Zumbrota, MN 

Bridging the Past and the Future

December 2 Council Minutes






DECEMBER 2, 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, City Accountant Kim Simonson, Police Chief Gary Selness, City Attorney Matt Rockne, Library Director James Hill, Brad Drenkhahn, Tina Hostager, Jim Wedge, Officer Gene Leifeld, Officer Rob Jarrett, Brad Coleman of the MN Department of Public Safety-Office of Traffic Safety and NewsRecord Reporter Sandy Hadler.


The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.



Motion Borgschatz, second Nygaard to adopt the agenda with the additions of items 8H.  HVAC for City Hall/Police Station and 8I. 2011-2013 Employee Salary and Insurance Benefits Discussion.  Approved 5-0-0.



Motion Hinderaker, second Borgschatz, to approve the regular meeting minutes of

November 18, 2010.  Approved 5-0-0.



Motion Nygaard, second Grothe to approve the accounts payable of $56,610.66. 

Approved 5-0-0.


Public Comment: 


Public Hearings/MeEtings: 

6A. 2011 Budget and Levy

Administrator Jensen presented the 2011 levy to the Council as well as a printed copy of the 2011 budget.  If satisfactory the Council will adopt the budget at the next meeting.  There was no public comment and the public hearing was closed at 6:15 pm.


Unfinished Business:

7-a.  Flood Update

FEMA will be in Zumbrota on December 3rd at 10:00 am to survey the damage.  An update will be given after the meeting.



8-A.  Final Budget and Levy Discussion

The final budget will need to be approved at the next meeting.  Jensen explained he had used the discussed increased to the base rates of water and sewer as well as the increases to the sewer rates in putting together the water and sewer portion of the budget. 


8-B.  Safe and Sober December Wave Information

Officer Jarrett reported on the Safe and Sober program.  Zumbrota has participated in a total of six waves with 323 citations and 7 arrests issued.  128 hours of overtime have been logged and this will be reimbursed by the program.  The next wave will be DUI enforcement saturation in Goodhue County.  Council member Borgschatz questioned how a driver is stopped.  Officer Jarrett explained no driver is stopped unless there is an equipment violation or some other type of driving violation.  Brad Coleman of the MN Department of Public Safety/Office of Traffic Safety also commented on the program and thanked the Council for the participation of the City of Zumbrota. 


8-C.  2011 Tobacco License Renewals

Motion Borgschatz, second Hinderaker to approve tobacco licenses for the following establishments:

            Casey’s General Store #2809

            Casey’s General Store #2810

            Matthees Midtown Texaco

            Zumbrota Liquor Store

            Zumbrota SuperAmerica

Approved 5-0-0.


8-D.  Set Public Hearing 2011 Fee Schedule (1-6-11)

Motion Hinderaker, second Nygaard to set a public hearing for the 2011 fee schedule on

January 6, 2011, at the regular Council meeting at 6:00 pm.  Approved 5-0-0.


8-E Liability Coverage Waiver LMCIT

Motion Nygaard, second Grothe to not waive the liability coverage and to approve the Liability Coverage Waiver Form from the League of Minnesota Cities limiting coverage to $1,500,000.  Approved 5-0-0.


8-F.  Approve 3.2 Beer License (ALCO)

The ALCO store requested a 3.2 beer license.  This is a corporate wide decision.  Motion Hinderaker, second Borgschatz to approve a 3.2 beer license for ALCO.  Approved 5-0-0.


8-G.  Resolution 2010-25 Decertification of TIF District #9

The EDA approved decertification of TIF District #9 at their last meeting.  The Jefferson Heights District began in 1995 and has run its duration.  The district has paid out $105,119.17 to the developer and $15,612.24 to the EDA.  One more payment will be received in December.  Motion Hinderaker, second Grothe to approve Resolution 2010-25 Decertification of TIF District #9.  Approved 5-0-0.




8-H.  HVAC for City Hall/Police Station

The HVAC system for the Police Station has been broken for two months.  In looking at that system it has also been discovered that the system for the City Hall portion is also close to needing significant repairs.  Repairs are estimated to be in the range of $3,500.  Two new Bryant brand heating and cooling units would run in the neighborhood of $15,000.  Public Utilities Director Lohmann is recommending the units be replaced due to the age of the units and uncertainty as to future repairs.  Motion Borgschatz, second Grothe to approve the replacement of the two HVAC units for the City Hall/Police Station in the amount of $15,000.  Approved 5-0-0.


8-I.  2011-2013 Employee Salary and Insurance Benefits Discussion

The Mayor, Council member Hinderaker and Administrator Jensen have met numerous times to discuss the benefit package offered to city employees.  So far the insurance rates have remained manageable.  The Mayor is requesting a three year agreement be approved with a 2% per year wage increase.  In addition the employee contribution for dependent health care premiums would increase from 40% to 45% and the employee would also be responsible for $200 deductible per employee/$400 deductible per family.  This item will be discussed further at the next meeting. 




City Administrator Neil Jensen

Reported staff has been looking into a new telephone system.  In the past the system has been rented.  He expects payback to happen within two years.  When quotes are received the item will be put on the agenda.


Mayor Rich Bauer;

Reminded the Council he will be contacting them about appointments for 2011.


Meeting adjourned 7:12 p.m.


                                                                                    Neil Jensen City Administrator

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