Wright County Board Minutes

SEPTEMBER 24, 2019
The Wright County Board met in regular session at 9:00 A.M. with Husom, Vetsch, Potter, Daleiden and Borrell present.
Daleiden moved to approve the minutes as presented. Husom said a correction should be made on Page 18, third paragraph from the bottom, lines 2 and 3, that should read: “She is okay with the Confidential Secretary and Communication Officer positions, but she struggles with the others.” Husom seconded the minutes as amended, and the motion carried 5-0.
Potter moved to approve the Agenda, seconded by Husom. The motion carried 5-0.
Potter moved to approve the Consent Agenda. Daleiden seconded, and the motion carried 5-0:
1. Position Replacement:
A. Communication Specialist
1. Claim - Madden, Galanter & Hansen, LLP, August 2019 Services, $12,281.59
1. Acknowledge Warrants Issued Between September 10, 2019 And September 17, 2019
1. Authorize Attendance, Navigating Key Land Use Issues Seminar, 10-23-19, St. Cloud
1. Authorize Attendance, Trailblazer Transit Open House, Buffalo Facility, 10-12-19 @ 10:00 AM
1. Position Replacement
A. Office Technician II
1. Position Replacement:
A. Deputy: Backfill 1 FTE Position Due To Retirement
2. Authorize Out-Of-State Travel, Capt. Todd Hoffman, JAPro & BlueTeam Conference, Tennessee, November 18-21, 2019. Costs Are Included In The 2019 Budget.
1. Approve The 2020 And 2021 MN DNR Off Highway Vehicle Enforcement Grant
Authorize Signatures On Purchase Agreements With Brose Land LLP and Charles L. Horstmann & Ann Horstmann for the CD 10 Holding Pond
Kryzer said the County Board met in closed session today at 8:30 A.M pursuant to MN Stat. 13D, Subd. 3C1 and Subd. C3 dealing with the purchase price of land on County Ditch (CD) 10. This is pursuant to the County Board’s authority as Drainage Authority for County Ditch 10. The purpose was to discuss the purchase of the CD 10 holding pond in Sections 17 and 18, Township 118, and Range 27 for land acquisition and easement for easement holding ponds, temporary damages, access easement, and buffer strips. The total negotiated purchase price for both parcels was $94,650. Kryzer presented a document that outlined the breakdown between the two property owners: Brose parcel at $49,500 and Horstman at $45,150. The bids are still out on the proposed construction and will be coming in on Friday, September 27. Staff is recommending that the Board postpone formally accepting the purchase agreement until the bids are confirmed and the project is ready to move forward. Staff requests tabling this item until the County Board meeting on 10-01-19. Borrell moved to table this item until 10-01-19, seconded by Daleiden. The motion carried 5-0.
Adopt Resolution to Accept a 2020 Toward Zero Death (TZD) Enforcement Grant from the MN Office of Traffic Safety
Treichler said this is an annual grant that the Sheriff’s Office applied for again from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. The funds for TZD are dedicated to seatbelts, speed, distracted driving, and the Move Over law. This is approximately the fifth year the Sheriff’s Office has received this grant. The 2020 grant award is $34,500. Husom moved to adopt Resolution # 19-97 2020 Toward Zero Death Enforcement Grant, seconded by Daleiden. The Resolution carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.
Adopt Resolution Setting the Preliminary 2020 Budget & Levy
Hiivala said the proposed operating budget for Wright County is $160,949,532 requiring a levy of $78,587,512, which is a 6.7 percent increase in the levy over the amended budget. Husom said without the Lake Improvement District money, the levy is lower. Daleiden thanked the Department Heads for working with the Board to keep the levy down to a reasonable amount. Hiivala said there is a video called “14 Reasons Why Your Taxes Vary From Year To Year” which is posted on the County website at www.co.wright.mn.us. Daleiden asked that it be moved to the front page of the website. Ryan Kotila, Fiscal Officer, said the net levy increase is 6.52 without the Lake Improvement District funds, which are passed through the County. Daleiden moved to adopt Resolution #19-98 Setting the Preliminary 2020 Budget & Levy at $78,587,512, seconded by Borrell. Vetsch said this is a great step forward to levy stabilization. If everyone keeps working together, the levy should be predictable. The Resolution carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.
