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Zumbrota, MN
Bridging the Past and the Future

January 2, 2014 Council Minutes






JANUARY 2, 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, Brad Drenckhahn and Sara Durhman.   ABSENT: Tina Hostager.  Others present: City Administrator Neil Jensen, City Accountant Kim Simonson, Community Development Director Dan King, Library Director James Hill, City Attorney Matt Rockne, Officer Rob Jarrett, Sandy Hadler and NewsRecord Reporter Tara Chapa.


The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.



Motion Drenckhahn, second Hinderaker to adopt the agenda.  Approved 4-0-0.



Motion Hinderaker, second Drenckhahn, to approve the regular City Council meeting minutes of December 19, 2013.  Approved 4-0-0.



Motion Drenckhahn, second Durhman to approve the accounts payable of $11,389.77.

Approved 4-0-0.



6-A.  2014 Fee Schedule

The public hearing for the 2014 fee schedule was opened at 6:03pm.  There was no input and the public hearing was closed at 6:05pm.


Unfinished Business:

7-A.  Fire Board Meeting Discussion

There was nothing new to discuss on the Fire Board.  Jensen and Bauer said there had been good discussion on the budget.  The next meeting is scheduled for January 7th at 7:00pm.



8-A.  2014 Fee Schedule

The following fee schedule was presented for approval:










Zoning Fees*


Conditional Use Permit Application


Interim Use Permit Application


Variance Application


Rezone Request Application


Zoning Ord. Amendment Application


Preliminary Plat Review Application

$50 + $5 per lot

Final Plat Review Application

$50 (waived on subd of 5 lots or less)

Annexation Request Application

$200 plus MN Planning Fees ($200 -


waived on requests of 5 acres or less)

Minor Subdivision Application


Street/Alley/Utility Vacation Application


Zoning Permit Application


Commercial Site Plan Review

Actual cost for Engineer and other consultant fees


* All Zoning Applications subject to applicable publishing and recording fees in addition to above


Dog Licenses

$15; $10 if neutered or spayed

Dog Running at Large

$30 licensed; $40 unlicensed

Special Assessment Search


Research Records


Business Subsidy Application


Zoning Ordinance





$.10 per page; $.15 per double side page

NSF Check


Meeting Room Usage


Cigarette Licenses


3.2% Malt Liquor:


    On Sale


    Off Sale


    One Day


Liquor License


    On Sale


    Off Sale


    One Day








Consumption and Display  (Set-up)


Solicitor/Peddler Permit


Water Hookup Fee


Sewer Hookup Fee


Water Availability Charge

$1750 per acre

Sewer Availability Charge

$1750 per acre

Water Minimum


Sewer Minimum


Water Rate


Sewer Rate

$2.81 DFA $2.68

Water Reconnection Fee


Bulk Water

$25 for 1st 1,000 gals; $6 per thousand thereafter

Water Meter

3/4" $340.00- 1" $450.00  Others @ Cost

Industrial wastewater fees and charges:     Per permit(s)


Civil Defense Fee

$50.00 per Lot (New Developments) Residential

Civil Defense Fee

$250.00 per Gross Acre Ind/Com

Building Permit Violation

25% of Permit or $100.00 whichever is Greater

Building Permit - Re-Roofing, Re-Siding,


Mechanical (HVAC), Window Replacement


Infrastructure Fee

$11.00 Per Month 

Refuse Collection Fee

$400.00 Annually

Dangerous Dog fee

$500.00 Annually

Storm Water Fee

$.19 per month

Street Light Fee

$1.07 per Month


Park & Pool Fees


Shelter Fee

$75.00, + separate check damage deposit $100.00 (held)

Camping Fee

$20.00 per unit per night

Daily Fee


Pool Parties


Family Membership Resident


Family Membership  Non-Resident


Individual Membership Resident


Individual Membership Non-Resident



$35.00 with Membership


$40.00 without Membership


Motion Hinderaker, second Durhman to approve the 2014 Fee Schedule.  Approved 4-0-0.


8-B.  Resolution 2014-01 Designate Official Depositories

The Bank of Zumbrota and Edward Jones were requested to be approved as official depositories.

Motion Drenckhahn, second Durhman to approve Resolution 2014-01 designating the official depositories as the Bank of Zumbrota and Edward Jones.  Approved 4-0-0.


8-C.  Resolution 2014-02 Designate Official Publication

Motion Hinderaker, second Durhman to approve Resolution 2014-02 designating the NewsRecord as the official publication of the City of Zumbrota.  Approved 4-0-0.


8-D.  Scheduled Budget Transfer

Simonson asked the Council to approve the following transfers:

  • Transfer $86,404 from the General Fund (101) to EDA Fund (403)
  • Transfer $38,850 from Infrastructure Fund (201) to 2010B Bonds (518)
  • Transfer $73,690 from Water Fund (601) to 2009A Bonds (516)
  • Transfer $123,521 from Sewer Fund (602) to 2009A Bonds (516)

Motion Durhman, second Hinderaker to approve the scheduled budget transfers. 

Approved 4-0-0.


