Zumbrota, MN 

Bridging the Past and the Future

December 4, 2008 Council Minutes






DECEMBER 4, 2008 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, Bill Eberhart, Betty Jo Grothe. Others present: City Administrator Neil Jensen, Public Works Director Rick Lohmann, Community Development Director Dan King, City Accountant Kim Simonson, Police Chief Gary Selness, City Attorney Matt Rockne, Library Director James Hill.  Police Officer Gene Leifeld, Police Officer Rob Jarrett, Police Officer Gary Schroeder, Brian Haugen, Dale Hinderaker, and NewsRecord Reporter Sandy Hadler.  Absent: Council Member Michael Feil.


The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.



Motion Grothe, second Eberhart to adopt the agenda.  Approved 4-0-0.



Motion Eberhart, second Grothe, to approve the regular meeting minutes of November 20, 2008.  Approved 3-0-1 (Bauer abstaining).



Motion Borgschatz, second Grothe to approve the accounts payable of $13,526.93. 

Approved 4-0-0.


Public Comment: 


Public Hearings/MeEtings: 


Unfinished Business:

7-a.  Ambulance Association Joint Powers Agreement

Mayor Bauer and City Administrator Jensen had met with the Executive Board of the Ambulance Association to discuss the Joint Powers Agreement (JPA).  There were three issues the City would like to see clarified:

1.  Board Members are compensated but in the Joint Powers Agreement it says they are    not. This needs to be clarified to accurately reflect what is happening.


2.  The Ambulance Association was able to build their new building without going to the taxpayers for additional monies.  The Association is still quite profitable but there needs to be a limit on reserves held by the Association.  Mayor Bauer and Administrator Jensen were asked to develop a formula to keep contributions and cash flow in a reasonable fashion.


3.  If a member withdraws from the agreement the JPA says they will have to pay 500% their annual dues. It was agreeable to Ambulance members that 1 year notice with the dues would be acceptable.




8-A.  COLA Increases for Employees

The current contract with the Police Union calls for the officers to get a 3% raise in 2009.  In the past all of the employees have been treated the same as the union. 

Motion Grothe, second Borgschatz to approve a 3% increase for all employees for 2009.  Approved 4-0-0.


8-B.  Resolution 2008-11 Approving Budget and Levy Collectable in 2009

Being no additional questions on the budget by the council.


Motion Eberhart, second Grothe to approve Resolution 2008-11 Approving the Budget and Levy Collectable for 2009.  Approved 4-0-0.


8-C.  Council Meeting Date Change January 1, 15, 2009

The Council meeting dates for January fall on the 1st and 15th.  Since the 1st is a holiday it was suggested the meetings be moved to Wednesday, January 7th and Thursday, January 22nd.  Motion Borgschatz, second Eberhart to change the regular Council meeting dates in January 2009 to the 7th and the 22nd.  Approved 4-0-0.


8-D.  Tobacco License Renewal

Casey’s Downtown, Casey’s South, Matthees Midtown Texaco, Zumbrota Liquor Store and Zumbrota Super America were up for their tobacco license renewal.  Chief Selness reported there had been a violation at Matthees Midtown Texaco on June 17th.  Motion Eberhart, second Grothe to approve the tobacco license renewals.  Approved 4-0-0.


8-E.  League of Minnesota Liability Coverage Waiver;

The liability coverage waiver is approved annually to limit the amount collectable by claimants.

Motion Grothe, second Eberhart to sign the annual liability coverage waiver.  Approved 4-0-0.


8-D.  Approve Police Officer Hire

The Police Committee met Thursday to discuss the hiring of a new police officer.  They recommended Andrew Alexander be offered the position at the starting wage.  Motion Borgschatz, second Eberhart to offer the police officer position to Mr. Alexander at starting wage contingent upon the results of a physical and psychological exam.  Approved 4-0-0.




Public Works Director Rich Lohmann;

Reported he had met with Bill Angerman about the wet well project at the Wastewater Treatment Facility.  Angermann will be looking for plan approval at the next meeting.   Costs have risen with the anticipated cost being approximately $130,000.  Lohmann presented the Council with a capital equipment schedule and said it looks like it is working well.  The new snow blower has been used and is working very well.


Community Development Director Dan King;

Reported that after the DEED audit it was determined that approximately $7750 of the DEED grant was ineligible and will need to be repaid.  Even with that the City has received over $148,000 in grant money.


Police Chief Gary Selness;

Reported that 41 warnings were issued on the morning of the first snowfall.


Mayor Rich Bauer;

Stated it is about time to schedule a meeting with DFA.  City staff was directed to schedule a meeting.



Meeting adjourned 6:27 p.m.


                                                                                    Neil Jensen City Administrator

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