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Zumbrota, MN 

Bridging the Past and the Future

January 17, 2002 Council Minutes

CITY OF ZUMBROTA CITY COUNCIL MINUTES

REGULAR MEETING             JANUARY 17, 2002   6:00 P.M.              TOWN HALL

 

Pursuant to due call and notice thereof, Mayor Richard Bauer called the Zumbrota City Council to order at 6:00 p.m.  PRESENT:  Mayor Bauer, Councilmembers David Benson, Betty Jo Grothe, Sue Lewison, Deb Wilkinson.  Others present:  City Administrator Ron Johnson, City Accountant Mary Rohe, Community Development Director Tricia Hinckley, Public Works Director Rick Lohmann, Reporter Sandy Hadler, Duane Tupper, Charles Lemaire.  

 

The meeting was opened with the pledge of allegiance.

 

AMENDMENTS/ADOPTION OF AGENDA

 

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

 

MINUTES

 

One correction to the January 3 minutes was noted.  The record should indicate that there was no request for a wine license by Pizza Man, and, therefore, no wine license was approved.

Motion Wilkinson, second Benson to approve the January 3, 2002 regular meeting minutes as amended.  Carried 5‑0‑0.

 

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE

 

Motion Grothe, second Lewison to approve the accounts payable of $552,933.17.  Carried 5‑0‑0.

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

 

1.  Administrator Johnson reported that a League of MN Cities Insurance Trust staff attorney has reviewed the proposed sidewalk ordinance, and has suggested some minor changes to the document.  Johnson stated that he will review said suggestions with City Attorney Rockne.

 

2.  There was nothing to report related to the Custom Iron request to acquire the city-owned property adjacent to the former City garage on 1st Street East (current site of materials storage and brush site) to accommodate their expansion into the Johnson Equipment Building. 

 

3.  Administrator Johnson informed Council that the references checked related to the code work done by the League of MN Cities and American Legal Publishing were favorable.  He recommended approving the proposal up to $10,000.  Their base price proposal is $9,000, but this will depend upon the number of pages in the code.  Also, certain consultations and services carry an extra fee.  

Motion Grothe, second Wilkinson to approve the League of MN Cities and American Legal Publishing proposal to complete a revision of the city code, at a cost of up to $10,000.  Carried 5-0-0. 

 

 

 

4.  Bill Anderson, Yaggy Colby Associates, was present to discuss his feasibility report related to extending water and sewer across TH52 in the area of CSAH 10.  A topographical survey was completed to determine whether the existing sanitary sewer is deep enough to cross TH52 and Bitter Creek.  Mr. Anderson showed two different routes for the crossing- one extending from Mill Street, and one extending from 1) north of the fire station and 2) south of the fire station, to a point approximately 1,200 to 1,500 feet southwest of TH52.  He assumed a 12 inch water main and a 12 inch sewer main (to utilize the capacity of the West Avenue sewer line).  Installation of a 12 inch sewer main would necessitate the completion of a MN Pollution Control Agency Environmental Assessment Worksheet.  He also mentioned the 8" sanitary sewer main from the fire station to West Avenue could be replaced at some time to provide more capacity. 

Motion Wilkinson, second Grothe to direct staff to discuss the financing of the potential construction of water and sewer mains across TH52 with David Drown Associates, the city's public finance advisor.  Carried 5-0-0.

 

5.  Administrator Johnson inquired as to whether or not staff should be pursuing the construction of a water booster station in or near the Trelstad Subdivision.  Bill Anderson briefly reviewed the potential project.  It was mentioned that a rezone request has been submitted to the Planning Commission for the approximate 43 acres located between the DQ/Subway and Anderson hill, adjacent to TH52.  Mr. Anderson stated that there is a possibility a booster station could be located within this project, and may be able to serve the Trelstad Subdivision (and beyond) area.  Staff was directed to discuss the potential financing of this booster station with David Drown Associates. 

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

1.  On January 8, the Planning Commission conducted a public hearing to consider the request of Charles Lemaire to rezone the property at 333 Central Avenue from R-3 to R-4.  The Planning Commission recommended the request be denied.  Mr. Lemaire stated that the project is more feasible to do if eleven units are allowed (the R-3 zoning allows up to eight units).  If the zoning request is not granted, Mr. Lemaire stated that he would attempt to complete 8 larger units.

Motion Grothe, second Wilkinson to accept the recommendation of the Planning Commission and deny the request of Charles Lemaire to rezone the property at 333 Central Avenue from R-3 to R-4.  Carried 5-0-0.

 

2.  It was requested to place the 2001 EDA Annual Report on the next regular meeting agenda.  

 

3.  Resolution 2002-02, a resolution vacating a storm water easement within Bigelow's Second Subdivision was presented for consideration.  The intention was to vacate this easement upon completion of the regional holding pond.  That pond was completed some time ago.

Motion Benson, second Wilkinson to adopt Resolution 2002-02, a resolution vacating a storm water easement within Bigelow's Second Subdivision which lies over, under and across Lots 1, 2 and 3 Block 2.  Carried 5-0-0.

 

 

 

4.  The Planning Commission recommended the appointment of Richard Myran to fill the vacancy on the Commission.

Motion Grothe, second Benson to accept the recommendation of the Planning Commission and appoint Richard Myran to fill the Planning  Commission vacancy.  Carried 5-0-0.

 

5.  Administrator Johnson requested approval to attend the MCMA Mid-Winter Professional Development Seminar in Duluth, February 8-9.

Motion Wilkinson, second Grothe to approve the attendance of Administrator Johnson at the MCMA Mid-Winter Professional Development Seminar in Duluth, February 8-9, including registration, two nights lodging, mileage and meals.  Carried 5-0-0.

  

REPORTS     

 

-City Administrator-

-Informed Council that the City of Red Wing is conducting a meeting on January 24 to discuss the Governor's proposed cuts.

-Informed Council that, although the ballot counter application was successful, Governor Ventura's budget proposal cuts the funding for this project.

 

-City Accountant Mary Rohe-

-Requested several fund transfers.

Motion Lewison, second Grothe to approve the following fund transfers:  $75,000 from General Fund to General Fund Sealcoat;  $50,000 from General Fund to EDA Fund;  $44,080 from Water Maintenance to Water Revenue Bonds Fund;  $34,566 from Sewer Fund to Sewer Renewals Fund; $34,671 from Sewer Renewals to Sewer Debt Service;  $2,000 from Sewer Fund to Sewer Equipment Fund; $7,312.02 from Capital Projects Street Lights to General Fund Municipal Reserve.  Carried 5-0-0.

 

-Community Development Director Tricia Hinckley-

-Informed Council that she was asked to serve on the Goodhue County EDA, and accepted the position.

-Informed Council that the appraiser conducted his review of the 333 Central Avenue property earlier today. 

 

-Public Works Director Rick Lohmann-

-Informed Council that due to health-related reasons, two part-time pickup plow operators are not able to work.  One individual expressed an interest in completing said work if an opening ever occurred.  Mr. Lohmann requested that due to the potential emergency need for a plow operator, that Phil Zimmerman be hired at the current operators' rate of pay. 

Motion Lewison, second Benson to hire Phil Zimmerman as a part-time pickup plow operator at the current operator rate of pay.  Carried 5-0-0.

-Asked Council to view the new street signs at the Main Street and West 3rd Street intersection and be prepared to discuss at the next regular meeting.

 

 

-Informed Council that Bill Anderson, Yaggy Colby, is working on a cost estimate to complete some fire flow testing.

 

Mayor Bauer adjourned the meeting at 7:22 p.m.

 

 

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Ronald S. Johnson, City Administrator

 

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