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Zumbrota, MN 

Bridging the Past and the Future

January 21, 2004 Council Minutes

                         CITY OF ZUMBROTA CITY COUNCIL MINUTES

REGULAR MEETING           JANUARY 21, 2004   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 Administrator Ron Johnson, City Accountant Mary Rohe, Community Development Director Angie Bersaw, Public Works Director Rick Lohmann, Police Officer Eugene Leifeld, Jim Wedge, John Mona, Roald Mona, Michael Hero, Tony Bigelow, Ward Opitz, Becky and Brian Buck, Leah Wichmann, Mary Goplen.

 

The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

AMENDMENTS/ADOPTION OF AGENDA

 

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

          

MINUTES

 

Motion Borgschatz, second Benson to approve the January 8, 2004 regular meeting minutes.  Carried 5‑0‑0.

 

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE

 

Motion Bauer, second Wilkinson to approve the accounts payable of $2,117,155.06.  Carried 5‑0‑0.

 

PUBLIC COMMENTS

 

1.   There was no public comment.

 

PUBLIC HEARINGS/MEETINGS

 

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

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

 

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

 

2.  There was nothing to report on the St. Paul Road Public Improvements Project.

 

3.  There was nothing to report on the agreement with Don and Pat Webster related to the cost of installation of a water line under CSAH 6.

 

4.  There was nothing to report on the brush site usage.

 

5.  It was suggested to discuss the 2004 fees at the next regular meeting.

 

6.  It was suggested to set a special meeting to discuss the 2005 budget/levy including the potential implementation of service fees such as street light and hydrant fees for February 28, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at city hall.

Motion Wilkinson, second Benson to set a special meeting to discuss the 2005 budget/levy including the potential implementation of service fees such as street light and hydrant fees for February 28, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at city hall.  Carried 5-0-0.  

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

1.  Officer Eugene Leifeld updated Council on the recently completed (6th grade) DARE program entitled "Take Charge of Your Life".  He said that, although being reduced from 17 weeks to 10 weeks, the program still went very well.  He said he is still doing some work with the grades K-4.  He stated that the School Resource Officer program is also going well.  He works a flexible schedule between the three schools.  He also contributes an article for the monthly school newsletter.  Council thanked Officer Leifeld for his presentation and his work.    

 

2.  Leah Wichmann and Mary Goplen, representatives of the recently formed Central Goodhue County Community Service group, were present to discuss their organization and their request for funding.  A survey conducted in 2002 determined that Zumbrota, Goodhue, Bellechester, Kenyon and Wanamingo were lacking in volunteer-based services to provide/expand transportation, chore services, respite, and/or friendly-visiting for senior citizens and disabled individuals.  Ms. Wichmann stated that the City of Wanamingo, in 2003, received a grant of $27,000 to be used for:  Start-up funds for an agency to provide service within the boundaries of 3 school districts (Zumbrota-Mazeppa, Kenyon-Wanamingo, and Goodhue/Bellechester); forming a governing board; hiring a Program Director; starting some transportation and chore services; coordinating with other existing services; and working to develop fund-raising goals.  Ms. Wichmann was hired as the Program Director.  The City of Wanamingo has donated office space.  The group is requesting financial support from each community and township in the program area until the program becomes self-supporting from fund raising and donations. Ms. Wichmann estimated their annual budget will be at least $40,000.  No action was taken.  The item will be placed on the next regular meeting agenda.      

 

3.  Community Development Director/Zoning Administrator Angie Bersaw presented the following information related to a recent Planning Commission meeting:  the Planning Commission reviewed a request from Brian and Becky Buck.  The Bucks submitted a request to Goodhue County to construct a dwelling on Brian's parents' 44 acres.  The parcel is currently zoned A-1 per the Goodhue County Zoning Ordinance.  According to the requirements of this zone, only four dwellings per section are allowed.  The section already has more than four dwellings, making this lot unbuildable.   Goodhue County suggested that Mr. Buck apply for a rezone to A-3, which requires at least 35 acres per dwelling.  This parcel currently abuts an A-3 zone.  This parcel is out of the City of Zumbrota’s zoning jurisdiction; however, it does fall within the city’s urban fringe growth area.  Therefore, Goodhue County sent the Bucks to the city for a recommendation on the consideration of his rezone request.  The county stated that only with a favorable recommendation from the city would they consider his request.  The Planning Commission considered this request and made the following recommendation:  to recommend that Council make a favorable recommendation to Goodhue County to allow Brian and Becky Buck to rezone this property for the purposes of building a dwelling unit, with the qualification that this be allowed because this area will not be annexed to the city for many years.

Motion Wilkinson, second Grothe to accept the Planning Commission's recommendation and make a favorable recommendation to Goodhue County to allow Brian and Becky Buck to apply for a rezone (from A-1 to A-3) of an area of the SE 1/4 of Section 2, Roscoe Township for the purpose of building a dwelling unit, with the qualification that this be allowed because this area is in the urban growth area and will likely not be annexed to the city for several years.  Carried 5-0-0.