Authorize Signatures On Software License/Hardware Purchase And Hosting Services Agreement With AssetWorks, LLC. The AssetWorks Software Solution Was The Unanimous Selection To Move Forward With And The I.T. Technology Committee Recommended To Move Forward With This At The Meetings On July 10, 2019 And September 11, 2019. Agreements Have Been Reviewed/Revised Based On Comments From The County Attorney’s Office And Risk Management. Initial Funding: $35,000 Hwy. Dept. 2019 Budget, & Up To $90,000 From C.I.P. 2019 Funds. Future
Funding: $25,000 Annual Maintenance/Support/Hosting Fees From Hwy. Dept. Budget.
Hawkins said this is the culmination of a year-long process of demonstrations and committee meetings. They have arrived at a solution that will work long-term. The software is called AssetWorks. Hawkins is seeking authorization on the license/hardware purchase and hosting services agreement. Daleiden moved to authorize signatures on the AssetWorks Hosting Services and Software Maintenance agreements, seconded by Potter. The motion carried 5-0.
Take Action on Parks and Recreation Fee Schedule:
A. Adopt or Refer to Public Hearing Recommendations Modifying Park Ordinance
1. Possession and Use of Alcohol and Controlled Substances
Mattice said the Parks Commission discussed modifying the Park Ordinance at their September meeting to allow alcohol at reservable facilities. The County Attorney’s Office, the Parks Commission and the County Board reviewed the proposed changes, resulting in recommendations. Assistant County Attorney Greg Kryzer told Mattice that the County may have a public hearing about the Ordinance amendment, but it is not required. The Ordinance would allow malt beverages and wine as defined under Minnesota Statute. The beverages must not be in glass containers, and are to be possessed and consumed at reserved facilities and at designated and permitted campsites.
The other change is related to intoxicating liquor, which may be possessed and consumed at reserved facilities if distributed by a person with a caterer’s permit. This Ordinance would go into effect once updated and codified.
2. Hours of Operation
The second change to the Ordinance resulted after meeting with the Park Ranger’s Division of the Sheriff’s Office and Sergeant Brian Johnson, who favored changing the hours of park operation from 6:00 A.M. to Sunset to 6:00 A.M. till 10:00 P.M. The specific times will help Park Rangers enforce the hours and provide a clear guideline for the public.
Borrell favored the changes to the Ordinance. Vetsch agreed. Daleiden said this will help the park rangers. Mattice said the Parks Commission will probably decide that restrooms, beaches and other facilities will have set hours depending on the season.
Kryzer said the County Board has a choice to either hold a public hearing or address the matter during a regular County Board meeting. A Notice Of Intent has not been published. State law does not require a public hearing. He recommended referring consideration of this matter to the 10-15-19 County Board meeting. Borrell moved to table Ordinance Amendment 19-3 (addressing both items 1 and 2) to the 10-15-19 County Board meeting. Husom seconded, and the motion carried 5-0.
B. Refer to Fees For Service Public Hearing Recommended Changes to the 2020 Parks and Recreation Fee Schedule
Mattice said during recent budget meetings, the County Board asked him to increase campground fees to raise revenue. The Parks Commission recommends a different fee structure, including raising campground fees. He recommended referring the changes to the next Fee Schedule Public Hearing. He said they did a great job in providing the requested additional revenue and staying competitive.
Discussion continued regarding giving County taxpayers discounted fees since they already pay taxes that benefit County parks, and to charge nonresidents more while remaining competitive with other counties.
Borrell moved to approve the 2020 Parks and Recreation Fee Schedule with the following changes: Lower the resident rates by $1.00 and raise the non-resident camping fees by $1.00, making non-resident fees $33.00 per night for Electric Sites and $28.00 for County residents, $22.00 per night for non-residents for Non-Electrical Sites and $18.00 for County residents, and $36.00 for non-residents for Full Service Sites and $31.00 for County residents. Husom seconded.
