Wright County Board Minutes

APRIL 10, 2018
The Wright County Board met in regular session at 9:00 A.M. with Husom, Vetsch, Potter, Daleiden and Borrell present.
On a motion by Vetsch, second by Potter, all voted to approve the 4-03-18 County Board Minutes.
Potter moved to approve the Agenda, seconded by Husom. The motion carried 5-0.
Borrell moved to approve the Consent Agenda, seconded by Husom. Discussion commenced on Item B1, “Approve Consulting Services Agreement with Springsted Inc. for Providing Classification & Compensation Consultation Services to Wright County.” Potter said that adequate time on the professional analysis questionnaire and job descriptions is important and it appears this is addressed in the Agreement. Husom said it appears there has been time allocated for this process. Chair Daleiden asked that this item be removed from approval of the entire Consent Agenda as it is being discussed. Borrell and Husom withdrew their motion to approve the Consent Agenda.
On a motion by Borrell, second by Husom, all voted to withdraw Consent Item B for further discussion and to approve the remainder of the Consent Agenda:
1. Refer To The 4-24-18 Committee Of The Whole Meeting:
A. Review Of Hire Of Positions Above 12% Of Hire Range
B. Lobbying
1. Acknowledge Warrants Issued Between 3-28-18 & 4-03-18
1. Position Replacement:
A. Two Deputies
1. Position Replacement:
A. Office Tech II
1. Refer To The 4-11-18 Personnel Committee Discussion On Hire Of Senior Survey Technician Above 12% Of Minimum Hire Range
Consent Item B1, ADMINISTRATION, Approve Consulting Services Agreement With Springsted Inc. For Providing Classification & Compensation Consultation Services To Wright County
Discussion continued on this topic. Husom said Springsted works with a wide variety of entities, including very small to very large cities. Daleiden noted the SWCD will utilize Springsted’s services as well. Potter moved to approve Consent Item B1, seconded by Husom. The motion carried 5-0.
Approve Condemnation Resolution For The Right-Of-Way On CSAH 18, CP 86-18-171
A revised resolution was distributed to include the addition of a property owner for Parcel 14. An exhibit was also submitted to be included as an attachment to the resolution.
Hausmann explained this involves seven parcels and the appraisal has been completed. Action is requested so the project can be kept on schedule and it will provide 90 days to negotiate with landowners. Potter said the open house on this project provided information to residents on the project. Modifications were made to accommodate some requests. He said this project needs to be completed for safety for the future.
Potter moved to adopt Resolution #18-29, Condemnation Resolution for the Right-Of-Way on CSAH 18, CP 86-18-171, as revised. The motion was seconded by Borrell.
In response to Daleiden, Hausmann said appraisals will be sent to property owners today. Daleiden asked whether action should be delayed by one week. Hausmann did not think it would change the negotiations with property owners and would push the project out another week. They would like to start the project by 7-01-18 to get as much done prior to the start of school. The goal is to finish prior to the start of school but that will be based on the contractor’s schedule and weather. Potter said Albertville took action to approve this last week, and St. Michael will address it this week.
Vetsch asked whether this is common practice to proceed in this order. Hausmann said typically not but the last few reconstructions occurred every 2-3 years due to funding so there was a much longer duration for the right-of-way process. He said there are multiple projects in a year due to the Local Option Sales Tax. Time was spent on the front end of the project to reduce impacts. Husom said the scope of the project has reduced considerably with regard to private land. Meetings were held and she felt the Highway Department had done due diligence.
Daleiden referenced the draft of the amended resolution. On Parcel 19, names of deceased owners are not listed as compared to the original resolution. Hausmann said that the resolution will be corrected to include those names and an “aka” reference on Parcel 19. The revised draft also includes two LLC’s associated with Parcel 14.
Potter made a motion to amend the revised Condemnation Resolution for CSAH 18 to include incorporating the previously listed owners for Parcel 18. The motion was seconded by Borrell. The motion to approve the amendment carried 5-0.
The motion to adopt Resolution #18-29 as amended carried 4-1 with Daleiden casting the nay vote.
