JULY 1, 2010, 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 Doug Borgschatz,
The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.
Motion Borgschatz, second Grothe to adopt the agenda. Approved 5-0-0.
Motion Hinderaker, second Nygaard, to approve the regular meeting minutes of June 17, 2010. Approved 5-0-0.
Motion Grothe, second Nygaard, to approve the work session meeting minutes of June 17, 2010. Approved 5-0-0.
Motion Hinderaker, second Borgschatz to approve the accounts payable of $250,636.93. Approved 5-0-0.
7-a. Budget 2010 Discussion
City Administrator Jensen, Mayor Bauer and Council Member Hinderaker have met to discuss employee health insurance costs and containment. They are working on a few scenarios to present to the Council. The committee who will be discussing employee salaries will be meeting at a later date.
8-A. Resolution 2010-13 Safe and Sober Grant
The police department has received a $5000 grant for Safe and Sober. This money will be used to reimburse patrol, training and mileage for increased enforcement. Since the start of the program there has been a rise in seat belt usage.
Motion Borgschatz, second Hinderaker to approve Resolution 2010-13 authorizing the Safe and Sober agreement. Approved 5-0-0.
8-B. Pioneer Trail Update
Craig Blommer from the DNR updated the Council on the progress of the Pioneer Trail. Fitzgerald Contracting has been award the contract and has begun work on the north end of the trail. The estimated date of completion is August 30th. Four concerns have been voiced about the project:
v Snowmobilers were concerned they would be kicked off the paved trail. The DNR has assured them this is not true.
v There was concern native prairie areas would be damaged during construction. Now these areas have been marked. The contractor is aware of them and has been advised to stay out of those areas.
v Horseback riders will have a small, narrow, low impact trail which runs along with the paved trail.
v The City is concerned about contractor access from the south end of the trail and the possible damage to city trails. Fitzgerald will have to repair any damage.
An information kiosk will be put up with a map and trail rules. It is 4.5 miles to
Blommer informed the Council the trestle in the City portion of the trail is not up to standard. He acknowledged the lack of available City funds for the project and suggested the Covered Bridge Riders and the DNR work together to come up with grant funding.
Roxanne Bartsch, representing the Goodhue County Pioneer Trail Committee, stated she hopes to work in the future with the City for a possible trail head. She would like Park Board and Council input.
Bartsch and Blommer were thanked for their hard work on the project.
8-C. Budget Transfers/Close Out Funds
1999A BONDS TRANSFERS OUT 53,182.33
2006A BONDS TRANSFERS OUT 90,641.07
TRANSFERS IN 2010A BONDS 143,823.40
Motion Grothe, second Nygaard to approve the transfers. Approved 5-0-0.
Presented a handout to the Council from the League of Minnesota Cities on city funding. He also updated the Council on the Highway 58 Bridge progress. Bridge construction is approximately a week behind due to the weather and hitting rock. Jensen has also met with VFW about the time capsule. The time capsule in the old bridge was behind the bridge plaque and listed the survivors of the Civil War, Spanish American War and World War I. There were also a few pages of news. Traffic control has been beefed up and a fence has been erected to discourage spectator from coming to close to the construction area. Jensen also reported that August 3-17 is the filing for election. He is also working on a State Health Improvement Project Grant.
Public Works Director Rich Lohmann;
Gave an update on the
Community Development Director Dan King;
Reported the “Picture It Painted” grant is completed. King is also working on an OPERA grant through the
Police Chief Gary Selness;
Reported the Covered Bridge Festival went smoothly. Selness also reported there had been one crash on the Highway 58 detour. Speed along the detour is a concern so patrol has been beefed up.
Mayor Rich Bauer;
Reported the insurance committee had met. He also said he had met with a PUC representative and would like to schedule a meeting with the Council for July. A letter to that effect is being sent.
Informed the Council she will not be running for reelection and encouraged people to run for her seat.
Council Member Dale Hinderaker;
Thanked the Mayor for his continued involvement with the PUC.
Council Member Sara Nygaard;
Reported she has heard that some people would not be averse to paying more for garbage service if the hauler was local. Also said she had heard comment about the complaint brought forward at the last meeting about having to pay to sit at the baby pool. The comment was these people should buy a season pass.
Meeting adjourned 6:42 p.m.