Zumbrota, MN 

Bridging the Past and the Future

December 21, 2006 Council Minutes







REGULAR MEETING      December 21, 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,  Brian Haugen.


The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.



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



Councilmember Eberhart noted a change in the meeting minutes. Agenda Item 8-B Snow Removal Equipment Rental should read - Motion Feil, second Grothe to approve snow removal equipment quotes of the low bidder. Carried 4-0-1 Eberhart


            Motion Eberhart, second Borgschatz, to approve the regular meeting minutes of             12/07/06.  Carried 5-0-0


New Business


8-E  Approve Change Order #4 2005 Reconstruction Project / Retainage Reduction


City Administrator Neil Jensen reported that Schumacher Excavating is requesting a reduction in the retainage to 2%  for the 2005 reconstruction project.  Councilmember Eberhart questioned if City Administrator Neil Jensen agrees with the reduction in retainage.  Mr. Jensen acknowledged that the reduction is warranted.  Councilmember Feil questioned the reason for the change order and if that shouldn’t have been a line item in the bid documents.  Public Works Director Rick Lohmann reported that the 5 inches is required because of the heavy equipment used for snow removal. 


            Motion Grothe, second Eberhart to approve change order #4 and the reduction of         retainage to 2%.  Carried 5-=0-0 



Motion Grothe, second Borgschatz to approve the accounts payable of $179,788.39.  Carried 5‑0‑0




No Comments




7-A  Waste Management Single Sort Contract Amendment:

City Administrator Neil Jensen presented the final draft of the amended  Waste Management contract.  There will be no increases in the fees for 2007 charged to the customer.  The major change in the contract is that recycling materials will be picked up on a bimonthly system.  


            Motion Eberhart, second Feil to approve the amended Waste Management Single         Sort Contract as written. Carried 5-0-0


7-B  Ordinance 2006-01 Franchise Agreement Minnesota Energy

City Administrator Neil Jensen reported that the changes have been made to the duration of the franchise agreement as requested at the previous council meeting.


            Motion Grothe, second Feil to approve Ordinance 2006-01 Granting Minnesota           Energy a Natural Gas Franchise.  Carried 5-0-0


7-C  Ordinance 2006-01 Minnesota Energy Summary:

City Attorney Matt Rockne prepared a summary of Ordinance 2006-01 for publication.


            Motion Feil, second Eberhart to approve the summary of Ordinance 2006-01 for          publication.  Carried 5-0-0 




8-A  Employee Cost of Living Increase:

City Administrator Neil Jensen reported to the council the Cost of Living Allocation and requested comments. Councilmember Borgschatz questioned if the city always does a COLA increase or could we do a flat rate.  Mayor Bauer stated that they had in the past increased wages that way but stated that since the council approved a 3% increase for the police officers that the council has wanted to keep the wage and benefit increases equal.


            Motion Grothe, second Feil to approve a 3% Cost of Living Allocation increase to        all city employees except the police officers covered in the union contract.      Carried 5-0-0


8-B Approve sale of Forfeited Vehicle


Police Chief Gary Selness requested the sale of a DWI forfeited 1996 Chevrolet GMT 400 Club Cab Pickup.  There were 6 bids received with the highest bid of $2,200 given by Larry Zeilsdorf.  The following is a list of bids received;


            Larry Zeilsdorf              $2,200.00

            Jamison Miller              $1,052.00

            Tonya Loken                               $926.50

            Brandi Kelsey                              $700.00

            Wesley and Mary Voeltz             $680.00

            Gary Schroeder                           $501.50


            Motion Borgschatz, second Grothe to approve the sale of the 1996 Chevrolet   pickup to Larry Zeilsdorf for $2,200.00  Carried 5-0-0


8-C  Goodhue County Building Permits and Inspections Contract 2007


City Administrator Neil Jensen reported the Goodhue County Building Inspections Contract is up for renewal and is recommending the council to approve the 2007 contract.  Mr. Jensen reported that Goodhue County does a great job in the building inspections department and work well with city staff on issues that arise.


            Motion Grothe, second Feil to approve the 2007 Building Permits and Inspections         Contract to Goodhue County.  Carried 5-0-0


8-D  Set Public Hearing Date 2007 Fee Schedule

Mayor Bauer presented the 2007 fee schedule and discussed the items that were increased.  The sewer and water rates were increased 2% and an adjustment was made for the one day 3.2 Beer License.  Mayor Bauer requested the council to set a public hearing for 6:05 January 4, 2007. 


            Motion Grothe, second Borgschatz to set a public hearing for the 2007 fee        schedule on January 4th at 6:05.  Carried 5-0-0


8-F Approve Library Board Appointments

Library Director Jeanne Johnson  reported the  nomination of 3 library board appointments Catherine Friend, Andrea Kienholz and Tom Meyer. 


            Motion Grothe, second Eberhart to approve the library appointments of Catherine         Friend, Andrea Kienholtz and Tom Meyer.  Carried 5-0-0



City Administrator Neil Jensen

Reported that he has been seeking grant money for the renovation of the Highway 58 bridge thru a grant from MNDOT.   He received word that funding for bridge work is rarely funded and the chance would be slim based on the amount of requests received for the grant.  Also Mr. Jensen reported that he received a request for $95,000.00 for oversizing of water mains in the Highlands and Woodlands subdivisions.  An agreement was entered into for a 3 year payment of approximately $35,000, $30,000, $30,000 each year for the next 3 years. 

Community Development Director Dan King;

Reported that Trudy Miller has declined to serve another term on the EDA Board so the EDA will be advertizing for a replacement.  Trudy Miller has served for 3 terms. 


Public Works Director Rick Lohmann:

Reported that the West Avenue Garage issue is complete and ready for use.


City Engineer Bill Angerman:

Reported on the Highlands subdivision and if Bigelow sells 30 lots that would be the trigger the 4th addition. 


Mayor Bauer:

Mayor Bauer distributed copies of the annual appointments to councilmembers and requested they review them for possible areas of interest. 


Mayor Bauer adjourned at 6:34.



Neil Jensen City Administrator




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