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Zumbrota, MN 

Bridging the Past and the Future

June 6, 2002 Council Minutes

                         CITY OF ZUMBROTA CITY COUNCIL MINUTES

REGULAR MEETING            JUNE 6, 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, Doug Borgschatz, Betty Jo Grothe, Deb Wilkinson. Others present:  City Administrator Ron Johnson, City Accountant Mary Rohe, Community Development Director Tricia Hinckley, Public Works Director Rick Lohmann, Reporter Sandy Hadler, Greg Ingraham (Ingraham & Associates), Bill Nietz and Dick Benzkofer (Osweiler, Scanlon & Nietz, L.L.C.), Bob Hawley, Rolf Ylvisaker, Marie Marvin, Jim Wedge.

 

The meeting was opened with the pledge of allegiance.

 

AMENDMENTS/ADOPTION OF AGENDA

 

It was requested to add item 7g- Police department request- 24 Hour Workout Membership.

            Motion Wilkinson, second Grothe to adopt the agenda as amended.  Carried 5‑0‑0.

 

MINUTES

 

Motion Benson, second Borgschatz to approve the May 16, 2002 regular meeting minutes.  Carried 4‑0‑1 (Wilkinson abstained).

 

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE

 

Motion Grothe, second Benson to approve the accounts payable of $78,320.96.  Carried 5‑0‑0.

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

 

1.  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.

 

2.  Greg Ingraham, Ingraham & Associates, was present to review four designs for the proposed parking lot on the site of the old fire hall.  Councilmembers Benson and Borgschatz had met with property owners to accept additional input into the project.  Concepts varied from paving the entire lot to paving half of the lot and leaving half green.  It was suggested to compromise with a plan that includes some green space on the east end of the parcel with an access to the lot from East Avenue.  It was also suggested to incorporate a bike rack into the plan.

Motion Wilkinson, second Grothe to approve the concept plan for the proposed parking lot on the site of the old fire hall that includes some green space on the east end of the parcel with access to the lot from East Avenue.  Carried 5-0-0.

 

 

 

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

1.  Bill Nietz and Dick Benzkofer, Osweiler, Scanlon & Nietz, L.L.C., were present to review the 2001 Annual Audit.  They presented a very favorable report.

Motion Grothe, second Borgschatz to accept the 2001 Annual Audit.  Carried 5-0-0.

 

PUBLIC HEARINGS/MEETINGS

 

1.  There was nothing to report under this agenda item.

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS (Continued)

 

3.  The League of MN Cities Insurance Trust (LMCIT) Loss Control attorney forwarded some suggestions related to the proposed sidewalk ordinance.  City Attorney Rockne is working on a revised ordinance to submit to Council for consideration. 

 

4.  Public Works Director Rick Lohmann informed Council that, as the purchase price of a new tractor/backhoe is approximately $50,000, he will be putting specifications together to proceed with a formal bid process.

Motion Wilkinson, second Benson to authorize staff to draft specifications for the purchase of a new tractor/backhoe for a formal bid process, and authorize the advertisement for bids for same.  Carried 5-0-0.

 

5.  Staff informed Council that thirteen applications for the part-time summer public works employee position were received, and requested approval to interview and hire for said position.

Motion Borgschatz, second Grothe to authorize staff to interview and hire for the part-time summer public works employee position.  Carried 5-0-0.

 

NEW BUSINESS (Continued)

 

2.  The Covered Bridge Riders requested a one-day 3.2% malt liquor license for the Covered Bridge Music & Arts Festival, June 15, 2002.

Motion Grothe, second Benson to approve a one-day 3.2% malt liquor license for the Covered Bridge Riders for the Covered Bridge Music & Arts Festival, June 15, 2002.  Carried 5-0-0.

 

3.  An employee of the Covered Bridge Restaurant and Lounge was cited for selling liquor to an underaged person.  Administrator Johnson informed Council that Mayor Bauer and he discussed the violation and recommended that a penalty of $200 and a two-day suspension of the firm's liquor license with a "stay" of the two-day suspension if the business has no additional liquor ordinance/liquor state statute violations within a 12 month period (from the date of this Council meeting).  Shari Kothenbeutel, on behalf of the Covered Bridge Restaurant, 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 and sign an admission of violation (including a waiver of the public hearing).  The public hearing would be cancelled if the waiver was executed.

