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Bridging the Past and the Future

City Council Meeting Minutes January 19, 2012






JANUARY 19, 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 AdministratorNeil Jensen, Public Works DirectorRickLohmann, Community Development DirectorDanKing, City AccountantKimSimonson, Police Chief Gary Selness, City Attorney Matt Rockne, Library Director James Hill, Sandy Hadler, Wayne Radke, Kevin Kish,Mark Behrends, Officer Gene Leifeld and NewsRecord Reporter Rebecca Aaland.


The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.



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



Motion Drenckhahn, second Durhman, to approve the regular meeting minutes of January 5, 2012, with a correction.  Approved 4-0-1 (Hinderaker abstaining).



Motion Drenckhahn, second Durhman to approve the accounts payable of $566,301.74.  Approved 5-0-0.


Public Comment: 


Public Hearings/MeEtings


Unfinished Business:

7-A. Approve 2012 Annual Appointments


At the last meeting Mayor Bauer asked the Council to review the following list of appointments for 2012 and come prepared to make a decision on them at the next meeting.







ASSIGNMENT                                                                     TERM


Acting Mayor

Dale Hinderaker                                                                       annual appointment


Streets & Sidewalks                

Dale Hinderaker, Sara Durhman                                               annual appointment


Water Department/WWTP and Collection System                                           

Brad Drenckhahn                                                                     annual appointment      



Richard Bauer                                                                          annual appointment


Fire Board

Richard Bauer                                                                          annual appointment


City Owned Buildings and Property

Mayor and Entire Council                                                         annual appointment


City Attorneys

Matt Rockne - civil                                                                   annual appointment

GoodhueCounty- criminal                                                       annual appointment      


Community Adult Education and Recreation Board

Dale Hinderaker                                                                       annual appointment


Area Ambulance Association

Beth Stumm                                                                             annual appointment


Memorial Day Directors

Rich Bauer -Chair                                                                     annual appointment

Organization Representatives                                                    annual appointment      


Emergency Management 

Emergency Services Board                                                       annual appointment                                                                  

Cable Board

Mayor and Entire Council                                                         annual appointment


Rubbish Disposal & Recycling

Mayor and Entire Council                                                         annual appointment



ASSIGNMENT                                                                     TERM



Animal Control                                                

Public Works & Police Department                                                      annual appointment


Safety Director

City Administrator                                                                                annual appointment


Garbage, Weed Control

Police Department                                                                                annual appointment


Park Board

Brad Drenckhahn, Council Liaison, ex-officio                            annual appointment

Brittney Thomforde                                                                               12-31-13

Betty Jo Grothe                                                                                    12-31-13

Bretta Damson                                                                         12-31-14

Vacant                                                                                                12-31-14

Nathan Hellyer                                                                         12-31-12


Economic Development Authority (EDA)


Rich Bauer, Council                                                                        12-31-12

Dave Grimsrud, Citizen at Large                                                     12-31-15

Rich Meyerhofer, Citizen at Large                                                   12-31-16

Brenda Lerum, Citizen at Large                                           12-31-17

Eric Bengtson, Citizen at Large                                           12-31-12

Dale Hinderaker, Council                                                                12-31-12

Bill Eberhart,    Citizen at Large                                                      12-31-14

Dan King, Comm Dev Dir/Zoning Admin, ex-officio                 

Neil Jensen, Executive Director- ex officio                                            




Library Board

Tina Hostager, Council Liaison                                     

Mae Eckert 2nd  Term                                                                     12-31-14

Janet Fisher,  3rd  Term                                                       12-31-13

Catherine Friend, 3rd  Term                                                             12-31-12

Cheri Weis, 1st  Term                                                                     12-31-14

Andrea Kienholtz 3rd Term                                                              12-31-12

Ann Goplen, 2nd  Term                                                       12-31-13

Tom Meyer, 2nd Term                                                                     12-31-12

Patti Budensiek, 1st  Term                                                               12-31-13

Stacey Suess 1st Term                                                        12-31-14








ASSIGNMENT                                                                     TERM



Planning Commission

Matt Rockne                                                                            annual appointment

Sara Durhman                                                                          annual appointment

Beverly Weness                                                                        annual appointment

Lowell Olson                                                                            annual appointment

Richard Myran                                                             annual appointment

Jim Wedge                                                                               annual appointment

Chuck Rohe                                                                             annual appointment

Dan King, Comm Dev Dir/Zoning Adm, ex-officio                                                                   

Neil Jensen, City Administrator - ex officio       


Emergency Services Board

Richard Bauer, City Council                                                      annual appointment

Ron Horsman, Fire Department                                                annual appointment

Gary Selness, Police Chief                                                        annual appointment

Ambulance Service Director                                                     annual appointment

Neil Jensen- City Administrator, ex officio                                annual appointment


Building Inspector

Tom Thompson                                                                        annual appointment


Motion Hinderaker, second Durhman to approve the 2012 Mayor’s list of annual appointments.  Approved 5-0-0.