Daleiden recommended going forward with the rates brought forward by the Parks Commission, as lowering the resident rates could adversely affect the budget. The Parks Commission worked hard on this schedule, and Mattice provided them with a lot of data. After more discussion, Borrell withdrew his motion after receiving consent from Husom.
Borrell moved to refer to the fall Fees For Service Public Hearing the proposed changes to the Parks and Recreation Fee Schedule with the following modifications: Raise the proposed non-resident fees per night for Electric Sites from $32.00 to $33.00, Non-Electrical Sites from $21.00 to $22.00, and Full-Service Sites from $35.00 to $36.00.
Mattice said $22 for non-resident fees for Non-Electric Sites per night is high. He suggested raising the non-resident fees for the other two categories as moved by Borrell. Borrell said he would leave his motion as is. The motion carried 4-1 with Daleiden casting the nay vote.
The following Parks-related fees will be referred to the upcoming fall Fees For Service Public Hearing:
Camping Fees
- Electric Sites/Night;
From $30.00 Non-Resident; To $33.00 Non-Resident
From $27.50 Resident; To $29.00 Resident
- Non-Electrical Sites/Night;
From $20.00 Non-Resident; To $22.00 Non-Resident
From $18.50 Resident; To $19.00 Resident
- Full Service Sites (water, sewer, electric)/Night
From NO RATE; To $36.00 Non-Resident; $32.00 Resident
- Seasonal Camp Site; From $1,900; To $2,000
- Group Camp Sites/Night ; From $45; To $60
Seasonal Dump Station Fee – Non-campers; From $60/Season; To $75/Season
Single Use Dump Station Fee – Non-campers; From $3/time; To $5/time
Otsego Park (Shelters 1 and 2) Weekend; From $50/Day; To $60/day
Schroeder Park Shelter - Weekend; From $50/Day, To $60/Day
Collinwood Park Shelters - Weekend
Collinwood Trail Head Shelter; From $50/Day; To $60/Day
Collinwood Beach Shelter; From $75/Day; To $85/Day
Beebe Lake Park - Weekend; From $50/Day; To $60/Day
Clearwater/Pleasant Park - Weekend; From $75/Day; To $85/Day
Bertram Lake Side Shelter - Weekend; From $75/Day; To $85/Day
Bertram Lake Side Shelter – Weekday; From N/A; To $35/Day
Potter said the Committee discussed items that have been done on each level of the Justice Center. The estimated completion date is the second or third quarter of 2020.
Alan Wilczek, Facilities Services Director, reviewed the following change orders:
• 44 and 46 – Changes to flooring in the IDF rooms for $21,010
• 74 and 74R- Electrical changes for security systems for $15,947
• 77R3 – Painting over fireproofing at exposed ceilings (maximum of two options) for $13,840
• 78 – Generator gear revisions for $136,859
Wilczek said Change Order 78 will tie the generator into the Law Enforcement Center Jail, the Justice Center, and the new Government Center. The existing generator will have a new gear mounted on the side which will control the output of the generator so if one of the buildings goes down, the generator will serve that facility only. This also allows the opportunity to install ports or power jacks on the side of the generator so if power is lost at the site or the generator malfunctions or breaks down, a portable source may be plugged in as a backup. The amount of $136,859 is for the gear and all the controls to run all three buildings off that generator. It is a significant cost savings compared to adding a generator to each building. The current generator is large enough to run all the buildings on the site at 100 percent. It’s a good feature and will tie all the buildings into one system.
Wilczek referred to the second recommendation for approval of the security electronics package pricing. This pertains to changing the camera and card access system from the current system to a new one for the new facilities. Information Technology and other staff reviewed demonstrations and did benefit / cost analyses of various vendors. The current system has programming and other issues and limitations. There are many benefits with going to a new system.
The proposal is for all cameras in the Justice Center, all cameras in the exterior parking lots, the camera retro-fit inside the jail, the card access controls in the Justice Center, Law Enforcement Center and Jail. The card access system changes in the Justice Center have to be compatible with the Law Enforcement Center. The current system is proprietary and can’t be integrated into any other system. The new Government Center and the Sheriff Support Services Building will also utilize the new system. Those people who need secure card access to the Law Enforcement Center and Justice Center, but who also office at the current Government Center Building, will carry two card keys until the new Government Center building is completed and every building is on one system.
