BOARD MINUTES BOARD OF WRIGHT COUNTY COMMISSIONERS JUNE 2, 2020 DATE APPROVED: JUNE 16, 2020
The Wright County Board met in regular session at 9:00 A.M. with Husom, Vetsch, Potter and Daleiden present. Commissioner Borrell joined the meeting remotely.
COUNTY BOARD MINUTES 5-26-20
Potter moved to approve the 5-26-20 Wright County Board Minutes. The motion was seconded by Daleiden and carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.
Vetsch moved to approve the Agenda. The motion was seconded by Daleiden and carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.
Daleiden moved to approve the Consent Agenda. The motion was seconded by Potter and carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.
1. Refer “Construction Project Update” To 6-09-20 County Board Workshop Meeting
1. Authorize Sewer Hookup For PID # 215-000-052201
1. Authorize Litigation To Abate Zoning Violations On Property At 2184 Bice Avenue NW, Chatham Township.
1. Acknowledge Warrants Issued Between May 20, 2020 And May 26, 2020 2. Approve The Budget Amendment For The Increase Of Salaries And Wages For The Compensation/Class Study. 3. Approve The Budget Amendment For The Increase Of Salaries And Wages For The Change Of Scheduling In The Sheriff Department: 01-201-000-0000-6101 FULL TIME PERSONNEL $115,327.50 01-201-000-0000-6163 PERA CONTRIBUTIONS $ 20,412.97 01-201-000-0000-6162 MEDICARE $14,460.71 01-201-000-0000-6906 UNIFORM ALLOWANCE $26,850.00 01-100-000-0000-6199 UNALLOCATED PERSONNEL SERVICES ($177,051.17)
E. HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES
1. Position Replacement A. Information Systems Specialist
TIMED AGENDA ITEMS
ADOPT RESOLUTION ACCEPTING DONATION OF $1,000 FROM ERIK SOLA FOR A MEMORIAL BENCH AT OTSEGO PARK
Vetsch moved to adopt Resolution #20-37 accepting the donation of $1,000 from Erik Sola for a memorial bench at Otsego Park. The motion was seconded by Potter and carried 5-0 on a roll call vote. Chair Husom acknowledged the generous donation.
ITEMS FOR CONSIDERATION
5-27-20 WAYS & MEANS COMMITTEE MINUTES
At today’s County Board Meeting, Borrell moved to approve the Ways & Means Committee minutes and recommendations. The motion was seconded by Potter. Potter said that in 2001, the courts struck down the ability to license haulers and now they are realizing it should be done. Borrell said it is ironic that the County lost that lawsuit and it is now being required. Husom said it will be a multi-year project to complete the update of the County’s Solid Waste Management Plan. Borrell said that SCORE (Select Committee on Recycling and the Environment) funding will continue. If a task force is created, members of the task force will be selected by the County Board and could include haulers, cities, and township. The motion carried 5-0 on a roll call vote. The 5-27-20 Ways & Means Committee Minutes follow:
I. Solid Waste Management Plan
Bill Stephens, Environmental Health Supervisor, provided an update regarding progress on the final draft of the County Solid Waste Management Plan (Plan). Waste Management has purchased the landfill. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) brought up a few issues they wanted the County Plan to address. It does not appear that the MPCA is requiring any set target dates in the Plan. The MPCA is concerned about licensing waste haulers. State Statute requires that local entities (typically Counties) are to license waste haulers within their jurisdictions. Stephens said in October of 2001, a court order struck down the portion of the County’s Solid Waste Management Ordinance that stated the County can’t license waste haulers. Now the State is requiring it. As a result, the County must update the current Solid Waste Management Ordinance (Ordinance). The current County Ordinance was written in the 1970s, and the issues it addresses are out of date.
Stephens recommended that the County update the current Solid Waste Management Ordinance and address licensing of waste haulers within it. MPCA representatives have acknowledged verbally that this process could take two years or more. Once licensing waste haulers is addressed in the Plan and the Plan is approved, the SCORE funding will continue. How the County proceeds with licensing waste haulers is a matter of future discussion, whether via the Planning Commission or by the creation of a Solid Waste Management Task Force. This decision can be made in the future.
Stephens will bring the final Plan to the County Board just prior to the thirty-day public comment period. Similar to an EAW period, the public can submit their comments and the MPCA will respond to them. The County will also have an opportunity to review them. At that point, the final version of the Plan will be edited if necessary and submitted.
