Zumbrota, MN 

Bridging the Past and the Future

May 7, 2009 Council Minutes






May 7, 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, Community Development Director Dan King, City Accountant Kim Simonson, Police Chief Gary Selness, City Attorney Matt Rockne, Library Director James Hill, Jim Wedge, NewsRecord Reporter Sandy Hadler, Rob Jarrett, Darrel Leonard of the Zumbrota Fire Department, Jerry Gerken of Gerken Grain Elevator; Benjamin Johnson, Fausto Cabral and Krystal Ohlhaber of MNDOT; Dan Schiefert of Yaggy Colby Associates; Sally Houg-Massaro, Marie Meyer, Mary Sapp, and Sonja Stehr of the Zumbrota Ambulance Association.


The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.



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



Motion Grothe, second Nygaard, to approve the regular meeting minutes of 04/16/2009 with a change to item 8-B from the 15th to the 13th.  Approved as amended 5-0-0.


Motion Borgschatz, second Hinderaker, to approve the Work Session meeting minutes of  04/16/2009.  Approved 5-0-0.



Motion Grothe, second Borgschatz to approve the accounts payable of $28,924.35. 

Approved 5-0-0.


Public Comment: 


Public Hearings/MeEtings: 

6-a.  MN DOT Municipal Consent (Highway 58 Bridge Replacement)

Mayor Bauer opened up the public hearing at 6:06 pm.  A short PowerPoint presentation about history of the bridge and the proposed replacement was given by MNDOT’s Benjamin Johnson.  After the presentation the floor was open for comment.  Sally Houg-Massaro, Zumbrota Ambulance Director, was very concerned about the closure of the bridge and the detour.  She asked if some other contingency could be arranged whereby half the bridge was constructed at a time leaving the other half open for traffic.  Fausto Cabral of MNDOT explained this had been considered but it adds considerably to the cost and the time of construction.  Jerry Gerken of Gerken Grain Elevator stated he would like construction to begin as early as possible so it can be completed as soon as possible with as small an impact to his business as possible.  He is concerned if the project extends into September he could lose soy bean harvest business to the Goodhue Elevator.  He also asked about the weight limits on the current bridge.  Cabral gave him his card and asked Gerken to call him so Cabral could direct him to the right person at MNDOT.  Cabral also said MNDOT would take his concerns about an early start and finish into consideration.


Discussion then returned to how to deal with the detour and the possibility of providing some type of crossing for emergency vehicles.  Houg-Massaro thought there was a stalemate between the emergency response people and MNDOT.   She reiterated her stand that MNDOT’s best option was not the Zumbrota Ambulance’s best option.  Leonard asked if there would be another meeting with more information.  Cabral replied this meeting was the first with the public and all that was being asked was approval for the bridge layout and the right of way acquisition.  Finalized plans need to be done in October and there will be other public meetings to listen to input. 


The public hearing was closed at 6:37 pm.


Unfinished Business:




8-A.  Resolution 2009-06 Highway 58 Bridge Layout Approval (MNDOT)

Motion Hinderaker, second Grothe to approve Resolution 2009-06 approving the final layout for the Highway 58 Bridge replacement.  Approved 5-0-0.


8-B.  Safe and Sober Grant Resolution 2009-07

The ZPD asked for Council approval to participate in the Safe and Sober program.  This program promotes public safety awareness.  Officer’s overtime incurred during the program would be reimbursed through a joint-grant with the Goodhue County Sherriff’s Department, Red Wing Police Department and Kenyon Police Department.  The City would be reimbursed for the pay and the fringe benefits incurred.  The officer could not be the primary officer on duty but could respond to calls while he was on the Safe and Sober shift.


Motion Borgschatz, second Grothe to approve the Zumbrota Police Departments participation in the Safe and Sober Grant Program.  Approved 5-0-0.


8-C.  Sale of Forfeited Vehicle

Chief Selness requested the Police Department be allowed to sell a forfeited 2003 Ford Taurus.  The car was forfeited due to a DWI arrest. 


Motion Hinderaker, second Nygaard to allow the Zumbrota Police Department to sell the forfeited 2003 Ford Taurus.  Approved 5-0-0.




8-D.  3.2 Beer License Approval (Covered Bridge Riders)

Motion Hinderaker, second Grothe to approve the 3.2 Beer License for the Covered Bridge Riders for June 20, 2009.  Approved 5-0-0.


8-E.  Resolution 2009-08 Consent to Restructuring (Charter Communications)

Charter Communications is filing Chapter 11 bankruptcy.  Because of this the City must consent to restructuring. 


Motion Grothe, second Hinderaker to approve Resolution 2009-08 Consent to Charter Restructuring.  Approved 5-0-0.




City Administrator Neil Jensen

Thanked Council Member Borgschatz for his donation of time and talent in completing the new softball field restrooms and the entire complex.


Council Member Dale Hinderaker;

Reported the Bridge Design committee had a second meeting on bridge design.  He felt the preliminary proposals were a good starting point and a reasonable bridge design could be done within the guidelines of MNDOT, possibly at no additional expense to the City.


Council Member Sara Nygaard;

Asked Cabral why the sidewalks on the bridge were 8 feet wide on the west side and 5 feet wide on the east side.  Cabral explained the DNR had requested this but if changes needed to be made it could happen. 


Meeting adjourned 6:53 p.m.


                                                                                    Neil Jensen City Administrator

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