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Zumbrota, MN 

Bridging the Past and the Future

February 07, 2002 Council Minutes

CITY OF ZUMBROTA CITY COUNCIL MINUTES

REGULAR MEETING             FEBRUARY 7, 2002   6:00 P.M.              TOWN HALL

 

Pursuant to due call and notice thereof, Mayor Richard Bauer called the Zumbrota City Council to order at 6:00 p.m.  PRESENT:  Mayor Bauer, Councilmembers David Benson, Betty Jo Grothe, Sue Lewison.  ABSENT:  Councilmember Deb Wilkinson.  Others present:  City Accountant Mary Rohe, Public Works Director Rick Lohmann, Police Officer Eugene Leifeld, City Attorney Matt Rockne, Reporter Sandy Hadler, Kelly Cage, Brad Nord, Mary Rivers, Tonya Tkachova, Stacy Kennedy.  

 

The meeting was opened with the pledge of allegiance.

 

AMENDMENTS/ADOPTION OF AGENDA

 

It was suggested to add item 7j- Lonnie and Gail Berg property sale proposal, to the agenda.

Motion Grothe, second Lewison to adopt the agenda as amended.  Carried 4‑0‑0.

 

MINUTES

 

Motion Lewison, second Grothe to approve the January 17, 2002 regular meeting minutes.  Carried 4‑0‑0.

 

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE

 

Motion Lewison, second Benson to approve the accounts payable of $110,319.63.  Carried 4‑0‑0.

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

 

1.  There was nothing to report on sidewalk policies.

 

2.  There was nothing to report related to the Custom Iron request to acquire the city-owned property adjacent to the former City garage on 1st Street East (current site of materials storage and brush site) to accommodate their expansion into the Johnson Equipment Building. 

 

3.  Administrator Johnson suggested, in a memo, that if Council wanted to proceed with the feasibility of the Water/Sewer Across TH52 Project, they should commit to a 12 inch sanitary sewer main and direct staff and Yaggy Colby Associates to start the EAW process.  Mayor Bauer further suggested that Yaggy Colby Associates be directed to complete plans and specifications, utilizing Alternate A of the feasibility report on said project with the utilities extending to Jefferson Drive on the West Avenue side of the Fire Station.  Councilmember Benson stated that he felt that it was a lot of money for one business.  It was pointed out that the longer the project is delayed, the more expensive it would likely be.

Motion Bauer, second Grothe to authorize 1) Yaggy Colby Associates to proceed with plans and specifications on the Water/Sewer Across TH52 Project, specifying a 12" sanitary sewer main, and calling for the replacement of the 8 inch sanitary sewer main on Jefferson Drive from West Avenue for a distance of approximately 220 feet (to the point of intersection with the newly proposed sewer main), and 2) Yaggy Colby Associates and staff to start the EAW process for said project.  Carried 4-0-0.

 

4.  There was nothing to report on the potential southeast water booster station (Trelstad Subdivision area).

 

5.  It was recommended to accept the 2001 EDA Annual Report.

Motion Lewison, second Grothe to accept the 2001 EDA Annual Report.  Carried 4-0-0.

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

1.  Kelly Cage and Brad Nord were present to update Council on the status of the Community of Promise project.  They stated that the group hosted the Family Fun Fest, trained a number of people to become mentors, and are now requesting a commitment from the City Council through their endorsement of a pledge to become a Community of Promise.  The pledge was presented for Council's consideration. 

Motion Grothe, second Benson to authorize Mayor Bauer to sign the Community of Promise pledge.  Carried 4-0-0.

 

2.  Officer Eugene Leifeld was present to update Council on the DARE program.  He stated that he has worked with approximately 100 sixth graders this year, with the graduation being held at 1:30 p.m., February 14 in Mazeppa.  Officer Leifeld thanked Council for their continued support of the program.

 

3.  Mary Rivers, SEMMCHRA representative, was present to discuss their MN Housing Finance Agency application for funding to construct two single-family homes in the Greenbriar II Subdivision.  The anticipated selling range for the homes is $120,000 to $130,000.  She stated that grant applications are evaluated partially on "local investment and leverage".  She gave several examples of in-kind support that could occur such as waiver of permit or impact fees, or waiver of water and sewer access fees.  She asked Council to consider such options and asked if Council would provide a letter of support for their application. 

Motion Lewison, second Benson to 1) direct staff to write a letter of support for application  of the SEMMCHRA to the MN Housing Finance Agency for funding to construct two single-family homes in the Greenbriar II Subdivision, and 2) waive the sewer and water access fees to both homes as in-kind support for said application.  Carried 4-0-0.

 

4.  Mayor Bauer requested approval to accept the funding of the State Cost-Share application from the Goodhue County Soil and Water Conservation District for a detention pond on or near the Larry and Sue Holst and Tim and Marie Mack properties in Roscoe Township.  The city's portion of the approximate $19,000 project is 25% (or approximately $4,750).  The city agreed to the project in concept in November, 2000.  An operation and maintenance plan needs to be drafted and executed between the parties.

