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Zumbrota, MN
Bridging the Past and the Future

July 19,2007 Council Minutes






THURSDAY, JULY 19,   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:  Council members: Doug Borgschatz, Bill Eberhart, Michael Feil, and Betty Jo Grothe. Others present: City Administrator Neil Jensen, City Accountant Kim Simonson, Public Works Director Rick Lohmann, Community Development Director Dan King, Police Chief Gary Selness, City Attorney Matt Rockne, City Engineer Bill Angerman, NewsRecord Reporter Sandy Hadler, Midwest Fabrication and Supply Architect Bill McKeag, Connie Rude, Sharon Isenberg, Lance Isenberg, Jim Wedge, and Jim Perra.


The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.



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



Motion Borgschatz, second Feil, to approve the regular meeting minutes of July 3, 2007.  Approved 5-0-0.



Motion Feil, second Borgschatz to approve the accounts payable of $261,305.56.           Approved 5-0-0.


Public Comment:   


Public Hearings/MeEtings: 


Unfinished Business:

7-a 2008 Budget Discussion

City Administrator Jensen told the Council he is waiting for LGA numbers and the increased market value for the City.  The EDA budget will see significant changes and a rough draft has been presented to the EDA. 


7-b  Route 52 carwash

Brian Haugen of Route 52 Car Wash was again present to hear of the Council’s decision on his request for reimbursement for extending the sewer pipe through his property.  Mr. Haugen had applied for a minor subdivision when he built the property but states he never planned to be a developer.  Councilmember Eberhart asked City Attorney Matt Rockne what his recollection was on how the business deal took place.  Rockne said originally the easement was supposed to be a private easement but as the engineer was mapping the site out it was decided the easement should be public.  Rockne stressed that whatever the Council decision was it would be important that all future treatment of such situations would be equal and consistent. Jensen stated that all past developments have extended the infrastructure to the property lines and it is required to do so in the subdivision ordinance. The Mayor stated that the Council was not arguing that the cost of the pipe was a developer’s cost; the question was who the developer was.  Haugen said he felt errors made gave the City some responsibility in the cost.  Jensen reminded the Council the issue wasn’t new and Jacobson is unwilling to participate in any of the cost.  Both Feil and Eberhart added their observations that the City was not mentioned anywhere in the development agreement.  Mayor Bauer asked for a motion.  He made a second request for a motion and a third.  Hearing no motion the item was taken off the agenda.


7-c Industrial park grading

City Engineer Bill Angerman apologized to the Council for an error which he had made at the previous meeting.  He reviewed the quantities and costs after the meeting and discovered the calculations were wrong and there was not enough fill to balance the sites.  He said this will not affect the cost but will affect the timing. 


The second item involves Lot 2.  There are questions about how it should be graded since there is no building currently and there is fill (approximately 18,000 cubic yards) which needs to be generated.  He proposed going to the south for the fill we need by purchasing additional property from Tim and Marie Mack.  The price of grading from Road Contractors is $1.45.  If fill needs to be hauled in it will be $5.00 per yard.  Depending on the price negotiated with the Macks the cost would appear to be significantly less.  The additional land will create a sellable lot which could be priced at $2.50 per square foot. 


Motion Grothe, Second Eberhart to Request Road Constructors to do the grading for approximately 16,000 yards to the north end of lot 2.  Approved 5-0-0.


Motion Eberhart, second Grothe to authorize City Administrator Jensen to meet with the Macks and enter into a purchase agreement for additional property based on the grading plan.   Approved 5-0-0.


7-d seal coat quote approval

Public Works Director Rick Lohmann presented the Council with a highlighted map of the roads he thinks should be seal coated this summer.  The bid form Pearson Bros. came in at $43,500 and he suggested the Council consider seal coating the parking lot of the Swimming Pool if the total costs came in under $50,000.


Motion Borgschatz, second Grothe to approve the $43,500 bid from Pearson Bros and to do the swimming pool parking lot if the total bid came in under $50,000.  Approved 5-0-0. 





8-A approve sale police squad car

Police Chief Selness reported two bids had been received for the 2001 Ford Crown Victoria squad car.  One bid was $500 from Michael Feil and the other was $200 from Cindy Thompson.  Selness recommended to the Council they accept the $500 bid from Feil.


Motion Eberhart, second Grothe to accept the $500 bid from Michael Feil for the 2001 Ford Crown Victoria squad car.  Approved 4-0-1 (Feil abstaining). 



Bill McKeag, architect for Midwest Fabrication & Supply, presented the Council with the site plan for the new building. He told the Council he and Harris Company appreciated the consideration and are thrilled to be able to add interest to an area of the City which is bound to grow.  Harris Company is happy with the progress which has been made and is pursuing “Green Accreditation” for the building.  The site plan has been approved by the City Engineer and the Planning and Zoning Commission has made a recommendation to approve the site plan.


Motion Grothe, second Feil to approve the site plan for Midwest Fabrication and Supply.  Approved 5-0-0. 



The Planning and Zoning Committee recommended approval of a minor subdivision of the property owned by Sharon and Lance Isenberg.  The house would be on one part and the shed on the other. 


Motion Grothe, second Borgschatz to approve the Isenberg’s request for a minor subdivision.  Approved 5-0-0.



Lance and Sharon Isenberg also requested the zoning on the parcel with the house be changed from I2 (Industrial) to R2 (Residential).


Motion Grothe, second Eberhart to change the zoning on the house portion of the Isenberg minor subdivision from I2 to R2. Approved 5-0-0. 



Randy Krause and Clint Renken are proposing to split the parcel owned by Krause.  The back end of the parcel would be added to Renken’s business.  The area is zoned I2.  Renken is planning to build another building in the future to expand his business.  The minor subdivision was recommended for approval by the Planning and Zoning Committee. 


Motion Grothe, second Borgschatz to approve the minor subdivision request from Randy Krause and Clint Renken. Approved 5-0-0. 




City Administrator Neil Jensen;

Reported there had been a request for crosswalk cones on Highway 58.  He and Rick Lohmann will do some more research and get back to the Council. 


DFA had a spill.  They were over limit and will be penalized significantly.  Their 90 day permit is almost up and this spill will be weighed into the consideration for the next permit.


City Accountant Kim Simonson;

Reported the first half of the Tax Settlement and LGA money had been received.


Public Works Director Rick Lohmann;

Reported the paving at the ball diamonds will begin tomorrow.


Community Development Director Dan King;

Community Development Director Dan King reported that Dale Hinderaker, a member of the EDA and an applicant for a Small Cities Development Program grant had been contacted by the Southeast MN Multi-County Housing and Redevelopment Authority (SEMMCHRA) about his application for repairs to his downtown building.  He is one of approximately ten applicants.


Mayor Rich Bauer;

Reported he had received an email from city resident Lance Patterson.  Patterson had purchased a new home in the Highlands and had received a large first water/sewer bill.  Patterson was requesting a credit for the sewer portion of the watering bill.  There was some discussion.


Motion Grothe, second Borgschatz to give sewer credit for the previous one month in excess of 15,000 gallons if the resident purchases a separate water meter for sprinkling.  Approved 5-0-0.


Council Member Doug Borgschatz;

Asked Lohmann if there had ever been a sprinkling ban.  Lohmann said that with the current water storage capabilities there was no need.  He said the State of Minnesota had issued a state wide ban in 1988.



Meeting adjourned 7:39 p.m.


                                                                                    Neil Jensen City Administrator

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