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Zumbrota, MN 

Bridging the Past and the Future

October 19, 2006 Council Minutes

 

 

 

 

 

CITY OF ZUMBROTA CITY COUNCIL MINUTES

REGULAR MEETING      November 9, 2006   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 Willard Eberhart, Doug Borgschatz, Michael Feil, Betty Jo Grothe.  Others present: City Administrator Neil Jensen, City Accountant Kim Simonson, Public Works Director Rick Lohmann, Police Chief Gary Selness, City Attorney Matt Rockne, City Engineer Bill Angerman, News Reporter Sandy Hadler, Jim Wedge.

 

The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

AMENDMENTS/ADOPTION OF AGENDA

 

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

 

MINUTES

            Motion Grothe, second Feil, to approve the regular meeting minutes of              10/19/06.  Carried 5-0-0

          

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE

Motion Feil, second Grothe to approve the accounts payable of $206,110.47.  Carried 5‑0‑0

 

PUBLIC COMMENT:

 

No Comments

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

 

7-A   Police department:

Mayor Bauer reported that the hiring committee based on fully completing the medical and psychological exams  has made a recommendation to the council to hire Robert Jarrett as a new full time police officer.   Robert Jarrett will be employed on the start pay scale of $15.82

 

            Motion XXX, second XXX to hire Robert Jarrett as the new police officer at the           pay scale of $15.82 with benefits.  Carried 5-0-0

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

8-B  Variance Approval Stumm:

 

Mike and Beth Stumm, property owners at 660 West 3rd St., are requesting a variance from the 5 foot side and rear yard setback to accommodate the construction of a new garage.  Currently, the Stumm’s share a deteriorating two-stall garage with the adjacent neighbor to the west; there is a shared single lane driveway between the houses, with the garage centrally located on the property line.  Both neighbors have agreed to remove the existing shared garage and intend to construct new detached garages on each of their properties.  Both lots are only 50 feet wide, which presents limitations newer 60’+ lots don’t face.   The neighboring property intends to access the new garage from Lincoln Avenue, but the applicant has no other choice than to use the current access from 3rd Street.  A public hearing was held at the October 10th  Planning Commission meeting; with no objections to the request.  The Planning Commission voted 6-0-0 to recommend the City Council approve the variance request, finding that the applicant met all criteria for a variance.  Councilmember Feil questioned if the garage could be placed on the lot by turning it and if we approve this variance are we setting a precidense for variances.  After no other comments;

 

            Motion Grothe, second Borgschatz to approve the variance of a side and rear yard        setback from the 5 foot to a 3 foot setback.  Carried 5-0-0

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

 

7-B  West Avenue Garage:

City Administrator Neil Jensen reported that Public Works Director Rick Lohmann and he are requesting to reopen the negotiations for the West Avenue garage. Lohmann has agreed to provide staff to raise the garage if the city would supply the materials.  The cement work including the floor and approach would be the responsibility of the owner or others involved.  Councilmember Eberhart questioned if staff has the equipment and ability to raise the garage and is concerned about future liability after the garage is completed.  City Attorney Matt Rockne questioned if the project will be under the supervision of a contractor.  Public Works Director Rick Lohmann supplied a materials cost for the project at a total $1,681.24. 

 

            Motion Eberhart, second Borgschatz to have City Administrator Neil Jensen and           Mayor Bauer to negotiate with the Sibley’s in raising the garage to street level        not to exceed $1,700.00.  Carried 5-0-0 

 

7-C  Waste Management Single Sort Recycling:

City Administrator Neil Jensen requested the council table this agenda item as the contract amendment has not been received from Waste Management’s attorney. 