Potter moved to approve the 9-18-19 Justice Center Owner’s Committee Of The Whole minutes and recommendations, seconded by Husom. The motion carried 5-0. The 9-18-19 Justice Center Owners Committee Of The Whole Minutes follow:
Justice Center Updates
Paulsen spoke to the short term schedule & progress on the site. On the exterior, US Sitework is working on grading the NW area of the site. They will continue to strip topsoil and relocate to the North staging area, then rough grade to proper elevations. After working the NW parking area, they will move to the Justice Center building perimeter to begin final elevation grading. On the south side of the facility, metal wall panels are currently being installed and will continue across to the west face. Cast stone material is being installed on the entry area and perimeter stairwells are being framed and sheetrocked.
On level 0, the secure area block work has been completed and plumbing rough ins are being installed. The public elevators in area A have also begun to be installed.
On level 1, the mass calendar courtroom wood ceiling and judge backdrop continues to be installed and the contractor is awaiting more wood material delivery to continue further. Area A will begin to be framed next week with hvac and electrical work to follow.
On level 2, contractors are working on sheetrock, taping, and painting. Area A ceilings are being framed and mechanicals will follow the completion. Data cabling is currently being pulled to workstations throughout the floor.
On level 3, the east side of the facility is being finish painted and ceiling grids have started to be installed. Courtroom wood panels are being installed in the two south courtrooms.
Currie spoke to the long term schedule. The facilty work is generally on track, however some delays in approval of the site revisions with the addition of the Government Center project have pushed the sitework and paving schedules behind. It is anticipated that no paving will occur in 2019 and all site paving, concrete, and landscape will occur in spring of 2020 as weather permits. Depending on how weather develops in the spring will determine the completion of the project for move-in and public access. There was discussion about staging the paving of the site to accomplish some of the work in 2019, however the coorindation of the underground electrical and storm piping will not allow it to be accomplished without a secondary public access to the LEC.
Currie spoke to current change orders and requested committee approval of six of them. PR 44 & 46 (IDF room flooring changes), PR 74 & 74R (electrical changes for security systems), PR 77R3 (painting over fireproofing at exposed ceilings), and PR 78 (generator gear revisions).
Wilczek spoke to the security electronics package scope that has been priced and described the work involved. New camera installations for the Justice Center and exterior parking areas, electronic controls and cameras in the secure areas of the Justice Center as an extension of the jail, new cameras in the Justice Center secure areas and retrofit of the extisting Jail analog system, retrofit of the LEC camera system to be compatible with the Justice Center system, and new card readers in the Justice Center with retrofit of the LEC to be compatible. The Sheriff Support Building cameras will be reutilized due to already being IP, but the card readers will need to be changed as they run off the current LEC system. Wilczek spoke to the lengthy scope development process and revisions to the proposals, and recommends approval as he believes it to be accurate and complete. The systems have goen through a review and demo process by numerous people including IT staff, and pricing has been developed through the State contract and All State Communications.
RECOMMENDATIONS: Approval of PR 44, 46, 74, 74R, 77R3, and 78. Approval of the security electronics package pricing as attached per Com-Tec / Cornerstone & All State Communications. Next meeting 10/16/19 @ 1:00 pm.
Submitted by: Alan Wilczek, Facilities Services Director
(End of 9-18-19 Justice Center Owners COTW Minutes)
Husom read from the minutes. A Public Hearing was held to discuss proposed Ordinance Amendment 19-5 for revisions to the Tobacco Ordinance including increasing the purchase age to 21. Husom summarized comments from the public. Husom moved to approve the 9-17-19 Committee Of The Whole minutes and recommendations, seconded by Potter.
