Zumbrota, MN 

Bridging the Past and the Future

August 7, 2014 Council Minutes







AUGUST 7, 2014

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, Tina Hostager, Sara Durhman and Brad Drenckhahn.  Others present: City Accountant Kim Simonson, City Attorney Matt Rockne, Library Director James Hill, Barb Stussy, Sandy Hadler, and Tawny Michaels.


The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.



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



Motion Hinderaker, second Durhman, to approve the regular City Council meeting minutes of July 24, 2014.  Approved 5-0-0.



Motion Hostager, second Drenckhahn to approve the accounts payable of $38,283.99.

Approved 5-0-0.



Barb Stussy was present to discuss her concerns about the proposed solar farm and the zip rail line.


Unfinished Business:

7-A.  2015 General Fund Budget Discussion

The Council discussed the proposed budget.  Council will look for some research on overlaying the trail and Hinderaker informed the Council the new health insurance renewal rates will increase by 27%.


7-B.  DFA Wastewater Permit

No action is currently being taken.  Drenckhahn, Bauer and Jensen will meet to discuss possible changes on Tuesday.  Hinderaker said he believes the penalty increase makes a statement.  Durhman asked if there could be some type of language requiring reporting of an incident and stiffer penalties for not reporting. 




7-C.  2015-2025 Reconstruction Plan

No action is currently being taken.  Staff will bring Council updated costs so that current set aside amounts can be examined for feasibility of doing construction projects every two years. 



8-A.  Street Closure Request State Theatre

Motion Hinderaker, second Hostager to approve the closing of East Avenue from Third to Fourth Streets on August 23, 2014.  Approved 5-0-0.


8-B.  Set Work Session Park Board (5:00) Library (5:30)

Council discussed upcoming work session.  Council asked to meet with the EDA as well to discuss other issues.  Motion Hinderaker, second Durhman to set the following work sessions:  September 4, 2014 with the EDA at 5:00 pm and September 18, 2014 with Park Board at

5:00 pm and Library at 5:30 pm.  Approved 5-0-0.


8-C.  Lawn Mower Quote Approval

Street Supervisor Mike Olson had given the Council two quotes for a new 60 inch zero turn lawnmower which include trade-in of 2 used lawnmowers.  The quotes were as follows;

M & M Lawn and Leisure      $7,024.01

Decker Power Equipment       $7,949.96

Motion Hinderaker, second Durhman to approve the purchase of the mower from M & M Lawn and Leisure for $7,024.01.  Approved 5-0-0.



Community Development Director Dan King:

Asked the Council to review the RFPs for the comprehensive plan so they can be discussed at the upcoming work session. 


City Accountant Kim Simonson:

Reported the new software installation is progressing but there have been a few hiccups.


Council Member Brad Drenckhahn:

Asked Council to approve the Park Board recommendation of Aaron Wichmann as Park Board member.  Motion Drenckhahn, second Hostager to appoint Aaron Wichmann to the Park Board.  Approved 5-0-0.


Meeting adjourned 6:45 p.m.


                                                                                    Neil Jensen City Administrator

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