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

8-A   K.C. Corn Burners:

 

Community Development Director Dan King reported to the council on an upcoming agenda item because of the fire that destroyed the manufacturing facility of K. C. Corn Burners.  K. C. Corn Burners are looking to increase the size of the building for more manufacturing.  The Planning Commission has reviewed the issue and have set a public hearing for October 30th a special meeting of the commission.  The public hearing is for an interim use permit allowing K.C. Corn Burners to increase the manufacturing in a commercial zoning district from a regulated 30% to almost 90%.  The commission will make a recommendation for the council to review at their November 9th meeting.

 

8-C  Interim Use Permit Approval Zumbro Mechanical:

 

Nelson Dairy Products has leased their building to Zumbro Mechanical contingent upon approval/transfer of the interim use permit. 

 

A public hearing was held at the October 10 Planning Commission meeting; with no objections to the request.  The Planning Commission voted 6-0-0 to recommend the City Council approve the amended Interim Use Permit to Zumbro Mechanical with the following conditions:

 

*      No deliveries between 7:00 pm and 6:00 am

*      No exterior storage on the site

*      The IUP shall terminate when the business changes or is sold

*      One un-illuminated wall sign is permitted, not to exceed 20 square feet

 

            Motion Grothe, second Eberhart to approve the Interim Use Permit to Zumbro Mechanical to run their business out of 316 N. Main based on the following

            conditions;

*      No deliveries between 7:00 pm and 6:00 am

*      No exterior storage on the site

*      The IUP shall terminate when the business changes or is sold

*      One un-illuminated wall sign is permitted, not to exceed 20 square feet

 

            Carried 5-0-0

 

8-D  Purchase Agreement Discussion/Approval Lance Quam

 

Lance Quam was in attendance to answer questions in regards to the proposed Laundromat.  Lance Quam met with the EDA on Wednesday October 18th to request a purchase on the lot formally owned by Grover Auto at the corner of West Avenue and 4th Street.  Mr. Quam requested from the EDA a purchase price of $1 in order to make the project financially feasible.  The EDA considered the request of purchasing the lot for a $1 but understood there is contaminated soil under the parking lot.  City Administrator Neil Jensen stated that the cost to remediate the problem soil was approximately $1,000.00.   The EDA based on the costs of soil contamination recommended to council the sale of the lot at $2,000.00 to Lance Quam to construct a Laundromat if proof of financials is acceptable. 

The council took under consideration the recommendation of the sale of the lot on West and Third.  Councilmember Borgschatz question council on how they would feel if they were the owners of the other Laundromat if the city would sell that lot for a $1.  The council had a concern about the sale of the lot for a dollar and Councilmember Borgschatz stated does the city have to give every thing away for a $1.  City Administrator Neil Jensen questioned the council if they would like to see a purchase agreement as recommended by the EDA.  Councilmembers agreed to review the purchase agreement at the next council meeting.

 

8-E  Grover Auto Property Discussion:

 

Community Development Director Dan King reported that the apartment project to be constructed on the old Grover Auto has been withdrawn due to financial issues.  He stated that new Request for Proposals will be sent out to interested parties.  Councilmember Borgschatz questioned when the Strategic Plan was last updated.  City Administrator Neil Jensen stated 2001 was the last update and that every five years is a good time period to update a cities strategic plan. 

 

REPORTS:

 

Community Development Director Dan King:

 

Community Development Director Dan King reported that the city has issued 110 building permits of which 25 were single family units.

 

Public Works Director Rick Lohmann:

Public Works Director Rick Lohmann reported on the construction of the 2005 reconstruction project.  Mayor Bauer stated that it is a great project and that there have not been many complaints.

 

City Engineer Bill Angerman:

 

City Engineer Bill Angerman reported that on Tuesday they will do a walk thru on Woodlands Second Addition to finalize the project. 

 

Mayor Bauer:

 

Mayor Bauer reported that the November 2nd meeting will be held Noember 9th and that he will be attending a regional LMC meeting held in St. Charles on October 26th.

 

Mayor Bauer adjourned at 7:30.

 

 

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Neil Jensen City Administrator

 

 

 

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