Zumbrota, MN 

Bridging the Past and the Future

City Council Meeting Minutes July 12. 2012






JULY 12, 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, Community Development Director Dan King, Library Director James Hill, City Attorney Matt Rockne, Library Director James Hill, Jay Erickson, Todd Lexvold, Jim Wedge, Brian Haugen and Jerry Mosely.


The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.



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



Motion Hinderaker, second Durhman, to approve the regular meeting minutes of June 21, 2012.  Approved 5-0-0.



Motion Hinderaker, second Durhman to approve the accounts payable of $190,347.21.

Approved 5-0-0.


Public Comment: 


Public Hearings/MeEtings


Unfinished Business:

7-A. Fire Truck Discussion

On August 7th at 7:00 pm the townships will be meeting with an attorney to start negotiations on a joint powers agreement.  The City has been invited to attend.  Mayor Bauer said he would be in favor of an agreement which had equal voting rights as long as the financial responsibility was in equal shares.  If that arrangement is not agreeable to the townships then he would be in favor of the Pine Island Model.  Administrator Jensen suggested the Council send him options to be considered before the next meeting. 


7-B. Golf Course Development Road

Mayor Bauer reported there had been a June 26th meeting between the City and the Golf Board.  The proposal made by the Golf Board has been submitted to the developer but there has been no word yet on his decision.  Council member Hinderaker asked if the Golf Board had seen the developer’s proposal.  He was told they had and after considering it had made a counter proposal.

7-C. 2013 Budget

The fire equipment line item has been increased to $30,000 for 2013.  Jensen recommended the LGA be used for a one time expenditure and the levy be used after that.  Council agreed that it is important to incrementally increase the levy and keep the tax rate reasonable low.  In 2013 there will be increases in fire, roads and a decrease in LGA.  Administrator Jensen requested from the council any concerns on the budget and asked them to review it. Also, he asks about any line items that they have questions on and he will send them the expenditures that were used on that line item.  Jensen said the General Fund budget should be sorted out first and then the enterprise funds will be addressed. 



8-A.  Jefferson Drive Fence

On Jefferson Drive between Mill Street and the Mayo Clinic there are two box culverts which go under Jefferson Drive.  On the north side of Jefferson along the walking trial the culvert is fenced.  There isn’t a fence on the other side.  Recently, a car went off the road into this area.  Public Works Director Lohmann requested a fence be put up on the unfenced side.  The following two quotes were received:

Caron Fence                $1,875

Century Fence            $5,185

Motion Durhman, second Hinderaker to approve the fence quote from Caron Fence in the amount of $1,875.  Approved 5-0-0. 


8-B.  2012 Election Judge Approval (Primary and General)

Motion Drenckhahn, second Hostager to approve the following election judges for the primary and general election:

Ward I                                                Ward II

Kathy Aug                                           Joanne Atkinson

Dee Knutson                                       Mae Eckert

Don Lochner                                       Ann Goplen

George Montgomery                           Mary Goplen

Dick Myran                                         Judy Jacobs

Lucy Pollitt                                         Andrea Kienholz

Jennifer Prigge                                    Nancy Link

Mary Rohe                                          Lars Nygren

Kim Simonson                                     Virginia Pahl

Kathy Radke

Approved 5-0-0.


8-C.  Off Sale Liquor License (Super America)

Motion Hinderaker, second Durhman to approve an off sale liquor license for Super America.  Approved 5-0-0.


8-D.  Street Closure Request (Iron Pour)

The Zumbrota Area Arts Council (ZAAC) is requesting the City allow them to block off East Avenue from Third to Forth on September 29th.  They also requested the city supply them with sand.  Motion Durhman, second Drenckhahn to approve the September 29th closure of West Avenue between 3rd and 4th Streets and to supply the necessary sand.  Approved 5-0-0.




Community Development Director Dan King;

Told the Council there will be a Senior Housing open house prior to the next council meeting. 


Library Director James Hill;

Said the meetings between the Libraries and Goodhue County are still in process.


Public Works Director Rick Lohmann;

Reported the paving projects on Warren Avenue and in some downtown alleys was in progress.  He also told the Council the WWTP inspection by the MPCA had been positive.


Mayor Rich Bauer;

Reported the Library and City Staff will be meeting with Goodhue County officials to discuss funding. 


Council Member Brad Drenkhahn;

Congratulated everyone on a wonderful festival. 


Meeting adjourned 6:52 p.m.


                                                                                    NeilJensenCity Administrator

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