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Zumbrota, MN
Bridging the Past and the Future

September 4, 2003 Council Minutes


REGULAR MEETING           SEPTEMBER 4, 2003   6:00 P.M.           TOWN HALL


Pursuant to due call and notice thereof, Mayor Rich Bauer called the Zumbrota City Council to order at 6:00 p.m.  PRESENT: Mayor Bauer;  Councilmembers David Benson, Doug Borgschatz, Betty Jo Grothe, Deb Wilkinson.  Others present:  City Accountant Mary Rohe, Community Development Director Angie Bersaw, City Attorney Matt Rockne, Reporter Sandy Hadler, Jim Wedge, Paul Qualy.


The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.




Mayor Bauer explained that this agenda included a new item entitled "Public Comments"- prior to Unfinished Business.  This will allow members of the public to address concerns or ask questions during this specified portion of the agenda.  Mayor Bauer said that public input is important, and he will still keep the option to call on the public during Council meetings, but this should help avoid the public becoming a "sixth" Councilmember during discussion of agenda items.

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




Motion Grothe, second Borgschatz to approve the August 21, 2003 regular meeting minutes.  Carried 4‑0‑1 (Wilkinson abstained).




Motion Grothe, second Wilkinson to approve the accounts payable of $15,271.96.  Carried 5‑0‑0.




There were no public comments.




1.  Administrator Johnson informed Council that staff is scheduled to meet with Bill Anderson, Yaggy Colby, tomorrow to further discuss the St. Paul Road Public Improvements Project.


2.  There was nothing to report on the 5th Street West/Jefferson Drive Storm Water Study.


3.   The public hearing to consider the petition to vacate 17th Street will be conducted during the next regular meeting.


4.  There was nothing to report on the request re: crosswalk safety/markings downtown.



5.   Comments related to the proposed development agreement between the City of Zumbrota and Zumbrota Golf Course Properties, LLC, developers of the Highlands of Zumbrota residential subdivision included the following:

-Separate green space areas should have been included in the plat.  (It was noted that as the developer donated the acreage for the golf course, and that area consists of several acres of green space, no additional green space/parkland was requested.  This was addressed during the preliminary plat process.  It was further noted, however, that the developer has been asked to consider the inclusion of some park area in the 13 acre parcel they are designing currently- just south of the Highlands).

-The agreement states a November 30, 2004 completion date for the installation of the water booster station.  It was noted that the agreement should be clearer that if the booster station is not needed, it should not have to be built.

-Exhibit C needs to reflect all of the anticipated city costs to be paid for.

Administrator Johnson was unsure if the developer forwarded any comments related to the agreement to former CDD Tricia Hinckley.  He would check on this and present at the next regular meeting.


6.   Administrator Johnson confirmed that the maximum levy allowable for Payable 2004 is $746,103 plus the necessary levy amount for GO Bonds ($79,500 for '04), or $825,603.  He reminded Council that the County Auditor estimates that Zumbrota's tax capacity for 2004 will increase by approximately 6-7%.  Johnson stated that by levying the maximum amount allowed, and estimating a tax capacity increase of 6%, the local tax rate will increase from .4872 to .5152, or about 5.7%.  A family with a $175,000 house will pay (all else being equal) approximately $49 more per year in property taxes.  He presented a proposed budget that will need modification  once more information is available.  The line items can always be modified at the time of final budget/levy approval, but the final levy cannot be higher than the proposed levy adopted.  A resolution adopting the levy was presented for consideration.

Motion Grothe, second Bauer to adopt Resolution 2003-27, a Resolution Approving the Proposed Levy Collectible in 2004.  Carried 4-1-0 (Borgschatz opposed).


7.  Administrator Johnson reported that staff is not able to submit the Orderly Annexation Agreement adopted in May (Don Wendt property) to the State of MN until Goodhue County agrees to exclude the approximate 95 acre parcel from its zoning and subdivision ordinances, allowing the City to extend its zoning and subdivision regulations to said area.  The city's request was forwarded to Goodhue County in mid-May, but has not yet been presented to the County Board for approval.  An application for a zoning amendment from Goodhue County was just received by staff.  The City Administrator and City Attorney will review options to proceed and report back to Council.




1.  Resolutions approving the Zumbrota Fire Department Relief Association pull-tab premises permit application renewals at 1) Covered Bridge Restaurant, and 2) Zumbrota Liquor Store were presented for consideration.

Motion Benson, second Borgschatz to adopt Resolution 2003-28, a resolution approving the pull-tab premises permit application renewal of the Zumbrota Fire Department Relief Association at the Covered Bridge Restaurant.  Carried 5-0-0.


Motion Borgschatz, second Grothe to adopt Resolution 2003-29, a resolution approving the pull-tab premises permit application renewal of the Zumbrota Fire Department Relief Association at the Zumbrota Liquors.  Carried 5-0-0.


2.  Bids will be opened on September 26 for three public improvements projects.  As time is of the essence for construction of these projects, Administrator Johnson requested a special Council meeting be called for 5:00 p.m., September 26, 2003 in city hall.

Motion Wilkinson, second Grothe to call a special Council meeting for 5:00 p.m., September 26, 2003 in city hall to consider the award for bids for three utility improvements projects.  Carried 5-0-0.




-City Administrator-

-Welcomed Angie Bersaw, Community Development Director, to the city staff.

-Informed Council that City Attorney Rockne and he recently received the League of MN Cities comments on the city code update and will be working on a draft to present to Council in October or November. 


-Councilmember Deb Wilkinson-

-Informed Council that she attended a Senior Collaborative meeting in Wanamingo, with representatives from Kenyon, Wanamingo, Mazeppa also in attendance.  The function of the "Collaborative" would be to locate grants that would help fund senior activities in these communities.  Another meeting is being planned. 


Mayor Bauer adjourned the meeting at 7:10 p.m.



                                                                                    Ronald S. Johnson, City Administrator


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