8-A.  Sewer Machine Repair Approval

Public Works Director Lohmann requested the Council approve the following repairs to the 1978 Sewer Rodder.  Lohmann believes the repairs will add additional years to the rodder’s life.  The costs of the repairs are:

400’ of new rod           $2,200

18’ of guide hose          $   657

Rod guides                   $   108

Hydraulic Gauge           $     65

Misc                             $   300

Paint                             $   200

Total                            $3,530


He also told the Council it may not be necessary to replace the entire 400 feet of rod but that is unknown until the project is begun.  Motion Hostager, second Durhman to approve the request to spend $3,530 to repair the sewer rodder.  Approved 5-0-0.



8-B.  2011 Review EDA Loans and TIF Districts

Community Development DirectorDan Kingpresented the Council with a sheet summarizing the interfund loan, loan and TIF District statuses as follows:


Interfund Loan Status - Yearend 2011














Interfund Loan Borrower

Borrowed From











Hwy 52 Business Pk (423)

Water - Restricted (600)

Building of Business Park




Hwy 52 Business Pk (423)

Sewer - Restricted (606)

Building of Business Park




EDA (403)

Sewer - Restricted (606)

Business Park




EDA (403)

Water - Restricted (600)

Business Park




EDA (403)

Municipal Reserve (104)

Business Park




EDA (403)

Water - Restricted (600)

Page Building




Grover Abatement (261)

Water - Restricted (600)

Grover Property Relocation




Golf Course Abatement (260)

Sewer - Restricted (606)

Golf Course Development
















EDA Revolving Loan Fund (404)








Beginning Balance

Balance 12/31/2011




Main Street Laundromat






Marker Properties (crossings)






Custom Iron











Revolving Loan Fund (250)








Beginning Balance

Balance 12/31/2011




Custom Iron















































TIF Funds

Interest Paid

Interest Balance

Principal Balance



TIF #2 - Bank (405)

Obligations have been met.  Account has balance of $36,516.05



TIF #14 - Hwy 52 Commercial (417)

Obligations have been met.  Account has balance of $136,015.77



TIF #16 - Grover (419)

Balance of $184.34




TIF #13 - Custom Iron (416)





TIF #15 - Fairview (418)





TIF #17 - Atlas III (420)








This item was informational.  The Council thanked King for his report.


8-C.  Zumbrota Street and Park Reforestation Plan

Mark Behrendswas present at the meeting to discuss his role as a volunteer.  In October of last year Behrends came in to City Hall to volunteer to investigate the plan for reforestation of the City of Zumbrota.  Since that time he has been instrumental in getting some new trees planted in East Park as well as beginning the work on a DNR grant.  He would like to find a way to put more trees back into the ground.  He appreciated public interaction and would like to develop a tree list as well as a policy for maintenance of trees.  The Council responded enthusiastically to his proposals and thanked him for his volunteerism. 


8-D.  Land Purchase Discussion

Previously the Mayor had appointed a committee to look into the possibility of a trailhead for the Pioneer Trail bike trail, a way to house a fire suppression system for the bridge and an area to promote the Covered Bridge as well as area businesses.  As the group met and discussed various options they began to formulate a vision for this project which includes purchasing the land formerly occupied by the Kalass Insurance Agency.  Wayne Radke and Kevin Kish were present to ask the Council to purchase the property.  Council Member Hinderaker expressed his pleasure to discuss the topic but stressed he felt this was just the beginning of discussion and that there isn’t enough information for Council to make a decision at present.  Council members also spoke of how they want this to be a community project with community efforts and monies.  Council agreed the land would be a wonderful addition to the City but would like more time to process and to seek public opinion.  The Council thanked Kish and Radke and the item was tabled.



City Administrator Neil Jensen

Informed the Council there is an opening on the Park Board and a new member will be solicited.


City Accountant Kim Simonson;

Told the Council the City had received a payment of $455 for the participation in the League of Minnesota Cities survey.





Public Works Director Rick Lohmann;

Reported that due to the mild winter and lack of moisture the city crew had been able to clean out the large storm water pond on the east side of town.  He also reported the City will have the opportunity to bid a street project with Goodhue County.  Last summer the City attempted to bid a project and received only one bid.  Hopefully with the County in the mix there will be more competitive bidding.  Lohmann is also looking at alternatives for repair/replacement of the boiler at the WWTP.  He believes the first thing which needs to be done is to clean up the air and environment so the corrosive atmosphere will not take such a toll on the equipment.  He will report back with findings.


Library Director James Hill;

Told the Council the Library had received funding from the Rotary Club for some power check meters which will be loaned out to the public to assess energy usage.  He also stated the roof of the Library is nearing the end of its life.  Regular inspections should lengthen the life of the roof but he wanted to let the Council know the Library Board was putting money into the restricted fund for the eventual replacement of the roof.  Estimated cost of replacement is approximately $100,000.


Meeting adjourned 6:54 p.m.



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