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Zumbrota, MN 

Bridging the Past and the Future

September 19, 2002 Council Minutes

                         CITY OF ZUMBROTA CITY COUNCIL MINUTES

REGULAR MEETING           SEPTEMBER 19, 2002   6:00 P.M.           TOWN HALL

 

Pursuant to due call and notice thereof, Mayor Rich 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, Community Development Director Tricia Hinckley, Police Chief Gary Selness, Reporter Sandy Hadler, Roald Mona, Dean Murray, Jim Wedge.

 

The meeting was opened with the pledge of allegiance.

 

AMENDMENTS/ADOPTION OF AGENDA

 

It was suggested to add agenda item 6f- Zoning ordinance amendments.

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

          

MINUTES

 

Motion Wilkinson, second Grothe to approve the September 5, 2002 regular meeting minutes.  Carried 5‑0‑0.

 

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE

 

Motion Benson, second Wilkinson to approve the accounts payable of $87,532.14.  Carried 5‑0‑0.

 

PUBLIC HEARINGS/MEETINGS

 

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

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

1.  The City of Zumbrota was notified of two COPs grant awards- one through the COPs in Schools program and one through the Universal Hiring Program (UHP).  Police Chief Gary Selness was present to answer questions related to the awards. The COPS in Schools Grant funds one entry-level police officer that will spend a minimum of 75% of his/her time in and around primary and secondary schools working on youth-related activities.  This position is funded for $125,000 over a 3 year period.  The city's contribution (salary & fringe) is as follows:  1st year- $0, 2nd year- $2,713,

3rd year- $6,828, and the city has to commit to a 4th year with full funding (estimated at approximately $50,000).  The UHP funds one entry-level police officer for $75,000 over a 3 year period.  The city's contribution (salary & fringe) is as follows:  1st year- $10,462, 2nd year- $19,713, 3rd year- $29,366, and the city has to commit to a 4th year with full funding (estimated at approximately $50,000).  After discussion, staff was directed to clarify the term "entry-level" and to provide information regarding the number of officers in similar-sized cities for the next regular Council meeting.

 

2.  Roald and John Mona submitted a petition for annexation of 280 acres in Minneola and Roscoe Townships.  The Monas stated that, although the petition was for 280 acres, their intent was to withdraw that petition and submit a petition for the 120 acres in Minneola Township.  It was suggested to set up a meeting with Goodhue County and Minneola Township officials.  Mayor Bauer and Councilmember Borgschatz volunteered to attend said meeting.  Councilmember Benson said he would attend as an alternate if need be. 

 

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.      Council reviewed a memo from Community Development Director Hinckley related to the Zumbro Woodlands Subdivision development agreement.  The following items were noted:

1)      The developer asked if more land could be dedicated as park land instead of the proposed cash contribution (Hinckley stated that this area can't be determined at this time, so that an amendment to the agreement could be considered at a later date), 2) The developer would like to provide a bond for the amount of each phase only, not the entire amount up front (Staff feels that this should not be a problem as the city's risk is minimized by the collection of the water and sewer area charges at time of final plat approval), and 3) The developer requested consideration of an extension of the October 13, 2003 deadline (a deadline could later be established for

Phase 2).

Motion Grothe, second Borgschatz to approve the Zumbro Woodlands Subdivision development agreement with Bigelow & Sons Enterprises with the following noted:       1)  The developer asked if more land could be dedicated as park land instead of the proposed cash contribution (as this area can't be determined at this time, an amendment to the agreement could be considered at a later date), 2) The developer would like to provide a bond for the amount of each phase only, not the entire amount up front (this should not be a problem as the city's risk is minimized by the collection of the water and sewer area charges at time of final plat approval), and 3) The developer requested consideration of an extension of the October 13, 2003 deadline (a deadline could later be established for Phase 2).  Carried 5-0-0.

                             

3.  The Zumbrota Community Foundation asked that their request for financial assistance be discussed at the October 3 Council meeting.  Staff was directed to place this item on the

October 3 meeting agenda.

 

4.      There was nothing new to report regarding the letter from Cannon Falls Mayor Weibel to the Goodhue County Board of Commissioners related to feedlots within Goodhue County.  Councilmember Wilkinson stated that she is obtaining additional information related to the topic.

