Zumbrota, MN 

Bridging the Past and the Future

January 4, 2007 Council Minutes







REGULAR MEETING, January 4, 2007   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 Bauer, Councilmembers Willard Eberhart, Doug Borgschatz, Michael Feil, Betty Jo Grothe.  Others present: City Administrator Neil Jensen, City Accountant Kim Simonson, Public Works Director Rick Lohmann, Police Chief Gary Selness, News Reporter Sandy Hadler, Jim Wedge, Brian Haugen.


The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.


New Business


8-A  Council Oath of Office:


City Administrator Neil Jensen administered the Oath of Office to the newly elected council members Betty Jo Grothe, Doug Borgschatz and Michael Feil. 



             Motion Grothe, second Feil, to adopt the agenda.  Carried 5-0-0.




            Motion Eberhart, second Grothe, to approve the regular meeting minutes of       12/21/06.  Carried 5-0-0



Motion Borgschatz, second Eberhart to approve the accounts payable of $54,090.29.  Carried 5‑0‑0


Public Comment:

No Comment


New Business


8-B Resolution 2007-01 Designating Official Depositories:


City Administrator Neil Jensen reviewed with the council the two official depositories of the city Bank of Zumbrota and Edward Jones.


            Motion Grothe , second Borgschatz to approve Resolution 2007-01 Designating           Official Depositories.  Carried 5-0-0


8-C Designate Official Publication:


City Administrator Neil Jensen recommended that the News Record be the official publication and they still meet the required circulation.


            Motion Grothe, second Feil to approve the News Record as the official             publication for the city.  Carried 5-0-0


8-D  Council and Board Appointments for 2007


Mayor Bauer presented the official appointments for 2007. 


ASSIGNMENT                                                                     TERM

Acting Mayor

Doug Borgschatz                                                                      annual appointment

Streets & Sidewalks                

Michael Feil / Bill Eberhart                                                        annual appointment

Water Department/WWTP and Collection System                                           

Doug Borgschatz                                                                      annual appointment      


Richard Bauer                                                                          annual appointment

Fire Board

Richard Bauer                                                                          annual appointment

City Owned Buildings and Property

Mayor and Entire Council                                                         annual appointment

City Attorneys

Matt Rockne - civil                                                                   annual appointment

Gary Fridell - criminal                                                               annual appointment      

Community Adult Education and Recreation Board

Michael Feil                                                                              annual appointment


Area Ambulance Association

Richard Bauer                                                                         annual  appointment

Memorial Day Directors

Rich Bauer -Chair                                                                     annual appointment

Organization Representatives                                                    annual appointment

Emergency  Management 

Emergency Services Board                                                       annual appointment      

Cable Board

Mayor and Entire Council                                                         annual appointment

Rubbish Disposal & Recycling

Mayor & Entire Council                                                            annual appointment

Animal Control                                                

Public Works & Police Department                                          annual appointment

Safety Director

City Administrator                                                                    annual appointment

Garbage, Weed Control

Police Department                                                                    annual appointment

Park Board

Doug Borgschatz, Council Liaison, ex-officio                             annual appointment

Ron Nelson, 2nd  Term                                                                     12-31-08

Jon Stee, 2nd Term                                                                        12-31-08

Johnnie Harris, 1st Term                                                                 12-31-09

Tom Steger, 2nd Term                                                                    12-31-09

Lars Nygren, 2nd Term                                                                  12-31-07



Economic Development Authority (EDA)

Rich Bauer, Council                                                                        12-31-07

Chuck Sturm                                                                                  12-31-09

Doug Fingerson, Citizen at Large                                                    12-31-10

Allan Falk,                                                                                      12-31-11

Vacant                                                                                                       12-31-12

Dale Hinderaker, Citizen at Large                                                   12-31-12

Bill Eberhart, Council                                                                      12-31-08

Dan King, Comm Dev Dir/Zoning Admin, ex-officio                 

Neil Jensen, Executive Director- ex officio                                            

Library Board

Betty Jo Grothe, Council Liaison                                              

Mae Eckert 1st Term                                                                      12-31-08

Janet Fisher,  1st Term                                                                    12-31-07

Catherine Friend, 2nd Term                                                            12-31-09

Evelyn Hoover, 2nd Term                                                               12-31-08

Andrea Kienholtz 2nd   Term                                                         12-31-09

Sharon Martin, 3rd Term                                                                12-31-08

Carolyn Benson, 3rd Term                                                              12-31-07

Tom Meyer, 1st Term                                                                     12-31-09

Virginia Schmidt, 2nd Term                                                             12-31-07

Planning Commission

Matt Rockne                                                                            annual appointment

James Lohman                                                                          annual appointment

Betty Jo Grothe                                                                        annual appointment

Beverly Weness                                                                        annual appointment

Lowell Olson                                                                            annual appointment

Richard Myran                                                                         annual appointment

Jim Wedge                                                                               annual appointment

Dan King, Comm Dev Dir/Zoning Adm, ex-officio                                                                   

Neil Jensen, City Administrator - ex officio       

Emergency Services Board (formerly 911)

Richard Bauer, City Council                                                      annual appointment

Ron Horsman, Fire Department                                                annual appointment

Gary Selness, Police Chief                                                        annual appointment

Ambulance Service Director                                                     annual appointment

Neil Jensen - City Administrator, ex officio                                annual appointment

Building Inspector

Goodhue Co. Bldg. Inspector                                                   annual appointment


8-E Set Public Hearing Fee Schedule 2007

Mayor Bauer requested from the council a motion to set a public hearing for the 2007 fee schedule for January 18th at 6:05.


            Motion Grothe, second Eberhart to set a public hearing for the 2007 fee schedule          on January 18, 2007 at 6:05 p.m.. Carried 5-0-0


8-F Approve Aromas Wine and 3.2 Beer License Transfer.

Aroma’s have been sold to Taste Buds Catering and they are requesting to transfer the wine and 3.2 beer license. 


            Motion Borgschatz, second Grothe to approve the transfer  of the wine and 3.2             beer license to Taste Buds Catering and Restaurant Management  (Paul Paladie)    who have purchased Aroma’s.  Carried 5-0-0



City Administrator Neil Jensen

Requested from the council agenda items for a upcoming work session.


Community Development Director Dan King;

Reported that the RFP’s were in and will be distributed to the board members and council.


Public Works Director Rick Lohmann:

Reported that the West Avenue Garage issue is complete and ready for use.


Councilmember Borgschatz:


Reported that he had contacted a company about softball field lights but they had already went up for auction.  Mayor Bauer responded that we should keep looking.


Mayor Bauer adjourned at 6:21.



Neil Jensen City Administrator




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