Zumbrota, MN 

Bridging the Past and the Future

August 7, 2008 Council Minutes






AUGUST 7,   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, City Accountant Kim Simonson, 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 Borgschatz, second Grothe to adopt the agenda.  Approved 5-0-0.



Motion Eberhart, second Grothe, to approve the regular meeting minutes of July 24, 2008.  Approved 5-0-0.



Motion Feil, second Borgschatz to approve the accounts payable of $16,578.13. 

Approved 5-0-0.


Public Comment: 


Public Hearings/MeEtings: 


Unfinished Business:

7-a.  Bitter Creek Retaining Wall

This item was tabled because bids are still being obtained.        


7-b.  Road Access Highlands Subdivision

There was nothing to report and the item was tabled.


7-c.  Vern Buck Concern

Mr. Buck had expressed his concern at the previous City Council meeting about a pasture with cattle surrounded by electric fence abutting a residential area.  He thought this was a dangerous and non-permitted use of the land since it was within City limits.  Community Development Director King and City Attorney Rockne did some research on the property and found that it had been annexed in 1965.  The conclusion was that the pasturing of the cattle is a permitted use within the A Agriculture – Estate Housing district.  King will draft a letter to Mr. Buck explaining the findings regarding his concern. 


7-c.  2009 Preliminary Budget

Administrator Jensen informed the Council that levy limits from the State will come out on September 1st.  The final number will be presented at the first meeting in September. 




8-A.  Election Judge Approval

Motion Grothe, second Eberhart to approve the following election judges:

Ward I                                                            Ward II

Kathy Aug                                            Joann Atkinson

Ruth Hinderaker                                   Mae Eckert

Mary Jansen                                         Nancy Fee

Dick Myran                                          Ann Goplen

Teresa Nelson                                      Mary Goplen

Sara Nietz                                            Pat Hostager

Lucy Pollitt                                           Judy Jacobs

Jennifer Prigge                          Lois Kline

Mary Rohe                                           George Montgomery

Bev Weness                                         Gary Ofstie

                                                            Virginia Pahl

                                                            Sue Panzer

                                                            Kathy Radke

                                                            Martha Thompson

                                                            Barb Paulson

Approved 5-0-0.


8-B.  Close Out Inactive Funds

City Accountant Simonson had prepared a list of funds which had been inactive for five years or more and requested Council approve the list for removal from the financial system.  This request had been discussed with the City’s auditors prior to the request.  The removal of the following funds was requested:

Fund 224  Shade Tree

Fund 406  Super 8 TIF District

Fund 407  B & B TIF District

Fund 410  Highland Villa TIF District

Fund 500  EDA School Revenue Bonds

Fund 506  GO Tax Increment Bonds 1979

                        Fund 616  Swimming Pool Restricted

Motion Borgschatz, second Grothe to remove the funds from the financial system. 

Approved 5-0-0.


8-C.  Ambulance Association Joint Powers Agreement Review

This item was tabled.


8-D.  Casey’s 3.2 Beer and Tobacco License Approval

The request for the beer renewal was cancelled but both Casey’s locations were requesting the renewal of their cigarette license.


Motion Feil, second Eberhart to approve the cigarette licenses for Casey’s General Store #2809, 1390 Main Street and Casey’s General Store #2810, 188 Main Street.  Approved 5-0-0.




City Administrator Neil Jensen

Reported he had attended the Hiawathaland Public Transit Meeting.  Ridership in Zumbrota has almost doubled as well as ridership increasing in the Hiawathaland area.


Public Works Director Rich Lohmann;

Reported Randy Krause has installed the sidewalks in the sidewalk project area and now the City is finishing up with backfilling, etc.  He was pleased at the way the project went. 


City Engineer Bill Angerman;

Informed the Council that all the underground utilities are installed in the Warren Avenue Project, the curb and gutter is in.  Blading is being done and there will be a proof rolling on Monday, weather permitting.  The project could possibly be paved in the next wee.  Both courses of pavement will be done between 5th and 6th Street and the remainder will be getting the first course of pavement. 


Mayor Rich Bauer;

Reminded the Council there will be a work session on Thursday, August 21st, at 5:00 p.m. prior to the regular Council meeting. 


Meeting adjourned 6:23 p.m.


                                                                                    Neil Jensen City Administrator

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