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Zumbrota, MN
Bridging the Past and the Future

City Council Meeting Minutes March 1, 2012



MARCH 1, 2012 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 Dale Hinderaker, Sara Durhman, Tina Hostager and Brad Drenckhahn. Others present: City Administrator Neil Jensen, City Accountant Kim Simonson, Police Chief Gary Selness, Police Officer Gene Leifeld, City Attorney Matt Rockne, Library Director James Hill, NewsRecord Reporter Rebecca Aaland, Jim Wedge, Jerry Mosely, and Brian Haugen.


The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.



Motion Hostager, second Drenckhahn to adopt the agenda.  Approved 5-0-0.



Motion Hinderaker, second Durhman, to approve the regular meeting minutes of

February 16, 2012.  Approved 5-0-0.



Motion Hinderaker, second Durhman to approve the accounts payable of $31,647.67. 

Approved 5-0-0.


Public Comment: 

Officer Gene Leifeld, on behalf of the Goodhue County Chemical Health Initiative, unveiled the new drop box for unused medications.  It was paid for by donors and CHI and will be placed in City Hall. 


Public Hearings/MeEtings


Unfinished Business:

7-A. Fire Truck Discussion

Bauer, Hostager, Drenckhahn, Hinderaker and Jensen had attended a Fire Board meeting on Monday.  At that time the Mayor suggested additional work time would be needed to address the issues surround the purchase of the fire truck and the Joint Powers Agreement.




8-A.  Approve Plans and Authorize Letting Date Co.#168 Sewer and Water Extension

City Engineer Bill Angerman presented the Council with the plans of the Co. 68 sewer and water extension.  Arctic Avenue and County 68 currently have existing water and sewer.  With this plan a new manhole will be added and 1000’ of water and sewer will be added to the west.  This will extend 12” water and sewer mains to the edge of a potential industrial site.  There will be a temporary access road built during the time of construction.  A 27’ permanent easement and a 10”temporary easement in the construction area will be drafted.  The suggested schedule is to approve advertising for bids on March 29th.  The bids will be brought back to Council on April 5th.  It is anticipated the project will be completed on August 21st.  Angerman said the original estimated cost was $196,000.  Material costs have remained relatively the same but fuel prices have risen.  Motion Durhman, second Hinderaker to approve the plans and authorize the letting date of County Road #168 Sewer and Water Extension.  Approved 5-0-0.


8-B.  Xcel Energy Franchise Agreement Review

Council had an opportunity to look at the Xcel Energy Franchise Agreement.  City Attorney Rockne said the only concern he had was regarding section 3-1 dealing with abandonment of underground equipment.  Jensen said he would bring that to Xcel’s attention.  A representative of Xcel will be attending an upcoming meeting to explain the contract further and answer any concerns.


8-C.  Set Up Work Session March 15, 2012

At the meeting on Monday the Mayor told the Fire Board he would be asking to set up a work session for the Council on March 15. He asked the Council what topics they would like to discuss.  After some discussion about priorities it was suggested the topics be addressed in this order: Pumper truck discussion; Joint Powers Agreement; Infrastructure fee and performance; and funding ideas for emergency equipment.  Durhman also suggested the Council schedule work sessions prior to each council meeting until pressing issues are resolved.  Motion Hinderaker, second Drenckhahn to set work sessions for March 15 and April 5 at 5:00 p.m.  Approved 5-0-0.




City Administrator Neil Jensen

Informed the Council that Karen DuCharme will be coming to a meeting to discuss a small cities development grant for residential properties.  This grant would be for the cities of Zumbrota and Cannon Falls. 


Police Chief Gary Selness;

Reported the Police Department had been awarded a $1,000 2011 Small Agency Grant sponsored by the Towards Zero Death program.  It will be awarded at Oakdale on March 20th.  He invited the Council to attend.


City Engineer Bill Angerman;

Told the Council the quotes for the 2012 street projects had been opened yesterday and they will be presented to Council in the near future.


Library Director James Hill;

Reported he had attended initial negotiations for the Goodhue County contract regarding rural residents.  Mayor Bauer asked if he could attend a session.  Hill said he would be happy to have any of the Council attend.  Mayor Bauer and Council member Hinderaker volunteered to attend. 


Council Member Brad Drenckhahn;

Told the Council there is a vacancy on the Park Board.  The Park Board is hoping to present candidates at the next meeting



Meeting adjourned 7:46 p.m.


                                                                                    NeilJensenCity Administrator

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