borrell)
Central MN Jobs & Training Joint Powers Board (JTPA) Workforce Center; Husom; Husom
Central MN Emergency Services Board (Regional Radio Board); Borrell (Husom); Borrell (Husom)
Clearwater River Watershed District (CRWD); Vetsch; Vetsch
County Extension Service; Borrell, Potter; Potter, Borrell
Crow River Organization Of Water (C.R.O.W.); Borrell (Potter); Borrell (Potter)
Delegates to AMC; (2017 members) All Commissioners, Auditor/Treasurer, Coordinator, Highway Engineer; (2018 members) All Commissioners, Aud./Treas., Coordinator, Highway Engineer
East Central Joint Powers Board; Vetsch, Court Services Director; Vetsch, Court Services Director
Economic Development Partnership Board; Potter; Potter
Great River Regional Library Board; Potter (Vetsch); Potter (Vetsch)
Highway 25 Corridor Coalition; Potter (Vetsch); Potter (Vetsch)
Highway 55 Coalition; Potter, Husom (Highway Engineer); Husom, Potter (Highway Engineer)
Historical Society; Potter; Potter
I-94 Coalition; Potter; Potter
Law Library Board; Husom; Husom
Legislative Matters; All Commissioners; All Commissioners
Methamphetamine Education And Drug Awareness Coalition Of Wright County (M.E.A.D.A.); Husom; Husom
MN Rural Counties; -----; Borrell (Potter)
Monticello Joint Planning Board; Vetsch; Vetsch
One Watershed, One Plan Policy Committee; Borrell; Borrell
Parks Advisory Board; Daleiden; Daleiden
Planning Commission; Borrell; Borrell
Public Works Labor/Management; Husom, Coordinator (Vetsch); Husom, Coordinator (Vetsch)
Region 7W Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy Committee; Potter (Husom); Potter (Husom)
Region 7W Transportation; Potter; Potter
Regional Crime Lab; Husom; Husom
Safe Communities of Wright County (SCWC); Husom; Husom
Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD); Borrell; Borrell
Trailblazer Joint Powers Board; -----; Vetsch, Potter
Twin Cities Urbanized Areas (UZA)Boundaries; Daleiden; Daleiden
Water Management Task Force; Daleiden; Daleiden
Wright County Ag Society; Borrell; Borrell
Wright County Area Transit Joint Powers Board; ----- ; Vetsch, Potter
Wright County Community Action Council; (2017 members) Daleiden, Borrell, City Representative; (2018 members) Borrell, Daleiden,City Representative
Wright County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Planning Committee; Husom; Husom
On a motion by Potter, second by Borrell, all voted to accept the Advisory Board appointments as recommended.
12-26-17 BOARD MINUTES
Potter moved to approve the 12-26-17 Wright County Board Minutes, second by Vetsch. The motion carried 5-0.
County Coordinator Lee Kelly informed the County Board that Information Technology (IT) Director Adam Tagarro is unable to be at today’s meeting at 9:06 AM. Timed Agenda Item A, “Introduction of IT Project Portfolio Analyst Britta Holland,” will be laid over until the 1-09-18 County Board Meeting. Husom moved to approve the Agenda as amended, second by Borrell, and the motion carried 5-0.
Vetsch moved, second by Potter, to approve the Consent Agenda. The motion carried unanimously.
