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Zumbrota, MN
Bridging the Past and the Future

December 3, 2009 Council Minutes






DECEMBER 3, 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, Public Works Director Rick Lohmann, City Accountant Kim Simonson, Police Chief Gary Selness, City Attorney Matt Rockne, Library Director James Hill , Jim Wedge, Brian Haugen, Officer Gene Leifeld, Officer Rob Jarrett, Gordy Pehrson (Traffic Safety Coordinator – MN Dept. of Public Safety), Brian Kollman (Safe and Sober Program) and NewsRecord Reporter Sandy Hadler.


The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.



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



Motion Hinderaker, second Nygaard, to approve the regular meeting minutes of

November 19, 2009.  Approved 5-0-0.



Motion Nygaard, second Borgschatz to approve the accounts payable of $13,324.92. 

Approved 5-0-0.


Public Comment: 


Public Hearings/MeEtings: 

6-A.  2010 Budget Public Discussion

Mayor Bauer opened the public meeting at 6:05 p.m.  There was no discussion and the public meeting was closed at 6:07 p.m.


Unfinished Business:




8-A.  Final Budget and Levy 2010 Discussion

Each of the Council had received a copy of the proposed 2010 Budget for the City of Zumbrota.  There were no questions and the budget was tabled until the next meeting on December 17, 2009.


8-B.  Waste Water Operator Committee

As Greg Swarthout will be retiring as waste water operator on January 15, 2010, a committee needs to be formed to hire someone to fill the position.  Motion Hinderaker, second Grothe to form a waste water operator committee consisting of Mayor Bauer, City Administrator Jensen, Public Works Director Lohmann and Council Member Borgschatz.  Approved 5-0-0.


8-C.  2010 Tobacco License Renewal

Five Zumbrota businesses have applied for renewal of their cigarette license.  Motion Borgschatz, second Hinderaker to approve the following 2010 Cigarette Licenses:

            Casey’s General Store #2809

            Casey’s General Store #2810

            Matthees Midtown Shell

            Zumbrota Liquor Store

            Zumbrota SuperAmerica

Approved 5-0-0.


8-D.  Police Vehicle Purchase Approval

Chief Selness had procured two bids for the new squad car.  The bids were as follows:

            Perkins, Inc.     $19,872.30

            Grover Auto     $21,950.00

Motion Grothe, second Hinderaker to approve the low bid for the 2010 squad car from Perkins, Inc. in the amount of $19,872.30.  Approved 5-0-0.


Also equipment and decals will need to be moved to the new car.  Motion Hinderaker, second Nygaard to authorize the Zumbrota Police Department to spend approximately $2,500.00 to move equipment and decals to the new car.  Approved 5-0-0.


8-E.  Resolution 2009-16 Acceptance of Traffic Safety Award

Gordy Pehrson (Traffic Safety Coordinator – MN Dept. of Public Safety) and Brian Kollman (Safe and Sober Program) were present to present a third place award from the Safe and Sober Program.  The gentlemen thanked the Zumbrota Police Department and the Council for participating.  Pehrson and Kollman also presented a plaque to the Zumbrota Police Department. 


Motion Borgschatz, second Grothe to approve Resolution Number 2009-16, A Resolution Authorizing Acceptance of Traffic Safety Award.  Approved 5-0-0.




City Administrator Neil Jensen

Reported the State’s economic forecast was down and there would be possible unallotment of the last half of the LGA payout for 2009.  He reminded the Council considerable cuts had been made to the 2008 and 2009 budget.  If unallotment occurs the new budget will be invalid and work sessions will need to be scheduled to address the issue.


Mayor Rich Bauer;

Reiterated Jensen’s concerns about unallotment.   He stated if further cuts are necessary then taxes would need to be raised or services would need to be cut.  He also reported he will be meeting with townships.


Council Member Sara Nygaard;

Thanked the Zumbrota Police Department for all their hard work and congratulated them on their award.


Meeting adjourned 6:27 p.m.


                                                                                    Neil Jensen City Administrator

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