Zumbrota, MN 

Bridging the Past and the Future

City Council Meeting Minutes July 26, 2012






JULY 26, 2012 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 Dale Hinderaker, Sara Durhman, Tina Hostager and Brad Drenckhahn. Others present: City Administrator Neil Jensen, Community Development Director Dan King, Library Director James Hill, City Attorney Matt Rockne, Library Director James Hill, Police Chief Gary Selness, Officer Gene Leifeld, Jim Wedge, Sandy Hadler, NewsRecord reporter Rebecca Miller and Brian Haugen.


The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.



Motion Drenckhahn, second Hostager to adopt the agenda.  Approved 5-0-0.



Motion Hinderaker, second Durhman, to approve the regular meeting minutes of July 12, 2012.  Approved 5-0-0.



Motion Hinderaker, second Durhman to approve the accounts payable of $10,042.23.

Approved 5-0-0.


Public Comment: 

Officer Gene Leifeld was present to speak about the activities on National Night Out scheduled for August 7, 2012.


Public Hearings/MeEtings


Unfinished Business:

7-A. Fire Truck Discussion

A brief overview of various options for the joint powers agreement were discussed.  Council member Durhman said that based on past Fire Board comments the Pine Island model may work best.  The Fire Board will be having a meeting on August 7th.  Motion Hinderaker, second Durhman to post a special meeting of the Council for Tuesday, August 7th at 7:00 pm. 

Approved 5-0-0.


7-B. Golf Course Development Road

Council member Drenckhahn asked if there would be a timeframe regarding the Golf Course Road before the next meeting.  He was told it would be reasonable but nothing has been finalized yet.  Hinderaker said it would be nice to have a decision by fall.  Staff will relay time line concerns to the Developer.

7-C. 2013 Budget

Administrator Jensen outlined some of the changes in the proposed budget.  The General Fund shows some increased revenue due to an increase in new construction and estimated market value.  He also spoke about increases in expenditures for fire equipment, streets and seal coat which may result in a decreased LGA setaside.  The Street light fee will remain for next year.  75% has been phased out since the initial amount was begun. 



8-A.  Budget Transfers

Motion Hinderaker, second Durhman to approve the following transfers:

  • $25,125 from the General Fund (101) to the Street Lighting Fund (202).
  • $37,500 from the General Fund (101) to the Seal Coat Fund (102).
  • $2,000 from General Fund to Capital Project Restricted Fund (402) for software.
  • $5,000 from the General Fund to the Sidewalk Fund (105).
  • $1,500 from the Water Fund (601) to Capital Project Restricted Fund (402) for software.
  • $28,010 from the Water Fund (601) to 2009A Bond Fund (516).
  • $1,500 from the Sewer Fund (602) to Capital Project Restricted Fund (402) for software.
  • $3,000 from the Sewer Fund (602) to the Sewer Equipment Fund (603).
  • $61,541 from the Sewer Fund (602) to 2009A Bond Fund (516).
  • $30,000 from the Golf Course Abatement Fund (260) to Sewer Restricted Fund (606).
  • $18,400 from the Grover Abatement Fund (261) to Water Restricted Fund (600).   

Approved 5-0-0.

8-B.  Liquor Licenses Approval

Administrator Jensen stated he and Clerk Cindy Thompson recently attended a liquor licensing seminar held by the MN Department of Public Safety.  At this meeting they were made aware that according to MN State Statute, theatres cannot technically sell strong beer with a wine/3.2 beer license.  It was noted Zumbrota has two theatre operators; Crossings at Carnegie and ZAAC/State Theatre, which have such a license and would like to sell strong beer as well as wine.  In order to do this the City would need to approve a “restricted on-sale license” as recommended by the MN State Liquor Inspector.  City Attorney Rockne questioned whether state statute language already allows for theatres to sell strong beer under the current ordinances’ language.  Council Members asked staff to look into this issue and bring the item back to the next meeting for review and action.  Mayor Bauer tabled the item until the next meeting.


8-C.  Off Sale Liquor License

City Administrator Jensen stated that according to MN State Statute, Cities can issue an unlimited amount of off-sale liquor licenses.  He noted Cities may be more restrictive than State Statute and limit the number of off-sale license by local ordinance.  Council Member Durhman stated she was opposed to any government restriction on the number of licenses issued.  Council Member Hinderaker agreed and stated the market should limit itself, as there is only so much demand for off-sale products.  There was no action taken on this agenda item. 



City Administrator Neil Jensen

Reminded the Council there would be a work session next meeting with the Park and Library Boards.   The Warren Avenue and alley project is substantially complete.  He reminded the Council of the Fire Board meeting on August 7th at 7:00pm.  He also reported there had been a public meeting with the proposed senior housing project.


Meeting adjourned 6:43 p.m.


                                                                                    NeilJensenCity Administrator

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