 

4.  The final plat for Phase II of the Zumbro Woodlands Subdivision was presented for consideration.  The Planning Commission recommended approval of the plat.  It was noted that, due to the large wetland through the middle of this development, a continuous bituminous trail was not possible as was discussed earlier.  Bigelow Enterprises presented, to the Planning Commission, an alternate route for a trail/sidewalk system through this development that utilizes sidewalks to connect to the bituminous trail.  The proposed layout shows a sidewalk along 19th Street to Strafford Drive and connecting to the bituminous trail through Block 1 (west of Strafford Drive).  The sidewalk would then continue along Strafford Drive to the south side of 20th Street and connect with the bituminous trail in Outlot C.  The bituminous trail in Outlot C would connect to the future extension of the city-wide trail along Jefferson Drive. 

Motion Grothe, second Benson accept the recommendation of the Planning Commission and accept the final plat for Phase II of the Zumbro Woodlands Subdivision with an amended sidewalk/trail design.  Carried 5-0-0.

 

5.  Roald and John Mona, and their legal representative, Michael Hero, were present to request "final" annexation of their 120 acres in Minneola Township.   The following was stated in Resolution 2003-05, an Orderly Annexation resolution:  "That upon order of Minnesota Planning, but not before evidence of sale or platting of said properties, the land described above (the Southeast Quarter of the Southeast Quarter of Section 35, Township 110 North, Range 16 West, and the South Half of the Southwest Quarter of Section 36, Township 110 North, Range 16 West), including all streets, roads or alleys, if any, passing through or adjacent to said land as shown on the map of the land attached hereto and made a part hereof shall be annexed to and become part of the corporate municipal limits of the City of Zumbrota and shall be subject to the rules and regulations of said municipality".  Monas provided evidence of a purchase agreement for a substantial portion of the acreage (approximately 93 acres).  Monas plan to retain one acre (where tower is located), and plan to develop/sell the balance as commercial property, as identified in the city's future land use plan.  Monas also inquired as to the process and timing of the extension of public utilities to this area.  Earlier discussion related to the annexation request included the comment that approval of the annexation would be a catalyst for commercial/industrial expansion, and would allow a much higher density of housing than a potential rural subdivision.  Further, in the purchase agreement, it is understood that the purchaser and/or seller are responsible for the extension of water and sewer mains to the property.  Councilmember Benson stated that he has an issue with the development of additional residential lots.  It was suggested to have City Attorney Rockne draft an annexation resolution for consideration at the next regular meeting.

Motion Wilkinson, second Grothe to direct City Attorney Rockne to draft an annexation resolution for consideration at the next regular meeting for annexation of the land described as follows:  the Southeast Quarter of the Southeast Quarter of Section 35, Township 110 North, Range 16 West, and the South Half of the Southwest Quarter of Section 36, Township 110 North, Range 16 West.  Carried 4-1-0 (Benson opposed).

6.  Community Development Director/Zoning Administrator Angie Bersaw presented the following Planning Commission recommendations related to zoning ordinance amendments: 

1) approval of an ordinance amending Section 18 (Planned Unit Developments), Subd.4.H.2 to require only one public hearing at time of preliminary plat, 2) approval of an ordinance amending Section 18 (Planned Unit Developments), Subd.4.H.3 to adopt the final plat by resolution rather than by ordinance, and 3) approval of an ordinance amending Section 21 (Off-Street Parking), Subd.2.D.1 to allow one vehicle to be parked in the side yard of a residentially-zoned lot provided the vehicle is five (5) feet or more from the property line.  Ordinance 2004-01, an ordinance including the aforementioned amendments, was presented for consideration.

Motion Benson, second Grothe to adopt ORDINANCE 2004-01, an Ordinance Amending Certain Language in the City of Zumbrota Zoning Ordinance.  Carried 5-0-0.

 

7.  Brad Johnson, Goodhue County Auditor-Treasurer, suggested the annual Board of Review for Zumbrota be held at 7:00 p.m., April 6, 2004.

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

April 6, 2004 in the town hall meeting room.  Carried 5-0-0.

 

REPORTS

 

-Public Works Director Rick Lohmann-

-Informed Council that the water allocation fees, charged by the State of MN DNR, were recently doubled. 

 

-Mayor Rich Bauer-

-Discussed a public hearing to be conducted by the Goodhue County Board of Adjustment to consider a variance request to allow an additional dwelling in an A-1 zoned area.  After discussion, it was decided the request involved property that is beyond the city's urban growth area and it was recommended that no action be taken.  It was hoped that the Board of Adjustment will take a close look at whether or not the request is a statutory hardship.

 

Mayor Bauer adjourned the meeting at 7:23 p.m.

 

 

                                                                                    ______________________________

                                                                                    Ronald S. Johnson, City Administrator

 

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