Wright County Board Minutes

MAY 29, 2018
The Wright County Board met in regular session at 9:00 A.M. with Husom, Vetsch, Potter, Daleiden and Borrell present.
Vetsch moved to approve the minutes, seconded by Borrell. The motion carried 5-0.
Potter moved to approve the Agenda, seconded by Husom, and carried 5-0.
On a motion by Borrell, second by Potter, all voted to approve the Consent Agenda:
1. Approve Waiver Of Monticello Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District 1-40
1. Authorize Attendance, Agricultural Drainage + Future Of Water Quality Workshop, 6-27-18, 9:00 AM-3:15 PM, Mankato MN
1. Authorize Attendance, AMC District V Meeting, 6-11-18, Brainerd
1. Approve Renewal Of Annual Club On Sale Liquor License For Cokato Town & Country Club In Cokato Township, License Period Is July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019
2. Approve Renewal Of Annual Off Sale 3.2 Malt Liquor License For Lantto’s Store, Inc. In French Lake Township, License Period Is July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019
3. Acknowledge Warrants Issued Between May 9 And May 22, 2018
1. Refer The Following Agenda Items To The 911 Planning Committee:
A. Presentation by Dan Craigie, Emergency Communications Network
B. Update of ARMER System Microwave Tower
2017 Medical Examiner Annual Report
Dr. Strobl is the Chief Medical Examiner with the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office. Dr. Strobl provided an overview of the Medical Examiner’s Annual Report for Wright County. This was an informational item.
Acquisition Of Land In Stockholm Township To Be Added To The Grass Lake Wildlife Management Area (WMA)
McGillivray explained that the Trust for Public Land is a national land conservation organization whose mission is to conserve land for people to enjoy as parks and natural areas. Land is purchased from private landowners and conveyed to government for permanent protection for people to enjoy and for wildlife habitat.
McGillivray said the Trust is acquiring approximately 116 acres to be conveyed to the DNR and added to the Grass Lake WMA in Stockholm Township. This action will connect two parcels of the WMA that are not currently connected, improve public access, provide habitat for pheasant and deer, and protect the wetland. Protection of wetlands is important for water quality benefits. McGillvray said the family has owned the property for generations and desires to have it protected and added to the wildlife management area. Outdoor Heritage grant funding will be utilized for the purchase and to provide funding to the DNR for restoration efforts. The current tax on the property is $2,396/year. The DNR does not pay taxes but will make a PILT (Payment In Lieu of Taxes) payment of $2,430/year. McGillivray said they appeared before Stockholm Township a few weeks ago and no objection was raised. Although County Board approval is not required, the request today is for a motion to approve the transaction.
Discussion followed on Grass Lake and County Ditch 9. Borrell referenced a pilot project in this area that involves an engineering firm retained to look at water quality and drainage. One option being reviewed is to utilize Grass Lake for flood control measures to minimize impacts downstream on Lake Ann and Lake Emma. Bengtson said the long-range goal is to restore Grass Lake, and the DNR would support measures to restore the wetland.
Borrell moved to approve the acquisition by the Trust For Public Land in Stockholm Township to be added to the Grass Lake WMA. The motion was seconded by Potter and carried 5-0.
Approve Temporary Liquor License For Church Of St. Mary Of Czestochowa In Franklin Township For Event On July 15, 2018
Borrell moved to approve the license, seconded by Husom. The motion carried 5-0.
Approve A Plat “Gordon Addition” (Corinna Township)
Husom moved to approve the plat, seconded by Potter. The motion carried 5-0.
Adopt Resolution Approving Findings And Order For County Ditch 36 & County Ditch 33.
Matt Detjen, Ditch Coordinator, requested approval of H2Overviewers as viewers for the Redetermination of Benefits on County Ditch 33 and County Ditch 36. Vetsch said redeterminations will be figured out by the end of August, and the next step will be the appeal process. Completion of the process is anticipated in October at the latest. This will be a pilot project with the use of lidar and drones, and will provide more thorough information which can be added to Beacon maps program. Detjen said the estimated cost is $20,600 for County Ditch 33 and $8,755 for County Ditch 36.
Vetsch moved to adopt Resolution #18-43, adopting the Findings and Order directing proceedings to approve H2Overviewers, LCC as viewers on County Ditch 33. The motion was seconded by Potter and carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.
Husom moved to adopt Resolution #18-44, adopting the Findings and Order directing proceedings to approve H2Overviewers, LCC as viewers on County Ditch 36. The motion was seconded by Borrell and carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.
Authorize Signatures On Jail Food Service Contract
O’Malley stated the Contract with Aramark expires the end of June. Approval will include a 3-year extension with a 0% increase in the first year, a 2% increase in the second year, and a 2.5% increase in the third year. The Contract period runs from 7-01-18 through 6-30-21. Borrell moved to authorize signatures on the Jail Food Service Contract. The motion was seconded by Potter and carried 5-0.
