Zumbrota, MN 

Bridging the Past and the Future

June 18, 2009 Council Minutes






JUNE 18, 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, Jeff Perra, Brian Haugen, Gene Peterman, Sally Haug-Massaro, Craig Benson, Amy Stehr, Paul Schaller, Mary Sapp, Al Laumeyer, Sarah Schrader and NewsRecord Reporter Sandy Hadler.


The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.



Motion Grothe, second Nygaard to adopt the agenda with the addition of item 8H. West Avenue Sewer Reimbursement.  Approved 5-0-0.



Motion Hinderaker, second Borgschatz, to approve the regular meeting minutes of June 4, 2009.  Approved 5-0-0.



Motion Borgschatz, second Hinderaker to approve the accounts payable of $26,501.81.  Approved 5-0-0.


Public Comment: 


Public Hearings/MeEtings: 


Unfinished Business:




8-A.  Approve On – Sale and Sunday Liquor (King Pin Alley and Sports Bar)

The Evergreen Lanes in the process of expanding and is requesting a license for on – sale and Sunday liquor.  Council Member Grothe asked if they met the food requirement for Sunday liquor.  Administrator Jensen replied that they were a bowling alley and therefore they were an exception under the number of liquor licenses issued by the city. 

Motion Grothe, second Nygaard to approve the on – sale and Sunday Liquor license for King Pin Alley and Sports Bar.  Approved 5-0-0.


8-B.  GIS User Group Presentation

Sarah Schrader and Al Laumeyer, from Goodhue County GIS, gave a power point presentation on Goodhue County GIS.  They are asking for the City to enter into an agreement for GIS.  There was no action needed at this time. 


8-C.  Salary Benefits Survey Committee

Mayor Bauer requested a committee be formed to look over the salary and benefits for City employees.  Mayor Bauer volunteered to be on the committee.  Council member Borgschatz will also be on the committee and council member Grothe will serve as an alternate.


8-D.  Emergency Action Plan Review

The Safety Committee has been working on an Emergency Action plan.  The finished copy was presented to the Council.  Council members will review it and address any questions or comments to Administrator Jensen.


8-E.  Rezone of former ambulance garage from R2 Residential to C2 Highway Commercial

The former ambulance garage has been sold to the Bank of Zumbrota.  BOZ is now requesting a zoning change from R2 to C2.  The Planning and Zoning Committee unanimously recommended this change be approved.  Gene Peterman, owner of a neighboring property, was opposed and stated the setbacks for a C2 property could not be met.  Community Development Director King stated it could be a C2 property but there would be no additions allowed and it would be a non-conforming building in a C2 zoning district. 


Motion Grothe, second Hinderaker to move the former ambulance garage from R2 Residential to C2 Highway Commercial.  Approved 5-0-0.


8-F.  Minor Subdivision for Perry Weeks property 935 West Second Street

The Weeks Family owns a large parcel on West Second Street.  They would like to split the parcel, sell the house and then sell the other parcel. 

Motion Grothe, second Borgschatz to approve the minor subdivision for the Weeks property at 935 West Second Street.  Approved 5-0-0.


8-G.  Request from John Schumann, 509 Pearl Street, to remove sidewalk

Mr. Schumann asked to remove the sidewalk in front of his home.  It is the only piece of sidewalk on the last block out of the city. 

Motion Borgschatz, second Grothe to allow the sidewalk to be removed from in front of 509 Pearl Street.  Approved 5-0-0.


8-D.  West Avenue Sewer Reimbursement

The Council had previously set a reimbursement limit on repairs to sewers (when it was decided it was an error made during the 1994 West Avenue Street Project) on West Avenue to $1,000.  However, Roger Erickson’s connection is located under his cement driveway.  The repair will result in additional expense.  Public Works Director Rick Lohmann suggested Mr. Erickson be allowed to an additional $1,000 of repairs to his concrete.  Lohmann also explained he believes there are no other properties that have the service under a cemented driveway.


Motion Hinderaker, second Grothe to keep the previous reimbursement in place and to authorize up to an additional $1,000 for concrete repair to Mr. Erickson.  Approved 5-0-0.




City Administrator Neil Jensen

Reported the City of Zumbrota will be unalloted approximately $198,000 over the next two years.  He would like to see the City prepare a three year budget to project where the City will be headed.


Mayor Rich Bauer;

Encouraged Council to prepare for the upcoming budget discussions.


Council Member Dale Hinderaker;

Reported he had contacted Health Partners to have the employee medical insurance come due in July.  He also spoke very positively about the Highway 58 bridge discussions.


Council Member Sara Nygaard;

Like the bridge designs and reports the Bridge Committee will keep working to get things exactly as they want them to be. 


Meeting adjourned 7:13 p.m.


                                                                                    Neil Jensen City Administrator

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