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Bridging the Past and the Future

November 9, 2006 Council Minutes

 

 

 

 

 

CITY OF ZUMBROTA CITY COUNCIL MINUTES

REGULAR MEETING      November 9, 2006   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 Willard Eberhart, Doug Borgschatz, Michael Feil, Betty Jo Grothe.  Others present: City Administrator Neil Jensen, City Accountant Kim Simonson, Public Works Director Rick Lohmann, Police Chief Gary Selness, City Attorney Matt Rockne, City Engineer Bill Angerman, News Reporter Sandy Hadler, Jim Wedge, Ken Markham, Dan Hayes, Brian Haugen.

 

The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

AMENDMENTS/ADOPTION OF AGENDA

 

             Motion Eberhart, second Grothe, to adopt the agenda.  Carried 5-0-0.

 

MINUTES

            Motion Borgschatz, second Eberhart, to approve the regular meeting minutes of             10/19/06.  Carried 5-0-0

          

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE

Motion Feil, second Grothe to approve the accounts payable of $206,110.47.  Carried 5‑0‑0

 

PUBLIC COMMENT:

 

No Comments

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

 

7-A   Police Department:

Mayor Bauer reported that the hiring committee based on fully completing the medical and psychological exams has made a recommendation to the council to hire Robert Jarrett as a new full time police officer.   Robert Jarrett will be employed on the start pay scale of $15.82 plus benefits.

 

            Motion Grothe, second Borgschatz to hire Robert Jarrett as the new police officer         at the    pay scale of $15.82 with benefits.  Carried 5-0-0

 

City Administrator Neil Jensen reported that the union contract for the police department has been put in draft form and requested the council to review the contract and if they had any questions give him a call.  The contract is a 3 year contract starting on January 1, 2007 and ending December 31, 2009.  

 

Police Chief Selness requested the council to approve the sale of a forfeited vehicle through the bid process. 

 

            Motion Grothe, second Eberhart to approve the sale of a 1996 Chevrolet pickup          that was impounded under the DWI forfeiture law.  Carried 5-0-0

 

7-B West Avenue Garage:

 

City Administrator Neil Jensen reported that he had met with the parties involved in the garage.  The parties are looking into sharing the costs which includes the city and two private parties.  Mr. Jensen requested that this agenda item be tabled until the next meeting.

 

Tabled until the next meeting

 

7-C  Waste Management Single Sort  contract Amendment.

 

Tabled until the next meeting.

 

7-D  Lance Quam Purchase Agreement:

 

Community Development Director Dan King reported that the council has in their packet a purchase agreement for the parking lot on West Avenue.  Mr. Quam has requested  to purchase the lot to build a Laundromat on the site.  A public hearing is scheduled for the EDA meeting on November 15th, 2006 to take input on the sale of city owned lots along West Avenue.   

 

City Administrator Neil Jensen reported that he received a call from a concerned business owner about the sale of the lot at a very low price and that it would possibly affect the business in the future. 

 

The city council tabled the agenda until the EDA holds the public hearing and makes a recommendation to the council. 

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

8-A   K.C. Corn Burners Interim Use Permit Request:

 

Ken Markham owner of K.C. Corn Burners requested from council an Interim Use Permit exceeding the 30% retail building space in a commercial zone.  Mr. Markham had a fire that destroyed a great portion of the building and would like to expand the business.  The expansion would be an additional 3,300 square feet of manufacturing which exceeds the retail/manufacturing ratio required for the C2 Commercial zoning.

 

Planning and Zoning held a public hearing on November 10th  to receive public input.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has made a recommendation to the council to approve the Interim Use Permit to exceed the required maximum of 30% retail in a C2 Commercial Zone for K.C. Corn Burners with the following restrictions;

 

            1. No Exterior Storage Allowed

            2. The Business Meets All Zoning Requirements

            3. The permit expires and is non transferable when the business is sold or altered.

            4. The business is reviewed annually for compliance to the Interim Use Permit

 

Councilmember Feil questioned Mr. Markham if there would be no outside storage with the new building.  Mr. Markham stated that there would be no outside storage required with the new facility. 