Authorize Signatures On Addendum To Medical Services Agreement For Additional RN Hours In The Jail
O’Malley explained the general inmate population is experiencing an increase in mental health issues and other medical problems. The request is to approve an Addendum to the Medical Services Agreement with MEnD Correctional Care to provide for an increase in RN staff from 2.6 to 3.0 RN’s (.4 increase). Inmates are seen within the first 72 hours of incarceration. There has been an increase in more complex medical problems and the population served may not take care of themselves. Some inmates have several different providers, so the goal is to achieve continuity of care. Processes were reviewed and improvements and efficiencies were implemented, but they still require an increase of .4 RN’s.
Husom moved to authorize signatures on the Addendum to the Medical Services Agreement with MEnD to increase from 2.6 to 3.0 RN’s in the Jail. The motion was seconded by Vetsch. Potter questioned whether this increase will meet the needs. O’Malley said the process was vetted for three months. Improvements were made and internal practices were changed for moving inmates to the Jail clinic. The RN’s provide counseling for mental health issues during medical visits. O’Malley explained that RN staff typically work M-F and are on call on weekends. Inmates are taken to the emergency room when needed on weekends. For inmates housed in the Jail by the State or other counties, the contract calls for reimbursement of medical costs other than the normal office visit. All medication is billed back to the entity. The exception is the contract with the Department of Corrections that includes medications as part of routine medical care. That cost is included in the $55/day rate that is charged. The motion carried 5-0.
Adopt Resolution Approving Maintenance Agreement With Hennepin County For: Wright County Road 139, Wright County State Aid Highway 17 (Hennepin CSAH50), Wright County State Aid Highway 17 (Hennepin CR 157), Hennepin County Bridge No.27554 in Dayton, Hennepin County Bridge No.27641 In St. Michael, Hennepin County Bridge No.27532 In Hanover
Hawkins said the new Agreement will replace two existing Agreements and will be effective through 12-31-23.
On a motion by Potter, second by Vetsch, roll call vote carried 5-0 to adopt Resolution #18-45 approving the Maintenance Agreement with Hennepin County.
Approve Resolution of Final Acceptance for the 2017 Pavement Preservation Project, Contract No. 1702, with Knife River Corporation - North Central, of Sauk Rapids, Minnesota. Authorize Final Payment of $29,998.01
On a motion by Borrell, second by Husom, roll call vote carried 5-0 to adopt Resolution #18-46, for final acceptance of the 2017 Pavement Preservation Project, Contract No. 1702, with Knife River Corporation and authorizing final payment of $29,998.01.
Approve Resolution Accepting Land Donation From Rolland And Irma Glessing
In October, 2017, the County Board voted to accept a donation of 16.5 acres of land from Rolland and Irma Glessing for property located adjacent to Albert Yager Park in Victor Township. Asleson said a resolution of acceptance should have been adopted in October and was not. He presented a draft resolution at today’s Board Meeting.
On a motion by Borrell, second by Vetsch, roll call vote carried 5-0 to adopt Resolution #18-47 accepting 16.5 acres from Rolland E. Glessing and Irma Jean Glessing, PID #219-000-132300.
There were no Items For Consideration at this Board Meeting.
1. Transportation Alliance Fly In, Washington, DC. Potter attended the Fly In last week. Minnesota and Wisconsin officials teamed up as part of a coalition for I-90 and I-94. It is a challenge to receive project funding in the Midwest. There are only three representatives from the Midwest serving on the House committee. Some of the topics at the Fly In include Tiger and Build grants. Potter met with Congressman Jason Lewis on federal funding to Minnesota and regulations for road construction. Costs of road construction have risen 40% since 2000 due to regulations and environmental concerns. Potter said Congressman Tim Walz did not attend the Fly In because of his campaign for Governor. Potter hopes to meet with Walz who has not been in support of the I-94 Coalition. Also discussed were regulations relating to roads and bridges in the ag community and requesting the Governor not to veto the bonding bill. A good portion of the bonding is for greater Minnesota.
2. Coordinator Updates:
A. Kelly attended a meeting to discuss IT and Administration strategies on working together.
B. Kelly attended the MnDOT Open House in St. Cloud.
3. Borrell extended appreciation to Veterans and thanked those who attended Memorial Day services. In Waverly, there was a special tribute to WWI veterans. Husom attended services in Buffalo and Annandale.
4. Husom attended Drug Court which included three graduates. More will be eligible to graduate in June. The program is working.
5. Husom, Potter and Vetsch will attend a White House tour and briefing on 5-31-18 in Washington, D.C. All Minnesota counties were invited, and 34 counties will be represented at the event. NACo will also hold a briefing.
6. Vetsch attended a Trailblazer Meeting on 5-17-18 where an update was given on phone systems. Service contracts were renewed for various contracted work.
7. Vetsch and Daleiden met with H2Overviewers to learn more about ditch viewing services. This company provides a grid of the area, information on high/low land, and how waterflow impacts benefits determined.
8. Daleiden was invited to the State Capital by Senator Kiffmeyer to discuss the impacts of vetoes by the Governor. Daleiden attended and provided input on the effects of the State Auditor lawsuit and the financial impact on Wright and Becker Counties defending the lawsuit, and how tax conformity will affect his taxes as a business owner.
The meeting adjourned at 10:04 AM.
Respectfully submitted,
Susan Backes, Clerk to the County Board
Published in the Herald Journal June 15, 2018.