Zumbrota, MN 

Bridging the Past and the Future

January 20, 2011 Council Minutes






JANUARY 20, 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 Nygaard, Tina Hostager and Brad Drenckhahn. Others present: City Administrator Neil Jensen, Public Works Director Rick Lohmann, Community Development Director Dan King, City Accountant Kim Simonson, Police Chief Gary Selness, City Attorney Matt Rockne, Library Director James Hill, Jim Wedge, Brian Haugen, Officer Gene Leifeld, Connie Rude, Terry Erredge and NewsRecord Reporter Sandy Hadler.


The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.



Motion Nygaard, second Drenckhahn to adopt the agenda with an amendment to item 8E. 

Approved as amended 5-0-0.



Motion Hinderaker, second Nygaard, to approve the regular meeting minutes of January 6, 2011 with a correction to the date.  Approved as amended 5-0-0.



Motion Hinderaker, second Nygaard to approve the accounts payable of $349,103.26. 

Approved 5-0-0.


Public Comment: 


Public Hearings/MeEtings: 


Unfinished Business:




8-A.  Resolution 2011-03 SEMMCHRA Cooperative Grant Agreement

SEMMCHRA is applying for a state grand for housing rehabilitation program and is asking for the City’s support and cooperation.  It is primarily for homes damaged in the flooding and is based on income guidelines.  The loans are low interest and, depending on income, a portion of the loan is forgivable if the resident remains in the home for ten years.  Motion Hostager, second Nygaard to approve Resolution 2011-03 SEMMCHRA Cooperative Grant Agreement.  Approved 5-0-0.


8-B.  2011 Pay Equity Report Approval

Administrator Jensen requested the Council approve the 2011 Pay Equity Report.  Currently the City is not in compliance but once the report is approved it will be submitted and steps will be taken to rectify the situation.  Motion Hinderaker, second Nygaard to approve the 2011 Pay Equity Report.  Approved 5-0-0.


8-C.  DFA Discharge Permit Approval

DFA has greatly improved their performance and there has been very little permit violations.  Public Works Director Lohmann recommended the permit be extended to two years.  Motion Drenckhahn, second Hinderaker to approve the DFA Discharge Permit for two years ending 12/31/2012.  Approved 5-0-0.


8-D.  Interim Use Permit Terry’s Fitness Friend-Z Approval

Terry Erredge has purchased the building at 28 Jefferson Drive and would like to move her fitness business to the location.  She is requesting an interim use permit because the area is zoned industrial.  The structure is non-conforming so there are limitations on any future expansion.  Also Erredge has been reminded this is an industrial area with industrial uses and noise, etc. that goes along with it.  The Planning and Zoning Committee recommended the City Council approve the interim use permit.  Motion Nygaard, second Hinderaker to approve the interim use permit for Terry’s Fitness Friend-Z.  Approved 5-0-0.


8-E.  Resolution 2011-04 Corporate Authorization Resolution

Staff is requesting approval for a corporate authorization resolution authorizing Jensen, Hinderaker, and Bauer to be able to sign checks.  Motion Nygaard, second Drenckhahn to approve Resolution 2011-04 Corporate Authorization Resolution.  Approved 5-0-0.




City Administrator Neil Jensen

Reported the furnaces are in and working and the new telephone system is working well.  There will be a City/County Tribal meeting on March 9th and he invited interested Council meeting to attend.  Jensen also reported he received an email from FEMA and they are requesting a meeting for next week.


Community Development Director Dan King;

Informed the Council there will be a Goodhue County EDA Summit on January 28th at the VFW from 9:00 am to noon. 


Police Chief Gary Selness;

Presented the Council with a yearend analysis of crimes and calls for service within the City of Zumbrota.


Mayor Rich Bauer;

Reported Hinderaker, Jensen, King, Leah Wichmann and he had visited the Pine Island Senior Center.  They also visited the Zumbrota Towers to see the current facilities available for a senior center.  There will be more meetings upcoming.  Hinderaker stated it was nice to see Pine Island’s center.  Hostager asked how it was funded.  The center is self funded but the City of Pine Island did sell the group the land for $1.  Other than that the City has no participation in the Center.


Bauer also reported he and Jensen had attended a Fire Board meeting.  Fire dues will remain the same and there was discussion about purchase of a pumper truck.  The Fire Department is going to look for grants.


Meeting adjourned 6:33 p.m.


                                                                                    Neil Jensen City Administrator

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