Daleiden said people will go to Elk River or Rogers where they did not pass the Tobacco 21 Ordinance. He felt the State should regulate this situation. Husom said this is a grass-roots effort and is a national epidemic. Seventy-five percent of adult smokers surveyed said they started using tobacco before age 21. Borrell approved of the minutes. Potter said the County needs to take steps to protect the public, especially youth. The motion carried 5-0. The 9-17-19 Committee Of The Whole Minutes follow:
PUBLIC HEARING – Proposed Ordinance Amendment 19-5 For Revisions To The Tobacco Ordinance Including Increasing The Purchase Age to 21
Darek Vetsch, County Board Chair, explained the guidelines for today’s meeting. The Board reviewed letters received prior to this public hearing. He invited members of the audience to bring forward any comments not previously submitted to the Board. None were submitted. Cards submitted in support of the Ordinance Amendment and emailed comments from the public received prior to this meeting are attached to these minutes.
Greg Kryzer, Assistant County Attorney, gave a brief overview of Ordinance Amendment Number 19-5 (see attachment). He distributed Ordinance Amendment 19-5A1 proposed by County Staff (see attached). Kryzer also provided a document that combines the two amendments to show the changes (see attached). Kryzer explained to those present that the Board will take public comments and then discuss whether to move forward with the Ordinance Amendment. If recommended, the Ordinance Amendment would be adopted at a regular County Board meeting. Kryzer reviewed the proposed changes.
Kryzer said employees of retail establishments that sell tobacco-related products do not have to be 21 years of age. The Ordinance Amendment only affects who can buy the products. If someone is currently 18, they will not be allowed to purchase tobacco-related products in Wright County if this Ordinance Amendment is adopted. There would be no fine for possession under the age of 21.
Kryzer said State law requires the County to conduct compliance checks annually utilizing someone between the ages of 15 and 18. The Ordinance Amendment added a line to allow the County to do a second compliance check for persons between 18 and 21.
Kryzer said Sec. 11 states that civil penalties for licensees would increase from $75 to $200 for the first violation, from $200 to $500 for the second offense at the same licensed premises within a 24-month period, and from $250 to $1,000 for a third or subsequent offense at the same location within a 24-month period. A fourth or subsequent offense will result in suspension of the license for not less than thirty days.
The public hearing commenced at 1:13 P.M.
Christa Zahler: Zahler is the District Manager for the Holiday Company. She manages a store in Otsego, as well as Rogers and Elk River. She said both Hennepin and Sherburne Counties turned a similar Ordinance down. She will lose customers to other stores.
Patrick Macnab: Macnab works for the Smokin’ Money in Buffalo. He concurred with Zahler’s remarks. Macnab said people ages 18 to 21 will buy their products online because it is cheaper. There is no incentive for them to buy from local stores. He said the Ordinance Amendment will not achieve the desired results. Customers will drive elsewhere to get what they want.
Pete Standafer: Standafer is a School Resource Office with the Annandale School District, and is a sergeant with the Annandale Police Department. It is a daily battle with students using e-cigs. The school district is testing technology to detect vaping in the restrooms. Today the alarm went off 16 times since 8:00 A.M. It goes off every single school day. The majority of adults use 5 to 7 mg of nicotine, while kids are using products with 40 to 60 mg. Consequently, they get addicted to nicotine much faster. Nevertheless, Standafer said if all the Ordinance Amendment does is set an example to other counties, he would be proud.
Janna Netterfield: Netterfield is a registered nurse. Her daughter was first exposed to vaping by another tenth-grader who got the device from her 18-year-old sister. Her daughter fortunately did not continue vaping, but she mentioned that kids obtain the devices from older students and siblings who are 18. The majority of those tobacco-related products are purchased in Buffalo. The County won’t know the impact of the Ordinance Amendment unless they try.
Mona Volden: Volden is a registered nurse and manager for Buffalo Hospital, a part of Allina Health. She read a letter on behalf of hospital leadership (see attached among previously mentioned emails). They strongly support raising the tobacco sales age to 21. They see firsthand the negative impact of tobacco use on the health of Minnesotans. Smoking costs Minnesota more than $3 billion annually in excess health care costs. The tobacco industry actively promotes fruit- and candy-flavored products to young people. Increasing the tobacco sales age would reduce youth access to these harmful products and prevent a lifetime of addiction. A Minnesota study found that if the age of sale was raised to 21, it would prevent at least 30,000 youth from smoking over the next 15 years.
