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Zumbrota, MN 

Bridging the Past and the Future

February 6, 2003 Council Minutes

                         CITY OF ZUMBROTA CITY COUNCIL MINUTES

REGULAR MEETING           FEBRUARY 6, 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.  ABSENT:  Councilmember Deb Wilkinson.  Others present:  City Administrator Ron Johnson, Community Development Director Tricia Hinckley, Public Works Director Rick Lohmann, City Attorney Matt Rockne, Reporter Sandy Hadler, Dale Maul (MN/DOT), Ann Perry (Resource Strategies Corp), Jim Wedge, Dale Hinderaker, Brad Nord.

 

The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

AMENDMENTS/ADOPTION OF AGENDA

 

It was suggested to add agenda item 7n-  333 Central Avenue property, and item 7o- 2003 police vehicle fueling schedule.

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

          

MINUTES

 

Motion Benson, second Borgschatz to approve the January 16, 2003 regular meeting minutes.  Carried 4‑0‑0.

 

Motion Grothe, second Borgschatz to approve the January 29, 2003 special meeting minutes.  Carried 4‑0‑0.

 

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE

 

Motion Benson, second Borgschatz to approve the accounts payable of $84,684.77.  Carried 4‑0‑0.

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

 

1.  There was nothing to report on the request to allow burning of trees/brush during the grading of new subdivisions.

 

2.  After further discussion of a potential parking plan for downtown, it was suggested to mail out a proposed parking map to the affected business owners, and conduct a public meeting to receive input.

Motion Grothe, second Borgschatz to set a public meeting for 6:30 p.m., March 20 at city hall to accept input into a potential downtown parking plan, and to direct staff to mail out a proposed parking map to the affected business owners.  Carried 4-0-0.

 

3.  Council was informed that Mayor Bauer, Councilmember Benson and staff would be meeting with Conway Jacobson and Roscoe Township representatives tomorrow (February 7), to discuss the Jacobsons' annexation request.

 

4.  It was suggested to discuss the 2002 Strategic Plan summary at the next regular meeting.

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

1.  Sonia Gunhus owns a 60' x 120' lot at the intersection of Jefferson Drive and 5th Street West.  She alleges that the lot became unbuildable (without variances) when the new zoning ordinance became effective, as the setbacks along arterial streets became larger (50' instead of 30').  She said she had it listed for $20,000.  In June, 2002 she suggested that the city purchase it for a park area.  Ms. Gunhus informed Council, by letter, that she would like to use the lot to either build a small retirement home or to sell to someone else.  A variance would be needed to allow construction.  Councilmembers Grothe and Borgschatz volunteered to review the request with staff.  No action was taken.

 

PUBLIC HEARINGS/MEETINGS

 

1.  6:15 p.m.-  Mayor Bauer opened the public hearing to consider adoption of the TH52 Corridor Zumbrota Sub-Area Land Use/Transportation Study.  Project facilitator Ann Perry, Resource Strategies Corporation, was present to discuss the purpose of the plan, review the process taken to complete the plan, and to discuss the preferred land use/transportation concept.  Three critical improvements consisted of an overpass at CSAH 68, an interchange located in the vicinity of 165th Ave/TH52 and 440th St/TH52 to replace the existing on-grade crossing at CSAH 68, and a parallel backage/frontage road on the west side of TH52.  She then discussed the implementation strategy established in the study.  The implementation strategy consists of several components. First, the plan needs to be adopted by the City and County, and be accepted by Mn/DOT.  Next, techniques and procedures are identified to allow for the reservation of land by the responsible agency for the roadway improvements depicted on the preferred alternative. Subsequently, design requirements for the development of the corridor-supporting roadway network and accesses are documented or suggested as part of the City and County zoning and subdivision controls.  Last, a staging plan that includes not only the identification of the roadway improvement priorities but also a framework for the timing, cost participation and intergovernmental cooperation is included in the study.  Dale Maul, MN/DOT District 6 Planning Director, stated that he was pleased with the amount of public involvement throughout the process, and thanked the Council and staff for their cooperation through the study process.  Tricia Hinckley informed Council that the Planning Commission recommended adoption of the study.

Motion Borgschatz, second Grothe to adopt the TH52 Corridor Zumbrota Sub-Area Land Use/Transportation Study.  Carried 4-0-0.