Charles Borrell, County Commissioner, asked for more information about licensing for waste haulers. Stephens said some counties in the area are licensing waste haulers. The County would maintain documentation regarding which waste haulers are hauling waste in the County. The companies would be required to notify the County regarding how much waste they are transporting, as well as the type of waste, including municipal solid waste, materials for recycling, and construction demolition material, for example. The primary purpose of licensing waste haulers is not to generate additional revenue. It is intended to supply data regarding how much solid waste is being generated in the County and where it is going. The people that supply the dumpsters to building sites would need licenses, not builders or contractors. The State is already requiring that haulers report the material they bring into permanent solid waste facilities. County licensing would be a backup for the State’s efforts. Stephens said the question is whether the County wishes to manage licensing of waste haulers, or let cities do it. Based on the information he has at this point, Stephens said he thought it would be cleaner if the County licensed waste haulers for everyone in the County. This is a matter for future discussion.
Greg Kryzer, Assistant County Attorney, said the County would be the primary licensing agency, but a city within the County could decide to license waste haulers on their own. If a city did their own licensing, the County would not collect a second fee. The licensing isn’t determined by where the waste hauling company is located, but the jurisdiction where the company hauls waste. For example, a city would only license waste haulers within their jurisdiction. A County license would cover all waste hauling in the County. If a city licenses, the haulers may end up paying more if they haul to other jurisdictions in the County.
Stephens said Waste Management has purchased the landfill and the former Advanced Disposal facility. Waste Management owns three major landfills in the Metro Area. They have permitted capacities to extend their ability to take in waste for decades as he understands it. That seems to make it unlikely that the MPCA would be willing to grant a Certificate of Need for expansion at the County facility, because Waste Management already has permitted capacity space available. This situation made Stephens feel more comfortable about finishing the Plan.
Kryzer reiterated that this is a ten-year Plan that outlines how the MPCA would like the County to proceed with solid waste management. The MPCA’s major concern is that the County get more organized with the way recycling is done. Currently every township does its own. The MPCA would like the County to do it or organize recycling collection for all the townships. That will reduce administrative costs and achieve economies of scale with waste haulers covering a larger area. This would result in the MPCA and the County receiving higher recycling data, which is one of the goals for the Plan. Kryzer said the MPCA would like the County to show how recycling numbers will be increased to more than 35 percent. Stephens said in the 1980s, townships wanted to coordinate their own recycling, which worked at the time. The data that the County reports back to the MPCA are primarily residential recycling numbers. This information is received by townships and cities from waste haulers. The biggest discrepancy that cannot be documented is commercial and industrial waste. The tonnages are there, but the County can’t document them. The State is looking for those tonnages. Stephens said once acquired, that data will push the County well past 35 percent.
Discussion continued regarding documenting household recycling since some jurisdictions require drop-off and others offer curbside pick-up. Stephens said all but three townships contract for residential recycling pickup. This can be discussed in the future. The State wants to know how the County will proceed.
Kryzer said this is a Plan. It is not set in stone. It is something the County will strive toward, but it won’t be implemented overnight. It may be prudent to create a Solid Waste Task Force. The County has ten years to figure this out. Of the 87 counties in the State, Kryzer was unaware whether any other county divides up recycling collection like Wright. Most combine this effort under one large umbrella. The Task Force could decide whether recycling is organized County-wide or broken up into zones. Christine Husom, County Board Chair, said the public should be made aware of the Plan and the Task Force.
Stephens said cities and townships receive reimbursement based on the amount of tonnage collected every quarter, whether that is via drop-off site or curbside pick-ups. The drop-off site administratively would be less expensive for a township, but their tonnages are less because they rely on individuals to drop off their recycling. Consequently, their reimbursements are less. Doing curb-side pick-up is more expensive, but yields more tonnage and higher reimbursement. The Task Force will have to decide the best process.
Kryzer suggested a recommendation to move forward with the MPCA approval process. Stephens said the MPCA will finalize the draft Plan and conduct a public comment period.
Recommendations: Finalize the County Solid Waste Management Plan and move forward in the MPCA approval process and public comment period.
5-27-20 Ways & Means Committee Minutes submitted by Deb Schreiner, Administrative Specialist.
Lee Kelly, County Administrator, said most public facing counters at County facilities were opened on 5-27-20. They have seen more public in the buildings and utilization of online appointments has gone well.
• License Bureau appointments have gone live May 29th. The link to setting appointments can be found on the left side of the County’s website page in the green box.
• The public counter will only be doing driver’s license standard renewals, REAL ID and enhanced licenses.
• All other License Bureau business (tabs, title transfers, dealer work, etc.) will continue to be done by drop box at the License Bureau, at the front entrance to the Government Center or a drive up drop box at the east side of the Government Center.
