Zumbrota, MN 

Bridging the Past and the Future

January 20, 2005 Council Minutes


REGULAR MEETING      JANUARY 20, 2005   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 Dave Benson, Doug Borgschatz, Willard Eberhart, Betty Jo Grothe.  Others present: City Accountant Mary Rohe, Community Development Director Angie Bersaw, Public Works Director Rick Lohmann, City Attorney Matt Rockne, Reporter Sandy Hadler, Conway Jacobson, Jeff Stedman, Jim Wedge, Paul Qualy, Cathy and Wayne Radke, Jake Dahl and Tim Mack.


The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.




The Oath of Office was administered to Mayor Bauer by City Attorney Matt Rockne.




Councilmember Eberhart requested Park Board discussion be added to the agenda.     

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




Councilmember Grothe requested that the minutes be amended to include the Oath of Office, taken by Councilmembers Benson and Eberhart.  Also, the final salary range for the City Administrator was listed as $50 to 70s.  It should have been $50s to $70,000.

Motion Grothe, second Borgschatz to approve the January 6, 2005 regular meeting minutes, as amended.  Carried 4-0-1(Bauer).




Motion Borgschatz, second Eberhart to approve the accounts payable of $675,765.65.  Carried 5‑0‑0.




Paul Qualy offered congratulations to the mayor.  He also expressed his dissatisfaction with the size of print used by the City for their publications.




1.  Pastor Wayne Radke, a Leadership Team Facilitator for the Zumbrota Sesquicentennial Committee, was present to update the Council on plans for the 2006 Celebration.  Twelve committees will plan the action for each month.  Each committee is to plan one major event and some way to involve the community.  The Z.S.Q.C group requested appointment of a Council representative, to replace former member Wilkinson, City involvement to have the city looking “really sharp,” additional time availability for the EDA director, possible funds from the City and leadership on the part of the Council in planning events.  Councilmember Borgschatz volunteered to be a part of the planning committee.


2.  Tim Mack and Jake Dahl were present to request a public hearing for the Zumbrota Hills Development LLC Annexation application.  A meeting had been held with members of the Roscoe Township Board and Goodhue County.  Mayor Bauer reported that the township seemed indifferent to the request– not opposed nor excited about the matter.  Goodhue County was not opposed to the request and saw that it did fit with the proposed Future Land Use Plan for the city.

Motion Grothe, second Eberhart to set a Public Hearing for March 3, 2005 at 6:15 p.m. to take public input on the annexation application for Zumbrota Hills Development LLC.  Carried 5-0-0.




The Public Hearing was called to order by Mayor Bauer at 6:26 p.m.  Paul Qualy requested clarification of the two rates for water and sewer.  The difference between residential and industrial billings was explained.  The Public Hearing was closed at 6:35 p.m.  Councilmember Benson questioned the adequacy of the $1500 per acre Water Availability and Sewer Availability charges.  He recommended setting the fees at $1750 for each.

Motion Benson, second Borgschatz to approve the 2005 Fee Schedule, with the change of the SAC and WAC fees from $1500 each to $1750 each.  Carried 5-0-0.




1.  Discussion was held, regarding the Jacobson request to construct public improvements and defer assessments on the Jacobson Commercial Park south/west of TH52.  Comments concerned the “lender” position of the City, the precedent for helping developers and the city oversizing costs. 

Motion Grothe, second Bauer to adopt Resolution 2005-02 Declaring Adequacy of Petition and Ordering Preparation of Report for water and sewer improvements through the Conway and Kathy Jacobson property, known as the Jacobson Commercial Park.  Carried 5-0-0.


The meeting was recessed at 7:15 p.m. for a short break.  The meeting resumed at 7:21 p.m.


2.  There was nothing to report on the request to move crosswalk lights from 7th Street to 9th Street. 


3.  Electric meter location on new construction was checked into by Community Development Director Bersaw.  She found other cities do not get involved in regulating the location of electric meters on new construction.  In talking with Tom Meyer, from Xcel Energy, she learned Xcel is now charging homeowners who want to locate their meters on the back of their homes and this seems to be helping the situation.  No action is needed by the City at this time.


4.  Mayor Bauer informed the Council that he had discussed the damaged window panels on the City Hall with Brad Hegseth at Wedge Lumber.  Brad suggested he look at the panels on the school at Wastedo, which the Mayor will do.  He will take pictures for Council input.  Council also discussed just replacing the cove around the panels and repainting them.  Public Works Director Lohmann informed Council they had been repainted in the last 2-3 years and it hasn’t helped. 


NEW BUSINESS (Continued)


1.   The water and sewer rate study is almost complete and will be ready for council review.  Council agreed to set a special meeting for this discussion.

Motion Benson, second Eberhart  to set a Special Meeting of the City Council for Thursday, February 10th, at 6:00 p.m. for the sole purpose of discussing the water and sewer rate study.  Carried 5-0-0.


2.  A draft Request for Proposals was presented for the redevelopment of the former United Church property located at 333 Central Avenue.  It was pointed out that it is the responsibility of the developer(s) to put in the water and sewer connects to the property.  Community Development Direcotor Angie Bersaw will add language to the RFP to reflect this point.

Motion Eberhart, second Benson to authorize staff to locally advertise the RFP and distribute the RFP to those interested for the redeveloment of the former United Church property.  Carried 5-0-0.


3.  Councilmember Eberhart expressed his concern about the need of the Park Board to be more in touch with the Council.  He feels the Council should be kept aware of major decisions and funds spent by the Board.  Council discussion centered on all boards and the need for more communication. 




-Community Development Director Angie Bersaw-

-Reported Requests for Proposals for the Grover and Page sites are due February 7th. 

-Reported that the EDA ordered a survey to get access to the JOBZ property.  After the land swaps are completed, Council may see a request to get improvements to this site.  Bersaw reported that their has been a fair amount of interest, as of late, in the JOBZ site.


-Mayor Bauer-

-Informed Council of the Fire Board meeting he had attended and the slight increase in their dues for 2005.  Fire dues for the City will be $18,453.24 for 2005, an increase of about $2,000.  He also said they may have a request soon for additional funds for a new pickup.

-Invited Council to consider attending the MN League of Municipalities annual meeting on Thursday, January 27th at 6:00 p.m. at the Hubbel House Restaurant in Mantorville.   

-Offered his opposing view of Senator  Pogemiller’s bill calling for a property tax freeze.


-Councilmember Borgschatz-

-Expressed his thanks to city staff for keeping things going well without a City Administrator-

-Suggested the Council hold a special meeting to discuss their objectives and views of where the city focuses should be – before a new City Administrator is hired – and probably again after a new Administrator is in place.


-Councilmember Grothe-

-Informed Council that the Library Board has recommended Janet Fischer for the vacant position of their board.

Motion Grothe, second Borgaschatz to appoint Janet Fischer for the vacant position on the Library Board.


Mayor Bauer adjourned the meeting at 8:00 p.m.



                                                                                    _______________________________                                                                                              Richard Bauer, Mayor


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