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Zumbrota, MN
Bridging the Past and the Future

August 1, 2002 Council Minutes


REGULAR MEETING            AUGUST 1, 2002   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 Accountant Mary Rohe, Public Works Director Rick Lohmann, City Attorney Matt Rockne, Reporter Sandy Hadler, Jim Wedge, Bob Hawley, Don Lochner, Larry Ravenberg, Pastor Rob Nelson, Stacy Johnson, Glen Dankers, Karolin Lex,.


The meeting was opened with the pledge of allegiance.




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




One correction of the July 8, 2002 minutes related to the vote on approval of minutes was noted.

Motion Benson, second Borgschatz to approve the July 18, 2002 regular meeting minutes as corrected.  Carried 5‑0‑0.




Motion Wilkinson, second Grothe to approve the accounts payable of $62,437.61.  Carried 5‑0‑0.




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




1.  Bob Hawley, representing the Zumbrota Community Foundation doing business as Zumbrota Healthcare, presented a letter of request for financial support to the Council.  The Foundation requested a current gift of $100,000 and continued annual support.  The Foundation feels it is important to provide such services as mammograms and colonoscopies.  It was stated that funds were needed for capital equipment purchases and not operating costs.  Discussion followed.  No action was taken.





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.  There was nothing to report on the Zumbro Woodlands Subdivision development agreement.


3.  There was nothing to report related to the Strategic Plan Report update.


4.  The Chamber of Commerce request for financial assistance to continue with the downtown flower basket project was discussed at this time.  It was the concensus that the project should be supported by donations and community funding, not through the city of Zumbrota's budget.  No motion was introduced and, therefore, no action was taken.


NEW BUSINESS (Continued)


2.  Matt Rockne, City Attorney, presented a proposed publication summary of Ordinance 2002-01, an ordinance related to sidewalks, as directed at the last regular meeting.  One addition was made to the proposed ordinance.

Motion Grothe, second Borgschatz to approve the summary publication of Ordinance 2002-01, an ordinance relating to the establishment; maintenance and repair of sidewalks in the City of Zumbrota; the establishment of trunk sidewalks; establishment of specifications for the construction, replacement or repair of sidewalks; establishment of responsibility for the maintenance and replacement of sidewalks; otherwise providing for the penalties for violation of this ordinance and replacing City Code Section 302.06 as it relates to sidewalks, Section 303.05 Subdivision 1, and any other inconsistent City Code or ordinances.  Carried 5-0-0.


3.  Frederick Majerus, 1325 West Avenue, submitted a request to vacate the alley on his block.  Staff was requested to check on the status of utilities in said alley, and the public notice requirements. 




-City Accountant Mary Rohe-

-Informed Council that a request was received to close the alley behind the stores on the West 300 Block of Main Street for an alley sale on August 10.

Motion Wilkinson, second Grothe to allow the alley behind the stores on the West 300 Block of Main Street to be closed for an alley sale on August 10.  Carried 5-0-0.


-Public Works Director Rick Lohmann-

-Updated Council on the TH52 Water & Sewer Crossing Project.  He stated that the contractor is unsure if they can push the casing under CSAH 10 as the soils are very wet.  Permission was asked of Goodhue County to open-cut CSAH 10.  Goodhue County insisted the casing still be installed.  The question was asked as to whose responsibility should any extra cost be. 

-Updated Council on the status of the WWTF Rehabilitation Project, stating that it is near completion.  He commended Greg Swarthout and Ken Lee for their work during the project, and commended ABE Construction for a good job.




-Mayor Rich Bauer-

-Informed Council that he attended the Goodhue County Board of Adjustment meeting to express the concerns discussed by Council at the last regular meeting related to the Fred & Phyllis Groth variance request.  He stated that the Board approved the request with deed restrictions. He again suggested that a better solution (than granting a variance) would be to change the zoning ordinance to require a section density of one dwelling per 35 acres instead of requiring the minimum lot size.   


-Councilmember Doug Borgschatz-

-Informed Council that he met with Fred & Phyllis Groth to listen to their concerns related to actions taken by the city of Zumbrota.  They pointed out alleged inconsistencies, as another building just east of the city was allowed to be built without contest by the city.  Mayor Bauer pointed out that city officials are aware of that building (and, likely, others too), apparently were not notified of any hearing related to same, and have requested three years of minutes of the Board of Adjustment to review variances given without apparent notification.


-Councilmember Wilkinson-

-Commented that, related to the Health Care request, she feels that the community does not want a tax increase, but is concerned about the potential loss of jobs.


Mayor Bauer adjourned the meeting at 7:26 p.m.




                                                                                    Ronald S. Johnson, City Administrator



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