8-E.  Approve Annual Appointments

The following annual Appointments were presented to the Council for Approval:





ASSIGNMENT                                                                      TERM


Acting Mayor

Dale Hinderaker                                                                      annual appointment


Streets & Sidewalks               

Dale Hinderaker, Sara Durhman                                             annual appointment


Water Department/WWTP and Collection System                                       

Brad Drenckhahn                                                                    annual appointment   



Richard Bauer                                                                         annual appointment


Fire Board

Richard Bauer / Tina Hostager                                               annual appointment


City Owned Buildings and Property

Mayor and Entire Council                                                      annual appointment


City Attorneys

Matt Rockne - civil                                                                 annual appointment

GoodhueCounty - criminal                                                    annual appointment   


Community Adult Education and Recreation Board

Dale Hinderaker                                                                      annual appointment


Area Ambulance Association

Beth Stumm                                                                           annual appointment


Memorial Day Directors

Rich Bauer -Chair                                                                   annual appointment

Organization Representatives                                                 annual appointment   


Emergency  Management 

Emergency Services Board                                                     annual appointment                                                               

Cable Board

Mayor and Entire Council                                                      annual appointment


Rubbish Disposal & Recycling

Mayor and Entire Council                                                      annual appointment



ASSIGNMENT                                                                      TERM



Animal Control                                                          

Public Works & Police Department                                                   annual appointment


Safety Director

City Administrator                                                                              annual appointment


Garbage, Weed Control

Police Department                                                                              annual appointment


Park Board

Brad Drenckhahn, Council Liaison, ex-officio                                   annual appointment

Tom Steger                                                                                          12-31-16

Betty Jo Grothe                                                                                   12-31-16

Bretta Damson                                                                                    12-31-14

Jarid Andring                                                                                     12-31-14

Nathan Hellyer                                                                                    12-31-15


Economic Development Authority (EDA)


Rich Bauer, Council                                                                     12-31-14

OPEN,   Citizen at Large                                                           12-31-15

Rich Meyerhofer, Citizen at Large                                               12-31-16

Brenda Lerum, Citizen at Large                                                   12-31-17

Eric Bengtson, Citizen at Large                                                    12-31-18

Dale Hinderaker, Council                                                             12-31-14

Bill Eberhart,  Citizen at Large                                                    12-31-14

Dan King, Comm Dev Dir/Zoning Admin, ex-officio           

Neil Jensen, Executive Director- ex officio                                       




Library Board

Tina Hostager, Council Liaison                                             

Mae Eckert 2nd  Term                                                                   12-31-14

Angela Andring 1st Term                                                               12-31-16

Linda Magdsick, 1st Term                                                             12-31-15

Cheri Weis, 1st  Term                                                                    12-31-14

Gary Harder 1st  Term                                                                   12-31-15

Ann Goplen, 3rd   Term                                                                 12-31-16

Tom Meyer, 2nd Term                                                                   12-31-15

Patti Budensiek, 2nd  Term                                                          12-31-16

Stacey Suess 1st Term                                                       12-31-14





ASSIGNMENT                                                                      TERM



Planning Commission

Matt Rockne                                                                           annual appointment

Sara Durhman                                                                         annual appointment

Beverly Weness                                                                      annual appointment

Lowell Olson                                                                           annual appointment

Richard Myran                                                                        annual appointment

Vacant                                                                                    annual appointment

Betty Jo Grothe                                                                       annual appointment

Dan King, Comm Dev Dir/Zoning Adm, ex-officio                                                              

Neil Jensen, City Administrator - ex officio  


Emergency Services Board

Richard Bauer, City Council                                                  annual appointment

Mike Borass, Fire Department Chief                                      annual appointment

Gary Selness, Police Chief                                                      annual appointment

Ambulance Service Director                                                   annual appointment

Neil Jensen - City Administrator, ex officio                           annual appointment


Building Inspector

Tom Thompson                                                                       annual appointment


Motion Drenckhahn, second Durhman to approve the appointments as corrected. 

Approved 4-0-0.


8-F.  Goodhue County Prosecution Services (3 Year Contract)

The Goodhue County Attorney’s office is requesting the City to sign a three year agreement for legal services at the following rates:

2014 - $956.25 per month/$11,475 annually

2015 - $965.81 per month/$11589.75 annually

2016 - $975.47 per month/$11705.65 annually

Motion Drenckhahn, second Durhman to approve the three year contract with Goodhue County Attorney’s office.  Approved 4-0-0.


8-G.  Zumbrota Rebranding Request

At a previous meeting, Durhman had brought up the request to have City staff look into the cost and scope of rebranding the City.  Funds for this would be requested from the Rochester sales tax money.  Community Development Director King had looked into several vendors who would upgrade the City website and other areas.  It is estimated this could cost $20,000 or more.  Motion Durhman, second Drenckhahn to direct City Staff to prepare a proposal for Zumbrota rebranding and submit to the EDA a project under the Rochester Sales Tax grant.  Approved 4-0-0.




Meeting adjourned 6:38 p.m.


                                                                                    NeilJensenCity Administrator

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