Zumbrota, MN 

Bridging the Past and the Future

July 1 Council Minutes






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, Betty Jo Grothe, Dale Hinderaker and Sara Nygaard. Others present: City Administrator Neil Jensen, Public Works Director Rick Lohmann, Community Development Director Dan King, City Accountant Kim Simonson, Police Chief Gary Selness, City Attorney Matt Rockne, Library Director James Hill, Jim Wedge, Brian Haugen, Officer Rob Jarrett, Roxanne Bartsch, Craig Blommer of the DNR and NewsRecord Reporter Sandy Hadler.


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.


Public Comment: 


Public Hearings/MeEtings: 


Unfinished Business:

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 180th Avenue where the pavement will end.  Eventually the trail will link to the Cannon Valley Trail and the Douglas Trail. 


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

City accountant Kim Simonson requested the following transfers to close out the 1999A and 2006A bonds to the 2010A bonds:

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.




City Administrator Neil Jensen

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 1st Avenue Project.  There have been some surprises on the way and 100 feet of storm sewer will need to be replaced because it is inadequate for the street.  Many of the sanitary sewers are in poor shape and will need replacing.  In future projects he would like to replace the sewer line completely.  He also reported illegal dumping is still going on at the brush site.  He would like to pursue the purchase of a security camera. 


Community Development Director Dan King;

Reported the “Picture It Painted” grant is completed.  King is also working on an OPERA grant through the University of Minnesota for a $10,000 electronic survey.  Also grants are being worked on to procure funding for fire suppression for the bridge.


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.


Council Member BJ Grothe;

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.


                                                                                    Neil Jensen City Administrator

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