Ann-Marie Foucault: Foucault is the Superintendent of the St. Michael-Albertville School District. She said this is important to the District. The problem has reached crisis mode. Staff has conducted parent and student education, as well as added curricula on the subject from fourth grade through high school. She urged the County Board to be strong advocates for kids and pass the Ordinance Amendment.
Melissa Pribyl: Pribyl does Community Health and Wellness at CentraCare Health in Monticello. She read a letter they received from Feeling Good MN, a collaborative initiative of CentraCare Health (see among attached emails). The Ordinance
Amendment will reduce youth access and addiction. Youth are more susceptible to the addictive effects of nicotine because their brains are still developing. If youth can be stopped from starting, the result will save lives and lower healthcare costs. Raising the minimum legal sale age for tobacco products would delay the initiation rates of tobacco use by adolescents and lower the prevalence in the overall population.
Tom Kelly, County Attorney: Kelly said he supports any measure that makes it harder for kids to obtain tobacco and related electronic devices.
Vetsch asked if anyone wanted to make additional comments. None were received. Michael Potter, County Commissioner, moved to close the public hearing. Husom seconded, and the motion carried unanimously. The public hearing closed at 1:28 P.M.
Daleiden expressed support for the Ordinance Amendment. He was concerned that employees who move back and forth between stores in different locations may forget about the higher sales age in Wright County and get fired if they violate it. He said perhaps the fines could be reduced or delayed until employees get trained in. If adopted, this Ordinance Amendment takes effect in three months. There is a high turnover rate in convenience stores. He recommended moving forward, but suggested delaying the secondary compliance check for one year. Daleiden left at 1:32 P.M. for another appointment. Vetsch said the compliance checks would be determined by the Administration Department, and not the Ordinance Amendment.
Charles Borrell, County Commissioner, said the Ordinance Amendment isn’t the answer and will not be effective. He felt it should be initiated by the State. Potter fully supports the Ordinance Amendment. Vetsch said this is not a silver bullet. However, the County must do something to increase barriers. Eventually there will be federal and state initiatives.
Christine Husom, County Commissioner, said increasing the tobacco sales age to 21 will reduce use. An article in Minnesota Medicine discussed the estimated reduction in youth smokers with the Tobacco 21 policy. Without the policy, the number of youths starting smoking was 7,200. With the policy, it was about 2,000 less at 5,400. Among ages 18 to 20, the number of youths who started smoking without Tobacco 21 was 10,368. With Tobacco 21, the number decreased to 8,813. A pack of cigarettes has 20 mg of nicotine. The nicotine level in one pod of e-cigarettes is equivalent to 41 cigarettes. Some pods are even higher. She supports the Ordinance Amendment because it will raise the age level of people who start to smoke.
Consensus was reached to refer Ordinance Amendment 19-5A1 to the next County Board meeting.
The meeting was adjourned at 1:47 P.M.
RECOMMENDATION: Adopt Ordinance Amendment 19-5A1 at the 9-24-19 Wright County Board meeting.
Minutes submitted by Deborah Schreiner, Administrative Specialist
(End of 9-17-19 Committee Of The Whole Minutes)
Husom moved to adopt Ordinance Amendment 19-5, Chapter 110 Tobacco Regulations. Potter seconded. Discussion continued regarding the need to protect youth, take a stand, respond to the requests for help from school districts, and whether the increase in legal age to purchase will have a discernable effect. Daleiden called the question. The motion carried 3-2 with Borrell and Daleiden casting nay votes.
A summary of Ordinance Amendment 19-5 follows:
“Wright County Ordinance Amendment 19-5 increases the age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21. The ordinance amendment does not criminalize the possession of tobacco by persons aged 18 to 21 years. The ordinance amendment also added a definition for “loosies” and provided regulations prohibiting their sale. The ordinance amendment also prohibits new licensed establishments, which derive more than 25% of their gross revenue from tobacco from being located within 1,000 feet of a youth-oriented facility. Amendments were also made to the penalty section of the ordinance which increased administrative fees and provided for diversion programs. Ordinance Amendment 19-5 is effective January 1, 2020. A full copy of the ordinance can be reviewed in the Wright County Law Library.”
