Zumbrota, MN 

Bridging the Past and the Future

October 16, 2008 Council Minutes






OCTOBER 16, 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, Absent: Mike Feil. Others present: City Administrator Neil Jensen, Public Works Director Rick Lohmann, Community Development Director Dan King, Police Chief Gary Selness, City Engineer Bill Angerman, Library Director James Hill, Newsrecord reporter Sandy Hadler, Brian Haugen and Jim Wedge.


The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.



Motion Grothe, second Borgschatz to adopt the agenda.  Approved 4-0-0.



Motion Grothe, second Borgschatz, to approve the regular meeting minutes of

October 2, 2008.  Approved 4-0-0.


Motion Eberhart, second Grothe, to approve the work session meeting minutes of

October 2, 2008.  Approved 4-0-0.



Motion Borgschatz, second Grothe to approve the accounts payable of $106,858.33. 

Approved 4-0-0.


Public Comment: 


Public Hearings/MeEtings: 


Unfinished Business:

7-A.  Ambulance Association Joint Powers Agreement

The initial meeting with the Ambulance Board will not take place until October 28th  so the Council will discuss the joint powers agreement at the November meeting. 


7-B.  Mobile Data Computer



7-C.  Ordinance 2008-2 Outdoor Biomass Burner Requirements

The Council again delved into the setback requirements of the proposed Biomass Burner Ordinance.  The Planning and Zoning Commission was in favor of the ordinance as written or else in favor of banning the burners.  Mayor Bauer suggested keeping the 100’ setback, having the burner attached to the structure and fuel stored inside.  Council member Borgschatz asked what would happen to existing burners within city limits.  Those units would be grandfathered in.  Eberhart weighed in and said it would be better for these burners to be an accessory building rather than attached to the dwelling.  He thought at 20’ setback would be adequate and added that with the amount of work it takes to use the burners there is little likelihood they will become a problem.  Borgschatz pointed out that the 100’ setback is so restrictive it makes sense to ban the units.  Administrator Jensen pointed out the units would still be allowed in semi-rural properties.  Concerns were also expressed about underground units and the burning of yard waste.  Jensen suggested perhaps burners be allowed with a conditional use permit.  City attorney Matt Rockne will be asked to draft an ordinance with the conditional use permits included.  Tabled.




8-A.  Set Canvass Board General Election (November 6, 2008)

Motion Grothe, second Borgschatz to set the Canvass Board General Election for November 6, 2008.  Approved 4-0-0.


8-B.  Approve Ordinance 2008-03 Zoning Map Amendment – Second Street to St. Paul Road between Mill Street and Jefferson Drive

Motion Grothe, second Eberhart to approve Ordinance 2008-03 Zoning Map Amendment – Second Street to St. Paul Road between Mill Street and Jefferson Drive.  Approved 4-0-0.




City Administrator Neil Jensen

Reported that he had received a letter from MNDOT regarding the Highway 58 Bridge detour.  The proposed detour will be approximately 7 miles and will last approximately two months.


Public Works Director Rich Lohmann;

Reported the Bitter Creek wall has been repaired.  The meters which had been installed at the waste water treatment plant and DFA have been sent in for analysis.  The air samples have not been taken yet.


Community Development Director Dan King;

Recognized the new photo on the wall of the old Wedge Lumber building.  He also has put copies of the senior housing study in the Councils’ mail boxes. 


City Engineer Bill Angerman;

Reported the Warren Avenue work is done for the year and the wear course will be installed in the spring.  The Industrial Park still has a punch list remaining.  The basketball court/softball field trail is complete.


Mayor Rich Bauer;

Reported there had been a meeting on October 7th with the residents who live in the Highlands about possible implications of the Golf Course Road.  He had also attended a SMART sexual assault forum meeting on October 14th.


Council Member Doug Borgschatz;

Reported there had been a meeting regarding the proposed skate park at the VFW.  There was community support at the meeting.


Meeting adjourned 6:40 p.m.


                                                                                    Neil Jensen City Administrator

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