Motion Benson, second Grothe to accept the funding of the State Cost-Share application from the Goodhue County Soil and Water Conservation District for a detention pond on or near the Larry and Sue Holst and Tim and Marie Mack properties in Roscoe Township- with the city's share of the approximate $19,000 project being 25% (or approximately $4,750).  Carried 4-0-0.

   

5.  The city was requested to act as sponsor for a MN Department of Trade and Economic Development Business and Community Development application being submitted by Custom Iron, Inc.  A public hearing needs to be established.

Motion Grothe, second Benson to set a public hearing for 6:15 p.m., February 21, to consider a resolution of sponsorship for a MN Department of Trade and Economic Development Business and Community Development application being proposed to be submitted by Custom Iron, Inc.  Carried 4-0-0.   

 

6.  The fire department received two quotes to paint some of the facility's interior walls.  As they are hosting a SE MN Firefighters meeting in April, they are requesting funding to have the work completed before this event.  The 2002 budget includes $4,000 for fire station building repair and maintenance.

Motion Grothe, second Benson to accept the low quote of $947.90 from CR Taping and Texturing to complete the painting of a portion of the interior walls at the fire station.  Carried 3-0-1 (Lewison abstained).

 

7.  Public Works Director Rick Lohmann estimated that it would cost approximately $2,500 for new street identification signage on Highway 58 (including the downtown).  He also estimated that it would cost approximately $22,000 for new street identification signage throughout the entire city.  No action was taken although interest was expressed to have signage put up throughout the entire city all at once.  Mr. Lohmann was directed to continue to review the feasibility of a potential project.

 

8.  Rick Lohmann requested approval to attend the MPCA Wastewater Operations Seminar.

Motion Grothe, second Benson to approve the attendance of Rick Lohmann at the MPCA Wastewater Operations Seminar and the related expenses.  Carried 4-0-0.

 

9.  An employee of the Zumbrota Liquor Store was cited for the following incidents:  10/18/01- contributing to delinquency of minor, giving alcohol to minor, and being in bar after hours (3:17 a.m. numerous others in bar); 12/2/01-  being in bar after hours (1:58 a.m. 4 other people in bar);

1/27/02- being in bar after hours (2:17 numerous other people in bar).  Unfortunately, staff failed to notify the owners (Pete and Deb Larson) of the violations, until after the last incident.  Therefore, the owners were precluded from implementing any remedies as they were not aware of the violations.  Administrator Johnson informed Council that Chief Selness and he met with the owners to discuss the situation.  The following is being recommended: a $2,000 administrative penalty and a 10 day suspension of license with the following stipulations:  a "stay" of $1,500 and a stay of the 10 day suspension if the store has no additional liquor ordinance/liquor state statute violations within a 12 month period (from the date of this Council meeting).  Marlow Larson, co-owner of the Zumbrota Liquor Store, thought this arrangement was fair.  City Attorney Rockne recommended that a public hearing be established to consider the suspension of the license, but that this could be waived if the owners agree to the arrangement, sign an admission of violation (including a waiver of the public hearing).  The public hearing would be cancelled if the waiver was executed.

Motion Benson, second Grothe to set a public hearing for 6:30 p.m., February 21, 2002 to consider the suspension of the liquor license at the Zumbrota Liquor Store- hearing to be cancelled if the owners agree to the following by signing an admission of violation (including a waiver of the public hearing): : a $2,000 administrative penalty and a 10 day suspension of license with the following stipulations:  a "stay" of $1,500 and a "stay" of the 10 day suspension if the store has no additional liquor ordinance/liquor state statute violations within a 12 month period beginning February 7, 2002.  Carried 4-0-0.   

 

10.  Lonnie Berg informed Mayor Bauer that his wife and he might be interested in selling the Berg's Repair property to the city.  Council was asked to consider the possibility of a purchase but no action was expected of Council at this time.

 

REPORTS     

 

-Public Works Director Rick Lohmann-

-Updated Council on the WWTF Rehabilitation Project.

 

-Mayor Bauer-

-Informed Council that Community Development Director Hinckley, Administrator Johnson and he attended the Goodhue County Board of Adjustment meeting at which the Groth/Bigalk variance request was considered.  No decision was made at this meeting.  An attorney for the League of MN Counties asked if there would be a site plan for the proposed new 5 acre parcel that might fit within the city's development plans.  It was suggested that, perhaps, if the property was petitioned to be annexed, the property could be looked at from an overall development plan.

-Informed Council that a legislative committee is considering legislation that would make annexation a lot more difficult.

-Discussed the Governor's "Big-Fix" proposal, which would cost the City of Zumbrota a loss of $125,000 in LGA in 2001, and $90,000 in 2002.  He presented a resolution that was adopted by the SE MN League of Cities related to the Governor's proposal, and recommended adoption of same by the city of Zumbrota.

Motion Grothe, second Bauer to adopt Resolution 2002-03, a Resolution Regarding Governor Ventura's 2002 "Big Fix" Proposal.  Carried 4-0-0. 

 

Mayor Bauer adjourned the meeting at 7:30 p.m.

 

 

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Ronald S. Johnson, City Administrator

 

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