Zumbrota, MN 

Bridging the Past and the Future

September 6, 2007 Council Minutes






SEPTEMBER 6, 2007; 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: Doug Borgschatz, Bill Eberhart, Michael Feil, Betty Jo Grothe; EDA Members: Allan Falk, Jim Wedge, Chuck Sturm; Public Works Director Rick Lohmann, Community Development Director Dan King; City Accountant Kim Simonson; City Engineer Bill Angerman, Police Chief Gary Selness; City Attorney Matt Rockne, Library Director Jeannie Johnson; New Library Director James Hill; NewsRecord Reporter Sandy Hadler.  Others present: Jamin Arvig, Tom Webster and Brian Haugen


The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.



Motion Grothe, second Borgschatz to adopt the agenda.  Approved 5-0-0.



Motion Grothe, second Eberhart, to approve the regular meeting minutes of August 16, 2007.  Approved 5-0-0.



Motion Borgschatz, second Grothe to approve the accounts payable of $60,948.79. 

Approved 5-0-0.


Public Comment: 


Public Hearings/MeEtings: 


Unfinished Business:

7-a Resolution 2007-14-2008 Preliminary Budget Approval

City Administrator Neil Jensen presented the 2008 budget for preliminary approval.  He stated the levy was remaining basically the same.  Motion Grothe, second Eberhart to approve Resolution 2007-14-2008 Preliminary Budget Approval.  Approved 5-0-0.


7-b Goodhue County Land Use GIS

Motion Borgschatz, second Grothe to elect not to participate in cost sharing with Goodhue County Land Use for the GIS project.  Approved 5-0-0.


7-c Introduce Library Director James Hill

Library Director Jeannie Johnson presented the newly hired Library Director, James Hill to the Council.  Hill stated he welcomes comments on the Library.  He said he was drawn to the area because of large usership of the Library.  There will be a Good-bye/Hello party Wednesday, September 12th for Johnson and Hill.  All are encouraged to attend.




8-A.  Set Truth and Taxation Hearings (December 5 & 19, 2007)

Motion Grothe, second Eberhart to set the Truth and Taxation Hearings for December 5th and 19th 2007.  Carried 5-0-0.


8-B.  Sidewalk Bid Approval

Four bids have been received for the sidewalk replacement project for both sides of West 5th St from West Avenue to Mill Street.  The four bids received were:

            Krause Masonry………..…………………..$3.13 per square foot

            SSJ…………………………………………$3.35 per square foot

            Charlie Thompson…..……………….…….$4.40 per square foot

            Innovative Contractors………………….….$5.50 per square foot


Krause Masonry had called to change their bid to $3.21 per square foot.  Krause Masonry was the low bid.  The original cost was $16,900 but was increased to $17,334 after the bid change.  Rick had been approached by two landowners to do their sidewalks.  The cost would be split 50/50.  This would bring the total project cost to $20,206 (originally estimated at $19,702).


Motion Feil, second Grothe to accept the bid of $3.21 per square foot from Krause Masonry.  Approved 5-0-0.


8-C.  Review/Approve Feedlot Permit (2 mile radius)

Tom Webster was present to discuss with the Council his company’s (T & G Webster, Inc.) plan to remarket livestock. Currently Tom has some animals on his farm adjacent to the City but the site does not allow for expansion.  The Websters have purchased Don and Dorothy Lohmann’s farm located 2 miles north of Zumbrota.  They have received the okay from the County and the Township and are now seeking approval to allow them to have the feedlot within 2 miles of Zumbrota.  The lot will have a limit of 420 animal units.  He asked the Council to consider the past positive relationship the Websters have had with the City.  Council Member Borgschatz expressed the Livestock Market was always run clean and he had no objections to allowing this business.  Motion Grothe, second Borgschatz to approve the feedlot permit.  Approved 5-0-0.


8-D.  Resolution 2007-11 Fire Department Relief Association Gambling Approval Covered Bridge.

Motion Grothe, second Borgschatz to approve Resolution 2007 Fire Department Relief Association Gambling approval for the Covered Bridge.  Approved 4-0-1 (Eberhart abstaining)


8-E.  Resolution 2007-12 Fire Department Relief Association Gambling Approval Zumbrota Liquor Store.