Review 3-12-18 Wright County Parks Commission Minutes & Take Actions As Necessary:
A. Authorize Director Of Parks & Recreation To Explore & Discuss With Willing Seller The Feasibility Of Adding Additional Lands To Stanley Eddy Park Reserve Up To Including An Appraisal
John Eddy, who is Stanley Eddy’s Uncle, is interested in selling to the County the point on Moose Lake adjacent to the Park. The family does not want it developed. There is not time to write a grant for purchase this year, but the acquisition could be incorporated into the upcoming master plan for Stanley Eddy Park. The Parks Commission made a unanimous recommendation to continue the discussion and acquisition of the Eddy parcel as presented.
Mattice provided maps on the layout of Stanley Eddy Park and the parcel that is owned by John Eddy. The parcel is 6.76 acres and the 2018 assessed value is $63,300. The cost for an appraisal is about $400. Mattice said Stanley Eddy Park includes three separate units (North, South, and Moose Lake). How to connect the units over time through easements will be discussed as part of the Capital Improvement/Finance Committee Meeting on 4-11-18 at 1:00 PM. Husom supports moving forward with the appraisal but questions how much more park land is needed.
Borrell made a motion to proceed with the appraisal. He has concerns but will address them when this is discussed later. The motion was seconded by Vetsch and carried 5-0.
Resolution Supporting House File 3708/Senate File 3504
Johnson requested approval of a resolution supporting HF 3708 being carried by Representative Marion O’Neill and SF 3504 by Senator Andrew Mathews. The bill will provide a new tool for the MN Public Utilities Commission to review and approve nuclear costs and investments that Xcel Energy is going to make before they are incurred. This will allow Xcel to pursue those investments with confidence, knowing they are proceeding with agreement with their regulators before expending funds. This will help keep plants operating to the end of licensure. Johnson said they have commitment from their CEO that some of the investments will be made if those measures are passed. Johnson said that any money spent beyond that will be from shareholders, not the rate payers. Vetsch stated his support of the resolution, which has been passed by the City of Monticello and the Monticello Chamber of Commerce.
Vetsch made a motion to adopt Resolution #18-30 supporting House File 3708 and Senate File 3504. The motion was seconded by Potter and carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.
1. Credit Card Acceptance Project. Vetsch and Daleiden met on 4-04-18 to discuss the credit card acceptance project. A meeting will be held again today at 3:00 PM.
2. Township Officers Meeting. Vetch said discussion included gravel tax and buffers. Borrell suggested that Kryzer add buffer discussion to an upcoming Board agenda.
3. I-94 Open House. Potter said an open house was held last week at the St. Michael City Hall and was well attended. Several residents near I-94 and west of 241 voiced a request for a sound wall through MnDOT. An alternative would be a variance allowing for a 6’ high fence. Information was also provided at the Open House on the need for the Highway 241 Bridge.
4. Coordinator Updates.
A. ERP Meeting. The group discussed the desire to proceed with InfoTech, and the action item will be to schedule a meeting with InfoTech. InfoTech will assist with vetting of vendors and participate in interviews. The cost is estimated at $80,000 and will be funded from Budget 100, Professional Services. Vetsch mentioned potentially shifting this cost to CIP Technology funding. Kelly suggested discussion at the upcoming CIP Meeting on that topic.
B. BKV Group and Contegrity. Kelly said a meeting was held to discuss alternate bids for dirt work regarding the trail at the Justice Center. A site visit is planned for 4-12-18 with contractors to certify bids.
C. Kelly stated IAG Commercial made contact regarding the Government Center site and potential future uses. The City of Buffalo referred IAG. IAG plans to submit a proposal.
D. Kelly said Interviews will be held on 4-11-18 for the Communications Specialist position. Seventy applications were received for the HR Representative position.
E. Kelly met with BKV and Contegrity on developing a proposal for the design of a new facility to include front to back design with costs. It is estimated in about 2-3 weeks.
5. SWCD Meeting. Daleiden attended a meeting on 4-09-18. The SWCD plans to utilize Springsted for their classification study. Regarding the AIS contamination unit, Daleiden said the site does not have access to water. Although a connection could be made to the fire hydrant with a meter, it was not well received. Water access connection may be required and there will be associated connection charges.
6. Bertram Lakes Meeting. Daleiden attended a meeting on 4-06-18. The group talked about the concept plans for future campgrounds as part of Phase I. Camper cabins are planned as part of Phase I. The cabins will be simple bunkhouses with no water or septic. The plans for Phases II and III are uncertain at this time. The sound issues at the Chalet have been resolved through use of pictures with sound gathering fabric. The beach house is completed.
The meeting adjourned at 9:55 AM.
Published in the Herald Journal April 27, 2018.