Zumbrota, MN 

Bridging the Past and the Future

April 21, 2011 Council Minutes






APRIL 21, 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 Rob Jarrett, Officer Gene Leifeld, Beth Stumm, Jerry Mosley and NewsRecord Reporter Sandy Hadler.


The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.



Motion Nygaard, second Hinderaker to adopt the agenda.  Approved 5-0-0.



Motion Hinderaker, second Nygaard, to approve the regular meeting minutes of April 7, 2011.  Approved 5-0-0.



Motion Hostager, second Drenckhahn to approve the accounts payable of $35,440.83. 

Approved 5-0-0.


Public Comment: 


Public Hearings/MeEtings: 


Unfinished Business:




8-A.  Ambulance Service Report – Beth Stumm

Stumm reported the ambulance service currently has 30 members.  The audit was completed in October with the plan being to have an annual audit going forward.   The Ambulance Board is in the process of developing a strategy to look at reserves, assessments and billable rates when determining the assessments.  Call volume has dropped 14% since 2008.  In 2010 the service purchased two new ambulance chassis and is currently in the process of moving from a paper based record keeping system to a computer based system.  They are anticipating purchasing two cardiac defibrillators in 2011.



8-B.  Water Softener City Hall

Currently when a large volume of water is used in City Hall the water becomes very rusty.  A solution is to install a water softener.   Local contractors were asked to bid the job and did not get back to Public Works Director Lohmann.  A bid for the softener, installation, labor, parts and materials was received from Anderson Plumbing and Heating for $1,220.  Motion Drenckhahn, second Hostager to approve the purchase and installation of a water softener for City Hall from Anderson Plumbing and Heating in the amount of $1,220.  Approved 5-0-0.


8-C.  Bitter Creek Wall Repair

The City of Zumbrota has been working on repairing the limestone walls along Bitter Creek for the last few years.  This year a 57 feet wide by 9 feet high portion will be replaced.  There will also be some rip rap work done by FEMA.  Motion Drenckhahn, second Hinderaker to approve the repair the Bitter Creek wall to be done by Dale Thorpe Masonry for the amount of $4,000.  Approved 5-0-0.


8-D. Kwik Trip Trail Extension 

Trees are being removed from the Kwik Trip area and excavation is slated to begin next week.  A trail extension is planned from West Avenue to the Kwik Trip Property line.  A bid was received from Schumacher Excavating to complete the base work and storm sewer for $9,450.00.  The blacktopping bid from Aslakson’s Blacktopping was for $10,045.49.  Motion Hinderaker, second Nygaard to approve the trail extension bid from Schumacher Excavating for $9,450 and Aslakson’s Blacktopping for $10,045.49.  Approved 5-0-0.


8-E.  Patching and Paving Quotes

Public Works Director Lohmann presented the Council with a bid for patching.  Two patches were for water main repairs, one was for a hydrant repair, one was for a sanitary sewer repair, one was to repair the intersection of East Avenue and Jefferson, and the final was to repair a soft spot in the treatment plant road.  Two bids were received:

Aslakson’s Blacktopping                      $12,386.89

Rochester Sand and Gravel                   $14,569.20     

Lohmann recommended approving the bid from Aslakson’s with the repairs being paid for out of the following funds:

Water  (601)                $2,416.93

Sewer (602)                      604.24

Seal Coat (102)            $9,365.72


Motion Nygaard, second Hostager to approve the bid from Aslakson’s Blacktopping in the amount of $12,386.89.  Approved 5-0-0.


8-F. Fireworks Permit June 18, 2011.

Motion Nygaard, second Hinderaker to approve the fireworks permit for June 18, 2011.  Approved 5-0-0. 


8-G. Peddlers, Solicitors and Transient Merchants Application

The City has been approached by merchants wanting to set up one day a week with mobile food vendors.  King stated this type of merchant is not specifically addressed in the zoning code.  However, the City Code of Ordinances does define this activity as a “transient merchant” and refers to a licensing requirement.  At this time the City does not have an application or procedure for acquiring a transient merchant license.  Staff research indicates there is MN State Statute that requires the county to license transient merchants.  The issue was reviewed by the Planning Commission.  The consensus of Planning Commission is having a procedure that makes local authorities aware of the activity but not to be redundant with the County.  The proposal is to have the City review applications and issue permits with a nominal fee to cover staff time.  Motion Hinderaker, second Hostager to approve the Peddlers, Solicitors and Transient Merchants Application.  Approved 5-0-0.


8-H.  Resolution 2011-06 Toward Zero Deaths

Motion Hostager, second Drenckhahn to approve Resolution Number 2011-06 Resolution Authorizing Acceptance of a Traffic Safety Award.  Approved 5-0-0.




City Administrator Neil Jensen

Informed the Council, Peggy Trebil, of the Goodhue County Assessor’s office was continuing her work on addressing the issue brought forward by the Board of Equalization Meeting. 


City Accountant Kim Simonson;

Reported the auditors will be in the office next week.


Public Works Director Rick Lohmann;

Told the Council there has been a significant washout of the storm sewer on the corner of Main and Fourth Streets.  Lohmann will be meeting with MNDOT to discuss possible solutions.  Another washout is on Jefferson and 19th Street.  Lohmann has contacted Schumacher’s and asked them to prepare a repair quote.


Police Chief Gary Selness;

Stated there would be a drug take back sponsored by the Goodhue County Health Initiative on April 30.  Officer Leifeld will be present for the event.  Unused medications and streets drugs can be turned in with no questions asked.


Mayor Rich Bauer;

Reported he and council member Drenckhahn had attended a meeting with Roscoe Township.  They are preparing an agreement with Roscoe for the next meeting.


Council Member Dale Hinderaker;

Told Council it looked there would be a second annual Testicle Festival this year.  Lindsey Fulton had been in to talk to the EDA about the event.


Meeting adjourned 6:50 p.m.


                                                                                    Neil Jensen City Administrator

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