Zumbrota, MN 

Bridging the Past and the Future

May 17, 2007 Council Minutes






MAY 17, 2007   6:00 P.M.    



Pursuant to due call and notice thereof, Mayor Rich Bauer called the Zumbrota City Council to order at 6:03 p.m.  PRESENT:  Mayor Bauer, Councilmembers Willard Eberhart, Doug Borgschatz, Michael Feil, Betty Jo Grothe.  Others present: City Administrator Neil Jensen, Community Development Director Dan King, Public Works Director Rick Lohmann, City Accountant Kim Simonson, Police Chief Gary Selness, City Attorney Matt Rockne, City Engineer Bill Angerman, News Reporter Sandy Hadler, Jim Wedge, Brian Haugen, Paces Representative Joe Erickson.


The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.



Motion Eberhart, second Feil to adopt the agenda.  Approved 5-0-0.



Motion Grothe, second Eberhart, to approve the regular meeting minutes of 05/03/2007.  Approved 5-0-0.



Motion Borgschatz, second Grothe to approve the accounts payable of $47,716.26  Approved 5‑0‑0


Public Comment: 



Public Hearings/MeEtings: 


Unfinished Business:

7-A.  Utility Easement (Conway Jacobson)

The changes requested at the May 3, 2007, City Council Meeting have been made.  Motion to approve the utility easement and have the Mayor and staff enter into an agreement by Grothe, second Borgschatz.  Approved 5-0-0.




8-A.  Covered Bridge Riders 3.2 Beer License (Festival)

Motion to approve the one day 3.2 beer license for the Covered Bridge Riders on June 16, 2007 Borgschatz, second Grothe.  Approved 5-0-0.



8-B.  On and Off Sale Liquor License Renewals

It is time to renew liquor licenses.  Chief Selness reported there had been no violations.  Council Member Eberhart asked by the VFW’s license was $300 and the licenses for the Covered Bridge Supper Club and Golf Course were $2300.  It was explained the VFW holds a club license and this is the reason for the difference.  Motion to grant the following businesses liquor licenses:              Covered Bridge Supper Club                On & Off Sale and Sunday Liquor                                Stary-Yerka Post VFS 5727                Club & Sunday Liquor

            Zumbrota Golf Club                              On Sale & Sunday Liquor

            Zumbrota Liquor Store             On & Off Sale

Motion by Eberhart, second Grothe.  Approved 5-0-0. 


8-C.  Approve Resolution 2007-8 Bid Highway 52 Southwest Business Park 

Bids for the site work for the Highway 52 Southwest Business Park were received and opened June 16, 2007.  The following 11 bids were received:


Road Constructors, Inc,  SL Contracting, Inc., Schumacher Excavating, Inc., Jech Excavating, Inc.

  $368,199.10                    $414,530.00               $414,542.45                             $428,771.17         


Heselton Construction, LLC, Rud Excavating, Griffin Construction, LLP,  Arnt Construction,


   $438,166.00                           $421,155.75       $445,161.70                         $455,127.07


Elcor Construction, Inc.,        Scherff, Inc,       DLR Excavating, Inc.

   $497,106.00                        $542,524.25           $553,918.30


City Engineer Bill Angerman called Road Constructors to question whether they had included everything in their bid because their quote was so much lower than the next bid.  He was told that currently Road Constructors has no jobs and they bid very aggressively in order to get this job.  They would be willing to start next week.  Motion to approve Resolution 2007-8 authorizing the mayor and clerk to enter into a contract with Road Constructors, Inc. in for the Highway 52 Southwest Business Park Borgschatz, second Grothe.  Approved 5-0-0.


8-D.  Approve CUP Joint Parking Paces Lodging 

Community Development Director Dan King informed the Council that the Planning and Zoning Committee were recommending approval for a conditional use permit for joint parking places at the Paces Lodging site.  132 spaces were needed but only 130 are available.  Part of the lot will be an Alco store and the other part will be some type of fast food store.  That type of business will not need as much long term parking as the Alco.  Based on the minor number of missing spaces and the type of businesses involved the Planning and Zoning Committee recommended the City Council grant the CUP. 


Joe Erickson, from Paces Lodging, gave a short update on the progress of the building.  He stated the Alco store would be the first phase and after that the fast food area.  He anticipated the majority of the parking spaces would be done with the Alco construction.


Motion Grothe, second Feil to approve the CUP Joint Parking Paces Lodging.  Approved 5-0-0.



8-E.  Approve Minor Subdivision Isenberg 



8-F.  Underage Drinking Taskforce Mutual Aid Agreement 

Motion to approve the Underage Drinking Taskforce Mutual Aid Agreement Grothe, second Feil.  Approved 5-0-0.


8-G.  Dispose of Abandoned Vehicle 

A 1991 Ford Tempo was impounded for emergency snow removal.  The owner has made no attempt to reclaim the vehicle.  He has been spoken to and has turned over the title to the City.  Motion to dispose of the abandoned vehicle as junk Borgschatz, second Eberhart.  Approved 5-0-0.


8-H.  Short Term Budget Transfer 

City Accountant Kim Simonson recommended the Council approve a short term budget transfer to fund the purchase of the land for the Highway 52 Southwest Business Park.  The following transfer would be made:


            Fund 102 Seal Coat                               5,000

            Fund 103 Storm Water             20,000

            Fund 104 Municipal Reserve                50,000

            Fund 105 Sidewalks                             25,000

            Fund 250 Revolving Loan                       5,000

            Fund 404 EDA Revolving Loan            40,000

            Fund 402 Capital Proj-Restd                30,000

            Fund 601 Water                                   80,000

            Fund 602 Sewer                                   51,000

            Fund 600 WAC                                   10,000

            Fund 512 2004A Bonds                       50,000

            Fund 609 2000 Bonds                          30,000

            Fund 605 2002 Sewer Bonds               50,000

            Fund 603 Sewer Equipment                    4,000

                                    Fund 423 Highway 52 Southwest Business Park           450,000


Motion to approve the temporary transfers to Fund 423 Grothe, second Eberhart.                      Approved 5-0-0.




City Administrator Neil Jensen

Administrator Jensen reported he had attended the MCMA conference.  He also reported he had attended a Zumbrota Township meeting with Mayor Bauer.  Central Livestock Exchange is planning on roofing the existing pens.  There are no expansions plans at this time.  The South Saint Paul market is closing so there may be an increase in the number of auctions.  He also reminded the Council the Mack property will be closed on May 18.  He expressed his appreciation to all involved that helped make this project as smooth as possible.



Community Development Director Dan King;

Reported the zoning on Highway 58 and Jefferson will be discussed.  Currently the Bank, Prigge's and the ambulance garage are zoned R2.  There will be a public hearing on this zoning on June 12th.  The Page building has been sold and improvements have been started.  A development agreement has drawn up for the Grover property.  Action on this should be seen in a couple of weeks.


Public Works Director Rick Lohmann;

Reported the final wear course on the street project is finished.  The alley between the Bank and Main Street has been repaved.  The project is pretty much finished.


City Engineer Bill Angerman;

Reported the public side of the Alco project is complete.  Currently everything is basically contained onsite.


Mayor Bauer;

Reported he and the City Administrator had a positive meeting with Zumbrota Township.



Councilmember Michael Feil;

Informed the Council he would be absent from the next meeting.


Meeting adjourned 6:38 p.m.


                                                                                    Neil Jensen City Administrator

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