 

5.  Administrator Johnson forwarded the response of the League of MN Cities related to whether or not a Councilmember, if given a salary increase, could decline the increase or, perhaps, donate the amount of an increase back to the city or to a charity.  The League was of the opinion that the increase could not be declined, but could be given back to the city, or given to a charity. Councilmember Wilkinson introduced a motion to set the Mayor annual salary at $4,890 and the annual salary for Councilmembers at $3,554.  The motion died for a lack of second. 

 

6.  Ordinance 2002-02, an ordinance amending the zoning ordinance, was presented for consideration.  The amendments included in this ordinance were initiated by the Planning Commission to resolve difficult interpretations of the Zoning Ordinance, and to update the regulations of certain land uses to better reflect the goals and policies of the community and the conditions in the city.

Motion Grothe, second Wilkinson to adopt Ordinance 2002-02, an ordinance amending the zoning ordinance.  Carried 5-0-0.

 

NEW BUSINESS (Continued)

 

3.  Osweiler, Scanlon and Nietz submitted a proposed letter of engagement to conduct the city's 2002 Annual Audit for an approximate fee of $12,340.

Motion Grothe, second Benson to accept the proposal of Osweiler, Scanlon and Nietz to conduct the 2002 Annual Audit for an approximate fee of $12,340.  Carried 5-0-0.

 

4.  Asbestrol submitted the low quote to remove the asbestos from the former Tupper property, 224 N Main Street, at a cost of $2,005. 

Motion Benson, second Grothe to accept the quote of Asbestrol to remove the asbestos from the former Tupper property, 224 N Main Street, at a cost of $2,005.  Carried 5-0-0.

 

5.  Envirotech submitted the low quote to test the 333 Central Avenue building for asbestos.

Motion Wilkinson, second Benson to accept the quote of Envirotech to test the 333 Central Avenue building for asbestos, at a cost of $1,200.  Carried 5-0-0.

 

6.  A list of judges for the General Election was presented for approval.

Motion Grothe, second Borgschatz to approve the following as election judges for the General Election:  Phyllis Berntson, Nancy Fee, Dorothy French, Mary Ann Kenyon, Cleveland Raymond, Marilyn Riemersma, Jane Rodgers, Viola Rohe, Iva Mae Stee, Linda Theis, Jane Vinger, Charles Zupfer, Joanne Atkinson, Ursula Bezoier, Inez Brunner, Mae Eckert, Barb Hinz, Margaret Hinz, Pat Hostager, Leone Nelson, Gary Ofstie, Sue Panzer, Grace Romo, Harris Rude, Evelyn Satrum, Lorraine Schuchard, Jenny Ziebell.  Carried 5-0-0.  

 

7.  Administrator Johnson suggested that Council direct Yaggy Colby Associates to draft plans and specifications for the water main project to connect Zumbro Woodlands Subdivision and Trelstad Addition.  The water main is necessary to serve the balance of the Trelstad Addition with a high water booster station. 

Motion Wilkinson, second Grothe to direct Yaggy Colby Associates to draft plans and specifications for the water main project to connect Zumbro Woodlands Subdivision and Trelstad Addition.  Carried 5-0-0.

 

8.  Public Works Director Rick Lohmann requested approval up to $3,000 to complete infrared heat patches around manholes, gate valves etc., and approval to fix a portion of Jefferson Drive over two box culverts at a cost of approximately  $2,500.00.

Motion Borgschatz, second Wilkinson to approve up to $3,000 to complete infrared heat patches on streets, and up to $2,500 to fix a portion of Jefferson Drive over two box culverts.  Carried 5-0-0.

 

REPORTS

 

-Mayor Rich Bauer-

-Stated that he attended a Highway 52 Freeway Coalition meeting recently.  The group is encouraging Congressional leaders to speed up funding of Highway 52 projects.

 

-Councilmember Dave Benson-

-Stated that he would like a special meeting, or a portion of a regular meeting be set aside, to discuss growth.  Councilmember Wilkinson stated that she would be willing to contact the strategic plan committee.  It was suggested that this could take place during the second meeting in October.

 

Mayor Bauer adjourned the meeting at 7:22 p.m.

 

 

                                                                                    ______________________________

                                                                                    Ronald S. Johnson, City Administrator

 

 

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