Pursuant to due call and notice thereof, Acting Mayor Betty Jo Grothe called the Zumbrota City Council to order at PRESENT: Councilmembers Dave Benson, Doug Borgschatz, Willard Eberhart, Betty Jo Grothe. Absent: Mayor Bauer. Others present: City Accountant Mary Rohe, Community Development Director Angie Bersaw, Public Works Director Rick Lohmann, City Attorney Matt Rockne, Reporter Sandy Hadler, Jim Brimeyer, John Buckingham, Brian Biwer and Diane Richter-Biwer, Paul Qualy, Dale Hinderaker and Jim Wedge.
The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.
OATH OF OFFICE
The Oath of Office was administered to Councilmembers Benson and Eberhart by City Attorney Matt Rockne.
Motion Benson, second Borgschatz to approve the December 16, 2004 regular meeting minutes. Carried 3-0-1 (Eberhart).
Paul Qualy offered congratulations and thanks to the councilmembers for their service. He also sought clarification of the fee schedule and answers to questions raised during the comment period.
1. Jim Brimeyer presented his draft of the City Administrator Position Profile for Council input or comments. Most of the discussion centered on the starting salary to be included. The Mayor had relayed his preference for a lower beginning salary. A broader range was deemed appropriate with the range to be mid $50s to $70,000.
2. John Buckingham, applicant and owner, submitted an application for a minor subdivision and rear-yard variance at
The Planning Commission held a public hearing to gather input on the proposed rear-yard variance. The Planning Commission recommended Council approval .
Motion Benson, second Borgschatz to accept the recommendation of Planning Commission and approve the 10 foot rear-yard variance at 108 East 13th Street (72.100.2491) described as “Lot 5 and the South ½ of Lot 6 and the East 94 feet of the North ½ of Lot 6 and the East 94 feet of the South 40 feet of Lot 7, all Block 61 except the east 40 feet of the south 40 feet of Lot 7 of the Original Plat of Zumbrota” in that a hardship was shown based upon the unusual configuration of the westerly rear yard lot line and that granting the variance would not be detrimental to the purpose of the Zoning Ordinance. Carried 4-0-0.
The Planning Commission then considered Buckingham’s request for a minor subdivision to split the existing tax parcel into two separate lots, the westerly lot having 68 feet frontage along
Motion Benson, second Eberhart to accept the recommendation of the Planning Commission and approve the minor subdivision request of 108 East 13th Street (72.100.2491) described as “Lot 5 and the South ½ of Lot 6 and the East 94 feet of the North ½ of Lot 6 and the East 94 feet of the South 40 feet of Lot 7, all Block 61 except the east 40 feet of the south 40 feet of Lot 7 of the Original Plat of Zumbrota” contingent upon the receipt of a certificate of survey. Carried 4-0-0.
1. A letter was received, regarding the Jacobson/Wendt(s) request to construct public improvements and defer assessments on the
2. There was nothing to report on the request to move crosswalk lights from
3. The public hearing to discuss proposed fee rates is on January 20th.
4. Acting Mayor Grothe informed the Council that she and Mayor Bauer had looked at the damaged panels and they would take on the project of determining a replacement for them and bring their recommendation back to Council.
5. Due to improper winterizing and being empty for a length of time, the house at
Also, in connection with the sale of this property, it was determined the property lies in the floodplain and the buyer needs to purchase flood insurance. As this was not known at the time of the sale, Council felt it was a fair expenditure to reimburse the purchaser for one year of flood insurance.
Motion Borgschatz, second Eberhart to reimburse the buyer of the property at
NEW BUSINESS (Continued)
1. Resolution 2005-01 was presented, designating the Bank of Zumbrota and Edward Jones as the official depositories for the City of
Motion Benson, second Borgschatz to adopt Resolution 2005-01, a Resolution designating the Bank of Zumbrota and Edward Jones as the City’s official depositories. Carried 4-0-0.
2. Official publication approval.
Motion Eberhart, second Borgschatz to approve the News-Record as the official publication for the City of
3. Community Development Director Bersaw presented a Concept Plan for a County Road 10 West Project – a proposed commercial addition to the City. No action was needed.
-City Accountant Mary Rohe-
-Requested approval of several fund transfers.
Motion Benson, second Eberhart to approve the following fund transfers: $50,000 from General Fund to EDA; $100,011 from Sewer Renewals to ‘04 Refunding Bonds; $38,732 from Water Maintenance to ’04 Refunding Bonds; $47,964 from Water Maintenance to Water Revenue Bonds; $72,372 from Water Maintenance to ‘03 Utility Bonds; $130,674 from Sewer Fund to ‘02 Sewer Revenue Bonds; $22,055 from Sewer Fund to ‘03 Utility Bonds. Carried 4-0-0.
-Community Development Director Angie Bersaw-
-Reported she received an application for annexation for 80 acres south/west of TH 52 (Tim Mack’s property ) from Zumbrota Hills Development, LLC. Staff will schedule a meeting with Mayor Bauer, Councilmember Benson, Goodhue County Land Use Management Staff,
-Public Works Director Rick Lohmann-
-Informed Council that he has viewed the 23 DVDs of the cleaning and televising of the sanitary sewer mains and is making a list of needed repairs and estimated costs.
Acting Mayor Grothe adjourned the meeting at
_______________________________ Richard Bauer, Mayor