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Zumbrota, MN
Bridging the Past and the Future

September 18, 2008 Council Minutes






SEPTEMBER 18, 2008 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, Bill Eberhart, Michael Feil, Betty Jo Grothe. Others present: City Administrator Neil Jensen, Public Works Director Rick Lohmann, Community Development Director Dan King, Police Chief Gary Selness, City Attorney Matt Rockne, City Engineer Bill Angerman, NewsRecord Reporter Sandy Hadler, Dale Hinderaker, Officer Gene Leifeld, Officer Rob Jarrett and Brian Haugen.


The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.



Motion Grothe, second Feil, to adopt the agenda with the addition of item “8D Option to Purchase – Capital Homes.  Approved 5-0-0.



Motion Feil, second Borgschatz, to approve the regular meeting minutes from September 4, 2008.  Approved 5-0-0.



Motion Grothe, second Eberhart to approve the revised accounts payable from September 4, 2008 for $22,980.41.  Approved 5-0-0.


Motion Grothe, second Borgschatz to approve the September 18, 2008 accounts payable of $105,708.47.  Approved 5-0-0.


Public Comment: 


Public Hearings/MeEtings: 


Unfinished Business:

7-a.  Bitter Creek Retaining Wall

Quotes were reviewed.  City Administrator Jensen explained the project would cost approximately $100,000 to do completely.  Administrator Jensen said that Infratech could tuck point needed areas and it would cost in the neighborhood of $30,000.  There is $51,000 in the storm water fund and approximately $8,000 is added each year.  Jensen said additional sources could be explored and perhaps only the needed portion of the wall should be rebuilt, or other option could be explored such as a culvert.  Council Member Borgschatz asked if the retention pond on the Holst property is helping.  Lohmann replied that it handles 3-4” rain incidents well.  Councilmember Eberhart asked about Infratech and if the process would work.  Lohmann said it would work.  Mayor Bauer reminded the Council that Zumbrota has funded ponds outside the City to improve watershed.  The storm water problems should not be born by the City alone.  Borgschatz replied that the repairs need to be done sometime.  The Council then discussed the merits of patching the part of the wall which is failing and working on finding additional sources of funding through the winter months to do further repairs.  Mayor Bauer suggested the Council direct Jensen and staff to spend up to $3,000 for patch work.  Borgschatz preferred to gather patch quotes and have the quotes looked over by the Council.  City staff was directed to get some additional quotes for patching and return them to the Council.


7-b.  Road Access Highlands Subdivision

Borgschatz had spoken with the Club president and there had been no change in position.  There had also been no contact with Joel Bigelow.

Motion Borgschatz, second Eberhart, to remove the Road Access Highlands Subdivision from the agenda.  Approved 5-0-0.


7-c.  Ambulance Association Joint Powers Agreement

No response has been received from the Ambulance Board and the item was tabled. 


7-D.  Mobile Data Computer Discussion

Goodhue County is in the process of putting out a revised Request for Proposals in regards to the laptop computers for the police squads.  The group will return on October 22nd with the proposals. 


7-E.  Ordinance 2008-02 Outdoor Biomass Burner Requirements

A model ordinance was presented to the Council regarding outdoor biomass burners.  Council members focused on regulating setbacks and chimney height to control potential nuisance and negative health impacts on residents.  The intent is not to ban but to regulate their use.  Council member Feil stated the 500’ setback would have to be changed and that higher chimneys were not always secure.  Councilmember Eberhart would like to require spark resistors on top of the chimney.  There was also concern expressed about complaints of smoke.  City staff was directed to research setbacks, insurance, spark resistors and building code and return to Council. 





8-A.  Set Work Session October 2. 2008.

Motion Borgschatz, second Grothe to set a work session with DFA for October 2, 2008 at

5:00 p.m.  Approved 5-0-0.


8-B.  Annual Clothing Allowance Administration Department Approval

A request was made that each member of the administration department be allotted $50 per year to purchase city logo clothing items.  Borgschatz requested the Council also be included.  Motion Eberhart, second Grothe to allow the administration department and the City Council to purchase up to $50 per year in city logo clothing to be paid for by the City.  Approved 5-0-0.




8-C.  Air Quality Sample Approval

During the week of September 22, 2008 a representative of Vessco will be in Zumbrota to access the odor problems at the WWTF and DFA.  There is no charge to the City for this person to inspect the plants but there are laboratory costs associated with the air samples. 


Motion Grothe, second Borgschatz to approve $1,350 of laboratory fees for the air samples.  Approved 5-0-0.


8-D.  Option to Purchase – Capital Homes

Capital Homes is interested in building a 20 unit Senior Housing complex on the Grover site with some commercial included. City Staff presented a five case scenario outlining expected payout on possible options for the Grover Site.  Council member Eberhart stated he felt the project was good but he would like to get the market value for the lot.  However the lot has been for sale for several years and has not sold.  Council will consider this proposal at the next council meeting. 




There were no reports at the meeting.


Meeting adjourned at 7:42 p.m.


                                                                                    Neil Jensen City Administrator

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