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Zumbrota, MN
Bridging the Past and the Future

June 20, 2002 Council Minutes

                         CITY OF ZUMBROTA CITY COUNCIL MINUTES

REGULAR MEETING            JUNE 20, 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, Doug Borgschatz, Betty Jo Grothe, Deb Wilkinson.  Others present:  City Accountant Mary Rohe, Community Development Director Tricia Hinckley, Public Works Director Rick Lohmann, Reporter Sandy Hadler, Jim Wedge, Conway Marvin, Sonia Gunhus, Christine Grams, Donna Huneke, Scott Huneke.

 

The meeting was opened with the pledge of allegiance.

 

AMENDMENTS/ADOPTION OF AGENDA

 

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

          

MINUTES

 

Motion Benson, second Wilkinson to approve the June 6, 2002 regular meeting minutes.  Carried 5‑0‑0.

 

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE

 

Motion Grothe, second Benson to approve the accounts payable of $30,538.74.  Carried 5‑0‑0.

 

PUBLIC HEARINGS/MEETINGS

 

1.  The public hearing to consider the suspension of the Covered Bridge Restaurant & Lounge Liquor license was cancelled as per agreement with said business.

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

 

1.  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.

 

2.  Greg Ingraham, Ingraham & Associates, forwarded an updated concept plan (Concept 4) for consideration.  Administrator Johnson requested that Council review and modify, if needed.  No modifications were suggested.

Motion Wilkinson, second Grothe to approve the concept plan (Concept 4) for the proposed parking lot on the site of the old fire hall as drafted by Ingraham & Associates, and authorize Yaggy Colby Associates to prepare plans and specifications for said project.  Carried 5-0-0.

 

3.      There was nothing to report on the sidewalk ordinance.

 

4.      There was nothing to report on the tractor/backhoe purchase process.

 

5.      The interviewing committee for the part-time public works seasonal employee position was given approval to hire for the position.  The committee is now requesting Council to formalize their hiring.

Motion Wilkinson, second Benson to approve the hiring of Josh Ronningen as part-time public works seasonal employee at Year 1 wage for said position.  Carried 5-0-0.

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

1.      Conway Marvin was present to request additional funding for the library sculpture ground work.  He stated that running electrical to the library and sodding more of the area than intended, caused the major cost overruns.  It was determined that approximately $1,160 of additional funding was needed.

Motion Wilkinson, second Grothe to authorize up to an additional $1,200 for the library sculpture ground work.  Carried 5-0-0.

 

2.  The following names were submitted for consideration for the 333 Central Avenue Property Request For Proposal (RFP) Task Force:  Councilmember Betty Jo Grothe, Dale Hinderaker (EDA), Chuck Sturm (EDA), Lowell Olson (Planning Commission), Don Matthys (Park Board and neighbor), Tricia Hinckley and Ron Johnson.

Motion Wilkinson, second Grothe to approve the following to the 333 Central Avenue Property Request For Proposal (RFP) Task Force:  Councilmember Betty Jo Grothe, Dale Hinderaker (EDA), Chuck Sturm (EDA), Lowell Olson (Planning Commission), Don Matthys (Park Board and neighborhood representative), Tricia Hinckley and Ron Johnson.  Carried 5-0-0.

 

3.  Community Development Director Hinckley informed Council that she would soon be distributing a draft development agreement for the Zumbro Woodlands Subdivision for consideration at a future Council meeting. 

 

4.  Sonia Gunhus owns a 60' x 120' lot at the intersection of Jefferson Drive and 5th Street West.  She alleges that the lot became unbuildable (without variances) when the new zoning ordinance became effective, as the setbacks along arterial streets became larger (50' instead of 30').  She said she had it listed for $20,000.  She suggested that the city purchase it for a park area.  Staff was requested to provide a lot description for the next regular meeting.  It was suggested that Ingraham & Associates, park landscape architects, look at the site and comment.  No action was taken.

 

5.  Goodhue County Public Health requested a letter of support for their agency's application for an alcohol, tobacco and drug prevention grant.

Motion Wilkinson, second Benson to authorize execution of a letter of support for Goodhue County Public Health's application for an alcohol, tobacco and drug prevention grant.  Carried 5-0-0.

 

 

 

 

REPORTS

 

-Mayor Bauer-

-Informed Council that the Mack/Holst holding pond worked quite well during the recent heavy rains, although some repairs will likely be needed.

-Informed Council that he recently met with three of the surrounding townships, and said there was some very good dialogue regarding annexation.

 

-Councilmember Doug Borgschatz-

-Reported that the TH52 Sub-Area Study open house went very well. 

 

Mayor Bauer adjourned the meeting at 6:37 p.m.

 

 

                                                                                    ______________________________

                                                                                    Ronald S. Johnson, City Administrator

 

 




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