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Zumbrota, MN 

Bridging the Past and the Future

March 1, 2001 Council Minutes

CITY OF ZUMBROTA CITY COUNCIL MINUTES

REGULAR MEETING         MARCH 1, 2001   6:00 P.M.              TOWN HALL

 

Pursuant to due call and notice thereof, Mayor Richard Bauer called the Zumbrota City Council to order at 6:00 p.m.  PRESENT:  Mayor Bauer, Councilmembers David Benson, Betty Jo Grothe, Sue Lewison, Deb Wilkinson.  Others present:  City Administrator Ron Johnson, City Accountant Mary Rohe, Community Development Director Tricia Hinckley, Public Works Director Rick Lohmann, City Attorney Matt Rockne, Reporter Sandy Hadler, Boy Scouts Chad Edel and Luke Floan, Merle Edel, Roald Mona, John Mona, Conway Jacobson.  

 

AMENDMENTS/ADOPTION OF AGENDA

 

It was requested to add item 7d-  EDA Annual Report to the agenda.

Motion Grothe, second Wilkinson to adopt the agenda as amended.  Carried 5‑0‑0.

 

MINUTES

 

Motion Lewison, second Benson to approve the February 15, 2001 regular meeting minutes.  Carried 5‑0‑0.

 

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE

 

Motion Grothe, second Benson to approve the accounts payable of $26,266.97.  Carried 5‑0‑0.

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

1.  Roald and John Mona were present to discuss their petition for annexation of 280 acres west of TH52 for the purpose of residential development.  The potential annexation would involve Minneola and Roscoe Townships.  It was suggested that a meeting be scheduled between township and city officials to discuss the request.

Motion Wilkinson, second Grothe to authorize Mayor Bauer, Councilmember Lewison and staff to meet with representatives of Roscoe and Minneola Townships to discuss the Roald and John Mona petition for annexation.  Carried 5-0-0.

 

PUBLIC HEARINGS/MEETINGS

 

1.  6:30 p.m.- Mayor Bauer opened the public hearing to consider adoption of an ordinance regulating certain land uses that have a direct and detrimental effect on the character of the city's residential and commercial neighborhoods.  No one was present to comment.  Mayor Bauer closed the hearing at 6:31 p.m.

Motion Lewison, second Grothe to adopt Ordinance 2001-01, an ordinance regulating certain land uses that have a direct and detrimental effect on the character of the city's residential and commercial neighborhoods.  Carried 5-0-0.

 

A publication summary will be drafted for Council approval.  The ordinance is effective after publication of the ordinance or a summary thereof.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

 

1.  There was nothing to report related to sidewalk policies.

 

2.  It was requested to delay action on the zoning ordinance and subdivision ordinance until the next regular meeting.

 

3.  There was nothing to report on the ordinance modifying the existing ordinance related to refuse hauling.  Nord Sanitation requested an additional two-year extension to their license.  Council opted to delay discussion on this until seeing the proposed new ordinance in full.

 

NEW BUSINESS (Continued)  

 

2.  Police Chief Selness requested approval to purchase a new radar unit with the Safe and Sober Grant funds.

Motion Wilkinson, second Benson to approve the purchase of a new radar unit at a cost of $1,697 plus sales tax, shipping and handling.  Carried 5-0-0.

 

3.  David Drown Associates submitted a proposal to complete a capital improvements planning exercise.  The primary objective is to help the city understand its current financial strengths and weaknesses, and help develop a sound strategy to complete needed capital projects without sacrificing financial strength in the process.  The process would include a comparative analysis with other MN Cities, a review of financial constraints, computer modeling, a workshop and a final report.  The proposed fee is $5,000 plus expenses.  This cost would be recovered through a reduction in David Drown Associates' fees for future bond issues, at $1,500 per issue up to a cumulative total of $5,000. 

Motion Grothe, second Benson to accept the proposal of David Drown Associates to complete a capital improvements planning exercise for a fee of $5,000 plus expenses- this cost to be recovered through a reduction in David Drown Associates fees for future bond issues, at $1,500 per issue up to a cumulative total of $5,000.  Carried 5-0-0.

 

4.  The 2000 EDA Annual Report was distributed for Council review for approval at the next regular meeting.

 

REPORTS

 

-Public Works Director Rick Lohmann-

-Reported that DFA has requested a waiver of February penalties, accumulated over the first eight days of February, approximating $11,000.  A February 9 meeting with DFA officials resulted in a commitment by DFA to find out the source(s) of the high number of violations.  In fact, one major source was found and has been corrected.  Mr. Lohmann and Administrator Johnson recommend that the permit penalties for Dairy Farmers of America, Inc. on their February sewer bill be waived, provided that during the next 60 days no more than four (4) BOD permit violations occur.  If more than four (4) violations occur during the 60 day period then DFA shall be responsible for the waived violation penalties and any new penalties.

Motion Lewison, second Benson to waive the February permit penalties for Dairy Farmers of America, Inc. provided that during the next 60 days no more than four (4) BOD permit violations occur;  if more than four (4) violations occur during the 60 day period then DFA shall be responsible for the waived violation penalties and any new penalties.  Carried 5-0-0.

 

-Reported that the grinding of the brush site was just completed, and stated that he will set at least a couple of days up in May to load wood chips for residents.

 

-Mayor Bauer-

-Reported that the Ambulance Board met and voted to maintain their levy request at $4 per capita. 

 

-Councilmember Lewison-

-Suggested that a policy be adopted that would give department heads flexibility in approving most schooling expenses and purchases made within budget, without Council approval.  No action was taken at this time.

 

-Councilmember Deb Wilkinson-

-Reported favorably on the League of MN Cities Experienced Officials Workshop she recently attended.

 

Mayor Bauer will present the State of the City Address on Tuesday, March 21 during a Chamber of Commerce meeting.

 

Mayor Bauer adjourned the meeting at 7:12 p.m.

 

 

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Ronald S. Johnson, City Administrator

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