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS (Continued)

 

5.  Michael Hero, attorney representing Roald and John Mona, submitted a letter on behalf of the Monas requesting Council approval of the earlier-submitted annexation request.  He reminded Council that approval of the annexation does not equate to approval of a plat.  Mayor Bauer and Councilmember Borgschatz expressed concern that Goodhue County might allow a rural subdivision within the acreage if Council does not annex.  Mayor Bauer also stated that this could be a catalyst for commercial/industrial development.  It was suggested to invite the Planning Commission to the next regular Council meeting, and consider the request at that time. 

 

 

 

NEW BUSINESS (Continued)

 

2.  Dakota Wood Grinding submitted the lower of two proposals to grind the materials at the city's brush pile.

Motion Benson, second Grothe to accept the proposal of Dakota Wood Grinding to grind the materials at the city's brush pile at a cost of $6,150.  Carried 4-0-0.

 

3.  Public Works Director Lohmann informed Council that he received proposals for the pull and repair of Well #3, but would like more time to review.  This will be placed on the next meeting's agenda.

 

4.  Rick Lohmann requested approval to attend the 2003 MN Rural Water Conference in

St. Cloud, March 4-6.

Motion Grothe, second Borgschatz to approve Public Works Director Lohmann's attendance, and related expenses, at the 2003 MN Rural Water Conference in St. Cloud, March 4-6.  Carried 4-0-0. 

 

5.  Rick Lohmann requested approval for Greg Swarthout to attend the 2003 MPCA Wastewater Operations Seminar.

Motion Benson, second Borgschatz to approve Greg Swarthout's attendance, and related expenses, at the 2003 MPCA Wastewater Operations Seminar in Bloomington, March 19-21.  Carried 4-0-0.

 

6.  Rick Lohmann requested approval to contract with Minnesota Municipal Utilities Association to conduct a safety-training seminar for public works employees.  The seminar would be held in Zumbrota and would cover the following topics:  Excavation Around & Exposing Natural Gas & Electric Power Lines, Competent Person Training, Earth Moving Standards & Operator Qualification, and Operator Qualification Training—Backhoe & Skid Steer.  The cost for this training is $800. 

Motion Borgschatz, second Benson to contract with Minnesota Municipal Utilities Association to conduct a safety-training seminar for public works employees at a cost of $800.  Carried 4-0-0.

 

7.  Bruce Goodman applied for a Conditional Use Permit for a retail use and indoor archery range in an I2 (General Industry) zoning district (parcel 72.700.0080 located behind Myran's Power Equipment).  The Planning Commission recommended approval of the request.

Motion Grothe, second Borgschatz to approve the application of Bruce Goodman for a Conditional Use Permit for a retail use and indoor archery range in an I2 (General Industry) zoning district (on parcel 72.700.0080 located behind Myran's Power Equipment).  Carried 4-0-0.   

 

8.  A proposed ordinance, amending certain language in the city's zoning ordinance, particularly related to accessory buildings, manufactured homes and modular homes was presented for approval.  The Planning Commission recommended approval. 

Motion Benson, second Grothe to adopt Ordinance 2003-01, an Ordinance Amending Certain Language in the City's Zoning Ordinance.  Carried 4-0-0.

 

9.  Zumbro Limited Partnership submitted an application and preliminary plan for a Planned Unit Development (PUD) for Lots 4, 5 & 6 of Block 5 and Outlot A of Trelstad First Addition and for a Conditional Use Permit (required for the PUD) for said parcels, to facilitate the construction of eight (8) two-unit townhomes to be constructed in an R1 zoning district.  The applicants are requesting the following special conditions:  1) 25’ front and rear-yard setbacks,

2) 50’ street right-of-way width with 28’ face-to-face bituminous surface, and flexibility in side-yard setbacks to accommodate the best design.  The Planning Commission held a public hearing on February 4, 2003 and heard comments from nearby property owners.  Concerns were raised over the upgrading (and timing thereof) of 9th Street and the increased traffic due to 16 units as opposed to the three on the original plat.  The Planning Commission stated the reason for the existence of the Outlot was that they were opposed to the construction of a single home on a two acre parcel and this plan supports the intent of that decision. They also stated they felt a 28’ street face to face (F-F) for Anthony Court was too narrow, but that 32’ F-F was adequate.  After further discussion with the city engineer, staff recommended that Council approve, but include the following additional language: “contingent upon the review and approval by the City Engineer of the preliminary plat contents and with the understanding that the area will be assessed its fair share of street improvement costs when 9th Street is upgraded.

