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Zumbrota, MN 

Bridging the Past and the Future

September 4, 2014 Council Minutes

 

 

 

 

CITY OF ZUMBROTA

COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES

SEPTEMBER 4, 2014

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 Rich Bauer; Council members Dale Hinderaker, Tina Hostager, Sara Durhman and Brad Drenckhahn.  Others present: City Administrator Neil Jensen, City Accountant Kim Simonson, Community Development Director Dan King, City Attorney Matt Rockne, Library Director James Hill, Officer Gary Schroeder, Brian Haugen, Pete Grimsrud, Officer Shannon Clemenson, Gene Leifeld, Roxanne Bartsch, Bill Eberhart, Sandy Hadler and Doug Borgschatz.

 

The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

AMENDMENTS/ADOPTION OF AGENDA

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

 

MINUTES

Motion Hinderaker, second Durhman, to approve the regular City Council meeting minutes of August 21, 2014, with the addition of items “8D. Police Chief Position and 8E Senior Street Supervisor Position”.  Approved 5-0-0.

 

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE

Motion Drenckhahn, second Hinderaker to approve the accounts payable of $68,230.39.

Approved 5-0-0.

 

PUBLIC COMMENTS

Doug Borgschatz addressed the Council about the trestle and the concerns the snowmobilers have about a potential closing. 

 

Unfinished Business:

7-A.  DFA Wastewater Permit

Tabled

 

7-B.  2015-2025 Reconstruction Plans

No action is currently being taken. 

 

NEW BUSINESS;

8-A.  Resolution 2014-09 Approving Proposed Budget and Levy Collectible in 2015

The net levy for 2015 is $1,567,315.  Motion Drenckhahn, second Durhman to approve Resolution 2014-09 Approving Proposed Budget and Levy Collectible in 2015.  Approved 5-0-0.

 

8-B.  Flower Project

The Community Trust has requested the City participate in the purchase and care of flower baskets for Main Street.  The Trust would purchase the baskets and the City will install and care for the baskets.  There has been some discussion about turning the baskets into the street but the Council thought that this would result in the baskets being hit by large vehicles.  Motion Hinderaker, second Durhman to spend up to $1500 to care for the flower baskets in 2015.  Approved 5-0-0.

 

8-C.  Bridge Trestle Rail Discussion

Jensen and Olson met along with a representative of Minnowa to look at the trestle on the trail.  There has been some significant deterioration and there were concerns the trestle should be closed to any sort of motorized traffic.  After examination the rep from Minnowa said the trestle was repairable and there was a possibility to get the beginning of the repairs done yet this year.  If these foundational repairs are done then the decking could be replaced in the following year.  Motion Drenckhahn, second Hostager to direct City staff to request a quote from Minnowa to repair the trestle.  Approved 5-0-0.

 

8-D.  Police Chief Position

Three candidates were interviewed earlier in the week by the Council for the position of Police Chief.  The candidates were Erick Broder, Patrick Callahan and Gary Schroeder.  Drenckhahn asked if there was an overwhelming choice or if the Council was open to bringing someone up through the ranks.  Hostager, Hinderaker, Bauer and Durhman said there first choice was Patrick Callahan given his qualifications and experience.  Motion Hinderaker, second Hostager to contact Patrick Callahan to offer the position of Police Chief pending results of psychological testing, medical exam and background.  Approved 5-0-0.

 

8-E.  Senior Street Maintenance Supervisor Position

The Council discussed the interviews for the Street Supervisor position.  Motion Hinderaker, second Durhman to hire David Meyers as Street Supervisor and promote Mike Olson to Public Works Director.  Both would start at step one.  Approved 5-0-0.

 

Reports:

City Administrator Neil Jensen:

Reported East Avenue is progressing but there have been some slight problems.  The Pool has closed for the season.  The City has not heard if it has received a COPS grant yet.

 

Council Member Brad Drenkhahn:

Thanked all the candidates who had interviewed for the open City positions. 

 

Meeting adjourned at 6:30 p.m.

                                                                                    ________________________

                                                                                    Neil Jensen City Administrator

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