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Zumbrota, MN
Bridging the Past and the Future

October 21 Council Minutes






OCTOBER 21, 2010 6:00 P.M.    



Pursuant to due call and notice thereof, Mayor Rich Bauer called the Zumbrota City Council to order at 6:00 p.m.  PRESENT:  Mayor Rich Bauer; Council members Doug Borgschatz, Betty Jo Grothe, Dale Hinderaker and Sara Nygaard. Others present: City Administrator Neil Jensen, Public Works Director Rick Lohmann, Community Development Director Dan King, City Accountant Kim Simonson, Police Chief Gary Selness, City Attorney Matt Rockne, Library Director James Hill, Jim Wedge, Brian Haugen, Officer Gene Leifeld, Officer Rob Jarrett, Hans Zietlow of Kwik Trip and NewsRecord Reporter Sandy Hadler.


The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.



Motion Nygaard, second Grothe to adopt the agenda.  Approved 5-0-0.



Motion Hinderaker, second Nygaard, to approve the regular meeting minutes of October 4, 2010.  Approved 5-0-0.



Motion Borgschatz, second Grothe to approve the accounts payable of $68,475.73.  Approved


Public Comment: 


Public Hearings/MeEtings: 


Unfinished Business:

7-a. Flood Update

Administrator Jensen stated he had an initial meeting with FEMA in Mazeppa on Tuesday.  He filled out the required paperwork to start the application process. 




8-A.  Conditional Use Permit Kwik Trip Commercial Car Wash

The Planning and Zoning Committee approved the site plan for the proposed Kwik Trip.  The Council was asked to approve a conditional use permit for the car wash.  Council member Grothe, who is also a member of the Planning and Zoning Committee, said a traffic study had been done which would increase the possible wait at the Jefferson/Main Street intersection by approximately 18 seconds during peak times.  Hans Zietlow from Kwik Trip was asked when construction would possibly start.  He stated he was not sure but he should have a better idea by December when Kwik Trip would be firming up the plans for 2011. 


Motion Grothe, second Borgschatz to approve the Conditional Use Permit for the Kwik Trip Commercial Car Wash, contingent on meeting the requirements of City Engineer WHKS and MN/Dot.  Approved 5-0-0.


8-B.  Conduit Policy Fee Reduction Request St. Francis

Steve Fenlon, representing St Francis, had requested the conduit financing fee be reduced.  The request failed due to lack of a motion.


8-C.  Close Out Bond Issues

City Accountant Kim Simonson had given the Council a memo requesting that the bond funds be consolidated to reflect the current bond structure.  The request is as follow:


2010A GO Refunding Bonds




2006A GO Bonds




1999A GO Bonds




2005A GO Bonds




2007A GO Bonds



(Close out bonds to refunding issue)







2010B GO Refunding Bonds




2006B GO Street Bonds



(Close out bond to refunding issue)







General Municipal Reserve




1997A GO Bonds



(Close out Bond Fund)







General Municipal Reserve




1996B GO Imp Bonds



(Close out Bond Fund)







General Municipal Reserve




2004A GO Bonds



(Close out Bond Fund)








Motion Grothe, second Hinderaker to approve the transfers.  Approved 5-0-0.


8-D.  Icing Sand Bid Request

Public Works Director Rick Lohmann requested Council approve an icing sand bid from Schumacher Construction. The bid is for the 2010-2011 season at $5.26 per ton loaded onto City trucks.  This price includes aggregate and sales taxes.  Lohmann is asking to by 300 tons.  Motion Nygaard, second Borgschatz to approve the purchase of 300 tons of icing sand at $5.26/ton.  Approved 5-0-0.




City Administrator Neil Jensen

Reported he had seen the health insurance premiums from HealthPartners for 2011.  There will be a union meeting with the Police on Wednesday, October 27.  He also reminded the Council the Park Board will be having a public hearing on November 1 asking for public input on Kids’ Kingdom and flooding concerns.


City Accountant Kim Simonson;

Reported that all the bond refinancing the City has done will result in approximate savings of $207,000.


Public Works Director Rich Lohmann;

Reported that while replacing the piping in the digester it was discovered the structural integrity of the digester cover was too weak to allow for a safe work environment.  Costs to replace the cover will run into the $300,000’s.  It will be a yearlong process to get the cover replaced and he will start looking into products which could replace it.  The plant can run without the digester but there will be an increased cost for natural gas since the plant cannot use the methane generated in the digester.


Community Development Director Dan King;

Reported the Planning and Zoning Committee has a draft ordinance prohibiting wind generation within the City and will be holding a public hearing to review on November 9th.  He also stated the Goodhue Wind Proposal was reviewed by the Public Utilities Commission; the site plan and proposal was sent back to the administrative law judge for further review. 


Council Member Doug Borgschatz;

Went on record to thank the representative and legislators who had taken time out of their schedule to attend the PUC hearing regarding the Goodhue Wind Project.


Meeting adjourned 6:37 p.m.


                                                                                    Neil Jensen City Administrator

City of Zumbrota; 175 West Avenue; Zumbrota, MN 55992