1. Appoint Brian Nord, And Steve Berg, Alternate, To Serve On The Central MN EMS Advisory Committee For Another Two-Year Term
1. Claim - Madden, Galanter & Hansen, LLP, 11-2017 Services, $6,868.83
1. Acknowledge Warrants Issued Between December 19, 2017 And December 22, 2017
D. COUNTY BOARD
1. Authorize Attendance, Wright Partnership Annual Meeting, 1-19-18 @ 8:00 AM, Wright-Hennepin Co-Op Electric, Rockford MN
E. HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES
1. Position Replacement:
A. Social Worker
F. HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES
1. Refer To Personnel Committee
A. Request To Hire MH SWIII/MHP Above 12%
2. Position Replacement
A. Office Technician I
G. INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
1. Refer To The Personnel Committee:
A. H1B Sponsorship
2. Position Replacement:
A. IT Senior Developer
B. Telecom Specialist
3. Refer To The 01/10 Technology Committee:
A. Office 365 Status
B. ERP Follow-Up
C. Project Portfolio
H. PLANNING & ZONING
1. Appoint Members To The Planning Commission And Board Of Adjustment For Terms Expired December 31, 2017:
Planning Commission: Patrick D. J. Mahlberg (2nd District - Vetsch); David D. Thompson (3rd District - Daleiden)
Board Of Adjustment: Charlotte Quiggle (1st District - Husom); John Jones III (3rd District) Daleiden
I. PLANNING & ZONING
1. Accept The Findings And Recommendation Of The Planning Commission For The Following Rezoning: Jim P. Sexton - (Buffalo Twp.) On A 5/1 Vote The Planning Commission Recommends Rezoning Approximately 50 Acres From AG General Agriculture And S-2 Residential-Recreational Shorelands To A/R Agricultural- Residential And S-2
1. Position Replacement:
TIMED AGENDA ITEMS
BOB HIIVALA, AUDITOR/TREASURER
Award Of Bids For 2018 Official Newspaper
Hiivala said bids were received from the Herald Journal, Delano Herald Journal, and the Monticello Times. The Herald Journal bid 27 cents per column inch, the Delano Herald Journal bid $3.50 per column inch, and the Monticello Times bid $18.46 per column inch. Hiivala recommended that the bid for the 2018 Wright County Official Newspaper be awarded to the Herald Journal. Potter moved, second by Borrell, to approve the Herald Journal as the legal newspaper for Wright County. The motion carried unanimously.
Adopt Resolution In The Support Of The Maintenance Of Local License Bureaus
Hiivala said the Resolution is from the Deputy Registrars Association seeking support from the County. The Minnesota Licensing and Registration System (MNLARS) is costing the County and private Deputy Registrars time and money to implement. The Resolution asks that the State fix the problems and share their revenue to offset costs borne by the Deputy Registrars Association. License Bureau Supervisor Becky Aanerud described the issues associated with MNLARS implementation. Transactions are taking 66 percent longer than prior to MNLARS. The State promised a three-day turnaround for titles with the MNLARS system. However, Aanerud said the turnaround is now 97 days. Customers are angry and phone calls are numerous. County License Bureau staff is putting in longer hours and taking in less revenue since the MNLARS transition. Hiivala encouraged the public to continue using local Deputy Registrars, as the online process with the State usually results in technical difficulties. Potter moved to adopt Resolution #18-01 Supporting the Maintenance of Local License Bureaus, second by Vetsch. The Resolution carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.
BRIAN J. ASLESON, CHIEF DEPUTY ATTORNEY
Authorize Signatures On Retainer Agreement For Opioid Litigation
Asleson said the Board heard from two law firms in November 2017 who are combining their efforts to represent counties and cities in this civil litigation. They would pursue litigation on behalf of Wright County against opioid manufacturers and distributors. This would not be a class action lawsuit; Wright County would be a single plaintiff. The County would pay no attorney fees unless there was a monetary recovery from the defendants. There would also be no external costs to the County, but only internal costs for staff to compile the necessary information.
Borrell said any changes should be made via the legislature and not through the legal process. County Attorney Tom Kelly said they have tried to legislate this issue to no avail. A Controlled Substance Act was implemented and the State Drug Enforcement Administration was supposed to enforce it. T. Kelly said in the very recent past, five individuals in the County died of apparent overdoses. When the prescriptions stop, people go to the streets to find drugs. Vetsch said the situation is egregious and something has to be done. He hopes there are no negative impacts on consumers from counties pressing forward with this litigation. The manufacturers have deep pockets. A legal case of this size may make a difference. Vetsch moved to authorize signatures on the retainer agreement for opioid litigation, second by Potter. Husom said a civil case isn’t the best way to address the situation, but it will send a strong message to the industry. The motion carried 4-1, with Borrell casting the nay vote.
