Zumbrota, MN 

Bridging the Past and the Future

August 6, 2015 Council Minutes







AUGUST 6, 2015

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 Brad Drenckhahn, Dale Hinderaker, Tina Hostager and Sara Durhman.   Others present: City Administrator Neil Jensen, Police Chief Pat Callahan, City Accountant Kim Simonson, Public Works Director Mike Olson, City Attorney Matt Rockne, Children’s Librarian Angie Gustafson, NewsRecord reporter Tawny Michaels, Jim Wedge, Roberta Callahan, Brian Haugen, Gerry Webster, Dean Jackson and Mr. and Mrs. Cory Matthees.


The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.



Motion Drenckhahn, second Hostager to adopt the agenda with the addition of item “8F – Public Utility Easement agreement with Thomas and Trudy Voegele.  Approved 5-0-0.



Motion Hinderaker, second Durhman, to approve the meeting minutes of July 23, 2015.  Approved 5-0-0.



Motion Hostager, second Drenckhahn to approve the accounts payable of $205,438.88.

Approved 5-0-0.





6-A.  Webster Right-of-Way Vacation Request

Mayor Bauer opened the public hearing at 6:10 pm.  Gerry Webster, owner of the property at 505 State Highway 58, has submitted a request to vacate a portion of unused right-of-way (East Street) just north of the Covered Bridge Ballfields.  The unused/unimproved right-of-way is approximately 200’ X 40’ strip from the original plat.  He intends to merge the two parcels separated by the unused right-of-way and sell the newly created lot for an ag-related development.  The Council spoke about the necessity of having approval contingent upon obtaining an easement.  There was no other public comment.  The meeting was closed at 6:11 p.m.


Unfinished Business:

7-A.  2016 Budget Discussion

No discussion as this was discussed at length at the prior Work Session.


7-B.  UTV/ATV/Golf Cart Ordinance Discussion (Set Public Hearing August 20, 2015 – 6:05)          

The Council reviewed amendments for the UTV/ATV/Golf Cart Ordinance.  There was discussion about which types of vehicles to allow and the concerns regarding each.  City Attorney Rockne was directed to make changes and bring back the ordinance at the next meeting.  Motion Drenckhahn, second Hinderaker to set a public hearing for the UTV/ATV/Golf Cart Ordinance on August 20, 2015 at 6:05 pm.  Approved 5-0-0.



8-A.  Sugarloaf Parkway Cost Agreement (Minneola Township)

This item was tabled


8-B.  Bituminous Overlay Project Approval

The City is receiving $44,100 to do road improvements from the State of Minnesota.  With that and additional money from the Seal Coat Fund Public Works Director Olson proposed that Lincoln Avenue from Jefferson Drive to 4th Street and 11th Street from East Avenue to West Avenue be  milled and overlaid.  The following quotes were received:

Rochester Sand and Gravel                    $60,673.80

Aslaksons                                             $66,680.33

Motion Drenkhahn, second Durhman to approve the quote from Rochester Sand and Gravel to overlay Lincoln Avenue from Jefferson Drive to 4th Street and 11th Street from East Avenue to West Avenue.  Approved 5-0-0.


8-C.  Street Department Pick-up Approval

Motion Hinderaker, second Durhman to allow Olson to go out for quotes for a new truck for the Street Department.  Approved 5-0-0.


8-D.  Curb Replacement Project (Larson Drive)

Olson asked for approval to add an additional 56 feet of curb to the sidewalk project approved at the July 9th meeting.  The curb has settled and holds water in the curb so it does no flow to the catch basin.  The cost of replacement is $25/lin. foot for a total of $1,400.  Motion Drenckhahn, second Hinderaker to approve the curb replacement project for a cost of $1,400.  Approved 5-0-0.


8-E.  Resolution 2015-18 Vacating a Portion of East Street

Motion Drenckhahn, second Hostager to approve Resolution 2015-08 Resolution vacating portions of unused East Street right-of-way in Zumbrota original plan contingent upon the City receiving an easement which allows the City to use the Wastewater Treatment Plant Road.  Approved 5-0-0.


8-F.  Public Utility Easement Agreement – Thomas and Trudy Voegele

A sewer line which will need work in the next street project lies under the garage of Thomas and Trudy Voegele.  An easement and encroachment agreement is needed in order to allow for future work.  Motion Hinderaker, second Drenckhahn to enter into a public utility easement and encroachment agreement between the City of Zumbrota and Thomas and Trudy Voegele.  Approved 5-0-0.



City Administrator Neil Jensen:

Asked for a volunteer to sit on the MNDOT committee to plan for the Highway 52/58 bridge replacement.  Durhman volunteered.  Jensen also report MNDOT had denied the City’s request to put the redwood section donated by Jim Wedge in the MNDOT right-of-way.  The section will be moved just off the right-or-way and Wedge is scheduling the move. 


Public Works Director Mike Olson:

Reported he will be getting quote from Infratech to have the sewer line jetted out. 


Mayor Rich Bauer:

Said he will be absent from the next meeting


Council Member Brad Drenckhahn:

Reported on the Park Board meeting.  He also invited the public to attend the next two meetings to discuss future plans for the park and pool. 


Council Member Tina Hostager:

Complimented the Zumbrota Police Department and Zumbrota Fire Department on a successful National Night out. 


Council Member Sara Durhman:

Invited the Council to come see the newly completed outside area at the Guilty Goose.  The forgivable loan program funded by the Rochester Sales Tax money was used for this project.   


The Zumbrota City Council meeting was adjourned at 7:27 p.m.



                                                                                    Neil Jensen City Administrator

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