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Zumbrota, MN 

Bridging the Past and the Future

March 15, 2001 Council Minutes

CITY OF ZUMBROTA CITY COUNCIL MINUTES

REGULAR MEETING         MARCH 15, 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, Public Works Director Rick Lohmann, City Attorney Matt Rockne, Reporter Sandy Hadler, Ed Trost (Signs of Success), Brian Hoven.  

 

AMENDMENTS/ADOPTION OF AGENDA

 

It was requested to add item 7d-  Signs of Success conditional use permit; 7e- On & off sale 3.2% malt liquor license application, and set up license application; 7f- MCMA Annual Spring Conference; and 7g- Summary publication- adult use ordinance, to the agenda.

Motion Grothe, second Lewison to adopt the agenda as amended.  Carried 4‑0‑0.

 

Councilmember Wilkinson arrived at this point.

 

MINUTES

 

Motion Lewison, second Benson to approve the March 1, 2001 regular meeting minutes.  Carried 4‑0‑1 (Wilkinson abstained).

 

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE

 

Motion Grothe, second Wilkinson to approve the accounts payable of $88,544.67.  Carried 5‑0‑0.

 

PUBLIC HEARINGS/MEETINGS

 

1.  There was nothing to report under this agenda item.

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

 

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

 

2.  Ordinance 2001-02, an ordinance repealing all ordinances previously in effect pertaining to the regulation of zoning regulations and land uses within the city, and replacing them with a new ordinance, was presented for consideration. 

Motion Grothe, second Lewison to adopt Ordinance 2001-02, an ordinance repealing all ordinances previously in effect pertaining to the regulation of zoning regulations and land uses within the city, and replacing them with a new ordinance.  Carried 5-0-0.

 

Resolution 2001-04, a resolution authorizing a summary publication of Ordinance 2001-02 was presented for consideration.

Motion Lewison, second Grothe to adopt Resolution 2001-04, a resolution authorizing a summary publication of Ordinance 2001-02.  Carried 5-0-0.

Ordinance 2001-03, an ordinance related to the regulation of the subdivision and platting of land within the city, was presented for consideration.

Motion Grothe, second Lewison to adopt Ordinance 2001-03, an ordinance related to the regulation of the subdivision and platting of land within the city.  Carried 5-0-0.

 

Resolution 2001-05, a resolution authorizing a summary publication of Ordinance 2001-03 was presented for consideration. 

Motion Lewison, second Benson to adopt Resolution 2001-05, a resolution authorizing a summary publication of Ordinance 2001-03.  Carried 5-0-0.

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

1.  Signs of Success requested a conditional use permit to construct a 12' x 24' billboard on the Zumbrota Tire property (along Hwy 52).  There is a billboard being removed near the proposed location of this billboard.  The zoning ordinance states that all billboards shall be at least 1700 feet from the nearest billboard.  The nearest billboard (at approximately 1530 feet) is outside city limits.  The Zoning Commission recommended approval of said request.

Motion Grothe, second Benson to approve the Signs of Success conditional use permit to construct a 12' x 24' billboard on the Zumbrota Tire property (along Hwy 52).  Carried 4-1-0 (Wilkinson opposed). 

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS (Continued)

 

3.  There was nothing to report on the ordinance modifying the existing ordinance related to refuse hauling, or the Nord Sanitation request for an additional two-year extension to their license.

 

4.  Mayor Bauer reported that Councilmember Lewison, Administrator Johnson and he met with township officials earlier today, and will meet again in two weeks, related to the John & Roald Mona petition for annexation.  

 

5.  Administrator Johnson reviewed a letter from Xcel Energy related to the construction of a downtown street light project.  He reminded Council that some of the downtown lights aren't working, and was just informed that a bank of lights on the east side of the downtown is apparently shorting out.  Johnson stated that he will schedule an informational meeting on March 27, 5:45 p.m., with Council approval, with the downtown property owners to discuss said project with the sidewalk contractor and Xcel.  Johnson said that approximately $230,000 is available for the approximate $300,000 project.  He stated that it is anticipated MN/DOT will pick up most of the balance, although their funding would come after the project is done. 

Motion Grothe, second Wilkinson to authorize the city administrator to conduct an informational meeting on March 27, 5:45 p.m. with the downtown property owners to discuss the potential downtown street light project with the sidewalk contractor and Xcel Energy, and to direct Xcel Energy to draft a contract related to said project.  Carried 4-0-1 (Benson abstained).