Motion Grothe, second Borgschatz to approve Resolution 2007 Fire Department Relief Association gambling approval for the Zumbrota Liquor Store.  Approved 4-0-1 (Eberhart abstaining).


8-F.  Approve Lot Sale Highway 52 Business Park

Acting EDA Chair Allan Falk called a special meeting for the EDA to order at 6:12 p.m. to discuss the lot sale of the Highway 52 Business Park.  The EDA discussed whether they would proceed with the purchase agreement and set the public hearing.  They also would like to air questions and objections about the lot sale and the JOBZ on a proposed 20,000 square foot building on one acre.  Motion Wedge, second Sturm to recommend a public hearing on Wednesday, September 12, 2007 to discuss the lot sale for the Highway 52 Business Park.  Approved 5-0-0.  The business owner is also requesting JOBZ for the business.  Motion Eberhart, second Sturm to recommend approval for the use of JOBZ for this business.  The EDA meeting was adjourned at 6:23 p.m.


Jamin Arvig was present to discuss his plans to build a 20,000 square foot building on a one acre lot within the business park.  He would also like to have the pond included with his lot and have an option to purchase an additional acre within a year.  His business is called Water Filtration Distribution.  He is looking to grow and develop new lines and to have five employees.  His primary market has been online sales but he is now expanding into commercial water distribution and some other related lines.  He has submitted his financials to Dave Maroney for review.  Motion Eberhart, second Grothe, to proceed with purchase agreement.  Approved 5-0-0.


8-G.  Approve JOBZ Business Subsidy Water Filters Direct

The Council entertained discussion about JOBZ.  Feil asked who enforces the requirements of JOBZ.  The state does that and the business has a time limit of one year from date of operation to create new jobs.  Motion Feil, second Grothe to proceed with the JOBZ Business Subsidy for Water Filters Direct.  Approved 5-0-0.


8-H.  DFA Sanitary Permit Approval

Public Works Director Rick Lohmann presented the Council with a one year permit for DFA.  He was asked by the Council if there had been any more issues since the last spill.  The penalties will be on a one tier system with a non-notification clause.  Eberhart asked if the City was aware of any future plans.  Mayor Bauer stated they had no plans for expansion in the short term.  Borgschatz asked Lohmann if he was comfortable with this permit.  He replied that he was and he felt the permit would be effective.  Motion Borgschatz, second Grothe to approve the DFA Sanitary Permit for an additional year.  Approved 5-0-0.


8-D.  Approve Sale Police Forfeited Vehicles

Nine bids had been received for the 1988 Plymouth Voyager Van and the 2000 Chevrolet S-10 Pickup which were police forfeited vehicles.   The bids were:

            $888, John Huneke, Goodhue

            $650, Alfred Quam, Kenyon

            $405 Jared Fredrixon, Zumbrota

            $401 Gary Schroeder, Zumbrota

            $353 Ram Auto Sales, Kenyon

            $350 Lyle Larsen, Wells

            $325 Carl J. Quast, Zumbrota

            $225 Kevin Poncelet, Zumbrota

            $200 Unger Scrap Iron, Zumbrota.


Motion Grothe, second Feil, to sell the two forfeited vehicles to John Huneke for $888.  Approved 5-0-0.




City Administrator Neil Jensen

Reported the City had received the Grant tied into the Grover redevelopment project and 2005 Street project.  The money received will repay the EDA, 2005 Street project fund and the Municipal Reserve.


Public Works Director Rich Lohmann;

Seal coating was done Friday and the stones will be swept up within a week.  He also told the Council that we had no significant events happen with the heavy rainfalls over the past two weeks. 


Community Development Director Dan King;

Reported the City had received an updated flood plain map with some changes.  It is a preliminary map and he invited the Council to look at it.


City Engineer Bill Angerman;

Report work has resumed on the industrial park.  There had been a verbal request from Road Constructors for an extension.  All in all he felt he project had held up well in all the rain. 


Council Member Doug Borgschatz;

Reported the telephone and electrical is almost complete for the Business Park.


Meeting adjourned 7:00 p.m.


                                                                                    Neil Jensen City Administrator

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