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Zumbrota, MN 

Bridging the Past and the Future

March 4, 2004 Council Minutes

                         CITY OF ZUMBROTA CITY COUNCIL MINUTES

REGULAR MEETING           MARCH 4, 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;  Council members David Benson, Doug Borgschatz, Betty Jo Grothe, Deb Wilkinson.  Others present:  City Administrator Ron Johnson, City Accountant Mary Rohe, Public Works Director Rick Lohmann, City Attorney Matt Rockne, Jim Wedge, Brad Hegseth, Marvin Lau, Duane Hinrichs, Dick Hart, Roxanne Bartsh, Gary Schroeder.

 

The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

AMENDMENTS/ADOPTION OF AGENDA

 

It was suggested to add agenda item 8d- Trails support resolution.

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

          

MINUTES

 

Motion Borgschatz, second Wilkinson to approve the February 19, 2004 regular meeting minutes.  Carried 5‑0‑0.

 

It was requested to place consideration of the February 28 special meeting minutes on the next regular meeting agenda.

 

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE

 

Motion Borgschatz, second Benson to approve the accounts payable of $54,605.92.  Carried 5‑0‑0.

 

PUBLIC COMMENTS

 

1.  Marvin Lau questioned several items related to the JEK PUD/CUP application.  He was informed that he could ask these questions when this agenda item was discussed.

 

PUBLIC HEARINGS/MEETINGS

 

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

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

1.  JEK Developers (JEK) submitted a Planned Unit Development (PUD)/Conditional Use Permit Application (CUP) to construct housing on Lots 1-12 and the southerly 60 feet of Block 3, Park Addition.  Their original plan, reviewed by the Planning Commission, included the construction of three (3) two-unit townhomes and one (1) four-unit apartment complex in this "C2" Highway Commercial zoning district.  In response to the concerns expressed by neighbors, JEK revised their plan by replacing the four-unit apartment with a single-family, slab-on-grade residence.  A final revision submitted by JEK included only 5 single-family patio homes.  It was noted that the change to residential zoning is consistent with the Highway 52 Sub-Area Study.  The Planning Commission recommended Council approval of the PUD/CUP as a PUD-HDR (High Density Residential).  It was requested to place this on the next regular meeting agenda, as JEK wanted to discuss the possible construction of a fence by MN/DOT within the highway right-of-way on this property. 

 

2.  Roxanne Bartsh, in support of MN trails, was present to encourage Council’s support of a resolution encouraging legislative support for trails.  She stated that Senator Murphy and Representative Dempsey are in support of trail funding in the bonding bill.  Trails groups are looking for support from cities and counties. 

Motion Wilkinson, second Borgschatz to adopt RESOLUTION 2004-04, a Resolution Declaring Support of the Goodhue Pioneer Trail and the Provision of Capital Funding for MN State Trails.  Carried 4-0-1 (Benson abstained).

 

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.  There was nothing to report related to the discuss Kenneth and Lois Magnuson annexation application as the public hearing will be conducted on March 18.

 

6.  There was nothing to report related to the Central Goodhue County Community Service program financial request.

 

NEW BUSINESS (Continued)

 

3.  The EDA recommended Council acceptance of the 2003 EDA Annual Report.

Motion Grothe, second Wilkinson to accept the 2003 EDA Annual Report.  Carried

4-0-1 (Benson abstained).

 

4.      Rick Lohmann, Public Works Director, requested approval for Ken Lee’s attendance at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Wastewater Operations Seminar in Bloomington, March

9-11, 2004.  The expenses are as follows:  Registration- $270.00; lodging- $178.54; meals and mileage.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Motion Wilkinson, second Borgschatz to approve the attendance of Ken Lee at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Wastewater Operations Seminar in Bloomington, March 9-11, 2004 and the related expenses.  Carried 5-0-0.

 

 

 

 

REPORTS

 

-City Administrator-

-Distributed proposals from David Drown Associates to conduct a water and sewer rate study, and to design and implement a storm drainage utility.  This will be placed on the next regular meeting agenda. 

-Distributed a memo from Police Chief Selness related to a training opportunity for Officer Collette to attend a drug recognition expert (DRE) school.  This will be placed on the next regular meeting agenda.

 

-Public Works Director Rick Lohmann-

-Presented information on a distance measuring instrument that would cost approximately $530.  This will be added to the next regular meeting agenda.

 

-Council member Dave Benson-

-Questioned whether a consultant should be hired to conduct the water and sewer rate studies and to design and implement a storm drainage utility, or if staff should be responsible to complete.

 

-Council member Doug Borgschatz-

-Stated that he has heard favorable comments related to Council’s discussion of the budget and the police department during the February 28 special Council meeting.

 

-Council member Deb Wilkinson-

-Informed Council that Zumbrota’s Sesquicentennial will be in 2006, and that there is an opportunity to be involved in that planning process.

 

Mayor Bauer adjourned the meeting at 6:44 p.m.

 

 

                                                                                    ______________________________

                                                                                    Ronald S. Johnson, City Administrator

 

 

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