Zumbrota, MN 

Bridging the Past and the Future

March 15, 2007 Council Minutes








Pursuant to due call and notice thereof, Mayor Rich Bauer called the Zumbrota City Council to order at 6:00 p.m.  PRESENT:  Mayor Bauer, Councilmembers Willard Eberhart, Doug Borgschatz, Michael Feil, Betty Jo Grothe.  Others present: City Administrator Neil Jensen, Community Development Director Dan King, Public Works Director Rick Lohmann, Police Chief Gary Selness, City Attorney Matt Rockne, City Engineer Bill Angerman, News Reporter Sandy Hadler, EDA Members: Jim Wedge, Allan Falk, Chuck Sturm; Conway Jacobson, Nathan Roderick, Tim Mack , Brian Haugen, Scot Quenzer, Julie Smith, Ray Smith, Eric Lomen, and Diana Lomen, .


The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.


The EDA Meeting was called to order by acting chairperson Allan Falk at 6:05p.m.  Present were Allan Falk, Chuck Sturm and Jim Wedge.



Motion Grothe, second Eberhart to adopt the agenda.  Carried 5-0-0.



Motion Borgschatz, second Grothe, to approve the regular meeting minutes of  03-01-07.  Carried 5-0-0



Motion Feil, second Borgschatz to approve the accounts payable of $95.031.55.  Carried 5‑0‑0


Public Comment: 

Nathan Roderick asked the Council to consider seasonal camping sites in the Covered Bridge Park.  This topic has been discussed at Park Board with some of the concerns being fair rates and handling of campers during potential flooding.  The Park Board will continue considering this option


Unfinished Business;


7-A  3.2 Beer On/Off Sale License Renewal

3.2 Licenses were approved for Aromas and Evergreen Lanes.  Evergreen Lanes also received an On/Off Sale License and Set-Up License.  Borgschatz asked Police Chief Selness if there were any concerns about violations.  He said there were none.  Motion Grothe, second Eberhart to approve these licenses.  Carried 5-0-0



7-B Land Acquisition Industrial Park

Discussion continued on the development of the potential industrial park for “Company A”.  The City has met with the township.  The next step will be a public hearing.  Sturm questioned why the Council was considering 20 acres and if there were additional land available.  It was explained that 20 acres in Roscoe Township were being considered at this time contingent upon soil borings.  Tim and Marie Mack have signed a purchase option with the City and have accepted a $3,400 down payment.


City Engineer Bill Angerman discussed extension of infrastructure details, platting and a regional storm water plan.  The Mayor stated that more land will be purchased than is needed by Company A in order to grade the site.  When Sturm asked why more land would not be purchased the Mayor replied the City will see how this goes first and then revisit purchasing additional land at a later date.   


There will be a joint meeting with the EDA on April 19, 2007, to further address this issue.  Zoning for the land will be contingent upon annexation.  Company A desires to have this project up and running as soon as possible so a tight time frame is necessary.   




New Business;


8-A Accept Petition for Annexation and Set Public Hearing;


Tim and Marie Mack have entered into a purchase option with the city for up to 20 acres.  They have petition the city for annexation of the parcel.  City Administrator Neil Jensen requested the council to approve the petition and set a public hearing for April 19th at 6:05 p.m..


Motion Grothe, Second Feil to set a Public Hearing for April 19th at 6:05 p.m. to discuss annexation of up to 20 acres abutting city limits.  Carried 5-0-0.


8-B Review and Approve Resolution 2007-5 JOBZ Relocation w/ EDA;


Company “A” will be requesting “JOBZ” as part of their development package and the city, county, and school district need to adopt a resolution transferring the JOBZ Zone location from the Watt’s property to the Mack property.

Motion Grothe, Second Borgschatz to approve relocating the JOBZ zone to the 22nd Street extension.  Carried 5-0-0.


8-C Approve Preparation of Plans and Specs 22nd Street Extension;


The development project for the 22nd Street Extension is progressing and City Administrator Neil Jensen requested the council to give the approval for WHKS to draft the plans and specifications. 

Motion Borgschatz, Second Grothe to approve the preparation of plans and specs for the extension of 22nd Street.  Carried 5-0-0.


8-D  Review Scot Quenzer Purchase Agreement/Approve with EDA.


Scot Quenzer and city staff have met and negotiated a Contract for Deed for the Page Building.  Community Development Director Dan King discussed the Contract for Deed and the Encroachment Agreement in regards to the culvert easement.  He stated that the agreement states that if the city was to become involved in the repair of the culvert it would cost the city no more than $34,240.00 for the damages to the building


 Motion Grothe, Second Borgschatz to approve the Scot Quenzer Contract for Deed for the Page Building.  Carried 4-1-0 (Eberhart)




8-E Approve Bid 1994 Chevrolet Caprice Squad Car Sale

Two bids were received for the 1994 Chevrolet Caprice Squad Car:  one for $1,132.07 from Marlee Rosenthal and the other for $900.00 from Lisa Fast.


Motion Eberhart, second Grothe to approve the sale of the 1994 Chevrolet Caprice Squad Car to Marlee Rosenthal for $1,132.07.  Carried 5-0-0.


8-F Approve Brush Grinding Quote

Public Works Director, Rick Lohmann, presented the Council with a quote for grinding the brush pile at the City yard waste site.  The bid from Dakota Wood Grinding was for $7,600 to grind the brush bile and $1,240 to grind the leaf /compost pile.  Dakota Wood grinding has given the City a $2,000 discount because their district’s wood burning power plant will pay them $2,000 for the chips they haul away from the City site.  Feil asked if there were any other bids and Lohmann replied there were not.


Motion Grothe, second Feil to approve the brush grinding bid from Dakota Wood Grinding in the amount of $8,840.  Carried 5-0-0.




City Administrator Neil Jensen;



Community Development Director Dan King;



Public Works Director Rick Lohmann;

Reported the Park had flooded this week and he was happy the softball fields had been moved to their new location.  If they hadn’t have been moved they would have sustained serious damage.  He also reported debris continues to accumulate against the Bridge during flooding causing him some concern.  He is looking into railings for the West Avenue Garage as well as the VonKnobelsdorf properties.


Mayor Bauer;

Reported that he attended the Roscoe Township meeting and discussed the annexation of the Mack Property.  Mayor Bauer reported that the township had a few questions but no real concerns about the annexation.


Council Member Borgschatz;

Updated the Council on current progress on the softball fields pertaining to lights and the proposed shelter. 


Meeting adjourned 7:14 p.m.


                                                                                    Neil Jensen City Administrator

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