Motion Benson, second Borgschatz to approve the application and preliminary plan of Zumbro Limited Partnership for a Planned Unit Development (PUD) for Lots 4, 5 & 6 of Block 5 and Outlot A of Trelstad First Addition and for a Conditional Use Permit (required for the PUD) for said parcels, to facilitate the construction of eight (8) two-unit townhomes to be constructed in an R1 zoning district, allowing the following: 1) 25’ front and rear-yard setbacks, 2) 50’ street right-of-way width with 32’ face-to-face bituminous surface, and flexibility in side-yard setbacks to accommodate the best design- contingent upon the review and approval by the City Engineer of the preliminary plat contents and with the understanding that the area will be assessed its fair share of street improvement costs when 9th Street is upgraded.  Carried 4-0-0.

 

It was suggested that a discussion take place with Zumbrota township related to the maintenance and potential improvement of 9th Street/township road.

    

10.  Bonestroo, Rosene, Anderlik & Associates, engineering firm, on behalf of the Zumbrota Golf Course, and in relation to the Golf Course Expansion and Residential Development Project, requested Council approval of the submittal of the Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) for publication in the MN Environmental Quality Board publication, the Monitor.

Motion Grothe, second Borgschatz to approve the submittal of the Golf Course Expansion and Residential Development Project Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) to the MN Environmental Quality Board (EQB) for publication in the EQB Monitor.  Carried 4-0-0.

 

11.  Brad Johnson, Goodhue County Auditor-Treasurer, suggested the annual Board of Review for Zumbrota be held at 7:00 p.m., April 8, 2003.

Motion Borgschatz, second Benson to set the annual Board of Review for 7:00 p.m.,

April 8, 2003 in the town hall meeting room.  Carried 4-0-0.

 

12.  Allan & Carol Schumacher submitted a petition for water and sewer improvements on St. Paul Road to service two parcels they recently purchased.  It was noted that new water and sewer mains through this area could reduce water problems and result in the elimination of several septic systems.  It was suggested to order a feasibility study for a potential project.

Motion Grothe, second Borgschatz to authorize Yaggy Colby Associates to complete a feasibility study for a potential water, sewer, and street improvement project on St. Paul Road, from its intersection at Warren Avenue extending northwest (potentially to Jefferson Drive).  Carried 4-0-0.

 

13.  It was suggested to change the July Council meeting dates to avoid a potential conflict with the 4th of July holiday.

Motion Benson, second Grothe to change the July, 2003 meeting dates to the 2nd and 4th Thursdays.  Carried 4-0-0.

 

14.  Council was informed that no proposals were received for the 333 Central Avenue property.  The "church" committee met and recommended that Council obtain quotes on the asbestos removal and demolition and removal of the building. 

Motion Grothe, second Borgschatz to call for proposals for asbestos removal and demolition and removal of the building at 333 Central Avenue.  Carried 4-0-0.

 

15.  A 2003 fueling schedule for police vehicles was submitted for approval.

Motion Borgschatz, second Grothe to approve the 2003 fueling schedule for police vehicles as presented.  Carried 4-0-0.

 

REPORTS

 

-Community Development Director Tricia Hinckley-

-Informed Council that Dale Hinderaker was elected President of the EDA for 2003.

 

-Public Works Director Rick Lohmann-

-Informed Council that Yaggy Colby Associates is working on the water study, but will need to have at least 4 hydrants re-tested for pressure information.  Mr. Lohmann said that his staff would complete the testing when weather allows. 

 

-Mayor Bauer-

-Stated that he would like to see a policy at the County Board of Adjustment that would allow

A-3 variance approvals only with approval of the affected city and township.

 

-Councilmember Borgschatz-

-Thanked Council for the opportunity to attend the Newly Elected Officials Conference.

-Requested that Zumbrota Healthcare be put on the next agenda.

-Suggested that the announcement over the television related to "no parking" in the downtown due to snow removal be discontinued.  Staff commented that they have received occasional complaints about the announcement interrupting people's television viewing. 

Motion Borgschatz, second Grothe to discontinue the announcement over the television related to "no parking" in the downtown due to snow removal.  Carried 4-0-0.

 

Mayor Bauer adjourned the meeting at 7:45 p.m.

                                                                                    ______________________________

                                                                                    Ronald S. Johnson, City Administrator

 

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