Zumbrota, MN 

Bridging the Past and the Future

July 23, 2015 Council Minutes







JULY 23, 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, Police Officer Rob Jarrett, Library Director James Hill, Public Works Director Mike Olson, NewsRecord reporter Pete Grimsrud, Jim Wedge, Roberta Callahan, Sandy Hadler, and Mark Murch of Scanlon, Murch and Associates. 


The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.



Motion Hostager, second Durhman to adopt the agenda with the addition of item “8C – Police Officer Hire”.  Approved 5-0-0.



Motion Hinderaker, second Hostager, to approve the meeting minutes of July 9, 2015.  Approved 5-0-0.



Motion Hinderaker, second Hostager to approve the accounts payable of $15,410.94.

Approved 5-0-0.






Unfinished Business:

7-A.  2016 Budget Discussion

Jensen informed the Council there were some changes pending for the proposed budget.  Health care premiums will go up approximately 9% instead of the 20% budgeted.   However, this will be offset by some insurance cost decreases.  Also, the Fire Board is considering a 7-15% increase instead of the 34% increase which had been originally proposed.  Next meeting will include a work session specifically aimed at the budget.



8-A.  2014 Annual Audit (Scanlon, Murch & Associates)

Mark Murch of Scanlon, Murch and Associates, gave a presentation on the 2014 audit.  The City received an unqualified audit opinion.  Murch informed the Council about upcoming required reporting items for 2015. 


8-B.  ATV/UTV/Golf Cart Ordinance Discussion

The state statute addressing ATVs and UTVs has changed.  The City’s 2005 ordinance called out the statute so now it needs to be modified in order to address the issues.  More and more people are driving in UTVs and there have been requests to drive golf carts as well.  Chief Callahan said that in his previous city there had been two ordinances; one directed at golf carts and one directed at ATV/UTVs.  Each vehicle was inspected to see if it was road worthy and insured and then a license was issued. Durhman said she didn’t have a problem with them being allowed as long as traffic rules were followed.   Concerns about golf carts and their effects on traffic flow were discussed.  Council stressed the park usage was not allowed for either type of vehicle.  Chief Callahan also said that golf carts cannot be driven after dusk unless they have lights and all drivers would need a valid driver’s license.  Drenckhahn requested copies of the ordinances Callahan had worked under in Hector as well as a copy of the state statute.   


8-C.  Police Officer Hire

Two of the City’s part time officers had interviewed for the police officer position.  Motion Hinderaker, second Durhman to offer the police officer position to Ryan Bollig pending backgrounding.    Approved 5-0-0.



City Administrator Neil Jensen:

Asked the Council if they would be willing to come to a work session at 4:30pm at the next meeting so they could view the sewer line which runs to DFA through the park.  There is some deterioration which will need to be addressed.  Olson is having Infratech look at the issue to see what the possible solutions could be.


Public Works Director Mike Olson:

Reported the chip sealing project was complete. 


Mayor Rich Bauer:

Told the Council there had been a Fire Board meeting and he felt it had been a very productive meeting.


Council Member Dale Hinderaker

Said it was nice to see the sales tax money projects happening downtown.  In the last round of applicants there were more applicants than money available.


The Zumbrota City Council meeting was adjourned at 6:57 p.m.



                                                                                 Neil Jensen City Administrator

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