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Zumbrota, MN 

Bridging the Past and the Future

October 17, 2002 Council Minutes

                         CITY OF ZUMBROTA CITY COUNCIL MINUTES

REGULAR MEETING           OCTOBER 17, 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, Public Works Director Rick Lohmann, City Attorney Matt Rockne, Reporter Sandy Hadler, Jim Wedge, Mr. & Mrs. Duane Anfinson, Bob Hawley, Carolyn Lex, Paul Qualy, Anita Otterness, Stacy Johnson, Roald Mona.

 

The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

AMENDMENTS/ADOPTION OF AGENDA

 

It was suggested to remove agenda item 6d-  Feedlot moratorium, and add agenda item 7l-  Zumbrota Golf Club- on-sale liquor/Sunday liquor license application.

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

          

MINUTES

 

A couple of corrections to the minutes were noted.

Motion Benson, second Borgschatz to approve the October 3, 2002 regular meeting minutes as amended.  Carried 3‑0‑2 (Benson, Wilkinson abstained).

 

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE

 

Motion Bauer, second Grothe to approve the accounts payable of $65,630.01.  Carried 5‑0‑0.

 

PUBLIC HEARINGS/MEETINGS

 

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

 

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.  As Chief Selness was unable to attend this meeting as was planned, it was suggested to discuss the COPS grant awards at the next regular meeting. 

 

3.  Bob Hawley, Zumbrota Community Foundation representative, informed Council of recent Foundation Board discussions.  He stated that the Board is not prepared to pursue an area-wide taxing district.  If this were to happen, Mr. Hawley stated that the city of Zumbrota must first show support before the Board would go to other cities and townships to sell the concept.  The gift of $100,000 is still being requested, but any amount of support will be appreciated.  The Board is still interested in forming a committee/partnership with the city.  MN Statute allows cities to give gifts to hospitals.   

Motion Borgschatz, second Benson to provide a gift of $50,000 to the Zumbrota Community Foundation to be reviewed by Council on an annual basis.  Defeated 2-2-1 (Bauer, Wilkinson opposed; Grothe abstained).

 

4.  There was nothing to report on the Roald and John Mona petition to annex 120 acres in Minneola Township as the public hearing will be conducted on November 21.

 

5.  Resolution 2002-21, a resolution approving a summary publication of the amendments to the zoning ordinance, was presented for consideration. 

Motion Wilkinson, second Benson to adopt Resolution 2002-21, a resolution approving a summary publication of the amendments to the zoning ordinance.  Carried 5-0-0.

 

6.  Councilmember Wilkinson volunteered to work with Community Development Director Hinckley and Administrator Johnson on a presentation related to the discussion of growth to be held during the next regular Council meeting.  It was suggested to have that discussion at 6:30, with a 5-minute presentation and a (maximum of) 25-minute question and/or comment period, with a limited time per comment, to allow for a larger number of comments/questions.

Motion Benson, second Wilkinson to discuss the issue of growth at 6:30 p.m.,

November 7, during the regular Council meeting for a maximum of 30 minutes- 5 minutes of presentation and 25 minutes of fielding comments/questions- with a maximum time of 3 minutes per person.  Carried 5-0-0.

   

NEW BUSINESS

 

1.  McWaters Tree Service submitted the lower of two proposals to conduct removal of diseased and nuisance trees.

Motion Wilkinson, second Borgschatz to accept the proposal of McWaters Tree Service for the removal of diseased and nuisance trees at a cost of $4,655.  Carried 5-0-0.

 

2.  Labor Relations, Inc. submitted a proposal to complete a new personnel policy.  The existing personnel policy was written in 1988.

Motion Grothe, second Borgschatz to accept the proposal of Labor Relations, Inc. to complete a new personnel policy, at a cost of $4,245.  Carried 5-0-0.  

 

3.  A request to re-address certain properties along Jefferson Drive and (vacated) Star Avenue was presented.  They are out of sequence or on a vacated street, that 1) is a problem for mail delivery, and 2) could be a problem on an emergency services call.  The post office will forward mail for up to one year in order to make the adjustment easier for affected property owners.

Motion Wilkinson, second Benson to authorize staff to re-address certain properties along Jefferson Drive and (vacated) Star Avenue, allowing up to one year for the conversion.  Carried 5-0-0.

 

4.  It had earlier been mentioned that the 224 North Main Street house would be burned by the fire department, but no action was taken related to this. 

Motion Borgschatz, second Grothe to authorize the fire department to burn the house at 224 N Main St, approving approximately $600 for the related training fees, and authorize staff to call for quotes, and accept the low quote, for the removal of the debris and subsequent grading.  Carried 5-0-0.   

