Zumbrota, MN 

Bridging the Past and the Future

June 18, 2015 Council Minutes







JUNE 18, 2015

6:00 P.M.



Pursuant to due call and notice thereof, Mayor Rich Bauer called the Zumbrota City Council to order at 6:00 p.m.  PRESENT:  Mayor Rich Bauer; Council members Brad Drenckhahn, Dale Hinderaker, Tina Hostager and Sara Durhman.   Others present: City Administrator Neil Jensen, Police Chief Pat Callahan, Community Development Director Dan King, City Accountant Kim simonson, NewsRecord reporter Tawny Michaels, Brian Haugen, Sandy Hadler, Jim Wedge, Roberta Callahan, Teri Voss, Howard Ayen,

Leah Marx, Cora Marx, Katie Hoernermann, Athena Hoernermann and Kristen Hoernermann. 


The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.



Motion Drenckhahn, second Durhman to adopt the agenda with the addition of item “8-G.  Change July Meeting Dates”.  Approved 5-0-0.



Motion Hinderaker, second Hostager, to approve the meeting minutes of June 4, 2015 with correction.  Approved 5-0-0.



Motion Durhman, second Drenckhahn to approve the accounts payable of $21,598.76.

Approved 5-0-0.






Unfinished Business:

7-A.  2016 Budget Discussion

Council discussed the possibility of setting up a meeting to discuss some of their plans for the City and the future need for budgeting.  Durhman suggested they wait to do that until the comprehensive plan is complete.  No action was taken.



8-A.  Redwood Project Donation (Jim Wedge)

Jim Wedge would like to donate the California Redwood that is currently located by Gerken’s.  He has up to $5,000 to facilitate the move.  The Library Board had discussed housing the display on their side of West Avenue but declined.  The City recently received news it had received a $75,000 grant for the trail head building and Jensen suggested the redwood be displayed there (this had been in the initial plans).  Motion Hostager, second Durhman to accent the redwood project donation.  Approved 5-0-0.


8-B.  Approve Fulltime Police Officer Hire

Officer Shannon Clemenson will be the next School Resource Officer.  In order to fill her current position as a regular officer Chief Callahan requested he be allowed to open it up to the current part time officer staff.  Council directed Callahan to begin the process.


8-C.  Resolution 2015-06 Minnesota Landscape Partnership Program

This is the second phase of the landscape program on Highway 58.  Motion Drenckhahn, second Hostager to approve Resolution 2015-02 Minnesota Landscape Partnership Program.  Approved 5-0-0.


8-D.  Ordinance 2015-02 Amending the City Zoning Code Permitting the Keeping of Urban Chickens in Residential Zoning Districts

Several months ago Leah Marx had requested a change to city ordinance to allow her to keep chickens. Since then the Planning and Zoning Commission has been considering the change.  At the last meeting the Planning and Zoning Commission recommended the Council approve the change to the ordinance allowing residents to have up to ten chickens on their property if they can meet all regulations and notify the City.  Hostager asked if building a coop would need to have a building permit.  King said it would not if it were less than 120 square feet.  Hinderaker stated he didn’t have a strong opinion either way but asked King about dwellings like twin homes and the setbacks.  Rockne replied that those types of dwellings have agreements and that those agreements would take precedence.  Drenckhahn stated that he did not like the process and felt it was an infringement on neighbors’ rights.  Durhman countered by saying she found dogs more annoying than chickens and that she didn’t get to weigh in on whether or not her neighbor had a dog.  She said she had originally not been in favor of allowing chickens but after reading the research she would like to approve it.  Motion Durhman, second Hinderaker to approve Ordinance 2015-02 amending the City Zoning Code Permitting the keeping of Urban Chickens in Residential Zoning Districts.  Approved 4-1-0 (Drenckhahn opposed).


8-E.  Planning Commission Appointment Recommendation

Lowell Olson has stepped down from the Planning Commission.  David Dahlen has been recommended to fill the vacancy and Matt Rockne has been recommended to serve as chair.  Motion Hinderaker, second Hostager to approve Matt Rockne as Planning Commission Chair and Dave Dahlen as Commission member.   Approved 5-0-0.


8-F.  Resolution 2015-07 Pull-tab Application VFW Post 5727 (Covered Bridge Supper Club)

Motion Hinderaker, second Drenckhahn to approve Resolution 2015-07 Pull-tab Application VFW Post 5727 (Covered Bridge Supper Club).   Approved 5-0-0.


8-G.  Change July City Council Meeting Dates

Motion Drenckhahn, second Durhman to change the City Council meeting dates to July 9th and 23rd.  Approved 5-0-0.



City Administrator Neil Jensen:

Reported the City needs a wellhead protection plan.  The Department of Health will do the first half and the City will be responsible for the second half.  He also said there have been numerous complaints about nuisance properties in town.  He asked the Council to consider how they would like to address this situation and get back to him.


Community Development Director Dan King:

The EDA has extended a three month option to purchase the Grover lot for a senior housing/assisted living project.  This offer is tentative.



Public Works Director Mike Olson:

Olson reported the water tower has been inspected by WHKS.  He is in the process of getting water control quotes.  East Avenue has been blacktopped and the crosswalks have been freshly painted.  The Swimming Pool is up and running. 


Council Member Sara Durhman:

Told everyone to get out and support the Covered Bridge Festival.


The Zumbrota City Council meeting was adjourned at 6:58 p.m.



                                                                                    Neil Jensen City Administrator

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