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Zumbrota, MN
Bridging the Past and the Future

September 3, 2009 Council Minutes






SEPTEMBER 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 Betty Jo Grothe, and Sara Nygaard (Absent Doug Borgschatz and Dale Hinderaker). Others present: City Administrator Neil Jensen, Public Works Director Rick Lohmann, Community Development Director Dan King, Police Chief Gary Selness, City Attorney Matt Rockne, Library Director James Hill , Brian Haugen, Office Rob Jarrett, John Paulson, Dave Hall, Kristin Calliguri, Chad Hanson, Jayne Miller, Jim Wedge, Jim Wendt, Dave Schaller, Mary Sapp, Beth Stumm, Tracy Erzar and NewsRecord Reporter Sandy Hadler.


The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.



Motion Grothe, second Nygaard to adopt the agenda.  Approved 3-0-0.



Motion Nygaard, second Grothe, to approve the regular meeting minutes of August 20, 2009.  Approved 3-0-0.



Motion Grothe, second Nygaard to approve the accounts payable of $19,501.54. 

Approved 3-0-0.


Public Comment: 


Public Hearings/MeEtings: 

MNDOT Highway 58 Bridge Replacement Open House and Public Comment

Fausto Cabral, Dave Hall, Chad Hanson and Kristin Calliguri from MNDOT were present to address concerns about the Highway 58 bridge replacement and the subsequent detours.  City resident Jayne Miller stated she had concerns about the increase in traffic on East 4th Street.  There are no sidewalks in this area, and she felt there is need for increased signage.  Jim Wendt expressed concern about the narrowness of Highway 10.  Hanson said MNDOT is aware but there are limited alternatives.  Cabral said although MNDOT may use additional signage there are no plans to change the speed limit. 


Cabral explained this would be a three to four month project.  The start could be delayed depending on when weight limit restrictions are lifted by Goodhue County.  He asked for input from emergency services and first responders.  Beth Stumm from the Zumbrota Area Ambulance said there had been preliminary discussions among the ambulance.  Two alternatives had been discussed:

1.      Rent a gator and leave it at the police department.  This would allow someone to     respond quickly before the ambulance gets through the detour.

2.      Have staff and a rig on the north side of the river during events.

There will be more discussions on this with City staff.


Paulson reported there are appraisals for right of way property in process.  Offers will be made in September and October. 


Mayor Bauer added perhaps crossings signs could be put in the street like they have been in the downtown area.  He felt there were three main concerns which centered on convenience and safety: The increased traffic on County Road 10, ambulance service and the commuter lot. 


Unfinished Business:

7-a.  Revised Flood Plain Ordinance - Summary

Motion Grothe, second Nygaard to approve the revised flood plain ordinance.  Approved 3-0-0.

Motion Nygaard, second Grothe to approve the Flood Plain Summary.  Approved 3-0-0.




8-A.  Mutual Aid Agreement Goodhue County Law Enforcement

Motion Grothe, second Nygaard to approve the mutual aid agreement with Goodhue County Law Enforcement.  Approved 3-0-0.


8-B.  Approve Bitter Creek Wall Repair

This repair is the second of three anticipated repairs done by Thorpe Masonry.

Motion Nygaard, second Grothe to approve the $5,000 Bitter Creek Wall repair. 

Approved 3-0-0.


8-C.  Recertify Jacobson Assessment

City Accountant Kim Simonson had presented a memo to the Council stating the following:

A lot split was approved July 16, 2009, for parcel 72.389.0020 in the Jacobson Commercial Park in order to facilitate the building of a new commercial building.  Since the parcel has a special assessment of $126,969.48 due it has been requested the assessment be split as well.  The assessment has been broken out as follows:


72.389.0020 - $78,563.08

72.389.0021 - $48,406.40


The purchasers of parcel 72.389.021 will be paying the assessment due on their property.  The assessment on 72.389.0020 will need to be recertified to Goodhue County at the end of the year with the same terms as the previous assessments on this parcel. 


Motion Grothe, second Nygaard to certify $78,563.08 to parcel 72.389.0020 pending the payment of $48,406.40 in special assessments for parcel 72.389.0021.  Approved 3-0-0.



8-D.  Prigge/Carlson Minor Subdivision

Motion Grothe, second Nygaard to approve the Prigge/Carlson minor subdivision. 

Approved 3-0-0.




City Administrator Neil Jensen

Reported some diseased ash trees had been inspected by the DNR.  The inspector did not believe they were infected with Emerald Ash Borer.  There is an Emerald Ash Borer trap in the park.  There are plans to begin replanting trees in the park to diversify with more species.  Nygaard suggested that there be a ban on bringing firewood into the park since this is one of the most common ways the ash borer migrates.  Jensen said this will be discussed at the next Park Board meeting.


Public Works Director Rich Lohmann;

Reported the crack sealing is complete and the wet well rehab is progressing.


Meeting adjourned 7:10 p.m.


                                                                                    Neil Jensen City Administrator

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