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Zumbrota, MN 

Bridging the Past and the Future

November 7, 2002 Council Minutes

                         CITY OF ZUMBROTA CITY COUNCIL MINUTES

REGULAR MEETING           NOVEMBER 7, 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 Administrator Ron Johnson, City Accountant Mary Rohe, Public Works Director Rick Lohmann, City Attorney Matt Rockne, Reporter Sandy Hadler, Bill Anderson (Yaggy Colby Associates), Bill Angerman (WHKS), and others as per the attached list.

 

The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

AMENDMENTS/ADOPTION OF AGENDA

 

It was suggested to add agenda item 7f-  Caulking the exterior of city hall.

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

          

MINUTES

 

One correction to the minutes was noted.

Motion Benson, second Wilkinson to approve the October 17, 2002 regular meeting minutes as amended.  Carried 5‑0‑0.

 

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE

 

Motion Grothe, second Borgschatz to approve the accounts payable of $54,735.05.  Carried 5‑0‑0.

 

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 to accommodate their expansion into the Johnson Equipment Building.

 

2.  There was nothing to report on the Roald and John Mona petition to annex 120 acres in Minneola Township as the public hearing will be conducted on November 21.

 

3.  There was nothing to report related to the Brad Nord request for annexation as no meeting has been scheduled with Minneola Township.

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

1.  MN/DOT informed city staff that they received the letter requesting a traffic light on TH58 (Main Street), and asked if the traffic count should be done at TH58 and CSAH 10 or CSAH68. 

Motion Wilkinson, second Grothe to direct MN/DOT to conduct a traffic count at the intersection of TH58 and CSAH68, in its study to determine the feasibility of the installation of a traffic light.  Carried 5-0-0.

 

PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

1.  6:15 p.m.-  Mayor Bauer opened the public hearing to consider the request to vacate a drainage and utility easement between Lots 1 and 2, Block 1, FACS Subdivision.  No one spoke for or against said request.  Mayor Bauer closed the hearing at 6:16 p.m.

Motion Benson, second Wilkinson to adopt Resolution 2002-23, a resolution vacating a drainage and utility easement between Lots 1 and 2, Block 1, FACS Subdivision.  Carried 5-0-0.

 

NEW BUSINESS (Continued)

 

2.  Administrator Johnson requested approval for 50% funding of health/fitness club memberships for full-time employees with a maximum of $182.50 per employee (per year).

Motion Wilkinson, second Grothe to approve 50% funding of full-time employees' memberships to health/fitness clubs with a maximum of $182.50 per employee (per year).  Carried 5-0-0.

 

3.  It is necessary to canvass the votes of the November 5, 2002 General Municipal Election.

Motion Wilkinson, second Benson, that the City Council, acting as a canvassing board, declare the following results of the November 5, 2002 general municipal election:

COUNCILMEMBER (2 POSITIONS OPEN)

                                                                                    Ward 1                        Ward 2                        Total

            BETTY JO (BJ) GROTHE                               408                   575                   983

            DOUG BORGSCHATZ                                    465                  630                1,095 

            WRITE-INS                                                       17                     17                     34

Total Ballots Cast = 1,393

            Motion carried 4-0-0.       

 

4.  Police Chief Selness informed Council of a grant award from the SE MN Emergency Medical Services to assist in the purchase of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED).  The grant would provide 50% matching funds up to $1,000.  He requested approval to purchase an AED for $2,068.

Motion Wilkinson, second Borgschatz to accept the grant award from the SE MN Emergency Medical Services to assist in the purchase of an Automated External Defibrillator.  Carried 5-0-0.

 

Motion Wilkinson, second Grothe to authorize the purchase of an Automated External Defibrillator at a cost of $2,068 plus tax- $1,000 of said purchase price being provided through the SE MN Emergency Medical Services grant award.  Carried 5-0-0.

 

5.  The Park Board recommended approval of a proposed ordinance related to prohibiting the operation of Recreational Motor Vehicles in city parks. 

Motion Grothe, second Bauer to adopt Ordinance 2002-03, an ordinance prohibiting the operation of Recreational Motor Vehicles in city parks.  Carried 5-0-0.

 

6.  Seal-Treat, Inc. submitted a proposal to complete some restoration work on the exterior of city hall including the cutting out and re-caulking of areas where the wood trim board adjoins the stucco, and the corners where the wood boards meet.  This would be done at a cost of $650. 

Motion Benson, second Borgschatz to accept the proposal of Seal-Treat, Inc. to complete some restoration work on the exterior of city hall at a cost of $650.  Carried 5-0-0.

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS (Continued)

 

4.  Bill Anderson updated Council on the TH58 Water Crossing Project, informing that he submitted an application for an open-cut crossing on TH58 as there was a possibility that the clay sewer main under TH58 could be hit during a jack and bore process.  MN/DOT would not allow this to be done until Spring, 2003, however.      

 

5.  Several were in attendance to discuss the issue of "growth".  Comments and questions included, but were not limited to, the following: 

            -those businesses providing products and services, such as groceries and hardware, need robust expansion to maintain a high level of services

            -where will the new residents work?

            -the city is growing too fast

            -the city needs more industry

            -congratulations on hosting this opportunity for dialogue

            -just because someone works out of town, does not mean that they don't add value to the community

            -the City Council has done a good job accommodating the (development) requests it has received, and has not aggressively sought new single-family residential development

No action was taken related to this agenda item.

 

6.  Bill Angerman, WHKS, was present to summarize the Wastewater Treatment Facility Rehabilitation Project.  He said that, with the exception of a few small punch list items, the project is complete.  The project, bid at $1,149,500, had change orders of $37,000 for a total cost of $1,186,532.  He said that the engineering fees, originally estimated at $46,000, amounted to only $16,000.  This was attributable to, in his opinion, a good contractor and city staff that was always very helpful.

 

7.  Discussion took place as to whether to accept both COPS grant awards- one through the COPS in Schools program and one through the Universal Hiring Program (UHP).  The necessity of two additional officers was questioned, as was the expenditure of the approximate $100,000 after the 3rd year of the programs.  The grant awards total $200,000 over three years. 

Motion Wilkinson, second Grothe to accept the COPS in Schools and COPS Universal Hiring Program grant awards.  Carried 3-2-0 (Benson, Borgschatz opposed).

 

 

 

 

REPORTS

 

-City Administrator-

-Reported a voter turnout of approximately 85% in Zumbrota for the November 5 election, and thanked Cindy Thompson for her work organizing the election. 

 

Mayor Bauer adjourned the meeting at 7:55 p.m.

 

 

                                                                                    ______________________________

                                                                                    Ronald S. Johnson, City Administrator

 

 

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