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Zumbrota, MN 

Bridging the Past and the Future

July 3,2007 Council Minutes

 

 

 

 

CITY OF ZUMBROTA COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES

TUESDAY, JULY 3, 2007   6:00 P.M.    

 TOWN HALL

 

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; Councilmembers: Doug Borgschatz, Bill Eberhart, Michael Feil, and Betty Jo Grothe.  Others present:  City Administrator Neil Jensen, City Accountant Kim Simonson, Community Development Director Dan King, Public Works Director Rick Lohmann, City Engineer Bill Angerman, Mark Murch and Dick Benzkofer of Scanlon, Nietz and Murch (City Auditors), Jim Perra, Karen Brooks, Brian Haugen, Melissa Haugen, Jim Wedge and Paul Kalass. 

 

The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

AMENDMENTS/ADOPTION OF AGENDA

Motion Borgschatz, second Grothe to adopt the agenda.  Approved 5-0-0.

 

MINUTES

Motion Eberhart, second Feil, to approve the regular meeting minutes of June 21, 2007.  Approved 5-0-0.

 

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE

Motion Feil, second Borgschatz to approve the accounts payable of $70,253.43.                    Approved 5-0-0.

 

PUBLIC COMMENT: 

Brian Haugen suggested the Rotary publicize their parade contest more in the future.  Mr. Haugen was a winner and was not even aware there was a contest.

 

Public Hearings/MeEtings: 

 

Unfinished Business:

7-a 2008 Budget discussion

City Administrator Jensen presented the Council with the General Fund portion of the budget.  He asked Council to review the budget and come to him with any suggestions.  He also reminded the Council that at present the expenditures and revenues do not balance and the tax revenue and LGA monies are the 2007 amounts.  2008 amounts will not be firmed up until August.

 

7-b DONATION REQUEST HISTORICAL SOCIETY/ZAAC

The Council reviewed a donation schedule which was a result of the last meeting’s discussion centering on using approximately 1% of the General Fund Budget for donations.  Organizations seeking donations would need to apply in the year preceding their donation in order to become part of the budget cycle.        

                                                                                               

Entity

Suggested

Original

Approving Board

ZTA Community Band

$1,150

$1,000

Council

ZAAC

$1,650

$1,500

EDA

Southern MN Initiative

$1,150

$1,000

EDA

Visitor/Applause

$3,000

$2,970

EDA

ZTA Historical Society

$2,000

0

Council

Food shelf

$1,650

$1,500

Council

Senior Center (Towers)

$2,850

$2,685.02

Council

Garden Plantings

$0

$400

Park Board

TOTALS

$13,450

$11,055.02

 

 

Motion Borgschatz, second Eberhart to approve the donations as outlined above.                   Approved 3-0-2.  Feil and Grothe abstaining.

 

7-c Route 52 Truck Wash

Brian and Melissa Haugen were present to discuss their concerns with the payment for the sewer pipe on the Haugen property in the Jacobson Commercial Park.  Councilmember Borgschatz asked Haugen what he was looking for as a resolution for this problem.  Haugen stated he did not want to pay for the line.  He felt it should have been done as part of the Jacobson Commercial Park.  The ordinances and agreements do not line up and errors were made all around.  Councilmember Feil stated he thought Conway Jacobson should be present and Haugen said Jacobson would not deal with him on this topic. 

 

Mr. Haugen stated he feels he owns the line and he can do anything he wants with that line.  He also told the Council litigation costs would be triple what the current costs are.  Administrator Jensen told the Council he thought the City had done all the correct steps with the only possible error being the granting of a building permit before the development was done. 

 

This issue will be tabled until the City Attorney can be at the Council meeting.  Mr. Rockne was the attorney for all the involved parties. 

 

7-d industrial park grading

The lot adjacent to the Midwest Fabrication lot was discussed.  Previously it was thought it may be feasible to grade out the lot at the current low price to get it ready for sale.  There is about 2 feet of topsoil which would result in $90,000 of grading.  City Administrator Jensen was told by WHKS there was enough material to grade it out and suggested the Council take no action at this time.

 

 

NEW BUSINESS;

 

8-A.  2006 AUDIT APPROVAL

Mark Murch and Dick Benzkofer of Scanlon, Nietz and Murch, the city auditors, presented the Council with the 2006 Audit.  The City received a clean audit opinion.  They gave the Council a brief overview of the duties they performed and a synopsis of the City’s financial health.  The Net assets of the city increased $1,178,365. 

 

Motion Grothe, second Feil to accept the 2006 City Audit.  Approved 5-0-0.

 

8-B.  APPROVE SEAL COAT QUOTE

Tabled

 

8-C.  REZONE APPROVAL

The zoning a the intersection of Jefferson Drive and Highway 58/Main Street north of Jefferson Drive is currently R2 Residential.  The Bank of Zumbrota (South), Prigge’s Flooring and Ambulance Garage are in this area.  The Planning and Zoning Committee recommended the Council rezone the Bank of Zumbrota and Prigge’s flooring lots to C2 Highway Commercial.  The Ambulance Garage would remain R2 Residential.

 

Mayor Bauer questioned the decision to leave the Ambulance Garage R2.  Councilmember Grothe said she could not support C2 and all the uses.  It is probable the zoning for the Ambulance Garage will be revisited at a later date when the building goes up for sale. 

 

Motion Grothe, second Borgschatz to change the zoning on the Bank of Zumbrota South and Prigge’s Flooring from R2 to C2 Highway Commercial.  Approved 5-0-0.

 

Reports;

 

Mayor Rich Bauer;

Reported he and Administrator Jensen did not attend the Board of Adjustments meeting with the County to discuss the variance request from Central Livestock Auction Market.  The request had been withdrawn.  With the closing of the South St. Paul Auction Market the City has become concerned Central Livestock Auction will become a holding facility.  The Mayor and the City Administrator intend to keep the Council well informed about any developments in this area.

 

 

Meeting adjourned 7:46 p.m.

                                                                                    ________________________

                                                                                    Neil Jensen City Administrator

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