Wright County Board Minutes

BOARD MINUTESBOARD OF WRIGHTCOUNTY COMMISSIONERSDECEMBER 28, 2021DATE APPROVED: JANUARY 4, 2021
The Wright County Board met in regular session at 9:00 A.M. with Husom, Vetsch, Daleiden, Wetter, and Kaczmarek present.
COUNTY BOARD MINUTES 12-21-21
Commissioner Mary Wetter moved to approve the minutes from Tuesday, December 21, 2021. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Darek Vetsch and carried 5-0.
AGENDA
Vetsch moved to approve the agenda as presented. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Christine Husom and carried 5-0.
CONSENT AGENDA
Husom moved to approve the consent agenda. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Michael Kaczmarek and carried 5-0.
A. ADMINISTRATION - FINANCE
1.Acknowledge Warrants Issued Between December 15, 2021 And December 21, 2021 (See Below, Item IX. Warrants Issued)
2.Review Monthly Finance Report For November 2021
3.Approve 2022 Tobacco Licenses For:
A. City Of Monticello DBA Hi-Way Liquors (Monticello)
B. 4-Way Liquors, LLC DBA 4-Way Liquors (Cokato)
C. Monticello Smoke Shop, Inc. DBA Monti Smoke Shop (Monticello)
D. O’Brothers, Inc. DBA O’Brothers Wine & Spirits (Montrose)
4.Motion To Approve The Reimbursement Of The American Rescue Plan Act (ARP) Funds As Follows:
Approval Of Use Of ARP Funds From 01-099-493-8429.6410 And 01-099- 493-8415-6261
$201.71 1.5 PPE And Other Supplies
$2,805.00 1.7 Capital Investments-Customer Flow Management System
5.Motion To Approve The Estimated Transfers From The General Fund To The Attached County Ditch Accounts, Total $1,680,585.99 To Cover 2021 Year-End Deficit Balances As Allowed By MS103E.655, Subd 2.:
General Ditch $125,124.58, Ditch 2 $219.67, Ditch 3 $9,905.30, Ditch 4 $78.79, Ditch 5 $512.51, Ditch 7 $2,815.70, Ditch 8 $419.13, Ditch 10 $1,144,614.20, Ditch 12 $1,072.04, Ditch 13 $40,949.11, Ditch 14 $512.85, Ditch 16 $21,520.39, Ditch 17 $689.71, Ditch 18 $17,866.45, Ditch 19 $19,901.48, Ditch 20 $33,353.48, Ditch 22 $51,926.08, Ditch 23 $7,120.71, Ditch 24 $1,346.24, Ditch 26 $49.00, Ditch 28 $636.86, Ditch 29 $5,815.10, Ditch 30 $5,773.52, Ditch 31 $84,696.04, Ditch 34 $300.75, Ditch 35 $2,103.08, Ditch 38 $37,968.47, Ditch 41 $590.34, Joint Ditch 1 $2,905.83, Joint Ditch 3 $4,981.94, Joint Ditch 11 $2,033.18, Joint Ditch 14 $23,615.16, Joint Ditch 20 $71.00, Joint Ditch 15 $6,220.87, County Ditch 36 $3,264.43, And Joint Ditch 36 $19,612.
Motion To Approve The Advances From The General Fund To The Following Negative Accounts, Total $240,000.00 To Cover 2021 Year-End Deficit Balances. Historian $15,000.00, Soil And Water $125,000.00 And Trust And Agency Fund-Tax Forfeiture/Court Ordered Clean-Up $100,000.00.
Estimated Amounts Could Change
B. ADMINISTRATION - HUMAN RESOURCES
1.Request Approval And Authorization Of Signature Of A Memorandum Of Agreement (MOA) To Allow I.U.O.E. Local 49 Members To Donate Accrued PTO Time To Technical Support Specialist (TSS) Brian Hilden
C. AG & DRAINAGE
1.Approval Of Payment Application #7 For $196,457.64 To Blackstone Contractors, LLC For County Ditch #10
D. HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES
1.Position Replacement
A. Social Worker
B. Office Technician II
E. HIGHWAY
1.Approve Partial Payment No. 4 In The Amount Of $143,173.76 To Molnau Trucking, Inc. For The Culvert Contract On County Highways 30, 6, And 5 As Part Of The County Ditch #10 Improvements
2.Request To Fill Vacant Highway Maintenance Superintendent Position
F. PARKS & RECREATION
1.Authorize Signatures On 2022 Park Caretaker Agreement With Green View Inc
G. PLANNING & ZONING
1.Accept The Findings And Recommendations Of The Planning Commission For The Following Request To Rezone:
A. Estate Development Corporation - (Franklin Twp.) A Unanimous Recommendation To Approve Rezoning. The Commission Finds That The Criteria In Section 155.059 Of The Wright County Code Of Ordinances Are Met, The Plan Will Meet The Requirements For Common Open Space As Regulated In 155.059 (I), And The Town Board Has Approved. Therefore, The Commission Recommends To The County Board Approval Of The Rezoning As The Property Is Shown On The Concept Plan Completed By Otto Associates Dated 10/20/2021 From AG General Agriculture To A/R Agricultural- Residential And A Rural Planned Unit Development District Because The Request Meets The Intent Of The Land Use Plan, There Is Similar Development In The Area And The Town Board Approves
2.Board Of Adjustment Appointment
A. Reappoint Dan Vick (Fifth District) For A Three-Year Term On The Board Of Adjustment
H. SHERIFF’S OFFICE
1.Position Backfill:
A. One Corrections FTE
B. One Technical Application Specialist FTE
TIMED AGENDA ITEMS
VIRGIL HAWKINS, HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT
Approve Agreement No. 21-57 With The City Of Delano For The Construction And Maintenance Of Intersection Improvements Along County Highway 30 And Darrow Ave SE
Assistant Highway Engineer Chad Hausmann stated the Greywood housing development along County State Aid Highway (CSAH) 30 will require the construction of intersection improvements at Darrow Avenue SE along CSAH 30. Hausmann added there will be no cost to the county. Kaczmarek stated all concerns were addressed with the rerouting of the road.
