Zumbrota, MN 

Bridging the Past and the Future

August 16, 2007 Council Minutes







August 16, 2007,   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 Richard Bauer, Council members: Doug Borgschatz, Bill Eberhart, Michael Feil and Betty Jo Grothe. Others present: City Administrator Neil Jensen, Public Works Director Rick Lohmann, Community Development Developer Dan King, City Accountant Kim Simonson, Police Chief Gary Selness, City Engineer Bill Angerman, City Attorney Matt Rockne, Sarah Schrader and Lisa Hani from Goodhue County Land Use Management, NewsRecord Reporter Sandy Hadler, Brian Haugen, and Jim Wedge.


The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.



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



Motion Eberhart, second Borgschatz, to approve the regular meeting minutes of August 2, 2007.  Approved 5-0-0.



Motion Grothe, second Feil to approve the accounts payable of $316,670.63.  Approved 5-0-0.




Public Hearings/MeEtings: 


Unfinished Business:

7-a 2008 Budget Discussion

Administrator Jensen presented the Council with a balanced budget reflecting the Park Board budget suggestions which had been discussed at the previous meeting.  Jensen had been present at the 8/3/2007 Park Board Meeting and had asked the Board for a list of what they would like to see in the future.  The list is:

            Woodlands Park

            Additional Lighting in Covered Bridge Park

            Ball fields – Concessions, playground and a sign

            Pool house – interior maintenance

            Kids Kingdom – wood chips and sealing

            Seasonal Campsites

            Signage and advertising of the Covered Bridge Park Campground


Feil reported the Library Board was disappointed the City had not shifted the cost for the snow removal and other hard costs to the Library budget from the street department.  Administrator Jensen said even though the Library was not seeing a budget increase this year they had sufficient funds to cover these expenses.  Feil also asked where the responsibilities for the Library building start and stop for the Council.  Mayor Bauer replied that it would be a Council decision.


Jensen stated the proposed budget allows for no tax rate increase and that the Zumbrota tax rates are one of the lowest in the County.  City Utility rates are low as well.   Jensen was directed by the Council to formalize the budget in order to get the levy to the County by the September deadline.  He will present the Council with a preliminary budget for the next meeting.


7-b Approve Ordinance 2007-2 Ultimate Fighting

Feil and Borgschatz discussed the pros and cons of banning ultimate fighting.  Feil expressed concern about the City banning this activity which could, at some future date, be a reputable sport.  Mayor Bauer stated if the City does not have an ordinance then its hands are tied if someone wants to have this type of activity.  This way the City could make changes to the ordinance if need arises.  Motion Grothe, second Bauer to approve ordinance 2007-02 Banning Ultimate Fighting.   Approved 4-1-0 (Feil  against).




8-A.  Goodhue County Land Use GIS Presentation

Lisa Hani and Sarah Schrader from Goodhue County gave a presentation on the GIS system available through Goodhue County.  They are requesting the City cost share in the GIS system at a cost of $3,300 a year for two years.  County residents access the site frequently to find parcels and other information.  It is the County’s hope that cities will partner with them and use the information available to make one seamless program available to residents.  Council thanked them for their time and will consider the issue.


8-B.  Sale of Forfeited Vehicles (Police)

Chief Selness requested Council approval to dispose of two forfeited vehicles.  They are a 1988 Plymouth Voyager Van and 2000 Chevrolet S-10 Pickup.  Both vehicles are in poor condition and have high mileage.  Motion Grothe, second Borgschatz to authorize Chief Selness to dispose of the 1988 Plymouth Voyager Van and 2000 Chevrolet S-10 Pickup.  Approved 5-0-0.


8-C.  Approve City Hall Trim Bid

Three bids were received for the trim repair and replacement at City Hall.  They were:  

                                    Terry Buck Construction           $5,900.00       

                                    Edel Construction                     $5,946.00

                                    Dave Hart Construction            $6,767.00

Motion Grothe, second Feil to accept the bid from Terry Buck Construction for $5,900.00.  Approved 4-0-1 Eberhart.




8-D.  Police Vehicle Transfer

City Accountant Kim Simonson requested approval to transfer $10,145.23 from the Capital Projects Restricted Fund (402) to the General Fund to pay for expenses related to the purchase of the new squad car.  Motion to approve the $10,145.23 transfer from Fund 402 to the General Fund Borgschatz, second Grothe.  Approved 5-0-0.




City Administrator Neil Jensen; none         


City Accountant Kim Simonson; none


Public Works Director Rich Lohmann; none


Community Development Director Dan King;

Reported he had been in contact with MnDot and the Highway 58 Bridge has been scheduled for replacement in 2010.


City Engineer Bill Angerman;

Reported that after the last meeting the change order on the Business Park was 2/3 done but the rain had stopped work for this week.  The road is to sub grade.


Police Chief Gary Selness;


City Attorney Matt Rockne;


Mayor Rich Bauer;

Reported he and Jensen will be working with Bigelow and the Zumbrota Golf Course to come up with some sort of resolution to construct a road to the north of the Golf Sheds to access Highlands.


Council Member Doug Borgschatz;


Council Member Bill Eberhart;

Stated that he would like to wait before he made a decision on the GIS presentation.  He stated some of these services should be provided by the County.


Council Member Michael Feil;

Reported there will be a “Good bye/Hello” Party at the Library to welcome the new Library Director and say good bye to the current library director.  The event will be September 12th at 4:00 p.m.


Council Member BJ Grothe;


Meeting adjourned 7:16 p.m.


                                                                                    Neil Jensen City Administrator

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