 

5.  The Zumbrota EDA and the Zumbrota Community Foundation applied for a Planned Unit Development (PUD) and a conditional use permit to help accommodate the development of an independent senior living facility adjacent to the Bridges.  The PUD would be an overlay district to an R-3 zoning district.  The proposed building would be attached to the Bridges on the easterly wall, either by a full wall or a connected corridor.   The Planned Unit Development designation would allow for flexibility in using the shared spaces of the nursing home, Bridges and future senior living facility.  The special conditions being requested are:  1) To allow the structure to be on a lot less than the required 90 feet.  Due to the connection to the existing Bridges, the setbacks that would typically be required on the westerly side yard would not be needed, therefore the lot has a larger buildable area; 2)  To allow a 0’ lot line on the westerly edge of the property; and 3) To allow the required parking spaces of ½ space per unit to be located on a different lot than the principal structure.  This may or may not be needed.  A public hearing was conducted by the Planning Commission and the Commission recommended that Council allow the structure to be built on a lot less than the required 90 feet and allow a 0’ lot line on the westerly edge of parcel 72.420.0050 to accommodate a shared wall, but send the request back to the Planning Commission for further consideration of the PUD and CUP after a site plan has been presented.  

Motion Wilkinson, second Grothe to accept the recommendation of the Planning Commission and 1) approve the request of the Zumbrota EDA and Planning Commission, 2) allow the proposed assisted living facility to be built on a lot less than the required 90’, 3) allow a 0’ lot line on the westerly edge of parcel 72.420.0050 to accommodate a shared wall, and 4) send the request back to the Planning Commission for further consideration of the PUD and CUP after a site plan has been presented.  5-0-0.

 

6.  The Planning Commission recommended Council approval of a Waiver of Subdivision Controls request from JEK Developers for lots 3, 4 & 5 of Greenbriar Knoll II Subdivision, pending a final survey upon completion of construction of townhomes on said parcels.

Motion Wilkinson, second Grothe to accept the recommendation of the Planning Commission and approve a Waiver of Subdivision Controls request from JEK Developers for lots 3, 4 & 5 of Greenbriar Knoll II Subdivision, pending a final survey upon completion of construction of townhomes on said parcels.  Carried 5-0-0.

 

7.  An application for annexation of two parcels of land adjacent to city limits has been submitted by Brad Nord to accommodate potential commercial development of the sites.  It was suggested to meet with Minneola Township related to same.

Motion Grothe, second Borgschatz to authorize Mayor Bauer and Councilmember Benson to meet with Minneola Township to discuss the Brad Nord request for annexation.  Carried 5-0-0.

 

8.  Community Development Director Hinckley informed Council that the EDA is applying to the MN Department of Trade and Economic Development for an Investigation and RAP Development Grant for the Grover Auto site.  One of the application requirements is a City Council resolution approving the application, committing the local match and authorizing the contract signatures.  The EDA is supporting this project and has approved a local match of up to $12,500 for the Phase II and RAP Development and recommended Council approval of said resolution.

Motion Wilkinson, second Grothe to adopt Resolution 2002-22, a resolution approving submittal of a MN Department of Trade and Economic Development Investigation and RAP Development Grant application, committing the local match and authorizing the execution of contract signatures.  Carried 5-0-0.

 

9.  FACS Zumbrota LLC/Atlas Cold Storage Midwest Ltd submitted a request for vacation of a 20 foot wide utility easement between Lots 1 and 2, Block 1, FACS Subdivision.

Motion Grothe, second Wilkinson to set a public hearing for 6:15 p.m., November 7, at city hall to consider the request for vacation of a 20 foot wide utility easement between Lots 1 and 2, Block 1, FACS Subdivision.  Carried 5-0-0.

 

10.  The EDA requested that Mayor Bauer proclaim the week of October 21 - 25 as MN Manufacturing and Technology Week for the City of Zumbrota.

Motion Wilkinson, second Grothe to support a Mayoral proclamation of designating the week of October 21 - 25 as MN Manufacturing and Technology Week for the City of Zumbrota.  Carried 5-0-0.

 

11.  Community Development Director Hinckley reported that the EDA is considering the purchase of the current Page Welding building located at 85 West 4th Street as a potential economic development opportunity.  Mr. Page is considering a relocation and construction of a new facility near the proposed future Grover Auto site.  The EDA would work with a current tenant on a lease and would invite the city to lease the remainding space for temporary equipment storage.  Lease payments to the EDA for the City’s portion would approximate $1050 per month.  The EDA is requesting Council make a loan to the EDA (amortized over 15 years) for the purchase of the commercial building located at 85 W. 4th Street and commit to an annual lease of the available storage area at $2.5 per ft2.

Motion Wilkinson, second Grothe to pursue a partnership with the EDA on the purchase of the Page Welding building, 85 West 4th Street.  Carried 4-0-1 (Benson abstained).

 

 12.  The Zumbrota Golf Club submitted an application for an on-sale liquor/Sunday liquor license.

Motion Benson, second Grothe to approve the Zumbrota Golf Club application for an on-sale liquor and Sunday liquor license.  Carried 5-0-0.

 

REPORTS

 

-City Administrator-

-Requested approval to have soil borings completed for the TH58 Water Main Crossing Project and the water main project between the Zumbro Woodlands Subdivision and the Trelstad Addition.

Motion Grothe, second Borgschatz to authorize soil borings for the TH58 Water Main Crossing Project and the water main project between the Zumbro Woodlands Subdivision and the Trelstad Addition.  Carried 5-0-0.

-Councilmember Deb Wilkinson-

-Commented on additional primary care providers could have a complementary affect on Zumbrota Health Care.

 

Mayor Bauer adjourned the meeting at 8:07 p.m.

 

 

                                                                                    ______________________________

                                                                                    Ronald S. Johnson, City Administrator

 

 

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