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Zumbrota, MN 

Bridging the Past and the Future

January 6, 2005 Council Minutes

                         CITY OF ZUMBROTA CITY COUNCIL MINUTES

REGULAR MEETING      JANUARY 6, 2005   6:00 P.M.        TOWN HALL

 

Pursuant to due call and notice thereof, Acting Mayor Betty Jo Grothe called the Zumbrota City Council to order at 6:00 p.m.  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.

 

AMENDMENTS/ADOPTION OF AGENDA

            Motion Benson, second Eberhart to adopt the agenda.  Carried 4‑0‑0.

          

MINUTES

Motion Benson, second Borgschatz to approve the December 16, 2004 regular meeting minutes.  Carried 3-0-1 (Eberhart).

 

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE

Motion Borgschatz, second Benson to approve the accounts payable of $36,885.27.  Carried 4‑0‑0.

 

PUBLIC COMMENT

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.

 

NEW BUSINESS

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 108 East 13th Street.  Mr. Buckingham proposes to remove the existing home, split the lot into two parcels and construct two single-family homes.  The parcel is zoned R-2, One and Two-Family Residential.  Because the lot is an irregular shape, the proposed westerly lot will be 10 feet short of the required 25 foot rear-yard setback if the lot were split into two parcels.  Therefore, a variance request must be considered first.

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 13th Street (including vacated alley) and the easterly lot having 6 feet frontage.  Contingent upon Council approval of the rear yard setback variance, it was found that the two proposed lots would otherwise be in compliance with the Zoning Ordinance.  The Planning Commission recommended Council approval of the minor subdivision request.

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.

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

1.  A letter was received, regarding the Jacobson/Wendt(s) request to construct public improvements and defer assessments on the Jacobson Commercial Park southwest of TH52.  Wendts withdrew from the request and staff will present the changes in the request at the next meeting.

 

2.  There was nothing to report on the request to move crosswalk lights from 7th Street to 9th Street.  Eberhart stated a need for the walking bridge near the school to be repaired if this move is made.  It was stated that the bridge belongs to the school and is their responsibility.

 

3.  The public hearing to discuss proposed fee rates is 6:15 p.m. 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 257 W 4th Street sustained some plumbing damage.  As owners, it was considered City responsibility to make repairs prior to selling the house.  These repairs will cost approximately $1400.00.

 

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 257 W 4th Street for one year of flood insurance, as it was not known at the time of sale that this property is considered in the floodplain.  Carried 4-0-0.

 

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 Zumbrota for 2005.

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 Zumbrota.  Carried 4-0-0.

 

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.

 

REPORTS

-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, Roscoe Township officials, Tim Mack and the developer and will report back to Council at the next regular meeting.

 

-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 6:46 p.m.

 

 

           

                                                                                    _______________________________                                                                                              Richard Bauer, Mayor

           

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