Potter moved, seconded by Daleiden, to schedule a special Board meeting regarding the 2020 Budget & Levy on 12-03-19 at 6:00 P.M. The motion carried 5-0.
Daleiden moved to table this item and refer it to a future Committee Of The Whole. Potter seconded the motion, which carried 5-0.
Husom referenced the previous vote regarding the special Board meeting on 12-03-19. She suggested possibly changing the date, as a number of cities and townships have their meetings on that day of the week. After discussion, the consensus was to leave the date as scheduled for 12-03-19 at 6:00 P.M.
1. Wright County Community Action (WCCA): Borrell commended Jay Weatherford, Executive Director, for the quality of his work.
2. Emergency Management / Nuclear Exercise: Husom said the recent exercise went very well. Vetsch also participated.
3. Public Works Labor Management: Husom said the Highway Department is short three engineer positions. They have hired consultants to help with the workload.
4. Safe Communities of Wright County: There was a presentation by State Patrol Office Kevin Brisk regarding a preventable crash. Parent-Teen Driver Safety classes have been very successful at changing habits and attitudes.
5. Car Fit Event: This event will be held Friday, 11-15-19 from 9:00 A.M. till noon at the Wright County Sheriff’s Support Services Building at 3810 Braddock Avenue NE in Buffalo. Husom said this is a new event covered by a grant that helps people ages 55 and older make correct adjustments to seats and mirrors for safer driving.
6. Central Minnesota Jobs and Training (CMJT): Husom discussed the problems that companies are having finding workers and how CMJT is trying to help employees who are facing unemployment due to the closing of Faribault Foods, Inc.
7. Drug Court and Safe Court Training: Husom said there are new graduates of the program.
8. Central Mississippi River Regional Planning Partnership (CMRP): Vetsch has been meeting with members of the CMRP to create a new Joint Powers Agreement. This discussion is ongoing. The meeting venue has changed to the Sherburne County Government Center at 7:30 A.M. The next meeting is Thursday, 9-26-19.
9. County Ditch 33: Vetsch is still working on educating people about repairs needed for County Ditch 33.
10. Transit Advisory Meeting: Vetsch said this meeting occurs today, 9-24-19 at 2:00 P.M.
11. Parks Commission: There have been ongoing discussions regarding allowing food and ice cream trucks into the parks. Daleiden asked for input from the Board.
12. Mental Health Advisory Council: Daleiden attended their meeting on 9-10-19. There is still a huge shortage of beds.
The group also discussed updating posters to include suicide awareness among farmers. Husom added that September is Suicide Prevention Month.
13. Mayors Association: Potter attended their quarterly meeting. The Soil and Water Conservation District put on a good presentation regarding assisting cities with rain gardens and erosion control.
14. I-94 Coalition: Members are traveling to Washington D.C. 9-24-19 and 9-25-19. They are seeking a $25 million grant for building the stretch of road from Albertville to Monticello.
15. Metro MnDOT Meeting: Potter said this group will be meeting on 9-26-19 regarding I-94 and 610. He will be there to show support.
16. Transportation Alliance: Potter will attend that meeting in St. Paul on 9-26-19 regarding upcoming issues and future steps.
17. County Administrator Lee Kelly: The past month has been busy with groundbreakings at the new Government Center and Tactical Training Center sites, the Association of Minnesota Counties Fall Policy Conference, and meetings with Perry Mulcrone, Business Relationship Director at Scott County regarding fiber and broadband development. More discussion is forthcoming regarding developing west into the County.
18. Setting Parameters Regarding Ditches: Daleiden met with Auditor/Treasurer staff regarding the need for the County to have a stated policy regarding wooden and concrete bridges. He feels this should be done soon.
The meeting adjourned 10:22 A.M.
Minutes submitted by Deb Schreiner, Administrative Specialist
Published in the Herald Journal Oct. 25, 2019.