 

6.  Administrator Johnson informed Council that Charter Communications has agreed to purchase a video detection modulator and demodulator necessary to place the new Channel 19 equipment at city hall and have video inserted from the high school.  The cost of this equipment is $6,900.  Johnson received a proposal from Alpha Video for the purchase of the necessary hardware and software to complete the Channel 19 upgrade- at a cost of $9,371.93.  Johnson recommended that the funds come from the capital equipment fund (available from the closed out 911 Fund). 

Motion Wilkinson, second Lewison to approve the purchase of the necessary hardware and software to complete the Channel 19 upgrade from Alpha Video- at a cost of $9,371.93.  Carried 5-0-0.

 

NEW BUSINESS (Continued)    

 

2.  Resolution 2001-06, a resolution of local government support approving of an application for funding to the State of MN Department of Natural Resources Outdoor Recreation Grant Program for the Covered Bridge Park Campground Improvement Project was presented for consideration.

Motion Wilkinson, second Grothe to adopt Resolution 2001-06, a resolution of local government support approving of an application for funding to the State of MN Department of Natural Resources Outdoor Recreation Grant Program for the Covered Bridge Park Campground Improvement Project.  Carried 5-0-0.

 

3.  Public Works Director Rick Lohmann requested approval to purchase a new water line locator at a cost of $2,927.69 including tax.  This new locator would replace a 15 year old unit.

Motion Wilkinson, second Benson to approve the purchase of a new water line locator at a cost of $2,927.69 including tax.  Carried 5-0-0.

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS (Continued)

 

7.  The 2000 EDA Annual Report was presented for approval.

Motion Wilkinson, second Lewison to approve the 2000 Economic Development Authority Annual Report.  Carried 5-0-0.

 

8.  Rick Lohmann, Public Works Director, informed Council that the wastewater committee and WHKS, after further review of a potential wastewater treatment facility rehab project, feel that the recommended immediate project should consist of the installation of five new RBCs.  More information will be presented at a future meeting.

 

NEW BUSINESS (Continued)

 

4.  There was nothing to report related to the Well #5 repair project as no proposals have yet been received.

 

5.  The following have submitted application renewals for on and/or off-sale 3.2 percent malt liquor licenses and set-up permit:  On-sale- Evergreen Lanes, KP's;  Off-sale- Evergreen Lanes;  Set-up permit- Evergreen Lanes.

Motion Benson, second Lewison to issue the following on and/or off-sale 3.2 percent malt liquor licenses:  On-sale- Evergreen Lanes, KP's;  Off-sale- Evergreen Lanes;  Set-up permit- Evergreen Lanes.  Carried 5-0-0.

 

6.  Administrator Johnson requested approval to attend the MCMA/MACA Annual Spring Conference May 9-11.

Motion Wilkinson, second Lewison to approve the attendance of Administrator Johnson at the MCMA/MACA Spring Conference May 9-11, including payment of expenses for registration, lodging, mileage and meals.  Carried 5-0-0.  

 

7.  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, was adopted at the March 1 Council meeting. A publication summary was, at that time, requested and hereby presented for Council approval. 

Motion Benson, second Grothe to approve of a summary publication of 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.

 

REPORTS

 

-City Accountant Mary Rohe-

-Requested approval to close three funds.

Motion Wilkinson, second Lewison to close the following funds:  Capital Projects Arctic Ave to Municipal Reserve;  Capital Projects Meyerhofer 4th Subd to GO PIR Bds 99A;  Swimming Pool Restricted to Swimming Pool Operations.  Carried 5-0-0.

 

-Mayor Bauer-

-Informed Council that MN/DOT is apparently funding a Zumbrota area Highway 52 study.  More information will be available at the next regular meeting. 

-Distributed a handout related to the potential Mona annexation and how the potential new housing relates to enrollment at the school.

 

-Councilmember Deb Wilkinson-

-Informed Council that the comprehensive plan/strategic plan committee will have up to four more meetings.

-Reported that the representatives of the Fitness Center Committee will be presenting the feasibility study results to the EDA and Park Board, and will be present at the next regular Council meeting to discuss same. 

 

Mayor Bauer adjourned the meeting at 7:06 p.m.

 

 

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Ronald S. Johnson, City Administrator

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