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Zumbrota, MN
Bridging the Past and the Future

August 20, 2009 Council Minutes






AUGUST 20, 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, Police Chief Gary Selness, City Attorney Matt Rockne, Library Director James Hill, Jim Wedge, Brian Haugen, Officer Rob Jarrett, Conway Jacobson 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 August 6, 2009.  Approved 5-0-0.



Motion Nygaard, second Borgschatz to approve the accounts payable of $41,934.64. 

Approved 5-0-0.


Public Comment: 


Public Hearings/MeEtings: 


Unfinished Business:




8-A.  Resolution 2009-11 Approving Proposed budget and Levy Collectable in 2010

It was noted to the Council that the 2010 levy showed a smaller increase than in previous years even with the LGA cuts.  Motion Grothe, second Hinderaker to approve Resolution 2009-11 Approving Proposed Budget and Levy collectible in 2010.  Approved 5-0-0.


8-B.  Announce Time of Budget Discussion and Final Budget and Levy Approval

Cities are no longer required to have Truth in Taxation meetings but are instead required to have a public meeting to discuss the budget and the levy.  Motion Hinderaker, second Grothe to approve December 3rd at 6:00 and 17th  at 6:00 Budget discussion and final Budget and Levy approval.  Approved 5-0-0.


8-C.  School Zone Signs Request

Karl Mantzke of Christ Lutheran Church had submitted a request for the City to place school zone 15 MPH signs up on 5th street by the Christ Lutheran School.  The school has been displaying signs but they seem to be largely ignored.  The request is for 2 signs to be installed where the existing signs are place.  Council Member Borgschatz added the signage should also say “When Children are Present”.  Motion Grothe, second Borgschatz to approve the purchase and installation of the School Zone signs.  Approved 5-0-0.


8-D.  Briggs and Morgan Attorney’s Request

Briggs and Morgan requested consent to represent Xcel Energy.  The City uses Briggs and Morgan for bond council but not for any other legal uses.  Motion Hinderaker, second Borgschatz to approve Brigg’s and Morgan Attorney’s Request.  Approved 5-0-0.


8-E.  Crack Sealing and Heat Patch Approval

Public Works Director Lohmann submitted a memo to the City Council requesting they approve Crack Sealing and heat patches.  Two bids were received: one from Fahrner Asphalt Sealers for $1.34 per pound and another from Hardline Asphalt for $1.74 per pound.  Lohmann estimates 7,500 lbs of material will be needed for crack sealing.  The low bid from Fahrner would make the cost approximately $10,500 which would come out of the Seal Coat Fund.  Fahrner Asphalt also gave a quote for infrared heat patches of $87 per patch.  Lohmann estimates 65 patches will be needed.  The money for this repair comes out of the Street Department portion of the budget.  Motion Hinderaker, second Nygaard to approve Fahrner Asphalt for the crack sealing and heat patches.  Approved 5-0-0.


8-F.  Review Memory Maker Site Plan

The Planning and Zoning Committee had approved the site plan for Memory Maker’s new building.  This was an item for review by the council. 


8-G.  Review Revised Flood Plain Ordinance

Council reviewed the Flood Plain Ordinance.  Matt Rockne was asked to draft a summary ordinance for review to be reviewed at the next meeting.  The item was tabled.




City Administrator Neil Jensen

Reported MNDOT will be at the next meeting to discuss the Highway 58 Bridge and the detour.  Emergency Service and the public have been invited to attend. 


Community Development Director Dan King;

Reported MNDOT will hold a Highway 52 Access Management Open House on Tuesday, August 25th from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Zumbrota Public Library.  The meeting is to discuss efforts to minimize at grade access to the highway, thereby increasing safety along the corridor.


Meeting adjourned 6:32 p.m.


                                                                                    Neil Jensen City Administrator

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