Motion Grothe, second Benson to set a public hearing for 6:15 p.m., June 20, 2002 to consider the suspension of the liquor license at the Covered Bridge Restaurant and Lounge- 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 $200 administrative penalty and a two-day suspension of license with the following stipulations:  a "stay" of the suspension if the business has no additional liquor ordinance/liquor state statute violations within a 12 month period beginning June 6, 2002.  Carried 5-0-0.   

 

4.  On-sale and off-sale liquor license renewal applications were received.

Motion Benson, second Grothe to approve the following license applications: Marlow and Deborah Larson/Zumbrota Liquor Store- On-Sale & Off-sale, Covered Bridge Supper Inc.- On-sale & Off-sale, and Sunday Liquor; KP's- On-sale wine and Sunday liquor; Stary-Yerka Post/VFW 5727- Club license and Sunday liquor.  Carried 5-0-0.

 

5.  Premiums for employee health insurance will increase by approximately 20% effective July 1. The city’s portion of contribution needs to be determined.

Motion Benson, second Grothe to continue to pay for the full amount of single coverage for the employees’ medical insurance, and pick up the full cost of the approximate 20% increase for family coverage effective with the July 1 renewal.  Carried 5-0-0.

 

6.  Public Works Director Lohmann presented Change Order #3 for the Wastewater Treatment Facility Rehab Project. 

Motion Grothe, second Borgschatz to approve Change Order #3 for the Wastewater Treatment Facility Rehab Project.  Carried 5-0-0.

 

7.  Police Chief Gary Selness requested approval for paid memberships for the full-time police officers to the 24-Hour Workout Center at a cost of $127.50 each.

Motion Wilkinson, second Grothe to offer paid memberships to the 24-Hour Workout Center for full-time police officers, with a review of the program upon completion of the first year.  Carried 5-0-0.

 

REPORTS

 

‑City Administrator-­

‑Requested approval to forward a letter to Rochester City Lines addressed to the commuter bus passengers requesting that the commuters park at the United Redeemer Church parking lot- not downtown as several are doing. 

Motion Wilkinson, second Benson to authorize staff to to forward a letter to Rochester City Lines addressed to the commuter bus passengers requesting that they park at the United Redeemer Church parking lot- not downtown.  Carried 5-0-0.

-Informed Council that Community Development Director Hinckley and he would like to meet with MN/DOT officials to discuss the potential of relocating 18th Street (at Main Street) further north.  Council encouraged said meeting.

-Suggested that proposals be requested for use of the 333 Central Avenue property.  He suggested that a task force be established to consider priorities for the use of said property and to review proposals when submitted.  Councilmember Grothe volunteered to work with staff on a recommendation of the said task force membership.

 

-City Accountant Mary Rohe-

-Informed Council that the July 4 holiday is on Thursday, and that staff had inquired whether city hall could be closed on July 5 if they are willing to take comp time or vacation time.

Motion Borgschatz, second Grothe to give staff the option to close city hall on July 5 if they are willing to take comp time or vacation time to do so.  Carried 5-0-0.

  

-Community Development Director Tricia Hinckley-

-Reminded Council of the TH 52 Sub-Area Study open house from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.,

June 13.

-Informed Council that she is working on the development agreement for the Zumbro Woodlands Subdivision, and that this item would be on the next regular meeting agenda.

 

-Public Works Director Rick Lohmann-

-Informed Council that Rochester Service Co. will be completing some curb and handicap parking space painting prior to the Covered Bridge Festival. 

 

-Councilmember Dave Benson-

-Informed Council that some residents have expressed concern over Zumbrota's growth, and stated that, perhaps, a public meeting be conducted in late summer or fall to discuss same.

 

-Councilmember Doug Borgschatz-

-Suggested that Council look into the feasibility of installing a backup fire siren.  He said that Kevin Kish would be willing to allow a siren on the old city hall building downtown.  Staff will look into options for a backup siren.

 

-Councilmember Deb Wilkinson-

-Reminded Council of the sculpture dedication ceremony Saturday morning, and stated that there is still time to submit items for the time capsule.

 

 Mayor Bauer adjourned the meeting at 7:59 p.m.

 

 

                                                                                    ______________________________

                                                                                    Ronald S. Johnson, City Administrator

 

 

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