Zumbrota, MN 

Bridging the Past and the Future

June 20, 2013 Council Minutes






JUNE 20, 2013

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 Sara Durhman, Dale Hinderaker, Brad Drenckhahn and Tina Hostager.   Others present: City Administrator Neil Jensen, Community Development Director Dan King, Library Director James Hill, Public Works Director Rick Lohmann, City Attorney Matt Rockne, Police Chief Gary Selness, NewsRecord Reporter Tara Chapa, Officer Gene Leifeld, Officer Rob Jarrett, Brian Haugen, Jamie Jo Delva, Dave Zimmerman, Jim Wedge, Gary Pates and Mark Schoenfelder.


The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.



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



Motion Hinderaker, second Durhman, to approve the regular City Council meeting minutes of   June 4, 2013.  Approved 5-0-0.



Motion Durhman, second Drenckhahn to approve the accounts payable of $57,245.56.

Approved 5-0-0.



Dave Zimmerman was present to discuss concerns he has about his Main Street Property located at 320 Main Street.  In 2001 new sidewalks were installed on Main Street.  His room under the sidewalk was damaged during the construction of the sidewalks.  Mr. Zimmerman was in Alaska at the time and could not be reached.  His business partner gave permission for the room to be filled in.  When Mr. Zimmerman returned he found out the room had been filled in and the sidewalks had been installed above.  He was unhappy with the situation.  Now in 2013 he is claiming that water damage is occurring because of how the construction was handled.  He is asking for the sand to be removed from the room, the water damage fixed and the room capped.  He will return to discuss this further with the Council at the July 11th meeting.


Officer Gene Leifeld updated the Council on the upcoming National Night Out to be held in August.








Unfinished Business:

7-A.  Joint Powers Agreement Fire Board;

No further information



8-A.  Highway 58 Sub-Area Study;

Greg Pates (MNDOT) was in attendance to present the Highway 58 subarea study.  He presented several options for review and consideration as to a design of Highway 58 for future construction. 

Motion Hinderaker, second Drenckhahn to approve the Highway 58 Sub-Area Study   Approved 5-0-0.


8-B.  2014 Budget/LGA Review Discussion

Administrator Jensen asked the Council for comment regarding the 2014 Budget.  He also asked for Council input on Capital Project Setasides funding.  East Avenue reconstruction is proposed to be done in three sections 6th – 10th Street, 10th Street to Jefferson Avenue, and 1st  - 6th Street.  Another road in need of resurfacing is Jefferson Avenue.  It is estimated the repairs will cost in the neighborhood of $2,000,000.  Drenckhahn said he would like to see sidewalks considered in the projects as well.  Hostager said she would like to see a feasibility study completed to get the pedestrian system to the Golf Course subdivision. 


Another issue is the request for an additional police officer.  This change would have an ongoing impact on the budget.  Bauer said this issue should be debated at the full Council level and not at the committee level.  He suggested this be discussed at a work session. 


City staff was asked to look into the following concerns:

Eliminate the street light fee

Increase the infrastructure fee

Fire Department Capital Equipment Fund

Upcoming Sewer Plant costs


8-C.  Transfers

Motion Drenckhahn, second Durhman  to approve the following transfers:

  • $25,000 from Capital Projects Restricted Fund (402) to General Fund (101) for purchase of the new Police Squad Car.
  • $9,200 from Grover Abatement Fund (261) to Water Restricted Fund (600) as the abatement transfer for one half the county and school portions.

 Approved 5-0-0.


8-D.  Sale of Forfeited Vehicle

The Police Department has been in the possession of a DWI forfeiture 2007 Pontiac Grand Prix.  Chief Selness contacted the local auto dealers to see if they would be interested in purchasing the vehicle.  The following offers were received:

Route 58 Motors                     $8,358.00

Grover Auto                            $10,000.00

Zumbrota Ford                        $11,055.00


After all fees are paid the remaining monies will be split 70% for the Police Department, 20% for Goodhue County and 10% for the State of MN.  Motion Durhman, second Drenckhahn to approve the sale of the 2007 Pontiac Grand Prix to Zumbrota Ford for $11,055.00. 

Approved 5-0-0.



8-E.  Conditional Use Permit 584 5th Street East


Jamie Delva, 584 5th Street East, is proposing to remodel a portion of their house and offer hair styling/cutting as a home occupation.  According to the Zoning Code this requires a conditional use permit (CUP).  Home occupations may be permitted as long as they do not adversely impact the residential character of the neighborhood and must be secondary to the primary use as a home.  Ms. Delva is proposing to add only one chair and will not have any other stylists aside from her.  


A public hearing was held at the Planning Commission on June 11th.  The Planning Commission unanimously recommended approval of the home occupation CUP, with the only condition hours of operation limited to 8:00 am to 8:00 pm.  Durhman stated this is not uncommon in other cities and supports the home occupation CUP.


Motion Hostager, second Durhman to approve the conditional use permit for a home occupation at 584 5th Street East.

Approved 5-0-0.





City Administrator Neil Jensen:

Informed the Council he would like to schedule a joint work session with the Library Board and the Park Board for the first meeting in September.  Jensen is also seeking input for the design and improvement to the Highlands Park.  Council will be reviewing the TH58 Landscaping plan in the near future.  Also, there was a sales tax revenue meeting in Rochester to comply with the new State Statute and the Rochester City Council approved the sales tax revenue to the 17 cities.


Community Development Director Dan King:

Reported that running the parade down West Avenue had worked well.


Public Works Director Rick Lohmann:

Stated the Public Works department had replaced some lead service lines on Main and 5th Street.


Police Chief Gary Selness:

Also reported that running the parade down West Avenue went smoothly.  He told Council the new squad car is in and will have new graphics.


Council Member Sara Durhman: 

Informed the Council that the Police Department, Ambulance Service and Goodhue County Dispatch were in agreement on how to dispatch for after hour calls and the issue seems to be resolved.


Council Member Dale Hinderaker:

Told the Council the EDA will be reviewing the sales tax proposals and business study criteria and will be soliciting ideas.


Meeting adjourned.


                                                                                    NeilJensenCity Administrator


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