Vetsch moved to approve Agreement No. 21-57 with the City of Delano for the construction and maintenance of intersection improvements along County Highway 30 and Darrow Avenue SE. The motion was seconded by Wetter and carried 5-0.
LEE KELLY, ADMINISTRATION
Approve Flaherty & Hood Proposal for 2022 Legislative Services
County Administrator Lee Kelly stated Flaherty & Hood has assisted the county on legislative priorities since 2018. The terms and cost of the proposal are the same as previous contracts.
Kaczmarek questioned what the county has gained by contracting with Flaherty and Hood. Senior Attorney and Lobbyist Shane Zahrt stated the relationship with the county began with the issue of state assessed property and the impact of the Monticello nuclear plant. Flaherty & Hood has assisted in making changes to the legislation and now cities and counties have access to more information than was previously shared. Additionally, Flaherty & Hood assisted with the state bonding funds for the dental clinic and continues efforts to improve Driver and Vehicle Services (DVS) testing.
Vetsch added Zahrt does a fantastic job providing day-to-day communications. Zahrt also helps direct commissioners to get the right information to key people at the right time. Kaczmarek questioned the potential conflict that was referenced in the contract. Zahrt stated Flaherty & Hood will not take on projects where entities are working with the same legislators or applying for the same funds. For example, Flaherty & Hood has not worked with the county to support the I-94 Corridor Coalition because the firm is working with the Highway 14 Partnership.
Wetter questioned if the Secretary of State building will be open. Zahrt stated the House of Representatives have stated the intent is to remain remote. The Senate intends to be open as much as possible but maintain a hybrid element. Wetter also questioned how many members of the Flaherty & Hood team will be working on issues for Wright County. Zahrt stated there are seven members and the firm takes a team approach to issues. Zahrt added there are times a professional is needed to help navigate the process.
Vetsch moved to approve the Flaherty & Hood Proposal for 2022 Legislative Services. The motion was seconded by Husom and carried 5-0.
ITEMS FOR CONSIDERATION
ADMINISTRATION
Approve Restructuring Of Administration Department
Kelly stated there have been several discussions in recent months regarding staffing and reporting structures in the Administration and Information Technology Departments. Kelly recommended a restructuring of the Administration Department which includes the establishment of a centralized projects division under Administration. Additionally, there will be a reallocation of supervisory responsibilities through the establishment of a reporting structure with two Assistant County Administrators. An Administrative Specialist and a Risk Management Specialist position will remain vacant to help offset the cost of restructuring.
Vetsch stated the proposed restructuring of the department will help improve communication, create better management practices, and could lead to a more flexible work environment. Husom added the restructuring discussions started in March 2019. Commissioner Mark Daleiden stated Wright County is growing and there is a need for change.
Kelly stated one of the Assistant County Administrators will cover departments that are central service focused while the other Assistant County Administrator will cover property related departments. Kaczmarek questioned if the Assistant
County Administrator job description will change due to the restructure. Kelly responded he is not anticipating any
change to the job description. Kelly added the vacant Administrative Specialist and Risk Management Specialist positions must be sent to the Personnel Committee in order to fill the positions.
Vetsch moved to approve restructuring the Administration Department. The motion was seconded by Husom and carried 5-0.
ADVISORY COMMITTEE/ADVISORY BOARD UPDATES
None.
The meeting was recessed at 9:40 a.m.
The meeting reconvened at 10:00 a.m.
TIMED AGENDA ITEMS (CONT.)
YEARS OF SERVICE RECOGNITION
The County Commissioners and County Administrator recognized the employees that have been employed by Wright County for five, 10, 15, 20, 25, and 30 years. Each employee received a certificate and mug. Employees celebrating 15 or more years of service also received a gift card.