BRIAN J. ASLESON, CHIEF DEPUTY ATTORNEY
Approve Of Retaining Kevin J. Casserly And Paul G. Bakken To Perform Appraisals For Purposes Of Tax Court
Asleson said there are three undeveloped commercial lots in the City of Otsego: PID# 118-184-000070, 118-184-000080, and 118-184-000150. Mr. Casserly would be retained to appraise these properties. Mr. Bakken would be retained for a strip mall commercial property in the City of Delano, PID # 107-073-001010. Both appraisers have worked with the County in the past. Potter moved to approve retaining Kevin J. Casserly and Paul G. Bakken to perform appraisals for purposes of Tax Court, second by Husom. The motion carried unanimously.
ITEMS FOR CONSIDERATION
RESOLUTION SETTING PER DIEMS, 2018
Coordinator Kelly referred to the list of Committees for which County Commissioners will be paid a per diem. He noted new language this year stating that a meeting of more than four hours in length will be paid a second per diem (excludes elected officials).
L. Kelly said a number of meetings have run long recently. If this trend continues, it may become more difficult to find people willing to serve in these roles. There are no other changes to the Resolution with the exception of those noted earlier in this meeting related to the Committee listing. Potter moved to adopt Resolution #18-02 Setting Per Diems for 2018, noting that meetings over four hours in length will be paid a second per diem (excluding elected officials). Vetsch seconded. Discussion ensued regarding the second per diem rate and the length of time some meetings last. Asleson said there was no problem setting a separate schedule for the second per diem. L. Kelly recommended that the language be changed to reflect that a dollar amount (versus a second per diem) will be paid for meetings lasting longer than four hours. Potter called the question. Vetsch suggested that the motion be changed to state that a meeting less than four hours in length will be paid a $50 per diem, and meetings lasting four hours or more will be paid a per diem of $100. Asleson said he would prefer that the wording reflected “a different rate” versus “a second per diem.” Potter accepted the amendment to his motion that states, “A meeting over four hours in length will be paid $100 (excludes elected officials).” The Resolution carried unanimously on a roll call vote.
RESOLUTION SETTING ELECTED DEPARTMENT HEADS MINIMUM SALARY
Coordinator Kelly said since 2018 is an election year, the County is required by Statute to set a minimum salary for those elected department heads. Historically, Wright County has used Step 1 of the top pay scale. For 2018, that number is $91,540.80. Vetsch asked whether that amount is negotiable, depending on the qualifications of the candidate. L. Kelly said it is negotiable, and provides a minimum threshold for people considering whether to run for office. The highest step for 2018 is $128,169. Husom moved to adopt Resolution #18-03 Setting Elected Department Heads Minimum Salaries at $91,540.80, second by Borrell. The Resolution carried unanimously on a roll call vote.
ADOPT RESOLUTION APPOINTING ERIK HEURING AS THE WRIGHT COUNTY AGRICULTURAL INSPECTOR FOR 2018 & AUTHORIZE EXECUTION OF AGREEMENT
Potter moved to adopt Resolution #18-04 Appointing Erik Heuring as Agricultural Inspector and Authorize Execution of Agreement for 2018, second by Vetsch. The Resolution carried unanimously on a roll call vote.
ADOPT RESOLUTION APPOINTING MICHAEL YOUNG AS THE WRIGHT COUNTY DRAINAGE INSPECTOR FOR 2018 & AUTHORIZE EXECUTION OF AGREEMENT
Borrell moved to adopt Resolution #18-05 Resolution Appointing Michael Young as Drainage Inspector and Authorize Execution of Agreement for 2018, second by Vetsch. The Resolution carried unanimously on a roll call vote.
ADVISORY COMMITTEE / ADVISORY BOARD UPDATES
City of Otsego: Daleiden referred to a notice from the City regarding a proposed modification to a development program for Development District #1 and the proposed establishment of Tax Increment Financing District #4 Riverbend North. Those interested in additional information should contact him.
The meeting adjourned at 9:54 AM.
Published in the Herald Journal Jan. 19, 2018.