Zumbrota, MN 

Bridging the Past and the Future

July 7, 2011 Council Minutes






JULY 7, 2011 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, City Accountant Kim Simonson, City Attorney Matt Rockne, Brian Haugen, Jerry Mosely, Officer Gene Leifeld and NewsRecord Reporter Sandy Hadler.


The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.



Motion Drenckhahn, second Durhman to adopt the agenda with the addition of “8g. Resolution 2011-09 A Resolution Adopting Performance Measures Developed By The Council On Local Results And Innovation.  Approved 5-0-0.



Motion Hinderaker, second Durhman, to approve the regular meeting minutes of June 16, 2011.  Approved 5-0-0.



Motion Drenckhahn, second Hinderaker to approve the accounts payable of $214,077.47.  Approved 5-0-0.


Public Comment: 


Public Hearings/MeEtings: 


Unfinished Business:

7-a.  2012 General Fund Budget Review

The budget was initially discussed at the last meeting.  Council member Hostager asked if the current document reflected the Council’s desire to have the Storm Water and Street Lighting fee cut in half from 2010.  Jensen replied it was.  The Council agreed it will be difficult to pin down numbers without knowing what LGA will be.  All the departments are in the process of preparing and approving their budgets. A September 15th deadline must be met for preliminary levy certification to Goodhue County. 




8-A.  2010 Audit Review and Approval

Mark Murch from Scanlon, Neitz and Murch, was in attendance to present the 2010 audit.  He gave an overview of the audit and highlighted some of the changes which will be upcoming; specifically GASB 54.  Murch said this year was the best year as far as getting through all the information.  The City received an unqualified opinion.


Motion Hostager, second Durhman to approve the 2010 audit.  Approved 5-0-0.


8-B.  State Auditor’s Performance Measurement Program

The State is asking cities to participate voluntarily  in an online performance survey.  Participation in the program is supplemented by a .14 per capita increase in LGA and a waiver from levy limits if applicable.   The League of Minnesota Cities is putting together a general use survey.  It would be put on the website and citizens would fill it out.  Several concerns were raised.  One was concern that non city residents could access the survey.  The other concern was that disgruntled citizens would be more likely to complete the survey and skew the result. 


8-C.  July 21st Council Meeting Cancellation

Motion Durhman, second Hinderaker to cancel the July 21, 2011 meeting.  Approved 5-0-0.


8-D.  2011 Budget Transfers

City Accountant Kim Simonson asked the Council to approve the following budget transfers:


Capital Projects Restricted (402)                                  $   3,000.00

            General Fund (101)                                                                  $  1,000.00

            Water Fund (601)                                                                    $  1,000.00

            Sewer Fund (602)                                                                    $  1,000.00

(Computer Software Transfer)


2009A GO Utility Refunding Bonds (515)                     $ 89,479.00

            Water Fund (601)                                                                    $ 28,010.00

            Sewer Fund (602)                                                                    $ 61,469.00

(Bonding Transfer)


Capital Equipment (400)                                               $ 26,000.00

            Water Fund (601)                                                                    $ 10,000.00

            Sewer Fund (602)                                                                    $ 16,000.00

(Scheduled Budget Transfer)


Water Fund Restricted (600)                                        $ 67,073.00

            Water Fund (601)                                                                    $ 67,073.00

(Scheduled budget transfer)                                                     


Sewer Fund Restricted (606)                                        $ 73,671.00

            Sewer Fund (602)                                                                    $ 73,671.00

(Scheduled budget transfer)     

Motion Drenckhahn, second Hinderaker to approve the transfers.  Approved 5-0-0.


8-E.  Amend Deferred Assessment Agreement Jacobson Commercial Park

Conway and Kathy Jacobson have requested assessments at the Jacobson Commercial Park be allowed to be transferred to any future buyers of the lots instead of paid at the time of sale.  They are hoping this will offer the opportunity to improve lot sales.


8-F.  Resolution 2011-08 Adopting Assessment Agreement for Jacobson Commercial Park

Motion Hinderaker, second Durhman to approve Resolution 2011-08 Adopting Assessment Agreement for Jacobson Commercial Park.  Approved 5-0-0.


8-G.  Resolution 2011-09 A Resolution Adopting Performance Measures Developed By The Council On Local Results And Innovation

Motion Hinderaker, second Hostager to approve Resolution 2011-09 A Resolution Adopting Performance Measures Developed By The Council On Local Results And Innovation. 

Approved 5-0-0.




Community Development Director Dan King;

Reported the City had been awarded a grant from the Federal Highway Administration to install monitoring and fire suppression devices in the Covered Bridge.  The max of the grant is $40,000 and Federal Highway Administration would participate at 80%.  The hope is to tie the structure housing the suppression equipment with some sort of kiosk promoting the area.



Meeting adjourned 6:50 p.m.


                                                                                    Neil Jensen City Administrator

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