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Zumbrota, MN
Bridging the Past and the Future

October 15, 2009 Council Minutes







OCTOBER 15, 2009 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, Betty Jo Grothe, Dale Hinderaker and Sara Nygaard. Others present: City Administrator Neil Jensen, Community Development Director Dan King, City Accountant Kim Simonson, Police Chief Gary Selness, City Attorney Matt Rockne, Library Director James Hill, Jim Wedge, Brian Haugen, Officer Gene Leifeld and NewsRecord Reporter Sandy Hadler.


The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.



Motion Nygaard, second Grothe to adopt the agenda.  Approved 5-0-0.



Motion Hinderaker, second Nygaard, to approve the regular meeting minutes of October 1, 2009.  Approved 5-0-0.



Motion Borgschatz, second Grothe to approve the accounts payable of $41,378.37. 

Approved 5-0-0.


Public Comment: 


Public Hearings/MeEtings: 


Unfinished Business:




8-A.  Resolution 2009-13 Z/M School Referendum

At the last meeting the ZM School Board had asked for City support on the referendum.  Council Members Hinderaker and Borgschatz expressed concerns about taking a definite stand in favor or against the referendum.  Other Council members agreed. The Council did want to encourage all voters in the district to get educated on the subject and vote.


Motion Borgschatz, second Hinderaker to approve Resolution 2009-13 For An Informed Zumbrota/Mazeppa School District Referendum.  Approved 5-0-0.


8-B.  Resolution 2009-14 Support Highway 52 and County 68 Project

In order for changes to be made at the Highway 52 and County Road 68 intersection it is necessary for the City of Zumbrota to express their support.  This expression does not mean the project will be completed.  MNDOT and Goodhue County will also have to participate.  Completion of the project could benefit the City as far as safety and the access to additional possibilities for development. 


Motion Grothe, second Borgschatz to approve Resolution 2009-14 Supporting Highway 52 and County 68 Safety and Improvement Project.  Approved 5-0-0.


8-C.  Approve On-Sale Liquor License (VFW)

The VFW is changing from a Club liquor License to a full liquor license due to the changing nature of VFWs and other such clubs. 


Motion Grothe, second Hinderaker to approve the On-sale Liquor License and Sunday License for the Zumbrota VFW.  Approved 5-0-0.


8-D.  Well House #3 Rehabilitation

At the last Council meeting Public Works Director Lohmann had been given approval to pull the pump at Pump House #3.  At that time he also said he was gathering estimates to have the pump house remodeled.  Lohmann had sent a memo to the Council with a listing of the costs as follows:                  Interior/Exterior Piping              $6,870.00

                                    Electrical                                              $3,340.00

                                    Building Supplies                                  $2,500.00

                                    Brick/Labor                                          $1,300.00

                                    Excavation                                            $1,200.00

                                    Misc.                                                    $1,000.00

                                                            Total                           $16,210.00

The electrical work will need to be done by an electrician but the other work will be done by city staff.  A gate valve will be installed which will allow the pump house to be turned off without turning off the water to residents. 


Motion Borgschatz, second Grothe to approve the Pump House #3 remodel at a cost of $16,210.00.  Approved 5-0-0.                       


8-E.  Brush and Compost Grinding Approval

City Administrator Jensen had sent an email to the Council asking for permission to have the wood and compost piles ground by Dakota Wood-Grinding at a cost of $2,500.00.  This cost was only for the compost leaf pile.  The grinding of the chips was free and Dakota Wood-Grinding took the chips.  The authorization was asked for after the fact due to the short notice of when Dakota Wood-Grinding would be in the area.  Borgschatz commented he was in favor of allowing City Staff to make decisions such as these without a council approval if they were within the budget.  The Council agreed.


Motion Hinderaker, second Nygaard to approve the brush and compost grinding for $2,500.00.  Approved 5-0-0.




City Administrator Neil Jensen

Informed the Council there was a League of Minnesota Cities regional meeting on October 29th in Stewartville and they should let him know if they wished to attend. 


Meeting adjourned 6:28 p.m.


                                                                                    Neil Jensen City Administrator

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