 

            Motion Grothe, second Eberhart to approve K. C. Corn Burners  Interim Use   Permit to exceed the 30% retail maximum in a C2 Zone with the following          requirements;

 

            1. No Exterior Storage Allowed

            2. The Business Meets All Zoning Requirements

            3. The permit expires and is non transferable when the business is sold or altered.

            4. The business is reviewed annually for compliance to the Interim Use Permit

 

            Carried 5-0-0

 

8-B 2006 Audit Engagement Letter ( Scanlon, Nietz & Murch)

 

Scanlon, Nietz & Murch presented the council with an engagement letter for the 2006 city audit.  City Administrator Neil Jensen stated that the firm does a excellent job for the city and would recommend their services for the 2006 audit.  The estimated fee for the audit would be $14,700 and approximately $1,500 for non-audit fees.  The audit fees have stayed basically flat for the last 3 years.

 

            Motion Borgschatz, second Grothe to approve the 2006 Audit Engagement Letter         of Scanlon, Neitz & Murch.  Carried 5-0-0

 

8-C  Resolution 2006-20 Canvas 2006 City Election

 

The City Council canvassed the city election approving the following results;

 

Two Year Term;

Michael Feil                  1054 Votes

Write-in                            20 Votes

 

 

 

Four Year Term

Doug Borgschatz          1012 Votes

Betty Grothe                 876 Votes

Write-in                        46 Votes

 

Michael Feil will serve for the two year term of 2007-2009

Doug Borgschatz and Betty Grothe will serve for the four year terms of 2007-2011

 

            Motion Feil, second Eberhart to approve Resolution 2006-20 Certify Results of            the Tuesday, November 7, 2006 City Election.  Carried 5-0-0

 

8-D  Off Street Parking Requirements Amendment

 

A firm has inquired about a lot in the Jacobson Commercial Park and has questioned the number of parking spaces required for a fast food restaurant.  The code book requires 1 space / 20 square feet in which a more realistic 1 space / 200 square feet seemed more prudent.    After review there seems to be a typo in the code book and the Planning Commission acknowledged the error.  The Planning Commission held a public hearing in response to the request and no public input was heard.  The Planning Commission recommended to the council an amendment to the off street parking ordinance which requires 1 space per 200 square feet. 

The council reviewed the amendment and concurred with the typographical error.

 

            Motion Grothe, second Borgschatz to approve the Off Street Parking Amendment        requiring 1 parking space per 200 square feet in a commercial zone. 

            Carried 5-0-0

 

8-E  Rezone Downtown Area  from C1A to C1

Lance Quam’s request to build a Laundromat on the corner of West Avenue and Fourth Street on a city owned lot spurred a rezone request to accommodate the building.  The Planning Commission reviewed the request and pursued additional area along West Avenue that is of similar zoning.  The area involved is extending the C1 Central Commerce one block west from Main Street to West Avenue from Second Street to Fifth Street  The Planning Commission held a public hearing on November 10th to consider this request and upon no public input recommended to the council the rezone.

 

The council confirmed the need to rezone the area based on the request and the existing buildings along West Avenue. 

 

            Motion Grothe, second Eberhart to approve the rezone recommendation by      extending the C1 Central Commerce District from Main Street to West Avenue   and Second Street to Fifth Street.  Carried 5-0-0

 

 

 

 

 

REPORTS:

 

City Administrator Neil Jensen:

City Administrator Neil Jensen reported that the Truth and Taxation meeting will be held on Tues November 30th at 5:30 and that the final budget is complete and that he is concerned with the sewer budget. 

 

Public Works Director Rick Lohmann:

 

Public Works Director Rick Lohmann reported on the construction of the 2005 reconstruction project.  He also requested that the sidewalk committee start meeting to discuss the sidewalk project.  

City Engineer Bill Angerman:

 

City Engineer Bill Angerman reported  Woodlands Second Addition punch list is being worked on and Highlands 3rd paving is complete.

 

Mayor Bauer:

 

Mayor Bauer reported that he attended a LMC Conference and suggested that other council attend if they are available.  Also Mayor Bauer congratulated the elected council on the election.

 

 

Mayor Bauer adjourned at 7:03.

 

 

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Neil Jensen City Administrator

 

 

 




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