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Zumbrota, MN 

Bridging the Past and the Future

April 17, 2003 Council Minutes

                         CITY OF ZUMBROTA CITY COUNCIL MINUTES

REGULAR MEETING           APRIL 17, 2003   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 Bauer;  Councilmembers David Benson, Doug Borgschatz, Betty Jo Grothe, Deb Wilkinson.  Others present:  City Administrator Ron Johnson, City Accountant Mary Rohe, Community Development Director Tricia Hinckley, Public Works Director Rick Lohmann, City Attorney Matt Rockne, Reporter Sandy Hadler, Bill Anderson (Yaggy Colby Associates), Ashley Ryan, Aaron Ryan, Andrew Ryan.

 

The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

AMENDMENTS/ADOPTION OF AGENDA

 

It was suggested to add approval of the 4/8/2003 Board of Review minutes to the agenda, and add agenda item 7d-  League of MN Cities Annual Conference attendance approval.

            Motion Wilkinson, second Grothe to adopt the agenda as amended.  Carried 5‑0‑0.

          

MINUTES

 

Motion Borgschatz, second Grothe to approve the April 3, 2003 regular meeting minutes.  Carried 5‑0‑0.

 

Motion Wilkinson, second Benson to approve the April 8, 2003 special meeting minutes (Annual Board of Review).  Carried 4-0-1 (Borgschatz abstained).

 

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE

 

Motion Grothe, second Borgschatz to approve the accounts payable of $24,507.51.  Carried 5‑0‑0.

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

 

1.  There was nothing to report on the Sonia Gunhus request.

  

2.  Tricia Hinckley, Community Development Director, recommended that a public hearing be set to consider the Don Wendt annexation application. 

Motion Wilkinson, second Benson to set a public hearing for 6:30 p.m., May 15, 2003 to consider the Don Wendt annexation application.  Carried 5-0-0.

 

3.  There was nothing to report on the potential 2003 budget cuts.

 

4.  Bill Anderson, Yaggy Colby Associates, suggested a May 1, 2003 bid date for the TH58 Water Crossing Project.

Motion Wilkinson, second Grothe to set the bid opening for the TH58 Water Crossing Project for 1:00 p.m., May 1, 2003 at city hall.  Carried 5-0-0.

 

5.  Bill Anderson, Yaggy Colby, presented the feasibility report of potential public improvements along the St. Paul Dubuque Road.  He showed two different alignments of the sanitary sewer main, and reviewed the potential costs and potential special assessments for each alignment.  It was suggested to invite the nearby property owners to attend the next regular Council meeting to discuss this potential project.  A public hearing will need to be conducted before ordering the improvements.

 

6.  Bill Anderson stated that his firm is nearing completion of the Water System Study, but needs to re-test a few hydrants.

 

7.  Bill Anderson informed Council that the plans and specifications are near completion for the water main extension from Zumbro Woodlands to Trelstad Addition.  Discussion with Zumbrota and Pine Island Townships will need to take place regarding easements.  He suggested combining this project with the golf course/residential subdivision water and sewer extension for bid purposes.  His firm is reviewing the site plan within the Zumbro Woodlands Subdivision for placement of the water booster station.  He said that a bid date will soon be able to be set for this project.              

 

8.  Bill Anderson updated Council on Yaggy Colby's progress on the Public Improvements Location Analysis West/South of TH52.  He said the topography causes many challenges for proper utility locations.

 

9.  There was nothing to report on the water/sewer extension to the Golf Course Expansion/Residential Subdivision Project.

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

1.  Richard Nei, Park Maintenance Worker, submitted a letter of resignation effective April 26, 2003.

Motion Benson, second Grothe to accept the resignation of Richard Nei, Park Maintenance Worker, effective April 26, 2003.  Carried 5-0-0.

 

2.  LuVerne and Susan Peterman submitted a minor subdivision request for property located at 880 Mill Street.  The subdivision would take two lots (one is approx. 210’ x 187’ (not square) and the other is approx. 121’ x 200’) and create one 70’ x 241’ lot, one 140’ x  187’ lot and one 121’ x 130’ lot.  A garage that sits on the property and would need to be removed in order for two of the created lots to be in compliance with the zoning ordinance.  The Petermans also requested that they be able to share a driveway with the future owners of the residence at 880 Mill Street.  The Planning Commission recommended that Council approve the Minor Subdivision request of Luverne and Susan Peterman, and allow the existing driveway to become a shared driveway, contingent upon the R1a zoning requirements being met, the removal of the garage/carriage house on the “new” parcel, the receipt of a certificate of survey of the property, and the inclusion of the proper language addressing the shared driveway in the deed(s) prior to recording.  

Motion Grothe, second Benson to accept the recommendation of the Planning Commission and approve the Minor Subdivision request of Luverne and Susan Peterman, and allow the existing driveway to become a shared driveway, contingent upon the R1a zoning requirements being met, the removal of the garage/carriage house on the “new” parcel, the receipt of a certificate of survey of the property that provides proof that the R1a requirements are met, and the inclusion of the proper language addressing the shared driveway in the deed(s) prior to recording.  Carried 5-0-0.

 

3.  Administrator Johnson stated that Steve Pahs, Goodhue County Soil and Water Conservation District representative, stated that he is setting up meetings for City Councils to present information related to the topic "Municipal Official Nonpoint Source Pollution Education", and would like to schedule a meeting with the Zumbrota City Council on May 13.                                             

Motion Wilkinson, second Borgschatz to call a special meeting for 6:00 p.m., May 13, 2003 in city hall to facilitate a presentation by Goodhue County Soil and Water Conservation District on the topic of "Municipal Official Nonpoint Source Pollution Education".  Carried 5-0-0.

 

 4.  The League of MN Cities Annual Conference will be in St. Cloud, June 18-20.

Motion Grothe, second Benson to approve the attendance, and the related expenses, of department heads and City Council members at the League of MN Cities Annual Conference in St. Cloud, June 18-20.  Carried 5-0-0.

 

REPORTS

 

-City Accountant Mary Rohe-

-Informed Council that the auditors would be in city hall next week to begin work on the annual audit. 

 

-Public Works Director Rick Lohmann-

-Informed Council that the schedule has been set up for mowing the Covered Bridge Park.  

 

-Mayor Rich Bauer-

-Informed Council that the Memorial Day Committee has a fund that could possibly be used for purchasing replacement flags downtown when needed this spring or summer.

-Informed Council that the Goodhue County Board of Commissioners approved the A-3 moratorium request.

  

Mayor Bauer adjourned the meeting at 7:13 p.m.

 

 

                                                                                    ______________________________

                                                                                    Ronald S. Johnson, City Administrator

 

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