Zumbrota, MN 

Bridging the Past and the Future

February 6, 2014 Council Minutes










FEBRUARY 6, 2014

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, Brad Drenckhahn and Sara Durhman and Tina Hostager.  Others present: City Administrator Neil Jensen, City Accountant Kim Simonson, Community Development Director Dan King, Library Director James Hill, City Attorney Matt Rockne, Police Chief Gary Selness, Police Officer Gene Leifeld, Brian Haugen, Sandy Hadler and NewsRecord Reporter Tara Chapa.


The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.



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



Motion Hinderaker, second Durhman, to approve the regular City Council meeting minutes of January 16, 2014.  Approved 5-0-0.



Motion Durhman, second Hostager to approve the accounts payable of $118,321.74.

Approved 5-0-0.




Unfinished Business:

7-A.  Work Session Agenda Items (March 6th)

Mayor Bauer asked for suggestions of items for discussion at the work session.  Some of the items up for discussion are: requests for variances in A3 growth ring areas, vision for the City, personnel policy review and rebranding. 


7-B.  Fire Board Meeting Discussion

There has been a joint powers agreement signed.  The next topic the Fire Board will be addressing is the purchase of a new pumper truck at the March 18th meeting. 



8-A.  Vac Truck Water Tank Repair

The City of Mazeppa and the City of Zumbrota share the sewer jetter vac truck.  The tank of the truck is rusted out and needs replacement.  A quote was received from Metal Services of Blooming Prairie of $13,470.52 to construct and install a stainless steel tank.  There is money in the fund for the repair and it will give the truck a much extended useful life.  Motion Hinderaker, second Drenckhahn to approve the repair of the vac truck by Metal Services of Blooming Prairie for $13,470.52.  Approved 5-0-0.


8-B.  Resolution 2014-05 Declaring City Enforcement of State and Local Noise Laws

There have been some complaints about large trucks using their jake brakes as they come into town on County Road 6 and Highway 58.  In order to allow signs banning the use of jake brakes in these areas to be posted MNDOT has asked this resolution be approved. Two signs will be installed for approximately $80 each.  Motion Hostager, second Durhman to approve Resolution 2014-05 Declaring City Enforcement of State and Local Noise Laws.   Approved 5-0-0.


8-C.  Pay Equity Report Approval

Motion Hostager, second Durhman to approve the pay equity report.  Approved 5-0-0.


8-D.  Shofner Variance Request

Mr. Shofner appeared before the Planning and Zoning Commission to request a variance to allow him to build a non-primary structure on the lot adjacent to his dwelling.  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended denying his request sighting the following findings of fact; “There are not “practical difficulties” in complying with the zoning code, as the (vacant) parcel can be reasonably used for residential development and has ample space available for a single family house.  Additionally, the parcel with the home can reasonably be used, just as other lots in the recently platted subdivision.  Also, the plight of the landowner is arguable not unique to the property and instead specifically created by the landowner.  Lastly, allowing construction of the garages/accessory building on lots without a house may alter the essential character of the neighborhood and may be detrimental to the purposed of the ordinance.  Motion Hinderaker, second Durhman to deny the Shofner variance request based on the finding of fact. 

Approved 4-1-0 (Hostager, Nay)


8-E.  Budget Transfers

Motion Durhman, second Drenckhahn to approve the transfer of $33,500 from the General Fund (101) to the Street Lighting Fund (202).  Approved 5-0-0.



City Administrator Neil Jensen:

Reported the reforestation and the Highway 58 planting projects will be done this spring.  He was also excited to report the project will be featured in an article of Park and Rec Magazine this summer.  There are two pumps at the wastewater treatment plant needing repair.  The parts are difficult to find but staff is attempting to find some.  Costs to replace the pumps could run approximately $17,000 to $20,000 each.  A water main break has been repaired by Raasch’s Ranch.  There have also been multiple water services requiring repair due to the freezing brought on by this year’s harsh winter.  He thanked the public works employees for all their hard work during this frigid weather. 


Meeting adjourned 6:39 p.m.


                                                                                    NeilJensenCity Administrator

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