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Zumbrota, MN
Bridging the Past and the Future

September 17, 2015 Council Minutes










SEPTEMBER 17, 2015

6:00 P.M.



Pursuant to due call and notice thereof, Mayor Richard Bauer called the Zumbrota City Council to order at 6:00 p.m.  PRESENT:  Council members Brad Drenckhahn, Dale Hinderaker, and Sara Durhman.   Absent: Tina Hostager. Others present: City Administrator Neil Jensen, Police Chief Pat Callahan, City Accountant Kim Simonson, City Attorney Matt Rockne, Community Development Director Dan King, Library Director James Hill, NewsRecord reporter Tawny Michaels, Sandy Hadler, Brian Haugen, John Breene, Roberta Callahan, and Officer Rob Jarrett.


The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.



Motion Durhman, second Drenckhahn to adopt the agenda with the addition of item “8E: Committee for Solid Waste Permit”.  Approved 4-0-0.



Motion Hinderaker, second Durhman, to approve the meeting minutes of September 17, 2015.  Approved 4-0-0.



Motion Drenckhahn, second Hinderaker to approve the accounts payable of $49,726.41.

Approved 4-0-0.






Unfinished Business:



8-A.  ATV/UTV Permit Fee and Administrative Penalty

Chief Callahan recommended the permit fee for the permit be $10.  This permit would be valid through 12/31/2016.  Also Callahan suggested there be a $50 fee for violations.  Motion Drenckhahn, second Durhman to set the ATV/UTV permit fee at $10 and the administrative fee to $50.  Approved 4-0-0.


8-B.  An Ordinance Amending Zumbrota City Code Section 72.06, Interference with Snow Removal; Towing

The Council discussed the snow removal ordinance and the effective enforcement of it.  Jensen asked if the Council wished to have no parking on City Streets November through April or if they would prefer to have no parking when there is precipitation of any sort.  Drenckhahn and Bauer were concerned that banning street parking was too large a change.  Hinderaker said he felt having no parking when there is precipitation and also have some exceptions for parking in certain areas was a good compromise.  The item was tabled. 


8-C.  Sanitary Sewer River Crossing Project

Public Works Director Olson updated the Council on the sanitary sewer river crossing.  The pipes are in poor shape and will need replacement.  He asked the Council to approve a feasibility study and cost analysis for the project so the replacement process can begin.  Motion Hinderaker, second Durhman to order a feasibility study and cost analysis for the sanitary sewer river crossing project.  Approved 4-0-0.


8-D.  DFA Termination of Party Wall Agreement and Satisfaction of Mortgage.

In 1980 the City bonded for Mid America Dairy.  That mortgage was satisfied by never released from the lien.  In order to proceed with the change of ownership of the dairy these issues need to be addresses.  Jensen also informed the Council that is DFA retains more than 50% of the plant then the wastewater permit stands but if they own less than 50% the permit will need to be renegotiated.  Motion Drenckhahn, second Hinderaker to terminate the DFA party wall agreement.  Approved 4-0-0.  Motion Drenckhahn, second Hinderaker to approve the DFA satisfaction of the mortgage.  Approved 4-0-0.


8-E.  Committee for Solid Waste Permit

Jensen updated the Council on the bid process for the solid waste contract.  He suggested a committee be formed to determine the best way to bid the contract.  There was some concern that the bid should be separate for residential and commercial.  Bauer said he will serve on the committee and the other Council member will be determined.  Motion Drenckhahn, second Durhman to form a committee for the solid waste permit.  Approved 4-0-0.



City Administrator Neil Jensen:

Reported the City’s bond rating has been raised from an A+ to an AA-.  He also told the Council the Wedge log has been moved to the spot by the river. 


Community Development Director Dan King:

Told the Council there will be a meeting for the SE Regional Marketing, Goodhue County EDA and a SE MN Health Policy Summit in the next few weeks. 


Public Works Director Mike Olson:

Will be coming back to the Council with options for the elevated water tower.  There needs to be study on the effects of removing the tower.


The Zumbrota City Council meeting was adjourned at 6:47 p.m.



                                                                                    Neil Jensen City Administrator

City of Zumbrota; 175 West Avenue; Zumbrota, MN 55992