Zumbrota, MN 

Bridging the Past and the Future

April 17, 2014 Council Minutes






APRIL 17, 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, Library Director James Hill, Police Chief Gary Selness, Community Development Director Dan King, City Attorney Matt Rockne, City Engineer Bill Angermann, Sandy Hadler Joe O’Gorman, Kris Ferguson, Rob Jarrett, Roxanne Bartsch and Brian Haugen.


The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.



Motion Hostager, second Drenckhahn to adopt the agenda as submitted: Approved 5-0-0.



Motion Hinderaker, second Hostager, to approve the regular City Council meeting minutes of April 3, 2014. Approved 4-0-1 (Durhman Abstains).



Motion Hinderaker, second Drenckhahn to approve the accounts payable of $41,638.45.

Approved 5-0-0.



Clarissa Hadler addressed the Council presenting her concerns for a Dollar General coming to Zumbrota.


Unfinished Business:

7-A. Strategic Plan and Rebranding Zumbrota

Durhman said she believes the strategic planning and rebranding should start with the formation of a committee which would solicit RFPs from professional firms. There was some discussion on whether it would be possible to find a firm which could both create a strategic plan and a rebranding plan. Hinderaker asked if the upcoming seminar on May 12th could be tailored to address some of these topics. Roxanne Bartsch said that having the seminar with topics aimed at this subject could be done. The Council decided to wait until after the May 12th meeting to form a committee and move forward.



8-A. Crack Sealing (Jefferson Drive) Quote:

City Staff presented a quote from Brock White for $14,900 to crack seal on Jefferson Avenue using a leveling mastic.   Jensen cautioned the Council saying this will not fix Jefferson Drive but will help with some of the problems with the road. He also said staff will be fixing some of the areas which have sunken due to placement of a culvert and establishment of water services. Motion Hinderaker, second Hostager to approve the quote from Brock White in the amount of $14,900. Approved 5-0-0.


8-B. 2014 East Avenue Reconstruction Project Approval

City Engineer Bill Angermann informed the Council the following bids were received for the East Avenue Reconstruction:

Schumacher Excavating         $604,531.75

Hesselton Construction           $659,496.00

BCM Construction                  $686,685.00

A-1 Excavating                       $689,072.25

Pember Companies                 $710,549.59

Elcor Construction                  $743,216.25

Ryan Contracting                    $754,462.25


Schumacher Excavating met all the requirements and will begin the project after Covered Bridge Festival with an anticipated finish date of October 17th.


Motion Drenckhahn, second Durhman to accept the bids for the 2014 East Avenue Reconstruction Project and award the bid to Schumacher Excavating for $604,531.75. Approved 5-0-0.


8-C. Amend 2014 Fee Schedule

City Attorney Matt Rockne recommended the City amend the 2014 fee schedule to include a fee for bypassing and tampering with the water meter. Motion Durhman, second Hinderaker to add Water bypassing and tampering fee - $1,000 plus possible criminal citation. Approved 5-0-0.


8-D. Rezone of Former Grover Auto Lot

The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended denying the rezoning of the former Grover Auto lot from residential to commercial.   Motion Drenckhahn, second Durhman to deny the rezone of the former Grover Auto lot. Approved 5-0-0.


8-E. Sale of EDA Property to Overland Group

Since the rezoning was denied this issue was removed from the agenda.


8-F. Resolution 2014-06 Small Cities Development Program (SCDP) Grant Application

If received this grant would allow for renovation of commercial, residential and rental properties in the designated areas.   Motion Hostager, second Durhman to approve Resolution 2014-06 Small Cities Development Program (SCDP) Grant Application. Approved 5-0-0.


8-G. Proposed Amendment to MnDOT Partnership Agreement for Installation of Fire Suppression System on Covered Bridge

This project had been bid out previously with a surveillance piece and had not been accepted because it came in over projections. This time the bid will be going out strictly for fire suppression. Motion Hinderaker, second Durhman to approve the proposed amendment to MnDOT Partnership Agreement for Installation of Fire Suppression System on the Covered Bridge. Approved 5-0-0.




City Administrator Neil Jensen:

Jensen stated 260 trees will be planted next week in the Covered Bridge Park, the Woodlands and along the boulevards. He thanked Mark Behrends for heading up the project. The jetter truck has been repaired and the road crew is anxious to start spring work. The Park Board will be updating the park and campground bathrooms and the two City highway signs will be landscaped.


City Accountant Kim Simonson:

Informed the Council that audit field work will begin on April 28th.


Library Director James Hill:

Reported that city libraries had given the Goodhue County Commissioners an annual report.


City Engineer Bill Angermann:

Said there are two projects which will be finished off soon: the water main looping and 435th Street.


Police Chief Gary Selness:

Said that tobacco compliance checks had been done. 50% of the establishments checked had failed. This was strictly an educational exercise.


City Attorney Matt Rockne:

Thanked the Fire Department for providing the skating rink.


Mayor Rich Bauer:

Reminded the Council of an April 30th SEMLM meeting in Spring Valley. The State has approved the solar farm and the company will be meeting with area cities. The PUC will make the final decision.


Council Member Dale Hinderaker:

Thanked City Staff for their efforts during the water freeze ups. Reported there will be a May meeting with Tim Penny’s initiative fund to discuss leveraging some of the Rochester Sales Tax money.


Meeting adjourned 6:42 p.m.


                                                                                    Neil Jensen City Administrator

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