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Bridging the Past and the Future

December 15, 2011 Council Minutes






DECEMBER 15, 2011 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, Jerry Mosely, Bob Hawley, Officer Gene Leifeld, Sandy Hadler, State Representative Steve Drazkowski and NewsRecord Reporter Rebecca Aaland.


The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.



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



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

December 1, 2011.  Approved 5-0-0.



Motion Hostager, second Durhman to approve the accounts payable of $59,873.36. 

Approved 5-0-0.


Public Comment: 

State Representative Steve Drazkowski spoke to the Council and those attending on the actions taken at the state level for the year and also about future plans.


Public Hearings/MeEtings

6-A.  Revised Liquor Ordinance

The public hearing for the revised liquor ordinance was opened at 6:05 pm.  This ordinance has not been updated since 1982.  Bob Hawley asked if there were any major differences in the ordinance and was told by the City Attorney the major differences had to do with brew pubs and a few other things.  The public hearing was closed at 6:08 pm.


Unfinished Business:











8-A.  Resolution 2011-16 Approving Final Budget and Levy Collectible in 2012

The city council had no further discussions on the 2012 levy and budget and felt comfortable with the financing plan they put together for the replacement of state aid. 

Motion Durhman, second Hinderaker to approve Resolution 2011-16 Approving Final Budget and Levy Collectible in 2012 as follows:



                        GENERAL                  $ 971,767                   

LIBRARY                    $ 147,193                                           

PARK                          $   42,850                                                         

SWIM POOL              $   53,847                                                       

STORM WTR             $     6,000

GO REF 10A               $   58,000

GO REF 10B               $ 120,000                                                                   

SUBTOTAL             $1,399,657

Golf C. Abate               $   60,000

G Auto Abate               $   17,000


Total Levy               $1,476,657


Approved 5-0-0.



8-B.  2012 Fee Schedule Review

The 2012 Fee Schedule was presented to Council. The areas which will be changing were highlighted and include water and sewer rates as well as Liquor License Off Sale and Consumption and Display (set-up) fees.  Also the Storm Water and Street Lighting fees will be reduced.  There was no action needed at this time.


8-C.  Ordinance 2011-04 Amending Code Section 112.01-112.99 Regulating Liquor;

There were no additional comments by the council after the public hearing.

Motion Durhman, Second Drenckhahn to approve Ordinance 2011-04 Amending Code Section 112.01-112.99 The Possession,Saleand Consumption of Intoxicating and 3.2 Percent Malt Liquor within the City ofZumbrota,Minnesota.  Approved 5-0-0.


8-D.  Ordinance 2011-04 Summary for Publication Approval

Motion Hinderaker, second Hostager to approve Ordinance 2011-04 Amending Code Section 112.01 – 112.99 Regulating Liquor Summary for Publication.  Approved 5-0-0.


8-E.  Sidewalk Snow Removal Contract Extension

Public Works Director Lohmann asked the Council to extend the snow removal contract for one additional year with Countryside Lawn and Landscaping.  They have kept the rates the same and are as follows:


Library, City Hall, Police Station           $135  per time for snow removal

                                                            $  85  per time for ice control

Firehall                                     $  45

Liquor Store Parking Lot                      $  15

58 Bridge to Commuter Lot                  $  55

West 4th, West Ave to Alley                 $  15

Old Grover Auto Lot                            $  25

West 4th Street (Flood Buyout) $  15

East Park                                             $  40

East 18th to SA                         $  10

Parking Lot Between crossing

& State Theatre                                    $  10

            Total                                        $230

Ice Control for Above              $  85                                                                           

Council Member Hinderaker complimented Countryside for the job they have been doing.  Motion Durhman, second Drenckhahn to approve the one year contract extension for Countryside Lawn and Landscaping at the current 2011 rates.

Approved 5-0-0.


8-F. Pickups and Plow Bids Approval

The following bids were received on the 1996 truck with plow and the 2000 truck:



                                                            Truck                   2000

                                                            w/ Plow   Plow   Truck

                        Fred Barsness              $3766             

                        Kevin Poncelet                               $775

                        Marty Amundson          $3650      $2554

                        Mark Losure                $3026

                        Jim Mueller                   $3000      $1500

                        Karl Langfald               $2800                    $750

                        Mark Deneen               $2756

                        Bear Creek Auto          $2500

                        Brian Schultz                $1995

                        Ben Baum                    $1800

                        Stan Nelson                  $1700

                        Bruce Otto                   $1600

                        James Kortz                 $1503

                        Bryce Pickerign            $1500

                        Harvey Meyer              $1400

                        Kevin Poncelet $1025

                        Richard Otterness                       $1156


Motion Hostager, second Hinderaker to accept the high bid from Fred Barsness of $3766 for the 1996 truck with plow and the $775 bid for the 2000 Truck from Kevin Poncelet.

Approved 5-0-0.


8-G.  Chlorine Tank Repair

City staff recently took the chlorine contact tank out of service at the Waste Water Treatment Facility.  This tank has been in service since 1974 and this is the first repair.  Walker Process quoted a price of $15,475 for a new pump.  Dakota Pump removed the motor, speed reducer and gear drive.  Dakota Pump recommended rebuilding the existing pump due to the fact that the new pumps are not heavy duty.  The price they quoted was $9446.88 for the rebuilt Windsmith Speed Reducer and $3539.97 for the Drive unit. 

Motion Drenckhahn, second Durhman to approve the repairs from Dakota Pump for $12986.85.  Approved 5-0-0.


8-H.  Snow Removal Quotes

Lohmann presented the Council with the following snow removal equipment quotes for 2012:


  1.  Road Grader

O’Brien Blading                        $110/hour summer, $130/hour winter

Schumacher Excavating            $110/hour summer, $130/hour winter                                                   

  1. Front End Loader

Schumacher Excavating            $110/hour

O’Brien Blading                        $110/hour                                                                                           

  1. Tandem Axle Dump Truck

Schumacher Excavating            $ 88/hour                                                                                            

  1. Pickup Trucks

O’Brien Blading                        $ 75/hour                                                                                            

  1. Plow Trucks

O’Brien Blading                        $ 85/hour                                                                                            

  1. Pickup Truck Sander

O’Brien Blading                        $ 60/hour

Schumacher Excavating            $ 85/hour                                                                                            

  1. Loader with 14’ & 16’ Snow Pusher

O’Brien Blading                        $150/hour

Schumacher Excavating            $155/hour                                                                   

Motion Hinderaker, second Hostager to approve the snow removal equipment quotes for 2012.  Approved 5-0-0.


8-I.  Year End Transfers

City Accountant Kim Simonson recommended the following budget transfers:                                       

  • $3000.00 transferred from the Sewer Fund (602) to the Sewer Equipment Fund (603).                                                                                                                                    
  • $27,500.00 transferred from the Golf Course Abatement Fund (260) to the           Sewer Restricted Fund (606).                                                                                                                       
  • $8,500.00 transferred from the Grover Abatement Fund (261) to the                    Water Restricted Fund (600).                                                                                                                       
  • $76,976 transferred from the General Fund (101) to the General Municipal            Reserve Fund (104).  This transfer will be completed once the Local Government Aid is received at the end of the month.  If less is received than budgeted the amount will be adjusted and Council will be notified.

Motion Durhman, second Drenckhahn to approve the year end budget transfers.  Approved 5-0-0.





Meeting adjourned 7:02 p.m.



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