Zumbrota, MN 

Bridging the Past and the Future

City Council Work Session August 2, 2012






AUGUST 2, 2012 6:00 P.M.    



Pursuant to due call and notice thereof, Mayor Rich Bauer called the Zumbrota City Council to order at 5:00 p.m.  PRESENT:  Mayor Rich Bauer; Council members Dale Hinderaker, Sara Durhman, Tina Hostager and Brad Drenckhahn. Others present: City Administrator Neil Jensen, Community Development Director Dan King, City Accountant Kim Simonson, Library Director James Hill, Sandy Hadler, NewsRecord reporter Rebecca Miller, Jarid Andring, Nathan Hellyer, Bretta Damson, BJ Grothe, Tom Meyer, Patty Budensiek, Jan Fischer and Mark Murch of Scanlon, Nietz and Murch.



The City Council met with the Park Board to discuss the concerns and future plans.  The Mayor addressed budgetary concerns.  He said the Council had attended a League of Minnesota Cities meeting and the talk of budget was much more upbeat.  He is hopeful that the financial picture won’t be quite a stringent as in the past few years.


Council member Drenckhahn complimented the Park Board on doing well within the limited budget they had been given.  He also commended them on the planning they were doing for future projects.  Projects the Park Board has been working on are planning for replacement of Kids’ Kingdom and discussion regarding pool compliance with the ADA. 


Administrator Jensen also said the trail system needs to be looked at.  The trails actually fall under the General Fund but it is an integral part of the park.  He also spoke of the ADA compliance at the pool and said at this time the compliance deadline had been pushed back.  The pool had purchased a new pool heater this season.  The current water heaters for the bathhouse are nearing the end of their lives.  New roofs and a parking lot resurface will be something needed in the next few years as well.  Jensen complimented the pool on the excellent job it does with lessons.  Approximately 400 children will take lessons at the pool this summer.  Jensen also spoke about the DNR grant of $22,000 for tree replacement.  83 new trees have been planted in the park system this year.  Kids’ Kingdom is showing wear and now is the time to prepare for a new playground structure.  The Park Board will discuss setting aside an amount every year for replacement.  A new playground would likely not be in the same place.  Bretta Damson of the Park Board said there was thought to moving the structure to the swimming pool parking lot and move the parking lot to a lower level.  Flooding would be a minimal impact if this occurred. 


Council member Hinderaker commented he would like to see land acquired for the trailhead in the near future.  The Mayor and the Council thanked the Park Board for their work and volunteerism. 



At 5:30pm Mayor Bauer welcomed the Library Board to the work session.  He spoke about the meeting he had attended with local officials and how elected officials were saying LGA would remain as is.  If so, the stability would be welcome.  The Library and the County have been in continued negotiations about coming up with more equitable funding for the library.  Bauer also commented on what a wonderful facility and asset the library is to the community. 


Library Board Chair Tom Meyer addressed the Council regarding maintenance issues at the Library.  The Library has been putting away funds to defray costs of repair and maintenance as the building ages.  The balance of that fund will ebb and flow and he wanted the Council to be clear about the meaning and purpose of the fund. 


Library Director Hill asked the Council if they approve of the Library Board putting away money every year and allowing the fund to build.  Council concurred this strategy is the correct way to go.  Hill also stated the Library is trying to focus on being a valuable and viable part of the community and a place of lifelong education.  As such the Library will be attempting more programming designed to reach different demographics within the community.  The Council expressed their thanks and appreciation for the work the Library Board does. 


Meeting adjourned 5:55 p.m.


                                                                                    NeilJensenCity Administrator

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