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Zumbrota, MN
Bridging the Past and the Future

April 17, 2008 Council Minutes






THURSDAY, APRIL 17, 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, Library Director James Hill, NewsRecord Reporter Sandy Hadler, Jim Wedge and Brian Haugen.


The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.



Motion Eberhart, second Feil to adopt the agenda.  Approved 5-0-0.



Motion Feil, second Grothe, to approve the regular meeting minutes of April 3, 2008.  Approved 5-0-0.


Motion Grothe, second Borgschatz, to approve the minutes for the April 9, 2008, Board of Equalization Hearing.  Approved 4-0-1 (Feil Abstaining).



Motion Feil, second Grothe to approve the accounts payable of $35,453.08.  Approved 5-0-0.




8-A.  3.2 Beer License (Covered Bridge Riders)



8-B.  Future Capital Improvement Plans

Public Works Director Rick Lohmann highlighted some of the capital improvement projects he believes are priority for the City of Zumbrota:

Ø      Water mains on the east side of the City.  On 2nd Ave East and Pleasant Avenue there are 4” mains which connect to 8” mains.  Lohmann thinks they can be tied into the 8” mains from 9th/Willowmere.


Ø      Jefferson Drive needs resurfacing.  1st Street to Main could be done in phases.


Ø      East Avenue needs underground and surface work done in phases.


Ø      15-20 City Blocks need overlay only.


The Council discussed financing options including bonding and levy increases.  Council Member Borgschatz asked for an update on current bonding status.  The status is approximately $140,000 per year for bond payments until 2023.


The storm water issue on Pleasant Avenue was also discussed.


8-C.  Pioneer Trail Update

The Pioneer Trail has asked for a $500 donation.  Mayor Bauer questioned if the request were a one time event or an annual allocation.  Borgschatz suggested it be reviewed and added to the budget if it were approved.  Council member Eberhart stated we have local trails to build and maintain.  The issue was tabled.


8-D.  Ribbon Cutting Midwest Fabrication/Water Filters Direct

A joint ribbon cutting is being planned for Midwest Fabrication & Supply and Water Filters Direct, newest businesses in the Highway 52 Business Park.  The event will be held at Midwest Fabrication & Supply, located at 500 22nd Street Friday May 2nd at 1:00 pm.  Confirmed attendees include DEED Commissioner Dan McElroy, Dept. of Labor and Industry Commissioner Steve Sviggum, State Representative Steve Drazkowski and County Commissioner Jim Bryant.  All City Council Members were encouraged to attend and welcome Zumbrota’s newest corporate citizens. 


8-E.  Emergency Preplan Draft/Discussion

The Council was presented with a preliminary draft of the Emergency Action Plan which City Personnel has been working on.  Rick was asked to further elaborate in writing on flood plan standard operating procedure.  There were questions about the chain of command and command center.  Suggestions were noted and the plan will go back to staff for further revision. 


8-F.  Briggs and Morgan Consent Approval

Briggs and Morgan has been the City of Zumbrota’s bond council.  They are planning to represent CapX 2020 and is requesting approval from the City to assure there is no conflict of interest. 

Motion Grothe, second Eberhart to grant Briggs and Morgan Consent Approval. 

Approved 5-0-0.



8-G.  Robert Hall Sidewalk Removal





Public Works Director Rich Lohmann;





Community Development Director Dan King;

Reported Midwest Fabrication & Supply has agreed to sponsor and pay in full for fireworks Saturday night during the Covered Bridge Festival.  He also said there will be a Civil War Reenactment all weekend during the Festival.


City Engineer Bill Angerman;

Discussed plans for the wet well rehab at the Wastewater Treatment Facility.  There will be a pre-con meeting for the Warren Avenue project May 13th with the contractors.  A May 19th meeting will be held for the public.


Mayor Rich Bauer;

Reported City Administrator Jensen’s review was favorable.  He had also met with the Roscoe Township Board and is considering updating the city comprehensive plan.


Council Member Michael Feil;

Asked if there was going to be a WasteManagement clean-up day.  Administrator Jensen stated that there would be but it had not been scheduled as of yet. 


Meeting adjourned 7:00 p.m.


                                                                                    Neil Jensen City Administrator

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