The meeting adjourned at 10:08 a.m.
County Board Minutes submitted by Elizabeth Clow, Office Manager.
Published in the Herald Journal, Jan. 28, 2022.
WARRANTS FOR PUBLICATION
Warrants Approved On 12/15/2021For Payment 12/15/2021
ANOKA COUNTY 116,385.50
ANOKA COUNTY CORRECTIONS 20,303.10
AUROMIRA ARCHITECTS LLC 12,460.00
ENDE SEPTIC SERVICE LLC 11,980.00
GOVERNMENT MANAGEMENT GROUP INC 4,500.00
MAGNETA TRAILERS INC 8,986.00
15 Payments less than 2000 8,487.56
Final Total: 183,102.16
Warrants Approved On 12/15/2021For Payment 12/15/2021
BUFFALO/CITY OF 115,341.44
THE ESTATE OF JULIE DAVIS 10,122.86
1 Payment less than 2000 397.95
Final Total: 125,862.25
Warrants Approved On 12/17/2021For Payment 12/17/2021
ABM BUILDING VALUE 52,118.33
ARAMARK SERVICES INC 40,351.13
ELITE FENCE & DECK 18,550.00
FLAHERTY & HOOD P.A. 6,261.25
HELLMAN’S OUTDOOR SERVICES INC 16,740.00
HILLYARD INC - MINNEAPOLIS 3,502.35
LETS CORP 2,387.00
LOTUS PHARMACY 4,566.36
MEND CORRECTIONAL CARE PLLC 36,621.35
QUALITY APPLIANCE & TV REPAIR 12,805.00
RUSSELL SECURITY RESOURCE LLC 21,468.00
TW VENDING INC 10,894.93
WM CORPORATE SERVICES, INC. 4,048.50
ZIEGLER INC 12,063.85
46 Payments less than 2000 20,583.59
Final Total: 262,961.64
Warrants Approved On 12/17/2021For Payment 12/17/2021
CARVER/LESLIE 3,156.76
HOUSTON ENGINEERING INC 4,000.00
INTEREUM INC 6,179.64
MCAA 10,639.00
MEEKER COUNTY AUDITOR 3,358.00
NAVAL SURFACE WARFARE CENTER 3,000.00
PHOENIX SUPPLY LLC 9,624.79
REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MN 50,046.25
THOMSON REUTERS WEST PUBLISHING CORP 2,008.89
23 Payments less than 2000 10,178.23
Final Total: 102,191.56
Warrants Approved On 12/17/2021For Payment 12/17/2021
AFSCME LOCAL 2685 4,029.13
AIG RETIREMENT COMPANY 7,054.32
HARTFORD 23,240.26
HEALTH PARTNERS 46,763.93
ING 13,273.00
LOCAL 320 4,468.00
MG TRUST COMPANY 3,750.00
MN BENEFIT ASSOCIATION 2,342.28
MN CHILD SUPPORT PAYMENT CENTER 2,500.00
NATIONWIDE RETIREMENT SOLUTIONS 4,578.36
PUBLIC EMP RETIREMENT ASSN 383,911.20
WRIGHT CO CAFETERIA PLAN 30,973.32
10 Payments less than 2000 6,301.82
Final Total: 533,185.62
Warrants Approved On 12/17/2021For Payment 12/17/2021
3 D SPECIALTIES INC 28,928.75
CHAMBERLAIN OIL CO 2,193.92
DESIGN ELECTRICAL INC-COLD SPRING ELEC. 44,518.00
ENVIROTECH SERVICES INC 61,848.41
FRONTIER PRECISION INC 2,846.39
HAUER / THOMAS 12,500.00
JAMES ASP / BRADLEY 20,000.00
LEFEBVRE / HOLLY 2,300.00
LOFTMAN / STEPHEN LEAN 2,900.00
TOWMASTER 6,289.00
TRUEMAN WELTERS INC. 4,545.00
TRUENORTH STEEL 27,630.00
VONDERBRUGGEN / JAMES 2,450.00
WRIGHT HENNEPIN COOP ELEC ASSN 3,670.12
46 Payments less than 2000 14,957.66
Final Total: 237,577.25
Warrants ApprovedFor Payment 12/20/2021
INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE (IRS) 477,424.62
MN DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE 94,151.26
Final Total: 571,575.88
Warrants Approved On 12/21/2021For Payment 12/21/2021
DELL MARKETING LP 4,637.84
HOISINGTON KOEGLER GROUP INC 6,107.93
INSIDE OUTSIDE ARCHITECTURE, INC . 3,661.65
RUPP,ANDERSON,SQUIRES,WALDSPURGER 2,859.00
THE WILEY LAW OFFICE PC 5,568.50
WOOD CHUCKERS FIREWOOD 4,015.00
20 Payments less than 2000 9,496.21
Final Total: 36,346.13
Published in the Herald Journal, Jan. 28, 2022.