• In June, construction will be completed on a walk-up window at the south parking deck of the Government Center to do non-license renewal business listed above.
• The initial online appointment schedule will have appointments timed 20 minutes apart from June 4 through Friday, June 19. Currently as of June 11
• To start, with the 20-minute windows, staff will able to handle approximately 60 appointments per day. The hope is that over time that number can rise, but it will be a process that will be slower than many may expect.
• After June 19, new appointment schedules will be released for the following two weeks. No specific time has been stated when that will change.
• To restrict foot traffic entering the building the east door will remain locked to those looking to enter through that door.
Kelly said any adjustments will be brought forward and may be dependent on guidance from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and the Governor.
ADVISORY COMMITTEE / ADVISORY BOARD UPDATES
1. Potter said the Legislature will meet on 6-12-20 and he hopes the bonding bills for Wright County will make it through ($40 billion for I-94; $4.5 million for TH 55 by Medina; and $2 million for the dental clinic).
2. Vetsch said there have been offline meetings by legislators prior to special sessions. A large topic is how to solve the immense backlog of drivers license testing. The senate is in support of privatization of testing but that is meeting some opposition due to control factors that are hard to overcome.
3. CMRP (Central Mississippi River Regional Planning Partnership). Vetsch said a meeting was held last week which provided an update on the status of the community engagement. He encouraged the Board and staff to complete the survey that is available on the CMRP website. The preliminary market analysis reflects that many shoppers at local businesses do not live in the County. Daleiden said the information reflects that not every community needs stores like Wal-Mart or Target based on the data. Vetsch said much of the County’s retail competition is from the Rogers area. More information is available on the CMRP website.
4. Fair Board. Borrell said the Fair Board met last night and voted to postpone the Wright County Fair for another year. The 150th Celebration will occur in 2021. Borrell said blacktop and sidewalk maintenance at the Fairgrounds may be completed this year.
5. Daleiden attended the Technology Committee meeting and Strategic Planning sessions with departments. He will attend a meeting at Bertram Park on Friday to review the construction that has been occurring.
6. Administrator Updates:
A. Kelly said Strategic Planning Sessions with departments continue. They are also working with Courts on the re-opening. There will be an AMC (Association of Minnesota Counties) District V virtual meeting on 6-08-20.
7. Husom participated in Strategic Planning sessions with the offices of Attorney and Sheriff. She also attended a Safety Committee Meeting. A Turn graduation will be held on 6-04-20 and involve three graduates. She said this has been a successful program through drug court.
The meeting adjourned at 9:29 AM.
County Board Minutes submitted by Susan Backes, Clerk to the County Board
Published in The Herald Journal, June 26, 2020.
WARRANTS FOR PUBLICATIONWarrants Approved For Payment 5/21/2020
US BANK VOYAGER FLEET SYSTEMS 13,107.01
Final Total: 13,107.01
Warrants Approved For Payment 5/21/2020
US BANK-PROCUREMENT CARDS 47,519.60
Final Total: 47,519.60
Warrants Approved On 5/21/2020 For Payment 5/22/2020
ADVANTAGE EMBLEM INC 2,419.50
ADVANTAGE POLICE SUPPLY INC 2,003.05
ANOKA COUNTY CORRECTIONS 5,827.73
AT&T MOBILITY 4,922.28
AXON ENTERPRISES INC 36,206.50
DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS 15,910.00
GALLS LLC 2,902.70
GUARDIAN FLEET SAFETY LLC 2,858.72
I & S GROUP INC 9,551.00
LUDENIA LANDSCAPING 3,780.00
MARTIN-MCALLISTER CONSULTING 2,000.00
MN COUNTIES COMPUTER COOPERATIVE 10,408.06
MN POLLUTION CONTROL AGENCY 65,373.93
O’DAY EQUIPMENT LLC 2,534.10
OMANN BROTHERS INC 61,882.27
OMNICARE INC 3,268.10
PEARSON BROS. INC 18,195.50
RANGER CHEVROLET INC 39,756.00
SRF CONSULTING GROUP INC 3,470.21
VERIZON WIRELESS SERVICES LLC 2,052.55
WRIGHT HENNEPIN COOP ELEC ASSN 2,456.66
WRIGHT HENNEPIN ELECTRIC 3,079.33
WSB & ASSOCIATES INC 104,113.06
43 Payments less than 2000 18,266.16
Final Total: 423,237.41
Warrants Approved On 5/26/2020 For Payment 5/26/2020
TIMBER RIDGE OF MONTICELLO 7,930.08
6 Payments less than 2000 194.52Final Total: 8,124.60
Published in The Herald Journal, June 26, 2020.