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Zumbrota, MN
Bridging the Past and the Future

City Council Meeting Minutes November 1, 2012






NOVEMBER 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 and Brad Drenckhahn (Absent: Tina Hostager). Others present: City Administrator Neil Jensen, Community Development Director Dan King, City Accountant Kim Simonson, Police Chief Gary Selness, Police Officer Rob Jarrett, Tom Bordell of Charter Communications, City Attorney Matt Rockne, Library Director James Hill, Duane Aaland, Sandy Hadler,


The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.



Motion Durhman, second Drenckhahn to adopt the agenda.  Approved 4-0-0.



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

October 18, 2012.  Approved 4-0-0.



Motion Hinderaker, second Durhman to approve the accounts payable of $82,030.23. 

Approved 4-0-0.


Public Comment: 


Public Hearings/MeEtings


Unfinished Business:

7-A.  Fire Board Agreement/Truck Discussion

The next Fire Board meeting is scheduled for Monday, November 5th at 7:00 pm.


7-B. Golf Club Access

The Zumbrota Golf Course and Bigelow are working out an agreement.  The Council’s understanding is that the access to the Highlands will remain open.


7-C.  2013 Water and Sewer Budget

Administrator Jensen explained to the Council that the proposed budget in front of them had the suggested increases accounted for.   In the past the Council has planned for small incremental increases instead of a large less frequent increase.  Jensen asked Council to inform him if they had any questions.  Hinderaker said he thought the budget was heading in the right direction.








8-A.  Charter Franchise Agreement

Tom Bordell of Charter Communications was on hand to answer any questions about the franchise agreement.  He thanked the Council for their consideration.  City Attorney Rockne had reviewed the document and given his approval. Motion Drenckhahn, second Hinderaker to approve the Charter Franchise Agreement.  Approved 4-0-0.


8-B.  Sewer Inspection Camera Discussion/Approval

Over the past several years the City has considered purchasing a video camera to inspect sanitary and storm sewer line.  Using the camera would allow the City to view problems and make recommendations to residents and potentially avoid digging up lines.  As Jensen explained, a camera can pinpoint where the problem is.  Hinderaker stated he thought this was a useful tool for residents.  Public Works Director Lohmann had received the following two quotes for color cameras with self-leveling lens and DVD recorders:

                                                Infratech                                 $7,387.70 (plus tax & shipping)

                                                USA Bluebook                        $8,599.95 (plus tax & shipping)


Motion Hinderaker, second Durhman to approve the purchase of a sewer inspection camera from Infratech for $7,387.70 (plus tax & shipping).  Approved 4-0-0


8-C.  2012 Budget Transfers

Motion Durhman, second Drenckhahn to approve the following budget transfers:

  • $8,000 from the General Fund/Police (101) to the Capital Projects Restricted Fund (402) for future squad car purchases.
  • $37,500 from the General Fund (101) to the Seal Coat Fund (102).
  • $5,000 from General Fund/Streets to the Capital Equipment Fund (400) for future equipment purchases.
  • $5,000 from the General Fund to the Sidewalk Fund (105).
  • $10,000 from the General (101) to the Capital Projects Restricted Fund (402) for the fire equipment future purchases.
  • $10,000 from the Water Fund (601) to Capital Equipment Fund (400) for future equipment purchases.
  • $16,000 from the Sewer Fund (602) to Capital Equipment Fund (400) for future equipment purchases.

Approved 4-0-0.


8-D.  Resolution 2012-16 Authorizing MNDOT Community Roadside Landscaping

The construction of Kwik Trip necessitated shifting a small park further south.  MNDOT has a program which helps Cities with landscaping buy supplying funds and an architect.  There was some discussion of inclusion of a sign highlighting downtown businesses.  The plans must go through the Park Board and a sub-committee must be appointed.  The entire Highway 52 corridor will be looked at.  Motion Drenckhahn, second Hinderaker to approve Resolution 2012-16 Authorizing Minnesota Department of Transportation Community Roadside Landscaping Partnership Program Application.   Approved 4-0-0.




City Administrator Neil Jensen

Reported the repair work on the City Hall side entrance is in process and is going well.  The culvert work is being done on 435th Street and there may be a change order coming to lengthen one of the culverts.


City Accountant Kim Simonson;

Told the Council they will need to certify delinquent water and sewer bills to taxes at the next meeting.


Public Works Director Rick Lohmann;

Said many of the street signs are failing.  They are still under warranty and he will be exploring options and costs for replacement.  He suggested the Council may want to go with larger signs in the residential areas.  Currently the signs are 6” plates with 4” letters.  The size the Council may wish to look at is a 9” plate with 6” letters.  He also reported the water tower has been cleaned.  A $200 touch up job will be done for this year but the tower will need to be repainted next year.  Lohmann also reported the disc golf course was up and ready for use at the Covered Bridge Park.


Library Director James Hill;

Informed the Council the Library will be closed on November 9th for inventory. 


Council Member Dale Hinderaker;

Reported the City had seen a slight decrease in employee health insurance premiums.  He also said there had been a soft opening of the Zumbrota Trading Company.


Council Member Brad Drenkhahn;

Congratulated the Zumbrota Area Arts Council on the showing the movie “Psycho” at the State Theatre.


Meeting adjourned 6:37 p.m.


                                                                                    NeilJensenCity Administrator

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