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Zumbrota, MN
Bridging the Past and the Future

July 24, 2014 Council Minutes







JULY 24, 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 Administrator Neil Jensen, Police Chief Gary Selness, City Accountant Kim Simonson, City Attorney Matt Rockne, Library Director James Hill, Brianna Jett, Sandy Hadler, Brian Haugen and Lucy Schwartz and Glenn Wallace of Dairy Farmers of America.


The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.



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



Motion Hinderaker, second Drenckhahn, to approve the regular City Council meeting minutes of July 10, 2014.  Approved 5-0-0.



Motion Hinderaker, second Durhman to approve the accounts payable of $43,829.55.

Approved 5-0-0.




Unfinished Business:

7-A.  2015 General Fund Budget Discussion

Jensen informed the Council he thinks the budget is pretty close but may need some adjustment due to possible changes to the EDA budget.  Drenckhahn asked about continued progress to wean off of LGA dependence and wanted to keep it as a topic of discussion.  With the stabilization of LGA and the economic upswing things have been more stable.  Jensen said that it would not be taken away all at once if it were taken away.  Hinderaker said he was comfortable using part as operating revenue and putting part away from reserves and projects.  He thought it unwise to increase tax rates when LGA money was available. 


7-B.  DFA Wastewater Permit

Glenn Wallace and Lucy Schwartz had met with Bauer and Jensen earlier in the day to discuss City concerns about the continued violations into the wastewater treatment plant and the odor that results.  Schwartz gave a short presentation with a chart of how the treatment at DFA works and a timeline of the issues DFA felt had contributed to the most recent problems.  They had installed a new separator which did not work as intended.  That was taken out of production and through the entire process they discovered many areas which were working less than efficiently.  Wallace apologized for lack of communication and for not realizing the magnitude of the problem and how it affected both the wastewater treatment plant and the residents of Zumbrota.  He said they are one of the largest employers in Zumbrota and want to be good corporate citizens.  Durhman thanked them for attending the meeting and said the Council wanted to know what happened.  Hinderaker said he was glad to see corrective actions had been taken.  Bauer, Jensen, Drenckhahn and DFA representatives will meet to discuss the restructuring of the permit. 




8-A.  2015-2025 Reconstruction Plans

Ten years ago a list was written up of the proposed reconstructions needing to be done to the City streets.  This list was presented to the Council with updates.  The costs were historical and did not accurately reflect the dramatic rise in asphalt costs.  Drenckhahn asked if the list could be examined and reprioritized with more current estimates of cost.  Jensen said that East 3rd Street will need a full reconstruction soon.  He stated the infrastructure money and the capital projects set-aside would probably allow for projects to be done every other year.  Bauer said he would like to look at the entire street system and then make decisions.  Hostager asked about the bike path in the Park.  This will need to be on the list and a portion of the path may need to be rerouted because of erosion.  Council also discussed sidewalks and will be looking at the sidewalk map and how best to address the sidewalk system in town. 



City Administrator Neil Jensen:

Said the playground in the Highlands has been installed.  The crack sealing has not begun yet due to the unavailability of the machine.  Bids are being put together for repairs at the WWTP.  The Park bathrooms are being redone and the old gazebo has been removed.


City Accountant Kim Simonson:

Informed the Council the installation of the new financial software had begun


Council Member Dale Hinderaker:

Reported the Rochester Sales Tax money is all in.  EDA has earmarked a portion for the industrial park, a portion for commercial rehab pending on the status of the DEED grant and $50,000 to the State Theatre Encore campaign.


Meeting adjourned 6:53 p.m.


                                                                                    Neil Jensen City Administrator

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